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January 15, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Inauguration affecting Hancock in different ways

By this time next week, we will have a new president.

The inauguration of Barack Obama is already affecting Hancock and Washington County in significant ways.

Motel and B&B rooms are taken. My guest room is taken (my niece is coming from Chicago - she has a ticket), and we are anticipating heavier than usual traffic along Interstate 70.

I hope many travelers will stop in Hancock to eat and/or buy gas and maybe notice our parks, the river, the canal and the Rail Trail.

Hancock is beginning to explore new ways to reform its community to take advantage of these natural wonders, even as the old manufacturing jobs disappear.


Maybe the town will be able to take advantage of incentives offered for "green" industries, or maybe it can become another weekend destination, not quite so far as Deep Creek.

Small towns like Hancock are struggling right now, and our hopes are in a future that will revitalize Main Street.

Square dance set for Saturday

Don't forget to wear your dancing shoes Saturday evening to the square dance at the Community Center.

The Hancock Arts Council wants to warm you up with great live music and dancing taught by a master. Come on down at 7 p.m. and enjoy yourself.

Masons to hold memorial service

Hancock's local Masons will hold a rare service open to the public Monday evening.

The James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge of A.F. and A.M. plans a memorial service to honor seven lodge members who died during the past year.

The tribute, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., will take place at the lodge on Wine Street, just off Baptist Road.

The public is invited, along with family members of honorees. Refreshments and fellowship will follow.

Caty Hess receives $2,000 scholarship

Hancock High School senior Caty Hess was presented with a $2,000 scholarship from Club Z.

The club supports programs that offer tutoring from prekindergarten to adult.

Area director Tom Foster came to the high school and surprised Caty with the news that she was the national winner.

Caty has been tutoring other students since she was in middle school.

Her parents are Teresa and Joseph Hess. Her mom, Teresa, is a teacher at Hancock Elementary School.

Hancock coach Bill Sterner wrote a recommendation for Caty, helping her to earn the scholarship.

She plans to attend Hagerstown Community College next year to study physical therapy.

Hancock included in GPS treasure search

Come to Hancock and discover a geocache! Use your GPS to find the treasure in Hancock as part of the statewide city/town Geocache Trail.

Maryland has 78 caches (hidden containers) throughout the state.

Hancock's geocache contains pins featuring the Town Seal, photo postcards and trinkets from the town's orchard history.

To participate and find out more, download a list of participating cities and towns at

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