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October 16, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Christmas for Others



Every year, the citizens of Hancock reach into their cupboards and pockets to provide Christmas for Others.

Sponsored by the Greater Hancock Council of Churches, this program provides a boxful of food for many needy families. Toys are also provided for children. As you can imagine, the need will be even greater this year with a shaky economy. Two important dates are coming up for families and individuals who would like to register to receive these special free gifts. Registration will be Oct. 20, and again on Monday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St. The food collection begins on Nov. 26 at the community Thanksgiving service and continues until mid-December. Begin setting aside some nonperishable food items right now, and encourage any elderly or low-income folks to register.

Basket bingo



The Hancock Panther Band Boosters are sponsoring a basket bingo Sunday at the Hancock American Legion. The doors open at noon, with bingo starting at 1 p.m. Food will be available as well as raffles, and all the regular "trimmings." Tickets cost $20. Please call 301-678-7287 for tickets or information. The band performed well Tuesday evening at the annual Washington County Showcase of Marching Bands and has been enjoying an excellent year. Funds raised at the basket bingo will help with the purchase of instruments, music, special uniforms and other ongoing needs.

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Photo club



The Hancock Area Photo Club will hold its October meeting Sunday at 2 p.m. at the home of Tom and Jeri Rock in Hedgesville, W.Va. Start taking some autumn photos while the colors are at their peak in the next few weeks. Call 304-676-1479 or 304-754-5391 for directions.

Teens after Hours



The Hancock Library is hosting Teens after Hours on Friday, Oct. 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Chill out at the library, enjoy refreshments, music (bring your own favorites) and games (check out the new Wii games or bring your own). The computers will be available. The event is for teens aged 12 to 18.

Friday holiday



Public schools in Washington County and all across Maryland are closed Friday for the annual convention of the Maryland State Teachers Association. Students and parents, enjoy your three-day weekend!

Halloween parade



Mark your calendars for the 61st annual Hancock Halloween Parade. This popular yearly event is coming up on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. under the auspices of the Rotary Club of Hancock. Featured will be school bands, marching units, floats by area businesses and civic organizations, individual mummers and numerous police, fire and rescue units. Any organization wishing to register to be in the parade can call Mayor Dan Murphy's office at 301-678-6635. This is always a great evening. Come to downtown Hancock that night and enjoy the festivities.

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