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Exchange student goes from ‘futbol’ to ‘football’ at Hannibal

Lander Ezama poses at his host family’s home in Hannibal with the Mattesons’ dogs, Bessie and Maggie. Photo courtesy of Lander Ezama
Lander Ezama poses at his host family’s home in Hannibal with the Mattesons’ dogs, Bessie and Maggie.
Photo courtesy of Lander Ezama

By Ashley M. Casey

When 15-year-old Lander Ezama first arrived in Hannibal, the only “football” he’d ever encountered was soccer.

He’d never had a pet, and he’d always lived in a city. Continue reading

Hannibal Boy Scouts dedicate welcome sign

Hannibal Boy Scout Troop 780 dedicated the new Welcome Sign in Hannibal on Memorial Day. Life Scout Nate LaRock, pictured with the sign, constructed the sign as his Eagle project. The sign is located on land owned by Dick Patane in front of Freedom Real Estate. Nate worked with Hannibal town supervisor Ron Greenleaf, Jack and Faye Beckwith and Patane for location of the sign. Planning and construction of the sign took about 14 months. Michael LaRock, Nate’s dad, and Ted Pittsley of Oswego Valley Millwork helped with the sign layout and fabrication. Dan Carroll of Fulton assisted with landscape design. Sherwin-Williams paints in Oswego donated the paint and wood sealer. Nate applied for and was granted a Lowes Eagle Project program $100 gift card, which he used to purchase the bricks. D-K Manufacturing in Fulton helped with transporting materials to the site.Travis Floral shop in Hannibal assisted with selection of perennials.
Hannibal Boy Scout Troop 780 dedicated the new Welcome Sign in Hannibal on Memorial Day. Life Scout Nate LaRock, pictured with the sign, constructed the sign as his Eagle project. The sign is located on land owned by Dick Patane in front of Freedom Real Estate. Nate worked with Hannibal town supervisor Ron Greenleaf, Jack and Faye Beckwith and Patane for location of the sign. Planning and construction of the sign took about 14 months. Michael LaRock, Nate’s dad, and Ted Pittsley of Oswego Valley Millwork helped with the sign layout and fabrication. Dan Carroll of Fulton assisted with landscape design. Sherwin-Williams paints in Oswego donated the paint and wood sealer. Nate applied for and was granted a Lowes Eagle Project program $100 gift card, which he used to purchase the bricks. D-K Manufacturing in Fulton helped with transporting materials to the site.Travis Floral shop in Hannibal assisted with selection of perennials.

In and Around Hannibal: More about Hannibal Methodist Church

This Sunday marks the 175th Anniversary of the Hannibal Methodist Church.

The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. at Firemen’s Field on Rochester Street with an old fashioned revival meeting. Following there will be a picnic. Dress as you might have 175 years ago for church.

The day promises to be one filled with music and fun for everyone. Join them as they celebrate this milestone in the Hannibal Community. I hope to be there! Continue reading

Pomp and circumstance: Find your local school’s graduation

Area high schools are holding their commencement exercises next weekend.

  • Mexico Academy and Central School, Mexico: 7 p.m. Friday, June 27 at High School Athletic Field. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in the gymnasium.
  • Hannibal High School, Hannibal: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Lockwood Auditorium, Hannibal High School
  • G. Ray Bodley High School, Fulton: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at the Fulton War Memorial
  • J.C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at JCB Gymnasium
  • Oswego High School, Oswego: 10 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at SUNY Oswego Campus Center

Odds and ends from the managing editor

By Debra J. Groom

It’s time for a few updates on what’s been going on at The Valley News.

First off, let me wish everyone a happy summer and happy bass season. Summer starts today and I welcome all that comes with it — warmer temperatures (not hot, mind you, just warm, say 80 degrees), sunshine, camping, flowers, fresh veggies and fruits, sleeping with the windows open and of course, fishing. Continue reading