Around Hancock

September 03, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Canal-Apple Days set for Sept. 19 and 20

It's September and Hancock's annual festival, Canal-Apple Days, is on the horizon.

Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 19 and 20, the festivities will include the yearly grand parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by live entertainment from Square Deal Band in Widmeyer Park.

Antique tractors will also be in the park from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, along with arts, crafts, vendors, children's games and an old-fashioned cider press.

Sunday's events open at noon with the baby contest from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Russ and Donna Miller's Band providing live music.


As in every year, parking and admission is free.

Come on in for the weekend, and while you are here enjoy the C&O Canal, the Western Maryland Rail Trail, the Hancock Museum, the VFW Veterans' Memorial and our historic churches.

More than $2,000 in prizes will be offered for parade participants and winners. Canal-Apple Days is sponsored by the Hancock Lions Club.

For more information, call Larry Gerber, festival chairman, at 301-678-6555. For parade information, call Walter Dyer at 301-678-3459.

Sideling Hill exhibits

It looks like the Sideling Hill exhibits will be coming to downtown Hancock.

This is welcome news for our small town, which is in the process of trying to reinvent itself.

Most of the exhibits, including geological and animal, will be moved to a Main Street storefront.

Volunteers will be needed to help keep the exhibits open to show tourists the wonders of the Sideling Hill Mountain "cut" and the unusual formations of our local mountains.

We'll let you know when the new downtown center is open.

Walk Across Maryland

In Hancock, you can walk across Maryland in less than an hour.

The annual Walk Across Maryland event will take place Saturday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m., just two hours before the Canal-Apple Parade. The event is organized by Hahn and Nelson Family Medical Practice as a way to encourage exercise. Hancock resident Donald Corbett is this year's grand marshal and will lead off the group. He began walking in 2003 as part of a health olympics program and now walks an average of three miles a day.

T-shirts will be provided by Washington County Hospital.

There is no need to register, just gather at 9 a.m. at the Maryland-Pennsylvania border north of the Hancock Assembly of God. Be sure to wear good walking shoes and prepare to walk south on Pennsylvania Avenue to the boat ramp at the Potomac River.

For more information, call Drs. Hahn and Nelson at 301-678-7007.

Flu vaccine clinic

Tri-State Community Health Center will hold a seasonal flu vaccine clinic on the following dates and times:

Monday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 18, Thursday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.; and Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m.

This is a walk-in clinic with no appointment necessary. You must be a patient of the Tri-State Community Health Center and seen within the last three years to quality.

This is not the H1N1 vaccine, which is expected to be available later in the season.

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