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July 13, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLTZ

Annual Barge Bash set for July 22

While the historic C&O Canal reaches from Georgetown to Cumberland, winding its way along the northern bank of the Potomac River, bending its way through small communities, Hancock is in a special place along the canal. Only here do the three jurisdictions of National Park, State of Maryland and Town of Hancock land (plus private ownership) look like a striped ribbon running east and west in a tight competition. Along this area where these lines meet Hancock, each year, hosts the "Barge Bash."

Cooperation abounds on Saturday, July 22, this year as the federal, state and local folks will rally to provide a day to enjoy.

The fourth annual Barge Bash is officially sponsored by the Hancock Chamber of Commerce and the C&O Canal National Historic Park Service. The Park Service takes care of re-watering a portion of the canal for the handmade barges, which are pulled by various methods of foot power - both human, animal and, on occasion, bicycle. As the motto says, "Long ago in a Hancock far away Mules pulled barges up the canal because they had to We're doing it for fun!"


Attendance at this local event is free, and various organizations will be out selling food and beverages. Racing begins at 2 p.m., with the mini-barges: handmade remote controlled boats racing side-by-side up the canal. Following them, at 3 p.m. the larger barges take to the water, decorated and sponsored by local folks. In previous years, we have had barges that floated, barges that sank, barges dressed up like tractors and steamboats and Noah's Ark. Everybody wins something in this friendly, competitive race against the clock.

Barge Bash festivities to continue at park

BUT THIS YEAR, the Barge Bash won't end "in the drink." Festivities will continue into the evening in Widmeyer Park with a DJ, horseshoes, basketball, a volley ball tournament, horse and buggy rides, free swimming at the Municipal Pool, lots of activities for small children and ... (drum roll!) and fireworks at 9 p.m.!

This is going to be a great day for the whole family to come to Hancock! For more information, log on to or call the Hancock Chamber of Commerce at 301-678-5900. Make your plans soon - this great event is just 10 days away!

Lions Club meets under new leadership

The Hancock Lions Club held its first meeting Monday evening with newly-installed President James "Red" Smith at the helm. The club finalized plans to have an entry in the fourth annual Barge Bash on July 22, and they will be selling their tasty barbecued chicken that day.

Hancock's new Police Chief, T. J. Buskirk, provided the evening's program, speaking to the group of his goals for his department. Like his predecessor, Steven McCarty, Chief Buskirk stated that he is committed to continuing the fight against drug abuse in our community, and he is working to hire additional officers for the department. He noted that the town will observe the annual "National Night Out Against Crime" on Tuesday, Aug. 1, and secured the Lions' help again in preparing hot dogs and hamburgers for this popular event. I'll have more on the "Night Out" in the coming weeks.

Rotary Club installs officers

The Rotary Club of Hancock has just installed its new officers for the 2006-07 year. Daniel Fleming will take the leadership as president. Carolyn Clingerman will be secretary-treasurer; Ross S. Cook, first vice president; Anna Maye Sigel, second vice president; and Robert C. McCusker, sergeant-at-arms. The club will continue its major projects - the Hancock Halloween Parade, the Canal-Apple Days Fishing Rodeo, college scholarships and their longstanding sponsorship of Hancock's Boy Scout Troop 15. The Hancock club works with the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) club to co-host a basketball tournament each year over the Christmas holidays. Hancock Rotary meets over lunch every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Park-n-Dine Restaurant and welcomes visitors from other Rotary clubs, as well as inquiries about membership.

Del. Myers to hold gathering

This Saturday, Del. LeRoy Myers will be hosting a "Family Picnic" in Widmeyer Park from 2 to 5 p.m. Great food will be offered, along with children's activities, swimming and music by popular local DJ Pinnacle. It's all free, as Del. Myers wishes to thank the folks of Hancock and Washington County for their support. Del. Myers should be thanked, too, for his awareness of the special needs of this area and the attention he pays to keeping them up front in Annapolis. Come on out, shake the man's hand and enjoy a fine time with your fellow citizens!

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