Event planned to shine light on child abuse

April 25, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Don’t forget that this year’s Walk and 5K Run to End Child Abuse will be held Saturday morning.

Activity will center around Widmeyer Park, where there will be food, fun and festivities for participants.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. for runners and 9 a.m. for walkers.

Participants can register in advance on line at

The Maryland and West Virginia chapters of Bikers Against Child Abuse will be on hand to give out information. Their motorcycles will be on display for children to admire and sit on. 

Additional activities include: CHIPS, or Children’s Identification System, inflatable bounce, a balloon launch, educational displays, T-shirts, raffles, beverages and treats. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit local children through the Child Advocacy Center in Hagerstown. 

The event also helps the families of Bella Appel and Justice Myers to celebrate the memory of the two Washington County children who lost their lives through child abuse.


Potpie dinner planned Saturday near Big Pool

Park Head United Methodist Church in nearby Big Pool will hold a ham and chicken potpie dinner Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m. 

In addition to potpie, the menu includes coleslaw, assorted desserts and beverages. The cost is by donation. 

The church is on U.S. 40 at exit 9 just off Interstate 70.

Dinner with dad

If you liked the Dads and Donuts event last fall or if you missed out on attending, plan to attend Dinner with Dynamic Dads Tuesday, April 30, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Widmeyer Park. 

Dads and their elementary school-age children are invited to a complementary picnic supper. 

Special activities will follow, including a K-9 demonstration by Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk and his German shepherd, Rambo. 

To register, call Hancock Elementary School at 301-766-8178.

Freedom walk planned to D.C.

St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church will hold a religious freedom walk June 9 to 16 from Hancock to Washington, D.C.

The walk begins at St. Peter’s, 16 E. High St. and ends at the National Basilica Church Shrine at Catholic University. 

The walk is being held so participants can pray and bear witness to the religious freedom offered by the United States.

Residents can support the walkers through donations, prayers and join an online journey. 

For more information, call St. Peter’s at 301-678-6339 or send an email to 

Clothing drive in final days

There are two days left (ending date is Friday) in the clothing drive to benefit Children In Need, a local county charity organization.

Students and staff at Hancock schools have been invited to donate gently used clothing, toddler through adult sizes, coats, jackets and shoes. 

Collection boxes are in each school. 

As you pull out those spring fashions or put away winter clothes, donate any you have not worn in more than two years. Someone in the community will benefit from your generosity.

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Be sure to send your news about the Hancock community to or call 301-678-6888. 

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