In and Around Hannibal: January 26, 2012

by Rita Hooper 

Well to our friends who have gone south, you have missed some of the most tropical weather we’ve had since last summer. The sun has shown so bright, you can’t see to drive without your sunglasses and you dare not go out without your sunscreen.

It’s not hard to squench your toes at osteo class as you think of picking up seashells on the sandy beaches. I’ve even broken out the ice tea container and the lawn chairs are set up on the porch!

Haven’t quite gotten the shorts out although I bumped into a young teen with his shorts on at Price Chopper and two others were out biking. I could almost swear I smelled the hot dogs on the grill!  Ah – is this weather crazy or what?

No – the weather’s not crazy – just the writer!  Does seem early for cabin fever but I think the charm of the pretty, white fluffy stuff is wearing off. Wonder how the airline ticket sales, for points south are faring today. Days like this make me glad I sold my home and moved to where others shovel and plow for me.

Did you know that in 1920, there were 80 days in a row, beginning Dec. 16, 1919, when it never thawed in Hannibal? Can you imagine Hannibal before school buses? Can you imagine a cold, blustery snowy day when the children would trudge through hip deep snow to reach their one room school house?

They didn’t have snow days so teacher and students had to get there even if they would rather have been home playing in the snow or staying warm by the fire – maybe making bread or hot soup.

When the roads were blocked with snow, a farmer might hitch a team of horses to a bobsled and fasten a plough behind. A man would have to hang onto the plough handles as in plowing and follow the sleigh. One track would be made in one way and then he turned and made the other track.

If the farmer had a large kettle for butchering sometimes he might put that behind the sleigh rather than the plough. It was dangerous but sometimes children would get in the kettle for the ride.

The above was inspired by Lore and Legends of Hannibal, Past and Present by Flossie Kellogg.

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Memorial Services for Marjorie Woodworth will be today at God’s Vision Christian Church at 11 a.m.

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

Monday, Jan. 28: Hoffman hot dogs and beans — think springtime!

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Cook’s surprise.

I have not gotten the February calendar yet, so I guess that will also be a surprise!

Jewelry making is on the activity schedule for Monday. 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 for coffee and news and games. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation now at 564-5471. I stopped in and had lunch last week before the Senior Council and their beef stew was really good!

Don’t forget, Bone Builders don’t take the winter off – they meet at the American Legion Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m. If you have osteoporosis, there is help for you and your bones, stop in and check it out, or give Louise Kellogg a call.

The Hannibal Methodist Church is serving a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted though) Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Don’t eat alone, come on down and join the fun and fellowship.

The library will be holding a Holiday Basket Raffle Feb. 9. Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras will be included. Make sure to stop by the library and check it out – along with a book or two to curl up with during our next tropical snow drop!

A blood drive will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Hannibal Fire House on Oswego Street. Sponsored by the fire company auxiliary, it will run from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 1-800 RED CROSS to schedule your appointment for blood donation.

Those Hardy Elderberries met last Tuesday in spite of the snow for a covered dish dinner.  Their next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 12 at noon. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass. “Age of Champions” will be shown following the business meeting Feb. 12; if the weather cooperates!  Remember they meet at the Library/Community Center on Oswego Street.

Did you catch the article in a recent Valley News about disposing of “sharps” — used needles and syringes, lancets? They may be bought in a puncture resistant container like a bleach or laundry detergent bottle, (not a coffee or soda can) to the Fulton Urgent care between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to the Manor at Seneca Hill Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays, and Oswego Hospital Health Services Center Suite G50.

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

If you know that your organization is planning an event and you don’t see it in the Hannibal column, please e-mail me or give me a call (both are posted at the top of this column).

This column is to keep those in Hannibal, Florida, Arizona and points in between and around the globe posted on what’s shaking in our fair community. Some of us still like to read the happenings the ole fashioned way!

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