Around Hancock

June 26, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

'Mom, I'm bored!'

I remember when my boys were still in elementary school. They could hardly wait for the school year to end. The first few weeks of vacation were OK, but by the end of June and into July, they got bored!

It was hot and they wanted to go the pool, but had to wait until an adult could take them. They spent hours in their home-based day care, but they got tired of the "little kids." Now Hancock has a wonderful alternative, right here in town!

The Washington County Recreation Department sponsors a day camp for children 6 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Camp started this week, and parents may sign their children up for as many weeks as they choose until camp ends in early August. The camp costs $40 per week for Washington County residents. The camp is also open to children from neighboring states, at $45 per week.


Each day the children enjoy a variety of recreational activities, supervised play, and once the pool is finished, they will go swimming every afternoon (children will need to bring $2 for the pool fee each day). The only thing parents need to do is register their kids and pack a daily lunch for them. There is plenty of space left for this coming week, so call the Recreation Department at 240-313-2805, or go online to Scroll down looking at the left side of the screen for the 2008 Spring/Summer Brochure. It is extremely important that Hancock citizens support and participate in these county-sponsored activities. So often we complain about being neglected or overlooked by the county, but we must be ready to respond to the opportunities as they come our way!

Shoes collected

"Soles for Souls" is still going strong at Hancock United Methodist Church. On June 1, members of the congregation took off their shoes to attend services and donated an astounding 229 pairs of shoes to this cause. The church has set a goal of 1,000 pairs of shoes and has set up donation sites at the church, the NAPA Auto Parts Store, The Home Center Pharmacy, Hardee's, State Farm Insurance and Dr. Murphy's veterinary office.

Hardee's is kicking in a coupon for free food for each pair of shoes dropped off at their site. So go "mining" in those closets and give up your "soles" for a great cause. The shoes will be sent to a warehouse in Concord, Va., where they will be sorted for shipping to needy persons here in the USA and around the world. All types of shoes are welcome.

Farmers market

Don't forget to visit the Hancock Farmers Market on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. At this time in the season, there have been a few vendors with some lovely looking plants for sale. Hopefully, as the growing season progresses, there will be some fresh veggies. If you have a garden, a small farm or raise fresh food or eggs, I'm sure you would have customers ready to purchase local produce. Vendors can come free once they have registered at the town office. I'll be waiting to sample the fresh stuff!

Thank you, donors

Due to the generosity of Stanley Fulton and Adna Fulton of AC&T, the Hancock Town Pool is getting a makeover and will open sometime in late June or early July. Town citizens are pleased that this "fix" was able to happen, as the pool is a wonderful asset to the summer months. Thank you, donors!

Photo contest

A remarkable collection of photos was entered in this year's Hancock Photo Contest. The winners will be announced Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Hancock War Memorial Library in Widmeyer Park. I am told by "someone who knows" that one of the honorable mention photos is called "In God's Hands." The photo, above, was taken by Matthew Jones in his backyard in Little Orleans.

If this is an example of the quality, then I am looking forward to seeing this year's winners. Even if you are unable to come on Saturday, you can stop by the library when it is open to see the top winners. The rest of the photos are on display in the storefront on the corner of Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Thanks to all those who provided photos.

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