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Phoenix wins Hannibal tournament

by Rob Tetro

The Phoenix boys varsity basketball team won both of its games to win the Hannibal Holiday Tournament Championship that was held Dec. 29-30.

Phoenix erupted during the second and third quarters en route to an impressive win against Cato-Meridian Dec. 29.

The next day, a solid third quarter proved to be key as the Firebirds came away with a solid win over Jordan-Elbridge to capture the championship.

In the Cato-Meridian game, Phoenix was led by Dylan Doupe and his 14 points.

Following Doupe were Zach Sisera with nine points and Chris Vaverchak with eight points. Bryce Plante and Kyle Huniford each chipped in six points while Richard Howington, Brian Sawyer, Gino Mammoito and Corey Bowman combined to score 14 points for Phoenix.

In the title game, Phoenix was led by Sisera, who scored 13 points. Sawyer finished with 10 points and Chris Vaverchak chipped in nine points.

Richard Howington added seven points while Huniford, Doupe, Plante and Mammoito combined to score 12 points for the Firebirds.

Following the tournament, Phoenix now has an overall record of 6-2. The Firebirds have upcoming games against Westhill Jan. 8 and Jordan-Elbridge Jan. 11.

Hannibal boys basketball

The Hannibal boys varsity basketball team went 1-1 while hosting the Hannibal Holiday Tournament.

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Hannibal boys basketball team too much for Fulton

by Rob Tetro

The size, physicality and versatility of the Hannibal boys varsity basketball team proved to be too much for Fulton Thursday.

After a hard fought first quarter, the Warriors went on to outscore The Red Raiders 42-24 during the second and third quarters en route to a 69-45 win.

Hannibal showed early on that it was ready to put the height and size advantage it had over Fulton to work. However, despite being outsized in certain areas, the Red Raiders only trailed by a point at the end of the first quarter.

Hannibal’s height and size advantage began to wear the Red Raiders down during the second quarter. The Warriors outscored Fulton by seven points to take a 28-20 lead into halftime.

Having successfully worn down Fulton during the first half, Hannibal’s cohesive play blew the game open during the third quarter. The Warriors outmuscled the Red Raiders with its inside game while setting up its outside game.

Following a handful of 3-pointers, Hannibal went on to outscore Fulton by 11 points during the third quarter to expand its lead to 19 points.

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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.

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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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.