Around Hancock

October 02, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Share what you have with your neighbor

What can a citizen do to respond in these tough economic times?

First of all, don't panic. Assess your own situation and take responsibility for using your resources wisely.

Remember, your resources are more than just financial. There are time and energy, health, and love and hope to share.

Open your cupboard and take out two or three cans or boxes of food and donate them to the Interfaith Service Coalition for its food pantry (they anticipate a fall and winter of tough needs around Hancock.)

Open a recipe book and begin making plans for the coming holidays, especially things you can make to share with extended family or friends.


Slow down when you drive, save some gasoline and enjoy the beautiful local scenery.

Realize that our lives are intertwined with the lives of many others and that you are not alone - either in the community or in the universe or beyond. Breathe deeply and enjoy all the goodness that you did not make for yourself, but give thanks for what is good and true and excellent in the world. Will this make you rich? Maybe not in dollars, but certainly in soul.

Showcase of Bands to be held Oct. 14

Tickets for the 32nd annual Showcase of Marching Bands are on sale.

This wonderful, countywide event takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at School Stadium at South Hagerstown High School.

The Hancock Panthers Band will, of course, be part of the show, under the leadership of new Band Director Scott Benford.

This year's field show features music from the famous Broadway show "Fiddler on the Roof."

Hancock boasts the smallest county band (from one of the smallest high schools in the state), but enjoys great talent and showmanship which has improved over the years.

You are encouraged to purchase advance tickets for $4 from any band member, or spend $5 at the gate. Proceeds from tickets come back to our community, so advance sales are recommended. The rain date will be Oct. 21.

Annual CROP Walk to step off Sunday

The annual CROP walk takes place in Hancock Sunday afternoon.

Church World Service sponsors this event nationwide each year to raise awareness of the millions of people who must walk miles each day for food and water.

The CROP walk simulates a part of that journey by asking participants to walk for hunger in their own community.

If you wish to sponsor a young member from a local church, contact the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, at 301-678-6569.

If you wish to join the walkers, meet at the Church Street parking lot of the Western Maryland Rail Trail at 1:30 p.m. The walk will be west along the Rail Trail for approximately 5 miles.

Be sure to bring some water and wear comfortable shoes.

You can also donate to CROP online at A portion of the funds raised will go to the Hancock Food Bank at the ISC.

Blessing of animals to be held Sunday

Round up "Rover," bundle up the bunny, catch the cat, ferret out the ferret, and gather any other pets in the house and attend the annual St. Francis Day Pet Blessing at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church Parish Hall Sunday evening at 7.

All pets, suitably restrained, are welcome.

During this short worship service, they are welcome "in church," will be individually blessed with holy water and receive a St. Francis pet blessing medal for their owners to keep.

In addition, a memorial candle will be lighted in memory of favorite pets who have died. All are welcome to come out and share in this yearly honoring both of St. Francis and of the pets who bring us so much joy.

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