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March 09, 2006|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Indoor Guard mixes dance, military drills

Part sport, part art, part military drill - Indoor Guard combines dance movements and the use of implements usually associated with soldiers such as swords, flags and guns.

These "guns," however, are made entirely of wood and use no ammunition. The flags are multicolored, and the swords are not sharp.

Indoor Guard has been offered at Hancock Middle-Senior High School for several years now.

Diane Mowen started the group and it has continued under the direction of local school teacher Erica Sherrill. This year, 13 young women are competing almost every weekend with other guard units from around the area.

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The 2006 Hancock Indoor Guard unit members are Abbey Bovey, Ashley Davis, Chelsea Stigile, Casey Butts, Danielle Copeland, Heather Layton, Jocelyn Kline, Samantha Golden, Ashley Johnson, Sabrina Stevens, Tiffany McFadden, Khrystyne Feigley and Bethany Faith.

In addition to Ms. Sherrill, there are support staff members who help with setting up and moving the equipment and many other tasks.

Kristen Bohner, Emily Gigger, Matt Beal, Ryan Baier, and Band Director Micah Socks are all on hand on a regular basis, along with the dedicated parents, to make sure this year's show "goes on."

Several of the staff members are recent graduates from the high school and participated in Indoor Guard and the 'Panthers' Band in previous years.

One of the most arduous tasks they perform is the folding and unfolding of the mat on which the guard performs. Each unit must have its own mat, which, when folded, weighs quite a bit and must be laid out for each practice and transported to each show.

The theme of this year's show is "LOVE." Musical selections are "The Rose," "A Crazy Little Thing Called Love," with words from the movies "Love Actually," "A Walk to Remember" and "The Notebook."

As of last week, the group had competed in four shows and received one first-place and three second-place ratings. There are two competitions left: Cumberland Valley on March 18, and North Hagerstown on March 25, plus two championships: the KIDA meet in Hanover, Pa., on April 1 and TIA Chapter Championships at Musselman, W.Va., on April 22.

The Indoor Guard will be hosting an open house at Hancock in the main gym on Friday, March 31, at 6 p.m. Admission is free, although donations will be accepted. Several other groups have been invited to perform in addition to the Hancock Guard; the Middle School Guard, Brunswick High School Indoor Guard, solo and group performances.

PTA collecting recipes for cookbook

The Hancock Elementary School PTA is collecting recipes for a cookbook. Anyone in the community is invited to submit their favorite recipe for any dish.

However, please HURRY as the official cutoff date is TODAY. (I'm fairly sure that if you send one to the school tomorrow, it can be included.) You may e-mail your recipe to Shannon McKinley at SFLMMCKIN LEY92@aol.com. Orders to purchase this new cookbook will be taken in just a few weeks.

Little League to hold dance

Shannon McKinley is a busy woman! She is also involved in the Hancock Little League. They will hold a dance to raise funds for the upcoming season this Saturday, March 11, at the Hancock American Legion from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Music will be provided by Scorpion DJ. Cost is a donation of $5 per person and tickets can be purchased by calling 301-678-7648 or at the door.

Band selling candy for fundraiser

The Hancock Middle-Senior High School 'Panthers' Band is busy selling Wolfgang Candy for Easter.

This popular fundraiser offers a wide variety of choices - chocolates, nuts, even diet varieties. You can order a chocolate rabbit, chocolate cross, gummy bears and many other tasty treats for your Easter baskets. Help out the Band and the Easter Bunny! If you do not know a band member, you can place an order directly through Band Director Micah Socks. Just call the school at 301-766-8186. All proceeds will help further educate our school's fine young musicians. Next Monday, March 13, is the deadline to order.

Workshop targeted for those out of work

The Shared Learning Initiative program of the Interfaith Service Coalition begins a new session on Monday, March 20, at the ISC offices, 116 W. High St., Hancock.

This eightto-10-week program, aimed at those seeking to enter or re-enter the job market, offers considerable computer training, including "Working with Windows" and sessions dealing with the internet.

There are also presentations on health and safety issues, self-esteem, cooking and nutrition and even CPR instruction. Instruction runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each Monday. There is no charge for the program, but you must register in advance by calling the ISC at 301-678-6605.

Lenten season in full progress

The Christian season of Lent - a prayerful prelude to Easter - is under way around the world. In Hancock, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church traditionally offers the community a Wednesday evening Preaching Series for Lent.

Fr. Joseph Cosgrove, Pastor of St. Peter's Catholic Church, will be the first of this year's five guest preachers this evening at 7:30 p.m.

As next door neighbors, St. Thomas' and St. Peter's do many things together both in worship and outreach, so this is a fitting beginning to the 2006 Preaching Series.

A pot-luck supper precedes at 6:30 p.m. in St. Thomas' Parish Hall. Meanwhile, St. Peter's offers a similar format for the Fridays in Lent. A meatless supper is served at 6:15 p.m. each Friday in St. Peter's Hall, followed at 7:30 p.m. by Stations of the Cross. Both of these churches are happy to open their doors to interested visitors for these Lenten observances.

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