September 28, 2012

The leaves are turning on the trees across the eastern shore region, and our rural roads and communities are drawing an increasing number of weekend tourists. The Salmon have come up the Salmon River and other area stream in great number, and despite lower water are making it upstream. Our facility continues with open hours Wednesday-Sunday 11-3 or by appointment. On weekends we have hosted workers from the Oswego County corrections weekend program, and a good deal of cleaning and lawn work has been caught up thanks to these workers. We should have the “weekenders” through the autumn, and have trained some at copying, sorting material and working with our mailings. Our continued thanks go out to Sherriff Todd and his staff. On Saturday September 22, Shawn Doyle and Chris Sheldon who also are officers of the local Sons of the American Revolution Chapter, spent nine hours pouring over applications and assorted documents. Two of the new applicants have deep roots in our region, and so the Half-Shire Library came in handy. Sgt. Increase Rudd who died in Vermont was the patriarch of the Boylston Rudd family who are quite numerous, and his descendant Randy Rudd who lives in England is seeking to prove this line. On Sunday September 23, while a crew worked at Half-Shire President Doyle, his mother Patsy and Gloria Craig of Pulaski all headed east to attend the annual mass at St. Mary’s Church in Florence conducted by Bishop Thomas Costello. The event was well attended in the historic old Catholic Church that has been lovingly restored; over 100 people filled the sanctuary. Several Half-Shire members were present, including Michael, Martin and Matthew Clark, Thomas and Ann Clark, Amolia Grossman, Dorothy Fey, Stedman and Mary Lou Twiss and I expect a few whom I did not see. This is noteworthy as Half-Shire assisted in getting the word out about the need in 2005, and many of our members stepped up to help save this important historic structure from ruin. It was so nice to see eight stained glass windows fully restored and shining so bright in the passing sunlight. Following mass, many adjourned to the Florence Hotel for a fine chicken and biscuit dinner. Our car also did some leaf-watching, and toured a couple of side roads to view the Graves cemetery keystone bridge, and some areas of Redfield that Gloria had not seen. A good day trip for autumn can be enjoyed in the tri-county region of Oneida, Lewis and Oswego Counties. Over in Osceola, one more weekend of the Fiddler’s picnics will sound melodious tunes across the hills, this past weekend Trustee Erma Schroeder was there in attendance. On Monday September 24, Sharon Turo hosted the Sandy Creek based Outlook Club for tea and a tour of Half-Shire. We were pleased to have these ladies come and spend time at the facility. We learned with sadness of the passing of a former member and friend Jim Barnard last week. Jim was best known as a longtime employee of Niagara Mohawk in our region. Jim’s grandfather invented a “Pinking machine” and manufactured these dressmaker’s aids south of Pulaski on US Rte. 11. Half-Shire can be reached at P.O. 73, Richland, NY 13144 or Our website is and our very popular facebook page can be found under “Half Shire” Our house phone is 298-2986, and internet

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