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September 04, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Canal-Apple Days coming soon

Hancock's 32nd annual Canal-Apple Days Festival is just 10 days away -- Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14 -- organized by the Hancock Lions and Lioness clubs. Chairperson Larry Gerber promises that this year's event will build on the success of previous years.

Parade Chairperson Walter "Buddy" Dyer is anticipating a good turnout of marching units, floats and other participants for the morning parade. Two special events are being planned for children -- the moon bounce and a new feature, "touch a truck," which will allow children an up close look at various kinds of work trucks and heavy equipment.

Historic church service

Last week I paid tribute to a colleague, the Rev. John Barlow, who has just moved away from this area to take a new church in Lebanon, Pa. Today I'd like to pay tribute to the church he most recently served, Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church.


The following information has come from Rachel Fisher, a member of the church: This is the 150th year for the church and a celebration has been planned for Sunday, Sept. 21. The Rev. Eric Faust and the Rev. Richard Newkirk, both former ministers from the late 1960s and '70s, will be conducting a historic church service which will include communion.

The service begins at 11 a.m., and those who can are invited to dress in period garb. The morning service will be highlighted by traditional hymns of the period and instrumentalists. Following the church service, the Warfordsburg Presbyterian Women have planned a meal. Iris Hendershot is leading the planning efforts, along with Carol Hendershot and Edith Mae Carnahan. If you plan to attend, RSVP to Iris at 717-294-3160.


Football season opens


This weekend will bring high school football into full swing all around the region. Hancock High School will host the season's first home game, pitting the Panthers against Rappahannock High School of Virginia. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Paul Imphong Field.


Breakfast in the Park

The Hancock Lions will host Breakfast in the Park on Saturday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Lions Pavilion in Widmeyer Park. Featuring a full-cooked, hot breakfast, this event always allows local citizens to chat and support all the programs sponsored by the Lions.


"Rally Day" at St. Thomas'

"Rally Day" is the name which many churches apply to the yearly opening of a new year of Sunday school. Parents and children "rally" around the importance of spiritual matters for the young. St. Thomas' Episcopal Church has some big festivities planned for their "Rally Day" on Sunday at the 10 a.m. service.

Church School Coordinator Tracy Salvagno will join The Rev. Allan Weatherholt in welcoming children and young people to the 2008-09 Sunday school year. School backpacks will be blessed, each child will receive a small gift and a certificate of promotion, and the first classes of the year will be held.

The congregation will also welcome a new parish intern, John Martin, who comes from Emmanuel Episcopal, Cumberland, Md., and who will spend this academic year assisting at the Hancock church. A light luncheon will close out the morning to salute John's arrival and to help everyone rally around the new year. All are welcome.


Park overnighter

Hancock's Widmeyer Park is one of the most pleasant public parks in the area. Over the Labor Day holiday, my "two worlds" came together when my church youth group from St. Mark's, Lappans, came up for an overnight in the park. From time to time, groups such as the Boy Scouts and other nonprofits get special permission to camp overnight in Widmeyer Park.

The weather was perfect, even on the cool side in the morning. The campers were able to enjoy the swimming pool, see the stars, hear the crickets and even enjoy a flock of ducks who splashed their way down Tonoloway Creek during the night. In the morning, a great blue heron was spotted gliding up the creek in search of his own breakfast.

In these late summer evenings, our community provides ample possibilities for walks, bike rides and even drives with the windows down, just smelling the cool, clean air.

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