In And Around Hannibal: September 8, 2012

Rita Hooper 

This passed week saw the passing of Dorothy Fresch. Dorothy was born on the family farm just west of the Village.

She taught in many of the one room school houses in and around Hannibal before centralization and retired from Cayuga Street School in 1975. She and her husband also had a mink farm at one time in the village. Dorothy was just four years short of marking 100 years.

Can you imagine the changes she saw in her lifetime? Hannibal was really a one horse town when Dorothy was born — now there are lots of horses under the hoods! She saw the advent of electricity and public water. She saw the changes from crank phones to cell phones.

She attended services at the Baptist Church and watched it transform from being wrecking ball material into the current Library and Senior Center.

This little girl, born nearly 100 years ago, became a world traveler and hosted many students from other countries through the American Field Service program.

But she never forgot her home community in Hannibal taking active roles in the Methodist Church, the Historical Society, the Senior Nutrition Program, Elderberries, Senior Council and the Community Center Board.

She was honored by the library‘s Citizen of the Year Award in 2011.

Most of us will remember her walking – as she walked almost everyday to the post office and the senior center and to the church and school. I will remember her for the articles she would contribute to this column from time to time.

She held the Shutts Family Reunion for years including the last one just a week or two ago.  Well done, good and faithful servant, now enter into the joy of the Lord!

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As a news junkie, I have been glued to the political conventions the past two weeks.  But did you know that Hannibal had one of its own at one of the conventions?

Judy Prosser was part of the official New York State delegation to the Democratic Convention in Charlotte. Judy as many of you know was half of the team of Prosser and Prosser that received the 2012 Citizen of the Year award presented by the Methodist Church.

Judy serves on both the local and county Democrat committees and is active in Girl Scouting and the Country Cruizers. Hope she remembers to bring back a few political buttons for my collection!

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The Hannibal Jammers will not be meeting this Monday — remember never on the second Monday. They will see you the following week at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester St.

The Hannibal Senior Meals program will meet this Monday and Wednesday  at noon for lunch.  Most of the folks come earlier for cards and games, conversation and coffee.

This week’s menu is homemade macaroni and cheese, scalloped tomatoes, vegetable blend, gelatin on Monday and meatball sub, Italian blend veggies, tossed salad, cookie on Wednesday. The center will be closed on Friday for staff training.

They meet in the Senior Center located in the Community Center/Library across from the Fire House on Oswego Street.

To make your reservation, please call Rosemary at 564-5471.

The Hannibal Village Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street.

The Elderberries will meet at the Senior Center at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 for a covered dish dinner. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service.

Bob Simmons will present a special patriotic music program in honor of Sept. 11, 2001.  Community members are welcome to attend either the dinner, the music or both.

The Hannibal VFW Auxiliary will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Hannibal Home and School will have their first meeting of the school year at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 11 in the parent room of the middle school. They will be  having a meet and greet with the new superintendent, Mrs. Fountain, at 6:30 p.m. They would love to see you there!  Childcare is provided.

Come find out what Home and School does for our district.  Any questions, comments or concerns? Email hannibalhands@gmail.com.Mark your calendar!

TOPS will meet at Our Lady of the Rosary on Wednesday at 5:45PM.

There will be a meeting for parents of freshmen from 6 to 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Hannibal Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the Board Room in 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.

The Hannibal Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building.

There will be a hot roast beef sandwich dinner at Our Lady of the Rosary Church across from the high school on Cayuga Street on Sept. 14 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The dinner will includes hot roast beef sandwich (served au jus or with gravy upon request, mashed potatoes, vegetable, cabbage salad, dessert and beverage. Take-outs are available.

This dinner is to raise funds for Dallas Voss to make a medical mission trip to Haiti. She will be going with her grandma Jo Ells. If you would like to send donation to Dallas, please send to: Dallas Voss, 76 Barker Road, Oswego, NY 13126

Next Sunday, Sept. 16, Oswego County Democrats will be holding their annual steak bake and corn roast at Scott’s Pond. Steaks have to be pre-ordered by calling 564-5630 but other items available ala carte. A number of local Democrat candidates plan on being there to meet and greet you.

Sept. 20 will be the open house at Kenney Middle School from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Hannibal Historical Society will meet Monday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. for a short business meeting. At 7 p.m., Kirk Coats, adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego, will present a program entitled “Reconstruction – America’s second Civil War.” Refreshments will be served.

Oct. 7 from noon until 5 p.m., there will be a benefit for the Wounded Warriors Project at the American Legion. Included will be a spaghetti dinner and entertainment and a motorcycle ride to several other American Legion Posts in the afternoon for those so inclined. More info in future columns but save the date now.

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