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Hancock briefs

September 09, 2009

Free outdoor movie set for Sept. 19



HANCOCK -- The Town of Hancock and the National Park Service will host a free outdoor movie night Sept. 19 in Joseph Hancock Jr. Park, officials announced Wednesday.

The event will start at 7 p.m. with the screening of a sneak preview of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a Ken Burns documentary scheduled to air on PBS later this month, said Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Afterwards, the town will show a family-oriented movie, Councilman Tim Smith said.

Participants should bring their own chairs or blankets, Smith said.

If the event is a success, the town will consider hosting additional movie nights next summer, he said.

Town considers hosting a Soap Box Derby



HANCOCK -- The Hancock Town Council discussed Wednesday the possibility of hosting a Soap Box Derby in the town.

Jim Hagen, regional director for the All American Soap Box Derby, attended the meeting to brief the council on the sport, in which youths assemble cars from kits and race them down a hill.

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The racers can be boys or girls between 8 and 17, but the whole family is usually involved in building the car and cheering on the racer, Hagen said.

To host a derby, the sponsoring organization pays between $1,250 and $1,750, depending on the number of classes offered, which covers insurance for the race and the champion's trip to the national competition in Akron, Ohio, Hagen said.

At least 12 entries are needed to hold a race in any division, he said. Kits for the cars cost about $600 and they can take from a few hours to a weekend to assemble, depending on the assembler's mechanical experience, Hagen said. For racers who cannot afford the kits, another option is to have a company sponsor a car, he said.

Hancock Mayor Daniel A. Murphy said the town would look into the idea and see if any local organizations are interested in helping sponsor it.

If Hancock hosted a derby, it would be the only official All-American Soap Box Derby in Washington County, Hagen said.

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