September 26, 2008 column

Oswego County’s tourism advisory committee convened their monthly meeting at the Richland facility on Tuesday September 16. Twenty two members and guests participated in the hour and a half long meeting. Jim Laird of Barton & Logudice Engineers spoke on the Pulaski section of the Salmon River trail system. Following the meeting a chicken casserole lunch was served by trustees Erma Schroeder and Rose Graham. (Special thanks go out also to Nancy Meeks for assistance.)
The Oswego County Tourism website, which was overhauled earlier this year, features many useful links to heritage related website, including the half-Shire site. The site also features directions to each cemetery in Oswego County. Much credit is due to the ladies in the tourism department for their hard work at keeping the site fresh and interesting.
Member Julie Litts Robst will be debuting her new publication this week, “Richland Township Cemeteries, Volume II—Willis/South Richland Cemetery records”. In this very large, information-filled book Julie has presented a new survey of the cemetery internments with obituaries for each person where found. In some cases Julie has even included estate records, and short sketches. The book is over 350 pages long with short margins. At $40 it is a bargain for a researcher that has to be seen to be appreciated. Copies can be obtained at Half-Shire on Fridays from 12-4 or from Shawn Doyle in person. Copies can be mailed for an additional $3. This series of books by Julie is remarkable in its detail and scope, the research community at large is truly indebted to her.
On Saturday October 18th the Society will host a special musical recital following our monthly lunch meeting. Osceola native Kelsey Munz will perform a variety of selections on her concert harp from approximately 1:30-3pm at the Richland building. Kelsey was at our last meeting and was questioned extensively about how she was doing with her harp, and volunteered to come back in October to perform. This will be a “sneak peak” for many of our regulars as Kelsey will be performing at the Barclay Court House on Sunday December 7, for our second annual Christmas recital. The public is welcome to attend both events, for the October event if you plan on attending lunch please leave a message with Shawn at 298-3620 so we can plan accordingly.
Work on the outside fascia of our building commenced finally on Monday September 22, under contract with Basciani masons. The work is expected to take a little over a week, and will replace our fallen back fascia with new material, and repair and paint the remaining three sides. Building and Grounds Superintendent Phil Rombach and his wife our trustee Rita have graciously donated the cost towards the man lift. This work is the principal capital project of the year that we will be doing, and while being somewhat costly, is essential. We are grateful to Tom Basciani for working with us on the project planning.
The northern New York Library Network has a new addition to its newspaper digitalization project on its website. The Pulaski Democrat is now online for the years 1834-1990. This searchable database has proven a huge hit with many in the research community, as well as novices. To access the site go to: and select northern NY Historical newspapers. This link will bring you to a map of the region. Land your curser on Oswego County and select “Pulaski Democrat”. From this point the search technique is straight-forward. A couple of hints: in the drop box below the search choose “exact phrase” for best results, and also you will have to enlarge the image each time to 100 or 150% depending on the size of the font. We showed our town clerk the other day, and he was instantly hooked!
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