This year on Valentine's Day, let us remember that hands are for holding and love shouldn't hurt.
If you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, help is just a phone call away. In Hancock and Washington County, call C.A.S.A., Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, at 301-739-8975.
Winter fest fights through warm temps
The Hancock Winter Festival took place last Saturday amid a week that had produced almost record warm temperatures for February.
Nevertheless, a truckload of snow from Whitetail Ski Resort saved the day, and the snow sculptures were still standing later in the week.
More than 200 local citizens turned out for funnel cakes, ice carving, cake walk and live music. The "Snow Zebra" won most of the prizes. Now the sculptures are covered with the new snow that just fell, and the evidence of a good time had by all is gone until next year!
Little League planning dance
The Hancock Little League is sponsoring a Sweetheart Dance Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Hancock American Legion.
The cost is $5 per person and advance tickets are recommended. Music for the evening will be provided by DJ Sound and Spectrum Light Show. Call Ronnie Younker 301-678-6504 to make your reservation and help the Little League!
Counseling center can help with forms
Thinking about sending your high school student to college?
The Counseling Center at Hancock High School can help you fill out those FAFSA forms, which are due March 1.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20, the school is sponsoring a Transition Night for eighth- and 10th-graders at the high school.
The time for the eighth- graders is 6 to 7 p.m. and the 10th-graders is 7 to 8 p.m.
Students and parents will learn about requirements for graduation and class scheduling options for next year. Representatives from Washington County Technical High School will be on hand to present its programs.
Be sure to stop by the counseling center and ask them to assist you with any academic issues.
Lenten services offered at church
As I mentioned in previous weeks, Easter this year is almost as early as it can be - March 23.
That means that the Christian season of Lent is already under way.
At St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets, they are again offering the community a Wednesday night Lenten Preaching Series.
Guest preachers address a common scripture theme each week during the beautiful service of Evening Prayer.
This year's theme is "The Light of the World," based on a passage from John's Gospel. On Wednesday, the Rev. Anjel L. Scarborough, of Gathered by Christ Episcopal Church, Frederick County, returned to St. Thomas' where she had previously interned and addressed this theme.
Next Wednesday, the Rev. Dr. John Barlow, pastor of Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian Church, will be the guest.
A potluck supper is offered at 6:30 p.m., with Evening Prayer and the Lenten preaching at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome.
Photo club plans contest
The Hancock Photo Club met on Feb. 10 to continue its planning for the 2008 photo contest.
Sam Judge has developed a contest poster using a photo submitted last year by Keith Kirk. Other wonderful photos are on display in the Hancock Library.
Photos for this year's contest should be submitted by May 31. More details will be forthcoming, but get out those cameras and start "shooting!"
Preschool enrolling now
Good Shepherd Preschool is now enrolling for the summer months.
Space is limited, so call now to join the fun. Spots are open for children ages 2 and older.
The preschool is held at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.
For more information, call Jan Souders or Kathy McCarty at 301-678-5100, or drop by for a visit.
Friendship banquet tickets available
If you haven't purchased your ticket for the St. Thomas' Friendship Banquet and Auction to be held at the Park-n-Dine on Saturday, Feb. 23, they are going fast!
Organizer Cathy Hoopengardner tells me that more than 90 tickets have been sold.
This entertaining fundraiser is always a mid-winter treat.
Call St. Thomas' at 301-678-6569 for your reservations. Tickets cost $20 per person for the food and entertainment.
Pipe organ concert set for Sunday
And finally, a wonderful pipe organ concert is scheduled for Hancock this Sunday afternoon.
Performing in recital at historic St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will be Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon of the music faculty at Frostburg State University.
Dixon, an internationally acclaimed organist and pianist, will offer a preview of a program she will perform in Europe this spring.
This concert will showcase St. Thomas' recently restored M.P. Moller pipe organ. The event begins at 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A reception with opportunity to meet this outstanding artist will follow in St. Thomas' Parish Hall. Come one, come all!