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In And Around Hannibal: September 1, 2012

Rita Hooper

I should be writing about Labor Day this weekend, a day set aside to honor the American work force. In a way I will be, but first it’s time for Rita’s Rant!

There has been much controversy over the 10 Commandments and particularly their use in public buildings. A little research will show that Jews, Christians and Muslims all share in a similar 10 commandments. Hindus and Buddhists also have a somewhat similar list.

I’ve often said that the 10 Commandments are just simple, commonsense rules to live by if one chooses to. If Shakespeare had written them, they would probably have been better accepted. In the early days, when they were more universally accepted, people took them as law.

The first four commandments do have a religious overtone. You must not have any other God but me. Don’t make an idol of any kind, do not bow down to them or worship them.

Do not misuse the name of the Lord your God or take His name in vain. My mother would have said, “If you can’t find another way of saying something without using the Lord’s name, you have a very limited vocabulary.”

She also said that of vulgarity.  If someone were to say “O God” in my husband’s presence he would reply in a slow deep voice “Yesssss.”

In any event, the point was made.

If you were not a person of faith, you learned not to say these things less they offend a friend or business associate who was.

In Latin, we learned “a word to the wise is sufficient.”

Observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy. Pastor Bob (my other half) was heard to say on numerous occasions that Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

As God created the earth in seven days and rested, God felt man needed to rest on the seventh day. Shopping may be rest to some as is doing the laundry, cutting the lawn or cleaning out the fridge or doing homework, but to others, a day of rest may start with church, family gatherings and a nap.

I don’t know who can argue about a day set aside for not working!

The remaining six commandments are just good rules to live by.  Honor your father and mother, don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t covet (hanker, long for, lust after) anything that belongs to your neighbor.

Oh, but if we could live by just 10 rules. Isn’t the human being a strange animal? If God makes a rule, man works to find a way around it.

God made rules to help us all get along and we say we want to live at peace with others but we just keep working to find ways not too.

Man thought he could do better so he made lots of laws. And then other people found ways to work around those laws so more laws were written and others found ways around them and the cycle of law writing continues. Imagine the tombstone, “I wrote more laws than anyone!”

It seems to me it would be so much simpler to live by the intent of say 7 basic laws (leaving the religious ones to those who believe.)  All of which can be applied to the issues of today from fracking to abortion to fair labor practices and finances,  electioneering and identity theft. We might not need tons of regulations either.

Remember the greatest commandment was to love your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself — if we throw in the Golden Rule to “do unto others as you would have them do to you ” we might not need all those rules and regs written by man.

On this Labor Day weekend, remember the unions were created to bring about fair practices and safe working conditions for their members.

The eight hour day was their first big step (oh, how we have complicated that simple law — time and a half, over-time, double time, 12 hour, 15 hour days, 4 day weeks to name a few).

Child labor was soon after banned but now we have rules regarding not only the age of children when they can work but also about their using power equipment, sharp tools and ladders to name just a few.

Common sense went out the window along with looking out for each other.

This week try doing unto others as you would have them do unto you – keep the phrase on your mind and see where you can mention it in a nice way. Change begins with us!

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The following was sent to me by John Norvel; it fits in with my long standing theme of the good folks that have graduated from Hannibal High School and what they have done with the rest of their lives.

The Hannibal Class of 1962 held its 50th reunion recently. Joyce Bacon Daniels, Bruce Allen, Donna Burnett James and Ron James, Jack and Faye Beckwith, Milan and Dolores Kimball Hubbard, and Beverly Gray Perkins served as the organizing committee for the event.

A two-night celebration was held at the South Forty Restaurant in North Sterling with more than 50 alums and guests in attendance.  Alums came from as far away as Washington State – Shirley Blanchard Mitchell;  Virginia – Norman Hastings;  and Florida – Milton Mansfield.

The majority of the class members still reside in New York, with many in the greater Oswego and Central New York areas.

Of the 71 members who graduated, eight have died: Bernard Shoults, Karen Andrews, Doug Chapman, Marlene Fresh Godden, Judy Hofmann Brown, Gerald Phelps,  and Gary Scruton.

Ten members of the class married classmates: Ron and Donna Burnett James, John and Bonnie Irwin Norvell, Dan and Linda Gardner Griffin, Jim and Ellen Thomas Bell, and Milan and Delores Kimball Hubbard – and they are still married.

The reunion celebrated the service of many of the class to our nation, their communities, and the world. Fifteen class members served our nation: Air Force (John Norvell, Ellen Bell, Vern Cole, and Gary Scruton), Navy (Keith Chetney, Ron James, Carl Crawford, Dick Burdick, Jim Bell, Emmett Wood), Army ( Dick Atkins and Randy Woods), and Marines (Burton Hall, Bruce Richmond, and Dick Farnham).

At the annual Hannibal Alumni Association banquet, a flag was presented to Hannibal Central School in honor of these classmates. Serving their communities,  11 became teachers, one was a fireman (Michael Roden), and 11 ran their own businesses.

In addition, Dexter Benedict is a nationally-recognized sculptor who has exhibited works all over the nation and around the world; Ron and Donna Burnett James are nationally known hybridizers of Irises and other plants;  Norman Hastings was a member of the US State Department; and Richard Best served in the Salvation Army for more than 35 years.

The highlights of the evening included a moving letter and video from Alexandra “Sandy” Cevallos, the American Field Service exchange student from Ecuador, who told of her life since she left the class of 1962 and how she would never forget her friends in Hannibal.

Bruce Allen, the poet laureate of 1962, summed it up: “The friends we gathered throughout our journey, Created the memories that last for eternity.”

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The Hannibal Jammers will be meeting Monday evening at 6 p.m. at the American Legion for their annual Labor Day Dinner. Please bring a dish to share. Music will begin at 7 p.m. If you like country, bluegrass and a little Gospel come on down and over and spend an evening with some good music and friends.

The Hannibal Senior Meals program will not meet this Monday in honor of Labor Day. They will meet Wednesday and Friday at noon for lunch. Most of the folks come earlier for cards and games, conversation and coffee.

This week’s menu features ham steak, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and fruit cup on Wednesday, and homemade soup and tuna sandwich, juice, and cookie on Friday. To make your reservation, please call Rosemary at 564-5471.

Friday, Sept. 7 from 11:30 a.m. until done, there will be a flu, pneumonia and pertussis clinic at the Senior Center. Please bring insurance card. The Senior Center is located on Oswego Street, across from the firehouse.

Remember children go back to school this week – be extra careful when driving, especially at “bus time.” The best wishes for a successful school year go to all our students and school staffs.

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

Take-outs available.

The Hannibal Board of Education will meet Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7:15 at the Board Room in the High School.

Hannibal Sports Schedule:

• Sept. 4 — Junior varsity and varsity soccer at Cazenovia at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

• Sept. 6 — All Modified sports practices begin.

• Sept. 7 — Varsity football at Bishop Ludden

• Sat. 8 — Junior varsity and varsity soccer at Sodus; and varsity cross country at J-E Invitational.

This column is written for the folks in and around Hannibal – so please keep me informed of your groups doings so I can pass the word around. Thanks.

In And Around Hannibal: August 18, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Hope you are all enjoying your summer and have managed to get a little time away for some rest and refreshment.

It’s not only good for the body but the soul as well.

Before we know it, the children will be back in school and the fall colors will bring a refreshing change from our hot summer weather.

Those of you with gardens I hope are enjoying the fruits of your efforts and have enough to store away for your winter hibernation.

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Granby Center United Methodist Church finishes up its NU-2U and Bake Sale Aug. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The annual Shutts Family Reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 at 1:00 at the home of Dorothy Fresch, Fulton Street, Hannibal.  Please bring a dish to pass, your table service, a folding chair and an item for the silent auction (which will help to cover the cost of the meat). Please inform family members of the reunion. Any questions call the Simmons family at 564-5412.

Hannibal’s Vacation Bible School will be held this year at Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Cayuga Street. It will begin on Monday, Aug. 20 and run through Thursday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration will start at 8 a.m. Monday.

All children from pre-school to sixth grade are welcome to join in the fun as we explore Sonrise National Park. On all four days breakfast and lunch will be served. Children from ages 1 year to 18 years are welcome to participate in the meals which will be offered at the church at 8:30 a.m. and noon.

This week’s menu for the Senior Meal Program are:

• Monday, Aug. 20: Barbecued pork rib, au gratin potatoes, beets, juice, fruit cocktail.

• Wednesday, Aug. 22: Hofmann frank, baked beans, potato salad, juice, cookie.

• Friday, Aug. 24: Healthy choice platter, fresh deli salad, fruit cup, and dessert.

They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) across from the Firehouse on Oswego Street. Please give Rosemary a call at 564-5471 to make your reservations.

The Hannibal Jammers will be meeting Monday evening at 7 p.m. at the American Legion. If you like country, bluegrass and a little Gospel come on down and over and spend an evening with some good music and friends.

Don’t forget to include the food pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center on your shopping list.  Lend a hand to your neighbors who need a hand up. Remember some day it could be you! The center is located in the basement of Our Lady of the Rosary’s rectory across from the High School.

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

Hope you are remembering to Buy American and Shop Locally! This is the time to be buying school supplies for the Stuff-A-Bus project in our county and school kits for Church World Service.  By the way, the list of supplies needed by Hannibal students is on the school web site at www.hannibalscd.org.

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting the Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29.  Invitations will be sent home in the mail with more information.  Email hannibalhands@gmail.com or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help.

Home and School will have its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Send a request to join the Home and School Facebook page at  http://www.facebook.com/groups/136441679737511/ and keep up to date on what is happening in the Hannibal school District.   Officers for the next two years were nominated and elected at the April meeting. Liz Quaile was elected president for her second term. Marian Calkins will be treasurer and Lisa Mason will be the secretary, both for their first terms. Charlotte McCombie and Janice Scott will remain on the Executive Board for a second year.

Please let me know what’s happening in your group, club, church and such so I can keep the rest of Hannibal informed.

In And Around Hannibal: August 11, 2012

by Rita Hooper

Well today (Tuesday last) I find myself in Millinocket, Maine. That’s not downeast it’s up in the back woods. This is logging country.  Perhaps you’ve seen the television series on loggers – well Millinocket is one of the places used in that series.  It’s far enough north that the speed limit on Interstate 95 is 75 mph!

Mills have closed but there is one left in East Millinocket – people either work in the mill, the schools or tourism industry.  It’s a very laid back kind of place, not much pretense.  In some ways it reminds me of our own county but the scenery is more like the Adirondacks. It abounds in lakes and rivers, everything looks very pristine, wonder if it will be in 100 years. They are working hard to keep it that way.

Yesterday, friends took me on the Golden Road. I was fortunate to have a local science teacher for a guide. The scenic side roads are not well marked if it all. Many of the dirt roads resemble paths. Some say it is called the Golden Road because it could have been paved in gold as they figure it cost a million dollars a mile to build it. It’s sort of like Route 66 in the days of olde – you have to drive it at least once in your lifetime.  It was built by the paper companies for logging the Northern woods and is still used primarily by logging trucks.

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In And Around Hannibal: August 4, 2012

Rita Hooper

I understand Diane Sawyer did a report recently on imported goods to this country. I missed the program, but it was noted that for about $64, the difference you would need to spend to Buy American rather than purchasing items imported from a foreign country.

She said that about 200,000 new jobs would be created for American manufacturers. If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 worth of imports, we could put a billion dollars of trade imbalance in our favor.

American ends in “I Can.” As Americans, why not try buying American for the month of August? Check those labels as you buy school clothes and supplies, don’t forget that we are importing many foods too.

I’m not calling for us to be isolationists, but I am hoping to call your attention to a situation that you can do something about.

Just imagine if the companies doing most of the importing lost a 12th of their business?

Buying imports has not created jobs in the U.S. — but it has cost us jobs! Shop Locally – buy Made in America!

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The Hannibal Methodist Church’s sixth annual turkey barbecue will be Sunday, Aug. 5 from noon till 3. Bob Simmons and some of the Monday night Jammers will be providing bluegrass sounds for your enjoyment.

It might be a good time to bring and drop off some canned goods, cereal, boxed mac and cheese and the old faithful, peanut butter for the Hannibal Resource Center.

Senior Meal Program will be hosting lunch Monday, Wednesday and  Friday at noon. Come early for coffee, conversation and games. They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Oswego Street.

Monday, the menu features meatloaf and gravy, Wednesday includes egg salad sandwiches among other cold plate favorites, and Friday will be fish and baked potatoes. Call Rosemary at  564-5471, to make your reservation.

The Jammers will meet at the Legion on Rochester Street for their Monday night Jam. It will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.

The Summer Reading Program continues at the Hannibal Free Library and runs through Aug. 16. Children are encouraged to come in and sign up if they haven’t already done so.

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. are crafts, reading and activities. Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. is the tennis program. All activities are at the library.

The Southwest Oswego Methodist Church will hold a concert Tuesday, Aug. 7. Bonnie B. Good will be performing at 7 p.m.

Please bring your own lawn chair and refreshments will be available. Additional concerts may be added. The church is located at 7721 State Route 104.

Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the Methodist Church will hold a chilli-soup lunch. This is available for free to any and all who would like to come to the church on Church Street, one block west of the Village Square.

Take-outs are available. Good food, good fellowship at comfortable temperatures.

The pantry at the Hannibal Resource Center, across from the High School in Hannibal, is looking very slim. If you can help fatten their shelves with some food donations, it would be appreciated.

Please drop them off at the center or one of the village churches on Sunday morning.

Remember with school closed for the summer, many families have extra meals to prepare, and their belts are tightening!

Hannibal Home and School will be hosting a Kindergarten Ice Cream Social Aug. 29. Invitations will be sent home in the mail with more information. Email hannibalhands@gmail.com or call Marian 564-5872 or Tina 678-2167 to RSVP or with any questions.

Would you like to honor or keep the memory alive of someone special to you in Hannibal? Buy a brick for the park with their name on it.  Call Peg Shepard at 564-6998.

Please let me know what’s happening in your group, club, and church so I can keep the rest of Hannibal informed.

In And Around Hannibal: July 28, 2012

Rita Hooper

I’ve just returned from the national conference of Presbyterian Women held in Orlando – weather in Hannibal and vicinity was just about the same as there but we were meeting in a guaranteed 72 degree zone – life ain’t all bad!

Unfortunately when I returned home, my mailboxes were not exactly overflowing with new news! Please try to do better next week!

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to the kits your church puts together for Church World Service, I invite you to come to First United Church of Fulton, where I will be doing a power point program on my trip to the New Windsor Warehouse of CWS.  The church is at 33 S. Third St.  With school sales beginning, remember the Stuff A Bus Project in our county and CWS school kit program.

The Senior Meal Program will be hosting lunch Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon. Come early for coffee, conversation and games. They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Oswego Street.

Monday, the menu features meatloaf and gravy, Wednesday includes egg salad sandwiches among other cold plate favorites and Friday will be fish and baked potatoes. Call Rosemary at 564-5471, to make your reservation.

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In And Around Hannibal: July 21, 2012

Rita Hooper

I’ll be leaving for Orlando on the 17th to attend the triennial conference of Presbyterian Women. So I thought it would be a good time to do a blast from the past!

The following is gleaned from the summer columns of 1992.

Peter Freyer and Kari Burns were valedictorian and salutatorian, Frank Ferrando was the superintendent, Roger Thompson was principal and Katie Mayo was head of Pupil Personnel.

The Summer Reading Program “Read Around the World” was underway.  They also had craft hours and movie hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The 4-H Happening was taking place at Cayuga Street School. Sponsored by Co-op Extension, the program included a free lunch. Promoting good eating habits, hygiene and self-esteem were the aims of the program and games, songs, crafts, drama, art and crafts were included.

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In And Around Hannibal: July 14, 2012

Rita Hooper

I understand that the commencement speaker at Hannibal this year was retired Air Force Lt. Colonel John E. Norvell.

He was a member of the Hannibal Class of 1962. He graduated from Hobart College 1966 with high honors in American history, earned his M.A. in American history from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University in 1968, and was a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air War College in 1981.

A decorated veteran, he earned air medals for flying combat missions during the Vietnam War and was an assistant professor of military and American history at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

He and his wife, Bonnie, live in Canandaigua where he has been a freelance writer for the Washington Post, historical journals, newspapers and other media since 1975.

He is a master gardener for Cooperative Extension in Ontario County and wrote the gardening column for the Geneva newspaper for several years.

I guess you can say, Lt. Colonel John Norvell fits into my series of columns on people who have graduated from Hannibal High School and have gone on to make our community proud of their accomplishments.

By the way, the Hannibal Class of 1962, is planning a reunion in August. I’m hoping to hear more about it so I can include the details in this column.

Lt. Colonel Norvell is the son of the late Marjorie and Phil Norvell.

The Norvells lived on upper Oswego Street. I remember Marge fondly as a member of Hannibal Willing Workers Class, this group began as a Sunday School class at the Community Church in the late 1800s early 1900s and lasted well into the late 1980s or 90s.

She was a faithful member of both the church and the class until her death. I believe she worked in the high school attendance office, too.

She falls into the category of one of Hannibal’s characters.  Her life was not an easy one, having taken care of a daughter, Katy, born with cerebral palsy, and later taking care of her husband, who was an invalid the last seven years of his life.

Bonnie Norvell is the daughter of the late Norma and Howard Irwin of Sterling and Hannibal (upper Oswego Street, too!)

The Irwins moved to Hannibal in 1974 after RGE electric company acquired their property on Lake Ontario for an atomic plant that was never built. Today, their old farm is part of the Sterling Nature Center and preserve.

Many of my readers may well remember Norma as the piano teacher for the area. She was also a member of the Willing Workers Class although she was a member of the Sterling Community Church in Sterling Valley.

By the way, Norma Eno Irwin was a member of Hannibal Class of 1926!

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Americorps workers will be holding a Health and Nutritional Program at the Hannibal Town Hall Park and Pavilion from July 9 through Aug. 10 for children in pre-K to the fourth grade.  Parents are welcome.

The Senior Meal Program will be hosting lunch Monday and Friday at noon. Come early for coffee, conversation and games. They meet at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Oswego Street. Monday, they will be serving Italian Stew. Wednesday will be meatball subs and summer squash and Friday, chicken chow mein.

Wednesday, they will also be playing Bingo and Friday, they will be working on beading crafts. Call Rosemary at  564-5471, to make your reservation.

On behalf of the community, I would like to extend our condolences to Rosemary and her family on the death of her dad, Walter Glod of Fulton.

The Jammers will meet at the Legion on Rochester Street for their Monday night from 7 to 10 p.m. jam.

The Summer Reading Program has started at the Hannibal Library, and runs through Aug. 16. The reading program has set a goal of reading 3,000 books.

We were close to that last year and if we make that goal, Jim Morabito & the IGA will bring all of the fixings for a picnic at the end of the summer.

Thursday at 11:30 a.m., the Methodist church will hold a chilli-soup lunch. This is available for free to any and all who would like to come to the church on Church Street, one block west of the Village Square. Take-outs are available. Good food, good fellowship at comfortable temperatures.

I don’t know if dates have changed for the summer so you might want to check the following if it applies to you:

Monday at 6:15 p.m., the Hannibal Library Board of Trustees will meet.

Wednesday, the TOPS chapter 1065 will meet at Our Lady of the Rosary at 5:45 p.m.

Wednesday, the Hannibal Town Board meets at 7 p.m.

The S.O.S. FEST is fast approaching. It will be held July 20-22 at the Hannibal Firemen’s Field, Rochester Street, Hannibal.

The S.O.S. FEST is sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group of God’s Vision Church. The S.O.S. FEST is a three-day music festival that will host over a dozen bands play from all over the USA and Canada, including Newworldson, Everyday Sunday, Silversyde, Cry Of the Scapegoat, The Vintage Band, Wes Aarum, Good Fight, The 7 Thunders, The Sent Forth, Infusion Ministry, and Against The Slate.

Tickets are available now at www.itickets.com.

Would you like to honor or keep the memory alive of someone special to you in Hannibal? Buy a brick for the park with their name on it. Call Peg Shepard at 564-6998.

In And Around Hannibal: June 30, 2012

Rita Hooper

Well folks, we’ve been together a long time. Doing some “after the move” sorting, I’ve discovered that this is my 30th year of writing this column (Bea Welling Scott took over the column for the five years I lived in Pennsylvania – I think of that time as a long vacation.)

That means this relic has been writing since before computers came into schools and long before the village had water. I hadn’t reached 40 yet and was a mom to two young boys. The Human Resource Center had just opened and Gordon Hastings was school superintendent.

Since that time, I have seen many changes in Hannibal and its environs, many of which appeared in my column.

It takes about an hour and a half to go through a years worth of columns – I never labeled what the lead was about so that more or less is what has prompted this task.

I know the printer’s ink was much dirtier in the past than it is now! In the early days. I would handwrite the column and number the paragraphs so my typist (my husband) would know the correct order to type the column in. When done I would drive the column into the newspaper in Fulton, which has moved three times since I started writing.

I’ve seen the advent of the fax machine and the computer – both of which have made my life easier at times and frustrating at others. I no longer number my paragraphs!

As a lot of other Hannibal news has appeared on the same page as my column, I have come across a lot of articles and pictures of people who are no longer part of the community but have left their impression. I also have some pics that make you giggle at the clothes and hairstyles.

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