Around Hancock


Barge Bash set for Saturday

Saturday is the big day in Hancock.

The 2009 Barge Bash is in its seventh year and will feature all the regular favorites - food, music, fun, the barge parade and "races."

Sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, the Town of Hancock and the C&O Canal Historic Park, this is a one-of-a-kind event as far as we know, but has roots in Hancock history.

According to a newspaper account from 1926, a Fourth of July celebration featured the launch of a steamboat. The Hancock was a kind of pontoon and sightseeing boat with its own small band on board. Passengers were treated to dinner as the boat made its way to Fort Frederick and Four Locks.


Saturday's event starts at 10 a.m. The "race" begins at 1 p.m., with prizes at 2 p.m. On Saturday afternoon, the second of several Guitar Hero contests is at 3 p.m. at Town Hall. All youths who enter are eligible to win a free 20-inch bicycle.

Happy 100th

Hancock's own centenarian, Regina Heller, celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday. Her family hosted an open house all afternoon and many folks, including me and my family, came by her stately home on High Street to wish her well. A few days earlier, Regina was featured on Willard Scott's "Smuckers" celebration on NBC's "Today" show.

She had a cake decorated like the Smuckers Strawberry jam jar to show for it.

Her family also assembled an impressive array of memorabilia, all of which has been captured on her own Web site at Regina is "living history" for Hancock and is a gracious lady, well deserving of our honor.

Summer concerts

Last Sunday was the first of the Summer Concerts in the Park series, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.

The Brumbaugh Family, from Zullinger, Pa., was the featured group with warm-ups from the Hancock Arts Council Band. Other concerts will be on the third Sunday of July and August. July 19 will feature Blue Hill with Down Home Bluegrass and Aug. 16 will feature Russ and Donna Miller. Events are free, but any donations can be made to the Arts Council to help with expenses. For information, contact Sinclair Hamilton at 301-678-5719 during business hours.


Hancock is moving on several upgrades to the downtown area, including an upgrade for Taney Street including benches, tables, poles for flowers, decorative flags and a small pavilion to attract visitors from the Rail Trail to the Main Street area.

The Farmers Market is now open every Saturday in Joseph Hancock Park and recent upgrades were made to the street across from Sheetz, improving the look of that area.

There are still downtown buildings that need tenants, but the town is doing what it can to attract new businesses.

Re-Use Center

Good news! The Tri-State Re-Use Center will not be closing as previously reported. The Re-Use Center was the first place in the county to offer a nonprofit clearinghouse for usable home building and maintenance materials. Hope Cucina-Hargett will now pass the baton to John Kirkpatrick, who has more than 20 years of experience in construction, counter sales and mechanics.

He plans to increase hours of operation, expand inventory and build up the volunteer base.

The Re-Use Center collects and sorts salvageable building materials, offering them to low-income families and nonprofit organizations. Materials are kept out of landfills, and John is willing to come and pick them up from area homes and businesses.

For more information, call 301-678-6160.

New doctor's office

A new doctor's office is coming to Hancock. Drs. Hahn and Nelson Family Medicine opens at 131 N. Pennsylvania Ave. in July.

For more information, call 301-678-7007.

Day camp

There is sill plenty of room in Hancock's Summer Fun Youth Day Camp, sponsored by the Washington County Recreation Department.

Stephen Weatherholt is the director. The children enjoyed crafts, games and time at the pool this week. The camp is $40 per week for county residents (a bit more for folks from out of state), and offers weekly sessions through early August. Parents can enroll their children for any number of weeks for well-supervised, fun-filled days. Call the Recreation Department at 240-313-2805.

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