Hannibal pre-K registration open now

Hannibal Central School will again be offering Pre-Kindergarten classes for the 2014-2015 school year.

This program is available for children residing in the Hannibal Central School District. Registration packets have been mailed to the homes of each child who will be four years old on or before Dec. 1, 2014.

If you have a child eligible for Pre- Kindergarten and have not received this information, please contact the Fairley School at 564-7945, extension 3004, and the information will be mailed to you.

Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The district plans to provide bus transportation again this year for students who are at least four years old.

In and Around Hannibal

By Rita Hooper

As I write this week’s column, the rain is falling and from what the news tells me, it’s going to be raining for a couple of days.

I’m reminded of Al Jolson’s old song:

Though April showers may come your way,

They bring the flowers that bloom in May.

So if it’s raining, have no regrets,

Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, (It’s raining violets,)

And where you see clouds upon the hills,

You soon will see crowds of daffodils,

So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song,

Whenever April showers come along.


The day you have been waiting for has finally arrived. But then you knew that!

You are probably sitting down, getting around to reading the paper about 5 p.m.  Saturday afternoon. You’ve had a busy day both holding your own garage sale and sneaking time to visit the other sales in town.

Isn’t it funny, how we clear out our junk so we can buy our neighbor’s junk and fill up all the space we just created?  Oh, you don’t do that? Come on … I can see your nose growing!

Just in case, you’re reading this while having your morning jo, get out of your PJs and into your jogging outfit and start hitting the sales — it’s Community Yardsale Day.

You can pick up the list at the Senior Center in the Hannibal Library on Oswego Street. There are 25 sales listed! The sales start at 8 a.m. Make sure to give a look-see at the Elderberry Sale when you pick up your list.

The Hannibal Methodist Church began its sale yesterday, and will be holding a bag sale today. That’s on Route 3, 1 block west of the Village Square.

This is really a fun day in Hannibal…bringing the community together as neighbors get to see each other, even sit and chat for the first time after a long, long winter. I’ll be praying for a nice, warm, sunny day.

The Mother and Daughter Banquet for the Hannibal United Methodist Church will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 8. Reservations were due to Ulah Baker, 564-6376 by May 1; if you haven’t made your reservation, call right away and maybe she can wave her magic wand and get you in!

Hannibal Democrats will host a chicken barbecue at noon Sunday May 4 at the American Legion on Rochester Street.  To purchase pre-sale tickets, call 564-5630.

I received notice this week from Mayor Fred Kent that beginning about 7 a.m. Monday, May 5, one of the town trucks will be making the rounds in the village to pick up bagged leaves and twigs and other growing things. I don’t think children are included! There just is no rest for the weary!

The Senior Meals Program meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch at the Senior Center promptly at noon. The Center opens at 10 for those who like to work on puzzles, read the paper or just have a chat over coffee.

The center is located in the Library across from the Hannibal Fire Hall on Oswego Street.

This week’s menu features:

  • Monday, May 5:  Homemade soup and sandwich, juice, fruit cocktail
  • Wednesday: Italian sausage with onions and peppers on roll, green beans, potato salad, pudding
  • Friday: Fish, Monterey potatoes, vegetable blend, juice, peaches
  • Activities: Monday — Wii bowling and games; Wednesday — Bingo after lunch;   Friday — Music with Deanna Hubbard

The Jammers start up Monday, May 5 with a covered dish dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on Rochester Street. in Hannibal.  Bring a dish to pass, the table service will be provided.  The Jam begins at 7.

There’s always room for more musicians, so if you play a fiddle, guitar, harmonica, washboard, sing or yodel, mark the Jammers on your calendar. They meet every Monday night at 7 at the Legion from now until that white stuff that falls from the sky gets to bothersome to deal with!

Heard from Keith that he found a harmonica jam in Florida this winter.  If I remember right, he said that there were about 40 of them that got together just to play harmonica!

Last call for Church World Service Kits – If you have some kits and would like to get them on the truck from Central New York going to the Brethren Center in Maryland, give Rita Hooper a call at 706-3564 and make arrangements to drop them in Fulton.  The truck is being packed on May 6.

Hannibal Sports Boosters meet at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school.

Hannibal Chapter of Families with Attention Deficit Disorder meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kenney Middle School libarry.

Bone Builders meet at the American Legion Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

Home and School will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday May 6 in room 30 at Fairley.

The Hannibal Methodist Church serves a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted though) at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays. The church is one block west of the Village Square on Route 3 (Church Street).

The Hannibal Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Municipal Building on Cayuga Street.

Hannibal Dollar for Scholars will hold a pulled pork barbecue from noon until sold out Saturday, May 10.

May 10, the  North Volney Methodist Church, (corner of County Routes 4 and  6 in Volney) will be hosting a gospel concert featuring the Misfits and Lake Effect Bluegrass from 1 to 3 p.m. They will also have a used book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., a plant sale, bake sale and lunch will be available too. The concert is free; a free will offering will be received to pay the musicians.

The public hearing on the proposed Hannibal school budget for 2014-15 will be at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the board room in the high school.

I was surprised to read in the Valley News that there is no contest for two seats on the Hannibal Board of Education.

I know my memory isn’t as good as it once was, but I can’t remember when the last uncontested race was held. I do remember some pretty hard fought races in the past though.

Along these lines, School Superintendent Donna Fountain will attend the next meeting of the Elderberries at 6 p.m. May 13 to present the school budget and other information. The Berries meet at the Senior Center (Library,) Oswego Street. Bring your own table service and dish to pass.

The Friends of the Library have a new raffle basket called Just Frogin’ Around, all things frog. Includes a fountain, garden ornament, calculator, wrapping paper and more. The drawing is May 13.

Plans are underway for the Hannibal Alumni Banquet June 14. This year it will be held at the Elks Lodge on Pierce Drive in Fulton. Watch for posters for reservation information.

Plans are underway for the fourth annual SOS Music Fest this summer in Hannibal. For information, call Erik at 564-6133.

Rita Hooper 706-3564


Volney celebrates positive behaviors

Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.
Brothers Ethan and Lucas Smith are seen here playing a rousing game of chess during Volney PBIS Reward Day.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Volney Elementary School held a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Reward Day for students April 25.

The Reward Day recognized students for being role models of the school’s four behavioral expectations: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe and Be a Problem Solver.

Students in all grades celebrated with activities during the morning, and were dismissed for the afternoon for parent conferences.

Students could choose from many sessions, including movies, Duct Tape wallet making, dodge ball, karate, chess and Zumba.

Fairgrieve students receive medals

Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Principal Award winners proudly display the medals they earned for the recognition. In the front row (from left) are Ty Nesbitt, Dakota Brown, Trista Sullivan, Damien Drought, Adelaide McEachen, Jada Barnwell and William Duso. In the second row (from left) are Paige Pierce, Jasminn Bort, Olivia Cunningham, Kiara Pittman, Mariela Mejia-Merida and Tristan Kent. Standing in back (from left) are Principal Jean Ciesla, Nolan Gardenier, Julie Ann Dunning, Braeci Clonch, Tiffany Macri, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar, Alexis Patterson and Kayla McCraith.
Fairgrieve Elementary School’s Principal Award winners proudly display the medals they earned for the recognition. In the front row (from left) are Ty Nesbitt, Dakota Brown, Trista Sullivan, Damien Drought, Adelaide McEachen, Jada Barnwell and William Duso. In the second row (from left) are Paige Pierce, Jasminn Bort, Olivia Cunningham, Kiara Pittman, Mariela Mejia-Merida and Tristan Kent. Standing in back (from left) are Principal Jean Ciesla, Nolan Gardenier, Julie Ann Dunning, Braeci Clonch, Tiffany Macri, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar, Alexis Patterson and Kayla McCraith.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

With a focus on always doing the right thing, 22 Fairgrieve Elementary School students were recognized with awards during the Morning Express program held April 29.

Principal Jean Ciesla presented the students with medals as they celebrated the distinction of being a Principal’s Award winner. Ciesla said the honorees displayed exemplary behavior during the school year and in the third marking period in particular.

The students who met these expectations and were honored during the ceremony include William Duso, Jada Barnwell and Damien Drought (kindergarten); Adelaide McEachen, Trista Sullivan and Dakota Brown (first grade); Tristan Kent, Mariela Mejia-Merida, Ty Nesbitt and Annabella Epolito (second grade).

Also: Kiara Pittman, Jasminn Bort and Kayla McCraith (third grade); Olivia Cunningham, Rosiline Knoblock and Tiffany Macri (fourth grade); Alexa Patterson, Ana Marroquin-Aguilar and Braeci Clonch (fifth grade); and Julie Ann Dunning, Nolan Gardenier and Paige Pierce (sixth grade).

Sandy Creek, Mexico, Oswego medal in final OCAY contest

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Capturing third place in the Oswego County Academic Youth League Shark Tank event was the team from Oswego High School. Team coach Kayley Morse is pictured with (back row) Garrett Dunsmoor, Joe Clavelli, Evan Davis, Lainey Celeste and Emily Hurlbutt. Front: Nina Alcasid, Tara Stacy, Mallory Gordon, Tory Welsch and Alex Kouthoofd.
Capturing third place in the Oswego County Academic Youth League Shark Tank event was the team from Oswego High School. Team coach Kayley Morse is pictured with (back row) Garrett Dunsmoor, Joe Clavelli, Evan Davis, Lainey Celeste and Emily Hurlbutt. Front: Nina Alcasid, Tara Stacy, Mallory Gordon, Tory Welsch and Alex Kouthoofd.

Student representatives from eight area school districts were tasked with developing a company that promotes Oswego County tourism as part of the fourth and final competition of the year for the Oswego County Academic Youth (OCAY) League.

Students devised companies that promoted the county’s strongest resources, with each team creating their own company name and logo. Promotional materials such as a tri-fold brochure and a 30-second commercial were also required.

Two team members from each school pitched their company idea to a panel of investors, similar to the business-themed show Shark Tank.

Students needed to persuade the group of investors in order to gain their trust, and financial backing. Each school named their price, suppliers and described how the loan would be used.

The challenge also consisted of four timed math quizzes, related to marketing and business. The commercial portion was presented as a live skit. The advertisement needed to appeal to the company’s target audience, and effectively endorse and define company goals in order to maximize profits.

In the end, gold was awarded to the team from Sandy Creek for their “Shark Tank Resort,” a $15 million venue that would feature an aquarium, live music and dinner theatre. They would attract tourists to Lake Ontario by renting out jet skis, and offer snowmobilers with special packages in the winter.

Silver was presented to the team from Mexico for “Lake View Tours,” a guided tour that would bus travelers to popular sites in Oswego County. The schedule included a visit to Fort Ontario, lunch at Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In and stops at Mexico Point, Selkirk Shores and Salmon River Falls.

Bronze was awarded to the Oswego team for “Sunset Sails,” a sailboat tour company with the tagline “Keep Calm, Sail On.”

The OCAY League was organized in the spring of 1997 with the idea that academics merit a standing comparable to athletics.

Students’ academic skills are challenged and showcased in a wide variety of competitive events that emphasize scholastic excellence, team building, leadership and creativity.

A particular strength of the league is its emphasis on cooperative problem solving. OCAY League is coordinated through Oswego County BOCES’ Instructional Support Services as part of the Gifted and Talented Programs cooperative services.

Members of the Mexico team are Samantha McAuslan, Nick Higby, Kyle Hall, Jacob Delos, Sydney Ryan, Elizabeth Becker, Chloe Partrick and Natalie Scorzzeli. The adviser is Bill Coughlin.

Members of the Sandy Creek team are Sarah McDougal, Jay Ivison, Collin Reff, Jacob Cornell, Zach Halsey, Anita Glenister, Josh Lococo, Molly Horth, Clarice Thibault and Lexi Goodnough. Adviser is Caitlin Urlacher.

Animals benefit from Leighton candy

Members of the Frederick Leighton Elementary School Student Council conducted their annual “candy-gram” fundraiser and donated $125 to the Oswego Animal Shelter. Gathering at the facility were (front row left to right) Emmalee French, Aidan Robbins, Sophia Delorenzo, Gretchen Dowd and Linsey Lawton while in back were Advisor Jennifer Symborski, Abby McPherson, Ella Shambo, Aubrey Avery and Elijah Shambo.

4 BOCES students place at state SkillsUSA event

5-3_SCHOOLSskillsusaSubmitted by Oswego County BOCES

Career and Technical Education students from Oswego County BOCES joined more than 2,000 students from other BOCES, technical career centers and high schools for the 48th Annual New York State Leadership and SkillsUSA Championships.

The conference gave BOCES students an opportunity to showcase their skills in a variety of technical, trade and leadership contests.

Business and industry professionals judged the more than 80 contests that took place at the conference at the New York State Fairgrounds. Oswego County BOCES students where recognized for outstanding achievement in four different contest areas.

Computer Systems and Networking (Cisco) student Perrin Ogden, from the Fulton school district, was awarded a first place, gold medal in the Internetworking contest.

This timed contest consisted of three components to tests the students’ skill and knowledge of networking concepts. A team of professionals currently in the networking industry assessed the contestants’ ability to design, install, adapt, maintain and manage an Internetworking system.

Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology student Kaitlyn Naylor, from the Central Square district, was awarded a first place, gold medal in the floral design contest.

For this timed contest, Naylor and her fellow contestants prepared a floral centerpiece, a corsage and a wedding design and then calculated a cost and suggested retail business report for each design.

Construction Technology student Vince Hall, from the Altmar-Parish-Williamstown district, was awarded a second place, silver medal in the carpentry contest.

This timed contest assessed each participant’s ability to read and interpret blueprints as well as workmanship and proper use of tools and equipment.

Hall and the other contestants framed walls using wood and steel studs; cut and installed rafters; and then installed drywall, baseboard moldings and window trim.

Nursing assistant student Marissa Lopergola from the Central Square district  competed in the medical math contest and was awarded a third place, bronze medal for her ability to solve mathematic problems encountered in the medical profession.

The New York State SkillsUSA Conference is a precursor to the National SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri at the end of June.

Perrin Ogden’s first place finish in the Internetworking contest has earned him the honor to represent Oswego County BOCES and New York State at the upcoming conference.

Senator honors “Women of Distinction”

Eighteen women from Oswego County were  honored Thursday May 1 by state Sen. Patricia Ritchie.

They are being named “Women of Distinction” through the New York State Senate’s yearly program to honor women who have made a difference, including teachers, activists, advocates and other change-makers.

All honorees were recognized at a special event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at  Watertown’s historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.

The Women of Distinction program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

“Over the past several years I’ve been humbled to have been given the opportunity to recognize the amazing women of this region,” Ritchie said.

“From teachers who have inspired countless students to those who make it their life’s mission to help those in need, this group of women is truly dynamic,” she said.

Last year, 17 women from Central and Northern New York were honored. This year’s honorees are:

Oswego County

Stacy Austin-Root, Melissa Baker, Melanie Proper, Maureen McClain, Carol Gazitano, Tracy Henry, Amanda Capeling, Norene Cook and Sandy Delano — staff of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Fulton, for all the work they do with children “to ensure that children who have suffered abuse are able to cope with their feelings, recover, and once again enjoy their childhood,” said nominator John DeRousie

Jane Backus, of Mexico, retired English teacher at Mexico High School, contributed to the design of the school’s Quest Program, served on the SUNY Oswego College Council for five years, editing the Mother Goose Nursery School newsletter, volunteering for the Mexico JROTC program and cooking for the Mexico Methodist Church “Monday Meal,” serving as a sacristan and lector at St. Anne, Mother of Mary Catholic Church and serves on Rep. Richard Hanna’s Military Academy Review Committee.

Karrie Damm, LMFT, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Fulton, led the charge to open a satellite office of the center in Pulaski, active in the community, was once named one of the “Top 100 Most Inspiring Women” by Girl Scouts of America.

Michelle Hughes, of Pulaski, very active in the Pulaski community, a member of the Preservation and Restoration of Pulaski Committee, is a St. Baldrick’s Cancer Research Benefit volunteer and a volunteer for the Pulaski Academy and Central Schools. She also owns her own business,  “A Cut Above Full Service Salon,”.

Denise Simmons, of West Monroe, a mother of three often found exploring nature,  fishing in the North Country’s many rivers and streams and hunting in the deep wildernesses.

She volunteers with Baldwinsville Rod and Gun Club, Madison County Friends of the NRA, Onondaga County Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and has been involved with Central New York Friends of the NRA.

Roxanne Stewart, of Fulton, teacher, president of the resident council at Michaud Residential Health Services, “has become a tireless advocate, pushing for better living conditions for nursing facilities.”

The Rev. Brenda Weissenberg, of Central Square, involved with foster care program, she serves on the Board of Directors for Oswego County Foster Parents, Central Square Pop Warner, Hastings Mallory PTO, Parish Community Pre-School and the Fort Brewerton Chamber of Commerce.

The Rev. Meredith Williams, of Oswego, teacher who also assists in food drives, facilitates Art Club, Christian Club and is an active member of Positive Behavioral Interventions. She is an assistant pastor, provides security for the church and is the owner of Trinity Art Studio.

Susan Witmer, of Oswego, long-time volunteer with Oswego Rotary, Rural Health Network of Oswego County, and Emergency Planning Committee for Oswego County, United Way Cayuga Community College, Oswego County Humane Society, Youth Soccer League and High School Sports Boosters. She was instrumental in the “Stuff a Bus Bookmobile,” Stone Soup canned food drive, Ronald McDonald House collection and Salvation Army canned food drives.

Teresa Woolson, of Oswego, took the tragedy of losing her son to synthetic drugs use and turned it into a positive for the community, opening a nonprofit foundation, the Victor Orlando Woolson Foundation, created in her son’s memory that aims to assist and educate the public in an effort to make the community a safer place.

In addition, Teresa’s advocacy was also the catalyst behind comprehensive legislation addressing synthetic drugs in New York state. She also is involved in Bridges out of Poverty, COACH, Friends of the Oswego Public Library, WNET, Vineyard Church and other organization.

Those honored from the other two counties in Ritchie’s Senate district are:

St. Lawrence County

  • Ilene Burke
  • Virginia Davey
  • Kelly Glasgow
  • Imogene Wagner
  • Lila Youngs

Jefferson County

  • Joanne Lazore
  • Cari McAvoy
  • JoAnn Reed

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