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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.

Julie A. DeGroff, former cashier at Walmart

Julie A. DeGroff, 55, of Hannibal, died Thursday Jan. 16 in the Oswego Hospital after a sudden attack.

She was born in Oswego, the daughter of Anne Carney of Oswego and the late William Carney.

She was a former cashier at Walmart, Oswego.

She enjoyed crocheting, walking her dogs and being with her family. Julie was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years Richard “Doc” DeGroff of Hannibal; sons, Rick (Chrissy Williams) DeGroff of Hannibal, Jeremy (Kate) DeGroff of Fulton; granddaughter Olivia DeGroff; mother Anne Carney; siblings, Cathy (Dave) Goettsch of CA, Billy (Lisa) Carney of Oswego, Patti (Joe) Scanlon of Oswego, Maureen Carney of Oswego, Monica (Dale MacDonald) Carney of Fulton, Theresa (Nate Johndrew) Carney of Oswego and John Carney of Syracuse.

Funeral services were Monday Jan. 20 at the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Flemming officiating.

Spring burial will be in Hannibal Cemetery. Calling hours were Monday at the funeral home, 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

Hannibal girls’ hoops continues to roll

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal girls’ varsity basketball team has won 5 out of its last 6 games, including a three-game winning streak, to improve its record to 5-2.

On Dec. 30, the Lady Warriors rolled past North Rose-Wolcott 56-22. Hannibal began 2014 with a win over Cazenovia 52-36 on Jan. 9 and then came away with a hard fought win over Bishop Ludden on Jan. 13 by a score of 51-46.

The Lady Warriors wasted little time asserting their dominance in the North Rose-Wolcott game, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the first quarter. Hannibal expanded its lead during the second quarter to take a 31-10 lead into halftime.

The Lady Warriors refused to slow down during the second half. They outscored North Rose-Wolcott by 4 points during the third quarter to push their lead to 25 points and then capped off an impressive effort during the fourth quarter, outscoring North Rose-Wolcott by 9.

The Lady Warriors were led by Devin Sorell with 15 points, followed by Kaylee Esposito with 8, Rachel Shute, Spencer Kenney and Sarah Otis scored 6 points each, Sydney Alton added 5, Gabby Griffin chipped in 4 while McKenzie Mattison and Hunter Beckwith tallied 3 points each.

In the Cazenovia game, Caz outscored Hannibal by 4 points during the first quarter, but then the Lady Warriors got into gear and stormed ahead in the second quarter to take a 30-22 halftime lead.

After an evenly played third quarter, Hannibal maintained its 8-point lead. The Lady Warriors put the game out of reach during the fourth quarter, outscoring Caz by 8.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors was Devin Sorell with 26 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 8, McKenzie Mattison with 7 and Sydney Alton, Gabby Griffin and Kaylee Esposito chipped in 3 points each.

The Lady Warriors capped the three-game stretch by holding off Bishop Ludden. Ludden had a 3-point lead after the first quarter, but the Lady Warriors fought back during the second quarter, outcoring Bishop Ludden by 5 points to lead 19-17 at the half.

During the third quarter, Bishop Ludden rediscovered the competitive nature that they displayed during the first quarter and outscored Hannibal by 2 points to send the game into the fourth quarter evened up at 31.

But the Lady Warriors got it done down the stretch, outscoring Ludden by 5 points during the fourth quarter to prevail with a 51-46 win.

Hannibal was led by Devin Sorell withe 27 points, followed by Spencer Kenney with 11, Gabby Griffin and McKenzie Mattison scored 4 points each and Sydney Alton chipped in 3.

Hannibal boys’ hoops suffer two losses

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys’ varsity basketball team lost its last 2 games, falling to Cazenovia 49-27 and the Syracuse Academy of Science 77-52.

Hannibal now has a 3-6 overall record.

Cazenovia cruised past the Warriors Jan. 9. Cazenovia got off to an impressive start, outscoring Hannibal by 12 points in the first quarter.

After an evenly played second quarter, Cazenovia took a 21-9 lead into halftime. Cazenovia wasn’t about to let up during the second half. They outscored the Warriors during the third quarter to expand their lead to 13 points. Caz put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Warriors by 9 points.

Leading the way for Hannibal was Trevor Alton with 9 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 7, Sam McCraith scored 5 and Charlie McCraith and Austin Mattison chipped in 3 points each.

Syracuse Academy of Science topped Hannibal Jan. 14. Syracuse Academy Of Science got off to a decent start, outscoring the Warriors by 6 points during the first quarter. Syracuse Academy Of Science kept it going during the second quarter, again outscoring Hannibal by 6 to take a 38-26 halftime lead.

Syracuse Academy of Science put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring Hannibal by 10. Hannibal tried to come back in the fourth quarter, but Syracuse Academy of Science still outscored Hannibal to cap off a 77-52 win.

The Warriors were led by Trevor Alton with 27 points, followed by Billy Skipper with 13 and Charlie McCraith and Sam McCraith scored 4 points each.

Adam A. Hartman, served with 101st Airborne in WWII

Adam A. Hartman, 92, of Hannibal, died Sunday Jan. 12 at Oswego Hospital, Oswego after a short illness.

He was born in Lebanon, PA and he has been a resident of Hannibal since 1957.

Mr. Hartman was a United States Veteran having served in the Army 101st Airborne during WWII.

He was past employed as a school bus driver with the Hannibal School District.  Mr. Hartman later retired from Sealright Co., Fulton after 25-plus years as a first class machinist.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #254 for 70 years.  Mr. Hartman was honored in 2013 by the Knights of Columbus for being the oldest living member of the council.

He was a communicant of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Hannibal and Holy Trinity Church, Fulton.

Mr. Hartman was pre-deceased by his wife Clara Hartman in 2008, son Francis A. Hartman in 2010 and 12 siblings.

He is survived by his sons Frederick (Constance) Hartman of Fla., Gerald (Mary Ann) Hartman of Hannibal and Martin (Mary Beth) Beckwith of Oswego; one  sister  Helen Nigle of Wisconsin; and grandson Jason A. Hartman of Pa.

Funeral Services will be conducted Saturday Jan. 18 at 10:15 a.m. in the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., and 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Rosary, Hannibal, where the Rev. Smegelsky will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be held in the spring at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fulton, where military honors will be bestowed.

Calling hours will be held 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday Jan. 18 at Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.