Around Hancock

November 27, 2008

Tree lighting set for Saturday

Hancock begins the "official" holiday season with the annual community Christmas tree lighting Saturday at 5 p.m. at Town Hall, 126 W. High St.

There will be music, refreshments, a holiday story, then the outside lighting of the tree. And, as always, Mr. Claus will show up, riding on top of the Hancock Fire Co.'s hook-and-ladder truck. Santa will be on hand to speak to the children and hand out free treats. The event is sponsored by the Town of Hancock with assistance from the Interfaith Service Coalition and other local volunteers.

Historical Society hosts open house Sunday

The Hancock Historical Society is hosting a holiday open house Sunday.

Marion Golden tells me that in addition to special displays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the museum, in the basement of the Community Center on High Street, and the Tollhouse on Md. 144 just west of Hancock, the first floor of Foxcroft, the historic home of Ralph and Tracy Salvagno, at the corner of Baptist Road and Grand Street, will be open as well.


This home has been restored in recent years with many old furnishings. On the first floor, three large connected rooms consisting of a living room, dining room and side parlor, all feature open beams and dark wainscoting. A winding staircase leads to the upper floors, and from the bottom you can see the landing and the stained glass window overlooking the garden in the back.

The house is celebrating its 100th anniversary and is a prime example of the stately mansions along Grand Street, a relic of an era when Hancock's orchards were in full bloom and production. It was built in 1908 by Raymond Henderson and was later the home of R.S. Dillon.

During the winter of 1863, Gen. William's artillery camped on the land on which the house now sits.

Original blueprints of the house and other artifacts from the Hancock Historical Society archives will be on display.

The Historical Society is also promoting the sale of a book which tells the story of the medical aftermath of nearby Civil War battles, particularly the details of the nursing at the Tonoloway Baptist Church. The church still has visible inscriptions on the walls left by soldiers. The tour of the museum and house are free and open to the public.

Meet the Squad Night to be held Dec. 4 at HHS

Winter sports are gearing up in Hancock and Meet the Squad Night is Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. at the Hancock High School gym.

Parents will receive an information packet, meet the coaches and view a short video on the dangers of hazing. All students who plan to play a winter sport must attend this meeting with at least one parent. In case of a conflict, the student may set up an individual meeting with Coach Bill Sterner at 301-766-8191.

Rifle season gets under way Saturday

Deer hunters will be in the woods around Hancock Saturday and for the next two weeks as the ever-popular annual rifle season gets under way.

Look for them to patronize restaurants and stores, and give them a warm welcome. At Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club, the annual hunter's banquet is planned Thursday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Invited guests include Mayor Dan Murphy and members of the Town Council, Police Chief T. J. Buskirk and area law enforcement personnel, and local clergy. For more information, contact any member of Tonoloway. And safe hunting, everyone.

Divorce support group to meet Sundays

The Hancock United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Sunday evening support group for persons experiencing separation or divorce.

Do you have questions about struggles with raising children in a divorced or blended household? Ever simply wonder if anyone cares or understands? The group offers insights, encouragement and support. For more information, call the Rev. Duane Jensen at 301-678-6440.

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