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Hancock briefs

January 10, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Aging commission director visits council



HANCOCK - The executive director of the Washington County Commission on Aging asked Hancock Town Council members Wednesday for feedback on any additional programs they would like to see for the town's senior citizens.

Susan MacDonald said that the commission wants to ensure that Washington County is a "senior-friendly" community.

"We know there is more to be done," she said.

MacDonald said the commission is working with the Washington County Commissioners to bring multipurpose senior centers to the county.

She said there are about 450 citizens in the Clear Spring/Hancock area that are 60 years of age or older.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said it might be helpful to hold focus groups and discussions about possible options for seniors in the area.




Town will donate to slain officer's fund



HANCOCK - Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said Wednesday that the town will make a small donation to a fund for a slain Smithsburg police officer.

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Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson was killed in the line of duty Dec. 19.

Murphy said there had been discussions that the fund established in Nicholson's honor would be used for a scholarship, but he said it also might pay for a monument dedicated to Nicholson.

"We will participate in that in some way," Murphy said. "We certainly want to send our sympathies to the family."




Police respond to 135 calls in December



HANCOCK - The Hancock Police Department responded to 135 calls in December.

There were seven vehicle scans using police dogs, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk said. Police issued 30 traffic citations, 10 of which were moving violations, he said.

There were seven arrests, four warrants that were served and one driving under the influence citation was issued, Buskirk said.




Aleshire speaks with town council



HANCOCK - Washington County Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire spoke with the Hancock Town Council Wednesday, making a case for more communication and cooperation among the county's towns.

Aleshire also asked for feedback from the council about Hancock's needs.

Aleshire said there are some common trends among most Washington County towns. They want to draw more activities to their downtown areas. He advocated for franchised garbage and recycling services, and said that he would like to see smaller towns receive more of the county's discretionary funds.

The bulk of those funds now are distributed in Hagerstown.

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