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January 05, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Panthers play to buzzer

The "Lords were leaping" at the Panther Palace last evening when Hancock met Berkeley Springs.

The junior varsity almost pulled the game out of the hat, but failed by only a few points. Varsity fared no better, pulling to "even Steven," but finally dropping back even though fighting to the last buzz of the bell.

Yes, this is the "tenth day of Christmas," as in the song of old. You see, Christmas is a season, not just a day. It lasts from Dec. 25 through the Jan. 6 - the twelfth night. "Twelfth night," a la Shakespeare's time, was the traditional celebration of the visit of the mystical wise kings. In some European traditions, this is the day of presents, not the 25th. Twelfth night traditions include parties and a cake with small religious trinkets baked inside. Those that get the star in their cake are crowned "King and Queen" of the feast. A "star of wonder, star of night" is carried on a pole around the neighborhood, followed by worshippers singing carols.

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While the twelve days are seldom honored in modern times, the idea appeals to many - to keep the "reasons for the season" going - the respect for family, the emphasis on giving not getting, and the thought that somewhere along the line we need to give thanks for our existence in this wonderful world.

Feast of Lights

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will be celebrating "The Feast of Lights" on Sunday night, Jan. 8. This service closes their Christmas celebration and provides an emphasis on spreading the light into the community and the world. The music still features Christmas carols, and the service ends with a procession that winds its way around the inside of the church before going out the door, to symbolize the spreading of God's light into the world. A potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. precedes the 7:30 p.m. service, which is open to the public. The historic church is at the intersection of Church and High streets.

Fastpitch clinic offered

Believe it or not, baseball is in the air. The Mason-Dixon Diamonds are sponsoring a "Fastpitch" pitching clinic on Sundays from noon to 1 p.m. beginning this Sunday, Jan. 8. It will last until the end of March. The cost is $75 and you will need to find someone willing to catch your pitches! Contact Mike Waltman at 1-304-258-5415. Sessions are held at the Berkeley Springs High School gym.

Photo contest starts slow

According to the Hancock Arts Council, there has only been one entry to the photo contest! Now the deadline is some time off, but people, pay attention: there are CASH PRIZES being offered, as well as the opportunity to have YOUR photo featured in town publicity. Remember that the photographs need to support the purpose to promote, encourage and recognize local photographers, plus characterize the life of the town of Hancock.

Subject matter should follow the "Our Town" theme showing people, places, events, characters and institutions of the town. Photographs taken since January 2000 are eligible. Black and white, color and digital are all permitted. You may submit an 8-by-10 photo to the following locations: the War Memorial Library (in Widmeyer Park) or to the Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St., Hancock, MD 21750. Please include all contact information. Two free photos per person are allowed, and a $10 fee must accompany any additional photos. All rights to the photos remain with the photographer, but entrants must agree to their use for publicity purposes.

For complete contest information, contact Sam Judge at 1-717-294-6599 or judge.sam@gmail.com. The winter months provide some unique settings for pictures around town, or maybe you took some "winners" of kids or grandkids at your family Christmas gathering. Get that chip out of your digital and take it to be developed! Download those photos and look them over! YOU might be our next winner!

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