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December 03, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Craft show



Vendors are still welcome to sign up for the Hancock Christmas craft show Saturday, Dec. 12.

This is a new celebration for Hancock and will include a short Christmas parade on Main Street in the morning. The day will end with the 15th annual luminaria display in the historic High Street churchyards of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, St. Peter's Catholic Church and Hancock Presbyterian Church. For information about the craft show, call the Town of Hancock. For information about the luminaria event, call St. Thomas' at 301-678-6569.

Store opens



The first business to move into the old GC Murphy's/Secret's building on Main Street is Phillips Fashions. It left its address on High Street for its new digs. This is an excellent use for one of the downtown storefronts that has been vacant for a few years.

Scholarship available



Senior students, attention. It's time to begin thinking about the scholarships offered by many area service clubs.

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Hancock's James W. Bowers Masonic Lodge offers a $500 scholarship for tuition or school expenses for a four-year college, twoyear college or vocational training program. For more information, call Dean Smith at 301-678-6640.

Food drive



Check your pantry for nonperishable food items or those two-for-one extras from the grocery store.

The Interfaith Service Coalition Food Bank is accepting donations this holiday season and into the winter months. The need is great and you can help. If you are in need of food and live in the Hancock area, call the ISC at 301-678-6605.

Good Samaritan Fund



The Rev. Carol Davis, pastor at Hancock Presbyterian, wishes to thank everyone for the generous donation of $518 for the Good Samaritan Fund, collected at last week's Community Thanksgiving Service. Attendance was excellent this year and the pick-up choir sang beautifully. Seven area churches participated. The Good Samaritan Fund provides gas, food and lodging to stranded travelers.

Hunters banquet



And finally, as the woods all around our area continue to be occupied by deer hunters, the sportsmen at Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club host their annual hunters banquet tonight at 6:30 at the clubhouse off Long Hollow Road.

Hancock's Mayor and Council, area law enforcement personnel and others are among the invited guests who will share in this annual feast and in the festivities which accompany it. Tonoloway, founded by Hancock area hunters and fishermen in 1936, is now in its 73rd year.

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