In and Around Hannibal: May 4, 2013

Rita Hooper 


It never ceases to amaze me what people keep — things that probably have no monetary value but connect you with someone or something that you’re not ready to let go of and may never be.

A friend of mine was eager to show me an English textbook that had been his father’s. It was entitled “Columbus series Fourth Reading Book.” I’m investigating the publisher to see if the company still exists.

The book was published in 1901 and was used in the Oswego City School District. His father graduated in the ninth grade so the book had to be used either in the 9th grade or prior.

According to the “information for teacher” section, the selections were “hoped to give the pupil a taste for sound literature.”

“It is urged that the pupil be trained to form a clear mental picture of what is to be read before he attempts to give it oral interpretation. With a definite picture in his mind’s eye of what he wants his listener to see, he can hardly fail to ‘read with expression’.”

Something that most people who have to read in public, would do well to remember today!

The book includes pronunciation guides for vowels and consonants as well as a section on punctuation marks and when they are to be used.

There was a goodly amount of poetry in the book, including “Daffodils”:

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o’er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils,

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

There were lots of history stories – the Coliseum at Rome, The First Landing of Columbus in the New World, The Battle of Lexington.

There were Biblical stories and works of great writers like Longfellow, Hans Anderson and Lewis Carroll.

At the beginning of each piece, there was a pronunciation section for the words that would be used: adversary, arena, disconcerting, Coliseum, Caesar, gladiators, melee, etc.

At the end of the section there would be a language lesson.

It’s hard putting yourself back 100 years. My dad was a year old when this book was published so it could well have been a book he would have used in school.

I think tonight I will curl up with the section entitled “Sleep.” The vocabulary words are circumstances, individual, Napoleon, reorganized, temperament and urgently.

Afterwards I’m to write sentences using the words sleep, wonderful, helpful, health, food, repair, waste, sleep, dozing, unhealthful.

Can’t help wondering what age level this book was used for…any ideas?

As of press time, I have not had a response to the e-mail I sent to the company that I thought might have been the successor to the publisher. I’ll keep you posted!

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The Hannibal Community Yard Sale Day has finally arrived. It’s today!  A master list of all sales in Hannibal is available at the Hannibal Community Center (library), located across from the fire department. So what’s taking you so long? – get up and get going!

The Elderberries will be holding their sale at the Senior Center in the Library building.

The Hannibal United Methodist Church will have a nu-2-u bag sale all day. The church is on Route 3, one block west of the Village Square.

Granby Center United Methodist Church will have a nu-2-u sale and bake sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a lot more sales too that I’m not aware of, so please stop by the library and pick up your list!

Senior Meals will be meeting for lunch at the Senior Center (library) on Oswego St. at noon, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Monday, May 6 will be hot meatball subs will be on the menu, Wednesday is meatloaf day and Friday will be pork chops. Give Rosemary a call now and make your reservation at 564- 5471.  BINGO is played on Wednesday and Friday they will be viewing the video “Reminiscing through the 40’s.”

And there is always a puzzle to work on as well as cards and dominoes and a scrabble type game to take part in.

The Hannibal Methodist Church is holding prayer meetings at the home of Jack Lenhard on Pine View Lane at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings and at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Church Dining Room, Route 3, one block west of the Village Square.

By the way, the Methodist Church is serving lunch on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and all are invited.  Don’t eat alone if you don’t have to!

The Jammers will be starting up for the season Monday, May 6 at the American Legion, Rochester St. Hannibal. There will be a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m.; if you come late make sure to bring dessert! This is a great place and time to sit and enjoy the country/gospel music or to bring your guitar, banjo or whatever and play along. Newcomers are welcomed!

The village will have a lawn and leaf pick-up May 6. Lawn clippings must be in plastic bags and limbs and branches neatly stacked by the curbside. No trash please. This is all part of the National Arbor Day festivities.

The village is also doing some hydrant flushing between April 15 and May 30.

The Elderberries will be doing a carpooling trip to Seneca Falls Thursday, May 9. They will make stops at the Visitor’s Center and the Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, the Women’s Hall of Fame, Seneca Falls Historical Society, have a docent tour of a Victorian Home and stop at Sauder’s Mennonite Grocery Store on the way home.

Lunch will be on your own. Call Barbara or Carl Salvagin at 564-6410 for details and reservation

The Hannibal Boy Scouts are selling “Camp Cards” as a fund-raiser. Those seeking more information may call Mr. Prosser at 564-5630.

June 3, the Hannibal Historical Society will be honoring Louie Gilbert for his many years of dedication and involvement with the Hannibal community including the American Legion, Dollars for Scholars and Boy Scouts.

There will be a roast beef dinner proceeding the evening at the Hannibal Methodist Church. Call Louise Kellogg, 564-6690 or Dan Mahaney, 564-5658 to make your reservations.

Fulton tennis team loses to Homer 4-3

The Fulton boys tennis team lost to Homer 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.

In first singles, Mitchell Lalik of Fulton defeated Jack Stokoe of Homer 6-0, 6-1. In second singles, Javier Pajaron of Fulton defeated Brian Mitchell of Homer 6-4, 6-3.

In third singles, Drew Potter of Homer defeated Brad Crofoot of Fulton 0-6, 6-4, 1-0. Crofoot withdrew after split sets. In fourth singles, Sean Herman of Homer defeated Carlos Feliciano of Fulton 6-3, 6-2.

In first doubles, Tom Natale and Ian Heath of Homer defeated Jacob Strauss and Logan Carvey of Fulton 7-6, 6-3 and in second doubles, Joel Monaghan and Zach Perry of Fulton defeated Ben Tarasevich and Ben Shultis of Homer 6-2, 6-1. In third doubles, Dan LHommediu and Kyle Gibbons of Homer defeated Benjamin McKay and Thomas Distin of Fulton 6-3, 6-4.


Celebration of Community Music event dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston

The Fulton Music Association’s 16th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a  variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. The concert is dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston (pictured) and the winners of the 2013 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event.
The Fulton Music Association’s 16th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. The concert is dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston (pictured) and the winners of the 2013 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event.

The Fulton Music Association’s 16th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium.

The concert is dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston and the winners of the 2013 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event, said Steve Chirello, FMA president.

“Bob and Sandy are well-known as passionate supporters of music and the arts in Fulton,” Chirello said. “But that is only the tip of the iceberg. They enthusiastically support so many activities and organizations in our community.”

The concert will feature performances by the Cortini Brothers Jazz Experience, the Fulton Community Band under the direction of Carol Fox, and the Hamer Sing-Along group.

The community band will be performing “Burst of Flame March,” “Les Miserables,” “An American in Paris,” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

“All concert participants are generously donating their time to help raise funds for FMA,” Chirello said. “In addition to helping high school students receive FMA awards this spring, FMA members will continue to help sponsor Fulton’s summer concert series, and bring special performances by the U.S Army’s 10th Mountain Div. Band right here to Fulton.

Bob Weston said, “We have lived in Fulton since 1962 and we fell in love with the Fulton community. We’ve raised three daughters — Cindy, Kelly and Alison — and we now have three granddaughters (Jill, Nikki and Sami) a grandson (Kaden) and a great-grandson (Nathan).

“The driving force that keeps us involved is our commitment to making Fulton a better place for our family to live, work and play,” Sandy Weston said. “We appreciate the Fulton Music Association, the Fulton Community Band, and others who continue to provide our community with music that our community truly enjoys.”

The Westons frequently write letters to the editor of local media to express their support, and they will often be seen at most community activities.

Among these are 10th Mountain Div. Veterans Concert, Tunes in June, high school plays, concerts at Bullhead Point, Fulton Community Theater and CNY Arts presentations, Fulton Art Association and Friends of History events, plus fundraisers and events sponsored by our local, service organizations.

“Most importantly,” Bob Weston said, “we appreciate the hard work and dedication of all the participants. If they are working hard and devoting their time to organizing an event, the least we can do is support their efforts and enjoy being in the company of so many great people.”

Bob Weston served on the Fulton City Council for 16 years. He presently serves on the city’s Recreation Committee and with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation. He is past president and a member of the Fulton Lions Club and past president of the Fulton Booster Club.

Sandy Weston is the co-founder of an environmental organization formed to address water quality and hazardous waste issues within the city. She is past president of the Fulton Booster Club and served on the Fulton City Planning Commission for 11 years during which she was chairperson for five years.

She served on the New York State Superfund Management Board where she was appointed by both governors Cuomo and Pataki. She was nominated for State Senator Patty Richie’s Women of Distinction Award in 2011 and presently serves as a board member of the Open Doors Neighborhood Center (First United Church of Fulton) and as a member of the Children and Families team.

They received the Fulton Rotary Club’s Community Service Award in 2005. In addition, Bob Weston received the Fulton Police Benevolent Association Award in 2010 and Sandy Weston received it in 2011.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door.

Those seeking further information may call Carol Fox at 591-3392 or Chirello at 592-9778.

Village election

by Sandra Blanchard, Hannibal

I wrote a letter to the editor in The Valley News recently, asking to make our government accountable.

I was surprise to see that the 19th of June was the wrong date for village elections as I had called the village clerk to confirm the date. Some how there must have been a miscommunication.

The correct date for the village election is the June 18.

Mayor Fred Kent’s two-year term is up along with two-year terms of trustees Joseph Caruana and Wendell Blanchard.

The elections will be held at the Hannibal town hall again June 18.

Many of our elected seats are filled year after year unopposed. We need people that live within the Hannibal village willing to run for these seats and work to make Hannibal a better and safer place to life.

Don’t forget to vote June 18.

Talent sought for third annual Arts Fest

CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes during the third annual Arts Fest June 8 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older and a new separate category for bands.

Focused on discovering hidden talents, event co-chair Kiley Casper said, “We want to encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share your family-friendly talent, whatever it is. We know the region has many wonderful performing artists. Arts Fest is an annual celebration of all the arts and we hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocalists, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy.  This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Casper continues, “We’re especially excited to add a specific category for garage bands this year – groups just emerging or performing only part time for the joy of the music. We have had a good response from local bands and we want to encourage their participation by giving them a separate competition category that better suits their talents.

“We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer,” she added. “Being held at the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition all in one accessible location. We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with the best and brightest of Central New York.”

The talent competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with prizes awarded by 1:30 p.m. Performers may register online at or call 592-3373 for more information.

Carolee Ashby’s family to appeal to U.S. Attorney’s office

by Carol Thompson

The family of Carolee Sadie Ashby are hoping the U.S. Attorney’s office will give them an audience to hear their story and determine if criminal charges can be filed against the person who confessed to the hit-and-run death of the four-year-old.

Carolee’s mother, Marlene Ashby, along with family members, met with a private attorney Wednesday to learn their options.

It’s hard for the family to accept that there will be no repercussions for 63-year-old Douglas Parkhurst, who recently confessed to police to hitting Carolee on Halloween night in 1968 as she crossed South Second Street in Fulton with her sister Darlene.

The family learned that there could be an option for criminal charges through the U.S. Attorney’s office. Their lawyer discussed a possible loophole in the law, although the family said they were instructed not to speak about it.

The family is also having the laws of 1968 thoroughly researched. Police told the family that Parkhurst can only be charged with laws that were on the books at that time and that those that were are long past the statue of limitations. They are searching to determine if there were any laws in 1968 that could be applied today.

Parkhurst’s confession led police to the car that hit Carolee. It had been hidden behind a house in the Town of New Haven area, covered with brush.

At the time Carolee was hit, with no knowledge of the driver’s identity, the family paid for Carolee’s burial expenses, in part with a partial payment received from their own insurance company.

Because the case was open, the Ashby’s insurance would not pay in full.

With the case now closed, the Ashby’s may now be eligible to collect the money that the insurance company wouldn’t pay in 1968.

To read the rest of the article, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

Fulton Ultimate Frisbee season begins

sb10061547dh-001by Rob Tetro

Fulton’s Ultimate Frisbee season will begin May 12, according to organizer Rob Wimler.

For those who are not familiar with Ultimate Frisbee,Wimler described Ultimate Frisbee as a great sport that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

The game is a combination of football and soccer but without the contact associated with both sports. However, instead of using a football or a soccer ball, the game is played with a frisbee.

Ultimate Frisbee meets are played on fields that are organized similar to how a football field is organized.

One team has possession of the frisbee and has to pass it back and forth until someone is able to catch it in the endzone. But like football, if the frisbee is fumbled or intercepted, the team that forces the turnover will then have possession of the disc.

He pointed out that with spots on the field for deep receivers, cutters or players that stay back to handle the frisbee, there is a space on the field for everyone.

To read the rest of the article, pick up a copy of The Valley News. You can subscribe by calling 598-6397 or click on the link on our home page.

Broadcast industry entrepreneur to emcee Torchlight ceremony

A new and traditional media executive, entrepreneur and industry leader, and a pioneer in cable television and broadcast production services, 1977 SUNY Oswego graduate Louis A. Borrelli Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies at the college’s Commencement Eve Dinner and Torchlight Ceremony May 17.

The Oswego Alumni Association will welcome Borrelli and all graduates of SUNY Oswego to participate in what is one of the most deep-rooted Oswego traditions the night before Commencement.

More than 75 years ago, Lida S. Penfield, a 1907 graduate and professor at Oswego, for whom Penfield Library is named, wrote “The Message of the Torch.”

The Commencement Eve dinner will take place at 6:30 p.m. following a 5 p.m. cocktail reception in the Campus Center arena and convocation hall. The Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. on the Campus Center north lawn.

Borrelli is currently an investor, active board member and adviser to several early-stage media companies. He is chief marketing officer of NimbleTV, board chairman of live music streaming service and board member of smart advertising platform Piiku.

Borrelli was previously president and chief executive officer of NEP Broadcasting, senior vice president at America Online, and was a founding partner, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Marcus Cable Co. He began his cable career with UA-Columbia Cablevision.

Borrelli has served on several industry boards, including the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Cable Advertising Bureau, National Academy of Cable Programming, Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing and the Metro Cable Marketing Co-Op. He is a two-time CTAM TAMI award winner (1996 and 2000), received the Pinnacle Award from CTAM Texas in 2001 and was elected to the Cable Pioneers in 2002.

Borrelli is the founder and, with fellow alumnus Al Roker of the Oswego Class of 1976, sponsor of the annual Dr. Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit.

The dinner will feature remarks by Borrelli to graduating seniors and their families. Student emcees for the dinner will be Oluwaseyi Lamidi and Audrey Hinnant. The Class of 2013 Senior Legacy Gift will be presented by Jessica Paul. Outstanding senior awards will be presented.

Senior Tyler Edic will deliver a special message to students at the Torchlight Ceremony, and Leslie Look will be the student mistress of ceremonies. The Torchbearer will be Claire Budzinski, and the Class of 2013 Inner Circle representatives will be Sarah Bernier, Kelly Corwin and Monica Saroff.

The Torchlight Ceremony is free and open to all who wish to attend, and all alumni are invited to participate in the inner circle.

Reservations for Commencement Eve events are due by May 3. Those seeking to make a reservation to attend may call 312-2258, e-mail or sign up online at

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