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Winter Festival

February 09, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Among the favorite community events held annually in Hancock, the Hancock Winter Festival offers visitors a welcome break from the winter doldrums.

The festival is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Widmeyer Park, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.

Nearby Whitetail Ski Resort is again donating snow, so that the snow sculpture contest can go forward regardless of the weather.

There will also be a maze of straw bales — very popular with children, and you can warm up by the bonfire.

The hat contest, a popular feature of the festival for some years, will be in place again. It is open to all ages, and Arts Council member Tracy Salvagno will be at Hancock's War Memorial Library (in the park) to assist contestants with designing and decorating hats.

At 1:30 p.m., local auctioneer Ronnie Zimmerman will preside over a live auction for the festival.

Other attractions include a cake walk, a chili cookoff by several local restaurants and musical entertainment. Hot food and beverages will be on sale.

Chili cookoff

The ladies of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church plan to participate in the Winter Festival by overseeing the chili cookoff. Open to local restaurants, applicants need to register in advance by calling Debbie Cohill at 301-678-6605.

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Pass to games

Local parents who would like to obtain free tickets to Hancock High School athletic events can do so by completing an online course titled "The Parents' Role in Sports." It only takes a few minutes, and once completed, a diploma may be downloaded and presented to Athletic Director Bill Sterner to gain a pass for five contests. For website information, contact Sterner at 301-766-8191.

Little League

Hancock Little League registration takes place tonight from 6 to 8 at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center.  Additional times are Friday evening, from 6 to 8 and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information on what forms to bring, call 240-527-9129.

Library event

Wii After School will be held Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Hancock Public Library in Widmeyer Park. It is for those ages 11 to 18.  Bring your own games or enjoy the sports offered at the library. The event is free.

Bob McCusker

The Hancock area is mourning the loss of yet another leading citizen this week.

Bob McCusker, 85, is being laid to rest in a burial service this morning at Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church on Exline Road.

Bob is perhaps best remembered as commander of Hancock VFW Post 10502, a position he held for 23 years. Under Bob's leadership, the Hancock War Memorial Monument was erected in Widmeyer Park several years ago.

It was Bob who saw to it that American flags lined Main Street downtown on all national holidays. Bob was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club and was the 2006 recipient of the Community Foundation of Washington County People's Choice Award.

A local orchardist for most of his working years, Bob and his wife, Aura, also operated McCuskers' Service Station on Sideling Hill from 1953 until 1988.

Bob was a proud family man and a patriotic American who served his community in numerous selfless ways. We will miss him greatly, but his legacy is in the example he set for others to follow.

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