In And Around Hannibal: May 19, 2012

by Rita Hooper

As I write it is election day for the school and for the library.  So my mind drifts back to the good old days…my old school daze! Wonder if we are any better off today than we were 50 years ago. Life keeps a changing.

I can remember getting up early every morning and having breakfast with the family before Dad left for work. He didn’t have to milk the cows but he did have lots of faces to look at in the classroom…well the woodshop anyway!

During breakfast, Mom would pack the lunch bags; Dad would take his milk in a glass syrup bottle and either a sandwich or leftovers. He preferred to eat lunch in the shop with the other shop teachers and then he’d have time for a few quick winks.

He kept a wooden lawn chair in the store-room for just such an occasion. He drilled holes in the handles of a placesetting of mom’s silverware so that he could hang them on a hook above the clean-up sink. Plastic wasn’t used much then.

My sister and I usually took a sandwich, which we’d put in our purse – who would be caught dead with a paper bag? We’d buy milk at 3 cents and ice cream for a dime.

While Mom was busy, there would be a lot of chatter. The morning news came in 15 minute segments on the radio. We’d all listen and discuss it if we weren’t in a rush. Kiss each other goodbye and then it was off to start the day.

The evening began the same way – listening to the radio while Mom fixed dinner; in the later years, my sister and I might start it before Mom got home from work.

We’d discuss the events of the day, homework, listen to the 6 p.m. news on radio. Two nights a week, Dad would head off to his second job, Ye Town Trading Post, a second hand store he began when I was born to supplement his teaching salary.

My sister and I worked there as we got older as did my Mom. It was open Saturday afternoons, too. During the week, I’d often go to houses with Dad where he would buy things for the store.  One of my first jobs was filling the kerosene jugs and in turn filling the stoves in each of the seven “Treasure Rooms.”

While Dad went to work, my sister and I would fight over whose turn it was to do the dishes. “You wash, I’ll dry,” I can hear it now. Really wasn’t so bad as we’d change the station and do a little rock and roll as we worked. Did provide more time for conversation. Mom didn’t get a dishwasher until after we went to college.

In the evening, we’d work on homework. My school planned that we would have an hour of homework for every hour of school. Thank heavens I didn’t have homework in chorus and gym and not always in home economics. I was in seventh grade when Sputnik went up and  emphasis was put on education, especially math and science. We were in a race to beat the Russians. Our nation depended on it – the nation depended on us for the future of our country.

Our sports usually were a pick-up game of kickball in the street or bike riding or roller skating on the sidewalks. In the winter, we’d watch more TV but with only three basic channels, there wasn’t that much to watch – come to think of it – I think there was more to watch then, that interested me than there is now!

Remember “real” wrestling?  And the Saturday night fights? They were free!

And all those great comedians (Red Skelton, Imogene Cocoa, Jack Benny) and variety shows (Ed Sullivan, Ted Mack Amateur Hour, Milton Berle) and great live plays (Lux Video Theater and Playhouse Theater, I’ll throw Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners in there, too.) We didn’t have any reality TV – reality was what our life was about! Who wanted to see that on TV?

Hope I’ve triggered a few memories for you. Are our children or grandchildren any better off than their grandparents were?

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On a sad note, I note the passing of Jack Tyrie, a social studies teacher in Hannibal for 33 years.

I must have met him at an open house at school or maybe it was through my Democrat roots, or perhaps at a school board meeting – I don’t really remember.

But I do know that at our very first meeting, we discovered that he had been my father-in-law’s newspaper boy on Long Island. We had a good chuckle over that — the first of many over the years.

I haven’t seen much of him in recent years, but Jack is not one to be easily forgotten and I know he has left his imprint on many a student.

My sympathies, to his family and friends. Services will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s church in Oswego.

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Another busy weekend in Hannibal and surrounding area, which reminds me, wasn’t the Hannibal Yard Sale wonderful? I haven’t seen so much traffic in the village since Field Days!

The North Volney Gospel Concert will be held at the North Volney Church at the corner of Routes 4 and 6 May 19 from noon until 3 p.m. The concert is free and refreshments will be available for your purchase. Taking part in this concert will be the Lake Effect Bluegrass, The Misfits and Dennis Shortslef. A free will offering will be taken to help the musicians with expenses.

The SW Oswego UMC will be having a roast pork dinner Saturday, May 19 starting at 4:30 p.m. The menu is roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, and homemade pie for dessert. Take-outs are available. The church is located on 104, next to Ontario Orchards.

The Hannibal Free Library will be hosting an open house to show everyone its newly added wing.  It will be held today, May 19 at 3 p.m. for a special dedication.  Refreshments will be served.  Bring your library card, and sign out a book!

The Dale Osborn Music Scholarship Fund Benefit will be held today at the Volney Fire Department from 4 to 10 p.m. Dale died in a tragic accident last August. I understand Dale attended Hannibal schools and the scholarships will benefit both Phoenix and Hannibal Dollars for Scholars for music scholarships. I’m also told Dale was always among the first to help when and where he could and a great friend and father, and a talented musician who performed in many benefits himself.

A number of groups will be playing, among them Stone River Band, Tom Gilbo (Elvis), the East Side Blues Band, the Marshall Dillon Band, and Nightlife. Lots of activities going on. The admission charge includes dinner.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Cayuga Street across from the high school will be serving the famous Joe and Loretta Ukleya’s famous spaghetti dinner Sunday, May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; takeouts will be available. The dinner is a fund-raiser to replace the roof on the church hall.

The Jammers will meet this week at the American Legion on Rochester Street from 7 to 10 p.m. If you enjoy country music, just want to sit and relax a spell or would like to join in making some music, come on over and see if it’s to your liking.

The Thursday soup/chili lunches at the Hannibal United Methodist Church are still being served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Takeouts are available.

A glass mosaic stepping stone workshop will be held May 26 and June 2 at the Hannibal Library.  Join glass artisan, Cathy Pence who will guide you though this two part garden art class. The time is 10 a.m. each day. All materials are included for a fee. Register at the library or call 564-5471. Call Linda at 564-6643 with any questions.

Hannah Crego, an 11-year-old girl from Martville with Cockayne Syndrome, and her family are going to California for a Cockayne Syndrome conference and retreat. The conference is a wonderful way for Hannah and her family to interact with others, and gives Hannah the opportunity to spend time with children like herself.

There will be a chicken barbecue benefit June 3 at the Hannibal American Legion to help with the cost of the trip. The barbecue will be from noon until gone.  There will also be raffles and a bake sale.

The Hannibal High School Senior Band is inviting alumni and friends to join them for its June 5 concert. Music is available on the website,  and anyone wishing to sit in on a rehearsal can arrange to do so by contacting Shirley

Terrinoni at 564-7910, ext. 4132. Students have chosen music by The Doors and “Jurassic Park.”

Our Lady of the Rosary Church’s annual Strawberry Festival will be Sunday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds on Cayuga Street. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. There will be many booths to interest you from Plants & Books, Baked Goods and Games and Grandma’s Famous Attic – aka garage sale! There will be lots of good food too! Hamburgs, hotdogs, coneys, sausage, chicken barbecue, and of course strawberries and ice cream.

They will have assorted entertainment, including a talent show, and a raffle as well. So come and have some food and fun.  Call Diane Miano at 564-5833 or the church at 564-5201 for more information.

Plans are underway for the Hannibal Central School Alumni Banquet Saturday, June 16 at The Oasis Restaurant, just off Route 48 south of Fulton. Classes of ‘42, ‘52, ‘62, ‘72, ‘82, ‘92, and 2002 will be recognized. The Class of 1962 (50th celebration) has chosen to honor all veterans of their class for the distinction of Honored Alumni. For further information watch for posters or call 564-6690. Reservations with remittance and dues are due by May 29 to Faye Kimball, 32 Hannum Rd., Hannibal, NY 13074.

Remember to get the news of your club or group to me by Monday at the latest for the following week. Please note my phone number is 706-3564 and my e-mail is You may snail-mail me at 210 Meadowbrook Circle, Fulton 13069.

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