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June 03, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Class of 2010

Graduation for the class of 2010 at Hancock Middle/Senior High School is this evening at 6 at the school auditorium on West Main Street. Please watch for increased traffic from proud families and students.

Artist to visit

On Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., an art show and sale by artist P. Buckley Moss will be held at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. It will be an opportunity to meet the artist, see her work and view the two new paintings especially commissioned for the 175th anniversary of St. Thomas. The church is at Church and High streets.

Breakfast in the Park

The Hancock Lions Club will hold Breakfast in the Park on Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m.

Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby comes to town Saturday morning for another round. High Street will once again be the roadway for the kids to enjoy. It provides an ideal ramp with a gentle back hill at the end so very little braking is required. Hancock Police patrol the cross streets so local traffic can proceed between races. Last time the weather was cool, but hot weather is expected through this weekend.


Fishing rodeo

The annual fishing rodeo hosted by Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club is set for Saturday. Young anglers are invited to the club's Lake Tonoloway on Woodmont Road between 8 and 11 a.m.

There will be refreshments and prizes, including a new bicycle.

The event is free to those 13 and younger, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Barge Bash

Hancock's eighth annual Barge Bash is set for Saturday, June 26. The yearly event takes place on the local re-watered stretch of the C&O Canal.

Individuals, families, friends, groups, teammates or coworkers are all invited to be creative, have fun and win prizes by entering their barges and bringing the people or "horse" power to pull the barges through the water to the finish line. Entries are to begin assembling at the Church Street parking lot of the Western Maryland Rail Trail at 10 a.m.

By noon, the entries should be placed in or near the water, and at 1 p.m. the nautical parade will begin.

Prizes will be awarded at 2 p.m.

Entry forms and a $50 registration fee are required. Forms are available at Hancock Town Hall, 126 W, High St. The event is co-sponsored by the Town of Hancock, the Hancock Arts Council and the C&O Canal National Historical Park.

Bash Dash

For the first time, a 1-mile Bash Dash is planned in conjunction with the Barge Bash.

The run starts at the Hancock Middle-Senior High School and ends at the Church Street parking lot of the Rail Trail.

The run offers two heats: Heat one with prizes being awarded to the top three male and female finishers, the top male and female masters (40 years and older), and the top finishers in each age group; and Heat two, the fun run, for the top male and female finishers.

Registration forms - there is a $6 fee - are available at Hancock Town Hall, at the office of Dr. Daniel Murphy and on the website of the Washington County Recreation Department at

Register by June 16 and you will receive a T-shirt. Runners may also register from 9 to 10 a.m. on the day of the race.

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