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Farmers' Market opens Saturday

Nutritionists recommend eating several servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Most say that fresh veggies and fruits are best. For many years, I have envied communities where once a week or so local citizens could go to a Farmers' Market and shop. I have fantasized about going to Hagerstown's locations, never quite made it.

Now, my wish has been granted! This Saturday is the first day for the Hancock Farmers' Market! Yes, at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Joseph Hancock Park will be open for business. Local vendors are welcome to come and sell their products. (They will need to register at the Town Hall, but there is no fee.) I plan to be there to see what is available. And there is more, much more, just read ahead!

Live music, too

In addition to the fresh products at the Farmers' Market, there will be live music beginning at 10 a.m. The Hancock Arts Council Band will be on hand, plus the duo of Russ and Donna Miller. While we can't promise that live music will be featured every Saturday, come on down and enjoy yourself this week!


Yard sale

Then, after (or before) choosing your items from the Farmers' Market, stroll across the street to the Hancock United Methodist Church for a multifamily yard sale in the back parking lot and along the lawn. The ladies of the church will also have baked goods and other food for sale. Let's hope the weather is as good this Saturday as it was last week!

Pool not yet open

Although Hancock's municipal pool in Widmeyer Park did not open this last weekend, it will open later next month, according to town officials. Extensive repairs need to be completed, but once done, the pool will be in even better shape than before. The pool is an important feature in our town, which providing hours of summer recreation for local children and teens. We will look forward to the repairs and the opening!

Barge Bash

And while we are on the subject of water, Hancock's 2008 Barge Bash is just around the corner, er, canal, er, river ... whatever! Yes, a large number of local businesses and organizations are working on their homemade creations, hoping they will float long enough to make the trip from the High Street Bridge to the C&O park entrance Saturday, June 8.

The Hancock Chamber of Commerce sponsors this annual event, which will feature some local political representatives as judges. Barges will line up about 12:30 p.m., and the "race" begins at 2 p.m. There will also be food, cold drinks, music, and displays just for children.

To top the day off, the famous Zambelli Fireworks Company will present a display in our skies over the park at dusk. For more information call 301-678-5900 or visit 


Don't wear any shoes to church at Hancock United Methodist Church this coming Sunday, June 1 -- yes I wrote, DON'T wear any shoes -- come barefoot and bring a pair of shoes to donate as the church kicks off (LOL), a drive to collect 1,000 pairs of shoes to be sent to persons in need. Nashville-based Soles4Souls facilitates the donations of footwear, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide.

Soles4Souls has donated more than 3 million pairs of shoes since its inception (one pair of shoes every 28 seconds). The charity was recently featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. Shoe companies, retailers and individuals can donate both new and gently worn footwear.

Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) agency recognized by the IRS, and donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. For more information about Soles4Souls, please visit on the Internet.

Collection boxes for new and gently used shoes will be at the following locations: Hancock United Methodist Church, Good Shepherd Preschool, NAPA Auto Parts, State Farm Insurance, Dr. Daniel Murphy's office, the Home Center Pharmacy, and Hardee's Restaurant. (Hardee's is giving a free food coupon for every pair of shoes donated at its Hancock location). They will accept all types of shoes - new or old - from basic flip flops, sneakers, to boots and high heels. The shoe drive will run the entire month of June. When the shoe drive is completed, the church members will deliver the shoes to the Soles4Souls warehouse in Concord, Va. Search your closets, folks!


End-of-school activities continue this week and next with the Spring Choral Concert at 7 p.m. this evening at Hancock High School. Band Awards Night is Tuesday, June 3, in the high school cafeteria.

Baccalaureate is next Wednesday, June 4, and commencement is next Thursday evening, June 5. The Rev. Allan Weatherholt of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will deliver this year's baccalaureate address, with prayers by the Rev. Anne Weatherholt. Stephen Weatherholt, a 2006 graduate, has been invited by the senior class to perform an inspirational song, joined by senior Richie Strong and Cade McCarty.

Principal Eric Michael says that this year's seniors are outstanding -- academically and personally. Hancock High School may be small, but it functions more like an academy than a public high school. Classes are small, but high quality with a number of AP offerings, plus opportunity to try a variety of subjects that a student might want to explore.

At this year's Honors Awards evening, the number of students and the number of awards was impressive, with several students who have received thousands of dollars in scholarships to area colleges and universities. This year there are a salutatorian and two valedictorians who hold 4.0-plus averages.

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