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Raymond “Pete” Carswell, loved hunting, fishing and riding his motorcycle

Raymond “Pete” Carswell, 70, of Hannibal, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 30 at Oswego Hospital following a long illness.

A native of Syracuse, he lived in Hannibal for the past 42 years. Pete was a retired heavy equipment operating engineer through Local #545 in Syracuse for 50 years.

He had attended the Oswego Alliance Church and was a former member of the Moyers Corners Volunteer Fire Department.

Pete enjoyed riding his motorcycle and was a member of the Retreads motorcycle riding club. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Lynn Crowner Carswell of Hannibal; three children, Kimberly (Jim) Foster of Victoria, VA, Scott (Monica) Pease of Barco, NC and Daniel Carswell of Hannibal; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Feb. 1 at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga St., Hannibal. Services were Feb. 2 at the Oswego Alliance Church, 371 Thompson Road in Oswego.

A spring graveside service will be at Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery in Warners.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, Hannibal, NY.

Hannibal church celebrates 175 years

The Hannibal United Methodist Church is celebrating the 175th Anniversary.

Under the leadership of David Peckham, the Methodist Church of Hannibal was organized Feb. 26, 1839.

The Certificate of Organization was filed in the Oswego County Clerk’s office March 13, 1839 with 25 charter members.

In 1841 a brick church edifice was erected, which today is the back of the current church building. In 1864, to accommodate the increase in membership,  one third of the church building was removed and a new building was added to the front of the original building.

Over the years, there have been many, many changes and improvements.

An anniversary committee consisting of Wendell Blanchard, Barbara Gifford, Louise Kellogg, Gloria Kempston, Liz George, Judy Tyler, Gloria Simmons and Richard Palen has been formed to work on future activities.

The first event will be a Birthday/Anniversary Celebration to be held March 2 following the 11 a.m. worship service.  All are welcome.

Hannibal boys’ hoops blows out Solvay

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its last 3 games, raising its overall record to 5-9.

On Jan. 24, Syracuse-ITC knocked off Hannibal, 48-38. Skaneateles rolled past the Warriors, 72-61 on Jan. 29. Hannibal tallied a 65-50 win over Solvay on Jan. 31.

Hannibal had built a 5-point lead over Syracuse-ITC in the first quarter of their game but Syracuse-ITC cut into the lead in the second. Hannibal had a 19-15 lead at the half.

Syracuse-ITC stormed ahead during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 14 points to take a 10-point lead. After a competitive fourth quarter, the Warriors had no answer for Syracuse-ITC. Both teams scored 11 points each as Syracuse-ITC came away with a 48-38 win.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 19 points, followed by Sam McCraith with 10, Zane Pointon with 4 and Charlie McCraith added 3.

Skaneateles and Hannibal fought a competitive first quarter, with the Warriors posting a 2-point lead. Skaneateles pulled ahead during the second quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 7 points to take a 38-33 halftime lead.

Skaneateles added to its lead during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 6 points to push its lead to 11 points. The Warriors were unable to cut into the deficit down the stretch, losing to the Lakers by 11.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Trevor Alton with 30 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 16, Charlie McCraith with 6 and Austin Mattison chipped in 4 points.

In the Solvay game, the Warriors got off to a fast start, outscoring Solvay by 8 points during the first quarter. Hannibal added to its lead during the second quarter and took a 28-19 lead into halftime.

The Warriors blew the game open during the third quarter, outscoring Solvay by 13 points to extend their lead to 22 points. Solvay wasn’t about to go down quietly. They outscored Hannibal during the fourth quarter to cut into the lead, but it wasn’t enough and Hannibal won by 15 points.

Hannibal was led by Trevor Alton with 24 points, followed by Austin Mattison with 15, Sam McCraith with 10 and Zane Pointon added 9 points.

Hannibal girls’ hoops wins 2

 By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team went 2-1 in its last 3 games and now sport a overall record of 8-5.

On Jan. 21, Marcellus topped Hannibal, 50-38 but then the Lady Warriors cruised past Cato-Meridian, 54-33 Jan. 23.  Hannibal also won against Skaneateles Jan. 28 by a score of 54-44.

In the Marcellus game, Marcellus led Hannibal by only 3 points after thee first quarter. Marcellus added to its lead during the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Warriors by 5 points to take a 23-15 lead into halftime.

Hannibal was more competitive during the third quarter. They outscored Marcellus to bring the lead down to 7 points. But then, Marcellus put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 5 points en route to a 50-38 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Sydney Alton with 11 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 9, McKenzie Mattison with 6 points and Rachel Shute and Devin Sorell added 5 points each.

In the Cato-Meridian game, Hannibal got off to a solid start on both sides of the ball. They outscored Cato-Meridian 10-1 during the first quarter and extended their lead during the second quarter to take a 30-8 halftime lead.

Hannibal refused to let up during the third quarter, outscoring C-M by 8 points to push its lead to 30 points. C-M outscored Hannibal in the fourth quarter but it wasn’t enough.

The Lady Warriors were led by Devin Sorell with 15 points, followed by Gabby Griffin with 10, Spencer Kenney with 7 and Sydney Alton and McKenzie Mattison each had 6 points.

Skaneateles was leading after the first quarter of its game against Hannibal, but the Lady Warriors pulled ahead during the second quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 4 points to take a 22-21 lead into halftime.

The Lady Warriors expanded their lead during the third quarter, outscoring Skaneateles by 4 points to push their lead to 5 points. Hannibal capped off a solid effort during the fourth quarter to clinch a 54-44 win.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell with 29 points, followed by Gabby Griffin with 10, Rachel Shute with 7 and Sydney Alton added 4 points.

Hannibal well represented at All-County

Hannibal High School was represented by nearly a dozen students in the All-County Senior High Band Jan. 17 and 18  at Pulaski High School.

Hannibal students chosen to participate were:  Sydney Waloven and Vanessa Waldron on flute, Chumani Ketcham, Austin Baker and Amanda Kimball on clarinet, Ashley McKenzie on trumpet, Jordyn Fradenburgh on French horn, Alyssa Mann and Olivia Mann on euphonium, Natasha Waloven on trombone, and Elyssa Terry-DeRycke on tuba.

Students were selected based upon an audition held during December evaluating their knowledge of scales, preparation of a technical and musical selection and sight-reading.

The honor ensemble, representing the nine school districts in Oswego County, was under the baton of West Canada Valley Band Director, Shane Bonney.

Bonney is a graduate of the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District and is an active performer in the Utica Area. She is a member of the Bella Sonora Woodwind Quintet, and the Ilion Civic Band.

She has been a guest conductor for the Chenengo and Orange County Music festivals, and her excellent rapport with high school students was evidenced as she led the All-County ensemble through its rehearsals and Saturday concert.

As part of its public performance, the All-County band performed a variety of energetic compositions including “ American Barndance,” “Nemesis” and “Pilatus, A Mountain of Dragons,” a programmatic work based on the Swiss Mountain of the same name.

Members of the ensemble practiced for numerous hours Friday and Saturday to perfect every aspect of the pieces.

The audience was treated to a fast paced, lively program showcasing the high level of musicianship possessed by the talented musicians from throughout Oswego County.

In And Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

Continuing on District No. 11 South Hannibal   (Hannibal History in Pictures and Prose)

The first schoolhouse in this district is believed to have been constructed around the 1820s.

The schoolhouse was first located on the west side of what is now County Route 7 north of the hamlet center. The building was moved at least four times and eventually served as an annex and parsonage to the Methodist Church before it was federated with the Baptist Church.

The Baptists and Methodists in South Hannibal federated together in 1932 – in 1954, the Rev. Pauline Burdette, suggested moving the Methodist Church from its site on Goodman Road and joining it with the Baptist Church on County Route 7.

A vote was taken and the church family voted in favor of the move, which was completed in 1955. Thereafter it was known as South Hannibal Federal Church.

It has since joined with Hannibal Center Methodist Church to form the South Hannibal-Hannibal Center parish.

After the Methodist Church was moved from Goodman Road to become part of the new federated church, the old school building was sold to Danny Martin.

He converted the  structure into a house still located on Goodman Road.  Later Mr. Stowell purchased it to use as a tenant house for his farm employee.

It again changed hands when David Pierce bought the property. By now, the original school structure has had extensive additions built onto it; but if you look closely you can still tell it was once a schoolhouse.

A second schoolhouse was built about 1854 just south of the Baptist parsonage near the intersection of County Route 7 and Route 176. The lumber for the building was cut locally at the sawmill of Sidney Hulett.

The early teachers received from $1.50-$2 per week for five and one-half days a  week and boarded at sites in the district.  (Boarded means lived with a family – not their own.)

The year was divided into summer and winter terms. Attendance ran as high as 76 or more, with the older pupils really being young adults. Many of the school records were lost when the last South Hannibal store fire occurred.

At the 1877 school district meeting, it was voted to use Quackenbush’s  Arithmetic, Clark’s grammar, Montieth’s geography, the Analytical readers and spellers.

The teacher was paid $7 per week for winter session and $5.50 per week for summer session. In 1880, $1 was paid for cleaning the schoolhouse and a quart of soap cost 7 cents. In 1882, $72.89 was raised by taxes for the support of the school.

Men teachers in those days were earning money to help them go on to study law, medicine or engineering – a stepping stone to some other occupation of a higher caliber. Teaching was not considered a profession as it is now.

Certification was determined by the local school commissioner, not the New York State Board of Regents.

Trustees of District No. 11 over the years included: GV Wolven, SE Rowlee, SD Gardner, William Howland, DD Wells, Merritt Miller, AS Lane, B Wilcox, George Barlow, EJ Wells, CW Haws, Milton Terpening, FA Miller, George Hines, George Blake, Arthur Goodman, FN Palmer, Lynn Randall, George Baldwin, William Summerville, William reedy, Murray Megraw, Phillip Haws, Ivan Blake, Raymond Hovey, Fran Beadle, Gordon Dibble and Charles Warner.

Among some of the early teachers were 1857 Truman Showers, 1858 Miss Earl, 1859 Elizabeth Schenk.

Teachers in the 1930s-40s were: 1930-31 Marion Andrews and Frances Graves, 1933-34 Nellie Gifford and Aneita Graves, 1937-38 Mrs. L. Mae Signor, 1938 Mrs. Gordon Sturge (Gordon Sturge was also a teacher and town historian,) 1938-43 Hazel Chaffee, 1943-44 Mae Pellett Rogers ( Mr. Rogers ran Roger’s Mill in Hannibal Center,) 1945-46 Reta Merriam, 1945-46 Rowena Godfrey, Mae March and in 1946-49 Vivian Megaw, who was the last person to teach in District No. 11 before centralization.

Centralization signaled the end of the South Hannibal School as an independent district. Those in attendance for the last school session in 1949 included Diane Chillson, John and Joyce Crego, Elaine Dibble, Ruth Ann Hovey, Sandra Ingison, Jean and Kay Lewchanin, Mable, Leon, Harold and Charles Reynolds, Harold and Christine Roe, Robert Rogers, Jerry Toloff, Luella and Lela Summervile, Bobby Van Buren and Robert Wade.

However for a year or so after centralization, a grade was bused out to the school from Hannibal while an addition was being built onto the Hannibal High School

Eventually the schoolhouse was sold and now has disappeared from the scene.  In it’s place stands the home of Joan Wallace (as of 1994.)


The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary will hold its Sunday Breakfast Buffet from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at the firehouse on Oswego Street. It’s the first breakfast of the New Year.

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at noon. The center opens at 10 for those who want to come early and read the newspaper or get caught up on what’s happening ‘bout town.

Jig-saw puzzles and games are always available.

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

This week’s menu is:

Monday — Reuben noodle casserole, vegetable, juice, fruit cup

Wednesday — Cooks’ choice (call for specifics)

Friday — Turkey sloppy Joe, baked potato, peas and carrots, orange juice, peaches

Activities — Monday, Wii bowling;     Wednesday, bingo after lunch; Friday,   snowman races

On Monday, those at the center will participate in a Wii bowling tournament against other centers and beyond.  Come join their team, or just be a spectator!

The Elderberries will meet at noon Tuesday for a covered dish luncheon. Do join them – bring your own table service and a dish to pass.

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

The Library has a new raffle basket, Winter Warm Up. Drawing is Jan. 31.

Hannibal Home & School will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at Fairley school, Room 30.

Don’t forget to donate your register tapes at the Village Market and your deposit cans to N&N Redemption so that community organizations can reap the benefits!

The Hannibal Village Board meets the second Monday of the month.

The Hannibal Town Board meets the third Wednesday of the month.

The Hannibal Planning Board meets the first Thursday of the month.

All meetings are held at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Help yourself and your community by attending.

I can’t write it unless I have it – so you know what to do…phone or e-mail me with your clubs or organization’s info.

By the way, I’m writing to you from Texas (I’m off to Florida tomorrow – have to do some research on what’s happening with the Hannibalites who winter in Florida) so I don’t have access to snail mail or hands on observation, so please give me a call or e-mail me.  Thanks!

Rita Hooper 706-3564

Hannibal committee continues work on planning school district’s future

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Hannibal school personnel, community stakeholders, students and parents continued to lay the groundwork for the district’s future during a meeting Jan. 16 night among the Strategic Plan Committee’s three task forces.

Divided into groups targeting student engagement, family/community engagement and academic achievement, the task forces delved into lengthy discussions to help develop a five-year blueprint for Hannibal schools.

Superintendent Donna Fountain said the open discussions and information-sharing sessions have been essential in helping create a solid foundation for the district’s future.

“Both the core team and task forces have made tremendous progress toward developing the five-year plan,” Fountain said. “We are up to date with the original timeline and meeting the goals we have set for each meeting.”

Thursday’s meeting was another step forward in the process, as the roughly two dozen task force members reviewed potential core beliefs for the district.

They zeroed in on areas such as practicing respect, creating a passion for learning, prioritizing students, setting high expectations, communicating effectively, being open to change and encouraging student-driven learning.

Although the core beliefs are still a work in progress, the accomplishments made so far have been impressive, said Penny Ciaburri, chief executive officer of PLC Associates Inc. (the consulting firm contracted to aid the district in developing its strategic plan).

The ideas, goals and concerns shared during the meetings will go a long way in making the Hannibal school system a “destination district” for those seeking a premiere learning environment, she said.

“This group has a very high level of commitment … some of best efforts I have seen and very responsive in doing everything according to protocol,” Ciaburri said. “You guys get it.”

That kind of devotion is critical for the development of a comprehensive plan, Fountain said.

“Community members provide an understanding of how the district is perceived as well as increasing community awareness of our goals and our plans to achieve our goals,” the superintendent said.

“In addition, these individuals help us to understand the needs of the community both in the present and future. We are very cognizant that these individuals lead very busy lives. To devote this much time and energy to the future of our district speaks highly of their commitment to the education of our students as well as the Hannibal community as a whole.”

As the plan begins to take shape, committee members and task force representatives are showing their dedication to the process by getting together outside of regularly scheduled meetings to examine survey results, conduct research and analyze data to compare similar districts and assess Hannibal’s specific needs.

“One of the aspects I am most impressed with is that they are looking at data, collecting best practices and examining relevant research – all before they start planning,” Ciaburri said, noting that their commitment was on display during the Jan. 16 meeting.

“They are able to identify accurate statistics from (staff, student and community) surveys,” Ciaburri said. “They even are pulling data from our State Review. These teams already ‘own’ their work. That is major for implementation.”

Armed with a workbook and a lot of data, the task forces are beginning to develop specific strategic intents for the district. This process will help set benchmarks in particular areas and specify – using quantitative data – the goals for the future when it comes to student engagement, community/family engagement and academic achievement.

“We can choose the kinds of things that will be our targets,” Ciaburri said. “You’re setting a stake in the ground and defining very clearly where we’re going to land.”

The task forces and the core committee will continue to analyze data and develop specific goals and strategies as the process moves forward. And although the development of a five-year plan can be daunting, Ciaburri said she is pleased with how well the groups are working together.

“Everyone should know, under some difficult circumstances, these teams are just pushing through,” she said. “The Hannibal community should be proud of that. It is about our kids and they know it.”

The next core team meeting will be held from 4-6:15 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Hannibal school district boardroom. Two weeks later, from 4-6:15 p.m. Feb. 6, the core team and the three task forces will meet. The committee hopes to complete the plan by March 21 and is expected to present it to the school board during a meeting April 2.

For more information on the process or to become involved, contact internal facilitator Tammy Farrell at or by phone at 564-7900, ext. 3004.