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May 15, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Cohill honored for decade of service to Hanock agency

There is a story I once heard about a man walking along a beach just after high tide. He noticed that there were a large number of starfish stranded on the beach.

"What a shame," he thought, "all these starfish are going to die."

Then he noticed a child further along the beach. The child was picking up individual starfish and throwing them back into the surf.

"What are you doing?" he called out. "Saving the starfish," the child replied. "But," the man said, "There are so many. How can you possibly make a difference?"

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The child paused, then picked up another starfish and heaved it toward the water.

"I can make a difference for that one," the child said.

For the last 10 years, Debbie Cohill has been that child of hope as executive director of the Interfaith Service Coalition in and around Hancock and the Tri-State community.

Debbie and her wonderful agency have picked up the stranded, the lost, the broken, one at a time, giving them the tools to rebuild their lives.

On Tuesday evening, citizens of the Hancock area had their chance to honor Debbie and her 10th anniversary at a banquet held at the Park-n-Dine Restaurant.

Mayor Dan Murphy, Hancock High School Vice Principal Larry Smith, members of the ISC board of directors, local clergy and community members shared stories of Debbie's generous spirit, sense of humor and strong faith which keeps her going in the kind of job that burns others out.

The ISC is the only United Way agency in Washington County in an outlying area. The ISC focuses on service in a community where fully 60 percent of the households are at some level of need.

Debbie patches people and resources together and seldom says "no."

Her most recent project is the Good Samaritan House, a transitional shelter that is being renovated from an old duplex near St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. When completed about two months from now, it will be the only shelter of its kind in a 25-mile radius.

Most of the funds have been raised, but Debbie is determined to find the rest outside Hancock, as she knows how local organizations and businesses have already given so much to the needs of our citizens. You can be sure that after the house is done and open, Debbie will move on to yet another "impossible" project, picking up yet one more stranded starfish. Kudos, friend!

School activities abound in town

Lots of school activities are coming up in the next few weeks.

Tonight is the spring band concert at the high school at 7 p.m.

Our young musicians are showing great promise and improvement as they learn the discipline and magic of playing an instrument.

Micah Socks, director of bands, gets the best out of them every time!

This evening's event showcases students at all levels - the sixth-graders, the middle schoolers and the advanced band (grades nine to 12).

Coming up on Wednesday, May 28, is the annual athletic banquet to be held this year in the high school cafeteria. Athletic Director Bill Sterner tells me that this year's banquet honors the accomplishments of more than 100 athletes in 13 programs.

That's quite a record for one of the smallest high schools in Maryland.

Tickets are on sale and the awards program is at 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium. You may attend the awards portion without charge.

Rec department offering day camp

The Washington County Recreation Department will once again be offering a summer day camp in Hancock.

This year's dates are June 23 through Aug. 8, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The cost is $40 per week for Washington County residents, $45 per week for those from outside the county and the camp takes place in the community gym at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

Registration is being accepted and interested parents may call Marsha, the youth summer day camp coordinator, at 240-313-2812.

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