In And Around Hannibal: July 21, 2012

Rita Hooper

I’ll be leaving for Orlando on the 17th to attend the triennial conference of Presbyterian Women. So I thought it would be a good time to do a blast from the past!

The following is gleaned from the summer columns of 1992.

Peter Freyer and Kari Burns were valedictorian and salutatorian, Frank Ferrando was the superintendent, Roger Thompson was principal and Katie Mayo was head of Pupil Personnel.

The Summer Reading Program “Read Around the World” was underway.  They also had craft hours and movie hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The 4-H Happening was taking place at Cayuga Street School. Sponsored by Co-op Extension, the program included a free lunch. Promoting good eating habits, hygiene and self-esteem were the aims of the program and games, songs, crafts, drama, art and crafts were included.

Vacation Bible School was being sponsored by the three village churches meeting at Community Church and also using the Methodist Church for additional facilities. The year’s theme was “Jesus Saves the World.”

Shane Brockway was in Iceland for six weeks as part of a student exchange program. He was helped by the register tapes at the Village Market. I wonder how many wonderful things have happened because of the Village Market Register Tapes over the years.

Airman Norell Palmer, daughter of Laurence and Victoria Tomak, graduated from Basic training at Lackland and was heading for a three-year stint in Okinawa, Japan – her daughter and husband would soon follow.

Eugene Pritchard, Jan Cianfarano and the Hannibal Community Band performed at the Ice Cream Social at Meadowbrook – monies raised benefitted both Dulin’s and Meadowbrook Adult homes.

Barb Willard “checked out” after 20 years of serving on the Library Board of Trustees.

Bridget Cole was named to the Dean’s List at SUNY Geneseo.

Senior Nutrition was planning a trip to Beck’s Grove (now closed) – and in need of riders for the bus discount; the cost was $22.50!

The Democrats were getting ready for their August Annual Corn Roast.

The Hannibal Resource Center had an over-abundance of clothes and were in desperate need of food donations.

Bob Simmons, town supervisor, called for a study on building ordinances or zoning laws. Residents on County Route 7, asked the town to reduce the speed limit on the road. Traffic has gotten heavier since the opening of the Transfer Station and a young boy was killed on the road recently. Jack Beckwith, county legislator, said he would concur with Simmons request to the State DOT.

Carolyn Scott was appointed to the planning board to replace Tom O’Connor and Doug Fisk was appointed to replace Larry Flint, both had recently resigned.

The Caregiver’s Support group was meeting at the Community Center – organized by Martha Hyde and Anna MacCaull  of the Meadowbrook Staff.

Huldah Chapter of Eastern Stars would be honoring Master Masons.

Maribeth Green, a Hannibal teacher, was taking part in the Institute in Energy Education at SUNY Oswego. Governor Mario Cuomo honored the SUNY program with an award for  Energy Excellence saying that those who received the awards were ‘helping to provide a better future for all New Yorkers.” Carl Salvagin (Hannibal) and Roger Hinrichs both from SUNY co-directed the program.

Just about everything in town had a lawn sale, including Country Cruisers. Chicken, any way you like it, could be found most weeks from Hannibal Center to Martville.

Your faithful columnist spent the summer at church camp and kissed her second born off to college.  Just a taste of what was happening in our little ole town twenty years ago.

I’d be interested in hearing the whereabouts of some of the folks mentioned in this synopsis.

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The S.O.S. (Save Our Students) FEST is this weekend at Hannibal Firemen’s Field, Rochester Street, Hannibal.

The S.O.S. FEST is a three-day music festival that will host over a dozen bands, 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 www.itickets.com. Music starts at 11 a.m. Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and at noon there will be The Battle of Local Bands.

American Legion Motorcyclists will be taking part in the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Highway of Valor ride beginning in Owego (as in the southern tier) and going to Hannibal’s Legion Post on Rochester Street. Up to 500 bikers may be taking part. The Hannibal Fire Department will be assisting with traffic. If you see a lot of bikers throughout the Hannibal area, you’ll now know why.

By the way, the Moving Wall is in Owego this week – next year, if all goes as planned, the Wall will be in Hannibal and the ride will go from Hannibal to Owego.

Americorps workers will be doing a Health and Nutritional Program at the Hannibal Town Hall, Park and Pavilion from July 9 through Aug. 10 for children in pre-K to fourth grade. Parents are welcome.

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

The Summer Reading Program has started at the Hannibal Library, and runs through Aug. 16.  Children are encouraged to come in and sign up if they haven’t already done so.

Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. is crafts, reading and activities, and Wednesday is the tennis program 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 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.

The Elderberries will be meeting at Fair Haven Park Tuesday, July 24 at noon for their annual picnic. Bunny will be getting the fires ready for those who want to do some grilling. Please bring a dish to pass, your own table service and comfy chair.

There will also be the first annual bathing beauty contest! Only kidding, but bring your suits if you want to swim! Look for us on the west side of the park by the boat launch area.

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 Street. Take-outs are available. Good food, good fellowship at comfortable temperatures.

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.

As it was 20 years ago – the need by our neighbors for food in the summer grows as the kids are home from school. If you would like to help out, please drop your food donations off at Our Lady of the Rosary Rectory or office (where the Hannibal Resource Center is housed) or bring them to one of the local village churches when you come Sunday morning!

Please — pretty please with sugar on it — let me know what your groups plans are for the summer.

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