In And Around Hannibal

Rita Hooper 706-3564

I recently stopped by Scott’s Building Supply in response to inquiries and a number of  rumors that are circulating around town.

Hannibal’s nosy columnist wanted the ‘scoop.’ Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Al was busy with a customer and I joined Ron in the office where he was going over papers and ‘stuff.’  I got right to the point and yes, the business and property are for sale.

He would like to sell it all but is considering all possibilities and options.  He has loved every minute he has worked in the store and he doesn’t like the idea of retirement.  But times they are a changing.’  Big box stores have no doubt cut into his business and in recent years there has been a cut back in the traffic from Fair Haven summer home owners.

There are fewer contractors in the Hannibal area than in the past and they have less work.

I listened as Ron reminisced … and then to went his Dad’s (Ray Scott) book On Earth the First Time and More, for much of the information in this column.

His dad, Ray, had bought the beginning business from Rennie Bradt in May 1933.  Ray had worked for Mr. Bradt, who owned the local feed, seed and fertilizer business, after school and during vacations.

When he graduated high school, Ray went on to one year of teacher training and then taught for two years.  He then went back to Oswego Normal School for three more years to graduate as an industrial arts teacher.

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Scrabblefest to offer lively competition

Get out your dictionary, search the Internet for little-known words and practice your spelling.

It’s time for one of the hottest games in town, the seventh annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County.

To be held Sept. 20 at Elks Lodge No. 271, at 132 W. Fifth St., Oswego, the event promises to be an entertaining evening as participants partake in friendly competition, Literacy Volunteers Program Coordinator, Meg Henderson explains.

“Teams of four will compete against each other in four 20-minute rounds. At the end, team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes; there will also be a silent auction, and for some added fun we will be awarding prizes for best team spirit, as well as for the most pledges brought in by a team or individual,” Henderson said.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with games beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Entry fee includes light refreshments.

Community members looking to join the fun but not compete are welcome.  A spectator fee includes light refreshments.

A cash bar will be available.

Henderson added that while the field of teams is filling up there are a few team spots still available.

“Last year 34 teams joined us for the fun and we are anticipating even more teams this year.  We invite community members to enter a team or just stop down to be part of the excitement of Scrabble Fest. It’s a great way to support your community and LVOC while enjoying a fun night out with family and friends,” added Henderson.

For more information or to register a team, contact Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County at 342-8839 or visit

Valley Viewpoints

An apology and thank you

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, I attended the Fulton City School Board Meeting, in which I spoke in the second public forum session. The topic of discussion was a recent board policy that resulted in two of our administrators to be reassigned.

Near the end of my time I made comments and assertions directed at the board Vice President, Dan Pawlewicz. The comments made referenced to what I believed was Mr. Pawlewicz’s voting record on a personnel issue a few years back.

The next day it was suggested to me that I check facts on his voting record, I did, and I found out that my assertions were not correct. In fact, his voting record on that issue were completely the opposite of what I said it was.

I would like to publicly apologize to Mr. Pawlewicz and to his family members who were in attendance, for misrepresenting his voting record.

I have since had the chance to meet with Mr. Pawlewicz to personally apologize, and he could not have been more civil and gracious. I wish to thank him for that, I sincerely appreciate it.

It’s quite possible that I will speak on some other issue at a FCSD meeting in the future. When that day comes I will check my facts before I speak, not after.

William S. Cahill III


Family is not a flaw in school policy issue

On Tuesday evening I attended a public forum session of the Fulton Board of Education.

The main concern discussed was the “mandatory” changing of principals in our district. Two school buildings in our city, Volney and Lanigan, were effectively, efficiently, and tenderly cared for by their principals.

The individual schools were knit together cohesively under the leadership of these men. Both Mr. Briggs and Mr. Hendrickson are diligent workers, dedicated educators, faithful husbands, loving fathers, and beloved principals … excellent leaders for communities of growing and learning children preparing for life.

There was no ugliness, no danger, no problem to be solved. The fact that two wives were working under their husbands’ leadership was a beautiful example of the way a district SHOULD work. … individuals and families striving together to accomplish the highest possible goals.

If these same two principals had been unfaithful to their wives and families, and had married teachers in OTHER school buildings, there would have been no outcry, no building changes made. How clear it is that WISDOM did not drive this policy.

The FAMILY is God’s idea. … a PERFECT idea. It is a STRENGTH in our personal lives, AND in our city.

The institution of the family should never be considered a weakness to be avoided, or a problem to be solved. Any policy adopted to hinder the proper working of the family in society is a flawed policy, a policy that can and should be changed. To adopt a policy because other districts are doing so, is a sign of weakness.

How quickly we will lose our freedoms, our values, and our goals by following instead of leading. To lead a district in the way of absolute wisdom is the only way to TRULY lead. Let wisdom be our bottom line in every decision made.

A Reminder To The Fulton Board of Education:

According to law, YOU are the elected leaders of this school district. ALL employees are under YOUR direction. YOU have the privilege of studying the unchanging precepts of life, learning the desired direction of the community, and establishing valid and beneficial policies.

It is an awesome task. Lead well.

Darle S. DeLorme

Budding authors debut work at Fulton Municipal Building

Fulton Memoirs Writing Project

Participants of Jim Farfaglia’s memoir writing workshop will present “The Stories from Our Past that Inspire Our Future” at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St.

Refreshments will be available.

For more information, visit or call the Fulton Public Library at 592-5159.

By Ashley M. Casey

Local author Jim Farfaglia teamed up with the Fulton Public Library to get the people of Fulton to share their stories of living in the city through the Fulton Memoirs Writing Project.

More than 40 locals participated, and will read excerpts from their work aloud at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Made possible by a grant from the state Council on the Arts, Farfaglia led a series of writing workshops to draw memories out of his participants for the project, called “The Stories from Our Past that Inspire Our Future.” The memoirs will be collected for a book, the profits of which will benefit the library.

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Jerry’s Journal

Traveling back: From out of the past came a note from a friend of mine I knew from our bowling league on Wednesday night at Lakeview Lanes.

“If you ever travel back to the east side,” she wrote, “my husband’s mother owned and operated a tea room on Cayuga Street. I think it was called The Cayuga. It was located opposite the original Morrill Press owned by my husband’s uncle and grandfather. You know it today as Cortini’s Shoes.”
– Deanne Cuyler Morrill

“P.S.: Terry teaches at Le Moyne College (chemistry) and I am still bowling!”

I just loved hearing from Deanne. She has lived in Bayberry for several years, and I thank her for writing me. I looked up the Morrill Press in the 1950 city directory and found in that block of Cayuga Street, from South Second to South Third, there was – just to name a few – Lambrino Dry Cleaners; Perkins Florists; Mel’s Taxi; the Syracuse Herald Journal; the VFW; Rose Schnur, beautician; Samuel Cocopoti, trucker, and Dr. John Rogers.

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I realized that it might be difficult to find a suitable topic for a column this week after stumbling on to an adventure with a visiting rooster last week.

That’s the way life seems to be. It slows down to a walk, everything seems to be under control, nothing particularly exciting is happening, when all of a sudden a rooster appears in the driveway.

Until the day that our soon-to-be friend, Brewster the Rooster, strutted into our lives my experience with roosters had been quite limited.

But there was “Sore-Toes.”

When I was 12 or 13, my mother thought I was responsible enough to take my younger brother and sister downtown on the bus. Her opinion might have changed when we came home carrying a couple of baby chicks in a little box. That practice became a regular Easter vacation thing.

One year, one of the chicks was growing up to be a rooster when it got a foot caught in a trap door leading to our basement and lost a couple of toes. Now you know why we called him “Sore-Toes.” We found him a more appropriate home after that.

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Barbecue fundraiser nets $2,700 for Lake Neatahwanta cleanup

By Tracy Kinne

The Lake Neatahwanta Revitalization Committee raised about $2,700 at a chicken barbecue fundraiser Sept. 7 at Bullhead Point, said Mayor Ronald L. Woodward Sr.

Crystal English, owner of Shannons Hotdogs by Crystal, donated her proceeds from the day to the committee.

Also, core samples taken from the bottom of the lake were analyzed and revealed no substances that would require special disposal, Woodward said.

Woodward, who is a member of the revitalization committee, spoke prior to a special city council meeting Tuesday.

The samples all were “type A,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with them,” Woodward said. “We don’t have worry about how we get rid of it.”

The committee plans to dredge the lake bottom to get rid of sediment, he said.

“Can we take the signs down?” asked Dan Knopp, a committee member, referring to no-swimming signs posted around the lake.

The signs refer to blue-green algae, which can be toxic, so they will have to stay up, Woodward said.

But the goal is clean the lake enough that the algae disappears.

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