Around Hancock

June 08, 2006

Graduation week

It's graduation week all across Washington County, and in Hancock this year's seniors will be gathering this evening for the baccalaureate service followed by the senior tea.

The service begins at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium, with yours truly bringing the message. Tomorrow at 6 p.m., the Class of 2006 will march into the auditorium again to receive their diplomas.

High school graduation is a ritual -a rite of passage, if you will - that has an extremely important place in a community such as Hancock. While most of the seniors in this class will go on to college, many of their parents had to make other choices at this same point: some to college, some to professional schools or the military, some to marriage and parenthood.


It was an even different world for their grandparents, who often had the options of going to work in the orchards or in local businesses and small industries such as London Fog and Prowler, which have left the Hancock area in recent years.

At times like these, Hancock may almost be compared to an underdeveloped nation. There, young professionals leave to seek jobs in the USA. Here, some of our most promising young persons leave to seek jobs in the city. But, the charm of Hancock draws at the heart; and many of our young persons have roots that run deep and strong. There is a younger generation of professionals, born in the county and educated through the Hancock schools, who are beginning to make a mark on our community. Already there are hopeful signs that Hancock will be able, not just to survive but to thrive, as creative minds and warm hearts respond to the lingering issues of poverty and empty store fronts.

My hope is that this senior class will produce some of the entrepreneurs, educators and leaders of our future, just as they are outstanding young citizens of the present.

Shives, Watson lead senior class

Klara Shives and Elyse Watson will be the salutatorian and valedictorian for tomorrow evening's commencement ceremony at Hancock High School.

I remember both these girls from kindergarten (sorry, ladies!) All through their school years they have lived up to the brightness of their intellect, but have also been participants in other areas: drama, student council, class officers and members of their churches.

They have a solid grounding and bright smiles. My pride is alongside that of their parents, who, I'm sure, will be beaming tomorrow night!

Carnival under way

The Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. is busy this month! The annual Fireman's Carnival is well under way in Widmeyer Park this week, and the company is sponsoring a basket and Boyd's Bear bingo for Sunday, June 25.

Doors will open at the fire hall at noon with bingo beginning at 1 p.m. Tickets yield 25 games for $20, and food will be available, along with the attending raffles and such. Tickets may be purchased from any fire company member. Live music this evening in the park will feature karaoke night. Register at 6 p.m.

Yard sale planned

And don't forget the giant yard sale this Friday, sponsored by the elementary school PTA from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the school at 290 W. Main St. Call 301-766-8178 to reserve a space for $15. There will be food, games and a used book sale as well. Plan to drive by and see the stuff!

Lions plan barbecue

The Hancock Lions Club has another of its chicken barbecues planned for this Saturday. Look for their big grill in the vacant West Main Street lot beside Sheetz.

The enterprising Lions begin work early, so the first of this tasty treat should be ready for sale by mid-morning. Your support will assist many of the worthwhile community projects for which our Lions Club is so well-known.

Bike-a-thon set

The St. Jude's Bike-a-Thon in Hancock will be held this year on Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. along the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

Vicky Rollins, local coordinator, invites anyone to who is interested to help volunteer or sponsor this event by calling 301-678-5003. Riders will be awarded prizes for their participation. All proceeds benefit the renowned St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Tennessee.

Boating safety classes offered

Maryland now has strict laws about who may put a boat in the water. Boating safety classes will be held in Hancock on July 8-9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class is required for anyone born after June 30, 1972. Registration forms are available at Dugan's Sporting Goods at 15 W. Main St. Class size is limited, so sign up early.

Band awards

I promised last week to give you some details about the band awards event held last Thursday.

After a delicious dessert reception hosted by the Band Boosters, those attending adjourned to the air conditioned auditorium. Each band member was recognized for their year of participation.

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