A sizable crowd was on hand Tuesday evening in Widmeyer Park as Hancock joined other communities around Washington County and across the nation in marking National Night Out Against Crime.
Mayor Dan Murphy and Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk led a welcoming ceremony, which included the singing of the national anthem by local resident Stephen Weatherholt and an invocation by Police Chaplain Allan Weatherholt.
Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore was present for the ceremony and was warmly thanked for his department’s continual close work and cooperation with Hancock police.
The Hancock Lions served food and beverages, courtesy of the police department, and many took advantage of the free use of the municipal swimming pool.
There were numerous displays and information tables. The Interfaith Service Coalition assisted the police department in organizing the annual observance.
Run to be held Sunday, Sept. 23
Joseph Hancock Park on West Main Street will be the starting point for the fifth annual running of the Western Maryland Half Marathon and 5K on Sunday, Sept. 23, to benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Both races take place on the flat, fast surface of the Western Maryland Rail Trail.
The races typically attract close to 400 combined participants and observers.
Runners can sign up by downloading the registration forms online from the Habitat website at www.habitat-wc.org or sign up online at www.active.com.
Walkers are welcome to participate in the 5K. For more information, call 301-791-9009.
Photo contest gets under way
A reminder to all area photographers: It’s time to enter your best local photos in the seventh annual Hancock area photo contest. Photos (8-by-10 or larger) must be received by Aug. 31.
Participants can drop them off at the War Memorial Library or Town Hall, where entry forms may also be obtained.
Cash prizes are offered and the winning shots will be displayed in the library and in the local papers.
Anyone can enter and photos from nearby Pennsylvania and West Virginia are welcome.
The first two photos entered by contestants are free, and each additional photo entry costs $5 each.
This year’s contest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hancock, the Hancock Area Photo Club and the Hancock War Memorial Library.
River Fest set for Saturday
River Fest, a new local event sponsored by the Hancock Fire Co. and local businesses, is now a one-day event on Saturday.
Look around downtown and at the fire hall for contests, games and a book sale. In the evening, go to Widmeyer Park for games and a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
Demonstrations by the fire department take place all day.
For more information, call Greg Yost at 240-329-6202.
Torn to perform for Legion event
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Aug. 18.
That’s the night when popular local band Torn will perform at the Hancock American Legion, in a dance that will benefit the Interfaith Service Coalition.
Tickets cost $5 per person.
To reserve a ticket, call the ISC at 301-678-6605.
Adults needed to help with sporting events
Hancock High School is looking for adults interested in being trained to assist in athletic events at the school.
There is a need for a part-time ticket seller. Call 301-766-8187 or 301-766-8191 and leave your name and contact number.
Successful candidates who qualify will meet with the athletic director for training before the start of the home athletic season.
Softball league to play title game
Don’t forget that the Greater Hancock Church Softball League will hold its championship game Sunday at 4 p.m. on the field in Widmeyer Park.
The top two teams of the season, St. Thomas’ Episcopal (Hancock) and St. Patrick’s Catholic (Little Orleans, Md.), will compete for a championship trophy.
Before the title game, softball players ages 8 to 13 from the league’s various churches will form two teams and compete in a youth softball game at 2 p.m. A picnic supper in one of the park pavilions will conclude the day’s festivities. The community is invited to attend.