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Half-Shire Historical Society News – November 14, 2014

On Saturday, November 15, Half-Shire will mark our 42nd anniversary.

We will be open throughout the day, with hot coffee and snacks as well are research.

At 5 p.m., the Pulaski Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce will partner with us for a cocktail party/mixer to celebrate our anniversary, as well as recognize the success of the Pulaski Farmers’ Market 2014 season. The public is welcome!

At 7 p.m., the renowned Tug Hill area band “Still Kickin” will perform until 11 p.m.

This group is a local favorite and always draws a good crowd for dancing and just a good time.

We hope to see a good crowd and encourage all interested to stop by.

For more information, call President Doyle at 532-5919 or facebook “Half Shire.”

Over the past few weeks, Steve Young Jr. and Kevin Stewart of Pulaski have been busy working on our website.

The old Halfshire.com will soon be closed and all traffic will be directed to Halfshire.org

The rollout will not be complete until early December, but the site is evolving well and we are grateful to Steve and Kevin for all their time.

The fall season has been busy at the building with still many people coming in to do research.

We have many open files that we are working on and are a bit behind.

Our hours are now more limited, with Friday and Saturday our only steady days we plan to be open.

We are looking at options for the winter, with a tentative plan to be closed except by appointment.

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Margaret Kastler’s son, Thomas Knoeller, in Florida a couple weeks back.

Tom’s memorial service will be on November 16 with a gathering at Half-Shire afterwards.

On November 30, there will be a memorial service in Redfield at the fire hall for our dear friend and member Ron Bumpus, who also died in late October.

Ron was an incredibly talented person, a “one of a kind.”

His loss has been felt by many and several stories and memories have been shared on our facebook page.

We have learned that our founder, Marie Kent Parsons, also lost her husband, David, in mid-October.

Dave and Marie had been married nearly 40 years and together logged many hours of time at Half-Shire.

Our sincere condolences to Marie.

Half-Shire’s facebook page continues to see many comments and good activity as people respond to our photos posted.

We encourage those with old photos to tag us and open up discussion.