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January 12, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Balmy day for January

It's January, so I assumed I would need both my coat and gloves when I stepped outside on Monday to go to Weaver's for lunch with some friends. WRONG!

I not only did not need my coat, it was positively balmy. A few folks remarked on how nice it felt. I choose to differ. This is cold and flu season, and the warmer temperatures provide a veritable Petri dish for germs that would usually be eradicated in the January refrigerator!

Late January last year was seasonable with several snows. I can imagine that similar weather may be on the way. I hope it gets here before my tulip bulbs wake up and decide to raise their green shoots and ask for permission to bloom!

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Christmas dinner a success

At the Hancock Lions Club meeting this past Monday evening at the Park-n-Dine, members received a detailed report on the success of their 11th Annual Community Christmas Dinner, held at the Hancock American Legion on the Saturday before the holidays began.

Each year this event draws not only low-income persons, but many others who are elderly or otherwise alone for the season.

For a few, brief, bright hours these persons enjoy traditional holiday fare (roast turkey with all the trimmings!) and, more importantly, the warmth and comfort of fellowship with other caring folks. It's all done in the spirit of Christmas and at no charge to the participants.

Project coordinator Larry Gerber told the Lions that nearly 600 meals were served during the three hours that day. This included nearly 200 which Lions personally delivered to elderly and shut-ins around the area who were not able to come out for the occasion.

It's a wonderful yearly event that truly reflects what Christmas is all about! Congratulations, Lions!

Breakfast in the Ballroom

What are you doing this Saturday morning? While the Lions Club's warm weather "Breakfast in the Park" series is on hiatus, why not enjoy "Breakfast in the Ballroom?"

On the second Saturday of each winter month, a delicious repast will be served at the Hancock American Legion Post from 8 to 11 a.m. They are at 204 E. Main St. Cost is just $5 per plate. "Breakfast in the Ballroom" sounds tasty. My question is, will there be "rumba" to "fox trot" between the "waltzes?"

Winter festival on the way

It's not too early to begin thinking about the Hancock Winter Festival! Only six weeks from now, on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Hancock Arts Council will be at it again in Widmeyer Park with snow sculpture, snow activities, food, music and fun for all.

Last year's balmy weather proved that this event will "go on" even with sand as a snow substitute! Begin thinking creatively now about your participation! This event is free and open to the public. As far as I know, it is the only mid-winter outdoor snow event in the immediate area!

Plunge set for Feb. 25

Zach Burnett and Jamie Wheeler, who together are the popular local DJ's known as "Pinnacle," have just announced the date for the Annual Hancock Area Polar Bear Plunge which they coordinate.

This yearly event benefits the good works of the Interfaith Service Coalition and, for 2006, it will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Lake Tonoloway on the grounds of Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club on Woodmont Road, just west of town is again the location. Participants will "take the plunge" at 1 p.m. that day.

Donations from sponsors make for a successful yearly fundraiser so that the ISC can reach out more fully to local folks who need winter fuel assistance.

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