In and Around Hannibal

By Rita Hooper

As I write this week’s column, the rain is falling and from what the news tells me, it’s going to be raining for a couple of days.

I’m reminded of Al Jolson’s old song:

Though April showers may come your way,

They bring the flowers that bloom in May.

So if it’s raining, have no regrets,

Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, (It’s raining violets,)

And where you see clouds upon the hills,

You soon will see crowds of daffodils,

So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song,

Whenever April showers come along.


The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived. But then you knew that!

You are probably sitting down, getting around to reading the paper about 5 p.m.  Saturday afternoon. You’ve had a busy day both holding your own garage sale and sneaking time to visit the other sales in town.

Isn’t it funny, how we clear out our junk so we can buy our neighbor’s junk and fill up all the space we just created?  Oh, you don’t do that? Come on … I can see your nose growing!

Just in case, you’re reading this while having your morning jo, get out of your PJs and into your jogging outfit and start hitting the sales — it’s Community Yardsale Day.

You can pick up the list at the Senior Center in the Hannibal Library on Oswego Street. There are 25 sales listed! The sales start at 8 a.m. Make sure to give a look-see at the Elderberry Sale when you pick up your list.

The Hannibal Methodist Church began its sale yesterday, and will be holding a bag sale today. That’s on Route 3, 1 block west of the Village Square.

This is really a fun day in Hannibal…bringing the community together as neighbors get to see each other, even sit and chat for the first time after a long, long winter. I’ll be praying for a nice, warm, sunny day.

The Mother and Daughter Banquet for the Hannibal United Methodist Church will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Reservations were due to Ulah Baker, 564-6376 by May 1; if you haven’t made your reservation, call right away and maybe she can wave her magic wand and get you in!

Hannibal Democrats will host a chicken barbecue at noon Sunday May 4 at the American Legion on Rochester Street.  To purchase pre-sale tickets, call 564-5630.

I received notice this week from Mayor Fred Kent that beginning about 7 a.m. Monday, May 5, one of the town trucks will be making the rounds in the village to pick up bagged leaves and twigs and other growing things. I don’t think children are included! There just is no rest for the weary!

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.

The center is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

  • Monday, May 5:  Homemade soup and sandwich, juice, fruit cocktail
  • Wednesday: Italian sausage with onions and peppers on roll, green beans, potato salad, pudding
  • Friday: Fish, Monterey potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, peaches
  • Activities: Monday — Wii bowling and games; Wednesday — Bingo after lunch;   Friday — Music with Deanna Hubbard

The Jammers start up Monday, May 5 with a covered dish dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester Street. in Hannibal.  Bring a dish to pass, the table service will be provided.  The Jam begins at 7.

There’s always room for more musicians, so if you play a fiddle, guitar, harmonica, washboard, sing or yodel, mark the Jammers on your calendar. They meet every Monday night at 7 at the Legion from now until that white stuff that falls from the sky gets to bothersome to deal with!

Heard from Keith that he found a harmonica jam in Florida this winter.  If I remember right, he said that there were about 40 of them that got together just to play harmonica!

Last call for Church World Service Kits – If you have some kits and would like to get them on the truck from Central New York going to the Brethren Center in Maryland, give Rita Hooper a call at 706-3564 and make arrangements to drop them in Fulton.  The truck is being packed on May 6.

Hannibal Sports Boosters meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school.

Hannibal Chapter of Families with Attention Deficit Disorder meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kenney Middle School libarry.

Bone Builders meet at the American Legion Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

Home and School will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday May 6 in room 30 at Fairley.

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).

The Hannibal Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street.

Hannibal Dollar for Scholars will hold a pulled pork barbecue from noon until sold out Saturday, May 10.

May 10, the  North Volney Methodist Church, (corner of County Routes 4 and  6 in Volney) will be hosting a gospel concert featuring the Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass from 1 to 3 p.m. They will also have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a plant sale, bake sale and lunch will be available too. The concert is free; a free will offering will be received to pay the musicians.

The public hearing on the proposed Hannibal school budget for 2014-15 will be at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the board room in the high school.

I was surprised to read in the Valley News that there is no contest for two seats on the Hannibal Board of Education.

I know my memory isn’t as good as it once was, but I can’t remember when the last uncontested race was held. I do remember some pretty hard fought races in the past though.

Along these lines, School Superintendent Donna Fountain will attend the next meeting of the Elderberries at 6 p.m. May 13 to present the school budget and other information. The Berries meet at the Senior Center (Library,) Oswego Street. Bring your own table service and dish to pass.

The Friends of the Library have a new raffle basket called Just Frogin’ Around, all things frog. Includes a fountain, garden ornament, calculator, wrapping paper and more. The drawing is May 13.

Plans are underway for the Hannibal Alumni Banquet June 14. This year it will be held at the Elks Lodge on Pierce Drive in Fulton. Watch for posters for reservation information.

Plans are underway for the fourth annual SOS Music Fest this summer in Hannibal. For information, call Erik at 564-6133.

Rita Hooper 706-3564

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