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Jerry’s Journal — Hannibal Street history

Almost the Mayor of Hannibal Street: Tom Trepasso has lived on Hannibal Street his entire life and says there’s only one person (Charley Liberti) who’s lived there longer than he has. “That makes me almost the Mayor of Hannibal Street,” he laughingly remarked.

I visited with Tom in his home a few weeks ago, per his invitation to stop by and look over some artifacts he offered to loan me.

Those artifacts included a booklet of poems entitled “As I Remember” written by Fred Kenyon Jones in 1934 (the year this writer was born, gulp); a booklet announcing a Reunion of Teacher and Pupils at Walradt Street School in 1922; and a booklet about the Second Annual Field Day, sponsored by Fulton Police Benevolent Association, Inc., at Recreation Park on Monday, Sept. 4 (but of what year is left to wondering).

The booklets are sitting on my desk to glean from for future columns, so stay tuned. There’s lots of good stuff in them, such as the excerpts at the end of this columu.

Fishing for a circus elephant: Tom can tell you almost everything you might want to know about Hannibal Street’s history.  He remembers fishing for bullheads as a kid in Tannery Creek when it was still deep and full of fish, the circuses that were once held in the field by the old airport – and the circus elephant that got stuck in the creek one summer!

He remembers Kate, Helen and Charley Mangeots’s farm on Hannibal Street, their milk house out back – “the best milk in town” – he said, the dinner bell ringing and the time the cows got loose and wandered onto the railroad tracks.

“It was a terrible, terrible mess, scattered everywhere” he recalled about the cleanup after the cows and a train collided.

These days, Tom and his wife Barbara, they’ve been married for 43 years, still live in a beautifully kept home that once was his parents’ house. It’s the one on Hannibal Street with the Yankees’ logo on it. “Everybody’s a Yankee fan,” he said, but some don’t know it!”

Tom worked at Sealright for 14 years, then at Roller Bearing for 30 years. Now retired, he loves to work around the yard  — it changes with the season — the decorations, that is.

Right now it’s Halloween in his yard, and soon it will Christmas, his favorite time to decorate, he said, though in recent years he’s cut down some.

Colorful work: The North End Paper Mill came up in conversation and  I asked Tom if he knew what was going there. Those of us who frequently travel Hannibal Street can’t help but notice there is some kind activity in that old place, but what?

I was pretty sure they were not manufacturing paper any more, but I had seen cars parked there off and on and had taken note of the new sign on the front of it, and from what I can see there’s the possibility that one of these days that old mill will be sporting a brand new roof.

But, wow, was I surprised when Tom said his wife Barbara is the manager there and oversees a handful of men and women, mostly women, who also work there. She’s been there in some capacity since 1977, and now the manager, he said.

A crew of seven or eight, depending on who can work on any given day, usually four days a week, cut big rolls of tissue paper — “every color of tissue paper,” he said — into squares to package and ship out to florists and gift shops.

The building has been there for more than 100 years,” he said. “It might have been a tannery to begin with. It’s right by the creek and the railroad tracks.”

Tom reminisced about walking the tracks when he was a kid to go swimming at Recreation Park, and of his four years at Good Old Fulton High School, he said “it was the best time of his life … everyone used to have fun back then … we weren’t rich but never went without … it’s too bad young people (of today) can’t visualize what it used to be like,” he said.

Historical Humor: I thank Tom for taking the time to talk to me and for sharing the booklets as well. I especially enjoy the book of poems because it not only recounts our hometown history in rhyme and humor but also because of the people who lived here in that era — many of their names still ring familiar to me and I’m sure to many of you — like Fanning, Youmans, Perkins, Osborn, Case, Freeman, Loomis, Coleman, Knight, Mason, Baker, Allen, O’Brien, Dyer, Stevenson, Williams, Holden, just to name a few.

And, it would seem, our poet/historian, Mr. Fred Kenyon Jones had, at one time or another, many jobs around town: “I worked at Nestlés in 1901,” he wrote, “with 40 girls, we has such fun.”

In another of his poems he said, “I worked once in the Woolen Mill, Jimmy Connell came and went at will. Pay day I drew just three-sixty. Did I stay: Yours truly says nixie.”

And in a poem entitled Digging up the Dirt he wrote: “I worked once for Emmet Conrad, Bert Loomis was his business comrade; their business really wasn’t bad, the trouble was the help they had.”

His booklet is the source of the ads accompanying this column.

Now, here’s my caveat: Reader beware! I write for fun. I am not a historian, nor a reporter. I write from memory and from what others want to share. Sometimes I look things up; sometimes I mess things up.

I hope you have fun reading my stuff. Your comments, additions and corrections are always welcome. You may contact me at 133 Tannery Lane, Fulton, phone 592-7580 or email JHogan@aol.com. Please put Jerry’s Journal in the subject line. Thanks!

In and Around Hannibal

Hannibal District No. 2 Stone Schoolhouse

District No. 2 was located just north of the Village of Hannibal. The original schoolhouse was a wooden structure which was constructed about 1820.

During its early history, children were not graded at this school and school terms were held only during the winter for a 12-week period. As was the custom those days, the teacher boarded among the parents of her pupils, stating one week at a time in each home.

In regard to that practice, there is an amusing story about Mary A. Dudley, a teacher in this district in those early days.

One of the parents with whom she was to board knew Mary was very fond of johnnycake.

So the woman decided she would serve plenty of the teacher’s favorite food during her stay in this household. Accordingly, johnnycake appeared on the table three time a day every day for a week.

When Miss Dudley went home for the weekend, her mother, thinking she would have something that her daughter liked, (you guessed it!) had a large johnnycake fresh out of the oven. However to her mother’s dismay, the young teacher had lost her enthusiasm for her favorite food.

At a school meeting held in the fall of 1850, it was decided to build a new school.  The old building was sold at auction for $9.64 to Grover Burt, grandfather of James B. Burt.*

Trustee J.D. Curtis worked with a building committee composed of Nelson Cole, Martin Wiltsie, James W. Burt, Samuel Stevenson+ and Orson Titus to develop plans and specifications for the new building.  The new school was to be constructed of stone at an estimated cost of $390 and located on the plank road to Oswego.

All the stone used in construction was taken from the site of the schoolhouse.

*James Burt owned a clothing and tailoring store in the village which remained in Burt hands for more that 75 years.

+Sam Stevenson, live stock dealer and  father-in-law to Ella Leonard Stevenson an advocate for the Women’s Suffrage Movement, a hard worker for prohibition and temperance in the Village and assistant organist at the Baptist Church.

In conjunction with the school, a stone toilet was erected at a cost of $26.96.  This was later torn down to make room for an addition to the school.

To keep the school repaired, an annual tax of $5 was levied on the school district. Also, a librarian whose duty was to account for all the books owned by the school district was appointed at each of the annual school meetings.

In 1884, new desks were installed in the schoolhouse.

Family names associated with District #2 included Curtis, Welling, Cummins, Fowler, Ecker, Campbell, Hill, Burt, Parker, Parsons, Kennedy, Gerring, Bishop and Correll.  Some of the later teachers in this district included 1920-21- Grace Upcraft, 1927-28- Frances Stock, 1928-29 -Franklin Barry, Lucy Welling, 1929-30 – Martha Shutts, 1931-32 – L. Mae Signor, 1932-33 Leah W. Owen, 1933-38 – Madeleine Adsitt, 1938-39 – Hazel French, 1939-41 – Minnie Perkins, 1941-43 – Bessie Cooper, 1943-46 – Lois Chaffee and 1946-49 Mildred Howell.*

*Franklin Barry went on to become Superintendent of Schools in Syracuse and I was lucky enough to have known five of the last six teachers.

After centralization, the Stone Schoolhouse was converted into an auto repair shop, once operated by Jeff Fowler. Rolling Thunder Auto and Cycle owned the structure when it was razed on Nov. 11, 1993, for a new garage.

If anyone has memories of the Stone Schoolhouse, send me an e-mail or give me a call.

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Members of the Hannibal Senior Band will be collecting cans and bottles from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26, at N&N Redemption Center to raise money for their upcoming band trip

The Hannibal Historical Society is hosting an Archives Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Hannibal Community Center on Oswego Street.  Town, Village and Historical Society Historian Lowell Newvine will show copies of newspaper clippings and photos dating from the mid 1800s.  Lowell will also be available to help with genealogy research.

The upstairs room will be open for those who wish to see artifacts owned by the society. Albums of photos taken by Virginia Davenport will be on display. There will be a sign-up sheet to order Pewter Christmas tree ornaments, depicting the newly-renovated and reopened Village Tavern.

The Hannibal Ecumenical Key Council Bake Sale will be from 9 a.m. to noon today (Saturday Oct. 26) at the Hannibal Village Market IGA.

The Ecumenical Key Council, is made up of members of the Churches of Hannibal. They meet the third Tuesday of the month at 2:30 p.m.  The money they make at their bake sales is split between the Hannibal Resource Center for their Thanksgiving Dinner Give Away and the Christmas Bureau at Hannibal Central School District.

The Ecumenical Key Council also hosts the Baccalaureate, and Thanksgiving services for the community.   New people are always welcome.

Hannibal Fire Co. Auxiliary Breakfast Buffet will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday Oct. 27 at the Firehouse on Oswego Street, Hannibal.  Menu includes pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, sausage gravy, biscuits, and beverages.

Don’t forget to come in costume and come let the breakfast crew cook breakfast for you.

Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle or  play games or just some idle chit-chat!  Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation.  This week’s menu is:

Monday — Baked chicken, garlic red potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, jello

Wednesday — Roast pork with gravy, sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts and carrots, ice cream

Friday — Pasta with meat sauce, Italian blend vegetables, tossed salad, pears

Activities: Monday — Wii bowling;    Wednesday — Halloween party; wear your costume!  Friday — games

The Jammers will be celebrating Halloween with a covered dish dinner at 6 at the American Legion.  You are asked to bring a generous dish to pass – ham and scalloped potatoes and table service provided.  The Jam will begin at 7. You are encouraged to wear a costume.

Music BOOsters (the BOO is in honor of Halloween) will be meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Thursday, Oct. 31.

Sports Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in the high school libary.

The Hannibal Methodist Church will host its annual Election Day Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.  Takeouts will be available and delivery in the village can be done. Call 564-5346.

The church is handicap accessible and is 1 block west of the village on Church Street. The luncheon will include your choice of New England clam chowder and vegetable beef soup and a choice of sandwiches and pie for dessert.

Home and School will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Election Day, Nov. 5 in Room 30 (Pre-K wing) at Fairley School.

The Senior Band Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Lockwood Auditorium in the High School.

Remember this column is about and for the people of Hannibal and the surrounding area.  If you have an event that you would like the public to know about, send me an e-mail or give me a quick call.

 

 

 

Light in the Darkness — Judas Iscariot

“Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 

They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.”

Mark 14:10-11

Judas Iscariot is a prime example of a man who followed Jesus but never surrendered completely surrendered his life to Him. He serves as a warning to us that to follow Jesus means to accept not only the God Man but his will and agenda for our lives as well.

Judas was appointed by Jesus to be an Apostle, and as such traveled with Jesus and the other eleven chosen men for three years. He was both a witness to the teaching and miracles of Jesus … and, in a way not easily understood … a participant in the power of the Holy Spirit ministering to others.

He was there at the wedding feast in Cana when Jesus turned water into wine. He was present with Jesus outside the tomb of Lazarus and witnessed his rising from the dead when Jesus called, “Lazarus, come out!”

Judas himself would have cast out demons, seen the sick healed when he laid hands on them, and helped to feed 5,000 with one little boys lunch.

We sometimes have a picture of Judas sitting in a black cloak deep in the background, somehow separated from the other Apostles, but this is not the image scripture paints. He was trusted by the other disciples. As their treasurer he was entrusted with their money bag.

But Judas had his own agenda. Judas, his name appears eight times in scripture as “Ish-Kerioth”.

Iscariot is not his last name. “Ish-Kerioth” labels him as a man from Kerioth, a small town in Judea known for its insurgency. It was a hot bed for Zealots, who would resort to any means in their attempt to rid Israel of the hated Romans.

Historians are in agreement that Judas was a Zealot. Furthermore, based upon some other words used in scripture to describe Judas, it is probable that hewas a member of the Sicarri, an elite group of assassins who carried out the darkest ops of the Zealots.

They believed that any means were justified if the end was desirable. And the ‘desirable’ end the Zealots sought was the expulsion of Rome from Israel.

This goes far in explaining Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. He never left his own goals or agenda for Christ’s but sought to use means of his own choosing in an attempt to force the issue, to bring about the conclusion he and his compatriots longed for.

The Rev. David Grey

Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church

Barclay discusses state referenda to be voted on Nov. 5

When voters go to the polls Nov. 5, they will be asked whether to support a number of amendments to the State Constitution.

Recently, I talked about the casino referendum and the implications its passage will have on New York.

This week, I want to let readers know about five other referendums that will appear on the ballot.

All of these passed the State Legislature in order to be put in front of the public for a vote. Some matters I supported in the Legislature, while others I did not.

Civil Service Credits for Disabled Veterans

Our State Constitution allows veterans to receive additional credits on a civil service exam.

This is a one-time credit, according to our constitution. This amendment would enable veterans to receive additional credits if they become disabled.

For example, if a veteran was employed as a police officer, decided to return to military service in Afghanistan, and became disabled as a result of his or her service, the employee would be eligible to receive an additional credit as a disabled vet. I supported this in the Legislature and plan to do so at the polls.

Land Exchanges

Title disputes have a chance to be put to rest if the public supports the amendment to resolve claims between the state and private parties that own land in Hamilton County.

This constitutional amendment would allow the Legislature to settle 100-year-old disputes between the state and private parties over land in a state forest reserve. Owners of land in the Forest Preserve would receive clear title to the lands where they live and pay property taxes if this passes. I supported this in the Legislature as well.

Another land exchange amendment would enable NYCO Minerals, Inc., a private company, to continue its mining operations in Essex County. The company currently mines wollastonite, a rare white mineral used in ceramics, paints, plastics and other building products.

The Lewis Mine, which NYCO Minerals, Inc. uses, produces 60,000 tons of wollastoniate annually — 8 percent of the annual worldwide production.

The mine is approaching the end of its life cycle and its closure would mean the loss of nearly 100 full-time workers as well as tax revenue for the local economy.

Debt Limit Exclusion/Sewage Facilities

This amendment would enable municipalities to extend their debt limit for sewage treatment and related facilities until Jan. 1, 2024. I supported this in the Legislature.

Increasing Age Judges Can Serve

Currently, state Supreme Court judges must retire at 76. This amendment would increase the mandatory retirement age to 80. It would also increase the retirement age for judges of the Court of Appeals from 70 to 80. Also, it would prohibit the appointment of any person over the age of 70 to the Court of Appeals. I voted against this bill in the Legislature and plan to do so at the polls.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, contact my office by mail at 200 N. Second St., Fulton, New York, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling 598-5185.

Bodley Bulletins — by Julia Ludington

I am happy to report that the girls’ soccer senior night was just as successful as the boys’!

The girls won against Homer, 3-1. Haley Carroll, an eighth-grader, scored two of the goals and Cara Bricker, a junior, scored another. The game was quite exciting but yet again bittersweet, as the team lost six seniors.

If you are looking to promote a great cause, the Youth Advisory Council, or Y.A.C., is taking donations for the Colombian orphanages they sponsor. Sophia Giovannetti and Amelia Coakley are two seniors accepting these donations.

They are asking for lightly used summer clothing, as it is normally above 80 degrees where the children live, and simple necessities including toothpaste, deodorant and any other items that we are accustomed to in our day-to-day lives.

The children will be receiving these items for Christmas this year.

Don’t forget about the fall play this coming Friday and Saturday. Everyone is getting excited to see “What the Bellhop Saw.” If you’ve forgotten, the play will be presented at 7 p.m. both days. Seniors and children under 12 receive a discount!

Club officers and treasurers met on Oct. 16 to discuss proper accounting procedures.

The procedures this year are much more efficient and organized, with each club or activity receiving its own binder in which they can record fundraising and the like.

Clubs, with their newly easily accessible information, will be able to give advice to other clubs about what fundraisers worked the best for them.

A new requirement this year is clubs must prove that they have voted and decided on a specific purpose for donations they have received.

For example, the Environmental Club has just voted to use a donation it received to go towards putting in another eco-friendly water fountain.

These water fountains have a slot for you to put your water bottle in to refill it, and they display the number of water bottles that they have helped the school save.

The club also hopes to start raising money this year to help put a few of these water fountains in our elementary schools.

The spirit of charity has been rampant lately at the high school, and it has really created a very optimistic environment.

The Varsity and JV Girls’ volleyball teams held their annual “Dig Pink” game last Thursday. The game’s goal was to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and from what I hear, they were very successful.

I am excited to see all of the clubs and activities thrive this year. Continue to get involved!

When They Come Through

By Jim Farfaglia

In early mornings, when I’m just starting the big wheel of my day,

if I happen to notice them wandering my yard, I always stop.

 

For what can be more important

than watching them gingerly step into life?

 

As if each hoof that touches earth

is in search of beauty,

 

as if every sound is meant to be heard,

and every greenery, to be savored.

 

How could I miss this chance to remember?

How can I just jump into my day

 

and let that truth pass on by?

Northwest a hunter’s dream

By Leon Archer

For those of you who have never been to the Pacific Northwest, you have missed a beautiful section of our country, complete with 3,026 miles of tidal shoreline, snow-capped mountains, more than 5 million acres of state owned lands with seemingly unending forests, and a plethora of streams and rivers.

It is a spectacular area because of the abundance of fish and wildlife as well, and so it is a mecca for hunters and fishermen.

Big-game hunters have a wide variety of species to choose from. Some of them only have a limited number of permits each year, but hunters are able to find lots of deer in the state.

Actually there are mule deer, black tailed deer and Whitetails. In addition, Washington big game includes black bear, elk, cougars, mountain goat, moose and bighorn sheep.

Small-game hunters have an even wider variety available to them. Think about our choices in New York state and then check out this list of Washington small game: wild turkey, pheasant, chukar partridge, grey partridge, blue grouse, ruffed grouse, spruce grouse, California Quail, mountain quail, northern bob white quail, band tailed pigeons, mourning doves, raccoon, cotton tail rabbit, snowshoe hare, jack rabbits and California grey ground squirrels.

All of that plus a wide range of waterfowl. With all the game birds with open seasons in Washington, it seems to me that a hunter would be wise to own a well-trained bird dog.

I must say I was surprised to learn that squirrel hunting, other than hunting the ground squirrels, is closed out here. They don’t do as well here as they do back in New York apparently. As a matter of fact, I haven’t seen a single squirrel since I got here.

Many of the housing subdivisions here east of Seattle are surrounded by trees and undergrowth with plenty of undeveloped property that is unsuited for building.

There are also plenty of trees and shrubs on and around each individual housing unit in the various communities. Wildlife abounds pretty much unmolested in such areas, so it is not all that unusual to see deer munching one’s roses or hosta.

Black bears are a nuisance that homeowners have to deal with by keeping their garbage secure and out of reach of the foraging bruins.

Just a few nights ago we had a black bear in the front yard that had been cruising the neighborhood looking for a free meal. It was a mature black bear that I estimated to be about 350 pounds; not huge but not small either.

We had just arrived at the house in our car and the bear headed out for the woods. We could hear his claws clicking on the pavement even after he went out of sight around the corner.

Raccoons and foxes are a little more common than bears and just as interested in any loose garbage. I have heard a pack of coyotes a couple times as Sweet Thing and I were in bed trying to get a little shuteye.

Ben told me that not too long before we came out, a cougar had caused a stir by moving through the area. It was apparently a young animal looking for a territory it could call its own. Thankfully he didn’t like this area as much as I do, because he hasn’t been seen since.

That’s fine with us.

Hodgepodge talks of catalogs

Here they come.

The catalog* season has officially arrived.  At our house the catalogs from different sources never stop coming.

We receive many of them in our mailbox all year long, but the annual pre-holiday onslaught begins well before Halloween.

(*Catalog – According to the definition offered by Merriam-Webster, “Catalog is a book containing a list of things that you can buy, use, etc., and often pictures a group of similar or related things.)

I guess that just about sums it up).

I can’t say with absolute and complete confidence that we receive a catalog from some source every day of every week, but I also don’t think that would be a baseless boast. I don’t think I am exaggerating when I say that we will receive hundreds of the inviting, colorful advertising manuals in the mail.

They start showing up in volume long before Christmas, explode to ten or more a day before leveling off and then expanding again during the pre-Easter season. We do enjoy looking through them and there is usually a stack of them from various sources on the kitchen counter.

“Catalog Kings?”

During a recent chat with our mailman he referred to us as the “catalog kings” on his route.  On most days we get at least four catalogs and on “good” days – or are they bad? – we get many more. I can’t  remember ever asking to receive a catalog in the mail, but wherever they come from they find their way to our mailbox.

Some of them contain fairly useful items – such as a vertical rack that offers you the opportunity to “evenly cook chicken wings and legs while unhealthy fat drips away.”

On the pages of another catalog there is an 18 inch clock / thermometer / hygro- meter that keeps perfect time as it synchronizes the time, even changing for daylight saving time.”  There is a flexible garden hose that stretches to 25 feet and never kinks.

However, not everything is focused on practicality.  Not quite as useful are items such as a tulip spinner with glow ball (?),

a metal “snacking bunny” handmade from recycled oil drums (in Bali), or a “dancing rabbits” lamp.

Some catalogs and their offerings:

“What on Earth”:  The first thing to get my attention was a “Pierogi” shaped ornament, which the copy states “is sure to become a family heirloom.”

One of my favorites is the “Sturbridge Yankee Workshop” catalog which features furniture and household goods for three and four figure prices. I think I might order an “Iron Star candle/match holder” for $7.95.

In the current pile on the kitchen counter are catalogs from “Deutsch Optic”, a German company which always includes many fascinating objects – including in this issue – a Swiss officer’s grooming kit.

Santa Slipper Sox, anyone?

There are also catalogs from “Plow and Hearth”, “Garrett Wade, Where Good Tools Come First”, and “Paragon”.  Their “Santa Slipper Sox” are neat, and “one size fits most.”

The catalog from “Potpourri” features a plaque which reads, “A Meal Without Wine is Called Breakfast.”  “The Vermont Country Store” offers all kinds of intriguing sweets–“Kookaburra Licorice,” in a 2 pound bag for $17.90; also bags of “Bit-o-Honey,” “Mary Janes,” and “Kits,” as well as “Bonomo Turkish Taffy” bars.

Remember those?

The choices are endless from “Old Durham Road,” with goods from England, including recently, Prince George com- memorative items.  One of my favorites is “Lilliput,” featuring replicas of the wind-up cars and trucks and friction-powered toys, like the ones I played with in the 40’s.

We also receive “Pretty Good Goods”, sent our way from Garrison Keillor and friends, as well as catalogs from “Gardener’s Supply Co.”, “The White House Historical Association”, “The Shop at Monticello”, “Gump’s of San Francisco”, and others.

Olive and Cocoa

One day this week there was a new addition to our mailbox – a catalog we had never seen before.  On top of the pile was a copy of the most recent offerings from “Olive and Cocoa,” just in case all those other catalogs didn’t give us the opportunity to order special fluffy plush versions of “Sweet Billy Goat”, “Charlie the Chicken”, and “Orla the Ostrich.”

After receiving hundreds of catalogs in the mail, which was only the beginning, it would take something a little different to grab my attention and make me want to turn the pages.  This one did it.

Just the name of the catalog was worth looking at twice.  Going through the pages, and after figuring out who Olive and Cocoa might be, I was greeted by “The Countess”, described as a “wickedly adorable and hauntingly chic 36 inch tall Regal Countess”.

Other characters scattered among the pages of unique gifts are Raven Bird, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem; Agnes the Witch, ready to cast “a multitude of magical spells”; Hootie and Priscilla Owl, quietly watching over a mysterious enchanted forest;  and Zanzi-bel and Norbert, “an especially creepy couple.”

Here comes the mailman. Happy cataloging!

. . . Roy Hodge