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December 4, 2012

Step Back in Time: Dec. 4, 2012

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To Ray Tallman of Decatur, there’s more to selling Christmas trees than the money.

“This is a hobby,” he said. “We’re here mainly for the families.”

Tallman and many other area tree farmers could sell their crops wholesale and forget about the local trade. But they won’t.

“We don’t get involved with big sales,” Tallman said. “If we sold out we’d have unhappy families.”

Middlefield tree farmer Charles Bronner was snoozing in his car, trying to keep warm, while waiting for Christmas tree customers at the Chestnut Street Dairy Queen. He and his wife, Eleanor, brave the cold and the boredom between customers primarily to make money, but said a nice fringe benefit of the annual job is that they share the Christmas spirit.

“We like the personal touch. We get the Christmas spirit,” said Mrs. Bronner.

“I look forward to seeing the people,” said Mannie Freedman, who started selling trees last year at Works of Heart in Guilford. “I’ve never had an angry customer.”

But not everyone feels that way.

After several years of freezing by the side of the road, Denny Degear, a Norwich tree farmer, said selling Christmas trees has lost some of its spiritual quality, and he now looks at it more practically. This year he hopes to sell most of them wholesale and figures he’ll make more money that way.

“I did like the people coming in as long as it wasn’t too cold, but it just wasn’t worth it,” Degear said.

 

50 years ago

Dec. 4, 1962

HAMDEN — Postmistress Christena Pampalone, with a big boost from village citizens as well as town and village officials, has written a new line to the old Post Office slogan “neither rain nor snow nor gloom …”

Hamden has added “nor a fire which destroyed our building” to the slogan which says nothing can stop distribution of Uncle Sam’s mails.

Mrs. Pampalone’s old post office was knocked out of commission by the fire Saturday which gutted the Mogridge block and took the life Mrs. Myrtle Hubbard.

But due to a helping hand by volunteers who moved vital equipment and records from the old building and to town highway officials who loaned equipment for the move, the Hamden Post Office opened for business in the Town Hall on schedule Monday morning.

“Soon after the fire was discovered,” said Mrs. Pampalone, “I phoned Albert Donna, of Oneonta, U.S. Post Office Inspector for this district.

“He came to Hamden immediately and offered suggestions and help. Then he reported his findings to the Regional Office in New York City, and said he would be back Sunday to help us in any way he could.

“When he returned late Sunday afternoon, the post office force, with the help of friends in town, had the office all set up in the Town Hall and ready for business Monday morning.”