by Rita Hooper
I imagine a number of my readers have been glued to their TV’s, radios and cell phones this week, listening to the details of the storm of the century.
I look at the pictures and really can’t believe it – Katrina was terrible but it didn’t cover the territory that this storm has. I think I heard Gov. Christie of NJ say that Monmouth County was the worst hit county in NJ and all but five counties were affected.
I lived in Monmouth Country before moving here in 1975. I can’t imagine what New York City is like without its subways and buses to say nothing of having power. I have a conference in Albany this week and many of the participants are coming from Long Island, New York City and New Jersey.
I wonder how our attendance will be. Albany is almost the end of the earth to down-staters, just like Hannibal is to people who live in Syracuse!
So what can we do to help? I have received word tonight from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance how I could contribute money. I imagine all the churches have set up a special Sandy fund, so check with your particular denomination – generally speaking, a much larger percentage of your donation go to those needing help if you give through a faith-based organization.
The American Red Cross is another place you may contribute to. If you are looking for something to do, Church World Service is already filling requests from New Jersey. You can put together hygiene kits and clean-up buckets.
If you google CWS kit program, you’ll find out exactly what to put in a kit or bucket. They can be dropped off at the local CWS headquarters Gateway Drive in North Syracuse. They will also accept money donations.
I have been a volunteer in their warehouse in Maryland and can vouch for their honesty. I assume before too long the re-building will be begin and then their will probably be requests for help in that area too.
I know many church groups still go down to New Orleans and the southern tier to help with disasters that happened several years ago and now are a distant memory to most of us. And a few prayers couldn’t hurt! So there are lots of ways those of us in central New York who are left counting our blessings can help.
On another note…
This is the Big Week coming up. Election Day is Tuesday just in case you have forgotten. Just a few more days and the ads will end. I have been one of those pesky phone volunteers and I’ve done it for years. As callers say, you have to be made of tough stuff to put yourself in that position.
We don’t like calling anymore than you like receiving the calls, but they must work “cause everyone does it.” We chuckle when someone says “You’ve got my vote – your golden.” We are amazed when others ask, “who’s running? For what?”
I wonder if those folks know where to vote. I bumped into a gal the other day, who asked me how she could register. I work the polls on election day, too, and you would be surprised how many folks come in every year and have never voted before. It’s kind of fun to help an 18 year old cast their first vote…it’s like sharing in a person’s own little part in history. Poll workers are more than happy to assist.
I know it’s a right and the responsibility of every citizen to vote. I am angered when I hear of people who don’t vote and even angrier when those who vote, don’t take that responsibility seriously enough to do a little research on the candidates and issues.
I hope my voters do their research and remember to vote Tuesday. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and, weather permitting, the lines shouldn’t be that long in our area.
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A pulled pork dinner will be served at the Granby Center United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon until 3 p.m. Eat-in or take-outs available.
The menu for the Senior Meals program this week is Homemade macaroni and cheese, veggie blend, scalloped tomatoes, and gelatin Monday; hot meatball sub, Italian blend veggies, tossed salad, and cookie Wednesday; and turkey stew, rice pilaf, veggie blend, and fruit cocktail Friday.
Why not consider joining them this week? Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. It is held at the Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego Street.
The Jammers will be holding forth at the American Legion this Monday beginning at 7 p.m.
The annual Election Day Soup and Sandwich Luncheon with homemade pie for dessert will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church, one block west of the Village Square.
UMC of Hannibal Center- South Hannibal is having its annual Election Day Ham Dinner starting at 5 p.m. at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street.
TOPS will meet at Our Lady of the Rosary on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.
The Hannibal Senior Band will present its Fall Fiesta Music Concert Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the High School Lockwood Auditorium. Students will perform a variety of musical selections at varying degrees of difficulty.
The Jazz Ensemble will make its first appearance of the year at the start of the evening event. It features veteran members on solos throughout their tunes.
The Hannibal Methodist Church hosts a free chili and soup lunch Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.
Friends of the Library will hold a Wreath Making Workshop Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Godfrey’s Last Stand. Hands-on making of an evergreen wreath with bow and a soup and bread lunch after. For information call Linda at 564-6643.
The fall raffle basket is at the library, Lots you’ll need for your kitchen and Thanksgiving table with a puzzle to keep the children busy after the parade.
Corey Welling is a graduate of Hannibal Central Schools and is in need of a lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis that he has had since he was 6 months old. He is now 27.
It is through medical advances that Corey and others like him have been able to live. He will need to be air-flighted to NYC within 2 hours of being notified that there are matching lungs for him. A benefit will be held for him Nov. 11 at the Crazy Gator in Fulton.
The Hannibal United Methodist Church’s craft show will be Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will also be available and includes soup, sandwich, homemade pie and beverage.
The church is located at Route 3 and Church Street, one block west of the Village Square.
This year’s show is being called the Debra Sidman Memorial Craft Show in memory of their long time chairwoman, Debra Sidman, who died recently.
Christmas Bureau applications may be picked up in the school nurse’s offices or at any of the Hannibal churches. Deadline is Dec. 7.
No applications will be accepted after that date. Anyone who would like to help out in any way is asked to call 546-7916.