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Shacksboro Schoolhouse presents Winter in Baldwinsville

A program on historic and current winter driving challenges and solutions will be presented Sunday March 6 at The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. The program highlights the museum's current exhibition "Chillin' Out, Winter in Baldwinsville."

The public is invited to join panelists Fred Thomas, Ralph Bratt and Ed Parks in a discussion of past and current practices and techniques used by professional road maintenance crews and individuals to traverse snow covered thoroughfares. The program is set for 2 p.m. at the museum, 46 Canton St. in McHarrie Park.

Baldwinsville has a special link to the topic of tire chains. They were invented by Harry Weed, a graduate of Baldwinsville Academy's class of 1890. In 1904, Weed received a patent for "Grip Tread for Pneumatic Tires" and developed the nationally prominent Weed Chain Company. While Weed left Central New York to pursue career and business interests, upon his death in 1961 he returned to be buried in Riverview Cemetery.

The exhibition "Chillin' Out" also features dozens of vintage and contemporary photos showing the effects of winter on Baldwinsville. Blizzards, snow removal, sports, travel, streetscapes and everyday life are included as well as the horrors of winter firefighting. The exhibition runs through March 20.

The museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The museum features local history exhibits, reference materials, programs, special events and the museum shop. Researchers are welcome by appointment. For more information, call 638-2452 or visit shacksboromuseum.com.

To reach Sue McManus, e-mail her at bvmuseum@seneca-river.com.

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