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April 27, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Gearing up for an active month of May

We are in a brief respite before May comes on like a runaway train! This last week in April is hiding between the Easter holiday and the onslaught of May activities.

Already the trend is showing in the increased number of school trips, the new entries on the May calendar, the plans for the election of new officers for various organizations, picnics, spring sports and end-of-the-year school activities.

While there is not a LOT of news this week, just wait until next week - and those that follow!

Legion plans basket bingo

Come on down and play bingo at the Hancock American Legion this Sunday, April 30.

This will be a traditional basket bingo with Longabergers as the prizes, and is being held to benefit the Legion itself. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and may be obtained by calling 301-678-5961. Doors open at noon and bingo begins at 2 p.m.

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The Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L.) are hosting a chicken barbeque, also on Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a nice Sunday dinner!

Band Boosters plan meeting May 1

The Hancock Middle-Senior High School Panthers Band Boosters will hold their May meeting and election of 2006-07 officers this Monday evening, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Band Room at the high school.

Outgoing president the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, who has served two terms, will preside over the gathering as leadership is selected for the coming year.

The band has plans to compete in a spring music festival on Saturday, May 13, at Kennywood Amusement Park near Pittsburgh. The day will serve as an end-of-school reward trip for our hard-working musicians.

Meanwhile, Band Director Micah Socks has announced the dates for band camp this summer: Sunday, July 22, through Friday, July 28. All band students and parents are asked to take note of the dates for this required time of preparation.

Once again, the band will use the nearby Baker Training Facility, courtesy of the Maryland National Guard.

Students who want to be involved in the marching band, pit or guard will need to attend the camp to learn the field show for fall, 2006. Pre-band camp for percussion and guard will be held July 19-21 at the school. Contact Mr. Socks right away at 301-766-8186 if your student wants to participate in this wonderful and educational experience!

'Healthy Eating' topic of lecture

As an on-going part of our local Health Olympics, there will be a lecture by Bill Lands, PhD., on "Healthy Eating" this Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St.

Lands has been researching and teaching about Omega-3 fats and disease prevention for many years. His book, "Fish and Human Health," was published in 1986 and was re-released last year. Copies of a book called "Morgan County Menus," developed by Lands and Tri-State Community Health Center's Dr. Matthew Hahn, will be available free of charge to everyone who attends!

Grief support group meets on Thursday

"Healing Hearts," the grief support group being offered in Hancock by Hospice of Washington County, holds its second meeting tomorrow evening.

The group, which just began last week, is meeting for five more Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.

This free program is for those who have lost a loved one and wish to gather with others for learning, sharing and encouragement. Register by calling Kathy Boyd at Hospice at 301-791-6360.

Stop smoking classes offered

Don't forget that the Washington County Health Department is offering a tobacco cessation course at the Hancock Town Hall Community Room during April and May. Classes just began this week and meet from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays through May 18.

The course includes nicotine patches at no cost for Washington County residents. To sign up for this free program, call the Health Department at 240-420-1796.

Summer camp taking applications

"Adventures in Friendship," the popular five-day summer day camp program for area middle school-age young people, is now accepting registrations for its 2006 offering, to be held June 2630.

Co-sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition and St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, the day camp meets at the church's Parish Hall for activities and instruction.

"Adventures" offers young people who are often home alone instruction in safety, health, nutrition and good life decisions. Guest speakers from a number of area agencies, including law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel, make presentations that help prevent abuse of drugs and other substances.

CPR instruction is included, and there are field trips and other special activities. Each day includes breakfast and lunch for all participants.

"Adventures in Friendship" is made possible through funding from United Way of Washington County and other grants.

Up to 40 young people may register, and there is no charge. Parents should call the ISC at 301-678-6605 for the necessary permission forms.

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