Summer camp

June 08, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Looking for an exciting, safe and affordable option for summer for your children ages 6 to 12? Why not try the Hancock Summer Youth Day Camp, sponsored by the Washington County Recreation Department?

Certified physical education and health teacher Stephen Weatherholt is the director and, along with two helpers, provides a fun-filled day of games, sports and learning experiences.

Children swim three afternoons a week and are encouraged to join the Summer Reading Club at Hancock Library.

Camp begins each day at 8 a.m. at the community gym, also the site for rainy day and indoor activities, and ends at 4 p.m.

The camp costs $40 per week ($45 for noncounty residents, plus all campers pay $2 each visit for using the pool.)

To sign up, call 240-313-2805 or go to and look for Summer Youth Day Camp.

Applications are also available at the town office.

Little League event

Hancock Little League will host the 2011 Hit-a-thon Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. at Hancock's Gerber Baseball Field on Baptist Road.

There will be pit beef, sausages, hot dogs, hamburgers, a bake sale and cake walk.

You can sponsor a Little League player as they swing for the fences.

Bring your unwanted/broken/scrap gold, silver and/or platinum jewelry to the event and make money for yourself while raising money for Hancock Little League. Kingsway Trading, LLC is a local, licensed metals dealer operated by Little League moms, and will donate at least 20 percent of the purchases back to the Little League. So if you leave with $500, Hancock Little League will receive $100.

For more information, call Staci Doll at 301-573-0558.

Vacation Bible School

Grab a cab and head to the "Big Apple Adventure: Where Faith and Life Connect." This is the theme for this year's Vacation Bible School at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.

Classes begin Sunday and run through Thursday, June 16, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Those ages 3 through middle school are invited to join the fun and excitement amid the sights and sounds of the Big Apple. They will hear Bible stories about people who stepped out in faith and connected with Jesus. Arts, crafts, games and snacks are all included.


There is also a mission offering in support of the Union Rescue Mission of Western Maryland in Cumberland, Md. This group provides emergency shelter for needy men, women and children in the Tri-State area. Advance registration is requested for Bible school.

For more information, call the church at 301-6778-6440.

McCarty to be ordained

On Sunday afternoon, the Rev. Steven McCarty will be ordained as an Episcopal priest in the chapel at St. James School, south of Hagerstown.

McCarty is a "child" of Hancock and grew up in our community and at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. After a successful law-enforcement career with the Maryland State Police, the Hancock Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff's Office, McCarty has now retired and has been serving as an Episcopal deacon in charge of St. Andrew's Church in Clear Spring. As a priest, he will continue to serve St. Andrew's as well as participate in a volunteer ministry as a chaplain to local law enforcement officers. Sunday's service is at 3 p.m. with Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Eugene T. Sutton presiding, and The Rev. Allan Weatherholt preaching. A host of folks from Hancock and Clear Spring plan to attend.

The community is welcome.

Loaves and Fishes

Do you enjoy summer yard sales? Then you will love the Loaves and Fishes Thrift Store at High Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays until 4 p.m., it has an ever-changing stock of household items, small appliances, electronics, furniture and clothing. Or, if you held your yard sale and have leftovers, the Thrift Store will be glad to accept them as a tax-deductible donation. It's a win-win store as all proceeds stay in our community to help those in need through the Interfaith Service Coalition.

For more information, call 301-678-6605.

Carnival in town

Remember that the carnival is in town this week, a benefit for the Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. The fun began on Tuesday night, and there are only a few nights left to enjoy the rides and attractions in Widmeyer Park.

Guided bike tour

A guided bike tour will be held Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. It will depart from the C&O Bicycle Shop, 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Participants will learn about the role the Western Maryland Railway played in the region, the history along the trail, flora and fauna and how the rail trail came to be.

For registration, call Fort Frederick at 301-842-2155.

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