May 14, 2010

The Mother’s Day snow sure was a surprise this year after such a nice spring. Society members Fay Ann Colvin and Paulette Yerdon joined Milferd Potter, his daughter Laurie and I for breakfast at the Orwell Diner that morning as we all checked out the fresh snow.

The Yerdon sisters and I returned to half-Shire where we worked on updating the Redfield School listings. We have compiled a list of over 350 people who attended school in Redfield village and the surrounding one room schools. The last classes were held in Redfield in 1974 when the district was fully integrated into Sandy Creek district.

Meda Perry Yerdon and Florence Adsit McCaw had begun a Redfield School reunion in 1984, which continues each August at Half-Shire. Paulette and Fay Ann, nieces of Meda, have taken on the task of updating the list and will be trying to locate all of the people on the new list compiled by looking at the old yearbooks and school reports.

This year’s Redfield School reunion is set for Saturday August 21, at Half-Shire.

We recently completed a $2,000 masonry project that sealed up eleven 1st floor windows and applied fresh stucco to the false windows on the sides that had not been redone in many years. This project no will enable us to go forward with insulation of the east wall of the main hall and repair to the electrical.

We are pleased with the receipt of dues and raffle monies, and thank all of our returning members and new friends. Beginning Monday May 24, Half-Shire will be open Monday-Friday from 10 am until 3 pm. Our newly approved AmeriCorps worker Erin Bacon will be onsite most days to assist people. There may be some days that Erin will be over in Richland cemetery, and if she is not there a note will be left on the door.

Our Richland Trustee Erma Schroeder will also be at the school on Fridays still from noon until 4. Our Experience Works worker Paula Sachel will continue to work at the Richland historian’s office in the Pulaski Court House through May and June Mondays through Thursday. Paula has been doing an exceptional job digitizing records and sorting files. We are grateful for our two program workers, as well as our volunteers led by Erma who are poised to make this the most productive year ever for the society.

Work has commenced at the Oswego County fairgrounds for the year. The fair committee has been busy assembling a varied list of entertaining acts and venues for this years fair that begins July 1 and runs through the 5th. This year there will be more musical acts in the entertainment building on the east side of the grounds. Secretary Ann Gibbs has been very busy lining up sponsors for acts and deserves a great deal of credit.

On Saturday May 8, Ian Lowery and Allysha Ashley worked in the Junior building with me, prepping the floor for sealing.

On Saturday May 22, the Society will hold its annual Fair planning meeting at the Richland School. The public is welcome.

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. Box 73, Richland, NY 13144 or on the web at

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