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March 19, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Idea forum set for today



The Hancock Mayor and Council are hosting an idea forum this evening at Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m.

While campaigning door to door for re-election this January, Mayor Murphy and Councilmen Nigel Dardar and Dennis Hudson found that many citizens had ideas and issues for the town which they had not been able to express.

The newly elected officials felt it would be helpful to host this forum and invite not just individuals, but representatives from groups and clubs.

Likewise, there are folks who do not live in town limits who, nevertheless, are concerned with town issues and have a stake in the health and welfare of our community.

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For more information, call the town office at 301-678-5622.

Fire chief seeks volunteers for carnival



Fire Chief Greg Yost says the Hancock Fire Co. is looking for volunteers to help with the food trailer at the carnival in June.

If your group or organization can provide a minimum of eight people over the age of 18 to help for an evening, the fire company will split the profits for that evening. Call 301-678-7739 to volunteer.

Re-Use Center activities



The Re-Use Center celebrated its 10th anniversary last November, offering home improvement supplies at discounted prices. Items are either new or salvaged from contractors and others, but not defective. Business has been slow over the winter, but Center Director Hope Hargett has planned a few events to bring in more folks. Raffle tickets are now on sale for a greenhouse made by volunteers. They may be purchased either at the center or at the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store. Friday, April 17, will be Singles Night, a chance for local singles to volunteer to break down damaged items and crush cans together. The annual Earth Day potluck supper will be Saturday, April 18. An event in May will be a SWAP Social, a chance to bring an item for swap. Volunteers are always needed at the Re-Use Center and they can receive a 50 percent discount for 12 hours of work during August or January. Students may also receive Service Learning Hours when they volunteer their time. For more information, call 301-678-6160.

Rescue squad open house



The Hancock Rescue Squad will host an open house at its new location, 6 E. Main St., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community is proud of its local volunteers and the professional staff who respond at all hours to the calls in our area. This new facility gives them a better and more spacious working environment. So when you hear the "one long call" on the siren in town, say a prayer for their safety.

Easter egg hunt planned



An Easter egg hunt, sponsored by Tri-State Community Health Center, is scheduled for Saturday, April 4 in Widmeyer Park. Registration starts at 10 a.m. This event is open to young children in the area and is always a popular time to enjoy the park, meet the Easter Bunny and celebrate spring.

Student recognized



Congratulations to Rachel Lavasseur, this year's winner of the recent Jump Rope for Heart event held at Hancock Elementary School. Physical Education instructor Jeff Spielman, who coordinated the program, said that young Rachel raised $131 for the American Heart Association. Rachel is the daughter of Candy and Larry Lavasseur of Hancock. Rachel's dad is a trooper and paramedic with the Aviation Division of the Maryland State Police.

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