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October 30, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Proud to be a voter



By this time next week, we will have a new president-elect. Far be it from me to endorse a candidate in my column, but I will endorse voting!

I remember as a little girl looking forward to Election Day. It meant a day off from school, but best of all, the Lions Election Breakfast! Our local Lions Club in Berea, Ky., served a huge breakfast from early in the morning until almost noon. Dad usually took us kids with him to eat, then we went across the street to the basement of our church to vote. When I was tall enough, he let me pull the lever to register his votes.

I could hardly wait for the day I was old enough to vote, and I registered as soon as I was able. Even though I had pretty much left home for college and career, I kept on voting every year by absentee ballot. Once Allan and I had kids of our own, we always took them with us to the polls, at first to the Community Center, using the old lever machines, then up to the school after a few years. They watched as we pulled levers, then filled in lines and more recently tapped the computer screens to vote.

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Both of them registered as soon as they were able and looked forward to their first voting experience, especially in national elections.

We are a voting family, proud to exercise this wonderful American privilege, knowing that we don't have to worry about someone coming to our home to threaten us if we don't vote a certain way, and knowing that whether or not our chosen candidates are elected, there will be a peaceful exchange of power in a country we love.

Talent sought



The Hancock Arts Council is looking for local talent. If you live in Hancock or the Hancock area and have a talent of any kind - musical, dramatic, performing, artistic, handcraft, storytelling, jokes, animal sounds, juggling, etc. - you may register at the Hancock Arts Council Talent Registry at Town Hall, 126 W. High St., Hancock. This will give the Arts Council an opportunity to plan events that local folks will enjoy.

Hallowe'en Dance



The Hancock American Legion is sponsoring a Hallowe'en Dance Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight. The DJ will be Sound Spectrum, and prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Admission is $5 per couple; you must be 21 or older to attend.

Lowell Younker will be missed



Hancock lost another patriarch in early October with the death of Lowell Younker. For 55 years, Lowell and his wife, Frances, owned and operated the Bridge Restaurant perched on the U.S. 522 bridge. He was a 1952 graduate of Hancock High School and a lifelong member of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. Lowell was also one of the faces that welcomed local citizens on Election Day, serving as chief judge for many years. Lowell was a friendly, generous man with the gift of hospitality.

Christmas for Others registration



Registrations are still being accepted for Christmas for Others on Monday, Nov. 3, at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St. Please bring some form of identification to show that you are receiving assistance or are a senior citizen. Participants in this program receive a holiday food basket, and children are invited to a Christmas party. Donations of food will be accepted at local churches until Dec. 14.

Reformation Celebration



Grace Christian Fellowship, 130 N. Pennsylvania Ave., invites you to its Reformation Celebration on Saturday. The day will feature a pie-baking contest and chili cook-off, a free lunch at noon and many other activities. Call 301-678-6036 or go to www.gcfhancock.org for details.

Keep a Senior Safe and Warm



The annual Keep a Senior Safe and Warm event, sponsored by the Interfaith Service Coalition, is set for Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Hall. This program helps local senior citizens with hints for low-cost and even free winterization ideas, free blankets, gift certificates for groceries and prescriptions, and presentations.

This year, Dr. Ralph Salvagno will speak, along with representatives from local fire and police departments. Registration is limited to about 40 participants, so call 301-678-6605 to sign up.

Gathering food for lean times



The ladies at Curves in Hancock know how to gather food and lose weight at the same time. Curves has been promoting a food drive for the month of October and has gathered several hundred pounds of food. These nonperishable items will be donated to the Interfaith Service Coalition Food Bank at the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store and will assist local citizens in these lean times. As the ladies get "lean," they are reaching out to help others. Thanks!

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