In and Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

Ukraine has been in the news lately as Russia has seen fit to take over Crimera, a part of Ukraine.

But I would like to share with you a little about Ukraine that some of my readers may not know.

During Lent, the women and girls (primarily) of Ukraine have decorated special eggs called pysanky eggs. It is believed  this tradition may go as far back as 4,000 BC.

They use a special process that uses beeswax and dyes on raw eggs. You must be careful not to break the eggs or you will have a big mess!

Over a period of years, the contents of the eggs dry up and the eggs become very light and they will last for years. They are tougher than they look!

The tool they use to put the wax on the egg and make the designs with is called a kistka. Where the wax is placed will remain white or the previous dye color. The wax is removed from the egg by melting it off, usually in a candle flame.

Eggs are used because they represent new life or rebirth. They are made during Lent so they will be ready for Easter where their use reminds us of the resurrection of Jesus.

The egg also is a symbol of the sun.  Many of the designs on the eggs have special meanings as well. For example, flowers represent love, animals, wealth and prosperity, dots are stars and butterflies nature, and wheat, a bountiful harvest.  Any design that encircles the egg represents eternal life.

Every color chosen has special meaning too: Yellow – Happiness, Blue – Health, Orange – Endurance, Black – Protection from Evil

The women will often decorate these eggs in private so their ideas are not copied. Each egg is an original.

Some Ukrainians believe the eggs will ward off evil. I bet they are making lots of eggs this year and would appreciate any you made.

I remember years ago, the Hannibal Library did a couple of workshops on pysanky eggs. Some of you may remember Librarian Karen Eckersley became quite good at doing these eggs and I was the lucky recipient of one or two of them.

The gift of a pysanky egg is very special and represents love, peace and friendship.  As for me and my heavy handedness, I’ll stick with hard cooked eggs and simple dyes. A simple, kid friendly method is to draw pictures on a boiled egg with a crayon and dip it in the dye. Where the picture is will remain white.

My husband used to like to write scripture passages on the eggs…ah you’re never too old to color eggs!

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The Hannibal Sports Boosters is conducting a lottery ticket raffle to raise funds to support the Hannibal Athletics program.

They anticipate selling 1,000 tickets.  Each ticket sold will then be eligible to win $50 each day for the month of May using the New York state daily lottery number that is drawn each evening.

An individual who purchases a $5 ticket will have 31 chances of winning during the month of May.

There will be four bonus days — Wednesdays during May. The winning ticket on those days will receive an additional bonus of $50 for a total of $100.

Only those over 18 are permitted to sell the tickets. Tickets will be sold from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the IGA/Village Market April 5 (today) and April 19.

If you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, call Mark Lafurney @ 374-8806 or email: mark.lafurney@eaglebev.com

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will be holding their Spring Book and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 at the Hannibal Senior Center Rooms, next to the Library.  There will also be a wide variety of baked goods  for sale.  For more information please call Faith Chaffee, 564-5192.

The Enoch Thomas Methodist Cluster will hold their last Lenten Service at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Bowen’s Corner Church. Refreshments will follow.

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The center, located in the library across from  the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street,  opens at 10.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, April 7 — Homemade soup and sandwich (call for details), crackers, juice, fruit cocktail

Wednesday — Goulash, vegetable, juice, pineapple tidbits

Friday — Chicken cordon bleu, roasted potatoes, vegetable blend, yogurt

Activities: Monday — games and Wii bowling; Wednesday — games, bingo after lunch; Friday — games, craft (beaded crosses)

Bone Builders meet at the American Legion Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45AM.  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 Senior Council would like to remind you that their 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 Hannibal Nursery School announces an open house will be held, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 9 at the school in the upstairs of the Hannibal Library. Enrollment is open for the fall 2014-2015 school season. School season runs September-May. Classes are held 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays. All 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds welcome. Call Christy at 727-1653 with any questions.

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

A Maundy Thursday service will be at Hannibal United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

Granby Center United Methodist Church will have a Good Friday service at 5:30 p.m.

Please churches in the Hannibal Area, let me know your Holy Week schedule.

On June 2, they will be honoring Fred Kent for his contributions to the Hannibal community.  Save the date now!

Rita Hooper  706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

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