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Thursday, September 16, 2004
Chamber of Commerce: 37 Main Street, Oakfield, NY 14125-1014
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am-5:00pm (eastern)
Population: 1,805 (2000 US Census)
Gender: 48.2% male, 51.8% female
Race: 97.0% White, 1.2% African American, 0.2% Asian, 1.6% Other
Median Income: $45,270
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Everyone grows up somewhere and for me that place was Oakfield, NY. A small community nestled between Buffalo and Rochester, NY, Oakfield was a good place to live and raise a family. The primary industry during my tenure there was a gypsum mine, a paper mill (where they made paper for wallboard), and local farming. I'm not sure how many folks lived there when I graduated from high school. I could fish around on the internet for the boring census figures but why bother. It's enough to say my graduating class had only 95 kids in it and there was a single traffic signal at the center of town where you'd find a bank, a drug store, a hardware store, a post office, and a pizzeria. And from what I can remember, not much really changed during my childhood and adolescence. Things just grew smaller as I grew bigger.
Come join me now as I travel down memory lane in my old stomping grounds, Oakfield, New York.
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