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July 22, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Basket bingo set for Sunday



There is still time to get a ticket to attend the basket bingo Sunday at the Hancock Fire Hall.

Games, lunch and lots of baskets - Americana and summer style - will be available. Proceeds go to the outreach ministries of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, sponsor of the event.

Tickets cost $20 for 20 regular games. Call in advance for seating and receive a free pottery crock. Doors open for lunch at 1 p.m. and bingo begins at 2.

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For more information, call St. Thomas' at 301-678-6569.

Class of 1980 to hold reunion



The Hancock High School class of 1980 will hold its reunion Saturday, Aug. 7. All alumni and their families are welcome to attend.

For advance information about location, time and reservations, call Mary Vivian Young Hornbaker at 304-258-8118. The deadline to make reservations is July 24.

Carnival under way



The nearby Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) Carnival continues through Saturday with rides, food and live music. It is about four miles across the Potomac River on U.S. 522 south to the U.S. Silica grounds.

On Saturday, a baby contest, country music and a tribute to Elvis Presley will take place. Take a lawn chair for seating.

Health fair on horizon



National Health Week is Aug. 9 to 12, and the Tri-State Community Health Center has a week of events planned for local citizens.

On Monday, opening day, at 3 p.m., a "Patient Self Education" talk will be held with the doctors on staff, plus blood pressure screenings and an introduction to what services, including free medication, you might be eligible for.

The health center is at 130 W. High St. next to Town Hall.

For more information, call 301-678-7256.

Canal work in progress



Work is progressing nicely on summer repairs to the Hancock stretch of the C&O Canal.

Park officials and workers are shoring up the aqueduct through which Little Tonoloway Creek flows after it leaves Widmeyer Park.

The C&O Canal was a marvel of engineering in its day, as a trench full of water was built over a natural stream bed - water over water.

A gravel road bed has been made behind the C&O Bike Shop down to the level of the creek, and large trucks have been hauling gravel and metal culverts to put in place.

Once finished, this section of the canal will be able not only to hold water again, but will be restored for the future use of those who bicycle or walk along the canal.

It also means a better road bed for Canal Road, linking downtown Hancock with the old orchard areas and residences to the west.

Pool party set for July 30



On Friday, July 30, a pool party and dance for young people in grades five through 10 will be held at the Hancock Municipal Pool.

The event is set for 7 to 10 p.m. with an admission charge of $5 per person. Included in this price are not only the swimming and dancing, but also hot dogs, chips and sodas. Hancock in Motion is sponsoring the event.

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