In And Around Hannibal: August 8, 2012

Rita Hooper 

I understand Diane Sawyer did a report recently on imported goods to this country. I missed the program, but it was noted that for about $64, the difference you would need to spend to Buy American rather than purchasing items imported from a foreign country.

She said that about 200,000 new jobs would be created for American manufacturers. If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 worth of imports, we could put a billion dollars of trade imbalance in our favor.

American ends in “I Can.” As Americans, why not try buying American for the month of August? Check those labels as you buy school clothes and supplies, don’t forget that we are importing many foods too.

I’m not calling for us to be isolationists, but I am hoping to call your attention to a situation that you can do something about.

Just imagine if the companies doing most of the importing lost a 12th of their business? Buying imports has not created jobs in the U.S. — but it has cost us jobs! Shop Locally – buy Made in America!

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The Hannibal Methodist Church’s sixth annual turkey barbecue will be Sunday, Aug. 5 from noon till 3. Bob Simmons and some of the Monday night Jammers will be providing bluegrass sounds for your enjoyment.

It might be a good time to bring and drop off some canned goods, cereal, boxed mac and cheese and the old faithful, peanut butter for the Resource Center.

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.

Monday, the menu features meatloaf and gravy, Wednesday includes egg salad sandwiches among other cold plate favorites, and Friday will be fish and baked potatoes. Call Rosemary at  564-5471, to make your reservation.

The Jammers will meet at the Legion on Rochester Street for their Monday night Jam. It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. are crafts, reading and activities. Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. is the tennis program. All activities are at the library.

The Southwest Oswego Methodist Church will hold a concert Tuesday, Aug. 7. Bonnie B. Good will be performing at 7 p.m. Please bring your own lawn chair and refreshments will be available. Additional concerts may be added. The church is located at 7721 State Route 104.

Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the Methodist Church will hold a chilli-soup lunch. This is available for free to any and all who would like to come to the church on Church Street, one block west of the Village Square. Take-outs are available. Good food, good fellowship at comfortable temperatures.

The pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center, across from the High School in Hannibal, is looking very slim. If you can help fatten their shelves with some food donations, it would be appreciated. Please drop them off at the center or one of the Village churches on Sunday morning. Remember with school closed for the summer, many families have extra meals to prepare, and their belts are tightening!

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting a Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29. Invitations will be sent home in the mail with more information. Email or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions.

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.

Please let me know what’s happening in your group, club, church etc. so I can keep the rest of Hannibal informed.

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