In And Around Hannibal: June 7, 2012

Rita F. Hooper   

Remember when you looked forward to getting the mail?

Long letters from your favorite aunt, handmade Valentine cards, love letters from a special someone, notes from your parents while at college or in the military  Now it seems the only mail I get is related to money.  How about you?

I get the usual bills — some have been cut down since I’ve begun computerizing them, but not all, so the bills still come in. Then there is all that junk stuff from mega merchants telling me to buy their sale items which may or may not be a real sale item. It does help to fill the recycle bin.

Isn’t it interesting that you don’t get much from the homegrown hardware store or pharmacy…just from the big guys.


Then the third big amount of mail comes from folks trying to raise money for a cause – this time of year from politicians, political parties and PACS – in the winter the money requests come from charities, some legit and others not, how is one to know?

I guess everyone wants my money — even when I tried to run away  — they managed to find me and my mailbox.

Why not surprise someone this week — even if it’s yourself — and write a note to someone — just out of the blue.

I was speaking with a woman in her 90’s this past week, and she told me that she tries to do something for someone everyday  – maybe writing a letter to a long lost friend might be just the ticket for today.

If you have no one to write to – drop me a line with news of your community event!

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I received this invitation from Mayor Fred Kent to pass along to my readers this week.

Oct, 30, 1951, a group of Hannibal men formed a Men’s Club Association for the purpose of providing facilities for an athletic field to foster a program of community service and progressive community projects.

On May 1, 1954, the Hannibal Men’s Club purchased a tract of land on Rochester Street and donated it to the Village of Hannibal. This land was to be used for an official baseball diamond and as a general community playground and athletic field.

This generous act by this group of men, has gone largely unnoticed for the last four generations of Hannibal boys and girls.

This Sunday, July 8, at 1:30 p.m., preceding the Old Timer’s Baseball and Little-League games and Concert in the Park, there will be a short Rededication Ceremony of the field and placement of signage marking it as Hannibal Memorial Field.

The ceremony will take place at the entrance to the field on Rochester Street in the Village. The baseball game is due to start at 2 p.m.

The Friends of the Library will be providing library info, selling cookies, and having a “snack wagon” at the ball game.

The 20th Annual Concert, co-sponsored by the Hannibal Historical Society and the Village of Hannibal, will begin at p.m. with the following performers: Dam Dog, Fulton Community Dixieland Band and the Fulton Community Band.

Foster Funeral Home is happy to sponsor the music for our enjoyment. Food and beverages will be available.

The concert will be held rain or shine and it is suggested each attendee bring a lawn chair.

Following the concert a duck derby will take place at the Mill Street dam. Tickets will be available at the concert. The Derby is an annual fund raiser for Dollars for Scholars.

Both admission and parking are free. Bring your lawn chair and spend a lazy, hazy, crazy day of summer with your family and friends.

Senior Meal Program will be hosting lunch Monday, and Friday at noon. Come early for coffee, conversation and games.  They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Oswego Street.

On Monday, July 9, they will be serving beef stroganoff with egg noodles, peas & carrots, juice and a cookie. Wednesday will be baked ham with pineapple, scalloped potatoes, spinach and oranges, and Friday, hamburgers, carrot coins, red potatoes and ice cream.  The Pritchards will be entertaining the group on Monday.

Call Rosemary at  564-5471, to make your reservation.

The Jammers will meet at the Legion on Rochester Street for their Monday night (7 to 10 p.m.) Jam.

Summer Reading starts July 10, at the Hannibal Library, and runs through August 16. Sign up for the program has begun, but children are encouraged to come in any time.

Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. is crafts, reading and activities. Wednesday is the tennis program, also from 10 to 11 a.m. All activities are at the library.

The Summer reading program has set a goal of reading 3,000 books (we were close to that last year), and if we make that goal, Jim Morabito & the IGA will bring all of the fixings for a picnic at the end of the summer.

Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the Methodist Church holds a chilli-soup lunch. This is available for free to any and all who would like to come to the church on Church St., one block west of the Village Square. Take-outs are available.

Good food, good fellowship at comfortable temperatures.

I don’t know if dates have changed for the summer so you might want to check the following if it applies to you:

Monday the Village Board meets at 7 p.m.

Hannibal VFW Post Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m.

Wednesday the TOPS chapter 1065 meets at Our Lady of the Rosary at 5:45 p.m.

Hannibal School Board meets also on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office in the High School Building.

Thursday the Town Board meets at 7 p.m.

The S.O.S. FEST is fast approaching. Save Our Students will be held July 20-22 at the Hannibal Firemans Field, Rochester St. Hannibal.

The S.O.S. FEST is sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group of God’s Vision Church. The S.O.S. FEST is a three-day music festival that will host over a dozen bands play from all over the USA and Canada, including Newworldson, Everyday Sunday, Silversyde, Cry Of the Scapegoat, The Vintage Band, Wes Aarum, Good Fight, The 7 Thunders, The Sent Forth, Infusion Ministry, and Against The Slate.

Tickets are available now at only $10 for Friday night with Newworldson, $5 for all day Saturday!

YOUR church, youth group, club or team can have a booth, sell food, drinks, informational display for $25 per booth space.

Details at or contact Eric Sverika. All Cabin 3 profits go to local youth programs.

Would you like to honor or keep the memory alive of someone special to you in Hannibal?  Buy a brick for the park with their name on it.  Call Peg Shepard at 564-6998.

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