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December 30, 2009|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

Parish marks 175th anniversary



The last day of the old year is the first day of a celebration marking the 175th anniversary of St. Thomas' Episcopal Parish.

The church building is one of the few in Washington County that is original, having been in continual use for worship since 1835.

It was closed for awhile during the Civil War, when it became a field hospital and headquarters for Union troops occupying the town.

After the occupation ended, the church was reopened, restored and with only a few changes to its exterior and interior, is still the same as it was originally.

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The congregation of St. Thomas' will gather at 9 tonight for a worship service, followed by a reception in the Parish Hall (in case of bad weather, the celebration will be postponed until Sunday at 7 p.m. with food preceding. Please call the church office at 301-678-6569 for information.)

Stay tuned for monthly events marking the history of this parish and its significant ministries in this community. Historic St. Thomas' is at Church and High streets.

Lockhouse Restaurant reopens in Hancock



After an absence of more than a year, the Lockhouse Restaurant, on Main Street adjacent to the Church Street parking lot of the Western Maryland Rail Trail, has reopened just in time for the holiday season.

The establishment is under new management, while retaining the same chef, making the menu familiar to past customers. There is an array of seafood dishes, along with steaks, prime rib and frequent specials. The management tells me they are redecorating the upstairs banquet room, which will again be available for private parties and group meetings. Hours for lunch and dinner are daily, seven days per week. For more information, call 301-678-7222.

Towpath work to get federal money



Town officials are pleased with the news that the U.S. Park Service has announced plans to refurbish and resurface much of the C&O Canal towpath in the Hancock area.

To be funded through federal stimulus money, the project is expected to cost more than $650,000. Work is to begin in early 2010 and will take until September to complete. The area to be resurfaced is between Hancock and the canal's terminus at Cumberland, Md. Work is also to be done on the towpath in the Williamsport area of Washington County.

Library event set for Jan. 6



The Hancock branch of The Washington County Free Library will offer its next preschool story time Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 1 p.m. The free program targets those ages 3 to 5.

For more information, call 301-678-5300.

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