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August 21, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Back to school

". . . And Summer's lease hath all too short a date."

It was none other than William Shakespeare who penned these words more than four centuries ago in one of his many sonnets.

On Wednesday, kids and parents from across Washington County discovered for themselves the meaning of those wistful words.

The roar of yellow school buses and the piercing ring of school bells signaled an early end to those all-too-short summer days of ease and freedom.

For better or worse, school is in session, and with it come a whole array of obligations and additions to our calendars around Hancock.

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Meet the teachers

The always worthwhile Meet the Teachers Night is on tap for parents, students and, of course, faculty at Hancock Middle-Senior High School.

Principal Eric Michael tells me that Meet the Teachers will take place this Monday evening, beginning at 6. Those attending should report to the auditorium for some introductory words from Michael, Assistant Principal Larry Smith and others.

This is followed by a "mini-schedule" and a chance to visit each of your son's or daughter's teachers in their classrooms.

Representatives of the PTA, the Band Boosters, the Athletic Boosters and other organizations vital to our school's well-being will also be part of the evening. Parents, clear your calendars and make every effort to attend this all-important event at our school.

By the way and in case you missed it, Meet the Teachers Night has already taken place at Hancock Elementary School. It was this past Monday evening.

High school dance

The Hancock High School Panthers Cheerleaders are sponsoring a Back-to-School Dance Friday evening. Open to students in grades nine through 12, this event will be in the school's community gym from 8 to 10 p.m. There will be an admission charge to benefit the cheerleading squad, and snacks will be provided. Come on out, see your friends and kick off the new academic year.

Ready for some football?

The season's first varsity home football game is always an event eagerly looked forward to in our town. This is scheduled two weeks from now, on Friday, Sept. 5, when Hancock hosts Rappahannock County High School, of Virginia. Game time is 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, our boys will be revving up for the season with a scrimmage next Friday afternoon at Williamsport High School. Our students will be up against both Williamsport and Mountain Ridge, of Frostburg, in this pre-season match-up. The event begins at 4 p.m., and spectators are welcome.

School supplies sought in town

School supplies are sometimes in short supply for families who have to make every dollar count.

And these days, with the tight economy, that's more and more of our households.

Often, kids come to school without the basic needs to learn the three "R's."

To help ease the situation, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church and the Interfaith Service Coalition are collecting school supplies between now and Labor Day Weekend. They need pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, etc. Residens are asked to bring donations to the church office at St. Thomas', Church and High streets, or drop them by the ISC's Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store at High Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

New officer introduced in town

At Hancock's recent observance of the National Night Out Against Crime, Mayor Dan Murphy and Police Chief T. J. Buskirk introduced the community to our newest police officer. He is Officer James Woods, who comes to Hancock with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience.

Officer Woods served for some time as a Maryland State Fire Marshal and, more recently, was a Deputy with the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Chief Buskirk speaks with understandable pride of this newest addition to his department, noting that Officer Woods holds a bachelor of science degree in law enforcement management and has served as a certified police instructor, helping to train many other officers across Maryland.

Officer Woods officially began serving in Hancock earlier this month, and we welcome him.

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