In And Around Hannibal – March 22, 2014

I’m off to Maryland this week where I will volunteer with SERRV for a few days. SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eliminatee poverty by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide.

It began when a small group of church relief workers helped refugees rebuild after World War II. SERRV has grown into a $9 million fair trade network connecting thousands of artisans in developing countries with customers and volunteers across the United States.

If I’ve raised your curiosity, check it out on the net! Some of our local churches put on SERRV Fairs.

While in Maryland, I’ll also be delivering more that 250 school kits to Church World Service from all across Central New York.

On Friday, I’m headed to DC to attend Ecumenical Advocacy Days; EAD is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community and its recognized partners and allies.

Their goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen their Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

On Monday, 1,000 Christian advocates will take to Capitol Hill for meetings with their members of Congress. This year’s theme is, “Jesus Weeps: Resisting Violence, Building Peace.”

The longer I live, the more I realize that all those tiny beams of light that work on food pantries and clothes closets, fight and support for better health care, advocate against drug use, prepare free meals, put together assorted kits, etc. are just treading water.

It takes government to do for people what they can’t do for themselves. So it’s time I took that bigger step in faith and went to Capitol Hill. It will be a new experience for me, but one I’m looking forward to.

I feel a little like Ella Leonard Stevenson must have felt when she left Hannibal, traveling far and wide on behalf of women’s suffrage!


This year’s honoree of the Hannibal Libraries’ Woman of the Year award is Christine Learned. The reception will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today, Saturday, March 22 at the Library.

Lenten Services of the Enoch Thomas Cluster of United Methodist Churches continue. All services start at 5 p.m. with refreshments afterwards; all are on Sunday, March 23, at Hannibal Center; March 30 at Ira (please note Hannibal and Ira have switched dates from what was previously announced); April 6 at Bowens Corners.

On Sunday April 13, Palm Sunday, they will all be taking part in a Choir Festival at Hannibal.

The Tri-County Singers will perform their Easter Cantata at the Hannibal United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. March 30. A free will offering will be received.

Senior Center

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The Center opens at 10 for those who like to work on puzzles, read the paper or just have a chat over coffee.

There’s always something to do at the Center, which is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, March 24: Hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, vegetable blend, fruit cup

Wednesday: Turkey sloppy Joe, baked beans, cole slaw, mixed fruit

Friday: Chicken breast w/mushroom sauce, rice pilaf, vegetable blend, cookie

Activities: Monday is Wii bowling; Wednesday is Bingo after lunch; Friday is   shuffleboard, games.

Please call Rosemary at 564-5471 and make your reservation.


The Hannibal Historical Society will be meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Community Center, Oswego Street. Alena Patane Sanford will tell about the history of the Hannibal Nursery School.  The school now operates under the umbrella of the Hannibal Free Library and provides for small group educational opportunities for pre-school children aged 3-5 years.

I remember 35-plus years ago receiving info for this column about the nursery school from Alena’s mom Vivian … wish I could be there to share the trip down memory lane.  Refreshments will be served.

Bone Builders don’t take the winter off — they meet at the American Legion at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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 Elderberries will meet for a covered dish dinner at noon this Tuesday at the Community Center.  Please bring your own table service and dish to pass.  The center is on Oswego Street in the Community Center, Library building.

This will be the last noon meeting.  In April, they will begin their summer schedule and resume meeting at 6 p.m.

They voted to continue to collect food and non-food items for the Hannibal Resource Center and blankets and pet food for the Humane Society. Some of the Berries involved with these organizations have agreed to drop them off.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at Our Lady of the Rosary (Cayuga Street across from the High School) meets at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

ZUMBATHON to benefit Upstate New York chapter of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 26 at Hannibal Village Tavern. For more information call 564-5266 or 564-5479.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted though) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3 (Church Street).

Hannibal Fire Co. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, March 30 at the firehouse on Oswego Street. FREE pictures with the Easter Bunny will be provided By C. Perkins Photography from 9 to 11 a.m.

They will be serving pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries toast, sausage gravy, biscuits and beverages.

The Hannibal Lenten soup dinners and devotionals will begin April 1 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church across from Hannibal High School on Cayuga Street.

The next one in on April 8 at the Hannibal Methodist Church and the last one is April 15 at God’s Vision Christian Church.

The Senior Council rooms are available for groups and family rental when not being otherwise used.  Please give Rosemary a call for information and booking (564-5471.)

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will be holding its Spring Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday April  6 at the Hannibal Community Center nextto the Library.  There will be hundreds of books,  for all ages and interests.

There will also be a wide variety of baked goods  for sale. For more information call Faith Chaffee,  564-5192.

Craft and Bake Sale at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, Church Street (one block west of the Village Square on Route. 3) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All homemade soup, chili, sandwiches and pie!  Two floors of crafts for you to browse and shop!

The Hannibal Library has a Garden Time raffle basket full of containers, gift certificate from Travis Floral, books on container gardening, gloves, tools and more. The drawing will be on April 15.

There will be a Community-wide Yard Sale in the Hannibal area at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3. Last year we had 27 sales — all offering MANY bargains!

If you wish to participate and would like your sale placed on the master list call 564-6410 and provide your street address and phone number by Sunday, April 27.

If you will have special sale content like tools, antiques, sports equipment, or if multiple-families are participating, please note that also. (There is no need to provide your name.)

Multiple copies of the master list will be available for the buying public at the Community Center (Library) beginning at 8 a.m.

I can’t write it unless I have it — so you know what to do … phone or email me with your club’s or organization’s info. That includes the schools, churches, Dollars for Scholars, blood drives, Scouts, 4-H, TOPS, Resource Center etc.

Rita Hooper

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