In and Around Hannibal: May 11, 2013

Rita Hooper 


Wasn’t it nice to see the town a buzz with folks as they toured the community yard sales?  Twenty-seven sales had registered, but there were a number of procrastinators whose sales didn’t get listed plus a number who set up spontaneously.

Plan a head for next year – probably the first weekend in May – for the sixth annual community yard sale.

Thanks again and hats off to Carl and Barbara Salvagin for organizing this event. I’d be interested in hearing if any of my readers have other ideas/ways we can bring folks to town.

When we first came to down, we used to have Father’s Day at the Mill where steam engines were the draw.

But the mill was sold and that ended that event. But perhaps an outdoor quilt or art show might be worth considering. Just food for thought.

The library will be sponsoring an evening on the lawn I believe and then there will be the Concert in the Park in July 7. Fulton Community Band and Anybody’s Guess will be planning and one or two other groups. Those two events should help gather the greater Hannibal community together over the summer.

In the meantime, there should be enough to keep you all busy cleaning up after winter, and getting the gardens and lawns in shape.

Remember, spring is spruce up time. Hannibal is a good place to live — working together we can make it even better

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

The menu for this week is

Monday, May 13: Open-faced hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, vegetable blend, fruit

Wednesday, May 15: Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, vegetable blend, juice, pudding

Friday, May 17: Chicken parmesan over pasta, vegetable blend, cookie

There will be games Monday, bingo Wednesday, and the video “Reminiscing through the 40s” Friday. Give Rosemary a call now and make your reservation at 564- 5471.

The Jammers will not be meeting this Monday — never on the second Monday of the month.

Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the town hall, (Cayuga Street) there will be an Informational meeting to learn about the up coming school budget. If you have questions and cannot attend the meeting, please call 564-7900 ext. 5005.

David Gray, Hannibal Town assessor, will be available to review the tentative tax roll May 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on grievance day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please call for an appointment as that should delay any long waits.

May 18 is the Junior Prom – doesn’t seem possible the school year is almost over! But things are beginning to wind down at school and at the same time reving up with activities.

The school board election and budget vote is May 21 and in addition to the budget. There will be one proposition to establish a capital fund. The election of school board members will also be held at this time.  Four candidates, Janice Scott, Vern Cole, Donna Ingersol and Mireille Watts will be running for the three vacant positions.

In order to vote in school elections, you must be 18, a resident of the school district for at least 30 days and a citizen of the United States.  You do not need to be registered or a property owner. Proof of residency will be asked for.

The Hannibal Sports Banquet is May 22 at 6 p.m.

Music Boosters will meet May 23 in the high school library at 7:30 p.m.

School will be closed May 24 and 27 for Memorial Day!

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

The United Methodist Church of Hannibal Center/South Hannibal, located at 512 Co. Rte. 21, Hannibal, will be having a chicken barbecue Sunday, May 19 from noon until gone. Dinner will consist of chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, roll, dessert and a drink.  Chicken halves will also be available.


SUNY Oswego May graduates making links to future

May graduate Cydni Williams, a double major in graphic design and marketing, will take those degrees to Ann Arbor, Mich., as a full-time account manager for Google. Like many other Oswego graduates, she credits activities inside and outside the classroom for linking with future opportunities.
May graduate Cydni Williams, a double major in graphic design and marketing, will take those degrees to Ann Arbor, Mich., as a full-time account manager for Google. Like many other Oswego graduates, she credits activities inside and outside the classroom for linking with future opportunities.

Many members of SUNY Oswego’s Class of 2013, preparing for Commencement activities on Saturday, May 18, have spent the past few years linking to their future.

Cydni Williams, a double major in graphic design and marketing, will move to Ann Arbor, Mich., to become a full-time account manager for Google.

Her job will entail working with a large number of clients in small- and medium-size businesses to help them optimize their ad space and use of media.

She had two summer internships with Google that led to this position, and said her ability to solve problems with graphic design made her stand out during this work.

Williams advises students to dream big and “don’t be afraid that things may be out of your reach.”

Williams said being the assistant director of Oswego’s Student Association Programming Board her sophomore year gave her translatable organizational and people skills.

“Student organizations are a very diverse bunch, which sort of reflects the diversity of Google because it’s such a big company and it’s always evolving,” she explained.

Tyler Edic’s new job will keep him on the SUNY Oswego campus as associate director of communication for alumni and development.

He will put his broadcasting and mass communication degree to work creating video and multimedia content, while maintaining and expanding the operation’s social media and web presence.

“I learned so much in classes about video production and public speaking, through getting involved with the college TV station WTOP and the Lewis B. O’Donnell Media Summit, and interning at ‘Late Night with David Letterman,’” Edic said. He advises current and future students to “do as much as you can, as fast as you can. Find something that interests you.”

Bradley Frate’s long-term plans involve medical school, but first he will spend a year as an operating room surgical technician at Rochester General Hospital.

His experiences include two international research opportunities through Oswego’s Global Laboratory program: performing cancer research at Universidad de Iberoamerica medical school in Costa Rica and helping conduct an ecological survey of Brazil’s vast Pantanal region.

Frate also earned many awards and leadership roles among campus organizations.

“I have learned through the leadership positions that I have held and currently hold at SUNY Oswego that leadership is not a genetic gift or family legacy,” he said. “Becoming a leader is an intentional process of growth that must be lived out through life experiences.”

Communication and social interaction major Kyle Jones is starting his professional sales career working for SmartWatt Energy.

He credits the college’s student success center, the Compass, with making him more proactive in his job search, helping develop his resume and showing how to work a career fair — where he came away with four interested companies and two job offers.

“Inside the classroom, I credit the presentations I have done. I prepared for them like it was ‘game day’ and I always wanted to perform my best,” Jones said. “Outside of the classroom I credit snowboard instructing, which taught me how to believe in what I am saying. A successful salesman is confident, assertive and truly believes in the product they sell.”

Lindsay Martell’s combined MBA/bachelor’s in accounting will take her in front of a classroom this summer — teaching two courses in intermediate accounting at her alma mater — then to a job with KPMG in Syracuse as an audit associate this fall.

Martell said Oswego professors who do “a superior job” helped prepare her for the next steps. “Not only do they provide an enjoyable and valuable classroom experience, but they have gone above and beyond outside the classroom to prepare me for a successful educational and professional career,” she said.

For Kyle Powlina, graduating with a history major and museum studies minor, his future will involve bringing the past to life.

He landed a coveted summer internship at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., as a reference archivist, “mainly helping the public, people who come in researching their genealogy and other projects,” he said.

Next is graduate school, where he committed to the University of Maryland for a dual degree in history and library science.

“They stress internships, hands-on work, and that’s one of the things I like about it, as well as being so close to D.C. where there are so many opportunities,” Powlina said. Internships and classes during his Oswego years prepared him by providing many research and writing opportunities, he added.

Ebony Howard and Wendy Ruiz hope to translate their graduate education degrees into teaching in high-need schools in New York City after working and learning in city classrooms under the college’s Oswego Residency Initiative for Teacher Excellence program for the past year.

“Every child should have access to and be provided with a high-quality education regardless of their socioeconomic status or where they live,” said New York City native Howard, adding a need for high-quality, passionate teachers is a key part of the equation.

“Every day I have new stories and ideas that I share with my friends and family,” said Ruiz, who comes from Fulton and also earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oswego. “Although I grew up in a very different environment than most of the students I have encountered, I believe that I have a lot to offer for that reason. I want to teach them not only how to be successful in an academic setting but to show them how to become lifelong learners.”

For Oswego’s May Commencement, graduates of the School of Business and School of Education will participate in the morning ceremony, starting at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center arena.

The afternoon commencement, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will honor graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

More than 1,650 students, including over 1,400 undergraduates, are eligible to take part in the dual ceremonies.

A live webcast will stream from a link on the home page, with a live broadcast airing on Time Warner Cable Channel 96. 

Fulton 112 years ago

RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

It seemed like it was going to be a normal day for me on Monday.

I had my cereal dish and my juice glass out of the cupboard.  Then I proceeded to pour my Cheerios into my juice glass. I was ready to cover them with milk when I realized something wasn’t right.

I went back to bed.

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Fulton was a bustling place with several busy retail businesses in 1901.

Take a look:

Ladies’ suits, silk coats and a lot of handsome new wallpaper (yes, wallpaper) at McNamara Bros., 17 W. First Street, Fulton.

“Gentleman’s Spring Bonnets” at Harry A. Allen, “The Model Clothier.”

Household furniture was available at F.E. Bache, 38 First Street.

Spring overcoats, neckwear and novelties were among the items being sold at Rosenbloom’s.

It was “The Very Spirit of Goodness” at A. Z. Wolever Groceries.

“Insurance in All Its Branches” was claimed by the Streeter and Platt Agency.

F. W. Lasher was the store for books, stationery, wallpaper (more wallpaper), pictures, frames, cameras and photo supplies.

W. J. Sharpe advertised that he was selling “Spring Brook Ice from Spafford’s Pond.”

Miller and Bogardus was the “Reliable Family Grocer.”

George Johnston was selling his “large stock of hardware.”

There was a large selection of shoes for ladies, children and infants at J. C. O’Brien, corner of First and Oneida Streets.

Carpets, oil cloths, and linoleums (no wallpaper?), black dress goods, muslin underwear, hosiery, mackintoshes, corsets and “Much More” at M. Katz and Co., Lewis House Block.

If it was a good stove that you needed you could go to A. J. Snow’s Hardware Store.

Shoppers could find meats, groceries, vegetables, and teas and coffees at the Columbia Market, 208 Oneida St.

“All Kinds of Insurance, Except Life,” was sold by W. J. Lovejoy in the Fulton Savings Bank Building.

“The Best Cigars in Fulton” could be purchased at W. J. Watson’s New Modern Drug Store.

M. F. Crahan offered paper hanging (he could help you with all that wallpapering), plumbing and painting.

The formal opening of “The Toggery,” stocked with the finest in gents, youth and boys’ furnishings, was announced by B. J. O’Grady, Elaborateur* and Outfitters, at 15 South Second Street. (*It seems that Mr. O’Grady may have fancied up his title of “Elaborator” a bit to “Elaborateur”, which seems to be a self-styled version of the word.  What he was apparently trying to tell us is that he had worked very hard and with great care to present everything in his store the best possible way he could.

Moving from elaborate to simply delicious and mouthwatering: “Fresh strawberries will soon be on hand,” was the message from R. B. Carhart, Grocer, First Street.

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Memories of Pop

JerryHoganKasperek_Wby Jerry Hogan Kasperek

Wanna go to the feed store, Jeddy? My grandfather — Pop — would ask me when he was about to go on his Saturday morning ritual of errands and rounds.

Jeddy was my grandfather’s nickname for me (my proper name is Geraldine) and the feed store was the Checkerboard, or maybe the GLF, depending on what he was looking for.

Sometimes it was feed for his chickens; Pop raised them from hatchlings. They were so cute when he brought them home in a big, square cardboard box with holes in it.

I’m not sure where they came from, perhaps from a farmer, maybe from the feed store, who knows, I don’t.

He’d put them in a brooder to keep them warm while they were still babies. The chicks were white, fluffy, and noisy little things, peeping their tiny heads off, and I’d stick my finger through the holes to see if they would peck at me.

Never did it occur to me or even bother me that once they were grown, plump and pretty, they would become food for our dinner table!

My grandfather also raised vegetables. He and my Dad plowed the garden in the spring,

Now with a garden about to be planted, Pop needed seed as well as feed so we could be as well fed as his chickens, and it was off to the feed store with little Jeddy along for the ride.

I remember the smell of the hay, feed and seed; they have their own special aroma!

Back then a lot of basic farm supplies came in bulk form, in barrels and pails and little seed packets and clothe sacks.

Do you remember the cotton flour sacks with pretty designs printed on them? They had a dual purpose: these receptacles for flour, once emptied and washed, could be made into wearing apparel for us women folk, especially little girls like me.

I never had a dress made out of them, though. But I recall seeing a pile of them, all clean and folded at my Aunt Florrie’s house — I can just see her now, running her hands over them, feeling their good quality, and I know they were favorite material for “broomstick” skirts which were so popular among teenagers way back when.

What am I leading up to, anyway? Well, when I mentioned the GLF a few columns ago, I got an e-mail about from former Fultonian Dick Gillespie, who said the GLF was often known as the Co-Op, and that his John Gillespie who lived on the Whitaker Road “was it’s manager throughout the 30s and up to the mid 40s, when he was struck by a car by the Post Office. He was gone in a few days.”

“The GLF at that time was located just south of the Sealright by the South Second Street railroad tracks,” Dick said. “I believe it was sometime about 1950 they moved to the West Broadway location. It was basically a feed store and farm supply outlet and shared the local farmers market with the Checkerboard Feed Store west of the lower bridge.”

Dick sent me some information from the internet — thanks, Dick — which I decided to look up myself and discovered that a gentleman by the name of Charles E. Page wrote in 2003 an account about his personal experiences from his childhood and raised a few chickens by himself.

Feed, he said, back then, was a two or three pennies a pound.

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Fulton softball team loses four of last six games

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton varsity softball team lost four of its last six games.

Jamesville-DeWitt scored 16 runs in a two-inning stretch en route to an win over Fulton April 25.

In this game, the Lady Raiders were led by Maureen McCann, who had two hits. Keisha Pierce and MiKayla Guernsey both finished with a hit and an RBI while Cheyenne Laun added a hit for Fulton.

MiKayla Guernsey, Ashley Cummins and Kassidy Kearns all saw time on the mound for the Lady Raiders.

In less than an inning of play, Guernsey allowed eight runs on six hits. Cummins allowed eight runs (3 earned) on 11 hits in four innings of work. Kearns had two strikeouts while allowing two runs on two hits.

The Lady Raiders couldn’t overcome Christian Brothers Academy’s decent start as it came away with a 7-4 win over Fulton April 29.

Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was MiKayla Guernsey and her three hits and two RBIs. One of her hits was a home run.

Cheyenne Laun and Hannah Jones finished with two hits each while Pierce chipped in a hit and an RBI. Cummins added a hit for Fulton.

MiKayla Guernsey, Laun and Cummins all saw time on the mound for the Lady Raiders.

Fulton took out its frustrations on Homer April 30. Fulton scored 13 runs in three innings to cruise past Homer 20-8.

Pierce finished with four hits and eight RBIs, including two home runs. McCann had three hits and four RBIs. Kearns tallied three hits and two RBIs and MiKayla Guernsey chipped in three hits and an RBI.

Laun and Hannah Jones added two hits and an RBI each while Jenna Capria, Anna Guernsey and Cummins combined for four hits and three RBIs.

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Fantastic night at the theater

by Bob Weston, Fulton Lions Club

Emotional, inspirational and every other positive adjective you can think of describes the production of “Helen Keller” at the CNY Art Center at last Saturday’s performance, which was cosponsored and attended by Fulton Lions Club members and friends.

It was an excellent opportunity for those of us in attendance to reacquaint ourselves with the life of Helen Keller and the impact that she has had on all of our lives.

In 1925, at the Lions Club International Convention, Helen Keller spoke of her arduous journey and appealed to the Lions to reach out to those of us that are given the burden of the lack of sound and sight.

To this day, the Lions Club continues to advocate for sight and hearing.

The actors were absolutely amazing. We thank them for their hard work and dedication.

Little Sandy Creek

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Well, I know I’m back on track now. Sweet Thing and I returned from Seattle and it took a couple of days to get the time sorted out, but we are now getting to bed before midnight and rising before 9 a.m.

It has been pretty dry, so a couple days after our return I watered the back yard and picked up 150 night crawlers that evening. I knew it was supposed to rain later in the week, but I wasn’t taking any chances. It feels good to be ready when the time comes to fish.

I got out my lantern and filled it up, pumped it up, and fired it up. The mantles were in great shape and gave out a perfect glow.

I fitted my rods with bullhead rigs and waited a couple of days for cooler and hopefully wetter weather to get the bullheads in the mood.

Next weekend is the New York State Outdoor Writers’ Spring Safari and I will need a few worms for that as well.

I am going to take my grandson, Nathaniel with me to the gathering. He is excited about the prospect of going, because he will get a chance to go with me for turkeys one morning and fishing on the next.

I am not sure if we will be fishing for panfish or trout, but either one will suffice as long as the fish are willing. I am sure it will be fun for grampa, too.

Being in Seattle has slowed my turkey hunting down. I’ve only seen one hen so far, but I have a couple spots to check out, and maybe I’ll get lucky. I have done well some years at our spring safari, so it could be that it will pan out for Nathaniel and me next week.

No matter what, Nathaniel and I will have a great time hanging out with some of the best outdoor writers in the state.

The big steelheads have mostly gone back down to the lake to recover from their spawning run and start putting some weight back on.

Every once in a while in May a fisherman may catch one of the big trout that has lingered longer than usual in a stream, but they are few and far between.

I caught one several years ago from Little Sandy Creek when I was looking for a good brown trout. It was a spawned out female and she didn’t put up a fight worthy of her size.

I guessed her weight at about ten pounds. I am no fan of large steelhead for eating, so I released her and wished her well.

A few days later, there was a big rain storm, and I would expect she probably rode that freshet and made it back to the lake.

When I was a kid, Little Sandy Creek was not considered a trout stream by the state and that was why we could spear in it as I wrote in last week’s column.

The trout apparently never heard that Little Sandy was not a trout stream as there were plenty of them in residence in those days.

I never caught a rainbow over 20 inches or a brown trout over 22 inches out of that stream during the years I was growing up, but what it lacked in sizeable fish, it made up for in numbers.

I am pretty sure the biggest rainbows ran up out of the lake, because they sometimes had a lamprey scar on their side.

I also suspect that once those rainbows got over 20 inches they were killed in the lake by lamprey predation.

That was long before they started treating the streams to kill off the lamprey.

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Fulton partners with Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation

The City of Fulton has partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to soon begin a comprehensive restoration project of Lake Neatahwanta. The theme of their project is: “It’s a Great Lake!”
The City of Fulton has partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to soon begin a comprehensive restoration project of Lake Neatahwanta. The theme of their project is: “It’s a Great Lake!”

The City of Fulton has partnered with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation to begin a comprehensive restoration project of Lake Neatahwanta, according to Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward.

When completed, it will enhance the area’s tourism, economic development, and recreation opportunities for the community, he said.

“The theme of our project is ‘It’s a Great Lake!’ and we believe it can be fully restored to its former beauty with this project,” Woodward said.

“Once completed, members of the Fulton area will be proud to say that Lake Neatahwanta is part of their community and it will be an even greater draw for a multitude of activities.

“The goal is to make Lake Neatahwanta fully usable again for swimming, fishing, boating, and other events,” he added. “The restoration project will include a systematic hydraulic dredging schedule that will remove layers of sediment that have been accumulating over many years. A short time after we begin dredging, residents will see an immediate improvement in water clarity.

“The sediment that is removed from dredging will be pumped into cylindrical slotted plastic sleeves called Geotubes on the shore,” the mayor continued. “The clean water drains out of the tubes and runs back into the lake and the sediment compacts as it dries. The remaining solids are marketable as a fertilizer. Any returns from the sale of the dewatered sediment will go directly back into the revitalization project.

“All aspects of the project will have DEC approval and overview and it is tentatively scheduled to run from July to October this year and for several years in the future. Our first priority will be to restore beach areas and shore fronts so our community can enjoy these areas and treasure them.”

The Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation is accepting donations for project funding. There are donation levels for every budget, Woodward said, and donors will be acknowledged in a quarterly report that outlines the process, plans, and schedules to meet objectives.

In addition, a brochure was created that outlines the project and answers some frequently asked questions.

For this free brochure and further information on the project, interested persons may call Woodward at 592-7330 or Joseph Fiumara, executive director of Fulton Community Development at 593-7166.

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