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Remembering Baldwinsville: Local history talks given at Shacksboro Museum through winter

— On Sunday, Oct. 7, Bob Bitz spoke at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse thanks to McHarries Legacy. With 40 in attendance, it was standing room only.

Bitz grew up in Plainville and until 2007 he owned the Plainville Turkey Farm. He is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in farming in Onondaga County.

Bitz spoke about his book, β€œTransportation in Central New York and the Baldwinsville Area 1600 to 1940,” and how transportation has evolved from hundreds of years ago to present and what a difference it made in the lives of people that lived in rural areas.

Another book recently published, β€œOne Hamlet and One Farm, Each Representative of Thousands,” is about growing up in Plainville. Although it is about Plainville, Bitz said that it relates to any hamlet anywhere in New York state or elsewhere.

Bitz' books can be purchased directly from the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. The most recent one is on back order but expected within a few weeks. The museum is open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and is located at 46 Canton St. in Baldwinsville.

The next "Remembering Baldwinsville" talk will be given at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 by Don Colon, former Baldwinsville Mayor, at the museum.

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