In and Around Hannibal

By Rita Hooper 

Is this the longest “getting to spring” in history?

I’m forcing myself to put my winter coat away, but I’m wearing several sweaters when I go out. I think we are all past waiting for some warmer weather.

I see we are having a day to get rid of up to eight tires for free at the local transfer stations. The dates are May 17 and June 14 (Flag Day!) from 8 a.m. to noon.

I’m reminded of the olden days when old tires were filled with dirt and used for planters. I had a friend visiting me from college when we decided to do some tire planters for my neighbor, Stella Livingston.

Stella was one of those town characters. She never wore a coat that I can remember.  She’d stand in the Post Office if it got really cold.

Everyone knew Stella, I suspect she had cleaned house or babysat for many of Hannibal’s families at one time.

But I digress.

Neither of us had made tire planters before, but how hard could it be? I don’t recommend any of my readers try this…after I did, I decided it was far easier to sink tires in the yard and plant my posies, veggies and trees in them that way.

Today there are lots of directions for tire planters on the Net, but back then there was no Net. So you flew by the seat of your pants and maybe you experienced a crash landing!

The first thing you need to do is find a tire, the older and balder the better.  Don’t use steel-belted radials. They are impossible to cut and could just kill you while you were in the process of trying to cut them.

Pliability in the area between the hub and tread is important as you’re going to have to turn the tire inside out. If that area doesn’t “give” easily under palm pressure, look for another tire.

Now that you have the tire, mark the “petal points,” remembering that you are going to be flipping the tire. The final design will be the inverse or opposite of what you draw.

Cut your petals inwards, from pics, I note that they use a screwdriver or awl to mark the points and put a hole into the tire to start the cutting.  We didn’t know that, so we struggled with a bunch of dull saws and working from the outside in, tried cutting through the tread.

Oh I was so young then! One set of directions suggested that a knife should be able to do the cutting…today I would recommend a saws-all.

Make sure to cut all the way around the tire! Duh! that should be a snap but it’s 90 degrees out, the baby is crying and the 5-year-old is running around and generally driving me crazy!

Now you get to start reefing on your tire to try to flip it inside out.

First my friend and I tried pulling the petals to the outside – can you say kneel and pull? That really worked – NOT!

Then we took turns standing on the petals on one side while the other tried pulling out the petals on the other. Falling off tires is not for the faint of heart but does lead to what my father would refer to as a ‘slap happy’ experience.

An hour later, with black colored fingers and bruised hands and knees, we managed to get that son of a gun turned.

I guess you’re supposed to paint them at this point, but we just happily rolled the tire (it’s more than a little wobbly by now cause the rim likes to pull the tire to that side, but it does give it a pedestal to sit on) down to Stella’s, filled it with soil and planted tomatoes and marigolds.

Oh yes – we were not deterred, we made two of them for Stella. The delight on Stella’s face when she picked her first tomato was worth all the trouble. And it did keep the other neighbors from parking in front of Stell’s apartment and warming their engines!

All joking aside – there are lots of directions on the Net and lots of different kinds of planters to make with tires. I’d suggest you start with a small tire and make a hanging basket if you want to consider this.  Otherwise, taking tires to the transfer station on May 17 or June 14 sounds good to me.

By the way…what’s all the skuttlebut about the transfer stations? Seems everyone I speak with has a different answer.  I’ll be working on getting the definitive for you, my faithful readers, as I know closing the Hannibal Transfer Station would have a profound effect on our town.

(Editor’s Note, a story about the future of the transfer stations, including the one in Hannibal, was the cover story in Wednesday’s Valley News).


As I write this week’s column, I’m thinking of those school girls taken in Nigeria. These were girls who were taking their finals…western educated women are not wanted in some areas and can be sold for $12.

I hope by the time you read this, they have been found and released. A total of 270 young women, with their futures ahead of them, who had fought to get the education that many Americans take for granted — 270 young women who were somebody’s darling daughters. A total of  270 women who would be the leaders, lawyers and doctors and teachers of Nigeria.

Hold these young women and their families in your thoughts and prayers.

Did you know the UN has asked us to wear orange on the 25th of every month to bring an emphasis on ending violence against women? Some of us are wearing orange until those gals are released.

Just heard that more girls have been taken. Nigerian protestors are wearing red. Doesn’t matter the color, just help to call attention to their plight.


The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The center opens at 10 a.m.

The center is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street. Give Rosemary a call at 564-5471, and make your reservation.

This week’s menu features:

  • Monday, May 12 — Glazed meatloaf, baked potato, steamed spinach, juice, cookie
  • Wednesday — Chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, fruited gelatin
  • Friday — Stuffed shells with sauce, vegetable, tossed salad, fruit cup

Activities: Monday — Games and Wii bowling; Wednesday — telephone history with Alec Seymour, bingo;  Friday — games

The Hannibal Village Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Building.

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

The Hannibal VFW Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

 The Friends of the Library will select the lucky ticket for their “Just Frogin’ Around” basket May 13.  If you want a ticket, you best put it on  the top of your errands list.

The Hannibal school board meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 in the district office in the high school.

Save the Date! The Hannibal United Methodist Church is busily working on the 175th Celebration Revival planned for 11 a.m. June 22. The committee will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday May 14 at Gloria Simmons’ home.

The Sterling Valley Community Church will hold its annual Men’s and Boy’s Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, May 16. The menu will be Italian with homemade pies for dessert. Call Dianne at 564-6782 with your reservations.


This year’s Hannibal High/Central School Alumni Banquet will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at The Elks Lodge in Fulton.

A social hour is at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6. This will be a buffet style dinner of roast turkey with gravy, ham, mashed potatoes, vegetable medley, tossed salad, ziti, rolls, cupcakes, coffee/tea.

Please make your reservations with payment to Faye Kimball, 32 Hannum Road, Hannibal, New York 13074. All reservations must be to Faye by Tuesday, May 27.

Please make your check payable to H.C.S. Alumni Association. No refund after the reservations deadline.

Alumni dues are $4 per alumnus. If you are unable to attend the banquet and wish to remain on the mailing list, please submit your dues to Faye.

An annual scholarship has been established to be awarded at graduation. The first recipient, Samantha Familo, is currently attending SUNY Cortland studying to be an athletic trainer.

There will be an opportunity at the banquet to make a donation to continue this scholarship. Anyone unable to attend the banquet may submit a donation with his/her reservation/dues.

Letters from alumni will be posted on a bulletin board for all alumni to read, so if you can’t come, but want to get your info to your alums, this might be a good way to do it.

They would like your help to keep the alumni association growing. If you have sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors or friends that are alumni, please encourage them to come and pass on the information in this letter to them.

To help reduce the postage costs, they are requesting you send them your e-mail address and phone number in case of future, unsuccessful e-mail attempts.

The Hannibal Class of 1964 is looking for the following classmates: Paul Broderick, Sandra Chillson Phillips, Louise Darnell, Marilyn Kyle Jabaut, Rodney Gilchrist, Linda Smith Hilton, Nancy Thomas Carkey and Joan Wood Wallach.

Anyone with information regarding these classmates, contact either Carol (Hyde) Eggleston , 564-6780 or Brenda (Muckey) Frazier-Hartle at , 598-6321.

Rita Hooper

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