In And Around Hannibal: November 17, 2012

Rita Hooper 

‘Tis Turkey day again — a time for family and friends, a time to laugh, tell jokes and try out some new recipes and, for some, to watch football!

This year as you count your blessings remember those who haven’t been as fortunate as you. Lend a hand at a community dinner with either money or your physical presence, help to re-stock the shelves at the Resource Center with canned donations.

Make a donation to the victims of Sandy. I just received an invitation to see how our Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the NE could help a particular family in Red Hook, a section of Brooklyn that has been completely flooded. FEMA can’t help them and her insurance can’t do an evaluation until Dec. 1.

They are still without power and streetlights so they have not been able to return to their home and pump it out or do their own personal assessment. There but for the grace (unmerited favor) of God, go I! Time to put our words into action!

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This is the weekend many of us have been looking forward to for a whole year. Hannibal’s annual kick-off to the Christmas season begins this Saturday and Sunday with Hannibal’s own Country Christmas.

There will be many activities to take part in and goodies to receive. Many area businesses will be hosting open houses so make sure you pay them a visit. There will be wine tastings and crafts and activities for the children at the Library. Follow the signs to businesses not in the Square! Many of our community organizations will be taking part as well.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Christmas Bureau Carnival will be held at Kenney School.

The Hannibal Historical Society will be selling Pewter Christmas Tree ornaments today and tomorrow at The Festival of Trees being held at the Community Center on Oswego Street.

The eighth annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths will take place at the Hannibal Library today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary Breakfast With Santa will be  tomorrow from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Hannibal Firehouse, Oswego Street.

The breakfast will include pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy biscuits, toast and beverages. Children under five eat free.

Santa will be there at 9 a.m. for free pictures taken by C. Perkins.

Tomorrow, Nov. 18, the historical society is sponsoring the annual Village Christmas Tree Lighting in the Village Square beginning at 4:45 p.m.

The Country Christmas door prize drawings will be held during this event as well as a parade for children and the opportunity to hang ornaments on the tree. Music will be provided by The Hannibal Brass Ensemble.

Following this ceremony, the community is invited to the Community Thanksgiving Service at God’s Vision Christian Church, on Church Street, one short block west of the Square.

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The menu for the Senior Meals program this week will be baked chicken Monday and pork cutlet with country gravy Wednesday. The center will be closed on Friday in honor of Thanksgiving. Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation.

The Jammers meet this Monday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion.  If you enjoy country music, come on over and sit a spell!

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.

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