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January 28, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Winter fest on way



It is time again to begin designing your snow sculpture for the eighth annual Winter Festival, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.

Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, is the date this year and the event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Widmeyer Park. If the weather is anything like this week, there will be real snow this year to play with, but even if the temps rise, we can use a snow machine, or, as we did one year, truck in some sand for sculpting.

Library happenings



The local library is a wonderful resource for winter activities. Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. preschool story time offers reading experience and hands-on crafts for children ages 3 to 5. Popular and new children's literature is introduced to them in a warm, fun atmosphere. On the last Friday of each month, a new offering is "Teens after Hours," for ages 12 to 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. The library offers computer games, Wii sports, Dance Revolution and free pizza. So far, the numbers for this newest event have been small, but as the word gets around, the group will grow. For more information about these and other literary opportunities, call 301-678-5300.

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Property has potential



The Town of Hancock now owns the old Fleetwood property, consisting of the large factory once used to build travel trailers. The property was purchased and given to the town by a former resident who hopes that it will be used as a base for new jobs and opportunities. Grants for economic development have been awarded to the town to fund a feasibility study, and other funds are being solicited. The property is in good shape, clean and ready for use, so dream on. What kinds of light industries, warehouse businesses and other forms of economic development might fit the bill? Maybe an indoor movie set? Maybe recycling? Maybe ... send your ideas to Town Hall.

Soup, anyone?



Soup on Super Bowl Sunday? It's an idea that has actually been around for a while through what is called the "Souper Bowl of Caring."

On Super Bowl Sunday, which is Sunday, churches sell homemade soups and other good things for folks to enjoy while they watch the broadcast of the big game. Proceeds from these food sales benefit countless outreach ministries all across the nation. This year, the Youth Fellowship at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church has jumped on this bandwagon. With the help of some of the local parish's best cooks, the youth will be selling soup Sunday morning. All proceeds will benefit the Emergency Needs Fund of the Interfaith Service Coalition, helping folks right here in our own area.

Go, kids! Oh, and go Steelers, too!

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