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Beautiful roses

Have any of you noticed how beautiful the roses are this year? Everywhere I look, there are roses in bloom - climbers, creepers, wild, cultivated-all are outdoing themselves in lush blooms ranging from light pink to black red. They are so large, I mistook one bush for azaleas until I got closer and could see the thorns! My neighbors have a climbing rose on the side of their home which I am sure has been benignly neglected, but, all forgiven, has lavishly splashed red over the end of the porch. My grandfather used to grow roses using only wood chips. He was an early devotee of hydroponics and his roses were unusually large and lush. Every two days he would pick a new bouquet and float a bloom or two in a large bowl on the front porch of our summer place in Michigan. Day by day the blooms would slowly unfold, petal by petal. Seeing the roses this spring we can better understand their reputation as the flower of love, the way rose petals were collected, dried and used to sweeten linens, food, perfumes and living quarters. The roses this spring are loving the full flowering of the days which are drifting and stretching toward the summer solstice.


Carnival continues

The Hancock Fireman's Carnival is in full swing. The park on West Main Street is packed with rides, games and on the stage, a new show every night.

This evening, the Incredible Driftin' Whistle Pigs will be singing traditional music by artists such as Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and Gene Watson. Pedal steel player Joe Sapp and lead vocalist and bass player Dan Stiles anchor the band. On Friday, Hancock's own Tori Anderson & the Possum Holler Band will be in the spotlight. Anderson's husband Michael provides a tender and steady acoustic guitar. The rest of the group is Greg Mills on bass, Greg Elwood on lead guitar and mandolin and Wes Moats on drums. Tori's sister Cathy Moats sings harmony and lead. This popular local treat brings something for everyone - music that is old, modern and original. The carnival will end Saturday with fireworks at dusk, sponsored by Company 5 and the Hancock Chamber of Commerce.

Barge Bash

Don't forget the 2008 Barge Bash this Saturday along the C&O canal. Quite a few local businesses and clubs are putting final touches on the barges that will be towed from the Church Street bridge to the finish line at the Pennsylvania Avenue outlet. There will be food for sale, displays and lots of local folks turning out. Activates begin in the morning with the races at 2 p.m. There will be plenty of parking!

Benefit feast

Hungry? There is time to plan a trip to Hancock for the all-you-can-eat spaghetti (and more) supper at the Park-n-Dine on East Main Street. This evening from 6 to 9, adults can eat for $10 and children under 12 for $6 at the buffet, including drinks and dessert. All proceeds will benefit the Caperton Furniture works Relay for Life Team.

Ballet dancer

Hancock High School senior Alexis Cavey will dance with the Potomac Classical Youth Ballet in their spring performance June 14 at 7:30 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre. Alexis has been dancing since she was young and has performed in "The Nutcracker" at Christmas. She graduates this year with high marks, and is planning to attend Frostburg State University and study to be a nurse.

Breakfast in the Park

The Hancock Lions Club announces the beginning of its Breakfast in the Park series. On Saturday, come on up to Widmeyer Park for a hot, full breakfast at a bargain price. Most of the breakfasts are fundraisers for local needs. If you can't make it this Saturday, plan to come next month! Or drive up Saturday, June 15, for the Lions' chicken barbeque in the lot next to Sheetz on West Main Street.

Good news

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