Towpath blocked near Paw Paw Tunnel

March 07, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

In January, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park experienced a significant rockslide near towpath mile 155, just downstream of the Paw Paw Tunnel.

While investigating the rockslide, numerous other large rock formations were discovered to be on the verge of collapse.

Due to the potential threat of another significant rockslide in addition to the blockage, the towpath area downstream of the east portal of the tunnel will remain closed until the path can be cleared and the remaining rock stabilized.

Visitors seeking to bypass the closed area, including hikers and bicyclists, can use the Tunnel Hill Trail as a detour route.

The Paw Paw Tunnel will remain open and is accessible from the west entrance only (nearest to the parking area).

Visitors can walk through the tunnel to the east portal; however, 30 feet beyond exiting the tunnel visitors will find the towpath blocked and barricaded and must return through the tunnel.


For more information, call 301-722-8226.

Pork and sauerkraut

Park Head United Methodist Church, on National Pike near Big Pool, will hold a pork and sauerkraut dinner Saturday at 4 p.m. at its fellowship building behind the church. The cost of the meal is by donation. The church is off exit 9 of Interstate 70 east.  

Lenten service

“A Choral Meditation on the Passion of Christ” is the title of a Lenten service to be offered Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.

The parish choir will sing several Lenten selections in response to scripture readings which tell the story of Christ’s passion and death.

Music from the church’s historic M.P. Moller pipe organ will be featured, and favorite congregational hymns of Lent will be included.  Music is under the direction of J. Gwynne Cavey, and The Rev. Allan Weatherholt, rector, will officiate.

A Lenten supper will follow in the parish hall.  The church is at Church and High streets in Hancock.

Coach Purse bingo to benefit fire company

The Hancock Fire Department, 3 Fulton St., will hold a Coach Purse bingo Saturday, March 30, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for 20 games.

The fire department will supply the food, extra games and door prizes.

Doors open at 5 p.m.

To purchase a ticket, call the fire hall at 301-678-7739. 

Preschool enrolling

Good Shepherd Pre-School is now enrolling for summer child care. Those ages 2 to 12 can come and join the fun, including swimming, outdoor activities, crafts, games and other activities.

Meals and snacks are included in the tuition.

For more information, call 301-678-5100 or visit the preschool at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.

The school accepts vouchers from Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Sandwich sale

The Hancock High School Panthers Band is holding a sandwich sale this month.

Ham, turkey and roast beef sandwiches cost $3 each, or  $5  for a sandwich of your choice, plus chips and a drink (water or soda).

The sale continues through March 14, with delivery on March 19.

To place an order, send an email to

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