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July 01, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Fourth of July



This coming weekend is the time to celebrate our nation's heritage of freedom.

There are plenty of events in the local area to choose from, and I imagine that our Western Maryland Rail Trail will be loaded with bicyclists to boot.

Have a safe and wonderful Fourth - and don't forget the special emphasis on prayer for our nation and our troops overseas in all of our local churches.

Swimming lessons



Would your child like to take swimming lessons?

Lessons for beginners and intermediate swimmers are offered at the Hancock Municipal Pool. Call the Town Office at 301-678-7160.

Lessons are in two-week sessions (10 lessons) and cost $45.

Picnic planned



The Hancock Historical Society will hold its annual picnic Sunday, July 18, at 1 p.m. at Joseph Hancock Park on West Main Street.

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Bring a covered dish to share. Tableware, main dish and beverages will be provided. There will be a short meeting and fellowship time after the meal. For more information, call Starla Ward at 301-790-1648.

Park to get facelift



The small park and playground at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center is in for a facelift.

Town officials received a grant that will enable them to replace the roof on the bus shelter, install some new play equipment and provide protective mulch under the play areas. Park hours will be posted on a new sign as well as regulations about pets. This play area is used by many local families.

Open house



Get out your "loudest" Hawaiian shirt and plan to celebrate Hau'oil la Hanau (happy birthday) to Hahn and Nelson Family Medicine. The local practice is a year old, and it is hosting an open house Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. at their offices at 131 N. Pennsylvania Ave. It will include light refreshments, fun and door prizes. Check out Dr. Matt's outfit - he promises some unusual attire for the celebration.

Concert planned



The Hancock Arts Council is excited to announce that recording artists Zupe and Dave Nichols will perform in Hancock Sunday, July 18. This concert is set for 3 to 5 p.m. at the Band Shell in Widmeyer Park.

Altoona, Pa., resident Zupe and Somerset, Pa., resident Dave Nichols attended the 51st Grammy nominations in Los Angeles.

Their 12-track progressive jazz fusion album, "Speechless," appeared on the ballot for eight categories, including Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Contemporary Jazz Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. "Caterpillar" and "Step On It" were in the running for Best Rock Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Composition.

The title track was up for Record of the Year and Best Instrumental Arrangement.

Nichols, 57, and Zupe, 44, are well-known throughout the Somerset-Altoona region. They write, record and publish tunes for advertisements and jingles for Pennsylvania businesses. Their published works include songs heard on Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" and "The Simple Life," NBC's "Dateline," MTV's "Road Rules" and "Real World."

The concert is free.

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