Winter is here

December 22, 2011|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

As the shortest day of the year closed late Wednesday night, this is the second day of the new solar year, the second day of winter.  

For many, even through the last-minute holiday rush, this is a sad time, too.

Days so short remind us of the shortness of life and the lives of those we love, who are with us no more. Yet, the season has turned toward longer days, even without our help.

The sun rises and sets, without our help. And each new day brings an opportunity for new choices of life and giving, and loving and sharing. Such is the nature of this season, the gift of this time of year. Merry Christmas.

Battle of Hancock

Our small town is revving up to commemorate its small, but significant part in the history of the Civil War. In January, 1862, soldiers from the south and north faced a harsh winter.  

Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson, in the time-honored rule of 19th century warfare, gave the citizens of Hancock a two-hour warning of impending shelling. The people ran from their homes to the west to take shelter behind a hill that is now the entrance to Widmeyer Park.

The Battle of Hancock Sesquicentennial Committee has announced a 5K run re-enacting this evacuation on Saturday, Jan. 7, as part of the weekend events.  

But instead of heading west, runners will leave from St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and run a loop toward the north. Sponsored by the Potomac Highlands Distance Club, the walk-run is open to the public.

For more information, call 304-209-8981.

Musical weekend part of festivities

Music will also be a significant part of the Civil War Weekend in Hancock.  

A few previews: the Springs Chamber Ensemble performs Jan. 5; the Hancock Arts Council performs Jan. 6; and the Wildcat Regimental Band performs at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Hancock Center for Performing Arts.  

Tickets will be required for this last concert, but the others are free.   

Other musicians perform on Saturday during the day at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.


‘Pennies for Patients’ fund drive completed

The “Pennies for Patients” campaign has now officially ended, and the grand total for Hancock Elementary, Middle and High came to $2,247.71, exceeding the goal of $1,868.12 — an average giving for the previous five-year campaign by $379.59.  

The total given since 2006 is $11,558.31.

“Doc” Holliday, school counselor, appeared on the roof at Hancock Middle-Senior High on Tuesday as promised since the students reached their goal — at morning school arrival — to lead the students in ‘We Are The Champions,’ the song by Queen.

Students, teachers, parents and community are proud of the accomplishment and help in finding a cure for leukemia and cancer. The students at Hancock Elementary raised $1,652.05 to beat out the Middle-High students in a challenge.  

Mrs. Park’s first-graders, Mrs. Amtower’s sixth-graders and Mrs. Wise’s seniors contribued the most and each class was awarded a pizza party.  

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