A roundup of new products and servicesTaking...


A roundup of new products and services

Taking in black landmarks

Visible Ink Press has published a book that could make your next road trip a lot more interesting. "Historic Black Landmarks: A Traveler's Guide," by George Cantor, takes readers on a 46-state tour of parks, museums, birthplaces, churches and monuments relating to African-American history and culture. Included are maps of the sites and information on hours, admission fees and special exhibits. The book is available through the Multicolor Workshop catalog (800) 860-6858, Visible Ink Press (800) 776-6265 and at select Waldenbooks and Borders Books and Music stores.

A clock that's all ears

Finally there's an alarm clock that listens to you when you yell, "Turn off the alarm!" Actually, the voice-activated snooze function will give you another eight minutes to sleep when you say anything, including, "I'm on vacation. I don't need to get up yet." Designed especially for travelers, the Braun Voice Control Travel Alarm Clock also features a removable cover depicting a worldwide time-zone chart; a built-in flashlight, and dial illumination. It is available at select Circuit City and Ace Hardware stores for about $41.

Pet portraits

You say your pet deserves a monument but your city or town won't comply? Well, if you've got some extra wall space in your home or office, Bernard J. Anoff of Freeland can help you create a shrine to Poopsie.

An ink sketch of your pet goes on a wooden, oval plaque that is handcrafted and hand-finished by Mr. Anoff. The sketches are created and signed by an artist contracted by Mr. Anoff. The cost for these pet portraits is $25 for an 8-by-10-inch plaque, or $50 for the 10-by-12-inch size, plus $3 shipping and handling.

To order, call Mr. Anoff at (410) 329-6225, or write him at 21217 Ridge Road, Freeland, Md. 21053-9572. You will need to send pictures of your pet.

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