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December 09, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Interfaith Service Coalition honors volunteers

At its Christmas dinner party this past Monday night, the Interfaith Service Coalition presented awards to two volunteers.

The Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt received a plaque marking 20 years of service to this United Way agency. Betty McNabb received the 2009 "Volunteer of the Year" award for the many hours she puts in to help others.

The party and dinner, organized by ISC Executive Director Debbie Cohill, took place at the Park-n-Dine, where all the volunteers who work at the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store were saluted and presented with holiday gift bags.


Hancock's 'old' and 'new' Christmas traditions

Hancock is celebrating Christmas with the "old" and the "new" - traditions and fresh events to show off the best of small-town living. This weekend is a great example of this combination, with events and happenings for all ages and every taste. Come on downtown this weekend to see the sites and join in!

New Santa Claus parade scheduled for Saturday

On Saturday, Hancock's new Santa Claus Parade begins at 9 a.m. Participants will line up at the Park-n-Dine and march west on Main Street, then turn on Pennsylvania Avenue, ending up at the Town Hall/Community Center. S

anta will be on hand from 10 a.m to noon at the Community Center to visit with local children.

Meanwhile, crafters and vendors will be set up in the auditorium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a look at the beautifully refinished floor while you are there - courtesy of grant money for the Hancock Arts Council. There will be 50/50s and raffles, door prizes and refreshments for all.

This great new event has been organized by "Hancock in Motion," a new group of citizens eager to "make things happen" in town. They also have placed some decorations in the Joseph Hancock Park and will place luminaries in Widmeyer Park for all to enjoy!

15th annual churchyards luminaria display

One of the great "old" traditions is the annual luminarias display in the historic Hancock churchyards along East High Street. This is the 15th year for this display, coordinated by The Rev. Steven McCarty and The Rev. Allan Weatherholt.

Volunteers are welcome to come up to St. Thomas' Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. (after the parade!) and help assemble and place the bags. Lunch will be served to workers at 12:30 p.m., and crews are needed after lunch to begin lighting the candles.

When dark comes at 5 p.m., you are invited to drive your car (with parking lights) east along High Street, turning into the St. Peter's parking lot and continuing through the three churchyards on Cemetery Lane.

Weather permitting, the luminarias burn all night, a lovely holiday display. Hancock's Boy Scout Troop 15 provides cleanup after the display on Sunday morning.

Advent Festival of Lessons
and Carols this Sunday

For nearly 30 years, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church has observed one of the great traditions of Advent -- the season of preparation for Christmas. This is an Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols, a worship service which tells the story of Christ's coming through music and scripture readings.

St. Thomas' Choir, under the talented direction of Minister of Music J. Gwynne Cavey, has prepared a wonderful array of choral selections for this year's program. The public is invited to come and share in the beautiful candlelight evening, this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. in the historic church at Church and High streets.

An Advent potluck dinner preceding the service begins at 5 p.m. and is also open to any who wish to come.

2009 Health Olympics
members asked to 'weigh out'

The 2009 Health Olympics is coming to a close. All participants should return to the location where they registered to "weigh out."

Numerous prizes have been donated by local businesses and individuals, including apples from Hepburn's Orchard Market, a ski package from Whitetail Ski Resort and a free membership at Rankin's Fitness Center.

For any questions or information, call Dr. Matthew Hahn at the Hahn and Nelson Family Practice, 301-678-7007.

Southern Fulton High School
hosting Chorus Festival

Southern Fulton High School in nearby Warfordsburg, Pa., is hosting a Chorus Festival Jan. 27 to 30, bringing 187 outstanding chorus students and their directors from a wide area of South Central Pennsylvania.

Host families are needed for this weekend to host two or more students. Families will need to provide transportation to and from the school, breakfast on Thursday and Friday, and dinner on Friday.

Hosts will receive free tickets for the Friday evening concert and the reward of supporting this great program. Contact Dan Meredith at SFHS if you can help! Call 717-294-3251, ext 201, or e-mail him at

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