In and Around Hannibal: March 23, 2013

by Rita Hooper

Do you remember the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you loose it?

A good number of my Hannibal friends can relate to that expression regarding water. It is nice that now a large part of Hannibal has clean, drinkable water. That’s not the case in a large part of the world.

I’ve been doing some research on water in connection with a mission fair that my church is doing. What we take for granted – a lot of people don’t, and never have had.

Here are some statistics that might give you pause to stop and think. Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home each day while millions in the world subsist on less than 5 gallons a day.

One out of 8 people worldwide lack access to clean water. Also, 3.3 million folks die from water-related health problems each year. Washing hands with soap can reduce diarrheal disease by 45 percent. As we wash our hands after using the bathroom, a large part of the world is lucky to have water to wash their hands once a day while those lucky enough to have water may well not have the money for or ability to make soap.

Did you know that in a pinch many people use wood ashes in place of soap?

When you don’t have water for drinking, you might only wash your clothes once a year.

It’s not surprising that much of the world does not have a public system with pipes running to each home, but an increasing number of villages have public wells – water may be pumped from the ground or surface using hand or foot pumps that are provided by relief agencies.

Some villages have large cisterns where water is dumped. In either case, the water must be carted to the home. Most of that work being done by women, girls and very young boys. Much of the water is carried in five-gallon gerry cans strapped to the back of a women. A woman might make as many as five trips a day for water and may carry more than one gerry can at a time; a full gerry can weighs 50 pounds.

After making a couple of trips for water a day (women in developing countries trek an average of 3.7 miles per trip,) not much time is left for her other chores that she needs to do, such as growing crops in the fields, gathering feed grasses for the animals, drying and grinding grain, cleaning the abode and watching the children, to say nothing of feeding the family.

Maybe the next time we hear someone referring to people as lazy, we might step back and look at more than the surface. Even in this country, keeping clean is not easy…soap is not a food and therefore is not considered essential.

In this country, there are areas of water scarcity and more areas are experiencing water shortages with each passing year. Also, 150 billion gallons of water is lost annually to swimming pool evaporation and in one state alone, 3,000 gallons of water is used keeping the golfing greens green per golf game (say that three times fast!)

The good news is that there are things that can be done. One company has developed a packet that when added to dirty water will make it drinkable in 30 minutes. It kills bacteria; dirt, heavy metals and parasites clump together and can then be filtered out.

A great and cheap discovery for many whose only water is gathered by the cupful from rain puddles and dried up rivers shared by bathers and animals. Companies are working at conserving water in their processing and working with farmers to grow crops with less water.

Some folks even in Hannibal have gone back to collecting rainwater in barrels from their roofs.

Desalination of salt water, once only talked about, is happening.  Roughly 97 percent of our world’s water is salty.

In Kenya, water is being sterilized in plastic bottles placed on a piece of metal and placed in the full sun for 6 hours where the UVA rays will kill bacteria, parasites and viruses.

And speaking of UVA rays, here’s a neat thing I just read about.  In a water reservoir in Los Angeles, it was found that the carcinogen bromate, was being formed by bromide and chlorine when the sun was shining. They now have 3 million little black balls floating on the top of the reservoir to shield it from the sun. What won’t they think of next?

Water sure is interesting and there is so much we can do to make sure what we have will go further. I remember the old saying, “wash down as far as possible, up as far as possible and then wash possible.”

Think how much water we put down the drain with daily showers – then think of all the lotions we buy to put the oils back in our skin.

Save that dish water in the summer for watering the gardens.  Support one of the many organizations such as the Global Water Initiative, Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, Church World Service and the UN that are working to provide clean water.

Change your shower head and turn the water off while brushing your teeth. As a camper, we brushed our teeth with a Dixie cup of water and dried ourselves with a facecloth. It does make a difference when you tote your own water as to how much you use!

Hope I’ve got you thinking – gotta go I think I hear the toilet running – is that faucet still dripping?

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The Ecumenical Key Council will hold its annual bake sale today, March 23 at the Hannibal IGA from 9 a.m. to noon. Money earned from the bake sales is used to support The Hannibal Resource Center and The Christmas Bureau.

The winner of Hannibal library’s fifth annual Woman of the Year is Ann Mahaney. Please join in the celebration in her honor today, March 23rd in the Community Room at the library from 2 to 3 p.m.

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 today, March 23 during the Hannibal Woman of the Year event.

Hannibal Sports Boosters and the Hannibal varsity baseball team will be serving a spaghetti dinner at the American Legion on today, March 23 from noon until 4 p.m. Joe Ukleya is the chef!  Take-outs available. Raffles available.

The Sterling Valley Community Church will be hosting The Tri-County Singers today, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. They will be performing the Easter Cantata, “Upon this Rock” written by Pepper Choplin.  Everyone is invite

The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary’s annual Breakfast Buffet with the Easter Bunny will be tomorrow, March 24 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Firehouse on Oswego Street. Come and have your picture taken with The Easter Bunny — it’s free and he’ll be there from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

God’s Vision Christian Church Palm Sunday service is at 10 a.m. at the church on Route 3 in the village.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church will be serving a chicken and biscuit dinner tomorrow, March 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located across from Hannibal High School. The Enoch Thomas Cluster of the United Methodist Churches will be sharing in its Lenten Palm Sunday service at 5 p.m. at Bowen’s Corners.

The Senior Nutrition Program meets at the Senior Center, next to the library Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Lunch is served at noon but they are open by 10 a.m. for coffee, news and games. Give Rosemary a call and make your reservation now at 564-5471.

Monday’s menu is sweet and tangy pork, baked potato, vegetable, ice cream and Wednesday’s menu will be homemade macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable blend, and pears. The center will be closed March 29 for Good Friday.

The Hannibal Historical Society will meet Monday, March 25 at the Hannibal Community Center at 7 p.m.

The Hannibal Methodist Church is serving a free lunch (donations for this ministry accepted though) on Thursdays at 11:30.  Don’t eat alone, come on down and join the fun and fellowship.

God’s Vision Christian Church will hold Easter service at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.

Dollars for Scholars will be serving a pulled pork dinner, April 7 from noon until gone at American Legion.


Sold! Fulton adds home to tax rolls

78364216by Nicole Reitz

Fulton resident, engineer and architect Kristen Collins submitted a proposal for the sale of a city-owned property located at 188 S. Second St.

Her bid of $6,000 was accepted and awarded by the Fulton Common Council Tuesday night.

According to Mayor Ron Woodward, the property had a lot of interest, but Collins was the first to bid.

Collins is looking to renovate her investment and plans to use the upstairs as a rental property and the downstairs as her personal office.

Being that the property is on a well traveled street, the council is looking forward to Collins modifications, which will add curb appeal to the neighborhood.

“This will be another beautiful building in the middle of town,” said Second Ward Councilor Dan Knopp.

The Collins family has been in the area for quite some time, and previously renovated a home in the second ward.

Knopp said that he was pleased that Kristen and her husband LeRoy decided to invest in the City of Fulton.

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According to the minutes of a recent Fulton Planning Board, Daryl Loguidice, owner of Able Smith Tent, came before the board requesting the approval to open a party rental office and showroom at 609 S. Fourth St.

The Fourth Street property is an empty three-bedroom home on less than two acres.

Able Smith Tent’s main business is located in Cicero. The Fulton site would be used as a pick-up/drop off site for smaller party items.

The smaller items, such as blow-up play houses and popcorn machines, would be rented out for various occasions.

Able Smith Tents does business in Oswego County, but since the main business is located in Onondaga County, Onondaga benefits from the tax revenue.

Loguidice stated that he would like to bring some of that revenue to Oswego County.

Traffic would be limited to the building Monday through Friday, as most people pick up and drop off the items they rented on Saturday and Sundays.

Loguidice plans to clean up the property, add green space, and blacktop the parking area. He also plans to paint the outside of the building, grey and red, to keep with the company’s colors.

He will hire two full-time employees, one to plan events and the other to store, clean and load small rentals.

Loguidice plans on opening before Memorial Day.

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Minetto Elementary School students present ‘Cinderella’

Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pictured are Fairy Godmother (Taylor LaDue) and Cinderella (Julia May).
Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pictured are Fairy Godmother (Taylor LaDue) and Cinderella (Julia May).

“Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” provided a magical moment as the Minetto Elementary School students recently presented this year’s musical “Cinderella” on stage at the Oswego High School Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Once again, elementary age students enjoyed the opportunity to participate in live musical theatre as the combined fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade chorus members presented a memorable production.

Directed by music teacher Debora Bartholomew, with music by Dr. Juan LaManna and Heather Sweeting, the students presented the two-hour performance before friends and family.

Julie May was “Cinderella” and took the audience on a magical ride. The huge cast filled the stage for ensemble numbers various times throughout the 20 scenes.

Among the cast were Jordan Hare (Jaq), Maggie McSweeney (Lizzie), Alyssa Adner (Tiny Tina), Kelly Lizotte (Gus), Hayleigh Hough (Lucifer), Alyssa Lapetino (Bruno),  Allison Choate (Druzilla), Tia Bevacqua (Anastasia), Tessa Smith  (Stepmother), Diente Parker (King), Keegan Thompson (Grand Duke), Carson Colucci (Messenger),  Taylor Ladue (Fairy Godmother), Cody Vincent (Pumpkin), Mikayla Hardesty (Coachman), Savanna DeLong (Footman), and Dylan Cohen and Cody Vincent (Ball Announcers).

Also, Matthew Caraccioli (Prince), Kyle Roland, Zeida Olson and Morgan Samson (Coach Horses) and narrators Maria Foti, Maddison Dashnau, Allison Griffin, Aidan Thompson, Olivia Bivens, Abby Brancato and Morgan Samson.

Producing a stage version of “Cinderella” would not be possible without birds, mice and numerous guests at the ball.

Holding the roles of the birds were Maddie Jones and Cody Vincent. The mice and guests included Julian Allan, Hailey Babcock, Olivia Bivens, Hannah Blackburn, Abby Brancato, Lucas Capstraw, Mason Cass, Jennifer Ciarla, Ezra Clemons, Carson Colucci, Kaitlyn Czerow, Maddison Dashnau, Savanna DeLong, Maria Foti, Allison Griffin, Angie Guarerra, Anna Guarerra, Mikayla Hardesty, and Brayden Hardter.

Also, Ben Hough, Sarah Jones, Adam Lofthouse, Morgan Mace, Tyler May, Zeida Olson, Seth Perrin, Jennifer Pittman, Lillian Reese, Kyle Roland, Morgan Samson, Natalyia Smith, Melanie Solanno, Ashley St. John, Aidan Thompson, Maya Upcraft, Kylie Wallace, Shelby Wallace and Brianna Waldron.

Behind the scenes the coach design and construction was completed by Steve Braun and the OHS Tech Crew while art teacher Crystal Mason did the coach painting and art students were also involved in the props.

Costumes were completed by Joanne Choate, Cindi Hermann, Crystal Mason and Debbie Bartholomew.

Make up, hair, dressers and crowd control were provided through the services of Brenda Getman, Linda Doud, Crystal Mason, Linda Stummer, Pam Caraccioli, Kris Adner, Barb Czerow, Dinah Olson, Michele May, Kim LeRoy, Sharon and Hannah Griffin, Heidi Samson, and Amy Jones among others.

Also contributing to the smooth flow of the production were stage manager Angella Bandla and deck manager Deanna Santiago along with T.J. Bandla and the entire OHS Theatre crew.

Neighbors from long ago

RoyHodge_WEBby Roy Hodge

I sometimes think I have a good idea for a column and start writing. Some of those times I am typing away and suddenly think, “Wait a minute, this sounds very familiar.”

The reason for that thinking, of course, is that I came up with the same idea and wrote basically the same column a few years ago.

That happened recently when I started thinking of some of the folks who lived on Wiman Ave. during the more than 50 years our family lived on the street. All of those neighbors and many others “always” lived on our street, at least as long as I can remember up to when my mother left her home in the late 90’s.

It seems like everyone knew everyone else who lived there.  My neighbors from long ago must have made an impression on me. Many decades after I lived there I can remember most of them very clearly.

This is what I wrote when I got thinking about Wiman Ave. A couple of years ago; the notes in parentheses are my recent thoughts:

There was an interesting mix of neighbors on our street. I remember a little bit about a lot of those people.

Mr. Howe had to be the oldest man. I remember him sauntering by our house with both hands clasped behind his back. My father said that Mr. Howe was a master carpenter, and I think I remember him saying that he built his house on our street. (I remember him building some very solid steps at my grandparents’ back door when he was in his 80’s.)

Mr. Lucas was in charge of the escalator, the first one in Syracuse, at the W. T. Grant’s Store in the city’s downtown.  His son, Jack, as our next door neighbor, was my nemesis. Maybe it would be clearer to say that he was five years older than I was, and picked on me constantly.

Mr. Lindsay, our next door neighbor, never tired talking about his Scotch heritage, and Mrs. Lindsay told fortunes by reading tea leaves. The Lindsay’s grandson, Tucker, who at one time lived down the street from us, and later on with his grandparents, was my best friend. (Mr. Lindsay, next door, was a mason by trade.)

We thought that Miss Wilson and Mr. Burke were the crabbiest people on our street, but maybe they had their reasons. Miss Wilson lived next door to the Fero family and Mr. Burke lived one house away from our home.  (Those were the two locations on Wiman that there was almost always something going on in the street in front of the houses).

Mr. Haynes was a captain in the Syracuse Fire Department. Mr. Jutton was also a fireman. Mr. Fero was an agent at the railroad station. Many men on our street worked at factories.

Mr. Carroll worked at the Suburban Park amusement park as a ride operator. I helped his wife, Betty, find worms to sell to fishermen for bait. I’m not sure that his wife, Betty, worked but she was always busy doing something. For a couple of years I went to bed early during fishing season and got up a couple of hours later to go out in the neighborhood’s grassy yards to “pick” earthworms which she sold to bait shops.

I can also remember making wreaths with her at Christmas time which we sold to friends and neighbors. She and I were good enough friends that she helped me learn to drive and she accompanied me on my driver’s test.

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Churches plan Easter services

by Andrew Henderson

Local churches are planning their Passion Week and Easter services.

State Street United Methodist Church will be holding several services.

A Palm Sunday service will be held tomorrow, March 24 at 11 a.m.

From March 25 through March 27, there will be prayer and praise services at 7 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, there will be a traditional Tenebrae service with communion and an optional foot washing at 7 p.m. at the Phoenix Methodist church.

March 30 at 7 p.m., there will be a prayer and praise service.

March 31, the Easter service will be at 11 a.m.

The congregation at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church will be holding a Good Friday service at 6 p.m. March 29.

“We will gather to remember the terrible sacrifice that was required in order to secure our redemption,” said Pastor David Grey. “For those who lived through that day it was a day of fear, of great disappointment and of unspeakable horror. We today call that Friday, “good” only in hindsight, because we know what was accomplished on that day.”

The church will also hold an Easter Sunrise Service March 31 at 7 a.m.

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Fulton Cross Walk to be held

The Fulton Good Friday Cross Walk will be held Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton. Rev. Mark Kimpland will lead in the opening of the walk. Walkers will take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the City of Fulton.

The Fulton Good Friday Cross Walk will be held Friday, March 29 at 10:30 a.m. in the parking lot of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Rev. Mark Kimpland will lead in the opening of the walk. Walkers will take turns carrying a large wooden cross in the downtown section of the City of Fulton.

A total of ten stations of the cross will be observed.  Each station will include scripture, prayer and the singing of a hymn.

The cross walk will conclude about noon at its final destination, First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

Everyone who has taken part in the walk and has provided assistance to walkers will be welcomed to a soup and bread lunch provided by the board of deacons of First United Church. There is no cost for the luncheon.

The Cross Walk is sponsored annually by the Greater Fulton Area Council of Christian Churches. It is comprised of those member congregations who support ecumenical programs that include the annual Michaud Memorial Service, the Community Thanksgiving Worship service, and the annual CROP WALK, which raises funds for world hunger, and for local food pantries.

Those seeking further information may call Rev. David Nethercott at 592-2707.


Fulton baseball team gearing up for challenging season

86490800by Rob Tetro

After the first days of practice, Fulton varsity baseball coach Kip Harvey was pleased with the effort his players displayed.

However, he is quick to point out that the Red Raiders still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the season.

According to Harvey, being ready for the season means that his players will be ready to work towards achieving its goals.

This season, Fulton will aim to play every team as competitively as possible. They also want to be in a position to be playing for a league championship while also qualifying for sectional play.

The Red Raiders appear to be a team that will lack varsity level experience in 2013. There are only five seniors on the roster, but four of them were starters a year ago. They are Cody Dick,  Jake Crucitti, Adam Briggs, Ron Smith and Shane Beauregard.

The team will feature four juniors who will be moving into starting positions this season. Those players are Jeremy Langdon, Nick Summerville, Dan Coant and Kirby LaBeef. Sophomores John Cummins, Peter Ravesi, Chris Jones and freshman Michael Bolster are all debuting at the varsity level this season.

Harvey appears to have a lot of confidence in Cummins, Ravesi, Jones and Bolster. He expects them to earn a lot of playing time this season.

At this point, the Red Raiders have not named any captains. However, Harvey pointed out that he expects Dick to pick up where he left off as captain in 2012. Harvey credited Dick for his leadership abilities, which include being a mature and responsible individual.

He suggested that maturity is the most important characteristic that he hopes to identify in someone who aims to be a captain on his team.

According to Harvey, a captain is a positive individual who encourages his teammates to be better rather than holding them back. He also pointed out that a captain is a trustworthy individual whose presence encourages teammates to follow and duplicate.

Harvey credited Dick for meeting nearly all of the expectations he has for a captain.

This season, Fulton will look to emphasize solid defensive execution. Harvey said that mistake free defensive play could allow them to be as consistently competitive as they hope to be.

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