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March 30, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLT

'Top 10' Signs of Spring

The "Top 10" Signs of Spring in Hancock!

10.) Daffodils

9.) Spring Peepers (those little frogs that make such a racket!)

8.) Students in shorts and beach sandals

7.) New tanning bulbs at the local tanning salons

6.) Return of yard sale signs

5.) Fifty cent sale on long-sleeved items at the Loaves and Fishes thrift store

4.) Former Town Manger Lou Close making plans for the 2006 bigger and better "Barge Bash" on July 22

3.) Fishermen's Breakfasts at local churches

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2.) The Hancock Lions' "Breakfast in the Park" series returns (see below)

1.) U.S. Mail carriers in shorts!

Health Olympics kicks off

Tonight is the kickoff for the 2006 Health Olympics! Come on up to the auditorium at Hancock Middle/Senior High School (walk up the hill, maybe? Pant, pant!), to see the movie "Super-size Me" at 7 p.m. When you register at the Tri-State Community Health Center, 130 W. High St., you will get a free T-shirt and a health diary to start. The movie will help you begin taking a look at HOW and WHAT you eat and maybe making some sensible changes that will give you a healthier tomorrow!

Don't forget Rotary event

If you haven't purchased your tickets to next Tuesday's dinner and auction sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hancock, you had better hurry! A whole bunch of new items have been donated that will be sure to attract bidders! They include a week at a condo in Myrtle Beach, U.S. Savings Bonds, sports collectible cards, antiques and box seats at the Maryland Symphony. For more information, please contact any member of the club!

Lady Panthers do well

The Hancock Lady Panthers made the pundits pause (paws?) as they made a print on this year's basketball season! In the recent High Rock Basketball Classic, Jennifer Willison was named the Most Valuable Player with points and assists throughout the game. Erin Smith grabbed the three-point shootout title in the same event, beating out 10 other contestants from local schools. We are so proud of these young women who are also outstanding academic students at Hancock High School!

Indoor Guard to perform

Speaking of sports, come up to the high school this Friday, March 31, at 6:30 p.m. for a real treat! The Hancock Indoor Guard Team is hosting an Indoor Guard Show featuring units from the local area. This will not be a competition but an exhibition show, allowing each team to simply perform. This year, the Hancock Indoor Guard has been consistently winning first- and second-place awards in competition. Their theme of "Love" is expressed through dance, and the use of their implements and their coordinated moves are quite impressive. This will be an enjoyable show for all ages!

Police get Taser guns

The Hancock Police Department is now equipped with Taser guns, in addition to the firearms which they carry.

These special guns shoot not bullets but a small dart which transmits a strong electrical charge. According to Hancock Police Chief Steve McCarty, their use can stop and temporarily disable the perpetrator of an assault or other unmanageable suspect without actually harming the individual.

Deputy Ryan Shifflet, of the Washington County Sheriff's Department, trained and certified Chief McCarty and his department in the use of Taser guns just last Friday. Each of the officers actually had to experience being shot with the Taser as part of the training.

A policy of use has been developed and put in place, and each Hancock officer now carries a Taser as part of his regular equipment. The hope, says Chief McCarty, is that this will be an added deterrent to suspects fleeing, resisting arrest, or harming an officer or other individual.

'Breakfast in the Park'

It's a sure sign of spring and nice weather when the Hancock Lions Club resumes their monthly "Breakfast in the Park" offering.

The popular event returns this Saturday, April 1, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Lions Club Pavilion in Widmeyer Park.

The tasty menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, hash brown potatoes, orange juice and hot coffee and tea. It's a great way to start your Saturday, and all proceeds benefit the many good things the Lions do in our community! Come on out!

Hunting event planned

This Saturday, April 1, is also the date for the annual "J.A.K.E.S." event at historic Woodmont Rod and Gun Club, just west of town. An acronym for "Juniors Achieving Knowledge, Ethics and Sportsmanship," this program of the National Wild Turkey Federation is aimed at young people ages 6 to 16. The Monocacy Valley Chapter of the NWTF is the sponsor. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:p.m., with a complimentary lunch prepared by members of the Hancock Lions Club around noon. Participating youngsters must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Planned activities include trail walks, turkey calling demonstrations, patterning shotguns, a turkey capture "cannon" net demonstration, fur trapping exhibits and other enjoyable things designed with beginning hunters in mind.

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