by Rita Hooper
Politics are sure getting interesting.
I have put a self-imposed ban on this column not to discuss politics or religion, but after more than 30 years of writing, I’m beginning to feel I may just have to break that band.
Suffice it to say, I hope sex education has gotten better in the schools than it was in the 60s. Some of my older readers will remember that back then we thought babies came from cabbage patches and were bought by storks. Kissing could make you pregnant.
Parents were supposed to have the “talk” with their children. Some did but many were ignorant on the topic themselves or felt embarrassed to be discussing such an issue with their children.
It was also suggested that you talk with your pastor (more people went to church back then) but for the most part they fell in the same category as parents. Obviously, keeping the younger population in the dark about such an important issue didn’t work. Young adults were pretty much left on their own to educate themselves…some did, some didn’t.
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Ever wonder where the expression “egg in your beer” came from? Probably not – but it did come up in conversation this week so I was led to do a little research.
It’s definition seems to be one of wealth or a bonus. Sort of like you have a coat, what do you want a mink?
Some “experts” report that egg in your beer was thought of as an aphrodisiac. Some credit it to World War II when both eggs and beer were expensive and not easily gotten. One source alleges it to be a Polish custom at Christmas.
Some drink the beer with a raw egg (an especially bad practice considering what we now know about eating raw eggs) and others drink it with a cooked egg. But I think most of us would agree, just the thought of eggs in your beer could well make you sick!
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The Hannibal Jammers will be meeting Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the American Legion. If you like country, bluegrass and a little Gospel come on down and over and spend an evening with some good music and friends.
The Hannibal Senior Meals program will meet at the Senior Center at the Library Building on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon for lunch. Most of the folks come earlier for cards and games, conversation and coffee.
This week’s menu features meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, juice, peaches on Monday and egg salad sandwich, pasta/vegetable salad, fruit cup, gelatin on Wednesday. Friday’s menu is seasoned chicken, creamed potatoes, mixed vegetables, applesauce, orange juice.
To make your reservation, please call Rosemary at 564-5471.
Hannibal Elderberries will be meeting at Scott’s Pond this Tuesday evening. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service and beverage. Bob Simmons will be leading in some singing after dinner.
Don’t forget to include the food pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center on your shopping list. Lend a hand to your neighbors who need a hand up; remember some day it could be you! The center is located in the basement of Our Lady of the Rosary’s rectory across from the High School.
The Hannibal Methodist Church hosts a free chili and soup lunch on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Good food and good people to talk with. Take-outs available.
Hannibal Home and School will be hosting the Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help.
Hannibal Home and School will have its first meeting of the school year Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the parent room in the Kenney Middle School.
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.
The following is Hannibal sports schedule:
The varsity football team will scrimmage Bishop Grimes Today, Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. in Hannibal.
The football team will have its first game at home against Jordan-Elbridge Friday, Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.
In addition, the varsity soccer team will scrimmage Cato at Cato Aug. 31 at 10 a.m. The team’s first game will be Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Cazenovia.
The first day of all modified sports practices will begin Thursday, Sept. 6.
This column is written for the folks in and around Hannibal so please keep me informed of your groups doings so I can pass the word around. Thanks.