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November 13, 2008|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Arts Council to hold variety show Friday

The Hancock Arts Council has announced that it will present its second annual fall variety show Friday at 7 p.m. in the Hancock Town Hall auditorium.

This will be similar to the program that celebrated the reopening of the stage there about this time last year.

Local talent will again be highlighted, and a variety of acts will take the stage, including musical groups, singing, dancing, poetry and storytelling. This year's event will also showcase a performance on the electric organ, tap dancing and tribal dancing accompanied by drum music.

Arts Council President Sinclair Hamilton said that last year's show was very well attended in its first year. "With the variety of acts we have planned for the program, it looks like this year's event will be another crowd pleaser," Hamilton said.

Admission to the variety show is free but donations will be accepted.


Free cider and gingerbread will be served.

All proceeds will help the Arts Council to deliver future cultural and community programs in Hancock.

For more information or to reach the Hancock Arts Council, e-mail Sinclair Hamilton at or call 301-678-5719.

Craft festival

Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church will host an all-day Christmas craft festival Saturday.

The event includes homemade food, crafts and lots of fun for the whole family.

The church is at 14253 Exline Road, just west of Hancock. For the exact times of the festival, you may call the church at 301-678-6038.

Panthers band

For the first time in its history, Hancock High School will be sending its Panthers Band to the ACC regional band competition in Allentown, Pa.

Hancock will be one of the few bands from Maryland holding an invitational spot as the 25th band in its division.

Hancock ended the year with a 76.4 overall score, putting them in spot 26. Then one band dropped out and now it is Hancock's turn.

Bands go to the ACC regionals from as far away as Ohio and New Jersey.

The band will leave Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and perform at 3:51 p.m.

Awards will be presented at 11:07 that evening and the band will arrive home about 4 a.m. Monday.

Band Director Scott Benford has been receiving compliments from tournament judges regarding Hancock's field show, featuring music from the Broadway show "Fiddler on the Roof."

This is a wonderful honor for the school and for the hardworking students who perform in one of the smallest marching bands in the state.

Rescue station move

The Hancock Rescue Squad has moved to new quarters on Main Street.

The station left its small, inadequate space and is now at the corner of Church and Main streets in what was formerly a bank building. The structure has been expanded to include a large, heated garage that can accommodate up to eight emergency vehicles. It also has a full kitchen, living room, weight room, laundry room and separate sleeping quarters for men and women.

The station is manned by at least one person 24/7, and the squad has about 20 volunteers. Rescue Squad Chief Mike Younker said he hopes the new facility will attract more volunteers to serve the busy community.

Christmas for Others

The last day to register for Christmas for Others is Monday, Nov. 24.

This will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.

This will be the final day to sign up for a Christmas gift box of food, toys for children and clothing items. Applicants need to bring some form of proof of need. If you cannot attend this registration, you may contact the Interfaith Service Coalition at 301-678-6605.

Meanwhile, donations to Christmas for Others may be made at participating Hancock churches.

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