Recycling starts in town

August 29, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Recycling has come to Hancock.

In case you hadn’t noticed — and they’re hard to miss — bright yellow recycling cans/bins have been delivered to most residences around town. 

Some local churches have also elected to participate. 

Town officials have entered into a contract with Peck’s Refuse Disposal to pick up the contents of the recycling containers every other Wednesday morning. 

The pickup will coincide with the weekly trash pickup, and residents can put everything at curbside at the same time.

Mayor Dan Murphy points out that, in addition to “going green” as a community, the recycling will save the town on trash and landfill costs.

Items to recycle are numerous and include cardboard boxes, newspapers and magazines, aluminum beverage cans, plastic bottles and many other materials. A complete list was delivered with each container.

 If you have questions about recycling, or you need a container or a list, call Town Manager David Smith at 301-678-5622.

Diabetes classes

The Washington County Commission on Aging will offer diabetes and nutrition classes every fourth Thursday at the Hancock senior citizens site in the Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St. 

Sessions begin at 10 a.m. with registered nurse Louise Wyant teaching the class.

The classes are free and open to the public. Participants do not need to be a diabetic to attend.

Sportman’s Bash

The Hancock Fire Co. invites the community to its Sportsman’s Bash Saturday, Sept. 22, at the fire company’s grounds off Sensel Road. 

Tickets cost $30 for a ticket holder and one guest, plus a chance to win more than $40,000 in prizes.
The prizes include hunting rifles and numerous gift certificates. The grand prize is a Chevrolet Sonic sedan. 

Gates open at 10 a.m. with a buffet lunch at 11:30 a.m. 
Snacks and beverages will remain available throughout the afternoon as drawings are held. 

For tickets, call Ben Hoopengardner or other firefighters at the fire hall.

Canal-Apple Days

Hancock’s 36th annual Canal-Apple Days Festival is just a month away. 

This year’s dates are a bit later than in years past — Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30. 

Organized by the Hancock Lions Club, the festival features food, crafts, vendors, musicians, contests and children’s rides in Widmeyer Park. 

Area historic sites and attractions will be open to visitors, including the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal visitors center, the Hancock Museum and some historic churches.

It kicks off at 11 a.m. that Saturday with a grand parade, headed up by the American Legion Color Guard and the award-winning Hancock Middle-Senior High School Panthers Marching Band. 

The parade leads the way west along Main Street to the festivities in the park. 

To sign up for the parade, call Walter “Buddy” Dyer, parade chairman, at 717-294-3459. 

To register as a vendor or for other festival information, call Larry Gerber at 301-678-6555 or send an email to

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