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July 31, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Cooling prospects

Amazing! Tomorrow it will be August -- already! 

The stores are putting out back-to-school stuff, and sometimes the mornings seem just a little bit cooler. As all cycles go, the greening of the trees has reached its apex, and the horizon is wilting in the late summer haze. 

Kids are still playing in the streets and the park in the evenings, aware that time for staying up late is short and the doors of the school will be opening soon to swallow up their days. 

This year, however, going back to school will be much more comfortable, as Hancock Middle-Senior High School has received its long-promised upgrade of air conditioning. Thank you to the Board of Education for hearing our need and responding. That earlier school opening date of Aug. 20 will be a bit more acceptable, knowing that the sweltering heat will be kept outside instead of in. 

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Photo Club 

The Hancock Photo Club met to evaluate the success of the photo contest and to plan for future events. Some ideas being discussed are the production of photo postcards, offering photography lessons and various venues for displaying photo contest entries. The club's mext meeting will be Sunday, Aug. 17, at St. Thomas' Parish Hall, Church and High streets. All are welcome to attend.

Night Out 

The yearly "National Night Out Against Crime" takes place Tuesday evening across the country and in Hancock. In our town, the setting will be Widmeyer Park. The evening promises to be a lot of fun with law enforcement and safety displays, complimentary food, music, entertainment and games for kids -- all courtesy of the Hancock Police Department. 

Police Chief T. J. Buskirk asked me to thank Debbie Cohill and Mark Stahr, of the Interfaith Service Coalition, for again helping to organize this big evening.  Come out at 6 p.m. for the opening ceremony, then stay to enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob and music from St. Thomas' Episcopal Youth and the Methodist Church Praise bands. In addition to time with our law enforcement personnel, the pool will be open for free until dark. 

Breakfast in the Park 

On Saturday, the Hancock Lions Club will host Breakfast in the Park from 7 to 10 a.m. This hot-cooked breakfast is a full menu of eggs, pancakes, fried potatoes, juice, sausage, etc., plus a chance to get together with your fellow citizens.  Come on down and help support the Lions and their many community projects. 

Farmers Market

After breakfast, walk up the street to the Farmers Market in the Joseph Hancock Park. By this time there should be plenty of great veggies and garden produce. Let's help make this enterprise a success!

Yard sale 

And while you're at it, ride out to the Little Orleans Fire Department yard sale and check out the bargains. Folks are encouraged to bring their items and rent a table by calling 301-478-2882. All proceeds help the department with their equipment needs. 

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