The President’s Message
It is difficult for me to imagine it’s 2022. As many people say, the older we get the faster the years go by. For some reason, I never thought I would get old (silly me). My mind tells me one thing and my body another; but I still go forward.
The workers showed up in April last year, as they always do to get started. It’s always fun to get started but then you start to wonder if these projects will ever end. They do come to an end, and we hope the next crew will appreciate all that has been done to keep our history alive. We also hope that the visitors who come know we did these jobs to preserve our buildings and to keep them safe so that they will have a wonderful experience and want to come back.
If you didn’t get a chance to stop by the schoolhouse, it was painted, the roof was replaced. Some of the windows that had been shot with a BB gun were also fixed, with still a few more to go. We are very thankful to the Town of Sterling for preserving our schoolhouse. A steel handicap door was replaced on the schoolhouse, on the side facing the Town Hall, by the Historical Society.
The caboose and its interior were worked on and are ready to be painted on the inside. Last year the caboose was painted on the outside, and the stenciling was done by a mother and daughter duo.
The old trees were removed and 7 new ones were planted; stumps from old ones are to be removed this year. Thanks to the Town of Sterling.
We had an unveiling of our new sign stating that our school was on the New York State and National Registers of Historical Places. Upon a successful grant application a historic marker from the William G. Pomeroy Foundation was dedicated on August 1, 2021.
We did have visitors and we appreciated their compliments and donations. It feels fantastic to give back to our community.
We are hoping for another great year to put in the books; THANK YOU all for your support and loyalty.
Pat Shortslef, President Sterling Historical Society
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