Around Hancock

August 14, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Truth session

Left alone to ourselves, we tend to create reality in our own image.

Memory can be quite selective and we can tell history only from the point of view of our success.

Our personal history, unchecked by the comments and memories of those who shared our events, will take on a sheen and patina - whether positive or negative - that reflects only part of the truth.

It takes a community to write the truth of history.

Our eldest son, Daniel, who recently visited China on a trip sponsored by Frostburg State University, and I were watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

I visited Hong Kong 30 years ago, so both of us had memories of the Chinese people and culture.

While the artistry and technology, let alone the sheer numbers of performers were impressive, the history lesson was selective, skipping over the recent dark period of Mao's long march and the oppression of a totalitarian government.


The world community, celebrating the excellence of sport, has checked this selective memory and has attempted to reflect a larger truth.

There are blessings in the collective memory of a small town such as Hancock, in the recollection of an event or a challenge, in the impressions made by lives on the clay feet of humanity.

It takes humility, patience and a gentle perspective to participate in history that yields truth instead of deception.

Summer's last stand

As the Summer wanes and the town begins to turn its attention to the events coming this fall, there are still some summer activities to enjoy.

Mt. Olivet Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Church Festival Saturday, from 5 to 9 p.m. at its location on Exline Road, just west of Hancock. There will be lots of activities for all ages, food and music. While the kids can enjoy the moon bounce, adults can sit back and enjoy music by the Guilford Station Blue Grass Gospel group. Food will include homemade pie and ice cream.

Tri-State Community Health Center to observe National Health Center Week

This week, Hancock's Tri-State Community Health Center is observing National Health Center Week (Aug. 10-16).

This is a national campaign dedicated to recognizing the service and contributions of community health centers in cities and towns across America. National Health Center Week salutes the work of these health centers and spreads the message that America needs to invest in an accessible and affordable community health system that can reduce disparities, improve health, and achieve cost savings in healthcare and prevention.

The special focus for this year's National Health Center Week is a new health center plan to create more healthcare homes in the future for the medically un-served and to honor the healthcare "heroes" at existing health centers.

The healthcare heroes are the health center physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and other health professionals who have chosen to serve in communities in need, helping to expand the reach of primary care and preventive health services.

Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock has provided care to 6,350 community residents over the last 12 months and almost 20,000 community residents as an organization.

More than 50 percent of the center's patients have received or are eligible to receive sliding fee discounts/free care during this same time period.

The Hancock site is fortunate to have five primary care providers and a pediatrician who provide healthcare to patients.

The center continues to work with other organizations to expand services for the communities which they serve. The Hancock facility will mark the week by hosting an open house today from 9 a.m. to noon. Activities during the event will be free blood pressure and blood sugar checks; refreshments, a drawing for backpacks filled with school supplies; pictures taken in a police cruiser, ambulance, fire engine, or helicopter; informational tables on the many services of the health center; and visits by state Del. LeRoy Myers, Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy and other invited dignitaries.

Hancock Fire Co. holding fundraiser on picnic grounds

The Hancock Fire Co. will hold a fundraising event at its picnic grounds on Sensel Road on Saturday, Aug. 23. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and drawings begin at 1 p.m. Your ticket includes all you can eat and drink from 12:30 to 6 p.m. There will be a grand prize drawing of $1,000 at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, call 301-678-7739.

All-you-can-eat dinner to be held for Caleb Hawbaker

A benefit for the medical care of Caleb J. Hawbaker, the young son of local Pastor Jeffrey Hawbaker, of Orchard Ridge First Church of God, will take place on Monday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Log Cabin Inn Steakhouse on Millstone Road. This all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner includes garlic bread and salad for $10 per person. Tickets are available in advance or at the door.

Rohrersville Community Band to perform at Widmeyer Park

They've been "blowing horns" since 1837. I'm talking about Washington County's renowned Rohrersville Community Band. This popular group of area musicians will offer the final of three "Sundays in the Park" Concerts, the summer music series inaugurated this year by the Hancock Arts Council. Their performance is scheduled Sunday at 5 p.m. at the bandstand in Widmeyer Park. Bring friends and lawn chairs, sit, relax and enjoy this delightful and free program - the last of the 2008 season.

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