Around Hancock

June 10, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Rail Trail a busy place

Hancock should be nicknamed "Bicycletown USA."

On Monday, I took a long ride to the west of Hancock on the Western Maryland Rail Trail, up and around Round Top, about 10 miles in all.

I must have passed at least 30 people riding and walking. There were lots of kinds of bicycles, too - regular trek bikes, old narrow wheeled versions, several of the newer recumbent bikes, even a "three wheeler" for adults with a big basket on the back.

People were also walking the trail. It was a perfect day - in the 70s with sun. The only detraction was the mosquitoes, which descended each time I stopped for a water break. Come on up, everybody - there is plenty of Rail Trail to share.


Carnival under way at Widmeyer Park

The annual Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival began Monday in Widmeyer Park and will continue through Saturday.

There are family rates and lots of rides for the children.

Soup and sandwich lunch set for Saturday

Hancock Presbyterian Church is hosting a soup and sandwich luncheon Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church social hall.

There is easy access to the downstairs from the church's parking lot. The church is at 17 E. Main St. across from the new Hancock Rescue Squad building and beside the Lockhouse Restaurant.

The menu will include two choices of soups, steamers and hot dogs, plus desserts and beverages.

There is no charge for the meal, aimed primarily for senior citizens, but any donations will be given to outreach ministries.

For more information, call the church at 301-678-5510.

Barge Bash set for June 27

Hancock's annual Barge Bash is just over the horizon or should we say, waterline.

Saturday, June 27, is the date, 10 a.m. is the time and the rewatered section of the C&O Canal is the place.

There will be live music, food, entertainment and the grand barge parade at 1 p.m. with prizes awarded at 2 p.m.

There still might be time to enter a barge. For more information, call Town Hall at 301-678-5622.

Volunteers sought to help in schools

Even though schools have closed for the summer, the Washington County Commission on Aging is recruiting residents to serve as volunteers in neighborhood elementary schools when school begins again in the fall.

The program, which is known as RSVP, uses volunteers 55 and older who are willing to help a child improve in basic mathematics or reading.

Volunteers choose the school, time and day of the week that they would like to serve.

Those who are 55 or older qualify for insurance coverage and reimbursement for travel and meals while gaining recognition as a valuable member of their community.

For more information, contact Charlotte R. Levens, Commission on Aging, intergenerational program coordinator, at 240-313-9139, or e-mail her at

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