Vacation Bible school starts Sunday

July 11, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

“Take Me To the Water” begins Sunday evening. That’s the theme for this year’s vacation Bible school at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. 

The school starts at 7 p.m. and will include music, Bible stories, crafts and games. The program runs through Thursday, July 19, and there are classes for all ages, including adults.

The innovative theme reminds everyone of the wonderful creation of the world by God’s hand, of baptism, and of the refreshing Holy Spirit. 

Hancock is a town where water plays an important role with the Potomac River and the rewatered Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at our doorstep.

For more information or to sign up, call St. Thomas’ at 301-678-6569.
Priest to join walk

The Rev. Jack Lombardi, a priest at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Hancock, accompanied by some church members, will walk 100 miles toward the Basilica of the Assumption in Baltimore on a spiritual pilgrimage. 

For centuries, Christians and those of other faiths have made journeys to holy places as an expression of their faith, devotion and community belief. The walkers will be asking for donations as they travel, and funds will be split between the Catholic charity of St. Vincent de Paul and the Interfaith Service Coalition, which serves human needs in Hancock. 

A suggested donation is $1 to $5 per mile. Checks can be sent to St. Peter Catholic Church, 16 E. High St., Hancock, 21750.

For more information call 301-678-6339.

Free concert planned in honor of Woody Guthrie

The Hancock Arts Council will sponsor a free concert to honor the legacy of Woody Guthrie.

The concert will be Friday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St. 

The concert is for all ages and features area musicians, marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Guthrie, composer of “This Land is Your Land” and “Oklahoma Hills” among countless other songs.

Born in Oklahoma on July 14, 1912, Guthrie was one of the “Okies” who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s Depression. He became a radio and recording personality and was a major influence on Bob Dylan and the folk music boom of the 1950s and ‘60s.

Performers include Joe Herrmann, the Shifters, Jeanne Ward, Bob Wurster, Aidan McDaniel, Sam Silver, Sinclair Hamilton, Mike Kligerman, Ryland Swain, William Lotts, Leigh Home and the Hancock Arts Council Band, as well as some surprises.  

A goodwill donation will be taken at the door.

Traffic to be slowed

If you travel on Interstate 70 on a regular basis, you might have noticed the signs going up along the eastbound lanes near the bridge at Conococheague Creek.

Plan now, because beginning soon, the lanes across the bridge will be narrowed and the speed limit reduced as work crews widen the bridge. Work is expected to continue until  2014. 

For more information, call the State Highway Administration at 301-729-8400, or plan to use U.S. 40 or Md. 68 from Clear Spring as an alternate route.


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