An out-of-this-world read

Betty Humphrey is a child at heart.

From traveling along town with a friend made of paper to reminiscing about past adventures along the Seneca River, the mother and grandmother who has called Baldwinsville home for the past 46 years has funneled her imagination into her first published book, "The Visitors."

"The story has always been in my head," Humphrey said. "It's for the young and the young at heart."

The book's setting is in Baldwinsville and tells the story of a young fisherman who meets out-of-this-world visitors while fishing one day. 'Dedicated to Jim and his grandfather, fellow fishermen,' Humphrey notes that the book was influenced by the relationship between her grandson and husband who frequently fished along the Seneca River.

While the author references many local landmarks, both the way they were and the way they are today, she only mentions one real Baldwinsville resident in the book, Elizabeth Walter.

"In every town, every place, there are people who are special just for being in our midst. Elizabeth was such a person," Humphrey said about her friend who died before the book was finished. "She was a special, special lady."

While "The Visitors" is her first published book (self-published through Vantage Press), Humphrey has always considered herself a writer having written various poems, magazine articles and children's books throughout her life.

"I have a bucket list -- one of the items was to have one of my books published," she said.

One of the best parts of publishing her book is the feedback she has received from the community, especially regarding the landmarks.

"The fishing and the bridge in B'ville lend to the nostalgia of the book," Humphrey said. "People my age enjoy the book because they remember Baldwinsville that way. Some older people have said about the book 'I know that town, I know those places, I know that boy.' This is the most wonderful response for me."

"The Visitors" is available for $7.95 at the Baldwinsville Public Library, The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse, Canton Woods Senior Center, Canal Walk Caf (c) and around town and nearby. All the books are autographed.

"It's a very fast read," Humphrey said. "Baldwinsville is a wonderful place for a story."

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