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Hancock youth keeping busy

As I said last week, there is plenty for young persons to do in Hancock this summer!

On this page are some pictures to show you "in action" what is going on.

In addition, no child should go hungry in Hancock this summer. The Washington County Public Schools is hosting the Summer Food Service Program this month at the Hancock Elementary School until July 31.

The program offers free meals to children five days a week, regardless of household income.

Rec department offering day camp

The Washington County Recreation Department offers a day camp in Hancock during the summer months.

The program is for children ages 6 to 12. If a parent signs up for a week of camp during July, the Recreation Department will offer a second week free. That amounts to two weeks for $40 for county residents and $45 for noncounty residents.


Children are supervised for activities from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., including crafts, hikes, fishing, nature walks, sports of all kinds and reading. Once the Hancock Municipal Pool is re-opened, the children will have supervised swimming every day (they must pay $2 per day for the pool).

This program is offered in several county towns and organizers hope to build it up in the future.

For information and registration, call 240-313-2805 or online at Scroll down looking at the left side of the screen for 2008 Spring/Summer Recreation Brochure, and look for Hancock Day camp.

Plenty of drama at this special camp

Sixteen children ages 9 to 12 were quiet and spellbound while Carolyn Mottern explained stagecraft to them.

For the thespians among us (those who have been involved in drama), it was a magical moment in the Hancock Community Performing Arts Center - its first drama camp.

Sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the drama camp ran from Monday to Wednesday this week and concluded with a dramatic performance Wednesday.

On Monday, the youth were learning to express emotions through the use of tableau - a still picture. Mottern directed them to express "Yuk!" in small groups using three levels - standing, low and on the floor.

Then she directed the entire group to express the excitement of a trip to Hersheypark. They moved in 10 seconds and held the pose for 15 seconds in complete silence.

Dramatic training assists youth in many ways to prepare them for higher education and the work force. Youth learn to enunciate, to be able to speak clearly, think on their feet and compose their bodies in certain social situations, to sit still, to listen, to express their emotions in safe and appropriate ways. The drama camp is the first in a plan for future dramatic offerings for children and adults in the Hancock area, says Sinclair Hamilton of the Hancock Arts Council.

Class of 1988 planning reunion

An invitation is extended to all Hancock High School graduates of 1988 for a 20- year reunion on Saturday, Aug. 9 at the Hancock American Legion. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. A DJ will follow from 8 to 11 p.m.

The class is seeking addresses to send invitations. Please e-mail Jenny Ruppenthal at with your address and other classmates' addresses.

Photo contest art on display

The winners in the 2008 "Our Town" photo contest were announced June 28. The exhibit of the top 10 photos will be on display in the Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park through September.

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