Half-Shire Historical Society News

Friday June 3, 2011

The Society met on April 30 and May 7 for lunch meetings in Richland. The May 7th meeting concerned the planning for the 154th Oswego County Fair exhibit at Heritage Hall.

Work on our building has resumed for the year, on June 6th Dave Jewell will begin installation of our ash hardwood floor in the northwest classroom. This will be the final piece of the renovation project that began over ten years ago in this particular room.

Our thanks go out to Entergy Corporation which through its volunteer “Community Connectors” program has awarded four grants of $750 each to us in recognition of the volunteerism of Rick Telian, Tim Bullock, Mark Wallace and Shawn Doyle. Entergy Corporation is the operator of the James A. FitzPatrick Nuclear Plant in Scriba, and is a committed member of the area community supporting countless organizations with donations each year.

When this article goes to press our new AmeriCorps worker for 2011 will have been selected and will be at work. We had over a dozen applicants this year making the selection very difficult. This year’s program theme of health and fitness dictates the work to be done, and compliments our recent efforts to update our five walking/bicycle tours of the 11 towns of our region. Our worker will be heading up this project to renew and update these tours and have them available at the Pulaski Farmers Market and County Fair for the public.

The Annual Pulaski Farmers Market begins on Friday June 3 at South Park in Pulaski. Half-Shire will have a weekly table there with sales items as well as rotating exhibits such as scrapbooks and family files that will be on display. Stop by at the center of the park each week to see our volunteers.

A publication by the late George Widrig on the history of the Richland Methodist Church is being printed and will be available soon for $10. The volume is one of the many booklets compiled by George that have heretofore been unpublished. A three volume book on the history of the town of Richland, concentrating on the eastern end, is being reviewed and we hope to have that in print in the next couple years.

Our sympathy is extended to the family of the late Madelyn Hax of Pulaski, a long-time member and supporter of our organization. Madelyn was a fascinating lady with a keen wit, her card playing prowess was legendary, and was on display during our card parties of times past.

Thoughts also go out to the family of Regena Clemens Compton of Alabama, formally of Greenboro. Regena was 89 and is survived by her sister Luella Clemens Long, of Murfreesboro, TN. Who is the last member of the Melvin and Emma (Clifford) Clemens family of Greenboro. Luella is an active correspondent and family researcher of our group.

Half-Shire is now on Facebook, and periodic historical postings can punctuate your normal Facebooking….search Halfshire and “friend us”!

Half-Shire can be contacted at www.halfshire.com or [email protected] Our address is P.O. 73, 1100 County Rte. 48, Richland, NY 13144.