In and Around Hannibal: January 11, 2012

Rita Hooper


Cabin 3 youth group is hosting a Hurricane Sandy disaster relief concert Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of God’s Vision Christian Church.

The church is located on the corner of N.Y.S. Route 3 and West Street.

The bands “The Good Fight” and “The Sent Forth” will be playing a mix of original music and well known worship songs. This is a free concert. An offering will be taken to benefit the American Baptist Men NYS disaster relief program. There will also be silent auction. Food and drinks will be available. Doors open at 6pm, music starts at 7 p.m.

Members of the Cabin 3 youth group and GVCC have recently assisted the ABMEN with disaster relief work in New York, Pennsylvania, and the New Jersey shore area.

They saw first hand the devastation of this super storm and talked with people and families that still have nowhere to live. Tens of thousands of homes were destroyed and are gone, or no longer livable.

Many of the families were not covered for flood damage as usually flood insurance is only purchased when your home is below the 100 year flood zone.

Many of the homes destroyed were many feet above the 100 year flood elevation and thus had no flood insurance.

Cabin 3 members worked in homes where elderly people have lived for over 30 years and now are forced to leave all their possessions behind; one couple is currently living in a camper while others are in temporary shelters or on the street.

The homes that can be saved need to be ripped down to the studs and floor joists then treated for mold. This is the work the youth were involved with as well as removing trees from peoples homes and properties.

The ABMEN NYS have several trailers full of equipment like chainsaws, shovels, generators etc that they can use to help families try to save their homes from complete demolition.

The ABMEN spend weeks and weeks at these disasters with no compensation. Through donations they equip the trailers and move them to the disaster areas. Volunteer workers sleep on church floors, gym floors or in host family homes.

The youth of Cabin 3 felt that more people need to be aware of the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy and would like to raise much needed funds to help keep the ABMEN disaster relief teams equipped with needed tools and repairs to existing equipment.

For more details on the concert or on the ABMEN disaster relief program feel free to contact Erik at 315-564-6133

Thanks Erik for the update and the invite!

Interesting to note that while the big wheels in Washington are deciding whether or not to send money/aid to New York and New Jersey, churches and volunteer groups across the nation are coming to these hard pressed areas and doing what needs to be done. They will be there long after other agencies are gone.

You’re saying “yeah sure – how does she know?” I know because I’m on the e-mail list for Church World Service and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. I know because I have gone on the web sites of other denominations and found out where there is a need, where an individual help and if there is a group going from here that I can join. There are still groups going to New Orleans and sleeping in tents as they volunteer to help there.

Let us not forget that Central New York is not exempt from disasters. Volunteers from various groups are still going to areas hit by floods in the southern tier.

When I was in Pennsylvania 15 years ago, we much appreciated help that our area received after a tornado came through.

I remind you to attend the concert in Hannibal if you can.  And if you can help in any way, do it.

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The Menu for next week at the Senior Nutrition Program is as follows:

• Monday, Jan. 14: Chili, parslied cauliflower, juice, and fruit.

• Wednesday, Jan. 16: Ham and scalloped potatoes, lemon-dill carrots, juice, and dessert.

• Friday, Jan. 18: Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, vegetable, juice, and fruit.

I understand they are looking for some folks to join their Wii bowling team. Remember they meet at the Senior Center, next to the Library on Oswego Street. Lunch is served at noon but they are open by 10 a.m. for coffee and news and games. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation now at 564-5471.

The Hannibal Resource Center, located across from the high school, has a new phone number: 564-9995. The hours are Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. If you can help with food, clothing or household lines, these would be good times to drop them off. If you need a little helping hand, perhaps the resource center is a place to look.

If you would like to get a little of the holiday feasting off the waistline, the high school is open Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. for some walking at your own pace without fear of slipping on the ice!

Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary’s breakfast buffet will be Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Firehouse on Oswego Street. The new time is 8 to 11 a.m. The Breakfast Crew would like you to know that they would be happy to cook for you!

The Hannibal Library will be holding “2 classes in 1 day” Feb. 26. The first class will begin at 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will be for the Kindle and Kindle Fire e-readers. Immediately following, there will be a class “Managing Your Digital Photos” from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

If there is enough interest, there will be a Nook class before the other two classes. Please bring your own e-readers, laptops, etc.

Please let the library know of your interests or if you have any questions, by stopping in or calling 564-5471.

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