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March 16, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLT

The night the lights went out in Hancock

You may remember the famous musical called "Brigadoon," on stage and screen years ago.

Two young men were hiking across the Scottish moors and came upon a village, straight out of 100 years before! It seems that a spell had been cast upon this village - it would only appear every 100 years, then fade into the mists.

On Sunday evening, the opposite happened in Hancock. Our town disappeared into the night mist! For more than 13 hours, downtown Hancock and several residential areas were in the black!

A major transformer at Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue malfunctioned and had to be replaced. I was arriving home about 9 p.m. from a late meeting at church and found myself creeping into Hancock, barely able to see a foot in front of the car.

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It was quite eerie coming home to a street with no streetlamps, with only the occasional car headlight and a faint glow of the moon pushing her way through the fog that had gathered along the ground.

By the glow of a few candles and flashlights, we spent an evening in a dark, slightly chilly house, feeling more like we were in an old inn at Williamsburg than our familiar house.

Since the electric guitar would obviously not work, my younger son commandeered the trusty acoustic and we pulled out the cribbage board and a deck of cards and went to work. My husband brought out his battery-operated radio, and we had plenty of music!

It is amazing what you can find to amuse yourself when the electric world is turned off. Sure, there was inconvenience, and a burst of adrenaline when the lights finally came on at 5:40 a.m., but this was nothing compared to the total loss of a home, a life, pets, pictures and memories.

No hurricane here, no tornado, no flood, just an evening of disruption, one that we knew would be resolved in enough time to get on with our lives in a normal fashion.

Indoor Guard takes first place

Update on Hancock High School's Indoor Guard! They won first place at their meet last weekend at Brunswick High School. This Saturday, they will be at the large Cumberland Valley competition against six other groups You go, girls!

Scholarship time is here

This is a special time for high school seniors - yes, graduation is coming up, but NOW is the time to begin working on those scholarships!

Many local service clubs such as the Rotary and Lions, offer academic scholarships for graduating seniors to help them with school expenses.

The PTA has a scholarship, too, and the Town of Hancock has one through PepsiCo. These clubs and organizations are eager to give this money away and are looking for well-qualified applicants.

Go by the guidance counselor's office at Hancock Middle-Senior High School to pick up forms and applications!

Two basket bingos coming up at Legion

Two basket bingos are coming up at the Hancock American Legion.

The Hancock Lionesses are sponsoring one on Sunday, March 26. Doors open at 1 p.m. and bingo starts at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. You must be 18 years old to play and have purchased a ticket.

Then the Legion will host a bingo on Sunday, April 30. Watch for more details on this one!

Health Olympics about to kick off

Dr. Matthew Hahn is determined to help Hancock citizens and those in our immediate area to change their lives and adopt healthy habits!

The 2006 Health Olympics is about to kick off. According to Dr. Hahn, the program is simple: during the months of April and May, each participant will choose a weight loss goal between 0-15 pounds. Then they will be encouraged to exercise about 30 minutes per day, cut out 200 calories per day and get rid of one unhealthy habit.

Participants may register for the program and get their free T-shirt from March 20 to April 7 at the Tri-State Community Health Center, 130 W. High St.

They will receive a health log to chart their progress and be invited to the final weight and health check from May 22 to June 9.

As an opening event, the award-winning movie "Super-size Me" will be shown at the Hancock High School auditorium on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Other events and teaching sessions will be held as well during these two months.

Dr. Hahn is dedicated to this program so that he can help prevent some of the chronic, but preventable illness he sees in his examining room every day. Do yourself and your family a favor! Join the 2006 Health Olympics!

'Shared Learning Initiative' to begin

Don't forget that the "Shared Learning Initiative" classes begin next Monday at the Interfaith Service Coalition's offices, 116 W. High St., next to their Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store.

This is a program designed to help those who may be re-entering the job market or even taking a job for the first time.

Computer training is especially emphasized, but there are also presentations on health and safety issues, nutrition and cooking and even CPR instruction.

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