Around Hancock

July 29, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888

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Pool event

Summer might be a slower time in Hancock, but there are still plenty of events in late July and August.

On Friday, from 7 to 10 p.m., Hancock in Motion will host a teen dance/pool party at the Hancock Municipal Pool.

A DJ will provide music and those in grades five through 10 are welcome to attend. Tickets cost $5, which includes the dance, swimming, hot dogs, chips and sodas.


Breakfast in the Park

On Saturday morning, Hancock's James W. Bowers Masonic Lodges will hold Breakfast in the Park.

The event will be in the the Lions pavilion in Widmeyer Park from 7 to 10 a.m.

The menu includes hotcakes, eggs, meat, orange juice and coffee.

Proceeds stay in our town for charitable purposes.

National Night Out

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, National Night Out Against Crime will be held at Widmeyer Park from 6 to 10 p.m.

It will be Hancock's 11th year to participate in the observance, sponsored by law enforcement agencies and communities across the nation.

Hancock Chief of Police T. J. Buskirk tells me that he and Mayor Dan Murphy will lead a short welcome ceremony at 6 p.m. Included will be an invocation by the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, rector of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church and chaplain for the Maryland State Police and the Hancock Police Department.

Chief Buskirk promises complimentary food, prepared by the Hancock Lions. In addition, there will be law enforcement and other displays and activities, and free use of the Municipal Pool will again be offered.

The Interfaith Service Coalition works with the Police Department to organize the event.

Residents are asked to turn on their porch lights to show support for the dedicated police officers.

Playground upgrade in the works in town

The Town of Hancock has received a grant through the Maryland Department of the Environment for improvements to the playground at the Town Hall and Community Center.

Town officials plan to work with Good Shepherd Preschool Director January Souders, as the children use this playground often in good weather. Some of the play equipment has been there since I took my children there more than 15 years ago, so it's due for a much needed facelift.

Potpie dinner set for Saturday

This Saturday, Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian Church will hold a ham and potpie dinner and bake sale from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its faith center. Music will be provided by Ernie Bradley and the Grassy Ridge Band.

For more information, call the church at 717-294-3028.

Towpath ride

Also Saturday, you might see two bicycle riders go by who plan to ride the entire 184-mile towpath in one day.

Mike Mittel, owner of Hub City Cycles and Dan Greenwald, board president of Food Resources in Hagerstown, are raising money for the hungry.

Every $10 donation provides 40 pounds of food for a needy family.

To donate, send a check to Food Resouces, 220 McRand Court, Hagerstown MD 21740.

Health center to offer workshops

The week of Aug. 9 to 12 is National Health Center Week, and Tri-State Community Health Center, 130 W. High St., is offering the following programs:

o Tuesday, Aug. 10, at 1:30 p.m. "Raising Healthy Children"

o Wednesday, Aug. 11, open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Reading time for children, "Lyme Disease" with Dr. Tara Scheck; 1:30 p.m., "Understanding Your Medicare Benefits"

o Thursday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m. "Summer Skin Problems" with Jeannette Sweitzer, CRNP;

o Friday, Aug. 13, 11 a.m. "Sports Injuries," with Teresa Dumpe, CRNP.

For more information, call 301-678-7256.

Community Day

Hancock in Motion needs you as it plans a Community Day for Saturday, Aug. 14.

There will be live music, food and an "Outhouse Race." (Yes, you read it right). Needed are groups of three to five people who are energetic and competitive to build and race an outhouse.

Register by Friday. A set of rules and registration information is available from Chris Shoemaker at 240-291-2773.

Self-defense camp offered in August

You can sign up for a self-defense camp, sponsored by M&A Training Facility at 53 W. Main St. During August, a certified instructor will lead a one-hour session each week for six weeks for those ages 7 to 11, 12 to 15, and 16 and older.

For more information, call 301-331-0619.

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