November 11, 2011

The society will host the famed Salmon River Boys bluegrass band on Sunday November 20, from 1-4pm. This free concert is offered as part of the NYS Arts Council Decentralization Grant for 2011. Refreshments will be offered along with free coffee and cider. Come join us and hear the acclaimed Salmon River Boys as they perform and entertain on a Sunday afternoon!

The Society was saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Potter of Richland on November 5, after a long illness. Terry is brother to our Trustee Erma Schroeder, and sibling, Uncle and cousin to several other members. A kind man, who has battled health trouble the past few years, Terry’s loss leaves a void in the family who cherished him so much.

A fundraising letter was sent out the first week of November to members, friends and local businesses to solicit funds towards the handicapped access lift for our main hall. All funds up to $7,000 will be matched by the John Ben Snow Foundation making this very important for us to reach our goal by the end of December. We appreciate any donations toward this effort, realizing these are tough times.

Solicitation for 2012 society dues was also in the fund drive letter. A new newsletter with raffle on a painting of St. Mary’s in Florence will also go out in mid-November.

President Doyle had a lengthy phone conversation recently with Betty Brown Goal, 88, of North Syracuse. Betty was born in Richland in 1923 the daughter of John & Elizabeth (Frost) Brown. She recalled her grandparents in Greenboro, and told stories of her youth in Richland and all of the people she knew through her long life. This past summer Betty had visited the area and left a note to say hello, she keeps up with several of her nieces and nephews who number in the hundreds.

On November 6, Betty’s first cousin, author Doris Brown Allen joined several relations for dinner in Pulaski. Doris recently marked her 90th birthday and is working on her second book that will carry on the story of her life, with detailed family history material included.

Our sincere thanks to Robert Lawton of Richland who has assisted us with some lawn mowing this fall. Bob and Charlotte have been long-time good friends and great supporters of Half-Shire. Lloyd and Celia Potter of Orwell have continued to volunteer weekly, assisting Librarian Sharon Turo in her efforts to reconfigure the research wall in the main hall. Sharon has color coded the books which has made locating volumes easier.

Half-Shire can be contacted at or on the web at Our new phone number is 298-2986 and we are on facebook under the search halfshire. Our mailing address is P.O. 73 Richland, 13144.

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