Crescent City Historical Society reveals 'What Is It?' item

At its annual Christmas open house, the Crescent City Historical Society displayed its “What Is It?” item. Visitors to the museum wrote their guesses down, with all responses entered into a drawing. No one guessed the item so all responses were put back into a drawing and the winner – Penny Hartke Hanania, of Batavia – was chosen to receive a small cash prize. The item was found this past year by Duane Peterson when the old elevator in Crescent City was torn down. The item is part of a fire alarm system. If heat was detected, the alarm would sound and the fire department would become aware of the situation at the elevator.