Around Hancock

February 04, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Punxsutawney Phil has nothing over Hancock groundhogs

Hancock has its own version of Punxsutawney Phil. Several large groundhogs live in the historic cemeteries behind St. Thomas' and St. Peter's churches on the hill high above town.

This is the same hill used for gun emplacements during the Civil War, firing shots across the Potomac River into what was then Virginia and the nearest part of the "South."

Several times over the winter, some of these critters emerge, just long enough to stretch a bit and maybe munch some vegetation. If any of them ventured forth early this past Monday morning, they would have been met with a fair amount of sunshine (the clouds came later) and, scared by their shadows, would have decided to snooze for another six weeks.

The ice sure got us and is still glazing some areas around the Western Maryland Rail Trail and in the woods. Local town cleanup crews were out scooping up the big piles of snow downtown in preparation for another storm that never quite came - but still might.


Walking class to start in Hancock

Walk Ways is coming to Hancock! This four-week program designed by the University of Maryland promotes walking and fitness for participants. Kathy Rabon, a student at Towson University who is working on a master's degree in nursing, is starting the program as part of a community outreach.

She identified Hancock as an under-served area of Washington County and volunteered to help encourage folks to use the resource of the Rail Trail to get fit.

The Interfaith Service Coalition, Tri-State Community Health Center, Washington County Hospital and Maryland Cooperative Extension are all "in on the act," supporting this program.

Classes begin March 12 and will be held Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall. To register, call 1-888-803-1518. Call soon, as the class size is limited to 20.

Bloodmobile in town today

If you are reading this on Thursday morning, please help out the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross by making a visit to the Bloodmobile today at Town Hall. Hours are noon to 6 p.m., and your donation of blood will help citizens in our area. Free prizes are offered, plus you will feel good knowing that you have donated the gift of life.

Hancock Fire Co. has tips for residents

The Hancock Fire Co. invites local citizens to utilize the many features recently added to their Internet site.

On it you will find many helpful links for adults and kids, including a list of items each home should have for emergency preparedness.

This is especially important at this time of year when ice storms can cause power outages.

Our firefighters also collect old cell phones and ink cartridges for recycling and fundraising. For more information, go to on the Web.

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