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August 12, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

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Sunday in the Park

School is just around the corner, but summertime activities are still in good supply in Hancock. Come on down to Widmeyer Park Sunday for Ben Andrews Foot Stomp'n Blues Sensation from 3 to 5 p.m.

Hancock's "Sunday in the Park" concert series is free and open to the public.

Anderson has played with musicians such as Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, John Embry and Walter Horton. He has also played at major blues, rock and folk festivals like Bishopstock, Glastonbury, Chichester, Reading, Danbury, Winchester and others.

With a booming guitar and an authentic "bluesy" voice, Andrews plays historical renditions of some of the greatest blues songs ever. He has recently performed to rave reviews at two local restaurants - the Log Cabin and the Park-n-Dine. Take a blanket or a lawnchair and sit and enjoy this month's concert.


In case of rain, the event will be held in the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center.

Preschool enrolling students

Good Shepherd Pre-School, housed at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St., is enrolling students for the 2010-11 school year. Full and half-day programs are available for those ages 2 to 5, including snacks and meals. The school is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Good Shepherd also offers before- and after-school day care for school-age children. Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania vouchers may all be used.

For more information, call 301-678-5100.

Students to get laptops

In other school news, Hancock Middle-Senior High School has been selected as a site for an experimental program sponsored by Dell Computers, the Education Foundation and Washington County Public Schools.

Beginning in January, each student and teacher will receive a free laptop computer, providing them with instant access to technology and communication.

Teachers will be trained to incorporate technology into their lessons, and students will be trained to respond by using new methods of communication and response.

The kickoff introduction for the program was Tuesday. It involved a presentation from the school system and Dell Corp. Professionals met with teachers to discuss hopes and fears, and provided some hands-on demonstrations.

Parents with questions can contact Principal Martin Green at 301-766-8186.

Organ concert planned

Former Hancock resident Daniel Weatherholt will present a concert of organ music at New Covenant United Methodist Church, 1707 Frederick St. in Cumberland, Md., Sunday at 6 p.m.

The event is to inaugurate the church's new digital organ.

Weatherholt is the eldest son of the Revs. Allan and Anne Weatherholt of Hancock and is a graduate of Frostburg State University with a major in organ performance.

He serves as organist and choirmaster at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Boonsboro. Sunday's concert is free and open to the public.

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