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Hancock briefs

January 15, 2009

Grant to help find use for ex-Fleetwood plant



HANCOCK -- Hancock Mayor Daniel Murphy said during Wednesday night's town council that the town has received a state grant of about $23,000 to help determine a possible use for the former Fleetwood Travel Trailers plant.

The grant from the state Department of Business and Economic Development will be used for a feasibility study to examine possible uses for the plant, among other objectives, Murphy said.

The plant on South Street closed but the town purchased it, and town officials are hopeful a new tenant or tenants can be found.

Town officials have been in the plant testing equipment to determine if the plant is in working order.

Council member Tony McCusker said Wednesday night that all heating units work in the plant except four, and that parts have been ordered.

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Treasure found by explorers



HANCOCK -- Geocaching has taken off in Hancock, officials said at Wednesday night's town council meeting.

Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game where Global Positioning System equipment is used to find treasures.

Geocaches are all over the world.

Treasures like toys or trinkets can be held in waterproof containers, and Hancock has a treasure site in a nearby park, officials said at Wednesday's meeting.

About 30 people have found Hancock's site, and town officials said they were surprised at the popularity of game.

Town council member Sinclair Hamilton said geocaching can be a way to get people into different parts of the state and to explore them.

-- Dave McMillion

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