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The Hannibal Library on Oswego Street is inviting the community to come in and “sit a spell” with a good book in their new comfortable reading room. This was made possible through the Country Cruizers. Tim Karkruff made a children’s reading bench.

In And Around Hannibal: December 7, 2012

The Hannibal Library on Oswego Street is inviting the community to come in and “sit a spell” with a good book in their new comfortable reading room. This was made possible through the Country Cruizers. Tim Karkruff made a children’s reading bench.

by Rita Hooper

Advent is the period before Christmas in the church calendar. Advent is a period of preparation for the birth of the Christ child.

Many people have Advent wreaths in their homes. The wreath itself is usually made of evergreens. There are five candles used in most traditions, three purple representing penance or some churches use blue symbolizing royalty. There is a pink candle and a white candle.

Each week, during that four-week period, a new candle is lit in addition to the ones lit the previous weeks.

The first candle lit is a purple or blue one. It is known as the prophecy candle. It was the prophets, primarily Isaiah, who foretold the birth of Christ.  Some traditions refer to this as the Hope Candle.

The second week, another purple or blue candle is lit and this is referred to as the Bethlehem candle for the birthplace of Jesus or in other traditions as the Love Candle.

The third week the pink candle is lit, symbolizing the sheppards abiding in the fields, as they awaited the birth. It is also called the Joy candle.

The fourth week another blue or purple candle is lit and is called the Angel’s or Peace candle.

On Christmas, the white candle in the center is lit symbolizing the birth of Christ, the long awaited Saviour of the World. It is white to symbolize his sinless nature; those who receive Him, accept Him will have their sins washed away and be whiter than snow.

This is a wonderful way to teach children about the coming of Christ. There are Advent calendars that can be bought with little windows that open each day for the 25-30 days before Christmas.

Many folks make their own from simple strips of candy canes, cutting one off each day, to more elaborate ones with Christmas trees on which an ornament is added each day. Some use the nativity scene.

This Christmas season, slow down. Take in at least one of the many concerts and plays of the season. Visit  Lights on the Lake. Take in a Dicken’s Christmas. Visit some folks you have been meaning to since last December.

As my husband would say…”The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”  Relax, enjoy, participate and remember why!

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The Hannibal Historical Society will be selling pewter Christmas ornaments Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Market in Hannibal. This will be the last public sale of the ornament. The original Hannibal Baptist Church is shown on the front, with a short history of the building on the back. The featured building now houses the Hannibal Community Center.

Those who have placed orders can pick them up at the Market Dec. 8 and orders can still be placed with Ann Mahaney by calling 564-5658 or e-mailing ammahaney@yahoo.com.

The congregation of the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church is preparing for its annual Live Nativity and Nativities by Candlelight event today, Dec. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Church members will present a tableau of the special night at Bethlehem when Christ was born in the manger. The scene, which also includes live animals, will take place outside in the shed.

Inside the church sanctuary a wide variety of Nativity sets will be on display in candlelight. The Classic Touch barbershop quartet will be singing songs of the season. Children attending will receive a Nativity gift and cookies and cocoa will be served.

If you haven’t been before – do come this year, I think you might just make it one of your family traditions! The church is located at 7721 State Route 104 West.

The Sons of the American Legion in Hannibal will be holding a full breakfast buffet tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 9 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Post on Rochester Street.

The menu for the Senior Meals program this week will be lasagna Monday and baked chicken with rice Wednesday. Friday, they will be having hamburgers and garlic mashed potatoes. Lunch is served at noon but the center opens early for cards and other games.

Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. Be sure to come Wednesday at 11 a.m. as Deanna Pawlenko Hubbard will be providing some wonderful music to put you in the Christmas spirit! The Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego Street across from the Fire House.

The Jammers will not be meeting this week. The following week will be their annual Christmas dinner. Please bring a dish to pass. Dinner is at 6 and music at 7 p.m.

The Friends of the Library have a new raffle basket for December: a battery lighted wreath, wall decal, door mat, stockings, picture frames, flameless candle, and ornaments. Drawing is Dec. 15.

The Hannibal Senior Band will be presenting a Holiday Kaleidoscope Concert Tuesday, Dec. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lockwood Auditorium. This concert will feature a variety of Small Ensembles, the Jazz Ensemble, Hannibal Community Brass and the Senior Band, presenting

a theatrical interpretation of many familiar carols and winter songs. Audience members are asked to bring a donation for the Christmas Bureau.

Prior to the concert band members will serve their annual complimentary Lasagna Holiday Dinner for local senior citizens in the high school cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone planning to attend should make a reservation by calling 564-7910, ext. 4132 before Dec. 10.

The Elderberries will have their Christmas party at the American Legion Thursday, Dec. 13 beginning at 11:30 a.m.  This is a catered meal so I sure hope you made your reservations! Please remember to bring some groceries for the Resource Center and a $2 gift for the grab bag!

If you would like to volunteer your time to deliver Hannibal Christmas Bureau Boxes Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, please call 564-7916. Two students will be assigned to go with each driver.  I’ve done it many times over the years and it really is great fun and puts you in the holiday spirit.

In And Around Hannibal: December 1, 2012

Rita Hooper

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I am indebted to Mayor Fred Kent for letting me share his remarks made at the recent Hannibal Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration:

A day before Christmas in Hannibal:

“I awoke early and went to Kim’s Village Cafe for breakfast. Next I took Benny to Scrubby Doo’s Dog Grooming for a bath. I then went to Perkin’s Chiropractic for an adjustment.

“Following this, my next stop was to Travis Floral Shop for a centerpiece for Maria. I stopped on the way home and picked up subs for lunch from the Hannibal Quick Mart.

“Following lunch, the whole family went to Beckwith’s Christmas Tree Farm for  hayride and a beautiful tree.

“We stopped at Karkruff Construction and picked up plans for our new kitchen and stopped next door to Cluttered Flea Market for some funky ornaments on the way to Kami’s Kix Dance Studio to sign up our granddaughter for dance lessons for an original christmas gift.

“In the afternoon, I dropped my laptop off at Mason’s Computer for some new spyware. Finally, I relaxed at the Hannibal Library in the new lounge area to read my favorite author’s latest book.

“All relaxed, I stopped on the way home and picked up a pizza and wings for a nice dinner from the Village Pizzeria. While waiting for the pizza, I ran over to the Hannibal Pharmacy for some sorely needed medication.

“And it all took place in our beautiful Hannibal.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself — support your local businesses.

What Fred forgot to tell you was that I met him at the Post Office where he had stopped for stamps and found out he had spent all his money and was headed to the Community Bank for a fresh supply. He remembered he wanted to stop at Scott’s and pick up the washers to fix that leaky faucet Maria had been reminding him about for several months now.

Sometimes the smallest presents are the best ones!

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The menu for the Senior Meals program this week will be Hoffman hots Monday and Cook’s Choice Wednesday. Friday, they will be serving fish clippers.  Lunch is served at noon but the center opens early for cards and games. The coffee is ready and waiting for you! Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. The Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego St. across from the Fire House. Birthday wishes are sent to Jane Spicer Dec. 3.

The Jammers meet this Monday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion. If you enjoy country music, come on over and sit a spell!

The Village Market will once again be sponsoring a Christmas luncheon for area senior citizens at the Hannibal Fire House Dec. 4 beginning at 11 a.m. No reservations are required and a great time is had by all!

Home and School will be meeting at Fairley School at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4

The Senior Chorus Concert will be at 7PM on Dec. 4.

Christmas Bureau applications may be picked up in the School Nurse’s Offices or at any of the Hannibal Churches. Deadline is December 7th, 2012, No applications will be accepted after that date. Anyone who would like to help out in any way is asked to call 546-7916.

The Hannibal Historical Society will be selling pewter Christmas ornaments Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Market in Hannibal. This will be the last public sale of the ornaments. The original Hannibal Baptist Church is shown on the front of the ornament with a short history of the building on the back. The featured building now houses the Hannibal Community Center. Each ornament comes with a cord for hanging and a pouch for storage.  Those who have placed orders can pick them up at the Market on December 8, and orders can still be placed with Ann Mahaney by calling 564-5658 or e-mailing ammahaney@yahoo.com.

The Hannibal Senior Band will be presenting a Holiday Kaleidoscope Concert Tuesday, Dec. 11 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Lockwood Auditorium. This concert will feature a variety of Small Ensembles, the Jazz Ensemble, Hannibal Community Brass and the Senior Band, presenting a theatrical interpretation of many familiar carols and winter songs. Audience members are asked to bring a donation for the Christmas Bureau.

Prior to the concert, band members will serve their annual complimentary Lasagna Holiday Dinner for local senior citizens in the High School cafeteria beginning at 6 p.m. Anyone planning to attend should make a reservation by calling 564-7910, ext. 4132 before Dec. 10.

The Elderberries will have their Christmas party at the American Legion Thursday, Dec. 13 beginning at 11:30 a.m. This is a catered meal so you will have to make your reservations. Please remember to bring some groceries for the Resource Center and a $2 gift for the grab bag!

If you would like to volunteer your time to deliver Hannibal Christmas Bureau Boxes on Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, please call 564-7916. Two students will be assigned to go with each driver. I’ve done it many times over the years and it really is great fun and puts you in the holiday spirit.

The Hannibal Historical Society is looking for new members. Those who are interested in history, including the history of Hannibal, are invited to join by contacting Carol Newvine at 564-5650 or e-mailing lcnewvine@aol.com. The society’s next business meeting will be Monday, Feb. 26.

In And Around Hannibal: November 24, 2012

by Rita Hooper 

Today is Small Business Saturday. It’s a day to patronize your local merchant – that small business guy or gal who is there when you need them, and has even been known to open up his shop when you had an emergency.

They take your check and call you by name. You may spend a little more for their service but not necessarily. You don’t have to walk a mile to find what you want and if they haven’t got it, they will tell you – they will also special order it if they can or tell you where you can get it. They pay their employees fairly and work around family schedules and emergencies.

I can walk down my hometown main street and still tell you the name of the merchants – Mr. Wymperl owned the meat market with the sawdust on the white and black tiled floor. Mr. and Mrs. Zahender owned the Emily Carol Dress Shop – where you always got a second and third opinion on how the dress looked on you.

The Glukaufs owned the drycleaners where I had my wedding dress hemmed and Larry Bauman ran the other drycleaner. John had a small fresh fruit and vegetable store again with the sawdust on the floor, a wooden floor. John always polished his apples and stacked them like you see in pictures – I can see him now as he cuts an orange open for you to have a smell and a taste.

Manhattan Market – the local grocery store where my grandmother would send me on Saturday morning for 50 cents worth of salt pork. Marino’s Fish Market where I worked summers – Grandpop (not mine) had started the business 50 years previously on a push cart and still showed up everyday for work! There was Kortlander’s Liquor Store and Gillard’s Drugstore complete with a soda fountain. The Weiner Brothers had the stationary store and Dick ran the luncheonette with homemade ice cream and the best black and white sodas in town.

I can’t forget Harry Seamen’s toy store – the Village Toy Mart. At Christmas time he had a huge train display set up – and you could stay all day if you wanted to watch the trains go round. They put out steam too! Thurstons had the bike repair and sales. Harrick Press was my cousins print shop…they could cut cross lots and have lunch with their mom.

These folks formed the local business association and met monthly to see how they could help each other and promote local business. It was a sad day when the Toy Mart moved out to the Miracle Mile, that was when strip malls was becoming popular back in the 50’s.

It was the business folk who bought the decorations for the holidays at the park and bought Santa to town. It was the business folk who bought American flags to be displayed outside their place of business and decorate main street on Memorial Day.

I wish my grandchildren could have those memories. I remember speaking with Mayor Allerton maybe five years ago and she shared similar memories with me. I have heard people talk about the Dizzy Block in Fulton. Those small merchants are good for our community. They deserve our support.

This weekend and on through the Christmas season, patronize your local merchant.

Our small merchants are there for us and support many community activities and events – be there for them…not just for them but for yourself and your neighbors. They don’t have to hire greeters – they do it themselves!

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The menu for the Senior Meals program this week will be sweet sausage with onions and peppers Monday and ham steak and scalloped potatoes Wednesday. Friday, they will be serving tuna salad sandwiches and creamed soup. Lunch is served at noon but the center opens early for cards and other games.

Monday, there will be a presentation on fall prevention. Blood pressures will be taken Wednesday. The coffee is ready and waiting for you! Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. The Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego St. across from the Fire House.

The Jammers meet this Monday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion. If you enjoy country music, come on over and sit a spell!

Christmas Bureau applications may be picked up in the School Nurse’s Offices or at any of the Hannibal Churches. Deadline is Dec. 7. No applications will be accepted after that date. Anyone who would like to help out is asked to call 546-7916.

If you would like to volunteer your time to deliver Hannibal Christmas Bureau Boxes Dec. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon, please call 564-7916. Two students will be assigned to go with each driver.

In And Around Hannibal: November 17, 2012

Rita Hooper 

‘Tis Turkey day again — a time for family and friends, a time to laugh, tell jokes and try out some new recipes and, for some, to watch football!

This year as you count your blessings remember those who haven’t been as fortunate as you. Lend a hand at a community dinner with either money or your physical presence, help to re-stock the shelves at the Resource Center with canned donations.

Make a donation to the victims of Sandy. I just received an invitation to see how our Presbyterian Women of the Synod of the NE could help a particular family in Red Hook, a section of Brooklyn that has been completely flooded. FEMA can’t help them and her insurance can’t do an evaluation until Dec. 1.

They are still without power and streetlights so they have not been able to return to their home and pump it out or do their own personal assessment. There but for the grace (unmerited favor) of God, go I! Time to put our words into action!

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This is the weekend many of us have been looking forward to for a whole year. Hannibal’s annual kick-off to the Christmas season begins this Saturday and Sunday with Hannibal’s own Country Christmas.

There will be many activities to take part in and goodies to receive. Many area businesses will be hosting open houses so make sure you pay them a visit. There will be wine tastings and crafts and activities for the children at the Library. Follow the signs to businesses not in the Square! Many of our community organizations will be taking part as well.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Christmas Bureau Carnival will be held at Kenney School.

The Hannibal Historical Society will be selling Pewter Christmas Tree ornaments today and tomorrow at The Festival of Trees being held at the Community Center on Oswego Street.

The eighth annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths will take place at the Hannibal Library today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary Breakfast With Santa will be  tomorrow from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Hannibal Firehouse, Oswego Street.

The breakfast will include pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy biscuits, toast and beverages. Children under five eat free.

Santa will be there at 9 a.m. for free pictures taken by C. Perkins.

Tomorrow, Nov. 18, the historical society is sponsoring the annual Village Christmas Tree Lighting in the Village Square beginning at 4:45 p.m.

The Country Christmas door prize drawings will be held during this event as well as a parade for children and the opportunity to hang ornaments on the tree. Music will be provided by The Hannibal Brass Ensemble.

Following this ceremony, the community is invited to the Community Thanksgiving Service at God’s Vision Christian Church, on Church Street, one short block west of the Square.

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The menu for the Senior Meals program this week will be baked chicken Monday and pork cutlet with country gravy Wednesday. The center will be closed on Friday in honor of Thanksgiving. Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation.

The Jammers meet this Monday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion.  If you enjoy country music, come on over and sit a spell!

Christmas Bureau applications may be picked up in the School Nurse’s

Offices or at any of the Hannibal Churches. Deadline is Dec. 7. No applications will be accepted after that date. Anyone who would like to help out in any way is asked to call 546-7916.

The Friends of the Hannibal Library will be holding a raffle for a special “Build a Better Christmas” tree, which includes tools, gift cards and certificates donated by Burke’s Home Center, Carter Contracting, Karkruff Construction, Raby’s Ace Hardware, Scott’s Building Supply, and Sherman’s Home Storage. Proceeds will benefit the library. Pictured is the “Build a Better Christmas” tree.

Hannibal’s ‘Country Christmas’ this weekend

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The Friends of the Hannibal Library will be holding a raffle for a special “Build a Better Christmas” tree, which includes tools, gift cards and certificates donated by Burke’s Home Center, Carter Contracting, Karkruff Construction, Raby’s Ace Hardware, Scott’s Building Supply, and Sherman’s Home Storage. Proceeds will benefit the library. Pictured is the “Build a Better Christmas” tree.

by Andrew Henderson

It may be a little more than a month away, but the celebration of Christmas will take place this weekend in Hannibal.

The Hannibal business community and organizations are preparing for the ninth annual Country Christmas celebration to be held this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18 in and around the Village of Hannibal.

Programming this year will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday and will conclude with the lighting of the community Christmas tree starting at 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

The “Hannibal Brass Ensemble” will set the mood for the festivities, including the children’s parade and drawings for door prizes.  Santa is expected to make an early season appearance.

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the first train to come to Hannibal and the Beckwith Christmas Tree Station will host a Holiday Hike to the historical keystone bridge (approximately one mile each way) at 2 p.m. both days. Wagon tours of the farm begin at 2:30 p.m. both days.

Wine and food tastings will be offered at the Hannibal Quick Mart and Travis Floral Shop on both days.

The Hannibal United Methodist Church will host the Debra Sidman Memorial Craft Show and Soup Luncheon Saturday only. Debra Sidman chaired the event for many years and recently lost her fight with cancer.

The Friends of the Hannibal Library will present the eighth annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, the display and silent auction runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Children’s crafts will be available from noon to 3 p.m. each day.

The public will have the opportunity to vote for the Peoples Choice Award, the tree and wreath that best depicts this year’s theme of “Olde Fashion Christmas.” All of the entries, many with different styles and themes, will then be sold to the highest bidder.

This year, the Friends of the Library will hold a raffle for a special “Build a Better Christmas” tree, which includes tools, gift cards and certificates donated by Burke’s Home Center, Carter Contracting, Karkruff Construction, Raby’s Ace Hardware, Scott’s Building Supply, and Sherman’s Home Storage. Proceeds will benefit the library.

In addition, the Hannibal Historical Society will be selling Pewter Christmas Tree ornaments from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 during the Festival of Trees being held at the Community Center on Oswego Street.

The ornament shows the original Hannibal Baptist Church on the front with a short history of the building on the back. Each ornament comes with a cord for hanging and a pouch for storage.

Those seeking further information may call Ann Mahaney at 564-5658 or e-mail ammahaney@yahoo.com.

Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a Christmas Carnival will be held at the Kenney Middle School to benefit the Christmas Bureau. Also on Saturday, a flu/pneumonia shot clinic and blood pressure screenings will be held at the Hannibal Pharmacy.

Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Hannibal Fire Company Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. and Our Lady of the Rosary will host a chicken and biscuit dinner Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gift and entertaining ideas will be offered at other participating businesses, including Village Pizzeria, Kim’s Village Café, Karkruff Construction & the Cluttered Corner Flea Market, Scrubby Doo’s Pet Grooming, Kami’s Kix Dance Studio, Perkins Chiropractic, and Mason Computers.

Signs will be posted and schedules of events will be available.

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Hannibal High School students participate in All-State Festival

Hannibal High School
Students from Hannibal High School will participate in the New York State School Music Association Zone IV Area All-State festival at Oswego High School Nov. 16 and 17. Students were selected based upon past solo festival scores and were assigned to band, chorus or orchestra. Hannibal’s Alyssa Mann, Sydney Waloven, Elyssa Terry-DeRycke and Natasha Waloven selected for the Area All-State Band.

Students from Hannibal High School will participate in the New York State School Music Association Zone IV Area All-State festival at Oswego High School Nov. 16 and 17.

Students were selected based upon past solo festival scores and were assigned to band, chorus or orchestra. Hannibal’s Alyssa Mann, Sydney Waloven, Elyssa Terry-DeRycke and Natasha Waloven selected for the Area All-State Band.

Students through individual and group practice have prepared music for the concert and they are ready to join other musicians from Oneida, Herkimer and Oswego counties, along with their guest conductor, to prepare for the concert performance.

Dr. Paula Holcomb, director of bands at SUNY Fredonia, will lead band members in a challenging concert program. At SUNY Fredonia, Dr. Holcomb conducts the Wind Ensemble and musicals and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting.

Serving frequently as a guest conductor, Dr. Holcomb has conducted bands and orchestras in 39 states, South America, Australia, Mexico, Europe, and Canada.

The program, she has selected for this talented group includes Percy Grainger’s Children’s March “Over the Hills and Far Away,” “Polka” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Down a Country Lane” by Aaron Copland, and the lively “Danzon no. 2” by Mexican composer Arturo Marquez.

The Area All-State Concert will take place Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Oswego High School Theater.

There is an admission fee. The concert will feature the Area-All State Orchestra, Chorus and Band, performing a wide-variety of high quality musical literature, not to be missed.

In And Around Hannibal: November 10, 2012

by Rita Hooper 

This passed weekend I attended a Women’s Conference in Albany. It was my first opportunity to speak with women who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy. It’s hard for folks to imagine the mere size of this storm…think of it as all of Europe being devastated like after World War II.

I was born during that war so I only have the pictures and history books to tell me what it was like. The massive airlifts on the part of the US to rebuild Europe and evacuate the people and bring in much needed supplies. Our coastline is gone. Life as these folks knew it is forever changed. As we go to the Adirondacks, many folks go to the shore for their vacation…the shore as they knew it, is no more. How rebuilding is done needs to be well thought out so catastrophes like these aren’t allowed to happen again.

One woman at the conference said she had lost her home, another said she lives in an apartment so couldn’t go out even after the water receded, because she would not be able to get back up the stairs. She said she is a survivor (having been burned out 40 years ago when her children were small and they lost everything at Christmas time) so she camped out.

She took little tea lite candles and put them in a cake pan, put a baking cooling rack on top, took a fry pan and cooked herself an egg. Probably the best egg she ever ate. All of the women from that area said they came to the conference for hot meals, hot showers and a bed to sleep in and a chance not to think about what the next step might be for them. A number would be not going back home as they had no home and were heading off to friends and relatives. Some were stocking up their cars with supplies to take with them. They have been uplifted by the support shown to them with the volunteers and supplies being given to them.

The keynote speaker was not able to come as she did not have enough gas in her car to idle in line to fill up her tank. A number of women were complete no shows…no phones or power to contact anyone with. A number contacted the conference to say they could not leave due to storm related circumstances.

Money is needed, clean-up supplies are needed, toiletries are needed, counseling is needed. There are many opportunities for you to give. Be it through the churches and their mission and service divisions, the Red Cross,  businesses and other volunteer groups. We have survived many blizzards but we have not seen anything like this. I grew up on Long Island and lived on the shore but nothing would have prepared the people for this kind of storm. Hold these folks in your prayers and do what ever it is you can do to help out. There but for the grace of God go I!

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I just heard while working the polls in Granby that the Hannibal varsity girls cheerleading team won first place in the small school’s division last week in Baldwinsville. Way to go girls!

The SW Oswego United Methodist Churchwill be having a roast beef dinner today, Nov. 10 starting at 4:30 p.m. The menu is roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, and homemade pie for dessert. Take-outs are available. The church is located on 104, next to Ontario Orchards.

A Wreath Making Workshop will be held today, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Godfrey’s Last Stand. Hands on making of an evergreen wreath with bow and a soup and bread lunch after. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

The Hannibal American Legion Auxiliary Post 1552 will host a veterans appreciation breakfast Sunday, Nov. 11 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Hannibal American Legion, 226 Rochester St.

Corey Welling is a graduate of Hannibal Central Schools and is in need of a lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis that he has had since he was 6 months old. He is now 27. He will need to be air-flighted to New York City within two hours of being notified that there are matching lungs for him.  A benefit will be held for him Nov. 11 at the Crazy Gator in Fulton. Music provided by DJ Chikara and the Claydo Ridge DJ’s. Checks are appreciated and may be sent to Corey Welling c/o Luanne Constanza, 225 West First St. Oswego, NY 13126.

The menu for the Senior Meals program this week is  beef stroganoff over egg noodles Monday, a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings Wednesday, and fish clippers Friday. Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. The Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego St. across from the Fire House.

The Elderberries will be celebrating Thanksgiving at noon this Tuesday at the Senior Center (Library building). Bring a dish to pass and join them. Turkey is being supplied.

Hannibal’s ninth annual Country Christmas will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18.  There will be open houses, wine tasting, crafts and food, beverage samples and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Christmas Bureau Carnival at the Kenney School.

The Hannibal United Methodist Church Craft Show will be Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will also be available and includes soup, sandwich, homemade pie and beverage. The eighth annual Festival of Trees and Wreaths will take place at the Hannibal Library Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In And Around Hannibal: November 3, 2012

by Rita Hooper 

I imagine a number of my readers have been glued to their TV’s, radios and cell phones this week, listening to the details of the storm of the century.

I look at the pictures and really can’t believe it – Katrina was terrible but it didn’t cover the territory that this storm has. I think I heard Gov. Christie of NJ say that Monmouth County was the worst hit county in NJ and all but five counties were affected.

I lived in Monmouth Country before moving here in 1975. I can’t imagine what New York City is like without its subways and buses to say nothing of having power. I have a conference in Albany this week and many of the participants are coming from Long Island, New York City and New Jersey.

I wonder how our attendance will be. Albany is almost the end of the earth to down-staters, just like Hannibal is to people who live in Syracuse!

So what can we do to help? I have received word tonight from Presbyterian Disaster Assistance how I could contribute money. I imagine all the churches have set up a special Sandy fund, so check with your particular denomination – generally speaking, a much larger percentage of your donation go to those needing help if you give through a faith-based organization.

The American Red Cross is another place you may contribute to. If you are looking for something to do, Church World Service is already filling requests from New Jersey. You can put together hygiene kits and clean-up buckets.

If you google CWS kit program, you’ll find out exactly what to put in a kit or bucket. They can be dropped off at the local CWS headquarters Gateway Drive in North Syracuse. They will also accept money donations.

I have been a volunteer in their warehouse in Maryland and can vouch for their honesty. I assume before too long the re-building will be begin and then their will probably be requests for help in that area too.

I know many church groups still go down to New Orleans and the southern tier to help with disasters that happened several years ago and now are a distant memory to most of us. And a few prayers couldn’t hurt! So there are lots of ways those of us in central New York who are left counting our blessings can help.

On another note…

This is the Big Week coming up. Election Day is Tuesday just in case you have forgotten. Just a few more days and the ads will end. I have been one of those pesky phone volunteers and I’ve done it for years.  As callers say, you have to be made of tough stuff to put yourself in that position.

We don’t like calling anymore than you like receiving the calls, but they must work “cause everyone does it.” We chuckle when someone says “You’ve got my vote – your golden.” We are amazed when others ask, “who’s running? For what?”

I wonder if those folks know where to vote. I bumped into a gal the other day, who asked me how she could register. I work the polls on election day, too, and you would be surprised how many folks come in every year and have never voted before. It’s kind of fun to help an 18 year old cast their first vote…it’s like sharing in a person’s own little part in history. Poll workers are more than happy to assist.

I know it’s a right and the responsibility of every citizen to vote. I am angered when I hear of people who don’t vote and even angrier when those who vote, don’t take that responsibility seriously enough to do a little research on the candidates and issues.

I hope my voters do their research and remember to vote Tuesday. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and, weather permitting, the lines shouldn’t be that long in our area.

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A pulled pork dinner will be served at the Granby Center United Methodist Church Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon until 3 p.m. Eat-in or take-outs available.

The menu for the Senior Meals program this week is Homemade macaroni and cheese, veggie blend, scalloped tomatoes, and gelatin Monday; hot meatball sub, Italian blend veggies, tossed salad, and cookie Wednesday; and turkey stew, rice pilaf, veggie blend, and fruit cocktail Friday.

Why not consider joining them this week?  Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation. It is held at the Senior Center in the Library/Community Center Building on Oswego Street.

The Jammers will be holding forth at the American Legion this Monday beginning at 7 p.m.

The annual Election Day Soup and Sandwich Luncheon with homemade pie for dessert will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church, one block west of the Village Square.

UMC of Hannibal Center- South Hannibal is having its annual Election Day Ham Dinner starting at 5 p.m. at the Hannibal American Legion on Rochester Street.

TOPS will meet at Our Lady of the Rosary on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

The Hannibal Senior Band will present its Fall Fiesta Music Concert Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the High School Lockwood Auditorium.  Students will perform a variety of musical selections at varying degrees of difficulty.

The Jazz Ensemble will make its first appearance of the year at the start of the evening event. It features veteran members on solos throughout their tunes.

The Hannibal Methodist Church hosts a free chili and soup lunch Thursdays at 11:30 a.m.

Friends of the Library will hold a Wreath Making Workshop Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. at Godfrey’s Last Stand. Hands-on making of an evergreen wreath with bow and a soup and bread lunch after. For information call Linda at 564-6643.

The fall raffle basket is at the library, Lots you’ll need for your kitchen and Thanksgiving table with a puzzle to keep the children busy after the parade.

Corey Welling is a graduate of Hannibal Central Schools and is in need of a lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis that he has had since he was 6 months old.  He is now 27.

It is through medical advances that Corey and others like him have been able to live.  He will need to be air-flighted to NYC within 2 hours of being notified that there are matching lungs for him. A benefit will be held for him Nov. 11 at the Crazy Gator in Fulton.

The Hannibal United Methodist Church’s craft show will be Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will also be available and includes soup, sandwich, homemade pie and beverage.

The church is located at Route 3 and Church Street, one block west of the Village Square.

This year’s show is being called the Debra Sidman Memorial Craft Show in memory of their long time chairwoman, Debra Sidman, who died recently.

Christmas Bureau applications may be picked up in the school nurse’s offices or at any of the Hannibal churches. Deadline is Dec. 7.

No applications will be accepted after that date. Anyone who would like to help out in any way is asked to call 546-7916.