May 26, 2012

On Friday May 18, Jonathan Snow, Dr. Ann Scanlon and three other members of the Board of Directors of the John Ben Snow Foundation stopped by for a tour of our facility in Richland. They were greeted by the smell of fresh baked goods coming from our kitchen, courtesy of Erma Schroeder, as well as the pleasant surprise of our new entryway. While our handicapped lift is still on order, the $10,000 in other renovations including solid ash flooring and stairs, as well as freshly painted walls, fresh plants and freshened photo displays, are a stark difference from the former first impression one would get of entry to our building. Our guests stayed an hour and a half and spent time going through our storage room examining accessions, as well as looking over the last nine windows that we hope to replace and finish the walls off around with Snow monies applied for. We hope to see these folks again in the near future, and appreciate the interest and past support. Inventories continue to be done throughout the building led by President Doyle and Librarian Sharon Turo. 512 research volumes were noted to stand on the back wall in the main hall, in addition to nearly 2,000 family files from one page to three volumes. The Pulaski, Sandy Creek, Mexico and APW yearbook collection is growing nicely, with concern for missing issues in the 1990s still being worked on. A nice collection of Civil War reference materials is shaping up in the second floor SW classroom, accompanied by scores of genealogical research journals gifted to us by the now defunct Oswego County Genealogical Society. The Spring 2012 newsletter is coming together well, and hopes are to have it out by June 1. Work on the 2012 Fair Association premium book and newsletter has slowed progress on the society letter. Research days are conducted Thursday through Saturday from roughly 11am till 3pm with other days or additional hours available on request. Contact Shawn Doyle at 298-3620 or to set up an appointment. Work on the grounds has been nearly finished; a crew was present on May 13 to finish most of the mulching and trim work. On May 17, Nancy Smith and daughter Lisa from Greenhouse Effect Gardens finished our four whiskey barrel planters off nicely. We need to move one of our perennial beds and deadhead the spring bulbs to have the rest of the gardens completed by Memorial Day. Mary Hicks of Mary’s Needle Art has been doing some re-framing of several valued photos for us. Mary has agreed to take on a large framing project for us as well as new area resident Richard Koch, who has purchased the old Ski complex at Noble Shores. Mr. Koch, a new life member of ours has graciously offered to frame and matte all of our principal collection of River related maps in return for copies of the same. Our member Roger Pape had previously made a set of these maps that Mr. Koch was greatly interested in. The work will be done this summer, and will be set out on our back wall in the main hall, replacing the old 1999 exhibit on windows of the past that we are going to retire to an upper classroom. On May 19 we hosted over 60 members of the Oswego County ATV club for a lunch and meeting. The group meet annually at our facility, and left us a good donation. Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. Box 73 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144 or on the web at or on facebook at “Half Shire”

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