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November 12, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Take the longer view

A longer view rewards the eyes during the late fall and winter months.  There's a longer view through the trees, now bare of leaves; a longer view of the stars, as night lengthens; a longer view of the value of family and community, as the holidays offer time to gather and give thanks. In a world where instant is a way of life, this longer view stretches our inner world, making space to breathe and accept the gifts of today. The longer view provides vistas of perspective, drawing larger frames with the white space of promised snowfall.


Limited amount of H1N1 vaccine is available

If you are a patient at Tri-State Community Health Center, take note! A limited number of H1N1 vaccine doses are available today at a special clinic at the Tri-State office, 130 W. High St. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon for patients in high-risk groups such as infants, caregivers, diabetics and pregnant women. All patients will be screened prior to receiving the vaccine.   



Support group helps with separation issues

A seminar and support group for those going through a separation or divorce is again being offered at Hancock United Methodist Church. If you have questions or issues about raising children in a blended family, facing the loneliness or sense of failure, or if you are just trying to make sense of it all, call Pastor Duane Jensen at 301-678-6440 and ask him about this program, which now meets on Sundays at 7 p.m.


Hancock resident shoots for an Olympic berth

Hancock might have a citizen competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics.  Bryant Wallizer has been competing in professional shooting competitions for several years and recently won the air rifle title at the USA Shooting National Championships at Ft. Benning, Ga. Wallizer graduated from Hancock High School in 2005 and is a student at West Virginia University. After graduation in 2010, Wallizer plans to move to Colorado Springs, Colo., and train at the Olympic Training Center. In 2010, Bryant might well be on his way to London.  


Library plans Family Movie Night

The Hancock Public Library in Widmeyer Park, is planning another Family Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. "The Tale of Despereaux" features a heroic mouse who dreams of becoming a knight. Please register by calling the library at 301-678-5300. There will be free popcorn. 

Interfaith coalition offers program for seniors 

And this is a "last call" for this Saturday's annual "Keep a Senior Safe and Warm" program, offered to area senior citizens by the Interfaith Service Coalition. A host of guest speakers will address a variety of topics, all designed to help seniors make it safely through another winter. There will be health care professionals, law enforcement personnel and even a banker. Gift bags will be distributed to all attendees, along with gift certificates and other "goodies." The program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St. It is free for all persons 60 and older, but advance registration is required. Call the ISC at 301-678-6605. 

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