Around Hancock

July 06, 2006

Mother Nature provides fireworks

Mother Nature provided a few fireworks on the Fourth, keeping Hancock hot and moist for the long holiday weekend.

The town was buzzing on Monday, with lots of folks working in the yard, doing home repairs and getting ready for a day of picnics and fun. There are still plenty of folks who know how to build and/or rehab homes in the area, often working on their own or a family homestead. Such pride in hard work is a hallmark of these small towns, where folks pitch in to help, not just saving money, but taking pride in their work!

Breakfast in the Park

The Hancock Lions will be serving breakfast in the park this Saturday, even though it is the second Saturday in July. They decided not to interrupt the holiday weekend, so they postponed this monthly early-morning feast one week. As always, the menu is hot: eggs, pancakes, sausage (and sausage gravy!), hash browns, OJ, coffee and good company! Serving hours are 7 to 10 a.m. at the usual place - the Hancock Lions Pavilion in beautiful Widmeyer Park.


Second park in development

Hancock has a second park that is in the process of development. The Joseph Hancock Jr. Park on West Main Street has received some government grants which will help the town add new facilities.

Currently, the park has a few "primitive" campsites that are targeted for those traveling along the Rail Trail or C&O Canal towpath. Another row of picnic tables is planned along with improvement to the access from the Rail Trail.

This year, a bathroom facility will be added, which will open the park to many more activities. A new sidewalk is currently being installed, and a shower facility is planned for the following year. So put on your thinking caps and begin to make plans for this new open space in Hancock!

Bridge opens on Tollgate Ridge

The bridge on Tollgate Ridge Road is finally open! After being washed out two years ago, this project has totally rebuilt the old crossing on Tonoloway Creek. Now Rayloc employees and commercial vehicles will be able to make a right at the truck stop on Ford Drive, cross the new bridge and have easy access to the Rayloc plant. The County Commissioners were on hand on June 20 for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate this new construction.

Hancock eighth-graders score well

The Hancock eighth-graders have made the No. 1 spot in English and math scores in Washington County on the Maryland Schools Assessment (MSA) test! Teachers are celebrating and the parents are proud! Hancock Middle-Senior High School is one of the smallest schools in the state, yet it still achieves well above average in so many ways! Congratulations to Mrs. Kendo, English/Language Arts teacher, and Mrs. Murray, math teachers and their students!

Church holding NASCAR raffle

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church is sponsoring a NASCAR raffle to help raise funds for some minor improvements to the lower level of the Parish Hall. Chances are on sale at the church office and from members. Winners of the raffle will get tickets to a September NASCAR race in Dover, Del. The goal of this fundraiser is to help install a long-desired small kitchenette in the lower parish hall.

Town will miss Dr. Thomas

Once again, we note that as of June 30, Dr. Frank B. Thomas closed his medical practice in Hancock. We featured Dr. Thomas in an article a few months ago when he first announced his decision.

This is a great loss for the community, as many citizens have only had "Dr. Thomas" to turn to for their care. Over the years, Frank and his wife, Marion, have given a great deal to the people of this community.

The days of the small-town doc may be numbered, and this closing is the end of an era for us around Hancock. Yet, we know that Frank and Marion will be now able to do some of those things that they have wanted to do, and not be so tied down. We know they will remain active in our town and in their Church - St. Peter's Catholic. Blessings to you both! May your retirement mean continued good health for you and time to enjoy life with all your family and friends!

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