Around Hancock

August 03, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLTZ

Turning up the heat

"Hot, hot, hot!" goes the popular song, perfectly describing the sweltering heat that envelops our area.

What happens in small towns during a heat wave? Some take to their front porches in the evening, sitting lazily on the swing or a folding lawn chair to catch whatever breeze or neighbor happens by. Others flock to the pool, jumping, splashing, luxuriating in the slippery coolness of the water.

The air conditioners hum in the windows of older homes that were never the recipient of ductwork, and gallons of iced tea and cold water pour down parched throats.

The nearby river and woods lend some relief to the blistering sun rays, and were it not for this temperate influence, Hancock would be cutting records along with the hottest spots in the city. We all seem to wait for that magic moment of photosynthesis when it seems that the trees take a breath as the sun waves goodbye and begin sighing out instead of in.


A cool wash of air grabs our ankles and pats our hot cheeks, signaling a possible reprieve until dawn and morning compress the atmosphere with a return of - "Hot, hot, hot!"

Residents turn out for 'Night Out' event

Widmeyer Park was full of local citizens last evening enjoying the Hancock version of the "National Night Out Against Crime."

Officials estimate that it was another record crowd, exceeding even last year's big total. The evening began with an opening ceremony featuring remarks by Mayor Dan Murphy, the national anthem by the Hancock High School Panthers Band, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Del. LeRoy Myers and an Invocation by Police Chaplain Rev. Allan Weatherholt, of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church.

During this time, Mayor Murphy and Police Chief T. J. Buskirk had the privilege of announcing that the Hancock Police Department is back up to full staffing. Part-time Officer Aaron Horton has accepted the town's offer to become full time, and new Officer Scott Wolfe is coming aboard full-time. These two join Chief Buskirk and Sgt. Shawn Tasker in bringing the department back up to capacity.

Local citizens greeted this news with enthusiastic applause and then were treated to a picnic dinner of hot dogs and hamburgers courtesy of the Hancock Lions Club.

Various safety and law enforcement groups had tables of information, the municipal pool - a very popular spot last night - was open to all for free, and the local churches took part with entertainment and children's activities and fun.

Thank you to Chief Buskirk, Deborah Cohill from the Interfaith Service Coalition and their many, many helpers for another wonderful August event!

Pre-school signup under way at church

Calling all parents with pre-school aged children! Good Shepherd Pre-school is now accepting registration for the fall semester.

This outreach of the Hancock United Methodist Church is an outstanding educational opportunity. Classes begin Aug. 28 and the facility - at the church at 170 W. Main St. - is open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day. Children are provided with meals and a snack. Both half-day and full-day care are available. Call 301-678-5100 to reserve your position as space is limited and vacancies fill quickly!

Class of '76 plans reunion

One of the enjoyable events that happens during the summer are the occasional high school reunions. The Class of 1976 from Hancock High School is having an alumni dance on Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Hancock American Legion. Borderline, a country-rock band, will perform, and there will be a $5 cover charge. So, pull out those '70s fashions (or not!) and come down to see who has changed the most!

VBS to begin this Sunday

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will hold its annual Evening Vacation Bible School beginning this Sunday at 7 p.m. All local children - and adults! - are invited to attend the sessions which run Sunday through Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Church and High streets.

Parishioners Ken Boheim and Tracy Wolford are organizing the program this year and report that the theme is "SonTreasure Island: Discovering God's Love." Classes for all ages will be offered, nursery through adults. The Rev. Allan Weatherholt and The Rev. Steven McCarty will team-teach the adult class. Crafts, Bible lessons, and special music are offered for children and young people every evening. The week of fun ends on Thursday night with an outdoor communion service, weather permitting, and the children are encouraged to display their crafts and projects at church the following Sunday.

Basket bingo to be held Aug. 27

St. Thomas' will be sponsoring a basket bingo on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Hancock American Legion on East Main Street.

Tickets are now on sale for $20 and include 24 games plus specials.

Food will be offered for sale and there will be the usual raffles and other nice extras. All baskets are filled. Proceeds, of course, benefit the church's work, so please give them your support.

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