A casualty to the unnatural disaster of unemployment, the town of Sylvania was obliterated last month. Residences packed up and all housing was carefully boxed up. “We’re crushed and disheartened,” said Mrs. Calico Cat said, before packing up her kittens into one of the fabric lined boxes set aside for residents to go into storage.
“Sylvania will be back, as soon as we find a new location,” Promised Mayor Walnut Raccoon, but some residents are not so sure. “While I’m sure Sylvania will be back eventually, I doubt it’s the owner’s first priority,” said Mr. Chocolate Brown Rabbit. “We’re being very carefully packed up, this means possibly a long term wait.” “There’s too many variables, we can’t count on a new town right away,” agreed Mr. Mint Badger. “We have to be prepared for the worst.” “Out of sight, out of mind,” grumbled Mrs. Apricot Beaver. “We’re likely to get forgotten.”
Sylvania will not be complete out of sight though, as the oldest and most treasured house, that of the Raccoon family, and original founding residence of the town has been set up in on top of the owner’s dresser to keep the house safe and a piece of Sylvania around. Mayor Walnut Raccoon would not comment on the reasons for his family’s choice to continue to live in the house, but longtime friend Mr. Chocolate Brown Rabbit insisted, “The Raccoon were the original founders of Sylvania, and this has always been there house. This is no surprised they were chosen.”
A new program for Sylvania residents still without adiquate clothing was started in the wake of Sylvania’s move. “We didn’t want people to have to wait through another moving process before finally getting the clothing they needed,” explained the program’s spokeswoman, Mrs. Blueberry Gray Bear. “And thanks to Mrs. Maple Raccoon, members in this program have a place to stay while awaiting clothing.”
Six residents were chosen for the program, Mr. Tragic Bear, Breeze and Sandy Gray Rabbit, Alex Gray Bear, Royal Grizzly Bear and Amanda Tan Bear. They will live with the Raccoon family in the showcase home, awaiting either brand new clothing or repairs on existing clothing.
“I’m really excited,” said Breeze Gray Rabbit. “My skirt doesn’t fit right and my shirt was really badly made. I can’t wait to have a brand new dress.” Alex, youngest of the group admitted to being nervous about living away from his family. “I kinda miss Mom and Grandma, but I’d really like new overalls like my brother got last year,” he admitted. “Walnut and Sandy are really nice to me, so I’m starting to feel at home.” “It’s great to have friends staying with us,” said Clover Raccoon. “I’m so excited. Breeze, Amanda, and I have so many great plans. I just wish I was getting a new dress as well.”
“It’s a joy to have the children and Tragic staying with us,” said Mrs. Maple Raccoon. “I can’t wait to see their new clothes.”