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Book of Brasher memories among town historian’s activities in 2013

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BRASHER FALLS - Brasher’s town historian is working on a book about the town’s history, giving him an opportunity to share his memories of growing up and living in the town of Brasher.

“We are doing this as a collection of small stories of places and incidents rather than one long story. That seems to be working much better than making it one continuous story,” Carl Goodrich said in his end-of-year report to the Brasher Town Board.

He said that, as he prepares the book, recording his thoughts and writing from those notes “doesn’t work as well as just discussing it, then having Dotti (Dorothy Goodrich) write it down. Then I read it and she makes any changes necessary.”

Mr. Goodrich said they plan to add photos “to make it more interesting.”

“We will continue with it until she (Mrs. Goodrich) feels it is finished. It is proving to be a big job,” he said, suggesting that others who have stories about growing up and living in the Brasher area contact him so they can be included in the book.

Working on the book was only one of a number of activities that took place during the year, according to Mr. Goodrich, who said he has been sharing information about the town with others on a frequent basis.

“I have been receiving many requests for information about people and families from the township of Brasher and have supplied this information whenever possible,” he said. “As we have gone to meetings and traveled, we have been giving out the town brochure to anyone that might be interested in visiting or locating in the area.”

Mr. Goodrich said he has also been documenting events sponsored by the town and Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce for use by future generations.

“One of the highlights of the year was going on a school bus with the senior citizens to the cranberry bog in Helena. We watched as they were doing the harvesting of the berries. It is quite a process and very interesting to watch. I am making a record of news articles and photos we took of the process in a binder for the town historical collection,” he said.

Mr. Goodrich said he attended several meetings year, including the June 14 spring meeting of the town historians at the Massena Museum, the Nov. 1 fall meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State in Malone and the Nov. 2 annual membership meeting of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association at the United Methodist Church of Norfolk.

To round out their year, the town historian said, they plan to change some of the exhibits in a historical showcase that’s located in the entryway to the Brasher Municipal building.

“Thank you for giving me the opportunity to record the history for future generations and to represent the town as your historian,” Mr. Goodrich told board members.

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