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Hannibal Key Club welcomes new members

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Key Club at Hannibal High School recently inducted new members recently at a formal ceremony.

Key Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis International, is a nationally recognized service club whose members are dedicated to their school and community.

As a club, Hannibal students organize an annual Halloween party for the community, help with the Christmas Bureau, spring community cleanup and Winter Ball.

Key Club officers also were inducted as retiring officials prepare to graduate. During the ceremony retiring officers spoke of the importance of leadership, honor, character, caring and creativity.

In an especially heartfelt moment, Key Club President Natasha Waloven handed off her title to her sister, Sydney Waloven. Natasha hopes to start a Circle K Chapter at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, which she will attend in the fall.

Officers-elect include Samantha Eddy as vice president, Olivia Cacchione as treasurer, Kassi Jones as secretary and Ashley Mills and Alexis Lathrop as editors.

Four outstanding distinguished service awards also were given during the ceremony to Natasha Waloven, Malena Scott, Gabrielle Griffin and Alexis Lathrop.

Graduating seniors were given a medallion to wear at graduation in June.

The incoming Hannibal Key Club officers include: Harley Allen, Callie Cacchione, Adam Dennison, Samantha Eddy, Abby Harrell and Samantha Holmes.

Also: Kassi Jones, Alexis Lathrop, Katherine Martinez, Jared Mason, Charlie McCraith, Erin McFarland, Amanda Miano, Ashley Mills, Megan Norris, Shelby O’Brien, Anthony Putsky, Hannah Svereika, Ana Tenance, Dallas Voss, Joslyn Utter, Vanessa Waldron, Abby Weldin and Katie Woodworth.

In and Around Hannibal

By Rita Hooper

Remember back in the 1980s when everyone was decorating their gardens with pet rocks?

They were springing up everywhere, like May flowers after April showers.  Some of us wrote scripture verses on them to celebrate special occasions or words of encouragement to give to special people.

Smaller ones were used for paperweights. Somewhere around here I have one that says “I waited for someone to do something and then realized I was someone!”

My favorite was a big rock that said “please turn me over” and when you did the other side said “Oh that feels so good.”

That’s sorta how I felt when I opened The Valley News last week and saw the lovely letter from Louise Kellogg about the Hannibal column.  It feels so good to have your back rubbed.

I’ve told Louise that I hope she has a part in my eulogy and if not, that she puts a good word in for me with St. Peter! A word of kindness goes a long way, doesn’t cost anything and makes both the giver and the givee feel good. Try it this week!

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This is Holy Week – the most sacred week in the Christian calendar.

If you haven’t been to church in a long time, this might be the time to make that extra effort.

Sunday is Palm Sunday, it celebrates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.  Many churches celebrate with processions of palms, like in a parade, and everyone gets a palm to take home.

On Thursday, called Maundy Thursday, churches call attention to the last supper Jesus had with his disciples before his impending death on the cross, his crucifixion. Some believe this was a Passover Seder.

Friday, Good Friday, commemorates the dying of Jesus on the cross. Christians believe he died for our sins. And Easter Sunday is a day of great celebration as the resurrection (coming back to life) of Jesus is celebrated.

If you’ve never been to church I recommend you give it a try this week; remember like a movie, you may or may not like it, but if you go again, you just might like it the next time.

Church members, a reminder to you to go a little out of your way, oh heck, go overboard in your Christian hospitality skills.

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Hannibal Ecumenical Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Village Market (IGA).

The money raised will be used to support the Hannibal Resource Center Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway and the Hannibal Central School Christmas Bureau Giveaway.

The Ecumenical Key Council of the Churches of Hannibal is made up of members of each of the village churches. It meets the third Tuesday of the month at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at 2:30 p.m.

There will be a 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. today, April 12.

Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All homemade soup, chili, sandwiches and pie! Takeouts will be available. Two floors of crafts for you to browse and shop!

Come and enjoy your day!

The Sons of the American Legion will host their monthly Breakfast Buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 13 at the American Legion on Rochester Street.

On Sunday April 13, Palm Sunday, all Cluster Churches will all be taking part in a Choir Festival at Hannibal United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. with refreshments following.

Each participating church choir will perform an anthem, followed by two anthems performed by the combined choirs.

Wayne Kellogg will be guest conductor for the combined choir and Dawn Stowell will be the accompanist. A barbershop quartet will be among the performing groups.

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, April 14: Ham and boiled potatoes, carrots, cabbage, ice cream

Wednesday: Glazed meatloaf, baked potato, steamed spinach, juice, cookie

Activities: Monday — Wii bowling;   Wednesday — Music with Deanna.

The  center will be closed Friday in recognition of Good Friday. Happy Easter!

The Hannibal Library is giving away a Garden Time basket full of containers, gift certificate from Travis Floral, a book on container gardening, gloves, tools and more. The drawing for the basket is April 15.

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

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

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

The Hannibal Sports Boosters is conducting a lottery ticket drawinge 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 a 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.

Their will be four bonus days, which will include Wednesdays during May. The winning ticket on those days will receive an additional bonus of $50 for a total of $100. Only those more than 18 are permitted to sell the tickets.

Tickets will be sold at the IGA/Village Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19. If you have questions or would like to purchase tickets, call Mark Lafurney at 374-8806 or email: mark.lafurney@eaglebev.com

There will be a Community-wide Yard Sale in the Hannibal area beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 3.

Last year there were 27 sales. Anyone who wants to participate and would like his or her sale placed on the master list should call 564-6410 by April 27 and provide the street address and phone number.

Anyone with ‘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.

The Hannibal Historical Society will prsent a program on the history of the Hannibal Free Library at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Hannibal Community Center on Oswego Street. Marlene Sutcliffe and Shelly Stanton will talk about how the library has evolved from a group of donated books in a private residence to its present day location with many services for the community. Refreshments will follow.

Fred Kent is being honored June 2 for his contributions to the Hannibal community. Save the date now!

Rita Hooper  706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

Fundraiser for ARISE ramp program set for May 31

This year’s ARISE & Ride for Ramps is scheduled for May 31 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The event will be bigger and better than ever this year, with a new location and more features thanks to Oswego Speedway.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps features a motorcycle ride, 5K run and the chance for kids to ride their bikes at Oswegoe Speedway.

There will be a chicken barbecue, along with other food, lots of activities for the whole family, and items to be won during drawings.

All proceeds from the event will be used to purchase construction materials to help Oswego County families regain access to their home.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is the largest fundraiser for ARISE’s Oswego County Ramp Program. This is the only program in Oswego County providing ramps for people who cannot afford them.

For people who suddenly develop mobility impairments, their home can quickly change from being a source of comfort to feeling like a prison. And, for those currently living in a nursing facility, a ramp can be the missing link that allows them to return home.

“Without easy and safe access into their house, many people are unable to be safely discharged from nursing facilities,” said Jim Karasek, ARISE’s manager of independent living services in Oswego.

“The accessible ramps we provide not only mean that people are able to come home, it also restores their sense of independence and reunites them with their families,” he said.

There is already a waiting list for ramp construction this building season and more applications come in every day.

Support for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program is provided solely through donations from individuals and businesses.

The ramps are built by volunteers so the funds raised pay for materials.

Last year, ARISE built a ramp for a couple who had been unable to leave their home for more than two years.

And more than 30 families have stories to share of the freedom to come and go that they experienced just last year thanks to the program.

To register or learn more about the program or event, visit http://rideforramps.org.

ARISE & Ride for Ramps is supported by Oswego Speedway, Lighthouse Lanes, Murdock’s Bicycles & Sports, G & C Foods, NewsChannel 9 WSYR, Precision Sign and Graphics and Zink Shirts.

ARISE is a nonprofit Independent Living Center organized and directed by people with disabilities.

The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with about 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities.

ARISE has offices in Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Seneca counties.

Oswego County Girl Scouts win awards

Girls from throughout the 26-county region of the Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways have earned the highest awards in Girl Scouting, the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

The prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

In order to earn the award, girls must complete Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, and demonstrate their leadership abilities by spending at least 80 hours working on a Gold Award Take Action project that creates a sustainable impact on their extended communities.

Oswego County girls earning the Gold Award are Kaitlyn Crobar and Samantha Stewart of Central Square and Katelyn Clary and Emily Mills of Oswego.

The Silver Awards are the highest award for Girl Scouts in grades six thorugh eight. To earn this, a girls complete a Cadette Journey, the essence of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, gain leadership skills and then spend at least 50 hours working on a community service project.

Oswego County girls receiving the Silver Award are: Dakota Gillete of Hastings; Dana Bova, Elizabeth Choquette, Sarah Stevenson and Jeanette Stewart of Central Square; and Claudia Chetney, Morgan Familo, Lauren Jones, Desire Myers and Lauren Samson, all of Oswego.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. To earn the award, girls must learn leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project on which they spend at least 20 hours making a positive impact on their communities. Girls can work within their troops to earn this award.

Oswego County girls earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award are: Zoe Eisel, Abby Jordan, Alice Weigel and Katie Woods from troop 10031 in PUlaski and Lacona; Allison Griffin, Angelina Guarrera, Sarah Jones, Zeida Olson, Morgan Samson, Melanie Solano and Maya Upcraft from troop 10434 in Oswego and Scriba; Kaitlyn Czerow, Katherine Fierro, Clare Hook, Cecile Laundre, Caitie Lilly and Julia Roman from troop 10461 in Oswego; Laura Cummings, Allison Lizotte, Amelia Rastle, Samantha Terpening and Cassidy Woodward from troop 10580 in Oswego and Fulton;

The Gold Awards will be presented May 3 at the Young Women of Distinction Luncheon at Onondaga Community College. Girls that have earned the Girl Scout Silver and Bronze awards will be recognized at a dessert reception on May 18 at Camp Hoover in Tully.

State provides money to fix roads damaged by harsh winter

The state on Thursday announced it is providing $40 million to help local governments make necessary repairs to highways and bridges following this year’s exceptionally harsh winter.

This funding, passed as part of the 2014-15 state budget, is a special one-time allocation to compliment the $438 million in existing State support for local transportation infrastructure.

All counties, cities, towns and villages will receive capital assistance through the program.

Localities will be able to use this money on capital projects to repair and improve infrastructure and to complement their core construction programs. To help brace for future storms, longer lasting roadway surfacing and overlay projects are eligible expenses.

Here are amounts for Oswego County and its cities, towns and villages:

Oswego County  $289,598.09

Fulton $33,490.12

Oswego $50,578.72

Albion $14,401.27

Amboy $9,024.27

Boylston $6,104.27

Constantia $16,496.90

Granby $15,829.89

Hannibal $15,539.90

Hastings $14,483.91

Mexico $18,622.88

Minetto $2,243.99

New Haven $10,097.00

Orwell $10,834.53

Oswego Town $10,949.81

Palermo $10,865.92

Parish $12,923.89

Redfield $8,244.69

Richland $16,781.46

Sandy Creek $12,332.61

Schroeppel $14,157.51

Scriba $11,530.22

Volney $16,590.23

West Monroe $9,604.68

Williamstown $7,247.50

Central Square $2,158.20

Cleveland $3,583.06

Hannibal $1,681.16

Lacona $1,186.33

Mexico Village $4,352.19

Parish Village $971.87

Phoenix $5,020.25

Pulaski $4,048.17

Sandy Creek Village $416.99

Oswego,Subtotal $661,992.48

Oswego County BOCES receives insurance award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Oswego County BOCES was the recipient of the 2014 School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group.

The honor, presented annually, recognizes safety efforts by school districts and BOCES across New York State to help keep students, staff and visitors safe.

The Utica National School Safety Excellence Awards Program is divided into three levels – titanium, platinum and gold – in which schools have to meet certain criteria in order to earn a certain level of distinction.

Oswego County BOCES earned the highest merit of distinction in the program, the titanium with honors award. Accompanying this prestigious award was a grant in the amount of $500 to further enhance current safety efforts.

“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” explained Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department.

“Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count Oswego County BOCES among them,” Aquino said.

Utica National officials presented BOCES representatives with the award at the company’s annual school safety seminar in Syracuse on March 31.

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo, excellent cook, generous to others, devoted mother

Shelly Schumaker Iorizzo started her new life on April 1, 2014.

Shelly was 47 years old, survived by a loving family: her husband, Lou; their children, Tyler and Monica; stepchildren, Vanessa, Luciano III (Dana) and their two children Daniel and Lydia.

Shelly is also survived by her parents, Gary and Joy Schumaker; her sister, Sherry (Jim) Best; brother Wayne (Sarah) Schumaker and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

First and foremost, Shelly was a devoted mother. Her love was unconditional and gave her the determination to face terminal illness, enduring treatments willingly to give her one more month, week, day or minute with her children.

Shelly was all about relationships. Her sharp wit and laughter attracted many friends, especially her husband. Together, they built their life and family, making lasting relationships in New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, Arizona and Virginia.

Shelly will be deeply missed for her passion for life and compassion for others. She was an excellent cook, the life of any party and overwhelmingly generous. Her selfless nature was present throughout her life.

Her final gift was the gift of sight through the donation of her corneas so that others may see life through her eyes.

There was a service held in Williamsburg, Va. Sunday, April 6.

Family and friends will also celebrate Shelly in her hometown of Hannibal, NY Thursday, April 10 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Calling hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. with service to follow.

Shelly’s lifelong love of music can be honored through memorial contributions to the Williamsburg Music Club, P.O. Box 1808, Williamsburg, VA  23187.

Hannibal spring sports rosters

Here are students participating in spring sports in the Hannibal school district.

Information is courtesy of the Hannibal Central School District.

Baseball

Seniors Greg Hadcock, Anthony Page; juniors Colten Cannova, Bryce Cassen, Troy Landis, Jorge Padua, Austin Mattison, Sam McCraith, Shane Sweeting; sophomores Jon Combes, Matt Combes, Blake Farnham; freshmen Taber Carter, Kenny Maynes, Ethan Straub

Coach: Scott Leonard

Softball

Seniors Samantha Bowers, Carolina Nicol, Malana Scott, Sabrina Weigand; juniors Catrina Deveney, Hailey Dunsmoor, Kurstin Hammond, Bailey Milliken, Amanda Ryan, Alyssa Sivy; sophomores Julia Beaumont, Megan Norris, Mackenzie Stevens, Kate Thompson; freshmen Dallas Voss, Katie Woodworth

Coach: Dave Meeker

Boys’ Track and Field

Freshmen, William Bullock, Mathew Graham, Jacob Hatten, Jared Mason, Jason McFarland, Connor McNeil, Austin Quale, Nate Raymond, Kyle Shoults, Joel Thompson, Andrew Wheeler; sophomores Austin Baker, Ben Bowers, Owen Braun, Austin Fenske, John Motell, Brian Whorrall; juniors Austin Donhauser, Benjamin Harrell, Zachary Hartranft, Nathan Welling; seniors Joshua Darrow, Sean Lange, Dustin Ouellette, Zane Pointon, Benjamin Raymond, Hans Reichow, Benjamin Slate

Coach: Dom Pike

College intern: Ben Griffin

Girls’ Track and Field

Eighth grade — Kiersten Abbott, Reilly Harris, Cassie Long, McKenzie Matteson; freshmen — Sydney Alton, Callie Cacchione, Janejira Cooper, Abigail Harrell, Paige LaFurney, Antoinette Lanning, Alexis Lathrop, Vanessa Waldron, Abby Weldin; sophomores — Tayler Dence, Amanda Gardenier, Katherine Martinez, Taylor McLaughlin, Amanda Miano, Rebekah Mills; juniors — Olivia Cacchione, Kristen D’Angelo, Ashley Hatten, Micheala Sheldon; seniors — Ketevan Chapiashvili, Marina Esanu, Gabrielle Griffin, Page McKenzie, Devin Sorell, Jessica Stauring

Coach: Dan Pawlewicz