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  • Officials cut the ribbon along the Rail Trail "Main Street" in Hancock on Tuesday.
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Hancock expands on many fronts

Despite a rainy Tuesday, the three "Main Streets" of Hancock played host to a "boatload" of local dignitaries and politicos.

Local Hancock citizens turned out to welcome the visitors and celebrate several new ventures.

Three Main Streets you say? This might well become our new mantra.

The first Main Street for highway traffic hosted the opening of the new Hancock Museum and Tourist Center, complete with the salvaged exhibits from Sideling Hill and plenty of brochures on local events.

The center also boasts some exhibits from the Hancock Town Museum and a small wall of items for sale, including some excellent black-and-white copies of old postcards (not old postcards - modern copies, thereof.) Three volunteers have received training from the state tourism bureau and stand ready to open for the public.

In fact, the first visitors have already stopped by, lured by the new signs along Interstate 70 - signs that were erected in a matter of a few days, thanks to Gov. Martin O'Malley.


No more bright orange "closed" slashes across the old Sideling Hill signs.

The second "Main Street" for bicycle traffic, celebrated the wonderful new dcor sponsored by the Hancock Chamber of Commerce. Light posts, banners and flower baskets, plus new picnic tables now line the blocks south of Main Street between Pennsylvania Avenue and Church Street. Still to come are kiosks describing businesses and services along the "first" Main Street.

The third "Main Street," for hikers, bicyclists and other park lovers, the C&O Canal, was highlighted by the presence of the park superintendent and other staff members.

They displayed a chart showing some major improvements yet to come, including repair of the C&O Canal surface to the west of Hancock.

Renovations on the new location of the C&O Canal Hancock Center are under way in the old historic Canal House to the east of town limits and plans are in the offing to rewater the canal from that location east of town all the way through the downtown area.

Our small town is seeing a revival of attention that bodes well for the future.

Take Two to perform

Dust off your dancing shoes and enjoy an evening of a variety of music that will take you uptown and as far south as Margaritaville.

Take Two will perform Friday, May 21, from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Hancock Community Center, 126 W. High St.

The group performs songs from the Big Band era, country standards, blues, 1950s and '60s rock 'n' roll, polkas, waltzes and even some patriotic tunes.

Their danceable mix includes songs recorded by Eric Clapton, The Eagles and the Rolling Stones.

Take Two is the combined talents of husband and wife duo Russ and Donna. Donna has played drums for many local bands in the Tri-State area since she was 16 and even had several opportunities to play drums behind country recording artist Joe Maphis.

Russ began at age 12 when he was instructed by U.S. Army Band leader and composer, Capt. Thomas F. Darcy. By age 14, he was chosen as the featured trumpet soloist with the Western Pennsylvania's Johnstown Youth Symphony.

The dance is open to the public, and admission is by donation to benefit the Hancock Arts Council.

Youth camp to be held in June

It's that time again for local youth ages 9 to 13 to sign up for Adventures in Friendship. Over the last 15 years, this weeklong day camp has taught life skills to many of our local youth, skills that can save lives and help them to make healthy choices.

Camp this year is June 21 to 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets.

The camp is sponsored by St. Thomas' and the Interfaith Service Coalition, which brings speakers and programs on health and safety from across the Tri-State area. Annual features include a trip to see the State Police helicopter in Cumberland, Md., a visit from our local fire and rescue companies, a session with yours truly, "Miss Manners," plus first aid and CPR certification. Call Debbie Cohill or Mark Stahr at the ISC at 301-678-6605 for registration.

Underwritten funding from United Way of Washington County, the camp is free for local youths.

Class of 1960

Calling all members of the Hancock High School Class of 1960. May 19 is the deadline to sign up for your 50th class reunion to be held Saturday, June 26, at Town Hill Bed and Breakfast, west of Hancock on Old U.S. 40.

The evening costs $35 per person, including a social hour at 4 p.m. followed by dinner.

Your classmate, Darlene Largent, is waiting to hear from you at 301-223-4114.

Movie night

Enjoy a Movie Night, sponsored by "Hancock in Motion," Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, showing "Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." The event is free and so is the popcorn, but donations will be accepted to help with future events. Those younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Sacred music

The Stevens Family will present a concert of sacred music Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Hancock Assembly of God, 431, N. Pennsylvania Ave. For more information, contact the church 301-678-5313.

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