Around Hancock

October 01, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Temperatures drop as October arrives

The temperatures are dropping and the fall leaves are in nature's dressing room preparing for their yearly road show.

Porches in my neighborhood are popping with pumpkins, while shocks of corn lean against doorframes and scarecrows peep around porch chairs.

Each evening and each morning, the honk of migrating geese sweeping over my roof startles me. They fly close to the roof as they dive toward the river in the evening, then stagger toward a morning takeoff, ready to resume their seasonal marathon.


October has arrived with a crisp tang to the morning air as local events continue to unfold in our small town.

Class of 1954

The Hancock High class of 1954 will hold its 55-year reunion Saturday, Oct. 10, at 5 p.m. at Hancock's Little Sandy's Restaurant and Truck Stop, on East Main Street at the Interstate 70 ramp. Classmates and spouses are invited to the Dutch treat evening.

To make a reservation, call June Yeakle Himes at 301-223-9341 or Bob Shives at 301-739-4008.

Photo contest

The results of the 2009 Hancock Photo Contest are in, and a gallery of photos will be featured Sunday in The Herald-Mail.

There was a great response this year with 65 entries.

The top 13 photos are on display in the Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park.

The contest was organized by Sam Judge.


The annual CROP Walk for Hunger takes place Sunday in Hancock beginning at 1 p.m.

Walkers will gather at the Church Street parking lot for registration.

The walk will take place along a 5-mile stretch of the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

Some people walk more than that every day to get food and water.

CROP - Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty - helps raise funds to respond to hunger needs both overseas and in local communities.

You can come and walk or help sponsor a walker by calling this year's coordinator, the Rev. Carol Davis, at 301-678-5510.

Pet blessing

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will sponsor its annual pet blessing Sunday in honor of St. Francis Day. You can bring pets, suitably restrained or crated, to the church's Parish Hall on Church and High streets at 7 p.m. for a short service.

Pet medals for their collars or cages will be distributed, a memorial candle will be lighted in tribute to pets who have died and refreshments will be served. The service is open to the public.

For more information, call St. Thomas' at 301-678-6569.

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