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September 10, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

A day in history

Friday is the anniversary of one of the greatest "days of infamy" in the history of these United States.

Sept. 11, or 9/11, has become its own word, bringing with it meanings of domestic terrorism, urban crisis, danger, fear and mass-scale death.

Yet, I have become aware in recent weeks that for this year's school kids under the age of 12, 9/11 is a day in history, not a memory, not even a TV event. The day that galvanized our nation to a new level of patriotism is for them almost as remote as Pearl Harbor is for me. From time to time, it is good to remember that patriotism and national pride rest not just on moments of crisis, but on the character of the nation as it moves forward after the crisis has passed.

Go Panthers

The first home varsity football game for the Hancock High School Panthers is Friday at 7 p.m. at Paul Imphong Field on the high school campus.


The Panthers won their first game of the season, breaking a long losing streak. This Friday, the Panthers host Saint James School.

The Hancock Panthers Marching Band will take the field at halftime to offer their new show, featuring one of the largest bands in recent years.

Rally Day

Sunday is Rally Day at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. Students and teachers return and receive their recognition awards from last year during the 10 a.m. service.

The Rev. Allan Weatherholt and church school coordinator Tracy Salvagno will lead the festivities.

Sunday school for the new year opens at 11:15 a.m., directly after the church service. There are classes for all ages. St. Thomas' is at Church and High streets.

Aluminum cans

Members of the James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge are now collecting aluminum cans, which pleases me greatly as we have a few bags in our basement.

You can drop bags of cans off at the lodge on Wine Street, just off Baptist Road.

All funds generated will help the Masons' local scholarship fund.

In addition, the Lodge is collecting donations for a huge yard sale to be held Oct. 2 and 3. If you have items for the sale, particularly nice used items, call Jesse Mills at 301-842-3860 or Dean Smith at 301-678-6640.

Dean also tells me that on Saturday, Sept. 19, as part of Canal-Apple Days, the Masons will hold the Maryland Child Identification Program (MDCHIP) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the old "Secrets" (former GC Murphy) building on Main Street. MDCHIP provides parents with a CD containing their child's name, address, height, weight, eye and hair color, description of distinguishing marks, health issues, birth date, contact information, photos, a video interview, digital fingerprints and DNA sample.

This is the program used by law enforcement agencies across the nation. An Amber Alert on a missing child can be sent out in a matter of minutes. All this is provided free of charge by the Masons.

Dates to remember

Make note of these dates: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22. That's when the Hancock Historical Society plans to offer a "Holiday Tour" of several Hancock area historic homes and churches. Contact them for advance tickets of $10 for adults and $5 for students. Call Marian Golden at 301-678-6308. I will have a list of sites and other details closer to the time. Proceeds will benefit the Hancock History Museum.

Canal-Apple Days

Don't forget that Hancock's 33rd annual Canal-Apple Days Festival is coming up Sept. 19 and 20 with a grand parade on Saturday morning and events in Widmeyer Park both Saturday and Sunday. Many local civic organizations, vendors and artisans will be in the park with homemade food, crafts, music and activities for all ages. The Saturday parade steps off at 11 a.m.

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