Category Archives: Hannibal News

Hannibal students taste-test foods

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students in Robert Piascik’s health class at Hannibal High School recently were  given the opportunity to taste test possible menu items for the 2014-15 school year.

New standards for school lunches require foods be rich in whole grains. At present, at least one-half of the grains offered must be whole grain.

Currently, Hannibal meets this criterion by serving 90 percent whole grain foods. By July 2014, all grains must be whole grains.

Students sampled cheese calzones, stuffed crust pizza, Mexican pizza, stuffed breadsticks and pizza quesadillas.

Food Service Coordinator Debbie Richardson distributed a survey to students that asked whether or not they wanted these items to appear on next year’s menus.

Block 2 study hall students also participated.

In and Around Hannibal, March 8

Oops — when I make a mistake, I does it good!

I am very sorry for any confusion I might have caused with my column last week. Don’t know whether it’s me eyes or me mind (I’m losing a little of each), but somehow I pushed the wrong button on this fool computer and sent the column from the first of March LAST YEAR instead of this year.

I will try to not do that again.  Apology said and I hope accepted, I give you this week’s offering!

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I hope you enjoyed the series on Hannibal schools before centralization. Have you drawn any conclusions?

Our forebears were anxious for their children to get an education…and getting a school in their area for their children was important. Can’t help thinking that that translated down to their children.

If for no other reason than school provided a place for them to see their friends and gave them something to do besides chores. Children must have led isolated lives with only siblings for company, compared to youngsters of today,

The parents were involved with the school doing what they could to make it a go, from providing land and building the school to providing firewood and boarding the teacher.

I imagine the teacher was not reluctant to pay a visit at a pupil’s home if he or she felt one was needed.

In the earliest days, schools were able to schedule classes as they felt needed as many of the students would be needed to work the farm.

You could say there was a lot more ‘local control’ and a lot fewer mandates and financial aid. Maybe they went to school only in the winter when they wouldn’t be needed on the farm. The teachers were freer to teach what they felt the students needed than they are today.

Many schools were used for church services – as the churches were used years later for schools when they were building schools or additions to them in later years.

These little schools produced some outstanding people, from lawyers and doctors and teachers to elected officials as well as shopkeepers and skilled artisans, farmers and homemakers.

Education goes in cycles and all things are made new again eventually. I spoke recently with a retired teacher who said they tried to overcome the ‘bigness’ of their school by a  cluster approach – Hannibal over the years has done similar things.

Isn’t it interesting that we wanted bigger to provide a better education for our children, expose them to the things that only a bigger school could provide and then we struggle to fine ways to give those big schools, the small school feeling — the feeling of belonging, being really cared about and of being held accountable.

Ah … If we only had the answers!

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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 don’t know, the Center is located in the Library Building, across from the Firehouse on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

Monday, March 10 — homemade soup and sandwich, crackers, juice, fruit cocktail

Wednesday — Goulash, vegetable, juice, pineapple tidbits

Friday — Crispy fish clipper, Monterey potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, peaches

Activities:

Monday — Wii bowling; come cheer them on!

Wednesday — Bingo after lunch

Friday — games

Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation, 564-5471.

Can you believe spring sports begin today at Hannibal schools?

Bone Builders don’t take the winter off – they meet at the American Legion at 9:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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 Elderberries will meet at noon Tuesday at the Senior Center for a covered dish luncheon. Please bring your own table service and a dish to pass.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets at Our Lady of the Rosary (Cayuga Street) at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The Hannibal Board of Education will meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 12 in  the high school board room.

The nominees for the Library’s Woman of the Year are: Donna Blake, Linda Ford,  Christine Bortel Learnord, Kim Heins, Carol Newvine, Linda Remig, Lenore Richards and Shelly Stanton.

Voting will be open at the library until March 15, and the reception for the winner will be 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. Don’t eat alone, come on down and join the fun and fellowship. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3.

Lenten Services of the Enoch Thomas Cluster of United Methodist Churches have begun. All services start at 5 p.m. and are on Sunday.

March 9 at Martville

March 16 at Little Utica

March 23 at Ira

March 30 at Hannibal Center

April 6 at Bowens Corners

On Sunday April 13, Palm Sunday, they will all be taking part in a Choir Festival at Hannibal.

The Tri-County Singers will perform their Easter Cantata at 2 p.m. Sunday March 30 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church.

ZUMBATHON to benefit Upstate NY chapter of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday March 26 at Hannibal Village Chapter. For more information call 564-5266 or 564-5479.

There are a number of families in the Hannibal area dealing with ALS. Even if you don’t Zumba, come out and support these families.

The Senior Council would like to remind you its rooms are available for groups and family rental when not being otherwise used. Give Rosemary a call for information and booking (564-5471.).

The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library will hold their Spring Book and Bake Sale Saturday and Sunday April 5 and 6. Starting now, anyone wishing to  donate books should drop them off at the library at the front desk anytime the library is open.

The Church World Service Truck will be making it’s way to Central NY to pick up school, baby, and hygiene kits and clean-up buckets on April 30.

If your church or group puts these together they can be delivered to CWS Regional headquarters at 200 A Gateway Park Drive, North Syracuse before April 30. Call Amy or Christopher at 458-8535 to make an appointment so you don’t find the office closed.

News flash – just heard they are in special need of school kits. Last year more than 57,000 school kits were provided for children in need in the U.S. and overseas including young survivors of flash floods in Garrett, Ky., the Black Forest Fires in Colorado and Superstorm Sandy in Jamaica, NY.

A school kit consists of 70-page spiral notebooks, blunt metal scissors, 12-inch rulers, hand held pencil sharpeners, large erasers, new pencils with erasers, box of 24 new crayons and a 12×14 tote bag with cloth handles.

If you would like to donate supplies for these kits, donatons are always appreciated.

I will be heading to Maryland March 18 to pack shipping boxes. If you have kits ready, I’ll be happy to take them. Give me a call or send me an e-mail.

Rita Hooper

706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

Nominations being accepted for Distinguished Hannibal Warriors award

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Notable Hannibal High School alumni, staff members and community members will have a chance to shine in the public spotlight as Distinguished Hannibal Warriors during an event in June.

The nomination deadline is quickly approaching. The public has until March 15 to nominate an individual for the inaugural recognition, essentially a Wall of Fame for Hannibal.

The initiative is aimed at honoring a distinguished alumnus, faculty or community member who has contributed to the community and/or school district, achieved distinction for their work and set the standards for others to emulate.

Athletic Director Pat Keefe said the Distinguished Hannibal Warriors effort is a way to instill pride in students and show them the possibilities are limitless.

“It gives the students who are graduating an opportunity to see people in the community – who are possibly former graduates of the district – who have been successful,” Keefe said.

“And it shows kids that this is what they could do. It shows them that they could and should be the next leaders in the community or in the world,” Keefe said.

To nominate a Distinguished Hannibal Warrior, fill out an application from the athletics page of the district website, www.hannibalcsd.org.

All applications should be submitted to Distinguished Hannibal Warriors c/o the Hannibal Central School District, 928 Cayuga St., Hannibal NY.

Although the deadline for submissions is March 15, nominations will be accepted on a continuous basis for future consideration.

The selection process will take place in April and May. For more information, call Keefe at 564-7910.

Conservatives endorse Katko

The Conservative Party committees that constitute the 24th Congressional District (Onondaga, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego) have endorsed former U.S. Attorney John Katko to challenge Dan Maffei fr Congress in November.

Katko, of Camillus, beat several other candidates for the endorsement.

“While emphasis on the economy has to be our primary goal for this election”, state Ron Greenleaf from Oswego County Chairman, “it cannot be our only focus.

“Mr. Katko has shown an ability to grasp issues that face us locally and nationally. It’s great to have such strong candidate as John representing the Conservative Party and the 24th district,” Greenleaf said.

“Mr. Katko aligns with our Conservative principles philosophically and understands the significance of this election,” said Chuck Mancabelli, chairman of Onondaga County’s Conservative Party. “Mr. Katko has a strong command of the issues and more importantly, an ability to connect with the voters.”

“For me, John Katko has the right mix of strengths to prevail in this election and help restore common sense to the NYS Congressional delegation,” said Jim Quinn, chairman in Wayne County.

Katko recently received the four counties GOP endorsements. Republican and Conservative Party unity are critical for Katko’s success.

Health clinics for week of March 10 announced

Submitted by Oswego County

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 New York State Department of Health. For those who do not qualify, the cost is $37 for the inactivated vaccine.

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 March 10 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, March 11, 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 Oswego County Health Department, weekdays at 349-3547 or (800) 596-3200, ext. 3547.

Homelessness program set for March 13

Homelessness is an issue that many know exists, but few feel comfortable discussing.

On March 13, homelessness in Oswego County will be front and center as COACH, Oswego County’s continuum of Care committee, hosts a community forum from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Oswego County Health Department, 70 Bunner St., Oswego.

The Community Forum on Homelessness will offer the community the opportunity to hear the specifics on homelessness in Oswego County and learn of plans being developed to address the issue.

Doug Baldwin, case management supervisor with Oswego County Department of Social Services’ Division of Mental Hygiene, said the forum will bring together the full membership of COACH as well as members on COACH’s sub-committees.

“HUD has required all Continuum of Care committees throughout New York State to plan and implement a more formal organizational structure. This forum allows us to solicit input and ideas, as well as an opportunity to re-energize our membership,” Baldwin.

One subject to be addressed is the number of people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Oswego County.

“The results of a recent Point in Time survey that identified 280 people in one evening and the number of homeless individuals that have received services from Catholic Charities, Oswego County Opportunities, and the Department of Social Services, combined with the other people that meet the HUD definition of homelessness but are not captured, indicate that homelessness is a serious problem in our County,” Baldwin said.

The highlight of the forum will be a special presentation from William O’Connell, community and planning office director, HUD Buffalo Field Office. O’Connell, will share his experiences and how communities are responding and working together to address homelessness.

O’Connell, who has also headed the Continuum of Care initiative in Buffalo, will join COACH members to discuss strategies to prevent homelessness such as providing appropriate education and skills training, adequate employment opportunities, and a decent stock of affordable housing.

One of the key elements in meeting these challenges is establishing a clear picture of what homelessness looks like in Oswego County.

To accomplish this, COACH is in the planning process for a Homeless Management information System, which Baldwin aid will allow them to more accurately capture and quantify the true nature of homelessness in Oswego County.

Additionally, Baldwin said COACH is discussing plans to rapidly re-house the homeless in permanent affordable housing with necessary support services available as needed, and to provide staff to monitor and support homeless individuals in emergency housing situations, to foster rapid transitions.

“Homelessness is an issue that effects the entire community,” said COACH member and Oswego County Opportunities Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier.  “I encourage human service agencies, community members, fraternal groups and other organizations to join us for this enlightening forum and learn how we can work together to alleviate homelessness in Oswego County.

For more information on the Community Forum on Homelessness, or to register contact Melanie Trexler, executive director, United Way of Greater Oswego County, at 593-1900 or at melanieunitedway@windstream.net.

Closings and cancellations

Be sure to check back here periodically for updates:

** Fulton, Pulaski, Mexico, Hannibal and Sandy Creek schools dismissed early Thursday, Feb. 27.

** All after school and evening activities for the Oswego City School District for Thursday Feb. 27 have been canceled.
** Pulaski has no after school or evening activities. The Family Fun Night at Lura Sharp Elementary has been postponed until March 20 due to the weather.
** Mexico will have no after school activities.
** Hannibal has canceled all after-school activities.

Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball builds for next year

By Rob Tetro

Trevor Alton, Charlie McCraith, Zane Pointon and Billy Skipper recently played in their final games for the Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team.

Coach Mat Burridge said the players who will be returning next season learned a lot about determination from the Warriors four seniors.

“Hopefully (the returning players) learned to work hard and have the will to win.”, Burridge said.

As Burridge’s seniors move on to the next phase of their lives, he hopes they come away from the experience with a better understanding and appreciation for the game of basketball. He credits them for the hard work and dedication they brought to the program.

“The seniors worked hard and gave their best.”, Burridge said. “They should have nothing to be ashamed of.”.

Hannibal plays in Class B, Section 3 which is one of the toughest leagues in all of New York State High School Basketball. Despite the many challenges his team faced, the Warriors came ready to play every night.

As his players move on to spring activities, Burridge hopes they feel a sense of pride for the effort that they put in preparing for and taking on the impressive opponents Hannibal faced this season.

Looking ahead to next season, Burridge said his team will have its hands full. He expects to have only 1 starter from this year’s team returning to the team next season.

Replacing Alton, McCraith, Pointon and Skipper won’t be easy, however, the Warriors do have a group of younger players who are ready to take on bigger roles.

“(I’m) interested to see how the younger guys will step up and fill the roles of the seniors.”, Burridge said.