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August 20, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

Another school year

As school begins, so do activities. The athletic department at Hancock High School is going to have a great year with the reintroduction of cross country and more funding from the Board of Education.

Meet the Squad Night is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Athletes participating in fall sports are required to attend with at least one parent or guardian.

This year, all fall athletes will be able to get a picture ID that will give them free access to other fall sporting events.

The IDs will be issued after fall sports pictures are taken. The athletic staff hopes this will increase school spirit and help students to support one another. Don't forget, paperwork is due to Coach Bill Sterner by Aug. 27. For more information, call Sterner at 301-766-8191.


Panthers Band ready to go

The Hancock Middle-Senior High School Panthers Band has completed another successful band camp.

Band Director Scott Benford has been working on a Leonardo DaVinci work, based on titles such as "Visions of War," "Life and Death" and "Flight." The music is composed by Robert W. Smith and David Holsinger.

The band's first competition will be Saturday, Sept. 12, at Northern Garrett, but you can see the band at the first home football game at halftime.

This year, 37 students are in the band, including one seventh-grader.

This is 10 more than last year and double that of two years ago.

This year, there is a substantial "pit crew" with marimba, kettle drums, bass drums and electric bass.

Good luck to the Hancock Panthers Band as it begins a new year of performance and competition.

Photo contest

Don't forget to submit pictures for the 2009 Hancock Photo Contest. The deadline is at the end of the month. Submit 8-by-10-inch photos at the town office or the Hancock Library.

'Hotel for Dogs'

Speaking of the library, Family Movie Night on Friday will feature "Hotel for Dogs," a humorous story about two kids in a "no pets" foster care who set up a place for their pet and friends. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. at Hancock Public Library in Widmeyer Park.

Preschool openings

Good Shepherd Pre-School is enrolling new students for full-day and half-day programs.

Those ages 2 to 5 are eligible. Good Shepherd provides day care, before- and after-school care, snacks and meals.

The preschool is at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.

For more information, call 301-678-5100.

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