In And Around Hannibal: March 9, 2013

by Rita Hooper  

Oh, I’m so looking forward to spring — with daylight savings this weekend — we are on our way…Easter won’t be far off!

And spring cleaning isn’t far behind, unless you have to get caught up with your fall cleaning first!

I can hardly wait for garage sale season to begin!  Isn’t it funny, the first things I collect to put in my church sale are the things I’ve bought at other garage sales?

A friend of mine and I have agreed that we have retired so we can spend our next 20 years sorting — be it papers which seem to multiply in the dark or “stuff” we’ve seemed to become the depository for from generations passed.

My aim is to empty the storage shed I rented when I sold my home almost two years ago. Oh how I wish my nearby son would buy a house so I can pass the “stuff” on to him!

It’s not anything valuable – mostly papers and books no one else wants. It amazes me what we can’t seem to part with!  Speaking of which…

Some of my readers will remember a lady of Hannibal by the name of Bea Howell Welling Scott. Bea was widowed early and ran the farm and raised her family alone. She also served as village and town clerk for many, many years and served in just about every capacity in the Community Church and organizations in town.

When I moved from Hannibal for five years, she took up the slack and wrote the Hannibal column.  When she died, her daughters passed on to me some of her materials that she had collected for use in the column.

Among which was a copy of The Fence Jumper. The copy I have is dated November 1930 – at the height of the depression.

Evidently, the Fence Jumper was a magazine published by the larger parish of Hannibal – participating churches were: Bethel M.E., Bowens Corner M.P., Dexterville M.E., Fair Haven United, Granby Center M.E., Hannibal Community, Hannibal Center M.E., Ira M.E., Martville M.E., Oswego Center M.E., Sterling Baptist, Sterling M.E., So. Hannibal Baptist, S.W. Oswego Baptist, S.W. Oswego M.E., So. Hannibal M.E. and Sterling Presbyterian.

That’s a trip down memory lane for some of my older readers and a testament to how society changes.

The Business Manager of the magazine is listed as Rev. F.W. McDermott. He was the first pastor of the Community Church which united the Baptist and Presbyterian Churches of Hannibal. Rev. C.E. Henry is listed as an associate editor from Hannibal.

The paper must have been underwritten by ads. Harry Hendricks of Crocketts advertised that he was willing to demonstrate a “phono’ or Radiola Radio. Oswego City Savings Bank was paying 4.5 percent on your monthly balance! There were ads for the Sodus Co-operative Creamery Co. seeking farmers who produced Dairyman’s League Grade B milk and Oswego Motor Co. was promoting the greatest Chevrolet in Chevrolet History!

Mrs. William Byrne was the Hannibal representative for the Sun Wall Paper and Paint Co. in Oswego. Marsh and Petrie sold furniture and drygoods in Hannibal and were also licensed undertakers and embalmers.

A number of the articles could be printed today as current – those of us in church circles will recognize current topics such as revitalizing/resurrecting churches and eating as a sacrament.

There was an article on the Rangoon Riots in Burma, present day Myanmar. In the 1930s, it was under British control and gained it’s freedom in 1946. Now I know why as a child Burma was always talked about in mission terms!

There was a most interesting article on what the church should be doing to help those out of work and their families.

“Now is the time for churchmen to tackle the problem of unemployment in their local communities and do their utmost to help meet the present crisis.  They will not be able to duplicate the action of the financiers, but they can do something…Such a crisis tests the reality of our version of the religion of the Christ we follow, the Christ who refused to be king, who scorned the ease and soft contentment, and whose earthly mission was aglow from beginning to end with burning concern for the poor and helpless. What would Jesus do about the jobless men and women in your town?”

If the Fence Jumper were printed today, it might still be talking about how to make the church relevant to today’s people, it might be speaking out on issues of the mid-east and the poor – will they always be with us?  What would Jesus do?

As every church newsletter is always looking for humorous filler, so they did then:

“Thanks very much,” said the Vicar, as little Tommy handed up his offering for the harvest festival: “I must call ‘round this afternoon and thank your mother for these eight beautiful apples.”

“P –please, sir,” stammered Tommy, “would you m-mind thanking her for t-welve apples?”

The camp counselor was explaining the rules of a new game.

“If the enemy calls your number from his side of the battlefield,” she said. “you must be a ‘dead man’ immediately.  Drop just where you are and lie still.”

Ten minutes later, came an agonized whisper from the youngest camper:

“Please may I move now? I’m a dead man, but I’m on an ant-hill!”

Must be time for the news.

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The Sons of the American Legion Post 1552 will hold their monthly breakfast buffet Sunday, March 10 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Post on Rochester St. in Hannibal.

The Enoch Thomas Cluster of the United Methodist Churches have begun their Lenten services.

All services are held at 5 p.m. with refreshments following. This Sunday, the service will be at Martville United Methodist Church, March 17 at Hannibal and the Palm Sunday, March 27 service will be at Bowen’s Corner featuring the annual Choir Festival.

The Senior Nutrition Program meets at the Senior Center, next to the library on Oswego Street Monday, Wednesday and Friday.   Lunch is served at noon but they are open by 10 for coffee, news and games. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation now at 564-5471. Monday’s menu is hot meat ball subs, Wednesday is meatloaf and au gratin potatoes and Friday is pork chops and stuffing.

Deanna Hubbard will be providing musical entertainment on Wednesday at 11 a.m. They will also be holding an Indoor Yard Sale and Doll Show at the Community Center, Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All proceeds go to Oswego County Meals on Wheels. Donations for the yard sale welcome, call Rosemary at 564-5471 or drop off at the library.

The Elderberries will meet this Tuesday at noon for a covered dish dinner in the Senior Wing of the Community Center (library.)  They will be celebrating St. Paddy’s Day so bring a “green” food if you can!  You are also asked to bring a hobby to share!

The Hannibal Instrumental Music Department will present a concert celebrating Music in Our Schools Month Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school Lockwood Auditorium. This concert will feature the seventh and eighth grade band, senior band and senior jazz band.  Admission is free. Please come and support local school music programs and the children in the Hannibal community.

Nominees for the library’s Woman of the Year are Jean Derby, Kim Sitzer Heins, Ann Mahaney, Brittany Pickel, Linda Remig, Shelly Stanton and Kelly Taylor.

The voting on the nominees will end Saturday, March 16. The award ceremony for the winner will take place Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Tri-County Singers will be performing the cantata “Upon this Rock,” under the direction of Terry Pawlenko, Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Methodist Church. Refreshments will be served following. The concert is free, open to the public and promises to be wonderful. See you there.

The next Hannibal Ecumenical Lenten Soup Supper will be March 19 at Our Lady of the Rosary Church across from the Hannibal High School. There is no charge for this dinner and all are invited to attend.

The Friends of the Library have another raffle basket at the library: Tea for Three, which includes cups and saucers, dessert plates, tea, cookies and more. Drawing will be held March 23 at the Hannibal Woman of the Year Tea.

The Sterling Valley Community Church will be hosting The Tri-County Singers Saturday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. They will be performing the Easter Cantata, “Upon this Rock” written by Pepper Choplin. Everyone is invited to a reception following the performance. There will be a free-will offering.

The Hannibal Historical Society will meet Monday, March 25 at the Hannibal Community Center at 7 p.m.  Lowell Newvine, historical society historian, and Debbie Davis, manager of the Hannibal Branch of Community Bank, will share the History of Banking in Hannibal. The Brewster Bank failure in 1901 and Hannibal’s current bank, which had its beginning in 1967, will be discussed. Refreshments will be served.

If you know that your organization is planning an event and you don’t see it in the Hannibal column, please e-mail me or give me a buzz (both e-mail and phone are posted at the top of this column.)

Fantasy dreams

by Doug Malone, Legislator

As one fifth of the county legislature’s Democrat caucus, I can say with certainty that I did not ask for County Clerk Mike Backus to hold an open house or luncheon. I think if Backus thinks members of the Democrat caucus called for him to hold anything, then he’s having more fantasy dreams than Dorothy.

In his most recent letter, Backus said the Democrats asked him to host an open house. In one of his previous letters it was the Democrats, the Republicans, and members of his staff. Next, it will probable be the cowardly lion, the tin man and the scarecrow.

Backus keeps inviting me to go see him at his office but he doesn’t say when he’s going to be there and I hear he’s not there much. I know he wasn’t in last Friday afternoon so maybe he can stop in to see me at my garage.

Successful cabaret

by Nancy Fox, Director

It is with delight I say a hearty thank you for the wonderful support CNY Arts Center received from businesses, organizations, members, and media coverage, for our first Cabaret “Songs of the Seasons.”

We greatly appreciate the businesses, organizations, and artists who donated gift certificates and works of art for their contribution.

The entertainers, Adam Schmidtmann, Amy Price, Carly Farfaglia, Noel Christine and Marlina Beebe, directed by Marguerite Beebe and accompanied by the incomparable Douglas McCall, presented a wonderful evening of music and poetry in a relaxed environment. Steve and Josh Beebe provided technical design, assistance and videography while CNY Arts Center volunteers pitched in to put on a lavish feast of desserts and decorations and play host to our guests.

With the response and support demonstrated at the cabaret, we are affirmed there is great passion for the arts in Fulton and in Central New York.

We are proud to be a part of the art community and committed to promoting all art organizations, and all arts for all ages.

I personally am grateful for the hard work and dedication of so many. Thank you everyone!


Fulton girls roll second straight sectional championship

The Fulton girls varsity bowling team recently won its second consecutive sectional championship. Members of the team include Haley Noel, Kate Ely, Kendra Tryniski, Kylie Clifford, Mikayla Guernsey, Danielle Rupert, Jasmin Denson and Megan Guernsey.
The Fulton girls varsity bowling team recently won its second consecutive sectional championship. Members of the team include Haley Noel, Kate Ely, Kendra Tryniski, Kylie Clifford, Mikayla Guernsey, Danielle Rupert, Jasmin Denson and Megan Guernsey.

by Rob Tetro

The Fulton girls varsity bowling team recently won its second consecutive sectional championship.

With history showing just how difficult it is to win a one sectional championship, repeating as sectional champions was one of the primary goals Coach Mike Tryniski and his team had coming into the season.

The Lady Raiders came into the season returning every bowler that was on last year’s team including, lone senior Kylie Clifford.

With the foundation of last year’s championship team remaining the same, Fulton naturally had high expectations coming into the season.

Despite the familiarity that they had with league opponents, they knew winning a league championship and putting themselves in a position to win another Sectional Championship wouldn’t be in the cards if they didn’t work hard to improve each week of the season.

With Clifford being the only senior on the team, Tryniski hopes that her experience in the program has prepared her to both learn and produce in a team setting.

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Household chores

RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

My mother used to tell me that there was a day of the week for every household chore.

I don’t remember my mother ever singing it to me, but while looking for information I found a song called “Monday’s Wash Day”:

“Today is Monday, Today is Monday,

Monday’s wash day. Everybody happy?

Well, I should say!

Today is Tuesday, Today is Tuesday.

Tuesday’s ironing day, Monday’s wash day.

Everybody happy?  Well, I should say!

That little ditty goes on to tell us that Wednesday is cleaning day, Thursday is for baking, Friday is for “fiii-sh,” on Saturday we shop, and Sunday is for church.

Everybody happy? Well, I should say!

This seems to be the original “Wash on Monday” routine:

Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday (I don’t know what happened to the fiii-sh), Bake on Saturday, Rest on Sunday.”

From Laura Ingalls Wilder of “Little House on the Prairie,” speaking of weekly chores while she was growing up: “For Ma and other pioneer women, each day had its own proper chores.

“Washing the family’s clothes was often done on Mondays, and took an entire day. Water was heated in a metal boiler; when it came to a boil, soap shavings were added and the clothes were dumped in.

“First the whites were washed, then the colored clothes, then the heavy work clothes. After the clothes boiled for ten minutes, they were removed, rubbed with homemade soap and scrubbed on a washboard.  After all the clothes had been washed the tub was filled with fresh water and the clothes rinsed.”

I do remember my mother’s wash day and I think it could have well been on Monday. Like the wash day that Laura Ingalls Wilder remembered, I’m sure it could have taken most of the day.

Mom sorted the clothes by colors or whites and put them in the old washing machine, which was like a big tub, added water and soap and let the machine’s “agitator” swish them around for a few minutes.

Then the load of clothes was rinsed in the large cellar sink, then put through the machine’s “wringer.” Now they were ready to be lugged up the cellar stairs and hung up to dry.  We had clothes lines that stretched from one side of the backyard to the other side. The clothes were fastened to the lines with wooden clothespins and left to dry.

When the laundry was hung on the clothes lines, it tended to come a little too close to the ground. But my clever grandfather had an answer for that.

Grandpa, with a saw and me in tow, went over to a nearby wooded area and found some just the right height saplings topped by forks to keep the clothes lines from dragging on the ground.

During the winter when the clothes couldn’t be hung outside they were hung on lines in our small, unfinished basement, or on the backs of chairs in the kitchen. After it was dried, the laundry was neatly folded, ready for ironing.

Back to Laura Ingalls Wilder: On Tuesday, “Ma would iron the finer clothes. First she would starch them with starch made by boiling grated potatoes. An iron was heated over a fire or stove. The item to be ironed was spread out, sprinkled with water and then the heated iron was used to iron it.”

I think maybe my mother spread her ironing chores around a little during the week. I can remember her “sprinkling” the clothes with water from a Pepsi bottle with a sprinkler top. Then she rolled them up and wrapped them with a towel, and ironed them when someone needed something.

Just about everything but the underwear needed to be ironed eventually in those days before “wash and wear.” (I remember my mother telling me that she knew women that even ironed the underwear).

Mend on Wednesday: “Pioneer women spent evenings and free time mending clothing. Ma mended everything from Pa’s shirts to the sheets on the bed.  Ma did all her sewing by hand until Pa bought her a sewing machine.”

I can’t remember my mother doing much mending. She crocheted and em- broidered, but I think my grandmother got to repair the holes in socks and the rips and tears.

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Tri-County Singers to perform at local churches

Pictured is a recent rehearsal at the West Baptist Church in Oswego, with Michelle Pawlenko directing.
Pictured is a recent rehearsal at the West Baptist Church in Oswego, with Michelle Pawlenko directing.

The Tri-County Singers will be presenting “Upon This Rock” by Pepper Choplin at various local churches during this Easter season.

This cantata is a touching presentation of the Easter experience through the eyes of Peter. The combination of narration and music tell a story of doubt, passion, failure, forgiveness and faith through the use of both new and traditional Easter melodies.

The Cantata is presented free of charge, although an offering will be taken to defray costs of music and supplies.

The group is led by director Michelle Pawlenko, with her mother Terry Pawlenko assisting and accompanying on the piano.

Soloists this season include Dave Eamer, Michelle Canfield, Mike Pawlenko and Lonny Drake.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Methodist Church; Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at West Baptist Church in Oswego; Saturday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Sterling Valley Community Church; and Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Red Creek Westbury UMC.

The entire performance is just under an hour in length. The Tri-County Singers is a variable collection of over two dozen Christian musicians from Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne counties.

Barbershop group to perform at library

The Phoenix Public Library will present Roger Wells and members of the Barbershop Harmony Society Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m.

Wells will give a short presentation on the art of singing in barbershop harmony followed by a 15-minute performance by the quartet. Wells will be available for questions after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

The library will hold a presentation by Toni McEniry from ARISE Thursday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Century Club Room.

ARISE has received funding from Central New York Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure to promote education and awareness on breast cancer.

The presentation by McEniry focuses on self-breast examinations, clinical examinations and mammograms. The goal is to reach underserved women and uninsured women, a population that is growing as the economic recession continues.

This program from ARISE is to insure that more women receive preventive screening and follow-up breast health care, when needed, by providing one on one support to overcome barriers.

Those seeking more information may call McEniry at 671-2991.

These programs are free and open to the public. Those seeking more information may call the library at 695-4355.

Trophy hunting

Leon Archer
Leon Archer

by Leon Archer

Recently, I was invited to go on an African safari, and I had tentatively agreed to go, because it is one of those things on my bucket list, but after much thought and soul searching, I decided not to go.

My cost would have been very reasonable and even after factoring in the other things I had in the hopper, I still could have swung it (and Sweet Thing even said it was okay with her), but it was when I asked myself what I wanted to get out of the safari that I began back-peddling.

I love to travel and I’ve never been to Africa, but that’s not the purpose of a safari. Unless one is on a camera safari, the major object of the adventure is to shoot one or more animals whose heads would eventually grace the hunter’s walls.

I knew that any animals I might shoot would become welcome protein for hungry natives. But while the meat might not go to waste, Sweet Thing has never wanted animal heads hanging in our living room, so what would I do with their heads? The fact is I’m not much of what people think of as a trophy hunter anyway.

When I was in my teens, I used to keep the tails off grouse and pheasants. I kept the little spikes from the first deer I shot. I kept all kinds of souvenirs or trophies from the animals I shot or trapped, and I cured and mounted fish heads and tanned a few hides.

So I understand the allure of collecting trophies, but over the years, my own urge to shoot the biggest and the best and then display parts of them has greatly diminished. That’s why I could not persuade myself that I would be comfortable shooting animals I could not use, much less enjoy doing it.

Humans have been keeping trophies from their hunts ever since they began killing animals and eating meat. Trophies have served as visual testaments to the skills of the hunter as long as there have been hunters.

Pictures drawn on cave walls with charcoal by cave dwellers might be more of the same. After all, hunters today probably take more photos of the animals they have shot than they do of their family.

Trophy hunting is the poster child for the anti-hunters. They have vilified hunters who pass up animal after animal, waiting for that special one. Somehow they see that as worse than just shooting the first animal that comes by.

They imply that the trophy is shot merely for its horns or whatever, not recognizing that for the hunter the outstanding rack or whatever is merely the icing on the cake.

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