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September 30, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT / 301-678-6888
  • Anne Weatherholt, Hancock community correspondent

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Last Breakfast in the Park

A sure sign of autumn is the last Breakfast in the Park.

On Saturday, the good folks of the three "Ls" - Lions, Legion and Lodge - are joining forces to serve the hot cooked breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m. in the Lions Club's pavilion at Widmeyer Park.

Duck derby postponed

News from Hancock in Motion:

The Duck Derby, previously scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed until April 30, 2011 - there is simply not enough water in the creek to float the critters. All duck tickets previously purchased are still good and will be honored.

Coming up: The Santa Claus Parade and Tree Lighting will be Saturday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m.

Individuals, organizations, churches, businesses, schools, etc., are invited to march in the parade.

Call 301-999-2776 for information.

The traditional tree lighting has been moved to Joseph Hancock Park this year, with some activities to be held nearby as well.


Walk Across Maryland

Well, I did it ... I walked across Maryland with our son's puppy, Sammi.

About 75 walkers got their bright orange T-shirts and tromped along Pennsylvania Avenue the approximately 2 miles from the Mason-Dixon Line to the Potomac River.

This is the first event in the 2010 Health Olympics, sponsored by Hancock's Hahn and Nelson Family Medical Practice.

There are plenty of ways to participate by making a plan to exercise and eat in a healthy manner.

Another special health event is a "Baby Talk" at the office with guest pediatrician Dr. Donald Straus on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be prizes, giveaways and light refreshments. Children are welcome.

For more information, call 301-678-7007.

CROP Walk set for Sunday

Don't forget, Sunday is the date for the CROP Walk for Hunger. Hancock area congregations join with churches across the nation in this annual effort to feed some of the world's neediest people.

Of the funds raised, 75 percent goes to the hungry overseas, while 25 percent is returned to ease hunger locally.

Participants should meet at the Church Street parking lot of the Western Maryland Rail Trail by 1:30 p.m.

For more information, call the Rev. Carol Davis at 301-678-5510.

Blessing of the animals

Francis of Assisi, the 13th-century deacon and monk, is especially remembered for his gentle love of animals.

Again this year, St. Thomas' Episcopal Church will commemorate St. Francis with an informal blessing of the animals Sunday at 7 p.m.

Pets, suitably restrained, can be brought to the Parish Hall where they will be blessed with holy water and their owners presented with a St. Francis medal.

A special candle will also be lighted to remember pets who have died, and there will be short hymns, scripture readings and prayers.

The service, conducted by the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, with music by Gwynne Cavey, lasts about 30 minutes.

All are welcome. St. Thomas' is at Church and High streets.

Important meetings

Next Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 6 and 7, are important days for Hancock.

The official public hearings for the updated comprehensive plan take place at Town Hall at 7:15 p.m.

Citizens are urged to attend, and all comments will be heard and noted.

Copies of the updated plan are online at Scroll down near the bottom in the middle and click on the link for the comprehensive plan.

It is readable and contains a lot of helpful information.

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