Hancock Panthers Band to perform in showcase

October 03, 2012|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

There were lots of new faces in uniform when the Hancock Middle-Senior High School Panthers Band marched down Main Street last Saturday in the Canal-Apple Days Parade.

The band is a bit larger this year, with an impressive drumline and plenty of enthusiasm. 

The community can see them perform at the Washington County Showcase of Bands on Tuesday at South Hagerstown High School beginning at 7 p.m. 

Meanwhile, the Band Boosters are kicking off their October sandwich sale featuring ham, turkey or roast beef for $3, or for $5 you can get a bag lunch with sandwich of your choice, chips and soda (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Sierra Mist) or water. 

Band members will be going door-to-door Saturday, Oct. 13, for Band Aid Day between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., to collect donations. 

Residents can also register their Martin’s card with the band for additional donations that cost you nothing.

For sandwich orders and Martin’s card information, send an email to All food orders must be paid before delivery.

Library event

Teens, the Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park will host a free showing of the movie “The Hunger Games” Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Refreshments are also free.

To register, call 301-678-5300.

Blessing of animals

Attention, animal lovers. The community is invited to bring their favorite furry friend, properly secured, (or a representative photo) to the Parish Hall at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church Sunday evening for the annual St. Francis Day Blessing. 

The 13th-century Christian deacon and monk is legendary for his loving and gentle way with four-footed citizens of God’s creation.

It has become customary to remember Francis and his teachings with a short, simple worship service that includes a Blessing of the Animals. 

The Rev. Allan Weatherholt will lead the service and will bless each pet present with holy water.  St. Francis medals will be given to each pet owner, and a candle will be lighted in memory of beloved pets who have died. 

The service begins at 5 p.m., and the whole service, complete with favorite hymns, led by Gwynne Cavey, lasts 30 minutes. 

St. Thomas’ is at Church and High streets in Hancock.

Scenic bike ride set for Saturday, Oct. 13

History buffs or those interested in a scenic bike ride are invited to take part in a guided tour featuring tales of the Western Maryland Rail Trail’s past and plans for its future. 

The tour starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Hancock’s C&O Bicycle Shop.

A Maryland park ranger will lead the tour along what was a railway that now serves as a 22-mile long, paved walking and biking trail. 

Participants will learn about the recreational uses and future expansion of the trail.

The guided tour will last about four hours along a mostly paved, flat surface, at a leisurely pace and will cover approximately 20 miles round-trip. 

The tour is suitable for people of most ages and fitness levels and will be held rain or shine.

Participants should dress for the weather, pack sunscreen, insect repellent, water and a snack or lunch. 

Bike helmets are required for riders younger than 16 and encouraged for all others. 

The bicycle shop is  at 9 S. Pennsylvania Ave., adjacent to the rail trail. 

For bike rentals, call the shop at 301-678-6665. More information on the tour is available by calling Fort Frederick at 301-842-2155 during daytime office hours.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.  With the sea of pink reminding us of breast cancer awareness, remember also to wear a purple ribbon, and support the efforts to assist or prevent domestic violence, which affects three out of every five women.

Almost everyone knows someone who has been abused, either physically or emotionally. 

Physical abuse is against the law and when unchecked, it can result in death. 

The Hancock Police force is trained to respond in ways that will help protect the innocent and bring the perpetrators to accountability. They partner closely with CASA, or Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused, in Hagerstown, as well as other social service agencies to support those who are searching for a way to live safely and keep their children safe.

For more information, call the CASA hot line at 301-739-8975.

CROP Walk takes place Sunday

Hancock’s annual CROP Walk for Hunger begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Church Street Parking Lot of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. 

The Rev. Carol Davis, coordinator, said that a group picture will be taken at the old iron bridge which crosses the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. 

The walk will follow along a three-mile route of the rail trail.

Participants from local churches and the community participate in the walk, remembering that many people in the world have to trudge long distances each day for water and food. 

To donate funds, call Davis at 301-678-5510.

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