I am indebted to Mayor Fred Kent for letting me share his remarks made at the recent Hannibal Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration:
A day before Christmas in Hannibal:
“I awoke early and went to Kim’s Village Cafe for breakfast. Next I took Benny to Scrubby Doo’s Dog Grooming for a bath. I then went to Perkin’s Chiropractic for an adjustment.
“Following this, my next stop was to Travis Floral Shop for a centerpiece for Maria. I stopped on the way home and picked up subs for lunch from the Hannibal Quick Mart.
“Following lunch, the whole family went to Beckwith’s Christmas Tree Farm for hayride and a beautiful tree.
“We stopped at Karkruff Construction and picked up plans for our new kitchen and stopped next door to Cluttered Flea Market for some funky ornaments on the way to Kami’s Kix Dance Studio to sign up our granddaughter for dance lessons for an original christmas gift.
“In the afternoon, I dropped my laptop off at Mason’s Computer for some new spyware. Finally, I relaxed at the Hannibal Library in the new lounge area to read my favorite author’s latest book.
“All relaxed, I stopped on the way home and picked up a pizza and wings for a nice dinner from the Village Pizzeria. While waiting for the pizza, I ran over to the Hannibal Pharmacy for some sorely needed medication.
“And it all took place in our beautiful Hannibal.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself — support your local businesses.
What Fred forgot to tell you was that I met him at the Post Office where he had stopped for stamps and found out he had spent all his money and was headed to the Community Bank for a fresh supply. He remembered he wanted to stop at Scott’s and pick up the washers to fix that leaky faucet Maria had been reminding him about for several months now.
Sometimes the smallest presents are the best ones!
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The menu for the Senior Meals program this week will be Hoffman hots Monday and Cook’s Choice Wednesday. Friday, they will be serving fish clippers. Lunch is served at noon but the center opens early for cards and games. The coffee is ready and waiting for you! 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. Birthday wishes are sent to Jane Spicer Dec. 3.
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!
The Village Market will once again be sponsoring a Christmas luncheon for area senior citizens at the Hannibal Fire House Dec. 4 beginning at 11 a.m. No reservations are required and a great time is had by all!
Home and School will be meeting at Fairley School at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4
The Senior Chorus Concert will be at 7PM on Dec. 4.
Christmas Bureau applications may be picked up in the School Nurse’s Offices or at any of the Hannibal Churches. Deadline is December 7th, 2012, No applications will be accepted after that date. Anyone who would like to help out in any way is asked to call 546-7916.
The Hannibal Historical Society will be selling pewter Christmas ornaments Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Market in Hannibal. This will be the last public sale of the ornaments. The original Hannibal Baptist Church is shown on the front of the ornament with a short history of the building on the back. The featured building now houses the Hannibal Community Center. Each ornament comes with a cord for hanging and a pouch for storage. Those who have placed orders can pick them up at the Market on December 8, and orders can still be placed with Ann Mahaney by calling 564-5658 or e-mailing email@example.com.
The Hannibal Senior Band will be presenting a Holiday Kaleidoscope Concert Tuesday, Dec. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lockwood Auditorium. This concert will feature a variety of Small Ensembles, the Jazz Ensemble, Hannibal Community Brass and the Senior Band, presenting a theatrical interpretation of many familiar carols and winter songs. Audience members are asked to bring a donation for the Christmas Bureau.
Prior to the concert, band members will serve their annual complimentary Lasagna Holiday Dinner for local senior citizens in the High School cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone planning to attend should make a reservation by calling 564-7910, ext. 4132 before Dec. 10.
The Elderberries will have their Christmas party at the American Legion Thursday, Dec. 13 beginning at 11:30 a.m. This is a catered meal so you will have to make your reservations. Please remember to bring some groceries for the Resource Center and a $2 gift for the grab bag!
If you would like to volunteer your time to deliver Hannibal Christmas Bureau Boxes on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, please call 564-7916. Two students will be assigned to go with each driver. I’ve done it many times over the years and it really is great fun and puts you in the holiday spirit.
The Hannibal Historical Society is looking for new members. Those who are interested in history, including the history of Hannibal, are invited to join by contacting Carol Newvine at 564-5650 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The society’s next business meeting will be Monday, Feb. 26.