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May 22, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

A time to pause

As we cross that space between spring and summer, don't forget to pause and salute a nearby flag, say a prayer for our servicemen and women, for the families of those who have given the ultimate gift of sacrifice for our great country.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hancock Presbyterian Church and St. Peter's Catholic Church will hold their annual Memorial Day Weekend Commemoration on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, the Rev. Carol Davis and the Rev. John Lesnick will lead prayers in their combined churchyards, assisted by members of the Hancock American Legion.

School news

As the school year comes to a close, several activities are planned:

· On Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. the scholarship and awards ceremony will take place in the high school auditorium. Each year, thousands of dollars in grants and awards are given to Hancock students, enabling them to continue with their studies.

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· Wednesday at 6 p.m. is the annual athletic banquet in the high school cafeteria. For a school its size, Hancock has a high percentage of students who play more than one sport, and many students who might not be chosen for teams in larger schools get a chance to compete and improve their skills.

· Thursday, May 29, music lovers may enjoy the spring chorus concert at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. There are always performances that give me chills, and remind me that many famous performers begin their "careers" in small high school choruses!

The following week the seniors complete their high school career with baccalaureate on Wednesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. and graduation at 6 p.m. on June 5. My husband, the Rev. Allan Weatherholt and I will be leading the baccalaureate this year, and our son, Stephen, a 2006 grad, has been asked to perform a song with senior Richie Strong and friend Cade McCarty.

Camp Joy

Camp Joy is accepting applications for home repairs from local homeowners who are elderly, disabled or low income.

From July 14 to 25, campers from around the area will be coming to Hancock for this program known as the Christian Appalachian Mission Project Joining Other Youth (CAMP JOY, get it?) Applications are due Friday. If you wish to apply, call Hancock United Methodist Church at 301-678-6440, or ask for an application at various senior citizens' sites in Hancock, Warfordsburg, Pa., Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Paw Paw, W.Va., or the Great Cacapon (W.Va.) Post Office. If by some chance you submitted an application to James "Red" Smith, please contact Hancock United Methodist Church. As you well know, "Red," a local citizen who did much to support the needs of the community, passed away earlier this year. Look around your house and see if you need any of the following: scraping and painting, caulking, a wheelchair ramp, yard cleanup or deck repair.

Circus in town

The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Hancock on Tuesday as a fundraiser for the Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. Tickets are now on sale for two shows: 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. The "show" begins when the circus caravans pull into Widmeyer Park about 7:30 a.m. and begin setting up. They use elephants to erect the big top, and many other animals are part of the performance: llamas, ponies, horses, camels and miniature donkeys.

In remembrance

Another of Hancock's longtime citizens died earlier this month. Adele Donnelly was 97 years old. Although she had been in an area nursing home the past few years, Adele called "Sunshine Hill" on West Main Street her home.

This beautiful house was built in 1910 by her mother.

Adele and her husband, Ralph, who passed away in 2003, were two of the better known citizens in Hancock, active in so many community groups throughout Washington County.

Adele and Ralph were early supporters of local historical societies and were instrumental in the establishment of the C&O Canal as a national park and the development of the Western Maryland Rail Trail bike path.

Adele also served on various hospital boards, was a great supporter of the Red Cross and assisted with Meals on Wheels. Adele was a faithful member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, heading up their Altar Guild for decades.

Her family and friends will gather at St. Thomas', Church and High streets, Saturday at 11 a.m. to honor her memory in a memorial service.

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