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August 05, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Night Out a success

On Tuesday night, Widmeyer Park was full of Hancock area citizens enjoying an almost perfect summer evening. National Night Out against Crime was happening for the 10th year, and there was plenty to see and do.

The pool was packed for a free swim, Hancock Lions Club members were serving free hot dogs, chips and soft drinks in the pavilion, and many local community organizations were on hand with information, handouts and demonstrations.

As usual, the Hancock Police Department and the Interfaith Service Coalition did a tremendous job in bringing all the details together.

Mayor Dan Murphy kicked off the evening by introducing Hancock Police Chief T. J. Buskirk and the rest of the Hancock Police Department.


The mayor led off with the pledge of allegiance and the Hancock High Panthers Band, fresh from band camp, played the national anthem, followed by the Hancock Panthers school fight song.

The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, police chaplain for both Hancock and this area's Maryland State Police, and rector of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, gave a short invocation.

All in all, there were probably 750 folks in the park on Tuesday evening, gathering together for the best of what this small town has to offer.

Class of 1984

Did you attend Hancock High School in 1984?

You are invited to celebrate your 25th class reunion on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Hancock American Legion.

Doors open at 8 p.m. with a dance open to the public from 9 to midnight. For more information, contact Cindy Bivens Phillips at 301-678-7772 or 717-658-5292.

Food bank needs items

Summer is also a time when folks can go hungry.

We tend to think of food banks mostly at Thanksgiving and Christmas. But with the current economic hard times, the need for food is great in our town and across the Tri-State area.

Donations of nonperishable food items are needed for the Interfaith Service Coalition Food Bank. You can drop items off at the ISC, 116 W. High St., during business hours or at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets. Volunteers are also welcome and needed at the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store to help sort donations of clothing, furniture and home items.

For more information, call the ISC at 301-678-6605.

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