by Rita Hooper
This passed weekend I attended a Women’s Conference in Albany. It was my first opportunity to speak with women who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy. It’s hard for folks to imagine the mere size of this storm…think of it as all of Europe being devastated like after World War II.
I was born during that war so I only have the pictures and history books to tell me what it was like. The massive airlifts on the part of the US to rebuild Europe and evacuate the people and bring in much needed supplies. Our coastline is gone. Life as these folks knew it is forever changed. As we go to the Adirondacks, many folks go to the shore for their vacation…the shore as they knew it, is no more. How rebuilding is done needs to be well thought out so catastrophes like these aren’t allowed to happen again.
One woman at the conference said she had lost her home, another said she lives in an apartment so couldn’t go out even after the water receded, because she would not be able to get back up the stairs. She said she is a survivor (having been burned out 40 years ago when her children were small and they lost everything at Christmas time) so she camped out.
She took little tea lite candles and put them in a cake pan, put a baking cooling rack on top, took a fry pan and cooked herself an egg. Probably the best egg she ever ate. All of the women from that area said they came to the conference for hot meals, hot showers and a bed to sleep in and a chance not to think about what the next step might be for them. A number would be not going back home as they had no home and were heading off to friends and relatives. Some were stocking up their cars with supplies to take with them. They have been uplifted by the support shown to them with the volunteers and supplies being given to them.
The keynote speaker was not able to come as she did not have enough gas in her car to idle in line to fill up her tank. A number of women were complete no shows…no phones or power to contact anyone with. A number contacted the conference to say they could not leave due to storm related circumstances.
Money is needed, clean-up supplies are needed, toiletries are needed, counseling is needed. There are many opportunities for you to give. Be it through the churches and their mission and service divisions, the Red Cross, businesses and other volunteer groups. We have survived many blizzards but we have not seen anything like this. I grew up on Long Island and lived on the shore but nothing would have prepared the people for this kind of storm. Hold these folks in your prayers and do what ever it is you can do to help out. There but for the grace of God go I!
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I just heard while working the polls in Granby that the Hannibal varsity girls cheerleading team won first place in the small school’s division last week in Baldwinsville. Way to go girls!
The SW Oswego United Methodist Churchwill be having a roast beef dinner today, Nov. 10 starting at 4:30 p.m. The menu is roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, and homemade pie for dessert. Take-outs are available. The church is located on 104, next to Ontario Orchards.
A Wreath Making Workshop will be held today, 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. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.
The Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary Post 1552 will host a veterans appreciation breakfast Sunday, Nov. 11 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Hannibal American Legion, 226 Rochester St.
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. He will need to be air-flighted to New York City within two 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. Music provided by DJ Chikara and the Claydo Ridge DJ’s. Checks are appreciated and may be sent to Corey Welling c/o Luanne Constanza, 225 West First St. Oswego, NY 13126.
The menu for the Senior Meals program this week is beef stroganoff over egg noodles Monday, a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings Wednesday, and fish clippers Friday. Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. The Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego St. across from the Fire House.
The Elderberries will be celebrating Thanksgiving at noon this Tuesday at the Senior Center (Library building). Bring a dish to pass and join them. Turkey is being supplied.
Hannibal’s ninth annual Country Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18. There will be open houses, wine tasting, crafts and food, beverage samples and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Christmas Bureau Carnival at the Kenney School.
The Hannibal United Methodist Church 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 eighth annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths will take place at the Hannibal Library Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.