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February 11, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Winter fest set for Saturday

It's the eighth year for the Hancock Winter Festival to be held Saturday in Widmeyer Park. Although there might not be snow, there is still plenty to do including ice carving, a silent auction, a hat contest, a cakewalk, face painting and, of course, delicious food. Come anytime between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to enjoy this terrific winter day with your neighbors. The festival is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, and proceeds will support future cultural and community arts programs in Hancock.

For more information, call Sinclair Hamilton at 301-678-5719 or e-mail him at

Candy for sale

The Hancock Middle-Senior High School Panthers Band is again selling Wolfgang Candy, an important yearly fundraiser for the group. Members of the band have the catalogs to show you, or you can go directly to the Wolfgang Web site at www.wolfgang and place an order with credit to the band. You will have your candy in time for Easter, and all proceeds help the band with equipment and travel to performances.


Our Panthers Band has enjoyed great success already this academic year, marching in parades and earning high scores in tournaments. We are very proud of our young musicians!

Library to show movie

While you are at Widmeyer Park for the Winter Festival Saturday, consider taking your kids by the Hancock Public Library at 1 p.m. They will be showing the movie, "A Charlie Brown Valentine."

After the movie, there will be a craft project to make homemade valentines for family members and friends. There is no charge for this program.

Family workshop

Grace Christian Fellowship, at 130 N. Pennsylvania Ave., is sponsoring a Focus on the Family program, "Essentials of Discipline: What's OK, What's Not OK, and What Works." The program is on Sunday mornings for 12 weeks beginning March 1 from 10 to 10:45 a.m.

For information or to reserve a seat, call the church at 301-678-6036.

Financial aid workshop

Now is the time to update your FAFSA - the federal financial aid form - for the new year. Parents of students who plan to go to college or are enrolled in college should complete this form in order to qualify for financial aid and other types of scholarships.

The Hancock High School Counseling Center is offering a FAFSA workshop Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Media Center of the school. Contact Susan Schultz if you wish to attend, as there are some materials that you need to bring with you. Scholarship opportunities are popping up every day, so check "the wall" outside the school counseling center and begin applying now. There is "free money" out there for students who qualify. Persistence pays off, and will help you with your education.

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