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February 21, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Landmark store comes down, but Good Samaritan House taking shape

This week in Hancock "Old Mr. White's Store" was coming down.

This Hancock landmark is well-remembered by the generations of children, now adults, who used to visit kindly storekeeper Arthur White and buy "penny candy" from the overflowing glass jars on his countertop.

In more recent years, the store was an ice cream parlor, catering to walkers and bicyclists along the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

At that time, the proprietors refurbished the store's wall shelves and lined them with old photos and memorabilia from the past glory days.

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But on Monday, a large crane made short work of the old frame structure to make way for a parking lot for the bank across the street.

"Pave paradise and put up a parking lot," was the theme for the day on Main Street.

But even as one old store was coming down, the Good Samaritan House on High Street was going up!

The two sagging old wings on the rear of that house have now been removed, and one replacement wing is now in the process of going up. The demolition has exposed a series of huge, broad boards on the back of the house, while the new wing is quickly being assembled.

A heart-shaped sign on the front of the house reminds passers-by that funds are still needed to complete this wonderful project of the Interfaith Service Coalition.

It is a project which will bring the first church-sponsored emergency housing to the Hancock area. So, while one old house is gone, another is being renovated to bring new life to some in need!

Tickets available for Friendship event

Last-minute tickets are still available for St. Thomas' Episcopal Church's Friendship Banquet and Auction set for this Saturday evening at the Park-n-Dine.

This event will be an enjoyable time of music, food and fellowship, all for a good cause.

Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased by calling the church at 301-678-6569. The gala, being organized by Cathy Hoopengardner, begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour and some music from the Hancock Arts Council Band.

Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by the fun of a fund-raising auction of many wonderful items. Why not consider attending?

Rotary Club plans benefit auction

The Rotary Club of Hancock is also holding a benefit dinner and auction, but you have more time to purchase your tickets for this event.

It is slated for Tuesday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hancock American Legion.

Drawings for money and other items will be held throughout the evening with both silent and traditional auctions of items and services.

Our local Rotarians recently donated 15 wheelchairs to Rotary International's Wheelchair Foundation to provide help for disabled persons around the world. You may purchase tickets from any Hancock Rotarian. If you have an item to donate for the auction, contact Anna Maye Sigel at 717-573-2246.

Lenten services continue at churches

Lenten services continue at Hancock area churches as this Christian season, which leads to Easter, has made an especially early entrance this year.

Over at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., the service of Stations of the Cross is offered each Friday evening in Lent at 7:30. This ancient liturgy is actually based on the Via Dolorosa - the Way of Sorrows - walked by Good Friday pilgrims in Jerusalem. In less than one hour, it invites worshippers to prayerfully relive the ordeal which Jesus endured as he went to his crucifixion.

Readings from Gospel passages recall 14 "stations" or stops along the way, which point up the events of Christ's arrest, trial, suffering, death and resurrection. Fr. John Lesnick, Pastor at St. Peter's leads the service, which concludes each Lenten Friday with prayers and hymns.

Preaching series continues at church

Meanwhile, the Wednesday Lenten Preaching Series at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets, continues next Wednesday evening.

Guest will be the local Parish's former Intern, now a Priest herself in Frederick County, the Rev. Anjel L. Scarborough.

She will address the 2008 theme, "The Light of the World."

A potluck supper is offered in the Parish Hall at 6:30 p.m. with Evening Prayer and the Lenten Preaching at 7:30 p.m. in the historic church. As always, the Lenten Series is open to the public.

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