Around Hancock

December 22, 2010|By ANNE WEATHERHOLT
  • Anne Weatherholt
Anne Weatherholt

Time for hoops

Most of the Christmas programs are over, the food, clothing and toys collected for Christmas for Others have been distributed, and most homes have their decorations in full view.

But at Hancock High School, the court is heating up for the Hancock Holiday Classic, set for Dec. 29 and 30.

Hancock hosts teams from Clear Spring, Broadfording and Southern Fulton in a basketball tournament. Face off is at 8 p.m. The winning team receives a trophy, and an All-Tournament Most Valuable Player is selected.

For more information, call Bill Sterner, Hancock's athletic director, at 301-766-8191.

Lions to meet

The Lions Club will meet Monday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Hancock Truck Stop. The Lionesses meet the same evening at the Park-n-Dine at 6:30 p.m. Both groups are always open to new members or to Lions from other clubs who wish to visit.


The Library in Widmeyer Park will be closed on Friday and Saturday this week for the Christmas holiday.

Check out new shops

Be sure to check out the sales in local stores along Main Street. Hancock has a few new openings, including Subway, at the west end of town, and Art Callaham will be opening his new shop along Main Street just across from Hendershot's and near Weaver's.

Work is progressing on the rehabbing of the old Hepburn's Farm Market at the east end of town, and the town is offering free parking this week along Main Street.

New Year's thoughts

As the year draws to a close, I'll be on vacation next week, so here are a few thoughts for the New Year:

  • I write this on the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Our ancestors viewed this as a turning point when the darkness was at an end and the earth was beginning to turn to the light once again, almost like a rebirth.
  • Many religions hold festivals at this juncture, and Christians are no exception.
  • The Christmas holiday still rules our culture at this time of the year.
  • Yet the darkness reminds us that there is a cross behind every nativity scene, and that each of us must choose to follow the light, doing our best to show respect for others.
  • There is suffering around us, too, of all sorts and kinds; and most people are doing the best they can with what they have, especially in our small town where needs are great.
  • Make the best use of the resources you have — personally, financially and spiritually.
  • Don't waste your time, your money or your soul, but seek to respond in small and meaningful ways to the people around you in each moment.
  • Have a blessed and happy Christmastide and New Year.

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