November 19, 2010

The Silent Auction and sale of the works of the late George Widrig was held Saturday November 6th at the Richland headquarters. The event was attended by over 50 people and was a great success. We had a lot of laughs over a few of the items and the various bid competitors as they engaged in friendly competition. Thanks to Erma Schroeder and Kathy Watson for again staffing the kitchen to meet our hospitality needs. Ian Lowery, a senior at Pulaski High School also assisted in preparation and through the evening.

On Friday November 12, the society hosted a private retirement party for David Petrie of Camden. Over 100 people enjoyed a meal and entertainment by “Still Kickin” an acclaimed country band in our region. Society members Richard Telian, Margaret Sullivan, Celia Potter, Mark Wallace and others were key in putting this event together. This was our last event to be held in Richland for the season, and soon the building will be closed up for three months.

On Sunday November 14, our neighbor Alaina Bacon (age 7) came over to assist us in the planting of over 1,000 tulip and daffodil bulbs, along with a few hyacinths. All of these bulbs were removed this past spring after five years of sustained growth. They were separated and replanted on Sunday in freshly fertilized soil. Alaina is a very efficient and careful young gardener and was completely up to the task. Alaina’s older sister Erin is a member and our summer 2010 AmeriCorps worker, now away at graduate school at Notre Dame in Indiana.

On Saturday November 12 we had some visitors in from Montana researching some early Richland families, principally the Walworth family who were early settlers along the lake. The couple had obtained records from the town Clerk in Richland and was looking for more information in the local cemeteries. We had only a few extra pages of information to offer them and would welcome more information on the Walworth family if anyone has some.

The new book on Williamstown Veterans is now available. This book covers the period from the Vietnam War to present, and is available for $40 plus postage. We are expecting to receive a consignment of them soon at Half-Shire. The book is as always well researched by the team that includes Anne LaDuke, Roberta Cleveland, Glenna Gorski, Florence Gardner and Willard Loomis.

Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. Box 73, 1100 County Rt. 48, Richland, NY 13144 or on the web at or

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