An early Easter

March 21, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Cold winds and occasional snow flurries might linger around Hancock and across Washington County over these last 10 days of March. 

However, that will not stop an especially early Easter from arriving Sunday, March 31. As a lead-in to that Holy Day, Holy Week and Eastertime events abound on calendars in our community.

Easter Bunny to visit Saturday

First up this Saturday is Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at the local Hardee’s Restaurant on East Main Street in Hancock.

The cottontail fellow will be on hand from 8:30 to 11 a.m. with surprises and free treats for all children. 

The restaurant menu will also feature pancakes and other kid-friendly items, and a raffle will benefit Heath Souders, a local 18-month-old boy with serious medical problems.  

Egg hunt

Later in the day Saturday, the community Easter egg hunt is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Widmeyer Park.

The event is  jointly sponsored by the Hancock Lions Club and Hancock United Methodist Church.

The event is free and open to those 12 and younger. Parents are encouraged to bring a donation of a canned or nonperishable food item to be given to the food pantry operated by the Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock.

The rain date is Saturday, March 30.

Cross walk

The several congregations of the Greater Hancock Church Council will sponsor an ecumenical cross walk on Good Friday morning, March 29, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

The Rev. Barbara Suffecool, deacon at Hancock United Methodist Church, is this year’s organizer.

Participants will gather in Widmeyer Park and proceed east along Main Street to Church Street, with stops along the way for prayer, scripture, hymns and short messages by the local clergy. 

A large wooden cross is carried in the procession. 

Reminiscent of walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem and the service known as Stations of the Cross, the cross walk recalls the last hours of Jesus’ life — His arrest, trial, crucifixion and death. 

The cross walk concludes just before noon on Church Hill at St. Thomas’ Episcopal and St. Peter’s Catholic churches. 

The community is invited.

Holy Week begins Sunday

Holy Week begins Sunday with the observance of Palm Sunday. 

Most area churches will have services to mark the day. 

Then throughout the week leading to Easter, both St. Peter’s Catholic and St. Thomas’ Episcopal churches will offer daily or nightly services and events. 

All will culminate when churches throughout the area celebrate Easter on Sunday, March 31.

Public comment sought on canal expansion

Don’t forget that tonight is the night when National Park Service officials will be at Town Hall to receive public comment on some expansion plans they have for the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. 

Consideration is being given to opening more historic canal buildings — mostly lockhouses — to the public for overnight stays. 

Known as the Canal Quarters Program, the first several of these lockhouses were opened in November 2009. 

More were added in 2010, and more sites are now being considered. 

The public is invited to give input from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Hancock Town Hall, 126 W. High St. 

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