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November 06, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Historic election

All presidential elections in our great nation are history making.

But 2008 will go down in history, not only because we elected our country's first African-American president, but also because of the extraordinary level of participation by registered voters. Across most of the nation, the story seems to have been the same - one of the heaviest turnouts on record. And many of these were young men and women voting for the first time.

Now, as we look forward to the future, we enter a time of new beginnings.

This is the story of our America. In the land of the free, we as a nation remain forever young, forever optimistic, forever open to new dreams, new possibilities. Freedom itself rejuvenates us and propels us forward - always in the prayerful hope that we can bring greater liberty to our own people, and to the wider world.

Christmas bazaar

Halloween has barely passed - we still have the "ghost" of some candy tempting us at our house.


And now it's time to start thinking seriously about Christmas. To help us get "in the mood," the women of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church are holding their annual Christmas bazaar Saturday.

They invite you to come by the parish hall at Church and High streets anytime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

There you will find the building transformed into a Christmas wonderland. Featured will be handmade Christmas crafts, baked goods and a white elephant table.

The menu will include homemade soups and sandwiches and ham potpie. Organizers Jane Shaw and Linda Mellott said there will be raffles and door prizes.

All proceeds help the church's work, and it's a grand time - an event not to be missed around Hancock.

Veterans Day

Next Tuesday is Veterans Day, and members of the Hancock American Legion will combine with officials at Hancock High School for an annual observance of this important anniversary.

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the armistice, or treaty, was signed officially putting an end to World War I. Our Hancock celebration will keep the tradition. The assembly in the school auditorium will begin at 11 a.m.

The Legionnaires will lead the tribute to our veterans. Patriotic music will be offered by the award-winning Hancock High School Panthers Band. The student body will attend, and the public is welcome.

Save the date

It's not too early to put Hancock's Community Thanksgiving Eve Service on your calendar. This annual ecumenical celebration takes place each year on Thanksgiving Eve at 7:30 p.m. This year that is Wednesday, Nov. 26 - just three weeks away.

Hosting the 2008 observance is Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St. Their pastor, the Rev. Duane Jensen, will deliver the message, and clergy from the participating congregations will help to lead service.

Worshippers are invited to bring canned or boxed foods for the yearly "Christmas for Others" effort to help local needy households. This is always a wonderful evening. Hopefully, you can be part of it.

Book signing set

This writer has already received generous recognition through this newspaper of the book I authored for the Episcopal Church titled "Breaking the Silence." The topic addressed is the difficult one of domestic violence. On Sunday, I will hold a Hancock book-signing at St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to come. The evening will include a power point presentation summarizing the book, and there will be light refreshments. All interested are welcome, and I look forward to seeing you.

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