In And Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

I attended the IGA Senior Luncheon today and it was so nice of some of the folks to come up and tell me how much they have enjoyed reading about their old schools.

It’s hard to believe prior to Hannibal school centralization, there were 15 districts.

So onward to District No. 8, the McCausey District.

This school, as it name implies was originally built on the McCausey homestead, probably in the early 1800s. The schoolhouse was just to the east, across a tributary of Nine Mile Creek.

The school’s location was further defined as being near the intersection of a road, long since abandoned, which ran parallel to and west of Dennison Road.

One of the teachers who taught in the first school was Almond Rogers; Bruce Dennison and George Dann served as trustees for many years.

The second schoolhouse was constructed around 1890 and was used until centralization.

It was built near the eastern end of Gifford Road on the north side as it crosses into the Town of Granby and runs into Route 176.

It is interesting to note that both Gifford Road and Route 176 intersect a road on the town line and then intersect themselves to produce a triangle.  In the middle of this figure is a farm which was known for several years as Triangle Dairy.

Some of the earlier teachers in this second school included: Fannie Rogers Cooley, Carrie Coit, Mr. Westcott, Mrs. Grace Atwater and Clara Wiltse.  Teachers dating from 1910 were: 1910-11 Mildred Allen; 1911-12 Donald and Arthur Luke; 1912-14 Mildred Allen; 1916-17 Rose A. Walsh; 1917-18 Florence Cooper; 1918-20 Gertrude C. Lenton; and 1920-21 Bertha M. Whitcomb.

Also: ; 1921-22 Minnie G. True;1922-23 Helen M. Randall; 1923-26 Anna Trowbridge Cain; 1926-27 Florence Blake; 1927-29 Mildred Sharp Howell; 1929-30 Marion E. Doty; 1930-33 M.L. Summerville; 1933-35 Miss E. M. Lindsley; 1935-41 Mildred Sharp Howell; 1941-44 Miss Ruth Keeney; 1944-47 Mrs. Nellie Grant and 1947-49 Mrs. Ruth Keeney Hendricks.

After centralization, Cliff  Stowell, who owned Triangle Dairy at the time, purchased the schoolhouse and converted it into a tenant house for his hired man.

In 1917-18 the roll call contained the names of Arthur, Howard and Dora Williamson, Daniel Randall, Adelbert and Raymond Walker, Ethan Wright, Jakie, Karie and Mary Temple (were Jakie and Karie twins?,) Leon and Mable Roe, Frederick, Lillian and Anna Green, Donald Cooper, Theodore and Howard Almy, Benjamin and Jack Rao, Esther, Evelyn and Marion Guernsey, Winfred and Annie Lenton and Elizabeth Wright.

In 1930-31 the Roll Call represented eight families in the area:

Bernard, Francis, Harold, Robert, Gladys, and Helen Dennison; Guy, Gerald and Jay Guernsey; Arthur, Karl, Kenneth and Roy Harris; Donald, Blanche and Ruth Keeney; Edward Roe; Clair, Erwin, Gordon, Hilda and Linda Stowell; Carl, Edwin, Franklin, George, Geraldine Webber and Anna Bowley.

By 1947-48, three families appear in the roll call:

Louise Dennison; Eleanor Dugar and George, James, Patricia and Rose Reynolds.

I’d be interested in hearing from any descendants or if anyone can add a married name to some of the maiden lady teachers.  Fill us in on the rest of the story.

Info from Hannibal’s Historical Highlights by Gordon Sturge and Hannibal History in “pictures and prose.’


The congregation of the Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church is preparing for their annual Live Nativity and Nativities by Candlelight event from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

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 variety of Nativity sets will be on display in candlelight. The Nativity sets, on loan from church families and friends, have in past years ranged in size from a scene in a walnut shell to a large white ceramic set. Last year there were over 100 sets on display.

There are new additions every year as some church members have started collecting Nativity sets.

There will be some new additions to the Live Nativity this year, but they will remain a surprise. The gazebo will be decorated with trees and lights, making it a perfect spot for family pictures, so be sure to bring a camera.

Children attending will receive a special Nativity gift from Ernie the donkey. Cookies and cocoa will be served.                                                                                                                                             The church is located at 7721 State Route 104 West. For more information, phone 343-0996 on the day of the event.

Hannibal Senior Dining Center meets at noon for dinner at the Senior Center (Library Building) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Come early for coffee and news or to work on a jigsaw puzzle or  play games or engage in some idle chit-chat.  Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation, 564-5471.

This week’s menu is:

Monday: Homemade soup and sandwich, juice, jello

Wednesday: Glazed ham, scalloped potatoes, lemon-dill carrots, juice, special dessert

Friday: Chicken and biscuits, mashed potatoes, vegetable, fruit cup

Activities: Monday — Wii bowling;    Wednesday — Christmas party with Deanna; Friday –  Christmas sing-along with Bob Simmons

Christmas Bureau drivers are needed. Be an elf and help deliver packages for Santa. Give the high school or district office a call if you can help.

It is a great deal of fun and some high school students help so there is no heavy lifting for you to do. Give them a call today.

Please pretty please folks, send me the info for your church’s Christmas worship schedule…I’d rather receive it from 10 people than no one.

Rita Hooper


Breast cancer support group meets Dec. 17

The breast cancer support group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 in the community room of Oswego Health’s Fulton Medical Center.

Community members diagnosed with breast cancer can be guided through their journey of treatment by members of the support group. The local support group meets the third Tuesday of the month.

In addition to the support group, its members can provide a facilitator 24 hours a day to those that need support before the next meeting. Liz Schremp can be contacted by calling 592-7468.

Those attending the support group meeting are asked to use the Park Street entrance to the Fulton Medical Center.

Tickets still available for Symphoria concert Dec. 15

Tickets are still available for the Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Oswego Health is sponsoring the concert, which will be held in the Oswego High School auditorium.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony. Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590 at extension 225.

Linda Daley new VP of human resources at Oswego Health

Linda Daley is the new vice president for human resources at Oswego Health.

Daley arrives at Oswego Health with more than 15 years of human resources experience, the last six in the healthcare field.

She most recently served as the director of compensation and benefits at the Albany Medical Center, which has some 8,000 employees.

The new vice president of human resources was attracted to the Oswego Health position as she believes it will enable her to make a positive impact.

“I saw the health system as large enough to make a difference and small enough to have a personal impact on the people that work at the organization,” Daley said.

Daley added she was also found the community appealing.

“I did some research and liked the smaller size, that it was a community on two beautiful waterways and was home to a college, offering a young and vibrant atmosphere,” she said.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southern Vermont College and her masters of business administration from Iona College. Daley holds certifications as both a compensation professional and as a benefits professional.

Along with working in healthcare, for the past seven years Daley has taught online courses through the University of Phoenix.

She also enjoys home restoration and has taken several centuries-old buildings and completely renovated them. All together she has restored nine homes and a barn.

Since her appointment in November, Daley is getting to know her new community, joining the Oswego YMCA and taking walks with her two dogs in her neighborhood.

The Oswego Healthcare System includes Oswego Hospital, The Manor at Seneca Hill, a skilled nursing facility, which also offers a complete rehabilitation department and an Adult Day Health Services Program; Springside at Seneca Hill, a retirement living community; as well as the Central Square and Fulton Medical Centers, which offer urgent care, lab, medical imaging and physical therapy. For more information, call (315) 349-5500 or visit

David A. Smith, worked in maintenance for Fulton city schools

David A. Smith, 61, of Oswego, died Saturday Dec. 7 at his home.

David was born in Syracuse, the son of the late Merritt and Thelma (Corsette) Smith, and he was a resident of Fulton before moving to Oswego 30 years ago.

He was a former employee of the Fulton school district where he worked in the maintenance department.

David is survived by his sister Millie (Joe) LaBeef of Fulton.

Services will be private. The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar Funeral Home, 224 W. Second St., Fulton.

Arturo Gonzales, enjoyed skateboarding and video games

Arturo Gonzales, 24, of Fulton, passed away Monday Dec. 9.

Born in Texas, he has lived in the Fulton area since 2001. He worked at Little Caesar’s Pizza in Fulton and enjoyed skateboarding and playing video games.

Arturo’s memory will be forever cherished by his parents, Ester (Jim Musumeci) Gonzales; four-year-old son, Urijah James; five sisters, Celina (Isreal) Molina, Virginia Robles, Rosalie (Brian) Burke, Gloria (Fernando) Cardenas and Ester (Marc) Cox; a brother, Macedonio (Lisa) Gonzales; grandmother, Sabastina Gloria; his best friends, Sisco, Keith, Antonio, Dominic and Demetri; his faithful companion, Rocco; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours were Friday with a service following at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton, 13069.

Renovation project vote Feb. 4 in Fulton school district

By Ashley M. Casey

The Fulton City School District board of education Tuesday approved several renovation projects with a proposed cost of $4.4 million.

The public will vote on the projects Feb. 4.

The district’s main priority is the replacement of the roofs at Lanigan and Granby elementary schools, which will comprise the majority of the cost. The roof renovations would take place in the summer of 2015.

The gym floor in Lanigan also must be replaced, as it has tested positive for mercury. Superintendent Bill Lynch said New York state’s laws regarding mercury disposal are so strict that the district may have to take the materials out of state.

Other items in the project include replacing the locksets in all classrooms and offices, paving work at Granby and the construction of an athletic storage building.

The district will sell bonds of up to $4.25 million to finance the capital project.

A public hearing regarding the renovations will be held at 6:30 p.m., Jan. 29, at Lanigan Elementary School.

Also on the agenda

** Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Chris Ells reviewed the district’s fall sports season. A total of 414 students participated in modified, junior varsity and varsity sports, up 29 from the 2012 fall season.

Several student athletes qualified for NYS All League Honors, and Connor Goss, of the golf team, is set to compete in the state quarterfinals in May 2014.

Ells highlighted the cheerleading team’s activities as well. He said New York state does not yet classify cheerleading as a sport, but Fulton’s 27 cheerleaders are preparing for the Love to Cheer competition, which will take place Feb. 8 at G. Ray Bodley High School. The school will host more than 300 cheerleaders from 24 schools.

** Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Betsy Conners reviewed the district’s updated procedures for students in need of Academic Intervention Services (AIS).

The district has updated the academic standards for AIS students to better reflect the Common Core. AIS intervention now begins as soon as the students in need are identified instead of waiting until the following semester to start services.

Conners said that the parental notification system for AIS has also become more detailed.

In other business:

** Lynch thanked Volney interim principal Mike Egan for stepping into the role over the past few months. Lisa Garofalo has been chosen to take over as principal at Volney starting Jan. 6. “I truly appreciate the opportunity,” Egan said. “It is a very fun building.”

** The next school board meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, 2014, at the Education Center.

SUNY Oswego December graduation set for today

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego’s December Commencement (today) Saturday, Dec. 14, will feature as speaker an alumnus of the college who used his business administration degree to advance to leadership positions at Fortune 100 companies.

Now chairman and chief executive officer of W.R. Grace & Co., Alfred “Fred” Festa gained experience and acumen as he ascended the management ranks over two decades with General Electric, Allied Signal, ICG Commerce and Morgenthaler Private Equity Partners.

He joined Grace, a global specialty chemicals and materials company, as president and chief operating officer in 2003. He assumed the CEO responsibilities in 2005 and was named chairman of the board in 2008. He served as president from 2003 to 2011.

Festa championed the transformation of Grace into a fully integrated operating company.

Under his leadership, the company’s revenue grew 60 percent, from $2 billion in 2003 to $3.2 billion in 2011. He spearheaded intensified productivity efforts at Grace that delivered cost savings and revenue enhancements of $155 million in 2011.

He created the Grace Research Council to oversee greater R&D collaboration, generating an active innovation pipeline. Products introduced in the past five years delivered around one-third of Grace’s annual revenues in 2011.

Loyal alumnus

Festa will receive the SUNY Oswego Presidential Medal at the ceremony in recognition of his support of his alma mater.

He and his wife MaryLynn Barbero Festa, a 1982 graduate of Oswego, established

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