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Around Hancock

June 29, 2006

Celebrate, but do it safely

"The rains came down and the floods came up!" So goes the refrain of a song I learned many years ago in Vacation Bible School!

The story is a parable about two men who built houses - one on sand, one on rock. You can imagine what happened when, " the rains came down and the floods came up!"

With great glee, we would smack our little hands together when " the house on the sand went SMASH!" As for the house on the rock? Well, it "stood firm," unlike some trees that toppled across I-70 and in local neighborhoods!

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Drenching rains have lifted the level of many local tributaries feeding our great Potomac. The water gauge at Hancock is hopefully feeding out good info to the powers that be who are monitoring river levels. Please BE CAREFUL if you plan to be on the river for the Fourth of July holiday this weekend or next week!

Not only do you put yourself at risk, but you risk the lives and limbs of our capable fire and rescue personnel who will have to fish you out of the "drink" if you get into trouble!

So, celebrate our nation's birthday safely, keeping in mind that Independence does not exclude interdependence!

Lions Club installs officers

The Hancock Lions Club installed a new slate of officers at its annual Installation Banquet on Monday night. The feast this year was held in the newly renovated "Upper Room" at the Hancock United Methodist Church - a lovely fellowship hall well-suited to such gatherings!

Outgoing president (and might I say, outgoing in several ways!) Lion Jack Hill presided for the evening, which featured an amusing stand-up comic for the entertainment and a speech about Lion leadership by Lion Chris Bennett from the Williamsport Lions Club.

The new officers for the 2006-07 year are: James "Red" Smith, president; Jack Hill, immediate past president; Carl Pelton, first vice president; the Rev. Steven McCarty, second vice president; Gus Kerns, secretary; Ernest Shives, treasurer; William "Moose" Mosier, tail twister; and Homer Dodson, Lion tamer.

Directors are Mike Wolford (one year) and Robert Hargett (two years).

Lion Jack Hill gave special recognition to Lion David Pittman and Pittman's Supermarket and to Ernest Shives for outstanding service to the club and the community.

He also named Lion Jim Beeler as Lion of the Year, and he presented a past president's pin to his predecessor, the Rev. Allan Weatherholt.

Following comments by Lion Larry Gerber, Lion Bill Yoho administered the oath of office to the new officers. The Hancock Lions Club is well-known in the local community for its support for local citizens and for sponsoring the annual Canal-Apple Days Festival every September.

Don't forget, the next monthly Lions' Breakfast in the Park is a week later than usual. It will be held Saturday, July 8, in the park from 7 to 10 a.m. Come on down to meet and congratulate the new officers!

'Ms. Hancock' turns 97 years young

A broad, shady porch wraps around two sides of the house across the street. The property extends back behind the house for a ways, including an old in-ground swimming pool from the 1950s, now filled in for safety's sake.

The house has an added apartment on the back where Regina Heller still lives. Regina just celebrated her 97th birthday!

Cheerful and chipper, she gets around these days with the aid of a walker, but still manages to stay at home, with some help.

My boys have, from time to time, run errands or shoveled some snow for her, although her family, friends and fellow church members take such good care of her, that she can live with great security!

Anytime the power goes off, or the snow has not yet been cleared from her driveway, we go across to check and see if she needs anything. Regina is known in this community as "Ms. Hancock" for the role her family has played for generations, but we just know her as the "lady who lives across the street," our wonderful neighbor! Happy birthday, Mrs. Heller!

Swim lessons offered at pool

Swimming lessons begin next week at the Hancock Town Swimming Pool. Certified instructor Amy Sterner, of Hagerstown Community College, will be offering two classes for beginners, as well as level three and four. A second session of classes will be offered Aug. 14-18. If you or someone in your family would like to take lessons, please call the pool at 301-678-6197 to pre-register.

'Adventure in Friendship'

And this year's "Adventure in Friendship" is under way at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. About 40 middle-high young people are enjoying a program full of helpful life-skills, led by a team from the Interfaith Service Coalition.

Today, the group will enjoy a trip to Cumberland, Md., to visit the Maryland State Police Medevac facility. Upon returning to Hancock, they will be treated to swimming at our Municipal Pool. CPR instruction is scheduled before the week concludes.

"Adventures in Friendship" is a wonderful free program offered for five days every summer, and has served to equip many local youths with life-long skills!

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