Soap Box Derby season to begin

April 11, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Soap Box Derby season opens in Hancock this weekend. High Street will be buzzing with competitors, fans and families on Saturday and Sunday. The event begins at 7 a.m. and continues until all have had their time on the hill.

Hancock sent local youngsters to the higher levels of competition last year, and is taking its place as a premier street setting for soap box competition.

Free dental sealants available to children

Dental sealants are available free to Washington County children at Tri-State Community Health Center, Hancock, on Saturday. Sealants, which can cost up to $90 per tooth, prevent cavities in permanent teeth.

The process is quick and easy. No anesthesia is needed.

This special one-day program is offered by the Healthy Smiles in Motion mobile dental program operated by Walnut Street Community Health Center in Hagerstown. Call 301-393-3450 to reserve your child’s place.


Zumbathon scheduled at American Legion

Start your Zumba engines for the Zumbathon on Saturday at the Hancock American Legion, 240 E. Main St.  The event lasts from 10 a.m. to noon and costs $15 in advance or $20 at the door. All proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Awareness of Cumberland Valley. Loads of raffles, goodies and Pink Ribbon gear will be for sale.

Arts Council plans ‘Evening in Hancock’

The Hancock Arts Council will present their annual “An Evening in Hancock” at the Park-n-Dine Restaurant, 189 E. Main St., on Friday, April 19. The buffet dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by a wide variety of performances from local artists.

This fundraiser supports the work of the council, which in the past few years has created the Performing Arts Center in the Town Hall, including professional lighting and stage curtains. Tickets cost $30 each and are limited, so get yours now at the Town Hall, 126 W. High St.   

Lutheran church to hold auction

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3738 Resley Road, just west of town, is hosting an auction on Saturday, April 20, from 8 to 11 a.m. Arrive  promptly for free coffee and donuts, and take some time to look at the items up for auction. Included are handcrafted items and gift baskets. Proceeds from this event benefit the church’s cemetery fund. For more information, call St. Paul’s at 301-678-7180.

River bridge work is nearly complete

Roadwork on the Potomac River bridge at Hancock is almost complete, but watch yourself when driving south on U.S. 522. Hopefully, the work will wrap up later on this week, according to State Highway Administration spokesperson Charlie Gishlar. Be especially careful at night. Reduce your speed and help keep our workers safe. We appreciate their work in making our bridge safe and secure for the future.   

Local firefighter loses battle with leukemia

Hancock lost a local firefighter this week.  Ronnie Van Meter, 37, lost his battle with leukemia. His local service included the Hancock fire and rescue companies, and many, many hours dedicated to serving our community.

His funeral is Friday at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Church and High Streets, at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at the Fire Hall on Fulton Street.

A procession of fire trucks will escort Ronnie’s body to its final resting place in St. Thomas’ churchyard.

Visitation is today from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hancock Assembly of God. You may pay tribute to this young firefighter through your prayers, best wishes and a donation to the Hancock Fire Company.

We need more like him!

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