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Almond Historical Society Newsletter
Our Condolences to the Family of...
Bernice P. VanDuser, who died August 4, 2001 at the age of 95. A resident of Almond for the past 51
years, Bernice had lived at McAuley Manor for the past six years. A member of the Alfred Station Sev-
enth Day Baptist Church, she enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting.
Be sure to mark your calendar to attend the September 16 meeting! The Hagadorn House will be open
from 2 to 5 p.m., with a business meeting conducted at 2:30. At 3 p.m., Bill Banker, local blacksmith,
plans to have his forge set up outside the garage, and will conduct some fascinating demonstrations. Bill
is a mechanical engineer at Alstom, and he and his wife, Cindy, own the "doctors' house" (Drs. Bowen
and Rose) at 58 Main Street, where he has his blacksmith shop. Bill explains that he has always
"tinkered" with metal, and has worked in many machine shops and foundries. Several years ago, while
living in the Syracuse area, he teamed up with a blacksmith at the old fort in Liverpool, and took several
blacksmith courses. They do several shows and demonstrations in the area each year. This should prom-
ise to be a very interesting afternoon. Be sure to be there and bring a guest!

Craig Braack, Almond native and Allegany County Historian, will be our guest speaker at the annual
meeting scheduled for Sunday, November 4, 2001. Save the date: Craig always has a very interesting
and thought-provoking topic, illustrated with his professional slide presentation.

Our annual Christmas program is slated for Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2001 with the beautifully
decorated Hagadorn House open to the public from 1 to 5 that day. Plans are being made for another pro-
gram of Christmas music and readings a great way to start the Christmas season!
Donna B. Ryan, Editor 54 Main Street, Almond, NY 14804 (607) 276 6760 (PLEASE NOTE NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS)
Jeff Ryan, Assistant Editor, Ryan Agency, Hornell, NY 14843
Upcoming Events...
Strawberry Festival Report
Chairman Hazel Bracken reports that once again her Strawberry Festival team has topped last year's
profits! A total of $723.69 was realized from the event, which she terms a great success!
It was an 80-degree day, and the evening was beautiful. Even though the event started at 5 p.m., folks
were sitting at tables under the tent by 4:30, waiting to place their order! A big thank you goes out to Ha-
zel, who has headed this fundraiser for countless years and to her great team of workers.