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Bike parade

July 04, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Charlie’s Fourth of July Bicycle Parade takes place Saturday along the Western Maryland Rail Trail. 

Children are encouraged to bring their bikes to the C&O Bicycle Shop at 9 a.m., already decorated, or they can decorate them once they arrive. 

Hancock Police Chief T. J. Buskirk is again expected to lead the ride, which begins at 9:30 a.m. 

Riders travel along the rail trail in a loop, ending at Joseph Hancock Park for a welcome from Mayor Dan Murphy. 

Refreshments will be served at the bike shop at the end of the ride.

Adults are welcome, but are asked to ride in the rear of the procession. 

It is a yearly event that represents some of the best of small-town living, and guests from out of town are always welcome.

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For more information, call the bike shop at 301-678-6665. 

Band meeting

There will be a mandatory meeting Tuesday, July 10, at 6 p.m. in the Hancock High School band room for parents of students planning to attend band camp. 

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the monthly Band Boosters gathering.

Band camp will take place from July 30 to Aug. 2, and Aug. 6-9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

All students who want to join the award-winning Hancock Panthers Band are encouraged to attend. 

The band is small but mighty, and each year  it has been progressing upward in the ratings for small bands at the Tournament of Bands competitions. 

Playing in the band builds confidence, group cooperation and leadership.

Pizza fundraiser

The Hancock Fire Co. invites the community to support a fundraiser Wednesday, July 11, at Pizza Hut on West Main Street in Hancock. 

The restaurant will donate 20 percent of the cost of an order to the fire company. Call the fire department for coupons.

Class schedules

Summer seems barely under way, but school officials are working toward the start of the 2012-13 academic year. 

Students entering ninth grade at Hancock Middle-Senior High will receive their class schedules in the mail soon, along with welcome information. 

Students entering grades 10-12 can go to the school to pick up their schedules from the counseling center. All schedule changes must be made by Aug. 29, five days after school begins on Aug. 22. 

Graduation pictures are also ready to be picked up.

Flag football

Flag football for those ages kindergarten through second grade may be coming to Hancock.  If you think your child might be interested, call 301-678-7605 and add your name to the list of folks who are supporting the sports opportunity.

Planetarium visit

Take a “Cosmic Adventure” on Monday, July 9, from 12:45 to 2 p.m. at the Hancock Community Center, 126 W. High St.

The Cosmic Adventures Planetarium will visit Hancock to take participants on a “Brief Tour of the Universe.” 

Attendees will view stars, explore the phases of the moon, zoom in on planets and venture into deep space before “returning” to Earth. 

It is a free program sponsored by Washington County Free Library’s Children’s Division.

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