4 SUNY Oswego alums named to Athletic Hall of Fame

Four former standout athletes at SUNY Oswego recently joined the ranks of 78 other accomplished individuals who have been voted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

The college officially inducted baseball player Bob Brutsch of the class of 1971, swimmer Anne Sarkissian DeRue ‘04, wrestler Brian V. McGann ‘70, and lacrosse and soccer player Kathryn “Kat” Stead ‘04 during a ceremony Nov. 2 in Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus.

“This year’s honorees represent some of the best athletes in Oswego State’s long athletic history,” said event organizer Laura Pavlus, interim director of alumni and parent relations. “We are honored to recognize them today.”

Athletic Director Sue Viscomi congratulated the inductees, and provided a historical perspective on Oswego’s athletics facilities as well as updates on renovations or new developments since the former athletes competed on campus. She paid special note to the renovations made to the swimming pool, soccer game field and plans for a new artificial turf field by next fall.

“Times have really changed for the better for our athletes,” Viscomi said.

Brutsch of Crested Butte, Colo., who was unable to attend the ceremony, was a four-year member of the college’s baseball team from 1968-71.

A catcher for three seasons, he earned first-team All-SUNYAC recognition in 1970 when he wrapped up the season batting more than .300 and was named the squad’s Most Valuable Player.

He followed that up by moving from behind the plate onto the mound, where the senior captain posted an overall earned run average of 1.54, recording a 0.75 ERA in SUNYAC play.

Brutsch finished the season 5-0 to become one of only eight Laker pitchers to finish a campaign undefeated.

After leaving Oswego, he continued to succeed, and is a qualifying and lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table, an international association of successful life insurance and financial services professionals, and a member of the Oswego City Softball Hall of Fame.

Sarkissian DeRue of Oswego enters the Hall of Fame as a 12-time All-American in swimming, arguably the most decorated athlete in school history.

Her best season came in 2002-03 as a junior when she was an All-American in six events at the NCAA Championships, including a runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly, helping the Lakers place 16th.

The three-time NCAA qualifier was a four-time conference champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly, earning SUNYAC Outstanding Female Swimmer honors in 2002 and 2004.

Sarkissian DeRue also received the 2004 SUNYAC Grace Mowatt Award, and was an inaugural recipient of the SUNYAC Award of Valor. She owns the oldest SUNYAC Championship Meet and overall conference swimming records in the 100 butterfly to go along with her school records in the 100 and 200 butterfly.

She serves as an assistant coach of the college’s swimming and diving team and is a math teacher in the Fulton City School District.

McGann of Cutler Bay, Fla., served as a four-year co-captain on the wrestling team from 1965-69. McGann earned NCAA College Division All-America honors in 1969 at 130 pounds following a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

He was crowned SUNYAC champion in 1966 at 123 pounds and in 1969 at 130 pounds, while finishing second in 1968.

During his freshman season, McGann was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Eastern Championships hosted by Army after winning the title at 115 pounds against competitors across all NCAA divisions. He also posted an undefeated record of 22-0 as a freshman and sophomore.

McGann continued to be involved with education after graduation, as he became a technology education teacher and was named the 2004 Miami-Dade County Technology Education Teacher of the Year.

Stead of Clifton Park graduated as the school’s premier scorer in women’s lacrosse and among the top five scorers in women’s soccer.

Stead holds every career offensive record in women’s lacrosse, having scored 304 points on 221 goals and 83 assists.

In addition to owning the single-season goals record of 66 set as a freshman, she set three of the top-five single-season scoring marks in college history.

Stead was a three-time first-team All-SUNYAC selection, a two-time first-team Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association All-New York Region honoree, an honorable mention All-SUNYAC pick in 2002, a second-team New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association honoree in 2003 and a two-time captain.

In soccer, Stead ended her career second all-time in assists (22), fifth in points (68) and sixth in goals (23).

She was a three-time first-team All-SUNYAC selection, a two-time first-team NYSWCAA honoree, an honorable mention NSCAA All-Northeast Region pick in 2000, a second-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region honoree in 2001, a first-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection in 2002 and a two-time captain.

“These individuals’ athletic achievements and contributions to Oswego State Athletics and their communities are truly remarkable, and we are honored to welcome them into our Athletic Hall of Fame,” said emcee Jeff Rea ‘71, writer and editor in Oswego’s Office of Public Affairs.

The Alumni Association established the Hall of Fame in 2001 to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to Oswego State athletics. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those persons who have brought honor, distinction and excellence to Oswego State in athletics.

A Sportsman’s World, by Leon Archer

When I was a kid, I was a Boy Scout, and I had many adventures as a result of my association with that wonderful organization.

We had a great scout master, Lyle Rexford Huyck, but we all called him Rex. He had been a drill instructor in the Navy and he transferred a lot of his knowledge and abilities into his role as our leader.

He was a no-nonsense sort of guy when it came to scouting, but he tempered that with a good sense of humor. Thanks to him, I could hardly wait for the meeting to roll around each week to see what we were going to be doing.

When I turned 14, I became an Explorer Scout, and scouting got kicked up a notch. We went on a number of trips, and we attended jamborees. We went to the east coast several times. We went to Boston and did a tour of the historical sites there including touring the USS Constitution. We took a side trip to Lexington and Concord.

But the thing I liked best each year when we went to the coast was we would go out on a party boat to do some deep sea fishing. We caught a heap of fish that none of us had ever caught before. It was fantastic.

In addition, most of us Explorers took our hunter safety training together and got our junior licenses. Often several of us would get together with an adult to go hunting.

It all seemed to be a natural outgrowth of our scouting experience. Many times some of us would hunt with Rex and his son, Dale, who was also an Explorer, but hunting opportunities abounded in those days, and there was always an adult that was willing to get us out.

Once we turned 16, we often hunted together in groups of two up to as many as six at a time.

Thanks to Rex and Dale, I had the chance to hunt deer out of an honest-to-God deer hunting camp located on a farm near Deposit, in Delaware County.  Rex’s in-laws owned the farm, and there was a small cabin that had been built near the woods in the back lot. For three years, Rex and several of the Explorers transformed the cabin into a deer camp.

I was 16 the first year I hunted there, and it was where I shot my first deer. In my mind, I can see that deer as clearly today as I did the morning I shot it, but what I remember most is the camp.

The cabin was small, roughly 16 feet by 20 feet, and there was nothing fancy about it –  no insulation, no running water and no electricity. It had a metal covered roof that kept out the rain, and the sides, though uninsulated and unpainted, were sealed well enough that the wind never found its way in.

There were three small windows, and there was an even smaller window in the door. It was possible to look in every direction for any deer that might come wandering by while we were enjoying the relative comfort of the inside of the cabin.

There were six bunk beds along two walls. I always seemed to end up with an upper bunk, but I didn’t mind. There was a wooden table and four wooden chairs; if we had a full complement of six in camp, there were a couple of folding chairs under one of the bunks.

We had an old kitchen wood stove that we cooked on and it doubled as our source of heat when the weather was cold. It was often also the reason for sweaty bodies when the weather was warm. The stove was part of the reason for the cabin being a hunting camp, not just some quaint little getaway in the woods. It was the odors that tagged the camp for what it was and they remain indelibly etched in my memory.

Here’s what I remember.

Once the deer camp was up and running, the first thing that hit you as you came through the door was the overarching smell of wood smoke (when you came home from deer camp you usually smelled for all the world like a ham).

It didn’t matter what time of day or night it was, there would also be the lingering smell of bacon that had been cooked each morning before the eggs were slipped into the hot fat. Coffee that had been boiled on the stove added to the aromatic patina of the camp. Those were the good things.

As the days went by, sweaty long underwear, which doubled as pajamas and was seldom changed, began to radiate cosmic rays as well as a strangely sweetish addition to the atmosphere of the camp.

Boots drying behind the stove and wet socks draped over the end of bunks in hopes they would dry before time to go hunting in the morning each did their part in creating an odor that is hard to forget.

Once those things were flavoring the air the hunters were breathing, a few other items could be added.

Most years someone would bring a brick of limburger cheese, which if eaten up quickly only added a momentary spike in the toxicity of the camp vapors, but the wrapper with the scrapings from the rind often ended up in the paper trash bag in the corner, and for days hunters would comment how the smell of that cheese had lingered on.

If a deer was shot early in the season, liver and onions frying in a cast iron pan on the stove would add another layer.

The variety, quality and volume of the food and drink being consumed often led to intestinal problems, which were often relieved in the evening, producing gasps, groans, shouts and inane chuckling as one more gaseous substance was added to the already burdened air.

Fortunately this addition quickly dissipated, unfortunately it could be pretty much counted on to be reintroduced each ensuing evening. You have to remember, we were just boys.

By the end of just the first week, a deer camp would have usually taken on enough olfactory markers that any deer hunter with deer camp experience could identify them blindfolded just standing outside the door.

I will say, leaving camp for my stand in the morning, I hardly noticed any odor in the building, but upon returning later in the day after hunting in the fresh air, I became acutely aware of what would  eventually find a forever place in my memory.

I wouldn’t want you to think that was the only thing that impressed me; I have other memories of deer camp as well, but I will come back for them another day.

Youth deer hunt successful

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens said New York’s second annual Youth Deer Hunt, held Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 12-14, was enjoyed by thousands of junior hunters, many of whom were successful in taking their first deer.

“The youth deer hunt is an important step in preserving our hunting heritage and provides junior hunters a unique opportunity to spend focused time with an experienced adult mentor as they learn the ropes of firearms deer hunting,” Martens said.

“With plenty of advance notice and good weather, more junior hunters were able to participate this year.  There was a lot of enthusiasm among families with eligible junior hunters, and we’ve been hearing stories from happy hunters.”

During the youth deer hunt, junior hunters ages 14 and 15 with a big game hunting license are eligible to take one deer of either sex with a firearm when properly accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult.

About 18,000 junior hunters were eligible to participate in the 2013 youth deer hunt, and, to date, junior hunters have reported taking nearly 700 deer. The DEC anticipates the final harvest estimate for the youth deer hunt will be higher after all reports are in and the harvest is calculated.

Last year, during the inaugural youth deer hunt, about 60 percent of eligible junior hunters participated and DEC calculated that they took more than 1,400 deer.  A report on the 2012 youth deer hunt is available at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/youthdeer2012.pdf.

Hodgepodge, by Roy Hodge

My friend and colleague in the newspaper business, Dick Forbes, called with some distressing news on Sunday.

Vince Caravan, another Fulton newspaperman, who Dick and I had both had an extended connection with, had died.

Although competitors for many years, Vince and I were also longtime friends. I first met Vince when the two of us were “roaming the sidelines” at Fulton High School football games in the early ‘60s.

For many years it was a Monday afternoon ritual for the two of us, along with Carl Johnson of the Oswego Palladium-Times, to meet regularly with Fulton High School Coach Don Distin at Myers’ Restaurant over on West Broadway to get the scoop on local high school sports. Vince and I walked those above-mentioned sidelines together while writing our stories at many football games.

Through the years, although we were the editors of our newspapers, Vince and I met up with each other, often several times a week, with notebooks and cameras in tow to cover whatever was going to make the news in Fulton.

The following is from an article that I wrote in The Fulton Patriot in 2010 when Vince retired:

“Vince and I worked for competing newspapers for many years. We saw each other frequently and developed a friendship.  We were both members of the Oswego County Press Club and Rotary Club.

“Vince has always been one of the most likeable and best known residents of Fulton. It seems that everyone knows Vince. I guess that the existence of one-for-every-day Vince Caravan Lunch Bunches attests to that.

“Vince and I have written about the same people and places for many years.  Since 1991, when The Fulton Patriot merged with The Valley News to become Fulton Newspapers, we worked in the same building and have seen each other just about every day.”

I belonged to one of those “Lunch Bunch” groups before I retired, and there was never any doubt that we all showed up because of Vince.

Vince and I had both completed more than 50 years of service to our newspapers. He became the managing editor of The Valley News in 1959 and its owner in 1972.

Vince was civic-minded, having served as chairman of the board of the Greater Fulton Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Fulton Board of Education. He was a member of the American Legion and the Fulton VFW.

Vince enjoyed telling his readers about the accomplishments of others, but he didn’t spend a lot of time talking or writing about himself. I didn’t know until I read it in his obituary that he was the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for wounds received in Italy during World War II.

Vince Caravan will be sorely missed by his community.

Numbering with the Romans

I don’t remember why, but one day last week I was back in elementary school struggling with Roman numerals.  After a little mind prodding I have remembered a couple of things.

I can count to 10 – I-II-III-IIII or IV – V-VI-VII-VIII-IX-X.  Showing off a little more, I will tell you that L is 50, C is 100, D is 500 and M is 1,000.

And furthermore, this year is MMXIII.  I was born in MCMXXXVIII.  So I am LXXV.

“Who needs to know about Roman numerals,” you ask.  Well, Roman numerals are used by sporting events like the Olympic Games and the Super Bowl.

Roman numerals are also used for Queens, Kings and Popes. They are sometimes used for years. For instance, as I said a couple of paragraphs ago, 2013 is MMXIII. And, Roman numerals are usually used to denote the numbers of our World Wars.

Roman numerals are often seen at the end of the names of people who have the same first, middle and last names as their paternal grandfathers.

You also see Roman numerals on clocks.

So, what is 5:45 in Roman numerals?  I’m not sure that I have ever figured that one out. Well, maybe I have. If your clock has Roman numerals, when the small hand is past V and almost to VI and the long hand is over IX, it is 5:45 (V:XLV). I think.

Why, on many clocks, is IIII used instead of IV?  There are several explanations offered. IIII may be used because that was the tradition established by the earliest surviving clocks.

Perhaps IV was avoided because IV represented the Roman god Jupiter, whose Latin name begins with IV. Louis XIV, king of France, who preferred IIII over IV, ordered his clock makers to produce clocks with IIII and not IV, and it has remained that way.

Okay, enough of the XX-ing, CC-ing and MM-ing. It is XII noon, I have been sitting at this typewriter for almost III hours and I am getting hungry.

Words of wisdom, Peanuts style

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, “Where have I gone wrong?”  Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”  — Charlie Brown

All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.   — Lucy Van Pelt

Yesterday I was a dog, today I am a dog, tomorrow I will be a dog.  Sigh!  There’s so little hope for advancement.   — Snoopy

Big sisters are the crabgrass in the lawn of life.”   –  Linus Van Pelt

I think I’ve discovered the secret of life – you just hang around until you get used to it.    – Sally Brown

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, “Why me?” Then a voice answers, “Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.” — Charlie Brown

Dear IRS, please remove me from your mailing list.  — Snoopy

(I don’t have anything clever or cute to say.   — Roy)

Have a good week.

                                           . . . Roy Hodge

Peewee Hockey wins 1, loses 1

The Step One Creative Peewee Independent Hockey Team, of the Oswego Minor Hockey Association, opened its season this past weekend against the Valley Red and Syracuse Blazers Minor Teams.

The Bucs defeated Valley Red 5-1 at Crisafulli Rink in Oswego, and then lost the following day 6-2 against the Blazers at the Cicero Twin Rinks.

In the game against Valley Red, the Oswego team jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period, with Derek Morgia getting the scoring started at the 6:18 mark, off a pass from Monica Cahill. The Bucs added another just minutes later when Ryan Mosher found the net off a feed from Nick Burnett.

After Valley’s Shemar Thomas made it 2-1 in the second period, Morgia added his second goal of the day at 4:17 of the period. Spencer Stepien made it 4-1 Oswego later in the second, scoring past the Valley goalie on a rebound off an initial shot from Cahill.

The Bucs would add a goal later in the third period, when Dylan Reitz delivered a blue line marker past the opposing net minder to close out the scoring 5-1.

Step One Creative goalie Tyler Wallace captured the win in net, while registering 8 saves.

“The team did a lot of great things in this season opening win,” said Oswego Head Coach Dave Morgia. “They really came out and played some strong hockey, and were awarded with a win as a result of their effort on both ends of the ice.”

In the second game of the weekend, the Bucs took on the Syracuse Blazers Minor team in Cicero and fell 6-2.

Derek Morgia and Tyler Eckert picked up the goals for the Step One Creative Peewees, and Christian Talamo added an assist.

Oswego goalie Tyler Wallace had 17 saves in the loss.

The Blazers scored on 3 of their 6 power play opportunities in the game, and pulled away in the final period to capture the win against the Bucs.

Despite the loss, Coach Morgia was pleased with the team’s overall effort.

“Our coaching staff took away a lot of positives from this game,” Morgia said. “Yes, the penalties hurt us, but our team is really coming together after only a few practices, and these initial first two games.”

“The players will continue to learn and make adjustments going forward,” he added.

The Step One Creative Peewee coaching staff includes: Head Coach Dave Morgia, and Assistants Bill Cahill, Bob Graham, and Rob Raby.

Hannibal Country Christmas Nov. 23 and 24

Plans are underway for the celebration of the 10th Annual Country Christmas in the town of Hannibal Nov. 23 and 24.

This event kicks off the holiday season and showcases local merchants’ seasonal offerings.

Town merchants and organizations will be greeting guests, running specials and offering holiday treats. Each merchant also will offer a door prize.

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual Christmas Tree Festival at the Community Center, 162 Oswego St.. Visitors can bid on decorated trees and wreaths from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 24.

The theme is “The Polar Express”.  Trees and wreaths decorated with theme decorations will be eligible to win “The People’s Choice” Award.” And be sure to look out for the featured Pet Tree.

Call Linda Remig at 564-6643 for information or pick up an entry form at the library.

Beginning at 4 p.m. Nov. 24, the Hannibal Historical Society hosts The Village Christmas Tree Lighting Festival in the Village Square.

Festivities begin with Santa’s arrival, followed at 4:15 p.m. with a performance by students from Kami’s Kix Dance Studio. Community organizations involving students have been invited to set up tables where children can make crafts or families can make purchases.

At 4:45, the Port Byron Brass will begin playing songs of the season. Door prize drawings will take place, followed by the children’s parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Village Square.

Each child who attends this event will receive a gift from Santa, and be given an ornament to hang on the Village Christmas tree.

The Country Christmas merchants and organizations look forward to seeing everyone, and are excited to kick off this 2013 holiday season.

In And Around Hannibal, by Rita Hooper

In 1898, the Hannibal Village School was chartered by the New York State Regents.

The smallest graduating class for the school district occurred in 1903, when Blanche Hall Darling was the sole graduate. In 1904, a sizeable annex was added to the school to accommodate the increased enrollment. In 1906, the Hannibal Village School became a senior high school. For the previous seven years, it had been referred to as a union school, and before that a common school.

In 1908, academic agriculture was introduced into the high school curriculum by Principal Stephen Roy Lockwood, making Hannibal one of the very early pioneers in the state in this field. Actually, Hannibal was the second school in New York state to establish a high school department of agriculture., the first being Belleville in 1901. Vocational agriculture courses were organized in 1911.

The agricultural curriculum was continued for many years, giving Hannibal High School the distinction of having the oldest continuous agricultural program in the state of New York and one of oldest in the United States.

However with the decline of farming after World War II, interest in the agricultural curriculum started to decrease. Roger Reniff was the last agricultural teacher when the program was eliminated in 1969.

Academic homemaking courses were introduced in 1911. The following year, vocational homemaking courses were organized and the Home Economics Department was created. A room on the first floor in the south end of the school was equipped to teach homemaking courses to 10 students at a time. The first homemaking teaching was Blaine Welling.

Interest in the new program was intense among the high school girls with everyone participating except two that year. This necessitated splitting them up into three divisions. Each group had one recitation period and two practical laboratory periods weekly. Equipment was short  in the beginning, but with candy and food sales, sufficient funds were raised to obtain more utensils.

In 1913, the Home Economics Department moved to the upper floor of a new two-story wooden vocational training building, which had been recently constructed behind the high school. The first floor was reserved for the agricultural program. In later years, the structure was sold, moved to Fulton Street and converted into a private residence. It was finally torn down during the 1980s.

In 1913, teacher training courses were organized at the Hannibal High School.  Classes were taught in the room recently vacated by the Home Economics Department. This one-year program furnished many able teachers to the rural schools of the Town of Hannibal and the surrounding area. Teacher training classes were eliminated in 1933.

Before there were school buses or many automobiles, many rural students had to either drive a horse to school or stay in the village during the week in order to acquire a high school education. For students who drove a horse and buggy, parents had to provide an extra horse for the purpose.

In addition, arrangements had to be made to stable the horse in a barn of shed in the village during school hours. This could cause considerable sacrifice on the part of the parents.

A popular alternative to this was ‘basket boarding.’ Under this arrangement, students brought food from home and stayed with someone in the village during the week for a fee. Among those who took boarders in the early 1900s were Ethel Phillips Gault, Emma Wilson, Mina Brackett, Mrs. Green, Melzar and Edna Van Auken and Robbie Metcalf.

Basket boarding was practiced not only by high school students from rural areas but also by those who attended teacher training classes in Hannibal.  Basket boarding disappeared after the teacher training classes were eliminated and cars became more numerous.

To be continued…


The Southwest Oswego United Methodist Church will have a roast beef dinner at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, with takeouts available. The menu is roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, squash, cole slaw, roll, beverage and homemade pie for dessert.

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

Monday:  Homemade macaroni & cheese, scalloped tomatoes, vegetable blend, ice cream

Wednesday:  Meatball sub, Italian blend vegetables, tossed salad, cookie

Friday:   Turkey sloppy Joe, rice pilaf, vegetable blend, fruit cocktail

Activities:  Monday –  games; Wednesday — music with Deanna, bingo after lunch; Friday –  jewelry-making

News from the Elderberries:

Elderberry Thanksgiving dinner will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Community Center.  If you haven’t signed up to bring something, give Gloria Simmons a call to find out what’s missing,

There will be a sign-up list and money for the Christmas dinner will be collected.

There will be no meeting Nov. 26.

Future meetings will be at noon until spring.

The Christmas gathering will be at noon Dec. 10 at the American Legion. Catered by Brenda Fletcher.

The Friends of the Hannibal Library have two upcoming events of interest.  A wreath making workshop will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 16 at Beckwiths Tree Farm, Mill Street, Hannibal. Take home an evergreen wreath. All supplies are included, ribbon for bows extra. Signup at the library by calling 564-5471 or Linda at 564-6643. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

The annual Thanksgiving Raffle Basket is at the library full of great stuff for your holiday. It has a gift card from the Village Market, gift certificate from Travis Floral, turkey platter, tablecloths and more. Drawing is Nov. 24.

Plans are underway for the celebration of the 10th Annual Country Christmas in the town of Hannibal Nov. 23 and 24.  This event kicks off the holiday season and showcases local merchants’ seasonal offerings.

The Friends of the Library will hold their annual Christmas Tree Festival Nov. 23 and 24 at the Community Center, 162 Oswego St.. Visitors can bid on decorated trees and wreaths.

Oswego County Hospice will be celebrating Hospicetality at several area restaurants. Having been a recipient of Hospice when my husband was ill, I urge your support. Canale’s Nov. 12, Ruby Tuesday’s (Oswego) Nov. 14. Canale’s and Ruby Tuesday require a coupon which is good for lunch and dinner. Arena’s Eis House, Mexico, for dinner only on Nov. 19.

Shirts ‘N Skirts, Square Dance Club, meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday  at the Fulton Municipal Building, South First Street. Admission is $5.

All ages are welcome, under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 591-0093 or email information@shirtsandskirts.org

The Hannibal Village Board meets the second Monday of the month.  11-11

The Hannibal Town Board meets the third Wednesday of the month.  11-20

Remember this column is about and for the people of Hannibal and the surrounding area.  If you have an event that you would like the public to know about, send me an e-mail or give me a quick call.

Rita Hooper 706-3564


Pink remote starter covers sold to promote breast cancer awareness

Even though National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, Dynamic Automotive & Home Accessories is continuing its program to raise awareness of breast cancer by selling pink remote starter covers.

The company, located at 143 George St., Oswego, has partnered with Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program Partnership to help raise awareness of breast cancer and support the program’s efforts to reduce breast cancer in Oswego County.

Carolyn Handville, coordinator of the Cancer Services Program, said all prcoeeds from Dynamic Automotive & Home Accessories’ sales of the pink remote starter cover now through the end of the year will benefit the Cancer Services Program.

“I’m grateful that Dynamic Automotive and Home Accessories chose to support our efforts,” said Handville. “It’s encouraging to see business and community members recognizing the work that we do.

“Statistics show that 1 in every 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” Handville said. “We are determined to reduce that number in Oswego County by increasing the awareness of breast cancer and the importance of receiving regular breast exams.”

Adminstered by OCO, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County provides free cancer screenings including clinical breast exams, mammograms, pap/pelvic exams and colorectal cancer screenings to community members who are both uninsured and between 40 and 64 years of age.

For more information on the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County contact Carolyn Handville at 592-0830 or visit OCO’s website at www.oco.org.

OCO, Inc is a private, nonprofit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966. A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.  For more information, visit www.oco.org.

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