School welcomes new principal

August 25, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

School began in Washington County Public Schools Wednesday and Hancock Middle-Senior High School has welcomed a new principal.  

Rodney Gayman is getting to know Hancock and our outstanding school and has already reached out to community leaders.   

Dance classes

Dance classes continue Friday at the community center from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For a small fee, you can swing your partner and learn to dance.

Block party planned

Rehoboth New Life’s second annual block party is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Needmore Fire Hall in nearby Needmore, Pa.  

The event will be held rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public.  

The event will feature entertainment, food, beverages, games, prizes, an inflatable bounce and yard sale items. Four new bicycles will be given away as well as gift certificates to a local grocery store. For more information, call Vicki Bishop at 301-678-5926.

Yard sale to be held

Registration is under way for a space in the kid’s resale (yard sale) to be held Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Widmeyer Park. Sponsored by Hancock in Motion, the event is for infant to teen items and clothes only. Maternity items will be included.  Rental spaces cost $10 per space, and tables and chairs must be furnished by the renter.

To reserve a space, call 301-988-2776 or 301-678-6937, or email

Tent revival

Hancock Church of God will host an old-fashioned tent revival. Services are nightly through Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. The revival will include speakers and music. The church is at 7528 Millstone Road, behind the Log Cabin Restaurant, off Interstate 70 at the Md. 615 exit.

Open house

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. an open house will be held for Hancock Middle-Senior High School families. Parents can attend a workshop on laptop computer orientation. Parents of ninth-graders and any new students must attend this workshop to help them assist their students in this technology program unique to Hancock.

Meet the Squad Night

Meet the Squad Night is Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. at Hancock Middle-Senior High School. Students interested in participating in sports must attend with their parents or guardians to be educated on issues and paperwork. Schedules, updates and other  materials will be distributed. This is a mandatory meeting if a student wishes to participate in fall sports.

In other school news, Hancock is looking for someone to be trained as a ticket seller for sports events. The job needs to be filled by Aug. 26, and pays $30 per event. For more information, call Athletic Director Bill Sterner at 301-766-8191.

Walk Across Maryland

Get out your walking shoes and plan to Walk Across Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 17, as part of Hancock’s yearly Canal-Apple Days Festival.

The event draws folks who want to say that they literally walked across the state — as this is possible to do in Hancock in about a half hour.  

Participants are invited to park at the Assembly of God lot, then walk a little ways north on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Mason-Dixon line.

A police escort will lead the group south along Pennsylvania Avenue, through town and finally to the Potomac River at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal boat ramp.

The walk begins at 9 a.m. and is organized by Dr. Matthew Hahn, local physician, to promote healthy living across the region.

T-shirts with the “Walk Across Maryland” logo are provided by Meritus Medical Center for the first 200 participants to arrive. Where else can you walk across an entire state in 30 minutes?

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