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August 05, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

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Night Out event a hit

"This evening we honor those who protect and serve ..."

With those and other good words, Hancock Mayor Dan Murphy began the welcoming ceremony for this past Tuesday evening's "National Night Out Against Crime" in Hancock.

Although the crowd was not a record one this year, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk and the Hancock Police Department hosted about 600 citizens of all ages, who came to Widmeyer Park for the community's 11th observance of the annual event.

The Hancock Lions served more than 1,100 hot dogs and other goodies.

The Safety House was in operation for children.

There were numerous displays and booths, live music, volleyball, basketball and swimming.

As the old saying goes, a wonderful time was had by all - all in the name of promoting community policing and supporting our dedicated law enforcement personnel.


Firefighters convention

Hancock is proud to be abuzz with the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen's Association Convention over the next several days.

Fire Chief Greg Yost and the Hancock Fire Co. are hosts for the organization's 109th yearly gathering.

Activity began Wednesday afternoon with a golf outing at nearby Whitetail Golf Course.

Today the convention is in general session in the auditorium at Hancock Middle-Senior High School, with the morning meeting at 9 and afternoon business meeting at 1.

A memorial service to remember fallen heroes and other deceased firefighters will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 16 E. High St.

This evening there is a "Hootenanny" picnic on the picnic grounds of the Hancock Fire Co. off Sensel Road.

Friday's agenda includes another general session at Hancock High, along with a training event at the Hancock Fire Hall.

A banquet will be held Friday evening at 6:30 at the Park-n-Dine Restaurant, 189 E. Main St.

The convention closes with a big parade for all, which steps off at noon Saturday at the east end of town, proceeding west to Widmeyer Park, where there will be an awarding of prizes and other after-parade activities.

The convention boasts an individual membership of more than 1,100 members from fire companies in five states - Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware.

Green new principal at Hancock High

When Washington County Schools open on Aug. 18 for the 2010-11 academic year, Hancock Middle-Senior High School will be under the leadership of a new principal.

He is Martin Green, who recently served as principal of Boonsboro High School.

Green, who lives west of Hancock, says he is pleased to be serving our school, while shortening his commute by about 30 minutes.

Green succeeds Eric Michael, who now has an administrative position within the Central Office of the school system. Welcome, Principal Green.

Photo contest deadline is Aug. 31

Don't forget that Tuesday, Aug. 31, is the deadline to submit entries for the Hancock Area Photo Contest.

Organizer and local photographer Sam Judge says photos should be size 8-by-10 inches or larger and can be submitted either to the Town Office or to the Hancock Branch of the Washington County Library in Widmeyer Park.

Each participant can enter one or two photographs without charge.

Winners will be announced and displayed in mid-September.

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