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Hannibal resident cleans teeth in Ghana

Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.
Donna Blake cleans a child’s teeth during a medical mission to Ghana.

Oswego County BOCES Board Member Donna Blake, who represents the Hannibal school district on the BOCES board, recently returned from Ghana after an 11-day medical mission trip.

Blake works for Northeast Dental Group and splits her time between four offices in Onondaga and Oswego County.

Blake heard about the trip from a friend who had gone on a medical mission to India with Americans Serving Abroad Project (ASAP).

Blake attended an ASAP meeting, met with the founder, Lauri Raupracht (RN) of Syracuse, and decided to volunteer. Blake was one of 12 who travelled to Ghana to offer healthcare services to remote populations.

During the course of five days, the group visited five villages and provided service to 1,000 people.

Blake served as the only dental hygienist; the other volunteers were nurse practitioners, registered nurses and social workers.

Without electricity, Blake hand-cleaned the teeth of 250 children ranging in age from 2 to 14. She worked alongside a public health nurse from Ghana, who also helped with interpreting.

“Children’s teeth were not clean, having never owned a toothbrush, and yet there wasn’t a lot of decay,” said Blake. Their diets consist mostly of carbohydrates, very little protein and no processed sugar.

Each child learned about dental hygiene and received a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Blake described the children as polite, appreciative and eager to learn.

After work, Blake spent some time with the children, teaching them the Itsy Bitsy Spider, going on evening walks and playing with bubbles.

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

News in Brief

The annual Spring Live and Silent Auction at Oswego Community Christian School is today (April 5) at the Elks Lodge in Oswego.

The silent auction is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the live auction is 2:30 to 4 p.m. There also are some special drawings.

Visit the school’s website at 22.myoccs.org for more information.

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The City of Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation is once again sponsoring Line Dance Instruction featuring popular dance instructor, Phil Eno.

Instruction will begin in the City of Fulton Municipal Building Community Room at 141 S. First St., Fulton, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8.

Registration will take place at the first class. There are fees for the class.

For more information, call 592-2474.

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A program titled “Breakfast and Brainfood: When You Wish Upon A Star” is scheduled for two days in April at the SUNY Phoenix Center.

Part I will be from 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 10 and Part II will be 8 to 9:30 a.m. April 24. The session is free and being put on by the Greater Oswego-Fulton chamber of Commerce.

During the sessions, participants will learn how to turn their business strategy into reality by evaluating seven key organizational elements, and harnessing their momentum to propel your organization forward.

Kelly Sullivan of CSTI-Core Skills, True Impact will share the principle drivers of organizational change along with practical tips that will help you to plan and execute your strategy.

Rich Burritt, of Burritt Motors, will share his insight and experience using those principles to dramatically improve the customer experience at his organization.

This sessions are free and open to the public. Please register either online at http://oswegofultonchamber.com/cwt/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=962, by phone at 343-7681 or by email at membership@oswegofultonchamber.com

The Mexico Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday April 10 at the Wilcox building, Presbyterian Church, Church Street.

This first meeting of the year will include a brief business meeting followed by a program “The History of Vacuum Cleaners.”

May’s program will be the War of 1812, 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Big Sandy.  On June 12, the scheduled program is Historic Homes of Mexico presented by Historian Bonnie Shumway and Diane Miller.

The public is invited to all programs.

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The Hannibal Ecumenical Bake Sale is set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12 at the Hannibal Village Market, IGA.

The money raised from the two bake sales each year are 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. The Council meets at 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Our Lady of the Rosary Church.

Everyone is welcome.

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The Greater Fulton community is invited to meet city and county elected leaders at 5 p.m. April 12 at the First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St., Fulton.

There will be free pizza and soda. Elected leaders will include Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, Fifth Ward Councilor Jay Foster, Sixth Ward Councilor Lawrence Macner, and County Legislators Frank Castiglia Jr. and James Karasek.

The purpose of the event is to build better communication and understanding between citizens and their civic leaders, and to encourage neighborhood based cooperation and coordination. The conversations with the elected officials will be from 6 to 7 p.m.

This event is sponsored by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center, a community outreach ministry of the First United Church of Fulton.

For more information about the First United Church and our Open Doors Neighborhood Center, call the Rev. David Nethercott at First United Church at 592-2707 or email him at prairieborn@aol.com.

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There will be a chicken barbecue from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday April 13 at the Granby Center Firehouse.

Both full dinners and chicken halves will be sold.

The next barbecue will be May 25.

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The Oswego Town Historical Society will host its April meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday April 16 at the Oswego Town Hall 2320 County Route 7.

The guest speaker will be Jim Farfaglia, who will present his new book “Of the Earth,” which is about muck farming in Oswego County and includes interviews with muck farmers of the area.

Muck farming was and is an important part of Oswego Town’s economy.  You will find the evening with Farfaglia informing and entertaining as he relates his experiences in gathering the information for his book.

The public is cordially invited.

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The First United Methodist Church in Fulton is presenting “Tenebrae, A Rock & Roll Easter Cantata” at 7:30 p.m. April 18 at the church at 1406 State Route 176 (across from the junior high).

Experience Good Friday in a different way. Join us for “Tenebrae, a Rock and Roll Easter Cantata,” performed by Sent Forth Ministries. Hear and experience the last hours of Jesus life in reflection and song.

All are welcome. A free will offering will be taken.

For further information, visit www.fultonfumc.org or phone the office at 592-7347.

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The Oswego Community Ecumenical Good Friday Cross Walk, again indoors, is being held at noon April 18 in the sanctuary at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 103 W. Cayuga St.

The service of prayer, reflection, silence, and song, will follow the traditional “Stations of the Cross,” the way of Jesus from his condemnation, through his crucifixion and burial on Good Friday.

The sanctuary is handicapped accessible and there is seating at each of the stations.  The service should be done by 1:15.

For more information, contact Roger Martin at Faith United Church, 343-3480, or Richard Klafehn, Grace Lutheran and Church of the Resurrection, 216-4416.

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Port City Faith will introduce a series titled “He Still Moves Stones” during its two Easter Services at 9 and 10:45 a.m. April 30.

The series will address many of the concerns and obstacles people in our community face: depression, anxiety, emotional disorders, relational struggles and many more applicable issues.

“There is a solution to these heartbreaking life struggles, I challenge you to join us for these services and find out what the answer is!” said Pastor Sebastian Foti.

This is the first time the church will present two Sunday services in order to accommodate the growth of the congregation as well as the holiday surplus in attendance.

Port City Faith has an upbeat style of service with contemporary worship and relevant preaching. Its intricate children’s church program is offered to grades pre-kindergarten through six, and nursery is also offered for those less than four years of age.

For additional information, visit www.portcityfaith.com or the church’s Facebook page.

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Oswego County’s Earth Week is April 25 through May 4.

Groups, nonprofits and organizations will get together at times during that week to help clean up areas of their communities.

For more information on the cleanup, go to www.oswewgocounty.com/earthweek.html or call 343-4565.

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Local author Jim Farfaglia, will give a discussion and photo slideshow about muck farming and its impact on the town of Volney and Oswego County at 2 p.m. April 27 at the Volney town hall.

Farfaglia will talk about his recently-published book on muck farming, including interviews and stories of local farmers, their families, neighbors, and workers.

Farfaglia’s book and a book title “Muck Farming in Volney” will be available.

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May Day (May 1st) is celebrated in many places around the world.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will celebrate May Day by teaching a quilting series, the May Basket Quilted Wallhanging.

This two-part workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, May 1 and May 8. Participants will learn to sew their own May basket quilt blocks to assemble into a quilted wallhanging.

The cost is $16, which includes the instruction and pattern. This quilting program will be held at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension office in Mexico.

Call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 ext. 302 to register and also to receive a materials list. Registration deadline is Thursday April 24.

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The monthly meeting of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 56 in Fulton will be at 7 p.m. May 7 at the VFW, 216-218 Cayuga St., Fulton.

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Hannibal spring sports schedule

Here is the spring varsity sports schedule submitted courtesy of the Hannibal Central School District.

All dates and times are subject to change.

Baseball

April 7,  Marcellus   4:15 p.m.

April 9, at Pulaski  4:30 p.m.

April 12, Mexico (Doubleheader) noon

April 15,  Jordan-Elbridge 11 a.m.

April 16, Phoenix (Doubleheader), 11 a.m.

April 22, at APW, 4:30 p.m.

April 23,  Fulton   4 p.m.

April 25, Red Creek  4 p.m.

April 28, at Cazenovia  4:45 p.m.

April 30, at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 2,  Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 6, at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 7,   APW  4:30 p.m.

May 12, Skaneateles 4:30 p.m.

May 13,  Pulaski 4:30 p.m.

May 16, at Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

Softball

April 7,  Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

April 11, at Bishop Ludden  4:30 p.m.

April 15,  Jordan-Elbridge 11 a.m.

April 16, Phoenix (Doubleheader)     11 a.m.

April 22, at APW  4:30 p.m.

April 23, Fulton  4 p.m.

April 28, at Cazenovia  4:45 p.m.

April 30, at Solvay  4:30 p.m.

May 2, Westhill  4:30 p.m.

May 6, at Marcellus  4:15 p.m.

May 7, APW  4:30 p.m.

May 10, Fulton (Doubleheader) at Oswego (Legend Field)  10 a.m.

May 12, Skaneateles  4:30 p.m.

May 16, at Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

Boys Track & Field

April 9,  ITC  4:30 p.m.

April 12, at Jordan-Elbridge 10 a.m.

April 14,  Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

April 21, Tully Invitational  4 p.m.

April 23, Phoenix  4:30 p.m.

April 26, Hannibal Invitational, 10 a.m.

April 30, APW, 4:30 p.m.

May 2, Oswego County Invitational   (Oswego)  4 p.m.

May 5, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

May 7,  Jordan-Elbridge  4:30 p.m.

May 12, OHSL Liberty Meet (Marcellus)      5 p.m.

May 22, Section 3 Class B-2 (Marcellus)         4 p.m.

May 29, Section 3 State Qualifier      (CNS) TBD

Girls Track & Field

April 9,  ITC  4:30 p.m.

April 12, at Jordan-Elbridge  10 a.m.

April 14, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

April 21, Tully Invitational   4 p.m.

April 23, Phoenix, 4:30 p.m.

April 26, Hannibal Sports Boosters Inv       itational   10 a.m.

April 30, APW  4:30 p.m.

May 2, Oswego County (Central Square)  4:30 p.m.

May 5, Westhill Steeplechase  6 p.m.

May 7, Jordan-Elbridge 4:30 p.m.

May 9, Fulton Athletic Sports Boosters Invitational  4:30 p.m.

May 12, OHSL Freedom and Liberty Champ (Marcellus) 5 p.m.

May 20, Section 3 Class B1 and B2 Champ  (Marcellus) 4:30 p.m.

May 29, Section 3 NYS Qualifier       (CNS) 4 p.m.

June 6 and 7, New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships  (CNS)  TBD

Health clinics set for week of April 7

The Oswego County Health Department offers a variety of services to all residents of Oswego County, including preventive health services, certified home health care, long-term home health care, certified hospice, and a maternal and child health program.

Walk-in influenza clinics are held weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego for people age 19 and older. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.

Children’s flu vaccine is now available every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

The children’s flu vaccine is available at no cost to all children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program provided by the state Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.

The health department accepts cash or checks for payment. The department does not accept credit or debit cards. Patients with private insurance, Managed Medicaid, Managed Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Medicare Part B should bring their benefit cards with them to the immunization clinic.  No one will be turned away due to inability to pay.

The following services will be offered during the week of April 7 at the Nick Sterio Public Health Clinic, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

OSWEGO:

** Adult Influenza Clinic: Monday through Friday, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Immunization Clinic: Tuesday, April 8, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., walk-in clinic.

** Pregnancy Testing: Free pregnancy testing is available. Call 349-3391 to schedule an appointment.

** Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing and Treatment Services: Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

** HIV Counseling and Testing Service:  Call 349-3547 to schedule an appointment.

Immunization clinics are held every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at 70 Bunner St., Oswego, and the third Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. at the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse, Pulaski.

For more information, call the County Health Department, weekdays phone 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547. For information on rabies clinics, call 349-3564.

Forecast calls for fun, learning at Fairley Elementary

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

As winter draws to a close in Oswego County, fourth-graders at Hannibal’s Fairley Elementary School recently met with meteorologist Jim Teske to learn about the factors that contribute to the lake-effect snow that has blanketed the region all season long.

The TV weatherman delivered a presentation to nearly 100 students as they gained a better understanding about different weather phenomena.

From tornados to blizzards, the fourth-graders received information about what causes such events to occur.

They viewed weather maps, videos and even conducted their own weather experiment to demonstrated atmospheric changes.

With the assistance of fourth-grader Mackenzie Astle, Teske set a cotton ball on fire, dropped it into a glass bottle and set a hard-boiled egg on the top of the bottle. The burning cotton ball heated the air inside of the bottle and created some airflow between the top of the bottle and the egg. Once the flame was extinguished, the bottle cooled and a partial vacuum was created, sucking the egg into the bottle.

“When you have high pressure and you move to low pressure, you create air flow,” Teske explained. “The air inside the bottle was low pressure and outside was high pressure. Something has to give.”

In addition to the experiment demonstrating pressure fluctuations, students learned that lake-effect snow is caused by cool air traveling over a warm body of water such as Lake Ontario. Combine those factors with winds out of the north or northwest and the situation is prime for a lake-effect snow event, Teske said.

Armed with the knowledge of the lesson, the students said they would know what to look for when it comes to forecasting the weather.

 

State budget OKed; county districts get more aid

The state Legislature passed the state budget on time Monday and all school districts in Oswego County will be receiving more  regular state aid than what was in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s original budget proposal.

State Sen. Patricia Ritchie said the new budget adds $20 million in new funding for schools in the 48th Senate District, which includes Jefferson, Oswego and part of St. Lawrence counties — the largest hike in five years and nearly three times the increase proposed in January by the governor.

Oswego County schools will receive $5.4 million, in additional aid.

“Students, teachers and taxpayers depend on state for aid to maintain the high quality of public education and to help hold the line on school property taxes,” Ritchie said.

Changes to the original budget proposal were designed to drive more aid to rural and high-needs schools and restoring funds from the aid-cutting “Gap Elimination Adjustment.”

Granby boy donates hair to Locks of Love

Marc Barnhart, of Granby, before his hair was cut Saturday at Carla’s Hair Fashions in Fulton. He donated his hair to Locks of Love to be made into wigs and hairpieces for children suffering from medical hair loss. He found out few men and boys donate their hair by watching a segment on the “Today Show.”
Marc Barnhart, of Granby, before his hair was cut Saturday at Carla’s Hair Fashions in Fulton. He donated his hair to Locks of Love to be made into wigs and hairpieces for children suffering from medical hair loss. He found out few men and boys donate their hair by watching a segment on the “Today Show.”

By Ashley M. Casey

Ten-year-old Marc Barnhart of Granby finally has some weight off his shoulders — 11 inches of bright red hair, that is.

Last weekend, Patti Mancino of Carla’s Hair Fashions in Fulton snipped two ponytails’ worth of hair from Marc’s head to send to Locks of Love, a Florida-based charity that provides wigs to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

Marc’s hairy journey began in late summer of 2012, when he and his grandmother, Carrie Fellows, saw a “Today Show” segment about men who had lost their hair to cancer.

“I saw it on the news that the men didn’t want to wear (wigs made of) girls’ hair, so they wanted boys to do it,” Marc said.

With his grandmother’s permission, Marc began to grow out his hair. For the last year-and-a-half, Marc has endured teasing, stares and comments from classmates and teachers alike at Kenney Middle School in Hannibal, which he and his four siblings attend.

Marc said his classmates have hurled insults at him such as “you girl,” but his family told him, “Words are words and remember what good you’re doing.”

“I just ignore it,” he said.

Marc’s siblings have borne some of the unkind words as well.

“Everyone in my grade kept saying, ‘Don’t you have two sisters?’ and I say, ‘No, my brother’s growing his hair for a great cause,’” said Matthew, 11. “It’s really sad that they have to pick on him and get satisfaction from talking to me.”

Matthew said one of their aunts died of cancer, another reason for Marc’s donation.

Cailynn, Marc’s twin sister, said that she and her other brothers tried to grow their hair to donate too, but gave up. Jeffrey, 13, said his effort to grow his hair “did not work out.”

Hairstylist Patti Mancino, of Carla's Hair Fashions, snips the first of two ponytails from Marc Barnhart's hair.
Hairstylist Patti Mancino, of Carla’s Hair Fashions, snips the first of two ponytails from Marc Barnhart’s hair.

Cailynn said other children at school have donated their hair as well.

“It’s not really nice because they’ve done it too, and no one picked on them,” Cailynn said.

The Barnhart children and their grandparents said their former bus driver and teachers have made comments to Marc as well.

Marc’s grandmother Carrie said one teacher said to Marc, “Hey kid, you need a haircut, you look like a girl.”

Marc said the school has held anti-bullying events, but he doesn’t think that makes a difference to students.

Kenney Principal Dee Froio said the school has hosted various anti-bullying events, including Jared Campbell’s “Blue Project” and a “bully-away spray” skit through Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s “Echoes” program.

Froio added the school has not been notified about a student being bullied for growing their hair, but they would follow up any report of bullying.

Fortunately for Marc, not all the feedback has been negative.

“My art teacher this year did it two times, so she’s proud of me doing it,” Marc said.

Carrie, an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego, brought Marc to one of her classes and shared his story. The students gave him a standing ovation.

“He made the decision to do it and he’s stuck with it,” said grandfather Jeff Fellows. “He has taken a lot of razzing the last year or so … When you explain to people why he’s doing it, they change their view.”

Marc Barnhart with his new look
Marc Barnhart with his new look

Hairstylist Patti Mancino has cut Marc’s hair since he was a baby. She said he is her only male client who has donated his hair to Locks of Love, but she has had many female clients donate to that organization and to a similar one, Pantene Beautiful Lengths.

“Sometimes I talk somebody into it if they want a new hairstyle. If you have enough, why not donate it?” Mancino said. “For a young man to do it is special because a lot of girls do it.”

After the big chop, Marc opted for a super short style. His brother Jeremy, 11, said he was glad that Marc did it, but “I’ll wake up to a stranger in the morning.”

“I got so used to Marc with long hair,” Matthew said.

As for the man with the mane, he said he plans to grow it out again for Locks of Love in the future, perhaps after the summer.

“Now I don’t have to wear my ponytail for tech,” he said.

To learn more about donating hair, visit
locksoflove.org or pantene.com and click on “Ready, set, grow: pony up!”