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Swearing in

February 07, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Last week’s Hancock municipal election saw local veterinarian Dr. Dan Murphy re-elected to a ninth consecutive term as mayor. 

He is now the longest serving mayor in Hancock history.

Two citizens new to Town Council, Dr. Ralph Salvagno and Homer Schetrompf, were elected from nine candidates seeking to serve as Councilmembers.

The trio will take their official oath of office  Monday, Feb. 11, in a ceremony at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Dennis Weaver, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Washington County, will administer the oath, and the public is invited to attend and to congratulate new and continuing officials for our community.

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Spaghetti dinner

A spaghetti dinner is planned for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Orchard Ridge First Church of God. 

In addition to spaghetti, the menu includes Italian bread, salad, beverage and dessert.  Proceeds will benefit a mission project of the local church, the Good Samaritan Children’s Home in Uganda. 

Instead of a fixed cost for the meal, patrons will be asked to make a donation. 

The church is at 14128 Orchard Ridge Road on Md. 615 east of town.

Bingo planned

Thursday night bingo is a weekly staple and fundraiser for the Hancock Fire Co. Organizers said they have planned some improved dinner menus. 

Here are the menus for the upcoming weeks: 

Feb. 7, hot dogs with baked beans, macaroni salad and choice of fries or onion rings; Feb. 14, lasagna with garlic bread; Feb. 21, Italian sausage with fries or onion rings; and Feb. 28, breakfast for dinner, featuring pancakes, eggs and toast. 

Doors at the fire hall, at 3 Fulton St., open each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with bingo starting at 6:30 p.m.

Sandwich sale

The Hancock High School Panthers Band Boosters continue their monthly sandwich sale fundraisers.  Feb. 11 to 21 are this month’s dates to place an order. 

Customers can choose from turkey, ham or roast beef.  Each sandwich costs $3.  A full lunch with chips and beverage costs $5. Contact any Booster or band student to order. Delivery is Feb. 26.

Easter comes early

Easter is especially early this year — Sunday, March 31. That means the Christian season of Lent begins next week on Wednesday, Feb. 13, when Ash Wednesday will be observed. 

Several Hancock area churches will offer Ash Wednesday services. 

St. Peter Catholic Church will hold Masses at 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

At St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, services with Communion and Ashes will take place at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. 

Check with other congregations by phone or on the Internet for their plans. 

Lent, a sober time of fasting, spiritual reflection and preparation for Easter, stretches for 40 days and is observed by most Christians around the globe.

Shrove Tuesday observed at churches

The day before Lent begins is known as Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday — one last chance to enjoy sweets and treats before the six weeks of fasting. 

Pancake suppers are traditional on this day, and both St. Thomas’ Episcopal and St. Peter Catholic will be offering these meals.

Serving hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ and 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Peter. 

Proceeds will benefit mission and outreach ministries.

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