I write this week’s column from the island of Puerto Rico in the Caribbean, two hours by air from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. I’m sure like I did, you have a picture of PR as a sun-drenched island full of swaying palm trees, tourists and lots of poverty – some might even call it ‘backwards.” Let me try and burst that misconception!
So far I have visited several neat places and more are anticipated but I wanted to share some general info about Puerto Rico – and save those experiences for later!
Puerto Rico and the United States have a unique relationship. Puerto Rico is not a state, yet it has United States Post Offices and even a U.S. National Park. How can that be?…I just knew you’d ask!
Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Hannibal Community Center on Oswego Street, the Hannibal Historical Society will host Stacey Jones, the founder and president of CNY Ghost Hunters and a participant in a visit to Suzie’s Quick Mart in downtown Hannibal.
Video cameras have reportedly picked up paranormal activity within the store and invited CNY Ghost Hunters to visit.
Jones has been interested in ghosts since childhood, after hearing of her mother’s paranormal experience. Her grandfather allegedly appeared before Jones’ mother in front of a room full of students. Her mother was the only person in the room to see him.
Her interest in ghosts was further established when she worked as a police investigator for the Department of Defense in New York City.
“Cops tell stories of hauntings and paranormal activities to each other, but don’t reveal these incidents to the public,” she said.
CNY Ghost Hunters began in 1995 and was the first and now the largest ghost-hunting group in New York State. She has appeared on the Discovery Channel and has lectured at colleges and universities throughout the country.
The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
When the Hannibal girls varsity basketball team exited Jim Boeheim Court at the Carrier Dome March 2 following its season-ending loss to South Jefferson, it did so while having everyone who had just watched them play paraphrasing the same opinion.
The Lady Warriors earned respect tonight.
Hannibal began the season with one goal — to take the next step as a program and qualify for sectional play. Despite having a rough patch against some quality teams in the middle of the season, Hannibal earned the right to play in the postseason.
With its win against Solvay, the team finished the regular season at 11-7 and 7-6 in league play.
According to Coach Justin Enright, this was the Lady Warriors’ first winning season in many years.
Enright could not have been more happier for his seven seniors. He is quick to credit the leadership of the seniors who played integral roles in the team’s success this season. However, the ambition of the team didn’t cease when it earned the right to play in the postseason.
The Hannibal girls varsity basketball team gave heavily favored South Jefferson all it could handle and then some when the teams met March 2 at the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class B overall championship.
Heading into the game, many figured South Jefferson, which is undefeated, had the ability to dismantle the Lady Warriors. Instead, Hannibal was not intimated and rolled with the punches as the game went on.
When it seemed as if the game was getting away from the Lady Warriors, they rallied from 17 points down to cut South Jefferson’s lead to five points with a minute left in the game.
Unfortunately for Hannibal, time ran out on both their valiant comeback efforts and its dream season as South Jefferson escaped with a 63-56 win.
The Department of the State of New York recently awarded the Town of Hannibal Highway Department with a $120,000 grant. Hannibal Highway Superintendent Dan Mahaney was able to obtain a grant through the combined efforts of former Senator Aubertine and Senator Ritchie’s offices. The grant, which was designated for equipment purchases, made it possible for the town to purchase a 2011 front-end loader with all the newest technology, pictured here.
The Fulton Squirts pose with Sergeant Rob Doran after their home game to Midstate where they paid tribute to the Army sergeant who is now serving in Afghanistan. In front from left are Kaleb Calkins, Derek Carter, Madison Lewis, Eric Shear, Jarred Willis, and Chayton Sykes. In middle row are Nathaniel Lindsey, Andrew Hyde, Calexander Connolly, Noah Delaney, Jonathan McCann, and Jadon Lee. In back are Assistant Coach Jarred Willis, Assistant Coach Frederick Lee, Doran, Head Coach Tim Connolly, and Assistant Coach Jeff Hyde.