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In and Around Hannibal: June 1, 2013

by Rita Hooper

June 2 is “Change the World Sunday” for the congregations of Oswego Center and Southwest Oswego United Methodist churches. We will gather for worship at 10 a.m. at Southwest Oswego, 7721 N.Y.S. Rte. 104.

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., we will be in mission, completing several projects in our community. We are asking for the support of our community on three of our projects which will assist in the recovery efforts in Oklahoma and Texas through the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

We will be putting together “Health Kits,” which include: hand towels, washcloths, combs, metal nail files or clippers, bath size soap, toothbrushes, band-aids and gallon size zip lock bags.

All donations may be dropped off at the church from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be a “Car Wash” and “Bottle & Can Collection” from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the church parking lot. All proceeds will go to U.M.C.O.R. Oklahoma & Texas tornado relief.

June 2, the Country Cruizers will be holding a chicken barbecue at the American Legion from noon until sold out…come early.  Come see their classic cars and “cruise” in with yours!

Senior Meals will be meeting for lunch at the Senior Center (Library) on Oswego Street at noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Give Rosemary a call now and make your reservation at 564-5471.

The 34th annual Hannibal Historical Society banquet will be held Monday, June 3 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church located at the corner of State Route 3 and West Street in the Village of Hannibal. A full course roast beef supper will be served at 6:30 p.m. Sure hope you made your reservations!

The Citizenship Award will be presented to Louie Gilbert, current commander of the Prior Stock Post of the American Legion. Louie will be recognized for his many years of service to community organizations, especially his efforts to benefit the Dollars for Scholars program which includes the annual Ducks Over the Dam every summer.

The Jammers will meet this Monday. If you enjoy country and Gospel music join them at the American Legion (Rochester Street) at 7 p.m. Bring a snack to share and an instrument if you play one and join in the fun.

Starting the week of June 3, there will be a change in the days and hours the Resource Center will be open. The center will no longer be open Thursday nights. It will continue to be open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will now be open Wednesday evenings from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Resource Center is located at Our Lady of the Rosary, across from the high school and is supported by the three village churches.

The Senior Band Concert will be held Tuesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium.  Alumni will be joining for two selections in the concert. The concert will also be very special as the senior band will be premiering a new piece of music written in memory of past music booster president, Ed Carvey. Please add this special event to your calendar.

The Hannibal Methodist Church is holding prayer meetings at the home of Jack Lenhard on Pine View Lane at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings and at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Church Dining Room.

By the way the Methodist Church is serving lunch Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and all are invited.  Don’t eat alone if you don’t have to!

Granby Center United Methodist Church will be holding a giant book and bake sale Friday, June 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, June 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is one mile west of Fulton on County Route 3.

The annual Strawberry Festival of Our Lady of the Rosary will be Sunday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds, Cayuga Street, across from the high school. The garage sale will begin at 8 a.m., games and booths at 10 a.m., a chicken barbecue at noon and of course strawberries and ice cream will be available.  Auction and drawings at 3 p.m.

Hannibal Home and School will be having a Volunteer Meeting Monday, June 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. at Fairley. Come find out how you can help support your child’s school! Contact Marian Calkins at 564-5872 or email hannibalhands@gmail.com for more information.

The Hannibal Alumni Association will hold its annual banquet Saturday, June 15 at The Oasis Restaurant at Thunder Island, located at 21 Wilcox Rd., just off State Route 48 south of the City of Fulton. Social Hour will begin at 5 p.m. with a buffet dinner being served at 6 p.m. Entertainment and dancing will be provided by Anybody’s Guess.

The Outstanding Alumnus Award will be presented to Fred Kent Jr., class of 1963. Those in attendance from the classes of 1943, 1953, 1963, 1973, 1983, 1993 and 2003 will be honored.

Plans are underway for the 21st Concert in the Park to be held at the Hannibal Firemen’s Field located on Rochester Street in the Village of Hannibal July 7. Featured bands will be Anybody’s Guess, Fulton Community Dixieland Band and the Fulton Community Band.

Local softball teams will begin playing on the ball field at 1:30 p.m. and the bands will begin at 3:30 p.m.

Food concession stands will be manned by local organizations. The Red Cross will be on hand offering free blood pressure readings. Baked goods and food will be available. Tickets for the annual Duck Derby which follows the concert will be available.

Admission and parking are free. The concert will take place rain or shine as it will all be under cover.

The Hannibal Boy Scouts are selling “Camp Cards” as a fundraiser. For more information, call Mr. Prosser at 564-5630.

In And Around Hannibal: December 15, 2012

Rita Hooper



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.

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.

In And Around Hannibal: September 29, 2012

by Rita Hooper 

This week, an era came to an end in Hannibal. After 53 years, Dr. Arena has closed his office door for the last time.

Doc Arena moved to Hannibal in November of 1959 and has faithfully maintained his medical practice to those of us in the Hannibal area. When he first came to town he did everything, even delivering babies!

Though born in Brooklyn, he and his family moved to Fulton when he was a young lad of five. After graduating high school in Fulton, and a year stint in the army, he went to NYU on his path to becoming a medical doctor.

In 1956, he graduated from the Rome Faculty of Medicine in Italy where he obtained his medical degree. He did his internship and residency at Rochester General Hosital in Rochester. He went back to NYU and did a post-graduate year of study at their College of Medicine. He’s moved his office three times while remaining in Hannibal. He was on the attending staff at Lee Memorial and the courtesy staff at Oswego Hospital. He has watched as medicine went from yellow pad to computer, the hospital to an urgent care center and to the hospital, staffed by hospitalists.

Aside from his dedication to his patients, he will probably be most remembered for the displeasure he would display to patients who did not do what he told them to do.

Willis Cook used to delight in telling me the story of walking into Doc’s office and putting the phone in the waste paper basket – when Doc looked at him qith questioning eyes, Willis simply said – “I thought I’d save you the trouble.”

I remember when I called him one night probably after 10, when my infant was running a high temp – he bellowed at me “how do you know he has a temp?” I was new to town but had heard of Doc by his reputation so I bellowed back, “cause I took it.”

I never told him I lied and hadn’t really taken his temp but a mother knows things like that. After that, we treated each other with mutual respect. I appreciated that he would take calls after hours and if you called his office, he’d often answer the phone himself. Doc was never hesitant to make referrals.

As a patient at the hospital, you knew he would see you at least once and usually twice a day. He kept his distance but many in this town thought of him as family. Curmudgen would be a good word to describe him… I bet every one if his patients has stories to tell.

On behalf of a grateful community Doc Arena, we wish you well in your next adventure! You will be missed!

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Received a note this week from Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf. If you are interested in serving on a new committee to seek and promote new businesses and to bring new families to town, Ron and members of the town board would like to hear from you.

He also mentioned that several folks had approached him regarding bringing natural gas to Hannibal. If this is of interest to you, please let Ron know so that they can determine the interest and where the people are that would like it, before they approach National Grid.

The Hannibal Fire Company’s will be hosting their breakfast buffet Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. at the fire house on Oswego Street. Menu includes pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, eggs, home fries, toast, sausage gravy and biscuit.

The Senior Meals Program will be meeting this Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon for lunch. The menu includes Italian sausage on a roll with onions and peppers, baked beans, corn, cookie on Monday; tuna salad sandwich, homemade cream soup, juice, cookie on Wednesday; and ham steak, scalloped potatoes, green beans and fruit on Friday. For reservations call Rosemary at 564-5471. They meet at the Senior Center, in the same building as the Library.

Rosemary is busy preparing for the Hawaiian Candlelight Dinner Oct. 10 from 5 – 7 p.m. to be held at the fire department with a great menu, entertainment, and door prizes. This year’s theme is a Hawaiian one. Give Rosemary a call now and reserve your spot.

The Hannibal Jammers will be meeting this Monday at 7 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester Street.

Home and School will meet Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kenney Middle School.

TOPS will meet at Our Lady of the Rosary Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

The Hannibal Methodist Church hosts a free chili and soup lunch Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Good food and good people to talk with. Take-outs available.

In other news, the Hannibal Historical Society celebrated the 33rd anniversary of the approval of its Constitution Sept. 24. The Constitution has had only two revisions in 33 years and is once again in need of an update. Jack Pope has agreed to chair the Constitution Committee, and is looking for help. If you are interested in viewing a small piece of Hannibal History and helping us bring it up to date, call Jack at 564-3079.

Hannibal Sports Schedule

• Homecoming Friday: Varsity soccer vs. Cazenovia

• Homecoming Saturday: Varsity football game and chicken barbecue at 1 p.m.

Historical society to begin program season

The Hannibal Historical Society will begin its 2012-2013 program season Monday, Sept. 24 at the Hannibal Community Center, located across from the firehouse on Oswego Street in Hannibal.

The historical group will meet at 6 p.m. for a business meeting, followed by the evening’s program, which will begin at 7 p.m.

Kirk Coates, an adjunct professor at SUNY Oswego, will speak about “Reconstruction – America’s Second Civil War.”

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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