Chamber elects officers

January 26, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The Hancock Chamber of Commerce elected new officers at its December meeting.

Penny Pittman, owner/operator of Weaver's Restaurant, will remain as president. Serving with her are Ana Lang, of Reel Deal Bait Shop, as vice president; Angie Hager, of Tower Bank, as treasurer; and Lyn Goodwin, of Morgan County War Memorial Hospital, as secretary.

The Chamber keeps up the town website at, raises funds for town improvements and sponsors contests and other activities to promote local businesses.

Battle of Hancock

Plans are under way for a re-enactment of the Battle of Hancock at its 150th anniversary.

A new group, led by high school student Lily Wolford, met recently to discuss plans to raise historical awareness and encourage tourism.

The Battle of Hancock was fought in January 1862, between Union and Confederate forces. Shelling damaged some buildings, which are still standing. The committee will continue to meet this year and the battle will be remembered and re-lived next January.

Basket bingo

Don't forget the Hancock Panthers Band basket bingo will be Sunday. For tickets, call Patty Munch at 301-988-1782. Your $20 will cover 20 regular and four special games. Food will be for sale as well as other amusements. The event will be held at at the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) American Legion. Doors open at noon, with bingo beginning at 1 p.m.

Town in mourning

Hancock mourned the loss of 19-year-old Tommy Kratz this past week.

Tommy was killed in a car accident last Friday night.

Both our boys knew him from school and from working alongside him at Pittman's Market.

 On Tuesday morning, a standing-room-only crowd of worshippers filled St. Peter's Catholic Church for Tommy's burial Mass. The churchyard surrounding St. Thomas' and St. Peter's churches is the final resting place for members of this community since before the Civil War. Tommy now becomes part of that history and will be remembered by many as a really nice kid, a fine young man, friend, son and brother.

Our hearts go out to his family.

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