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September 17, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Canal-Apple Days set for this weekend

Hancock's own town festival, Canal-Apple Days, is on for this weekend. Weather prognosticators predict great conditions, so plan now to participate as much as you can.

The annual parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday morning on Main Street from east to west, ending at Widmeyer Park, where you will find many crafters, food vendors, games, displays and musicians.

There will also be homemade food, including apple dumplings from St. Peter's Catholic Church. The festival, sponsored by the Hancock Lions Club, is now in its 33rd year and runs through Sunday afternoon.


Other events planned

There are several events taking place this weekend in conjunction with Canal-Apple Days.

o The Hancock Band Boosters are sponsoring an all-you-can-eat ham potpie dinner Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Hancock Middle-Senior High School cafeteria. Cost is free for those ages 3 and younger, $4 for those ages 4 to 11, and $7 for those ages 12 and older.

For more information, call Rhonda Smith at 301-678-5436.

o After you eat, you can attend Friday Family Movie night at 7 p.m. at the library. The movie, "Bolt," is said to be suitable for all ages. Register at 301-678-5300.

o The library will hold a used book sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Canal-Apple Days.

o And don't forget that the Masons will be holding a child safety program in the old "Secrets" building on Main Street, Saturday morning before, during and after the parade.

o The Tri-State Health Olympics has several events during this festival weekend. Before the parade on Saturday, you can "Walk across Maryland" (1.8 miles) at 9 a.m. Register for this event in front of the office of Drs. Hahn and Nelson on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Registration for the Health Olympics continues through Oct. 9. Participation includes setting a weight-loss goal of up to 10 pounds and signing on for an exercise and calorie intake goal. The theme this year is "Losers can be Winners." Participants track their progress with a calendar and weigh-ins. The Olympics are free to all. For more information, call 301-678-7007.

Blood drive

Give the gift of life today at the Red Cross blood drive from noon to 6 at the Hancock Community Center. The Hancock Lions Club is sponsoring this event.

Principal honored

Hancock Elementary School Principal Shelli Gest was named to the "Hot List" of professionals in our area by Hagerstown Magazine, which just goes to show you that our wonderful Hancock public schools are one of the best kept secrets in our town. Read about Shelli in the September issue of the magazine.

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