Around Hancock

September 02, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT

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Police department getting upgrades

Small towns are great. I ran into Police Chief T.J. Buskirk on Monday when I went by the Town Office.

T.J. was in his "civvies," busy with renovations to the police department.

Gone are the old metal desks, which might have dated from just after World War II, and in their place are modern work stations ready for computers and modern technology.

The department received a grant to purchase new police vests and increase its attention at school bus stops.

This is small town policing at its best in these tight economic times. Hats off to you, T.J.

Concert to feature early American music

The Springs Chamber Ensemble will present a concert of early American popular music Sunday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. at the Hancock Community Arts Center in Town Hall.


The performance will feature music popular in America between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

This all-American program will include hymns, reels, fiddle tunes and hornpipes from the Colonial period, sacred works by William Billings, Civil War polkas and waltzes, songs by Stephen Foster, a set of tunes popular in Virginia reels, and a medley of Civil War songs.

Performers include Carrie Hann and Alexander Marte (violins), Kerry Jackson (cello), Carolyn Kligerman (viola and banjo), Mike Kligerman (viola, recorder and guitar), Bennett Lentczner (trumpet), Patricia Springer (piano), Linda Whitesitt (violin and hammered dulcimer) and Walker Williams (recorder, penny whistle and percussion).

The ensemble plans a Celtic concert in Hancock next month. The programs are free and open to the public.

Canal restoration

The National Park Service met with town officials last week to let them know about the "Restoration of Canal Operations at Hancock, Miles 122.12 to 124.59." This is the title of a project that will start a process to rewater the C&O Canal from the new Park Service Bowles House to the east of town, all the way to the town center just below Main Street, to the boat ramp.

This might even include a restored canal boat in operation, but at the least, it will help clean up the area of the canal that is closest to the Rail Trail through Hancock, an area which has become overgrown.

This is an exciting possibility for the town, one which fits perfectly with the growing emphasis on tourism.

Park event set for Labor Day

Singing in the Park is planned for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Lions Pavilion in Widmeyer Park.

Take a lawn chair and enjoy singers from For His Glory - Jeremy Miley and Faith McAfee, Mary Howard, Caleb Myers, George Funk and Talmadge Stewart.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Walk Across Maryland to be held Sept. 18

Along with Canal-Apple Days, the fourth annual Walk Across Maryland takes place Saturday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. Plan now to come to this unique event where you can literally walk across the state at its narrowest portion, from the Mason-Dixon Line, south along Pennsylvania Avenue in Hancock to the boat ramp at the Potomac River.

The walk is organized by Hahn and Nelson Family Medicine in Hancock and walkers are escorted by local police.

It helps kick off the 2010 Hancock Health Olympics, but is open to anyone who wants to participate.

Free 2010 Walk Across Maryland T-shirts, sponsored by Washington County Hospital, will be given to the first 150 participants.

For more information and to register, call 301-678-7007.

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