Fishing rodeo set for Saturday

May 30, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The Russell Francis Tonoloway Fishing Rodeo takes place Saturday at Tonoloway Lake on Woodmont Road just west of Hancock. 

Those ages 13 and younger can fish from 8 to 11 a.m. There will be prizes, food available.

Organized by Tonoloway Rod and Gun Club, the event is free for youths accompanied by an adult. No reservations are necessary. Just show up with your fishing gear and have a great time.

School wins contest

How many phone books does it take to win a contest?

Hancock Elementary School did it with 6,000. The Washington County Solid Waste Department holds an annual recycling contest, and Hancock Elementary School is the county winner for the second year in a row.

The two top winning classes were awarded a pizza party, courtesy of the PTA. The project also involved real-life math skills, thus teaching many valuable lessons.

A vote for Hancock

To vote for Hancock as one of the most interesting towns in the USA, go to

Jeanne Ward has entered Hancock in the contest, but it takes residents’ votes to win.

There is also a place for residents to add their own stories or pictures about Hancock. With enough votes, Hancock could win $1,000 and possibly be featured on the cover of a future issue of Reader’s Digest.

Racing continues

Soap Box Derby races continue Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on High Street. 

Youth from the Tri-State area will compete in various age and ability levels. 

Derby cars are available if you want to get your child started in the sport. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613.

Pool to open

The town is hoping that the Hancock municipal pool opens this weekend, following some necessary renovations. Swimming lessons are offered, and a morning swim for seniors will be offered if enough people are interested. 

Contact Virginia at Town Hall at 301-678-5622 for information. Reservations for pool parties and to reserve the park pavilions for gatherings are available.

Circus coming

The renowned Kelly Miller Circus arrives in Hancock Monday morning. If you are at Widmeyer Park early, you can see the elephants cooling off in the creek and the raising of the circus tent. Performances follow at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

The event is a fundraiser for Hancock Volunteer Fire Department. 

For more information, call Greg Yost at 301-678-7739.

Concert planned

Simple Gifts, a group of musicians featuring 12 instruments, performs at the Hancock Performing Arts Center on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m.

The center is at Town Hall, at 126 W. High St. 

Drawing on a variety of ethnic sources, from Irish jigs to Klezmer and Gypsy music, the group offers some of the finest folk music of American heritage. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, Linda Littleton, Rachel Hall and Karen Hirshon have developed a talent to switch among violins, concertina, mandolin, recorders and other instruments, accenting their performance with intensity and contagious enthusiasm.

The concert is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.  

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