Around Hancock

September 25, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Good Samaritan House dedicated

A dream came true last Saturday for the Interfaith Service Coalition.

The Good Samaritan House is complete and was dedicated and blessed.

Not long ago, the house was a broken-down duplex, which had stood on the corner of High Street and Baptist Road for more than 100 years.

It was not the most graceful house, and the side not used as a residence had fallen into disrepair.

For a few years, the ISC had been looking for a location to build a shelter for local citizens, the only one in our part of Washington County, to be used for temporary emergency housing for families.

The house went up for sale, and the ISC was able to purchase it.

Then came the great challenge - to find the funds necessary for a major renovation. Debbie Cohill, executive director of the ISC, and Mark Stahr, her administrative assistant, began applying for grants and making phone calls.


It has been nearly a year, and the house is now finished, thanks to the skilled work of LeRoy Myers, Inc., Clear Spring. The furnishings, also purchased with grant money and donations, are in place. It is a beautiful facility, safe, clean and welcoming.

One side of the house is a two-story apartment for a single or a couple to serve as a caretaker. The other side, including a new wing in back, will house a family or possibly two couples.

The house has a new roof, new heating and cooling system, and is surrounded by a lovely garden, including a statue of St. Francis.

ISC Board President the Rev. Allan Weatherholt and several other area clergy conducted the ceremony.

Local officials, including Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy, Del. LeRoy Myers and School Board Vice President Donna Brightman were also present.

Mayor Murphy's wife, Debbie, coordinated refreshments, and local students and citizens assisted with the set-up and serving. More than 100 local citizens turned out for the celebration of a new ministry in Hancock - a new way of serving Tri-State area residents and bringing to our town another resource and safety net.

Trail bench dedicated in honor of Clarke

The Cumberland Valley Cycle Club, which is based in Hagerstown, came out "in force" on Sunday to dedicate a memorial bench along the Western Maryland Rail Trail. The bench was donated in memory of Lloyd W. Clarke. Clarke, a cycle enthusiast, died about a year ago while biking and the club wanted to help his memory live on, as well as affirm the benefits and beauty of the local resource. Hancock Town Manger Dave Smith was on hand to accept their gift and express both appreciation and condolences on behalf of the Town of Hancock.

Flu clinic

The Washington County Health Department will sponsor an influenza vaccination clinic for adults 18 years of age or older on Friday, Oct. 3, from 3 to 6 p.m at Hancock Middle/Senior High School. No appointments are needed. Medicare or a $20 donation will be accepted. For more information, call the flu hot line at 240-313-3456 (TTY: 240-313-3391) or go to


A correction from last week's column on the "Love Your Neighbor Day" being sponsored Saturday. The event will take place at the Hancock Assembly of God Church on Pennsylvania Avenue, not in Widmeyer Park. All events for the whole family are free, food is free and entertainment is free.

Musical treat

For a musical treat, be sure to come to the free concert Friday evening at the Hancock Community Center.

Two groups of local musicians - the Potomac Crossing Consort and the Generation String Quartet - will perform. The consort, made up of recorders and mixed strings, will feature an "All American" program of many musical styles from waltz to jazz and ragtime.

The string quartet will take the audience back in time to the great Baroque period and play around with Mozart and his friends.

The concert begins at 7 p.m., and the performers promise to conclude in time for you to get home to watch the first great debate of the political season (if that is your cup of tea), or get to a local restaurant for a great Friday evening meal.

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