Around Hancock

July 15, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Hanging baskets getting a little care

It's been pretty dry this month and I wondered what would happen to the lovely hanging flower baskets in downtown Hancock and along the Rail Trail.

Not to worry, however, as several times a week while I am on my morning walks with Sammi (our new puppy), I see a town truck and workers faithfully watering them.

It's a little extra work for the summer crew, which also provides some summer jobs for local youth, but it's a really nice touch.


Most of the flower beds are well tended and the one in front of the Monterey House gets lots of attention, including a sweep up along the curb. Thank you to our local citizens and town workers for keeping our town looking so good.

Movie night

This Friday is movie night at the Hancock Public Library in Widmeyer Park.

The movie "Finding Nemo," will be shown. The free, PG-rated movie begins at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be included. To register, call the library at 301-678-5300.

Bike ride

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will host a guided bicycle ride along the Western Maryland Rail Trail on Saturday.

Participants are invited to meet at 9 a.m. at the C&O Bike Shop on South Pennsylvania Avenue South and Canal Road.

Fort Frederick State Park naturalist Charles Sullivan will lead the way, pausing to explore natural wonders, including flowering plants, birds and trees.

Sullivan also helps unlock the complex geology of our area, including the unusual Sideling Hill syncline formation. The event is free and open to the public.

The entire ride will cover as much as 25 miles roundtrip.

Bicycle rentals and refreshments are available at the C&O Bike Shop for a nominal fee. The ride will last about four hours.

For more information, call Fort Frederick at 301-842-2155. Their office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Breakfast in the Park

Our local Masonic Lodge offers Breakfast in the Park twice this month - this Saturday and again on July 31.

A full, hot breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Lions' Pavilion in Widmeyer Park. Breakfast costs $6 for adults and children's portions are available.

Book about veterans

Don Corbett is at it again with his third book chronicling the memories of World War II Hancock veterans.

"Hancock: Home of the Brave" is his latest publication and adds to the already large collection of first-hand stories from this dwindling population.

This is a labor of love for Corbett, president of the Hancock Historical Society, who has also collected pictures, a poem, copies of discharge papers and even a daily log kept by one veteran.

At least 40 to 45 interviews have been collected in Don's three books, all available at the Hancock Museum in Town Hall, the new Visitors Center on Main Street and Petals and Bows Flower Shop on Main Street.

You might just catch Don at the Visitors Center to ask for his autograph.

Basket bingo

St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will hold a basket bingo Sunday, July 25, starting at 2 p.m. at the Hancock Fire Hall, Fulton and High streets.

The theme is "Celebrate Your Freedom," and all the baskets offered will be Americana or summer style. There will be 20 games at a cost of $20 per person, and the first 100 ticketholders will receive a free pottery crock.

Proceeds will benefit the church's outreach ministries.

Doors open at 1 p.m. and lunch will be available.

Call St. Thomas' at 301-678-6569 to reserve your ticket.

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