Around Hancock

May 08, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Mother Nature throwing curves

The spring growing season this year was topsy-turvy!

The redbuds and dogwoods, which usually show their blooms through the winter trees, came late this year.

They appeared long after the green blush of leaves colored the woods. Tulips were blooming long after the daffodils had given up their golden blooms, and the early spring flowers along the Western Maryland Rail Trail were almost overshadowed by the greening underbrush.

Still, all in all, spring is always beautiful around Hancock, with the various ecosystems which layer from riverside to mountain top.

I remember once during summer camp in Michigan when my ecology class studied small plots of land. These plots stretched from the lakeside to the tops of the sand dunes. We were asked to observe one patch for a half-hour to see what living things were there - plants, animals - and then to describe the habitat.


This exercise made me aware of how different these layers of location are and how necessary they all are to each other.

There are no lines that separate them, but those who observe nature know that what lives and breathes next to the river would not survive on Round Top, and what flies and grazes in the old open orchards only visits the riverside.

Yet each area seems to offer respect for the neighbor, not competition, as various fauna and flora mix and mingle.

Don't forget drama camp

This is the second notice regarding the drama camp sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council this summer.

The three-day theatre workshop is for youth ages 9 to 12. It will take place at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center in the "Performing Arts Center" and will run June 30, July 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to noon daily.

The students will learn the basics of acting, directing, choreography, blocking and will actually help with the writing of a script that they will perform on the last workshop day.

The program is open to students from Hancock, Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) and Southern Fulton (Pa.) School District and is limited to 14 students. The fee is $10, which includes a workshop T-shirt for each participant.

Directing the program will be Carolyn Mottern, art teacher for the Southern Fulton School District.

Mottern has directed the past several theatrical performances at SFHS, including "The Emperor's New Clothes," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and this past fall's performance of "Oklahoma!"

Mottern has been a cast member in various high school and college musicals and operas and has more than 17 years of dance and musical experience. Parents of interested students should contact Mottern at 717-573-2169 or e-mail her at cmot no later than May 15.

Photo club meeting postponed

The Hancock Area Photo Club has postponed its meeting from May 11 to 25. The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. at Hancock High School.

The photographers must be busy taking pictures of Mom on her special day! Don't forget those pictures for the photography contest!

Check out paintings

If you are up that way, wander in to the Home Center Furniture and Appliance Galleries on West Main Street and take a look at two paintings on display: "Bear with Two Coyotes" and "Deer in the Woods" are on sale for $100 each. Your $100 will go directly to Safe Shelter in Flintstone, Md., a "no-kill" shelter.

Band concert

Don't forget that one week from tonight is the time for the spring band concert at Hancock Middle Senior High School. Director of Bands Micah Socks has planned an evening which will showcase each aspect of our school's band program - the beginners in grade six, the middle schoolers in grades seven and eight, and the advanced band in the high school level, grades nine through 12.

It's always a wonderful evening. The festivities begin next Thursday evening, May 15, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Churches celebrating on Mother's Day

Area churches will celebrate Mother's Day Sunday with special prayers, music and tributes during their worship services.

I know of one or two area congregations who are planning a breakfast in honor of Mom's special day.

At St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, the Brothers of St. Andrew are hosting their eighth annual Mother's Day Banquet right after the 10a.m. service. The menu features roast turkey with all the trimmings, and the Moms will even enjoy homemade cheesecake for dessert! Area restaurants feature great menus for this occasion as well. Whatever your plans, pamper Mom on her special day. Remember how much she gives to her family and friends on a daily basis. Thank her and wish her a happy Mother's Day!

Cohill marks 10th anniversary

And finally, Deborah Cohill has now been executive director for the Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock for 10 years!

This spring marks the 10th anniversary of her entry into this important work. Under Debbie's dedicated leadership, the ISC has grown to include the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store - both a source of funding for the agency and a ministry to the community.

The nonprofit United Way agency moved from a tiny office in Town Hall to the more spacious and professional brick building adjacent to Loaves and Fishes.

Other programs like Keep a Senior Safe and Warm have been added, and Good Samaritan House, which will provide emergency transitional housing for those with this need, will soon be a reality.

To celebrate Debbie's faithful leadership over the past decade, the ISC Board of Directors is hosting a Testimonial Banquet in her honor. It will take place next Tuesday evening, May 13, beginning at 6:p.m. at the Park-n-Dine Restaurant. Invitations have gone out, but anyone in the community who would like to attend may reserve space by calling The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, ISC Board President, at 301-678-6569. Congratulations, Debbie, and thank you for all that you do for so many in need!

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