Around Hancock

May 04, 2006

First Saturday in Mayis 'Run for the Roses'

"And ... they're off!"

Growing up in Kentucky, as I did, meant that the first Saturday in May was always "Derby Day."

The "Run for the Roses" was an event the whole state celebrated, even if you didn't own horses or bet on them. Celebrating Derby Day meant watching the famous Kentucky Derby race on TV, and sipping lemonade (at least at our house!) or smashing newly grown mint for a julep.

The horses ran and we watched. May may not be Derby time in Maryland, but the second leg of the world-renowned Triple Crown does take place at nearby Pimlico in Baltimore.

May is much like a horserace. At this time of year a whole parade of events are lined up like thoroughbreds at the starting gate. They buck and prance, then take off, just begging you to hang on tight until the final turn of Memorial Day at last unlocks a slower summertime.


Boosters elect new officers

Congratulations to the 2006-07 officers of the Panthers Band Boosters at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

With outgoing president the Rev. Allan Weatherholt presiding, a new slate was elected at the meeting held this past Monday evening in the band room.

Maria Brown will take over as president. Shelly Kline continues as vice president. Tanya Feigley is the new secretary; and Donna Stigile will continue as treasurer. Cathy Hoopengardner and Leslie Weller remain as co-chairs for fundraising.

The new leadership takes over in July. To the delight of all present, as the meeting came to a close, a large 18-wheeler pulled up to the band room door and unloaded a shipment of brand new chairs and music stands.

Band Director Micah Socks had not expected the shipment to arrive that evening and was like a kid at Christmas! The new furnishings replace equipment that is "ancient," including old folding chairs which did not allow our young musicians very good posture.

The band will travel to a music festival at Kennywood Park, near Pittsburgh, on Saturday, May 13. The students are busy preparing for that performance and for their annual spring concert on Monday, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Plan to come that evening and hear these wonderfully talented young people.

Lions to expand bandstand at park

The Hancock Lions are making plans to expand the old bandstand in Widmeyer Park from 20 by 20 feet to 30 by 30 feet. The extra 10 feet will do a lot to make the space more usable for performing groups during the warmer months.

The electrical service will be upgraded, and the remodeled bandstand will be wheelchair accessible. If you want to help with the construction or the cost, contact project coordinator Lion Carl Pelton at 1-717-294-3463. He will be glad to hear from you.

'Breakfast in the Park'

Speaking of the Lions, don't forget their monthly "Breakfast in the Park" is offered this Saturday morning, May 6, from 7 to 10 a.m.

The Lions succeeded in launching the 2006 installment of these warm-weather breakfasts last month. As usual, their tasty menu includes scrambled eggs, hotcakes, sausage, hash browns, orange juice and your choice of coffee or hot tea. All this is just $5 per person. Come out to the Lions Pavilion in Widmeyer Park and have breakfast with your neighbors. The event will be held rain or shine.

Christian athletes to hold fundraiser

The Hancock Huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will hold a fundraiser softball game - faculty vs. students - on Friday, May 19, at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

The funds will help send the group's leaders to a special camp this summer where leadership skills will be taught.

The game will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will pit 17 hearty and willing members of the Hancock faculty and coaching staff against teams consisting of ninth- and 10th- graders and 11th- and 12th- graders.

The faculty roster is impressive with members from the coaching staff as well as school administrators and a few folk from the community. Snacks and soft drinks will be sold, and a nominal admission charge will be collected at the gate.

Lt. Gov. Steele to visit Hancock

The Hancock Chamber of Commerce, which just hosted a gathering of area delegates to Annapolis, has plans to soon welcome another important politician to our town.

Maryland's Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, now a candidate for the U.S. Senate from our state, will be in Hancock from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Wednesday afternoon, May 10.

He will meet with chamber members and interested citizens at Weaver's Restaurant, 77 W. Main St.

Because seating in the facility is limited, those who wish to attend are asked to call ahead by this Friday. Contact Lou Close at 301-678-5900 or Penny Pittman at 301-678-5298. Refreshments, of course, will be provided at the meeting.

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