River Fest begins Aug. 9

July 26, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

River Fest is coming to Hancock. Mark your calendar for Thursday, Aug. 9, through Saturday, Aug. 11, for this first-ever event, being organized by the Hancock Fire Co. in conjunction with local businesses. 

Former Fire Chief Greg Yost outlined the plans last week for the mayor and council.  Many events will take place downtown along Main Street. Plans include food vendors, children’s games and several contests such as a funnel cake-eating competition. 

Several safety demonstrations are on the agenda, including water and boat safety tips.  On Saturday, Aug. 11, firefighters will offer a number of competitions in Widmeyer Park, with other area fire companies joining in the effort. River Fest will conclude that Saturday night with a fireworks display.

Meeting on new library

With an eye toward replacing the Hancock branch library with a new and more modern facility, the board of trustees of Washington County Free Library will seek public input at a special meeting to be held Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. 


Citizens are invited to come at that time and comment on the library’s future.  According to Library Board President Art Callaham, at least two locations are being considered.

One would be a downtown Hancock location, which, he said, would provide better economic benefit to the community. The other option would be to build the new facility near the current building in Widmeyer Park. 

Input is also being sought from the Mayor and Town Council and from the Hancock Chamber of Commerce. 

Citizens who want to make their wishes known to the library board should attend Wednesday’s meeting at St. Thomas’, at Church and High streets. Callaham said the library board estimates the Hancock branch serves at least 4,500 people in western Washington County, as well as patrons from nearby West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Flag football league forming

Hancock area youngsters are invited to sign up to play flag football. Registration is planned for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 2 and 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Hancock Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St. 

The league is for those entering kindergarten through second grade. The child’s birth certificate and two proofs of residency are required for registration, and a fee is charged.

For more information, call Tina Shifflet at 301-678-7605.

Bank reunion planned

Do you remember the Home Federal Savings Bank?

The local bank, with locations across Washington County, including Hancock, was eventually acquired by Fidelity Bank and later by PNC.

Well, a reunion is planned of all those formerly employed by Home Federal. 

It will be a catered picnic at Doubs Woods Park, near South Hagerstown High School, Saturday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. 

The reunion committee is comprised of Donna Staggers, Joyce Snurr, Dick Kidd, Jim Failor and Celia Ausherman. To sign up for the picnic, call Failor at 301-739-3756 or Ausherman at 301-824-2546.

Church Softball League

For most of the summer, the newly-formed Greater Hancock Church Softball League has been enjoying Sunday afternoon games at the field in Widmeyer Park.

On Sunday, four church teams will participate in playoff games, with the winners going to a championship game in two weeks. 

The schedule Sunday afternoon pits first-place St. Thomas’ Episcopal against St. Peter Catholic at 2 p.m.

At 4 p.m., Warfordsburg Presbyterian Church will play St. Patrick’s Catholic Mission of Little Orleans. 

The winners of the two contests will meet in the championship game Sunday, Aug. 12. 

League organizers say the teams have enjoyed the fellowship and sportsmanship involved, with enthusiastic participation by both young people and adults and plenty of spectators from the various churches.

National Night Out

Don’t forget that Hancock’s 2012 edition of National Night Out Against Crime is set for Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Widmeyer Park.

For at least 11 years, the Hancock community has participated in this nationwide observance in tribute to law enforcement.

The evening includes a variety of law enforcement and safety displays and demonstrations, children’s games and activities, complementary food (prepared by the Hancock Lions) and free use of the Municipal Swimming Pool. 

Mayor Dan Murphy, Police Chief T.J. Buskirk and Police Chaplain the Rev. Allan Weatherholt lead a welcoming ceremony at 6 p.m., and the activities commence from there. 

The Interfaith Service Coalition assists Chief Buskirk with organizing the popular yearly event.  

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