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February 18, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Lenten season begins Wednesday



The earth is making a slow turn in its orbit around the sun - as reported by the flower bulbs outside my front door.

The little green shoots have pushed up through the dirt and the leftover debris from last year's day lilies. Persistent they are despite the chilly temps and forecast of snow.

This is why our Christian forbearers in Europe named the 40 days before Easter "Lent." The title comes from an Old English word for "lengthen" - a reference to this time of year when the days start to lengthen.

Lent begins next week with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 25. Read on for various church and community activities which show spring is on its way.

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Church plans Shrove Tuesday pancake supper



St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, at Church and High streets, will hold its annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The event, which will be held in the parish hall, is open to the public.

Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. Those 5 and younger will be admitted free.

"Chef" Bob Hoopengardner and helpers will be flipping flapjacks and preparing all the other goodies. You may pay at the door. The event is sponsored by St. Thomas' Youth Fellowship.

Ash Wednesday service planned



Ash Wednesday services at St. Thomas' are offered at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the church. All are welcome to attend. The Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion are included at both services.

Canned food drive planned at health center



Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock is hosting a canned food drive to help boost the food pantry at the Interfaith Service Coalition.

Food banks in Washington County and nationwide are suffering during these lean economic times. The collection runs until March 13. Canned and boxed items may be dropped off at Tri-State, 130 W. High St., between 8 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

Summer camp



It's not too early to begin making plans for your children when school is out this summer. The Washington County Recreation Department has announced that they will again offer a day camp in Hancock for the summer. Hancock resident and Frostburg State University junior Stephen Weatherholt has been tapped to be this year's director. Stephen is majoring in physical education and was an aide at last year's Summer Day Camp. The camp is for those ages 6 to 12 and is held on weekdays at the community gym. Children go to the park and the pool on a regular basis. The cost is reasonable, and activities are both entertaining and educational. For more information about cost, dates and availability, call 240-313-2805.

Free smoke detectors



Fire Chief Greg Yost reminds those around Hancock that the local fire company offers free smoke detectors. They carry them at the fire hall on Fulton Street and on their trucks. If needed, the firefighters will even come to your home and install them for you.  It is well worth the trouble -- someday they could save your life.

Friendship banquet



Tickets are now on sale for the annual Friendship Banquet, sponsored by St. Thomas' Episcopal Church Saturday, March 14, in the parish hall, at Church and High streets.

Included is an auction of items, such as a hand-crafted Deacon's bench and a carved olivewood nativity set from Bethlehem itself. All proceeds go to help pay for the church's new accessible ramp and entrance. For tickets, call the church at 301-678-6569.

Opportunity



Do you know a high school junior who is 16 years old, has a 3.0 grade-point average and who might be interested in serving in the Obama Administration as a page? The U.S. House of Representatives is looking for high school students to participate in this opportunity. Follow this weblink for more information: http://pageprogram.house.gov.

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