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November 25, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Special services



If you are reading this on Thanksgiving morning, you might still have time to attend one of the two special worship services that will be held in our town today.

At 9 a.m., the Rev. Jack Lombardi will celebrate the Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Peter Catholic Church, 16 E. High St.

At 10 a.m., historic St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will host Thanksgiving Communion with traditional hymns of the day. The Rev. Allan Weatherholt and the Rev. Steven McCarty invite everyone to join them in giving thanks on this national holiday. Daniel Weatherholt will be the guest organist.

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Town tree lighting takes place Saturday



The pre-Christmas holiday season begins officially in Hancock with the Town Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa Claus.

It will take place as usual in the Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St., Saturday at 5 p.m.

Due to the refinishing of the floors in the large meeting room, the community will gather in the main hallway before the tree lighting outside. Santa will arrive on the Hancock firetruck and will meet with the children in the meeting room near the front door. There will be caroling and the traditional Christmas story told by yours truly. Refreshments will top off a great event.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, "Hancock in Motion" will sponsor a Christmas craft and vendor fair at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors can contact the town office if they wish to take part.

Hunting season



Hunting season begins in Maryland on Saturday.

The Hancock area is a favorite for many hunters who will be eating breakfast at local restaurants (many open early), and getting supplies at local sporting goods stores.

Be aware of the increased traffic in town and the hunters in the surrounding countryside. Hunters, remember that if you harvest more deer than you can use, you can donate the meat to a local food bank. Check with your processor about the details.

Thrift store open for bargains



Plan to go Christmas shopping at the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store. It has a vast collection of gently used clothing for all ages, shoes, holiday decorations, furniture and household items. Prices are low and all the funds stay in Hancock to help the needy. Don't forget the shopping contest sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce. You can pick up the list of stores and ask the cashier to mark and sign your contest sheet. Prizes will be awarded in early January.

Advent begins



For many Christians, locally and around the world, this Sunday is the first day of a new liturgical year. Advent, lasting four weeks, is the season of anticipation, getting ready to celebrate Christmas. As the days get shorter, we are reminded of the shortness of life and the precious time we are given to share with those we love.

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