Mayor, council members sworn in

February 14, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

The Town of Hancock held the swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected mayor and council members Monday. 

Mayor Daniel Murphy was sworn in by Clerk of the Court Dennis Weaver and then presided over the swearing in of new council members Homer Schetrompf and Ralph Salvagno. 

Remarks from various council members noted the number of persons who had been on the ballot (three for mayor and nine for council), and the relatively large turnout for a local election in the middle of January.

‘Shakespeare in Love’ celebrates Valentine’s Day

Celebrate Valentine’s Day (a bit late) in Hancock on Sunday by attending “Shakespeare in Love,” a performance of the Bard’s Sonnets and music of the Elizabethan period. 

The Springs Chamber Ensemble performs at 3 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center, Town Hall, 126 W. High St.

The program features the poetry of William Shakespeare and music of the Renaissance. 

Centered around the theme of love in Shakespeare’s writings, the performance includes readings of the Bard’s Sonnets by local actor Tamme Marggraf. 


The ensemble will play dance tunes and sacred music popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The ensemble is an intergenerational group of classical and folk musicians from Berkeley Springs, W.Va., and Mercersburg, Pa. 

Performers include Kerry Jackson (cello), Carolyn Kligerman (percussion), Mike Kligerman (viola and guitar), Alexander Marte (violin), Linda Whitesitt (violin and hammered dulcimer) and Susie Winkeler (mandolin). 

The free program is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.

Preschool opening at Hancock High

Stacy Pence and the child care students at Hancock Middle-Senior High School are excited to be announcing the Little Panthers Pre-School beginning at the high school on Feb. 25.

Preschool-aged children are being recruited for the program, which will be held each Monday through Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Children must have been 3 years old by October 2011, and potty trained.

The cost is $30 per semester.

The focus will be on colors, number and letter recognition, counting skills, shapes, five senses and life skills. A unit on community helpers will also be completed.

The goal is to prepare each child for success in kindergarten. 

For more information, call Pence at 301-766-8186 or send an email to

Fire company has sausage sale

The Hancock Volunteer Fire Co. is selling sausage for $3 a pound.

You can place an order by calling Robert Barnhart at 240-625-8652 or Tommy Leach at 301-331-0154.   

Orders are due Feb. 20 and must be picked up at the firehall by March 2.

Movie day set at library

Looking for something to do Saturday? The Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park is showing the movie “The Pirates: Band of Misfits” from 3 to 5 p.m. 

The luxuriantly bearded pirate captain is a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the high seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to the much coveted Pirate-of-the-Year award.

It’s a quest that takes the heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Said to be a very appealing adventure movie, the film is rated “PG.” 

To reserve a seat, call 301-678-5300.

Soup kitchen offers free meals

Bountiful Blessings soup kitchen will serve brunch Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St. 

It will be only the second month for the local program, but at the last event, more than 50 meals were served. 

The free meal is available the third Saturday of each month for anyone who wishes to attend.

Christian workshop gets under way Feb. 20

Alpha, a 10-week exploration of the Christian faith, begins Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. 

Alpha is a series of teachings on DVD given by the Rev. Nicky Gumble. 

Gumble’s talks are down to earth and teach the practice of Christianity with humor, wit and stories.

Each evening of the 10-week series begins with dinner, followed by the video and discussion groups. The program is offered at no cost and is open to the public. 

St. Thomas’ is at Church and High streets.

For more information, call 301-678-6569. 

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