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In And Around Hannibal: June 16, 2012

Rita Hooper

I can’t believe it’s graduation already – YUP – it’s this Friday night.

Congrats to all the grads — you are sure entering an interesting world.

Hannibal schools have given you a good basis on which to build, but your education has only just begun. Some of you will go on to college, others to trade or vocational schools, others to military service and some of you to the school of hard knocks.

Maybe you can take a vacation for a week or so and then it’s up and at ’em! Don’t let the grass grow under your feet. You have things to do, get a library card, reading should become a life long habit. If you are not registered to vote and are 18, march yourself to the Board of Elections in Oswego and get that done.

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In And Around Hannibal: June 9, 2012

Rita Hooper

This past Monday evening, the Hannibal Historical Society honored Judy and Gordie Prosser with a dinner and the Citizens of the Year Award. The program began with the presentation of the flag by the boys of Scout Troop 780.

Judy, a native of Mooers, and Gordie, a native of New Haven, met while both were students at Clarkson University. Gordie was an engineering student and Judy was in the CPA program. Judy was one of only 20 women at Clarkson – the 70s were an interesting time to be a female!

They were married one week after Judy graduated and will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year.

Shelley Dawson Smith was one of the first speakers and, like Judy, was one of the first women to go to Clarkson. To some of my older readers, you may recognize the name Dawson from baseball in the 40s in Hannibal. Her dad played, I believe, on the Oswego team against such Hannibal greats as the Abbott brothers. Shelley mentioned the whole team as if it were just yesterday that she attended the games.

After graduation, Gordon worked at Black Clawson, at his dad’s machine shop on County Route 1, and started a body shop with Steve Miller near the intersection of 104B and State Route 3. He then went to the Steam Station followed by Nine Mile Nuclear plant. He retired from there in 2005.

Several of the people that Gordie worked with over the years spoke about his work ethic and his abilities.

Judy was a CPA with Ernst and Ernst in Syracuse for five years, controller with Neal and O’Brien in Oswego for 11 years, and for the next 20 years, she was the chief financial officer for the Rescue Mission in Syracuse, retiring in 2009.

One of the gals that worked with Judy from the Mission spoke of her capabilities and her song-writing talents.

While Gordie and Judy worked, they let no grass grow under their feet as they soon became involved in many organizations.

They have both worked on the Democrat committee for many years. Currently, Gordie is chairman of the Town of Hannibal committee and second vice chair of the Oswego County Democrat Committee. Judy serves as treasurer for the town committee.

Also on Labor Day, Judy will be the official delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

Amy Tressider, Oswego City legislator, spoke briefly about both Judy and Gordie and what they have meant to the county committee and as friends.

Judy served four years as a Democrat councilwoman on the Hannibal Town Board and has also served on the Planning Board.  She has been an election inspector for several years and now has a new job; she is the official voting machine technician and will be traveling all over Oswego County on election days to tend to the new machines.

I wonder how long they will be called the new machines!

Both are members of the Country Cruizers, a local antique auto club. Gordie is currently a board member and Judy is treasurer. President Mike Abare spoke of their willingness to pitch in and how there could always be counted on.

After Judy gets done with her Cruizer parking responsibilities at the Hannibal Fire Company field days and the Money Madness event, she heads to the treasurer’s office until after midnight, to take care of the receipts.

Judy served on the local Winterfest Committee for each of its five years. She is currently treasurer for the Hannibal Free Library and Dollars for Scholars of our school district. President Louis Gilbert spoke on behalf of Dollars for Scholars.

Perhaps they are best known for their work with Scouts. They have a combined total of more than 40 years working with girls and boys through scouting.

Gordie served as Scoutmaster from 1983 through 2010 and is still serving on the committee. He received the District Award of Honor five or six years ago and the Boy Scout highest award of Silver Beaver in 2006.

Judy was Girl Scout leader from 1981 through 2001. She served 19 years on the Central New York Council and co-chaired the merger committee. She currently serves on the board of the new council, which encompasses 26 counties.

Last year on the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts, 100 leaders were recognized and Judy was one of them. Speaking on behalf of the Girl Scouts was Julie Reed Billings, chief advancement officer for Girl Scouts in Syracuse, a Hannibal graduate and one of Judy’s Girl Scouts.

She is also the daughter of George and Carol Reed. George was pastor at the Methodist Church in Hannibal around 1989-92. It was good to see her again.

Speaking for the Boy Scouts was Gary Bogner, district executive for the Ontario District of Longhouse Council. He’s new at the job and spoke of the coaching he had received from Gordie and the contacts that they have had over the years.

Jim Bell, one of the original founders of Troop 780 in Hannibal, was unfortunately out of town but sent some notes on the early days of Troop 780.

The highest level of boy scouting is the rank of Eagle Scout. During Gordon Prosser’s reign as Scoutmaster, there have been 14 scouts who have achieved this rank. Danny Sidman remembered these boys and there may have been more: Matt Halstead, Chuck Kyle, Josh and Matt Hillman, Danny Sidman Jr., John Roll, Dakota Malone, Paul Freeser, Mike Smith, Logan and Reese Bessell, Jerod Downing, and Adrian Annal, Jr.

Present Hannibal Scoutmaster Adrian Annal spoke about Gordie’s leadership – he said he has some very big shoes to fill – I have no doubt that he will!

Grace Tyrell and Mary Prosser, two very proud mothers were there to share in this very special honor.  It’s really nice to see how hard work pays off!

The program ended with the traditional Boy Scout closing and the singing of God Bless America.

Many thanks go to Louise Kellogg for putting this evening together and doing her fine job of emceeing. And to those of the Methodist Church for a wonderful dinner.

On a personal note – Judy and Gordie have been friends of mine for a long time. I have learned much from both of them. Their management skills are beyond belief and their ability to solve problems, get the job done and keep everyone happy most of the time is a true balancing act.

They shun the limelight while working quietly. They seem to be there when needed – whether it be bush-whacking or helping a lady in distress with moving. Their love for each other is to be envied.

They are true models of what good citizens are all about.

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Our Lady of the Rosary Church’s annual Strawberry Festival will be held Sunday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds on Cayuga Street.

Senior Nutrition meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center (library) on Oswego Street at noon. Come at 10 a.m. for coffee, conversation and table games. Call Rosemary at 564-5471 to make your reservation.

The Hannibal Village Board will meet Monday evening at 7 p.m. Village election is June 19 from noon to 9 p.m. Duane Shepard and Jason Kingsbury are running for the two trustee seats.

The Jammers will not meet this evening.

The Elderberries will meet this Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. for a covered dish dinner at the Senior Center (Library) on Oswego Street Congratulations to Carl Salvagin and Bob Simmons for being elected president and vice president for the Elderberries and many thanks to Barb Salvagin and George Darling for continuing on as secretary and treasurer.

Some of the Elderberries are planning on going to King’s Brass June 22 at North Syracuse.  Call Judy Tyler if you would like to go. Cookies are also needed for the baccalaureate reception before graduation. Call Phyllis Inch and let her know you will be happy to help with this.

The VFW Auxiliary meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Hannibal Board of Education meets this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office Building Room in the high school building.

The Thursday soup/chili lunches at the Hannibal United Methodist Church are still being served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Hannibal Town Board meets Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building.

Next Saturday, there will be a chicken dinner at IOOB and Vet Fest at the Legion.

Remember to get the news of your club or group to me by Monday at the latest for the following week.

In And Around Hannibal: May 19, 2012

by Rita Hooper

As I write it is election day for the school and for the library.  So my mind drifts back to the good old days…my old school daze! Wonder if we are any better off today than we were 50 years ago. Life keeps a changing.

I can remember getting up early every morning and having breakfast with the family before Dad left for work. He didn’t have to milk the cows but he did have lots of faces to look at in the classroom…well the woodshop anyway!

During breakfast, Mom would pack the lunch bags; Dad would take his milk in a glass syrup bottle and either a sandwich or leftovers. He preferred to eat lunch in the shop with the other shop teachers and then he’d have time for a few quick winks.

He kept a wooden lawn chair in the store-room for just such an occasion. He drilled holes in the handles of a placesetting of mom’s silverware so that he could hang them on a hook above the clean-up sink. Plastic wasn’t used much then.

My sister and I usually took a sandwich, which we’d put in our purse – who would be caught dead with a paper bag? We’d buy milk at 3 cents and ice cream for a dime.

While Mom was busy, there would be a lot of chatter. The morning news came in 15 minute segments on the radio. We’d all listen and discuss it if we weren’t in a rush. Kiss each other goodbye and then it was off to start the day.

The evening began the same way – listening to the radio while Mom fixed dinner; in the later years, my sister and I might start it before Mom got home from work.

We’d discuss the events of the day, homework, listen to the 6 p.m. news on radio. Two nights a week, Dad would head off to his second job, Ye Town Trading Post, a second hand store he began when I was born to supplement his teaching salary.

My sister and I worked there as we got older as did my Mom. It was open Saturday afternoons, too. During the week, I’d often go to houses with Dad where he would buy things for the store.  One of my first jobs was filling the kerosene jugs and in turn filling the stoves in each of the seven “Treasure Rooms.”

While Dad went to work, my sister and I would fight over whose turn it was to do the dishes. “You wash, I’ll dry,” I can hear it now. Really wasn’t so bad as we’d change the station and do a little rock and roll as we worked. Did provide more time for conversation. Mom didn’t get a dishwasher until after we went to college.

In the evening, we’d work on homework. My school planned that we would have an hour of homework for every hour of school. Thank heavens I didn’t have homework in chorus and gym and not always in home economics. I was in seventh grade when Sputnik went up and  emphasis was put on education, especially math and science. We were in a race to beat the Russians. Our nation depended on it – the nation depended on us for the future of our country.

Our sports usually were a pick-up game of kickball in the street or bike riding or roller skating on the sidewalks. In the winter, we’d watch more TV but with only three basic channels, there wasn’t that much to watch – come to think of it – I think there was more to watch then, that interested me than there is now!

Remember “real” wrestling?  And the Saturday night fights? They were free!

And all those great comedians (Red Skelton, Imogene Cocoa, Jack Benny) and variety shows (Ed Sullivan, Ted Mack Amateur Hour, Milton Berle) and great live plays (Lux Video Theater and Playhouse Theater, I’ll throw Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners in there, too.) We didn’t have any reality TV – reality was what our life was about! Who wanted to see that on TV?

Hope I’ve triggered a few memories for you. Are our children or grandchildren any better off than their grandparents were?

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On a sad note, I note the passing of Jack Tyrie, a social studies teacher in Hannibal for 33 years.

I must have met him at an open house at school or maybe it was through my Democrat roots, or perhaps at a school board meeting – I don’t really remember.

But I do know that at our very first meeting, we discovered that he had been my father-in-law’s newspaper boy on Long Island. We had a good chuckle over that — the first of many over the years.

I haven’t seen much of him in recent years, but Jack is not one to be easily forgotten and I know he has left his imprint on many a student.

My sympathies, to his family and friends. Services will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s church in Oswego.

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Another busy weekend in Hannibal and surrounding area, which reminds me, wasn’t the Hannibal Yard Sale wonderful? I haven’t seen so much traffic in the village since Field Days!

The North Volney Gospel Concert will be held at the North Volney Church at the corner of Routes 4 and 6 May 19 from noon until 3 p.m. The concert is free and refreshments will be available for your purchase. Taking part in this concert will be the Lake Effect Bluegrass, The Misfits and Dennis Shortslef. A free will offering will be taken to help the musicians with expenses.

The SW Oswego UMC will be having a roast pork dinner Saturday, May 19 starting at 4:30 p.m. The menu is roast pork, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, salad, roll, and homemade pie for dessert. Take-outs are available. The church is located on 104, next to Ontario Orchards.

The Hannibal Free Library will be hosting an open house to show everyone its newly added wing.  It will be held today, May 19 at 3 p.m. for a special dedication.  Refreshments will be served.  Bring your library card, and sign out a book!

The Dale Osborn Music Scholarship Fund Benefit will be held today at the Volney Fire Department from 4 to 10 p.m. Dale died in a tragic accident last August. I understand Dale attended Hannibal schools and the scholarships will benefit both Phoenix and Hannibal Dollars for Scholars for music scholarships. I’m also told Dale was always among the first to help when and where he could and a great friend and father, and a talented musician who performed in many benefits himself.

A number of groups will be playing, among them Stone River Band, Tom Gilbo (Elvis), the East Side Blues Band, the Marshall Dillon Band, and Nightlife. Lots of activities going on. The admission charge includes dinner.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church on Cayuga Street across from the high school will be serving the famous Joe and Loretta Ukleya’s famous spaghetti dinner Sunday, May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; takeouts will be available. The dinner is a fund-raiser to replace the roof on the church hall.

The Jammers will meet this week at the American Legion on Rochester Street from 7 to 10 p.m. If you enjoy country music, just want to sit and relax a spell or would like to join in making some music, come on over and see if it’s to your liking.

The Thursday soup/chili lunches at the Hannibal United Methodist Church are still being served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Takeouts are available.

A glass mosaic stepping stone workshop will be held May 26 and June 2 at the Hannibal Library.  Join glass artisan, Cathy Pence who will guide you though this two part garden art class. The time is 10 a.m. each day. All materials are included for a fee. Register at the library or call 564-5471. Call Linda at 564-6643 with any questions.

Hannah Crego, an 11-year-old girl from Martville with Cockayne Syndrome, and her family are going to California for a Cockayne Syndrome conference and retreat. The conference is a wonderful way for Hannah and her family to interact with others, and gives Hannah the opportunity to spend time with children like herself.

There will be a chicken barbecue benefit June 3 at the Hannibal American Legion to help with the cost of the trip. The barbecue will be from noon until gone.  There will also be raffles and a bake sale.

The Hannibal High School Senior Band is inviting alumni and friends to join them for its June 5 concert. Music is available on the website,http://ww1.hannibalcsd.org/teacherwebs/sterrino/  and anyone wishing to sit in on a rehearsal can arrange to do so by contacting Shirley

Terrinoni at 564-7910, ext. 4132. Students have chosen music by The Doors and “Jurassic Park.”

Our Lady of the Rosary Church’s annual Strawberry Festival will be Sunday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds on Cayuga Street. Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. There will be many booths to interest you from Plants & Books, Baked Goods and Games and Grandma’s Famous Attic – aka garage sale! There will be lots of good food too! Hamburgs, hotdogs, coneys, sausage, chicken barbecue, and of course strawberries and ice cream.

They will have assorted entertainment, including a talent show, and a raffle as well. So come and have some food and fun.  Call Diane Miano at 564-5833 or the church at 564-5201 for more information.

Plans are underway for the Hannibal Central School Alumni Banquet Saturday, June 16 at The Oasis Restaurant, just off Route 48 south of Fulton. Classes of ‘42, ‘52, ‘62, ‘72, ‘82, ‘92, and 2002 will be recognized. The Class of 1962 (50th celebration) has chosen to honor all veterans of their class for the distinction of Honored Alumni. For further information watch for posters or call 564-6690. Reservations with remittance and dues are due by May 29 to Faye Kimball, 32 Hannum Rd., Hannibal, NY 13074.

Remember to get the news of your club or group to me by Monday at the latest for the following week. Please note my phone number is 706-3564 and my e-mail is twohoops2@juno.com. You may snail-mail me at 210 Meadowbrook Circle, Fulton 13069.

In And Around Hannibal: May 12, 2012

by Rita Hooper

I’m hooked on NPR — National Public Radio. Last week, I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show when she had Eric Rutkow on, talking about his latest book, “American Canopy — Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation.”

I intend to get a copy for my son for Christmas. The book chronicles the history of American through trees. He spoke about when the settlers first came to America, there was about a billion acres of ancient forests. This has been drastically reduced over the years, first with home building by the settlers.

Wood was a cheap resource and a good building material. Westward expansion, industrialization, continually increasing population and the building of the suburbs have continued to decrease our woodland acreage.

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In And Around Hannibal: May 5, 2012

Rita Hooper

Lots happening – hope you can keep up!

The community-wide yard sale is finally here. Copies of the master list of participating sales is available for distribution beginning at 8  a.m. at the Community Center (library) located on Oswego Street today, May 5.

Music Boosters will be having a pulled pork dinner – take-outs only at the main entrance of the High School from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, May 5. Call Linda Samuels if you need more info.

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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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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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Jim Hooper shares his expertise in geocaching with members Ann Palen, Marlene Sutcliff and Barbara Gifford of the Hannibal Elderberries. Hooper designed the geocaching trail along the Seaway Trail. He works in the 4-H department of Ontario County Co-operative Extension where his GPS 4-H club has mapped fire hydrants locations for a local community and historical markers for another.

In And Around Hannibal: April 14, 2012

Jim Hooper shares his expertise in geocaching with members Ann Palen, Marlene Sutcliff and Barbara Gifford of the Hannibal Elderberries. Hooper designed the geocaching trail along the Seaway Trail. He works in the 4-H department of Ontario County Co-operative Extension where his GPS 4-H club has mapped fire hydrants locations for a local community and historical markers for another.

by Rita Hooper

A few weeks ago I did a column on characters of Hannibal. Jane Spicer has added the “rest of the story” concerning Ed Blythe to that little tidbit that I wrote.

Many thanks Jane and if anyone has a character to add to my list or corrections or deletions I would be happy to share it with my readers.

Edward K. Blythe was born in 1914 and married his wife Louise in 1934. Louise was born in 1910 and passed away in 1990. They had two sons; Fred has passed away and Kenneth lives in New Mexico.

Louise worked for many years at the Canning Factory. They lived on Wiltsieville Road. Louise was known for her beautiful peonies in all colors every summer.

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