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Around Hancock

June 15, 2006

Carnival only a lasting memory

On a late spring evening, the sounds of the carnival echoed off the sides of the homes, bouncing a country music voice between the hills and the valley.

Like an overheard conversation, the words were not too clear but the tune, first plaintive then cheery, flowed upward with the cooler evening air.

Recent high school graduates, still feeling the aftershock of gaining a diploma, chilled with their friends, mixing with youths and adults, children and senior citizens, in the light of turning rides and the steam of frying potatoes.

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Once the carnival was over, only depressed tracks in the grass, trampled where people had walked and crushed under the weight of carnival props was left, along with small scraps of debris and dangling electric wires, soon to be cleaned up and secured by our excellent Town of Hancock workers.

Now comes a time of summer celebrations, time at the pool, summer reading clubs and sports. A little slower pace, but life goes on as each day brings another feast of sound and sights!

New store opens in town

There is a new store in downtown Hancock! I for one, am always glad when a new business chooses to settle in one of our downtown locations. "Impulse" has just opened at 47 W. Main St. It features brand name clothing, candles, Afghans, quilts, toys, jewelry, hardware and more. Store hours are 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. They are closed Wednesdays. Stop by and check out the newest store in town!

Bed and Breakfast has first guests

Speaking of new businesses, there is a new Bed and Breakfast in Hancock. Bill and Darlene Smith have spent more than a year renovating the large house at 10 W. Main St. formerly occupied by Bub and Pat McKinley. This historic stucco home is next to the Monterey House and has easy access to the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

My Dad, Jim Orwig, and my sister, Peg Craig, were the first official guests at the establishment this last week when they came for my son Stephen's graduation from high school. The B&B has several guest rooms, plus a large living room and dining room. There are also a wraparound porch and a small secluded patio. This is one of the nicest additions to our lodging in Hancock in a long time! If you have friends coming for a visit, tell them to consider it!

'Adventures in Friendship'

"Adventures in Friendship" is ready for another session at the end of this month. This highly successful day camp program for middle school students ages 10-14, will take place June 26-30 at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church.

Sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition in partnership with the church, the camp combines life skills, food preparation, safety and lots of fun! There is no charge for the program, but it is limited to 40 young participants. For more information, contact Deborah Cohill or Mark Stahr at the ISC office at 301-678-6605.

Masons plan special events

The James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge of Hancock has two special events coming up in the next several days.

This Sunday, June 18, lodge members and their spouses are invited to come together for worship at the 10 a.m. service at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. The Rev. Allan Weatherholt and The Rev. Steven McCarty, both Masons themselves, will officiate at a special "St. John's Day" service, and the newly-ordained Rev. McCarty will deliver the sermon for this special observance. The congregation will host these honored guests for lunch and fellowship right after the service.

Then, next Monday, June 19, the Lodge will observe its annual Strawberry Night, an informal evening of fellowship featuring fresh strawberries, shortcake, ice cream and other good things to eat.

This event, at the Lodge building on Wine Street, is open to all members, spouses and their guests. Musical entertainment will be included.

Put that flag out

Today is Flag Day, a great time to get out "Old Glory" and display the "Stars and Stripes" at your home. Since 9/11, many have been using flags on their homes or cars, but recently I haven't seen them quite as often. Today provides a welcome reminder that this symbol of our great nation should be treated with respect and honor.

Remember Father's Day

Finally, this Sunday is Father's Day. Unlike Mother's Day, which seems to get a great deal of "press," Father's Day is in danger of becoming just a commercial for men's clothing and gifts.

Fathers these days do so much for their families. They often change diapers and help with child care.

Around Hancock, many fathers work hard at trades that take them down the road, requiring long work hours and long commutes. Others have spent time in the military serving their country. Take time for your Dad this Sunday! Be sure to send a card, make a phone call, or write a note to tell him just how much he means to you. Make this Father's Day more than just a commercial!

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