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Warrior boys hold on for 52-48 win

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team held off Solvay following the Bearcats’ furious fourth quarter rally.

After a hard fought first quarter, Hannibal took a commanding lead after outscoring Solvay by 15 points during the second and third quarters.

The Warriors play remained consistent as they withstood Solvay’s valiant efforts to rally during the fourth quarter to come away with a 52-48 win.

Hannibal was led by Jacob Schenko and his 15 points. Trevor Alton followed Schenko with 14 points. Jacob Shortslef chipped in 13 points while Brandon Jordan, Ryan Perry, Billy Skipper and Sam McCraith combined to score 10 points for the Warriors.

With the win, Hannibal’s overall record improves to 3-2.

The Warriors will be on holiday break until the 2013 portion of their schedule begins Jan. 8 with a game against Skaneateles.

To read the rest of the story, pick up the latest copy of The Valley News. You may also subscribe to the paper by calling 598-6397

In And Around Hannibal: December 15, 2012

Rita Hooper

706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

Ah, what to write about two weeks before Christmas that I haven’t written about in the past say 25 years. As I drove through the village on my way to the high school Christmas band concert, passing our lovely lit Christmas tree, it dawned on me, even though it was dark, that I should write about the national Christmas tree.

From the Hannibal Square to Clinton Square in Syracuse to Rockefeller Center to Washington, D.C., towns across the country have had a tree lighting ceremony, symbolizing the start of the Christmas season. So delving into Christmas in the White House by Albert Menendez and doing some internet research, I found the following to share with you, my faithful readers!

The very beginnings of a Christmas tree ceremony in our nation’s capitol began with what was billed as a “Civic Christmas” in 1913 – gee that’s 99 years ago, my dad would have been a teenager! The Marine Band played, there were 1,000 singers and a Nativity Pageant. It was held on the East Plaza of the Capitol.  Woodrow Wilson was president at the time and wanted the program recognized as a national event.

On Christmas Eve 1923, on the Ellipse, President Calvin Coolidge lit the first community Christmas tree. The tree itself was a gift from Middlebury College in President’s Coolidge’s home state of Vermont.

A man named Feiker came up with the idea of lighting the tree as the electrical industry was hoping to get more people interested in lighting outdoor trees.

This is an interesting story in itself to research but time dictates. Suffice it to say the tree was decorated with 2,500 electric bulbs in red, white and green supplied by the Electric League of Washington. NBC broadcasted it on radio. The Epiphany Church choir sang and the band played on!

From 1924-1933, the tree was located in Sherman Plaza near the east entrance of the White House. This was the first living/planted Christmas tree and was a Norway spruce from our own New York State. Coolidge lit the tree by pushing a button on the switch box. That switch box is still used today. I wonder if they keep it in a special box labeled Christmas Switchbox – I know I’d probably loose it!

Coolidge is the one credited with giving the first president’s Christmas message, which he delivered in 1925. President Hoover lit the tree from 1929-1931, vice-president Charles Curtis in 1932 and Pres. F.D. Roosevelt in 1933.

From 1934 to 1938 the tree lighting occurred in Lafayette Park while they made some landscaping changes in Sherman Plaza. FDR lit the tree until 1942.

From 1939 to 1940, the ceremony was once again moved to the Ellipse, so as to accommodate the larger crowds.

In 1941, FDR choose to invite the public to the White House for the tree lighting. A 30-foot Oriental Spruce was choose and stood a 100 feet from the fence on the south grounds. A Girl and Boy Scout brought greetings from the people of DC. Carols were sung led by a number of local churches.  Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a surprise appearance. Pearl Harbor had recently occurred. It was a somber time in the nation’s capitol.

The years 1942-1944 saw the tree go dark for security reasons during WWII. The tree was decorated with ornaments donated by many service organizations with the name of servicemen serving in war around the world on them.

In 1945. the ceremony moved back to the Ellipse. President Truman lit the tree in 1945-1947. The first televised lighting of the tree took place in 1946. He did not appear at the lighting in 1948, 49 and 51, preferring to spend Christmas at home in Independence, Mo. Attendance dropped and it was feared that the ceremony would not be revived.

In 1953, President Eisenhower lit the tree on the White House lawn but only a select few were allowed inside the iron fence.  Much criticism occurred. After World War II and the Korean War, it was decided that “peace” should be included in the title of the annual program.

From 1954-1972, the ceremony moved back to the Ellipse. In 1954, a group of Washington businessmen and interested citizens organized to oversee the annual celebration and formed a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization, the Christmas Pageant of Peace, Inc.

President Dwight Eisenhower presided over the expanded program symbolizing America’s desire to maintain peace around the world through the spirit and meaning of Christmas.

It was decided that the program would no longer take place on Christmas Eve and was moved to Dec. 17. The tree lighting ceremony was followed by three weeks of nightly Christmas entertainment on the Ellipse.

The Pageant included a life-sized reproduction of the nativity scene, a large stage, a children’s corner, and exhibit booths.

The Pathway to Peace, leading to the National Community Christmas Tree, was bordered by smaller Christmas trees decorated by embassies, states and U.S. territories. The tree was lit by President Eisenhower from 1954-1960, Vice President Lyndon Johnson in 1961, and President John F. Kennedy in 1962.

In 1963, the tree was not lighted until Dec. 22 by Lyndon Johnson following a national 30-day period of mourning for the assassinated John F. Kennedy. The tree was lit by Johnson each year until 1968, by President Richard Nixon in 1969, 1970 and 1973 and Vice President Spiro Agnew in 1971 and 1972.

In 1973 on the Ellipse, a 42-foot living Colorado Blue Spruce from northern Pennsylvania was planted to serve as a permanent National Christmas Tree. The National Arborist Association donated the tree.

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This week’s menu at Senior Nutrition is soup and sandwich, salad, juice, and jello Monday,; glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, lemon dill carrots, juice, and  special dessert Wednesday; and  chicken and biscuit, mashed potatoes, vegetable, juice, and fruit Friday.

Monday, they will be making Christmas ornaments and Friday, they will be playing some Christmas games. They will have their Christmas party on Wednesday with a holiday sing-along with Bob Simmons.

Please call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservations.

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.

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.

Please send me info on your church’s Christmas schedule so that I may include it in next week’s column. I’d rather receive the info from a dozen folks than none at all.

Many thanks to the Hannibal Senior Band for inviting the community seniors to be their guests at the lasagne dinner preceding the Christmas concert.  The concert was great and sure to put you in a Christmas spirit.  You have given us much to be proud of. Special thanks go to Mrs. Terrinoni for her hard work throughout the years — her love for our children shows!

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

706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

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

Country Christmas
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.