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Half-Shire Historical Society News – Week of July 4, 2014

Alumni weekend in the Half-Shire region was very busy as the Class of 2014 graduated and entered the alumni numbers of each school, hundreds of past graduated descended on our communities for a variety of Alumni events.

In Sandy Creek several alumni were inducted into the Wall of Distinction including our own late Boylston Trustee Rita Carner Rombach.

Sadly, her husband, Phillip, was unable to attend the ceremony as he still recovers from his most recent heath setbacks in Oswego.

The Sandy Creek Alumni banquet that followed on June 27 was well attended as many old friends and family reunited to celebrate their links through Sandy Creek School.

Meanwhile, down in Pulaski the classes of 1989 and 1964 held their reunions on the 27th.

Half-Shire hosted the class of 1964 at our facility in Richland for a sit-down dinner for 58.

Souvenir yearbooks were handed out that were compiled by members of the class and Half-Shire staff.

The yearbooks featured one page biographies on all class members where information was available.

Something was found for every one of the class members except Beverly Sherman who they feel may have transferred in late.

Born about 1946, we still seek information on Beverly to include in the master record.

On Saturday the 28th, interested Pulaski alumni boarded school buses for guided tours around the district that was designed to bring out-of-town alumni up to date on what has been going on in the community.

Special attention to downtown, the Selkirk Lighthouse and the school properties was highlighted.

Most bus riders were from the classes of 1959 and 64.

Photos were taken at the Salmon River Falls outlook, and lunch was provided during a stop at Half-Shire Historical Society.

A dessert reception was also part of the tour at Pulaski Historical Society on Maple Ave.

Everyone seemed to have a good time and many memories were shared.

On Saturday night, an off-year record of 250 alumni and friends gathered at the American Legion in Pulaski for the 125th banquet.

Toasts by Joanne Hubbard Cossa to the class of 1939, Terry Allen for the Class of 1964, Don Cronk and Charlotte DeGaetano for 1959 and Jim Carnes for the graduating class were highlights of the evening.

Shawn Doyle toasted outgoing Superintendent Dr. Marshall Marshall, who was presented with an engraved clock by Margaret Weigel on behalf of the association.

On Sunday, Half-Shire served up breakfast to more than 60 alumni who returned to join the classes of 1959 and 64 for their departure meal.

On June 7, the Camden Schools held its alumni banquet at the high school.

We understand it was well attended but have not yet received a report.

Altmar-Parish-Williamstown also held its gathering on the 7th, this too was well attended.

Half-Shire keeps yearbooks from all four school districts, plus Mexico, and keeps track of alumni activities in each district.

Many of our trustees and volunteers have been involved in setting up the Oswego County Fair Heritage exhibition Hall for the past weeks.

Heritage Hall opened on the evening of July 1, and will remain open daily until 5 p.m. July 6.

We hope to see many friends and members through the week.

Half-Shire will be closed in Richland but open at the fair all week.

We will re-open in Richland on July 7.