Night Out event draws 600 in Hancock

August 03, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

A crowd of at least 600 citizens filled Widmeyer Park Tuesday evening as Hancock participated in the annual National Night Out Against Crime.

Mayor Dan Murphy and Police Chief T.J. Buskirk led a welcoming ceremony, with the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, chaplain for the Hancock Police Department and the Maryland State Police, offering the invocation.

Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore was on hand to greet the crowd, and two deputies from his department offered K-9 demonstrations, featuring both drug and patrol dogs.

As in previous years, the Interfaith Service Coalition assisted the police department in organizing the event.

It was a hot evening, but those attending could cool off with free use of the municipal pool.

The Hancock Lions Club served hot dogs and other food — all courtesy of the police department.

Local banks had booths offering face painting, snow cones, popcorn and other complementary treats.

There were numerous displays by other community agencies.

And for the energetic, there was both volleyball and basketball.

The evening is a chance for citizens to interact with law enforcement personnel and to show appreciation to those who protect and serve.

This was Hancock's 11th year to take part in the national observance.

Basket bingo

The Hancock Raiders Cheerleaders will sponsor a basket bingo Sunday at 1 p.m. at the American Legion in nearby Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

This is an important fundraiser for the cheerleaders, with 20 games offered for a $25 donation.

All baskets will be filled, and food will be available.

Tickets may be obtained at the door or in advance by calling Carol Willison at 301-678-5306 or Debbie Truax at 301-678-6920.

Flea circus set for Sunday

This Sunday is the date for "Professor Mike's Amazing Flea Circus," to begin at 3 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St.

The event, sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council, will feature a small circus with a high-wire display, feats of agility and strength, a flea being shot from a cannon, an exotic snake charmer and other acts.

Also included is a musical program by the Springs Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Linda Whitesitt.

For more information, call Mike Klingerman at 717-294-3182 or Sinclair Hamilton at 301-678-5719.

Photo contest deadline nears


The deadline to submit an entry for this year's Hancock Photo Contest is Aug. 31. Photos should be 8-by-10 inches and can be either color or black and white.

Subject matter can range from pictures of individuals to events to Hancock historical sites to landmarks to scenes from nature.

Entry forms are available both at Town Hall and at the Hancock Library.

For more information, call Sam Judge at 301-662-8452.

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