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August 24, 2006|by ANNE WEATHERHOLTZ

School days

Today is the first day of school for most public school students across Washington County, and Hancock is no exception. Generations of citizens remember their school days in this town - once at the school on High Street, now the Community Center; next at the school "in the park," no longer there; and now up on "Blue Hill," where the elementary and the middle-senior high schools face each other, each boasting a view across the Potomac River.

Hancock schools have remained fairly small, and without any "feeder schools," quite community-oriented. We are fortunate that many of our teachers live in the local community, and those who don't often participate in community activities and festivals. We are very proud of our schools and of the staff and teachers who maintain them, lead them and teach in them. Hat's off to our local schools!

Meet the teachers

Speaking of schools, remember that "Meet the Teachers Night" will take place tomorrow evening for Hancock Middle School (grades 6-8) students and parents; and next Tuesday, the 29th, for High School (grades 9-12) students and parents. Each evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium with an introduction from the administrative staff. Then students and parents can move from classroom to classroom to "meet the teachers," and learn firsthand about procedures, expectations, and objectives for the new academic year. Representatives from various groups, such as the Band Boosters, PTA and Athletic Boosters will also be on hand to encourage parents and students to participate and support the co-curricular activities. If you have any questions, you can contact the school office at 301-766-8186.

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Girls soccer

Soccer has finally arrived (or been revived?) in Hancock! I understand that long ago Hancock had a soccer team, probably made up of boys, but the latest team is for the ladies! Karen Sornson and her helpers spent the better part of two years making plans and raising money for this team. Now the time is here for any student who is interested (and the right age), no matter what ability (beginners welcome!) to contact Karen about the team. Coach Sornson is available at 301-678-5764, or in person at the school on Aug. 24 (that's tomorrow) from 3:30-6 p.m. Get out there and use your feet!

Artillery Weekend

Are you a history buff? Then come on out to Fort Frederick this Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27, for an 18th Century Artillery Weekend. The fort, located just off the Big Pool exit of I-70, will be resounding with the pops, crackles, snaps and booms (betcha don't hear them in a bowl of Rice Krispies!), of the guns and canons of the 18th century era.

Programs are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, and there is a service charge for the event. Fort Frederick staff and volunteers will be on hand, dressed in period costumes, ready to lead you back into the history of this restored Fort, one of the significant forts of the French and Indian War.

Canal-Apple Days

OHHH BOY!!! Hancock's own local Festival, Canal-Apple Days, sponsored by the Hancock Lions and Lioness Clubs, is on the horizon! The date for the big weekend is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17. This will be the 30th year for this event. Applications are now out for entries in the parade, which kicks off the weekend on Saturday morning.

Approximately $2,500 is available in prize money (not all to one winner, of course) in various categories. If you have a band, marching unit, float, majorette group, or are a member of a rescue squad, fire hall or running for political office (there are PLENTY of those this year), contact June D. Mills, parade chair, at P.O. Box 475, Hancock MD 21750, or e-mail her at pearl26@verizon.net. Respond promptly, as this is a very popular parade!

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