Briefs from Hancock

June 09, 1999

Hancock Police Chief Donald Gossage was presented Wednesday with two proclamations for work by his department.

One proclamation was from the Washington County Board of Education. It thanked the department for its "assistance in providing a safe school environment" in the weeks after the shootings in Littleton, Colo.

During bomb threat scares throughout the county, Hancock Middle-Senior High School consistently had the highest attendance rate.

The second proclamation thanked the department for its participation in Torch Run Day, a run that raises money for the Special Olympics.

The proclamations were presented to Gossage by Mayor Daniel Murphy during the Hancock Town Council meeting.

The Hancock High School Girls Volleyball team members were given a proclamation by Mayor Daniel Murphy. The team's 1998 season was the best ever, with 10 wins and four defeats, Murphy said.


The proclamation went to Coach Rocky Wills and players Tommy Flowers, Jeff Spielman, Jacob Rhodes, John Allen, Justin Kint, Michael Hixon, Levi Little, Spencer Shives, David Royer, Brett Parker and Derek Hoffman.

Among the other proclamations distributed was one to the Hancock Varsity Basketball team for its undefeated season in the Mid-Appalachian League. It was the first time a team in the league had an undefeated season, Murphy said.

The proclamation was given to Coach Bill Clark and players Erica Helmick, Rebecca Thomas, Erica Winn, Summer Beal, Christi Barnard, Amanda Bingaman and Heidi Moats.

The Hancock Town Council voted for the town to have an amnesty program for the month of July for people with unpaid town parking tickets.

During the amnesty program people can pay $6 for each unpaid ticket. After 60 days the cost of an unpaid ticket rises to $30. Every three months the town turns over unpaid parking tickets to a collection agency, Close said.

It will be the first time the town has tried an amnesty program but it may be done every three months.

The Hancock Mini Park will be dedicated at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 24, Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy told the Hancock Town Council Wednesday.

The park is on Main Street near the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and the Western Maryland Rail Trail. The park will have benches, shrubs, a water fountain and a gazebo.

The park is being paid for with about $166,000 in state Community Development Block Grant funds.

The Hancock Town Council voted to buy 54 banners welcoming people to Hancock.

The cost would be less than $5,000, Hancock Town Manager Louis O. Close. Most of the banners, which are 30 by 60 inches, would be placed on Main Street.

Bart Ruppenthal, the newest Hancock Police Department officer, has graduated from the Western Maryland Police Academy.

He was ranked fourth out of the 33 officers in the academy, Chief Donald Gossage told the Hancock Town Council.

He will start working in the town on Sunday, Gossage said.

Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy said the entire council is proud of Ruppenthal's accomplishments.

Before taking a job with the police department Dec. 15, Ruppenthal was a correctional officer at the Maryland Correctional Institution.

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