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August 07, 2008

Night Out

"Take the 'bite' out of crime" is a motto sometimes used by law enforcement. On Tuesday, that "bite" was demonstrated in Hancock's Widmeyer Park to several hundred citizens as the K-9 trainers from Hagerstown's Maryland Correctional Training Center showed the power of their young "attack" dog.

This demonstration was only one of many informational sites set up in the park for Hancock's ninth annual National Night Out Against Crime.

The Hancock Police Department, with help from the Interfaith Service Coalition, sponsored the event that drew hundreds to the park on a lovely summer evening.

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Mayor Daniel Murphy and Police Chief T.J. Buskirk led a short welcoming ceremony, which included an invocation by the Rev. Allan Weatherholt and the national anthem by your's truly, the Rev. Anne Weatherholt, both chaplains for the Maryland State Police at Hagerstown.

Citizens of all ages chowed down on hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and cold drinks provided free from the culinary talents of the Hancock Lions Club. The huge line snaked across the park, but folks were very patient and polite.

The pool was open for a free swim, teens gathered for a basketball tournament and volleyball game, and local service agencies and churches provided children's ID cards, temporary tattoos, free gun locks and helpful information.

The local fire and rescue volunteers were on hand to show their equipment and educate youngsters about their important role in the community. The Washington County Safety House was in operation for the evening. Entertainment during supper was provided in the new band shell by Ordinary Heroes, a trio of local college-aged students who performed for the first time in public.

The group sang songs they have written and a few popular favorites by famous artists. The Methodist Church Praise Band took over later, serenading folks gathered under a tent to play bingo while kids bounced with glee in the enclosed moon bounce. All in all, it was a great evening in "small town USA" with lots of participation and lots of good fun!

Movie night

The Hancock War Memorial Branch Library will host an End-of-Summer Family Movie night on Friday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. They will be showing the animated movie "Madagascar," from DreamWorks Studios. The movie is free, and complimentary popcorn will be served. Those attending should bring comfy chairs or floor pillows. Everyone is welcome. For information, call 301-678-5300.

Hunter safety

The National Chapter of the Izaak Walton League will host a workshop titled "Ethics in Action" at the Woodmont Rod and Gun Club this Saturday and Sunday. The course teaches hunter safety educators to help their students become more aware of their behavior in the woods. For information, call 301-548-0150, ext. 233.

Yard and bake sale

St. Paul's Lutheran Church will hold a yard sale and bake sale Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The church is in a beautiful spot west of town on Resley Road along the crest of Sideling Hill Mountain. You can find them by taking Creek Road just past the Pizza Hut on Main Street and following it to Resley Road and then out to the church. The sale will be held rain or shine.

Pool party

Get ready for back-to-school by attending the Hancock Middle-Senior High pool party sponsored by the PTA on Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. Come on down to the pool in Widmeyer Park and see all of your friends!

Farmers market open

Don't forget the Hancock Farmers Market this Saturday in Joseph Hancock Park on West Main Street. I got some wonderful fresh corn, string beans and a delicious peach pie from local vendors last week.

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