Category Archives: Hannibal News

In And Around Hannibal: May 12, 2012

by Rita Hooper

I’m hooked on NPR — National Public Radio. Last week, I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show when she had Eric Rutkow on, talking about his latest book, “American Canopy — Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation.”

I intend to get a copy for my son for Christmas. The book chronicles the history of American through trees. He spoke about when the settlers first came to America, there was about a billion acres of ancient forests. This has been drastically reduced over the years, first with home building by the settlers.

Wood was a cheap resource and a good building material. Westward expansion, industrialization, continually increasing population and the building of the suburbs have continued to decrease our woodland acreage.

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In And Around Hannibal: May 5, 2012

Rita Hooper

Lots happening – hope you can keep up!

The community-wide yard sale is finally here. Copies of the master list of participating sales is available for distribution beginning at 8  a.m. at the Community Center (library) located on Oswego Street today, May 5.

Music Boosters will be having a pulled pork dinner – take-outs only at the main entrance of the High School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, May 5. Call Linda Samuels if you need more info.

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Safety improvements planned for Hannibal Town intersection

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Department of Transportation will hold an open meeting Wednesday, May 2 to discuss safety improvements to the intersection of N.Y.S. Route 176 and County Route 7 in the Town of Hannibal.

The open house will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Hannibal Town Hall, located at 824 Co. Rte. 34.

Plans for the upcoming project will be available for review and DOT representatives will be present to answer questions. No formal presentation is planned.

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In And Around Hannibal: April 28, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Mayday, Mayday, Mayday – no hurry, please don’t call the EMT’s or the coast guard – I’m just trying to get your attention.

Mayday when spelled as one word is a universal distress signal used primarily by seamen and aviators. It is said three times so it can’t easily be confused with something else in a noisy situation. This Tuesday is another May Day. We’ll call this May Day #2.

The earliest May Days were held before Christianity and are related to Celtic and Germanic festivals as well as the Roman festival of Flora, the Roman goddess of flowers.

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Butterfly Walk - Pictured is  Fairley Elementary School student Hannah Crego, who has lives with Cockayne Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. A Butterfly Walk will be held April 28 at 1 p.m. at the Hannibal Central School Track. Donations raised will be accepted in Hannah’s name for the research of Cockayne Syndrome.

Butterfly Walk planned for Hannibal fourth-grade student with Cockayne Syndrome

Butterfly Walk - Pictured is Fairley Elementary School student Hannah Crego, who has lives with Cockayne Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder. A Butterfly Walk will be held April 28 at 1 p.m. at the Hannibal Central School Track. Donations raised will be accepted in Hannah’s name for the research of Cockayne Syndrome.

by Nicole Reitz

A Butterfly Walk for Hannah Crego, a fourth grader at Fairley Elementary School, will be held April 28 at 1 p.m at the Hannibal Central School Track.

Crego has Cockayne Syndrome, or CS, a rare genetic disorder characterized by poor growth, premature aging, sensitivity to sunlight, moderate to profound developmental and neurological delays and a shortened lifespan.

Crego, who will turn 12 in August, appeared to be an average little girl until the age four. It wasn’t until the age of eight and trips to see geneticists and specialists at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, Rochester and Boston, that Crego was diagnosed with CS type 2. CS type 1 presents at birth.

Cockayne syndrome type 2 appears during early childhood. Crego’s local physician, Dr. Stuart Trust had never seen a case like hers.

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In And Around Hannibal: April 21, 2012

Rita Hooper

As many of my readers know, I am a transplant from Long Island. I have lived here far more years than on Long Island, however.

When I was a young child, LaGuardia Airport was a mere 30 minutes from my home. Planes were still new and a marvel to children.

One day, my dad came home from school (he taught Industrial Arts in New York City) and asked my mother to get us dressed — we were going to the airport. We weren’t flying anywhere or picking anyone up, we were just going to the airport.

I can remember my mother getting my sister ready. We wore our brown matching sailing dresses and matching hats! This was indeed a special occasion.

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Jim Hooper shares his expertise in geocaching with members Ann Palen, Marlene Sutcliff and Barbara Gifford of the Hannibal Elderberries. Hooper designed the geocaching trail along the Seaway Trail. He works in the 4-H department of Ontario County Co-operative Extension where his GPS 4-H club has mapped fire hydrants locations for a local community and historical markers for another.

In And Around Hannibal: April 14, 2012

Jim Hooper shares his expertise in geocaching with members Ann Palen, Marlene Sutcliff and Barbara Gifford of the Hannibal Elderberries. Hooper designed the geocaching trail along the Seaway Trail. He works in the 4-H department of Ontario County Co-operative Extension where his GPS 4-H club has mapped fire hydrants locations for a local community and historical markers for another.

by Rita Hooper

A few weeks ago I did a column on characters of Hannibal. Jane Spicer has added the “rest of the story” concerning Ed Blythe to that little tidbit that I wrote.

Many thanks Jane and if anyone has a character to add to my list or corrections or deletions I would be happy to share it with my readers.

Edward K. Blythe was born in 1914 and married his wife Louise in 1934. Louise was born in 1910 and passed away in 1990. They had two sons; Fred has passed away and Kenneth lives in New Mexico.

Louise worked for many years at the Canning Factory. They lived on Wiltsieville Road. Louise was known for her beautiful peonies in all colors every summer.

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Stella James

Hannibal Woman of the Year recognized

Stella James

The Hannibal Free Library and the Hannibal Friends of the Library recently honored Stella James as Hannibal’s 2012 Woman of the Year.

The celebration was held in the Community Center, and friends and family attended to celebrate with her.

James is involved in many different organizations, including Senior Nutrition, The Friends of the Hannibal Free Library, The Hannibal Historical Society, The Elderberries (of which she serves as president in the winter months), and the Senior Council.