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October 15, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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What autumn brings

Crisp temps and crisp leaves are covering our small town as the fall colors are creeping down the hillsides.

October brings plans for the annual Halloween parade, as well as football games, band tournaments, fall soccer, cross country and plans for college visits.

Fire Chief Greg Yost reminds residents to clean out the flue in their fireplace or furnace before using wood burning or pellet stoves.


In the midst of the season this year are swine flu fears and realities, so get a flu shot when you can and use hand sanitizers.

Schools across the Free State are closed Friday for the Maryland State Teachers Association Annual Convention, giving the kids a day off to catch up on their rest.

Marching band off to great start

The Hancock Panthers Band has made it to the "Big Leagues."

For the first time that anyone can remember, the band got a first-place win at the Tournament of Bands last Saturday in Garrett County, Md., taking first place for both guard and drumline.

Their 2009 show is based on the life of Leonardo DaVinci, featuring various aspects of the artist's life.

On Tuesday night at the Washington County Showcase of Bands, they looked great and made an excellent showing in the midst of the other, bigger bands.

Band Director Scott Benford has taken advantage of some students who are exceptional soloists, putting them at the head of the melody lines.

The guard also carries the show with well-coordinated flags and other equipment. They have finally "arrived," now entering the field with their pit equipment on wheeled platforms pulled by a lawn tractor - not just hauled on by running parents.

Practice up, middle school musicians. We all expect great things in the coming years.

ISC to host open house for 20th anniversary

Today is the 20th anniversary open house for the Interfaith Service Coalition.

The United Way agency has been serving the needs of local citizens for two decades, providing assistance for low-income, elderly and youths in the Hancock area.

Programs such as Adventures in Friendship Day Camp and Keep a Senior Safe and Warm were created by the ISC and now serve as models for other agencies around the area and state.

ISC Executive Director Debbie Cohill, who has been serving in that position for more than 10 years, invites everyone to the open house from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store on the corner of High Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Various local clergy will lead a short prayer service at 4:30 p.m., reminding everyone that the ISC is a ministry of the area churches.

The agency started with a group of local church folks who wanted to make a difference by coming together to meet the human needs of our small town.

For more information, call 301-678-6605.

'Walk With the Doctor' set for Wednesdays

Every Wednesday evening at 5:30 for the next two months (weather permitting), come and "Walk With the Doctor."

Meet at the Church Street parking lot for a short hike along the Western Maryland Rail Trail. Dr. Matt Hahn also reports that his Hancock office expects to acquire the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine sometime soon, so watch for the word on that.

Halloween parade to step off Oct. 28

Hancock's 62nd annual Halloween parade is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

The Rotary Club invites area bands, marching units, Halloween floats, antique autos, schools and civic organizations to take part.

To register, call Daniel Murphy at 301-678-6635 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The rain date is Thursday, Oct. 29.

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