In And Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

Can’t believe it’s almost Christmas – I’m suspending the “schools” series till after the first of the year.

Christmas is the time of year we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I’m not too sure how many folks know that anymore. Seems to me we talk more about Santa and Frosty than we do the Prince of Peace. More about Black Friday and the bottom line than the reason for gift giving.

Our lives have been made richer by the treasured memories of our holidays past – the warm smells of traditional foods, mulled cider and wines, Christmas goose and turkeys, fish or oysters on Christmas eve, pierogi, latkes and sufganyot for Passover, mince pie or paneltone, figgy or plum pudding with that wonderful foamy or hard sauce.

Do you head to the woods to get that fresh cut tree or up to the attic to get that old tried and true that only hurts you if you have an allergy to dust? Do you put it up Christmas Eve or a week or two before? Do you think about the history of each of the ornaments as you put them on?

I remember as a child, running home from school so I could get to the cards before anyone else did and display them on the piano. Now most of my Christmas greetings come by cyber space but I look forward to them just the same. I remember when I was a preacher’s wife, I would make garlands with the cards and hang them around the rooms. I musta had too much time on my hands!

I used to spend a week making cookie doughs and then Sunday afternoon we’d all gather at the dining room table and shape and decorate them. Now I make only the favorites and send packages of them to those not able to be home for the holidays.

Over the years I have amassed a sizable Christmas village – Hannibalville.

It features Hooper Lane – the street with the churches on it and Rita’s Point – the lighthouse of course! James Way and Starr Trek are housing developments and Lake David and Courtney Pond are joined by London’s Bridge. Alyssa Lane goes to the park and Noel’s Inn is the nativity. You’d think I’d named the folks in my family so I could use them in my village!

I still love to watch the classic Christmas movies and take in a live play or concert.

And of course Hannibal has it’s own traditions of the tree lighting, church services and Christmas Bureau. My husband and I did the shopping for new gifts for the Christmas Bureau for 20 years beginning in the 70s. When we began, we were allotted $1 to buy a new gift for each child.

This Christmas, as you gather around the dinner table, share what Christmas was like when you were a child … maybe that was when all Christmas trees looked like Charlie Brown specials … or when the only toy you got was a stuffed animal that your mom made for you, or maybe you only got a lump of coal in your stocking.

The traditions of family and holidays keep moving and changing but they make us who we are … keep the spirit and meaning of Christmas alive this blessed season and see you in church!

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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 just some chit-chat! Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation, 564-5471. This week’s menu is:

Monday, Dec. 23:  Pasta with sauce and meatballs, Italian vegetable, dessert

Wednesday, Dec. 25:   CLOSED:  MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, Dec. 27:  Homemade macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable, cookie

Come join us for good food, conversation and games.

The Hannibal Methodist Church will gather at 8:30 p.m. for its Candlelight Christmas Eve Service.

Rita Hooper 706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

News in brief

“A Festival of Lessons, Carols and Candlelight” will be hosted by the First United Church on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24.

The service will feature the reading of familiar Christmas scripture, the singing of traditional Christmas carols, the music ministry of the Chancel Choir and the United Voices Quartet, and the lighting of candles at the close of the service.

Ella Matteson Hicks and Burton Phillips, choir director, will each present a solo to the service. The public is welcome to attend. The facility is accessible to the physically disabled.

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An Old Fashioned Christmas Pageant will be one of the highlights of the Christmas Eve service at 6 p.m. Christmas Eve at the Fulton Alliance Church.

Children age 4 through sixth grade have been working very hard on acting and memorizing their lines and look forward to presenting our church a play about the birth of the Christ Child.

The event will include familiar Christmas carols, scripture, and beautiful angelic faces.  It will be followed by a message from the Rev. J. Spurling, senior pastor, and the traditional candlelight service.

The Fulton Alliance is located at 1044 State Route 48, Fulton, 1/2 south of the city line.

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The Mass schedule has been announced for the holiday for St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s churches in Oswego.

They are:

Christmas Eve — 4 p.m. Vigil at St. Joseph’s; 7 p.m. Vigil at St. Stephen’s; Midnight Mass at St. Stephen’s

Christmas Day — 9 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s; 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s

New Year’s Day — 9 a.m. Mass at St. Stephen’s; 11 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph’s

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State Street United Methodist Church in Fulton will have two services Christmas Eve.

There will be services at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. The 5 p.m. is family oriented while the 11 p.m. service is a traditional candlelight service.

State Street United Methodist Church is on State Street, Fulton.

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Embroidery has always been a popular needle art, stimulating the imagination and at the same time providing a wonderful look.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Program will be holding classes in which youth will have the opportunity to learn how to embroider.

The workshops series will be offered Tuesdays, Jan. 7 and Jan. 21. Classes run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Oswego County Cooperative Extension Office in Mexico.

This hands on program is open to all youth ages, 8-19. Pre-registration is required by Friday,  Jan. 3.  An $8 registration fee includes your pattern and embroidery supplies. It is requested that an adult accompany a child.

To register for this learn how to embroider class or to receive information about Oswego County 4-H, call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286, Ext. 302 or by email at mmm65@cornell.edu.

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The office of Dr. Padma Ram is relocating to 300 State Route 104 East, Oswego effective Monday Dec. 23.

Lake Ontario Prompt Medical Care will be opening January 2014.

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Three men recently graduated from the New York State Police Academy.

They are: Justin A. Morrison, Fulton; Derek T. Collins of Constantia; and John M. McGuire of Central Square.

A total of 180 men and woman took part in the 200th session graduation ceremony from the Basic School of the New York State Police Academy.

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Mayor Tom Gillen has scheduled the Organizational/Special Meeting of the Common Council for 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2.

At the beginning of the meeting, City Court Judge the Honorable James Metcalf will swear in the councilors for their two-year terms of office.

 

 

CNY Arts Center offering a variety of classes in January, February

By Ashley M. Casey

Those who are interested in dabbling in different forms of art are in luck in January and February.

CNY Arts Center is holding a class series called “The Art of Self-Expression,” featuring writing, cooking and studio art.

Local author and CNY Arts Center Writing Coordinator Jim Farfaglia will be teaching the writing portion. Culinary Arts Coordinator Diane Sokolowski will be teaching cooking and Studio Arts Coordinator Kendra Matott will lead the studio art section.

The first session, to be held Jan. 4, will present a 40-minute introduction to each section. After that, participants may choose one or two of the three sections to pursue for the next three sessions.

“We’re looking at this as a way to build their artistic muscle,” Farfaglia said. He likened the program to New Year’s resolutions, a way to delve into something new.

“A lot of people say they want to try art, but they’re unsure of what genre to try,” he said. “We’re trying to get them to at least try it and see if they like it.”

Farfaglia said his writing assignments would include a short story based on a picture and memories of school and vacations.

Matott said her studio art sessions would include a mix of traditional and unconventional techniques. She said she would teach still-life drawing basics, but her students will also draw with their feet and their non-dominant hands.

There also will be a basic Photoshop demonstration.

“It’s a really great opportunity for people to dabble in different types of art,” Matott said. “This is a great opportunity for someone who’s interested in trying a whole bunch of things in a welcoming environment.”

The Art of Self-Expression will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 4, 8, 11 and 25 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton. There will be a February session as well. The class costs $40 per person.

“Gift bags” for the class series are available for sale at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton. You may also sign up at cnyartscenter.com or call 592-3373.

Showcase your work

The next CNY Open Mic Night will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the ARTs in the HeART Gallery. Artists of all genres are welcome to display their talents for the community.

“We hope that the people who take our classes will decide to share at that event,” Jim Farfaglia said of the event.

Jean M. Sweet, retired from ALLTEL

Jean M. Sweet, 86, of Fulton, died Monday Dec. 16, 2013.

She was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Fred and Louise LaPierre Sweet and resided in Fulton all her life.

Ms. Sweet retired in 1989 from ALLTEL New York, Inc. in Fulton as a directory supervisor where she worked for 39 years.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Sweet was predeceased by three brothers, George, Harry and Frederick Sweet.

There are no calling hours or funeral services.

Burial will be in Mount Adnah Cemetery, Fulton. Foster Funeral Home, Fulton has care of arrangements.

Valley Viewpoints

Who is fooling whom?

Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me. We all have heard this saying many times. Well the Oswego County Legislature has fooled the general public for two years now with the county budget.

In November at the full Legislation meeting the Legislators voted to save the tax payers over $200,000 dollars by cutting the YAP program out of the 2014 budget. Then in the same meeting they voted to buy the sheriffs’ department 12 new patrol cars at a cost of over $200,000 dollars. The money for the cars came out of one of the rainy day funds.

Now I’m not saying the cars weren’t needed, but they should have been in the 2013 budget because they knew the cars were going to be needed in 2013. (Fool me once) The sheriff’s department generates over $400,000 in revenues every yr. why didn’t they put 10 percent aside each year for the past five years so they wouldn’t have to rob Peter to pay Paul. In the 2013 budget I heard that there was money taken out of at least one of the rainy day funds in order to balance that budget (if you’re taking money out of your savings account to balance a budget you’re not really balancing the budget). At some point in time common sense should kick in.

The 2014 county budget was passed on Dec. 12. This was a budget that again had monies coming out of at least one rainy day account. Please don’t take money out of the savings account each year to make ends meet and tell me we are doing fine.(Fool me twice) The County Administrator should have either put in a tax rate increase or cut the budget enough so we wouldn’t have to take monies out of any rainy day accounts. Now the county Legislature doesn’t want to increase the taxes because they want everyone to think that everything is just fine. We are all big boys and girls and we can handle the truth. The fact is you (Legislators) may not like the outcome. Has common sense started to kick in yet?

Sometime in 2014 the decision on the reassessment of the nuclear plants will come to be fact. When it does we will have to pay back all the monies we have collected that we shouldn’t have. That money will come out of a rainy day account. This is what rainy day accounts are for. Common sense used.

Now the problem with taking money out of rainy day accounts now so there wouldn’t be any tax rate increase may not be felt for a while, but when it does come to be fact the legislature in office at that time will look like they didn’t do their jobs when in fact it was the past legislators that caused the problem. Wake up Oswego county tax payers

The taxpayers of the Cities of Fulton and Oswego know now just what will happen when you rob Peter to pay Paul for far too long. Get ready Oswego County your day will come if common sense doesn’t kick in real soon.

Legislators: 1. Start looking at the 2015 budget now. 2. Start putting 10 percent away now out of the sheriffs’ department revenue for new patrol cars in five yeras.  3. Start using the rainy day accounts for rainy days not for items that should have been in the budget to start with. 4. (Here is the big one) Start using common sense. 5.Fool me no more, please.

Frank Castiglia Jr.(County Legislator Elect)

Fulton

Fulton athletes receive academic honors

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized eight Fulton fall athletic teams through the Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program.

To receive this award, the team average must be 90 percent or higher during the season.

The 2013 fall teams and the individual athletes receiving the award are:

Boys’ Cross Country:  Jacob Belcher, Jacob Belcher, Keegen Condon, Jacob Cuyler, Jonathan Earl, Mike Holcomb, Bailey Lutz, Jimmy Martin, Geoffry Michaels, Nathan Shaw and Augusto Siega.

Girls’ Cross Country: Johnelle Dishaw, Victoria Eckhard, Jenna Hudson, Aneisia Kauffman, Cheyanne Laun, Marisa LiVoti and Amanda Rice.

Football: James Bailey, Seth Britton, Jon Cummins, Seth Delisle, Logan Diefenbacher, Emilio Garcia, Cody Green, Brian Hudson, Chris Jones, Matt Marshall, Nick Reitz and Liam Roberge.

Boys’ Golf: Nick Abbott, Nolan Johnson, Matthew Kitts, Nick McIntyre, Jacob Seymour, Daniel Shatrau, Nathaniel Shatrau and Jacob Strauss.

Boys’ Soccer: Robert Borrow, Logan Carvey, Ian Devendorf, Kristopher Grow, Jeremy Langdon, Jared Marden, Derek Prosser, Paul Reynosso, Garet Roik, David Tallents, Carson Vono, and Austin Wilde.

Girls’ Soccer: Callie Beckwith, Kara Bricker, Karli Bricker, Hailey Carroll, McKenna Chesbro, Amelia Coakley, Olivia coakley, Shawna Cooper, Jordan Coulon, Amanda Deavers, Meriah Dishaw, Sydney Gilmore, Sara Halstead, Hunter Hartranft, Maddie Lang and Madden Rowlee.

Girls’ Tennis: Savannah Bray, MaKenna Cealie, Sophia Giovannetti, Anna Guernsey, Angeline Kimbrell, Julia Ludington, Maureen McCann, Casey Shannon and Courtney Smith.

Girls’ Volleyball: Alexia Abelgore, Donna Aiken, Monica Falanga, Samie Miller, Tracie Murphy, Erica Pawlewicz, Taylor Smithers and Jordyn Stone.

The district would like to congratulate these athletes and their coaches; Joel Carroll (boys’ cross country), Gary LaGrou (girls’ cross country), Jeff Rothrock, Craig Halladay, Bob Galini (football), Dante Ascenzi (boys’ golf), Nate Murray (boys’ soccer), George Beckwith (girls’ soccer), Matt Goodnough (girls’ tennis) and Caroline Richardson (girls’ volleyball).

Fulton girls win 1, lose 2 in basketball

By Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls’ varsity basketball team went 1-2 in its first 3 games of the season.

On Dec. 3, Fulton fell to perennial power Jamesville-DeWitt 58-30, lost to Cortland 59-42 on Dec. 6 but then beat Fowler 55-40 on Dec. 10.

Perennial power J-D built an 11-point lead in the first quarter of its game with the Lady Raiser and added to its lead during the second quarter.

They outscored the Lady Raiders by 4 points to take a 23-8 lead into halftime. J-D put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring Fulton by 17 points to extend their lead to 32 points.

Fulton battled back and cut into Jamesville-DeWitt’s lead in the fourth quarter. But the lead Fulton faced proved to be insurmountable as J-D won.

Fulton was led by Nicole Hansen with 11 points, followed by Mallory Clark and Micheala Whiteman with 6 points each. Sydney Gilmore added 5 points and  Kwadaysha Coney chipped in 2 points.

In the Cortland game, after a competitive first quarter, Cortland had a 6-point lead and then expanded its lead during the second quarter, outscoring Fulton by 4 points to go into halftime with a 30-20 lead.

The third quarter proved to be the most competitive quarter of the game. Cortland outscored the Lady Raiders by only a point to extend its lead to 11 points. Cortland put the game out of reach during the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders by 6 points down the stretch to cap off a 59-42 win.

Leading the way for Fulton was Sydney Gilmore with 13 points. Nicole Hansen had 11 points. Courtney Parker scored 8 points, Micheala Whiteman scored 7 points and Jennah Lamb and Hunter Hartranft combined to score 3 points.

Fulton’s first win came when they jumped out to a 6-point lead against Fowler in the first quarter.

After a hard fought second quarter, Fulton was able to maintain its 6-point advantage while taking a 27-21 lead into halftime.

The Lady Raiders pulled away during the third quarter, outscoring Fowler by 9 points to expand its lead to 15 points. Despite a respectable effort during the fourth quarter, Fowler was unable to cut into the deficit they faced as Fulton rolled to a 55-40 win.

The Lady Raiders were led by Micheala Whiteman with 12 points, followed by Sydney Gilmore and Nicole Hansen with 10 points each, Courtney Parker scored 9 points and Jennah Lamb, Kate Myers and Kwadaysha Coney scored 4 points each.

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