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February 25, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Hancock community responds to tragic fire



Hats off to all the local firefighters, rescue workers and law enforcement officials who put their own safety aside to try to save the two young girls killed tragically in a fire in Hancock last week.

The details of the case have been in the paper, but the impact on our small town is still rippling. Students from the school and local churches have been taking up a collection to help with the cost of the funeral, which took place Saturday.

Should anyone wish to respond, please send your donations to Hancock Middle-Senior High School to the attention of Vice Principal Larry Smith. We were all shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy, but our town has once again demonstrated its caring attitude.

Band Boosters plan spaghetti dinner



The Hancock Panthers Band Boosters will hold a spaghetti dinner and indoor yard sale Saturday, March 7, in the high school cafeteria.

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The yard sale will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with dinner served from 1 to 6 p.m. Dinner tickets cost $7 for those ages 14 and older, $3 for those 7 to 13 and free for those 6 and younger. Carryout will be available. Dinner includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, bread, salad, drink and dessert.

The Band Boosters are accepting donations of items to sell at the yard sale. If you have anything you would like to donate, you can bring it by the band room Wednesday, March 4, until 7:30 p.m. If you are unable to come to the band room, you can contact Terri True to arrange for pickup. Call her at 301-988-3148.

Canned food drive remains in progress



The canned food drive is still in progress at the Tri-State Community Health Center. All canned and boxed nonperishable items may be dropped off at their office at 130 W. High St. Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The drive concludes March 13. All donations will be given to the Interfaith Service Coalition Food Bank and used in the local community.

Gardening workshop to be held Saturday



It's not too early to begin thinking about the spring gardening season.

On Saturday, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hancock is sponsoring a workshop titled "Sustainable Gardening." The workshop leader, Jeannie Cejka, will introduce concepts such as bio-intensive gardens, preserving soil and what varieties of fruits and vegetables grow best in our area. Participants must provide their own lunch, utensils, plate and cup (hopefully not throwaway.) and may bring a food item for the taster's table.

New or experienced gardeners are welcome, even someone who does not have a garden plot. Cejka will demonstrate how to plant in a bucket. The workshop is free and open to the public. The church is at 200 Douglas St. For more information, call 301-678-6007.

Preshool accepting students for summer



The Good Shepherd Pre-school is enrolling for its summer session. Children ages 2 to 13 are welcome to come join the fun with swimming, crafts, games and more. Space is limited, so call 301-678-5100. The school is a ministry of Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.

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