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National Night Out set for Tuesday

July 31, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock
  • On July 12, the Hancock High Class of 1963 held its 50th class reunion at the Park-N-Dine Restaurant in Hancock. After a buffet dinner, old friendships were renewed and a good time was had by all who attended. Front row, from left, Ralph Hull, Carl Bivens, James McCarty, John Dyer, Dale Conley and Charles Diehl. Second row, Warren White, Dorothy Hovermale, Carole Swope, Rodger Lanehart, Norma Jean Carson, Nancy Schriever and Barbara Hewett. Third row, Marion Hovermale, Ruthie Divel, Harriet Yost, Linda Hull and Donald Snyder. Back row, John Robinson, Ralph Funk, Ronald Hinckle, Carl Pelton, Betty Hensley, Emeline Golden, Gary Wills, Edwin Burke and Lynn Singleton.
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National Night Out Against Crime will be held Tuesday. 

Hosted by the Hancock Police Department and the Interfaith Service Coalition, the event in Widmeyer Park begins at 6 p.m. and features food, information, law-enforcement demonstrations, free admission to the pool and sports activities. 

Mayor Dan Murphy and Police Chief T.J. Buskirk will open the evening with a short welcoming ceremony, including a prayer for the town and for law enforcement by the Rev. F. Allan Weatherholt, rector of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church and chaplain for he Maryland State Police and the Hancock police. 

The event is free.

For more information, call Chief Buskirk at 301-678-5633 or the ISC at 301-678-6605.


Blood drive going on today

Today is a day when Hancock residents can donate. 

The bloodmobile, sponsored by the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, will be at the Town Hall and Community Center, 126 W. High St., from 1 to 7 p.m.

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Concert planned Aug. 16 at arts center

 Hancock Arts Council Chairman Sinclair Hamilton said there will be a concert Friday, Aug. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center in Town Hall, 126 W. High St.

The Rhythm Kings will be the featured group, performing blues, blues rock and funk.  The trio specializes in hot guitar playing, supported by a tight rhythmic section.

With Lewie Palladino on guitar and vocals, Bob Tantillo on bass and Brian Boyer on drums, attendees will hear songs by artists Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Gary Moore, the Allman Brothers, and other blues artists. 

The night of entertainment is free; donations are greatly appreciated and will help the Hancock Arts Council bring more events to the community.


Softball league to begin playoffs

 This is the second summer for the Greater Hancock Church Softball League, sponsored by the local ministerial group and their congregations.

 Teams from participating churches have enjoyed fellowship and friendly competition on the field in Widmeyer Park since late May. 

Games have been on Sunday afternoons and some Friday evenings. 

Now come the playoffs. 

The first of these will be Friday at 7 p.m. when the Hancock Church of Latter Day Saints will host Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian Church. 

On Sunday at 2 p.m., first-place St. Thomas’ Episcopal will be up against Orchard Ridge First Church of God.

 Depending upon the results of the two games, a championship game will follow next weekend.


School to resume Wednesday, Aug. 21

 School will start in Washington County before we know it. 

Wednesday, Aug. 21, will be the first day of the 2013-14 year for students in Washington County Public Schools. 

At Hancock Middle-Senior High School, Principal Rodney Gayman reports that summer break has brought some significant improvements to the school building. 

New tinted windows have been installed all around the school, adding both to security and energy efficiency.

 In addition, some exterior doors are being replaced with new ones, and new student lockers are expected soon. 

A new roof has also been added to the concession stand on the football field. 

Students can look forward to seeing these new additions to their school when classes begin.


Canada geese flock to canal

A flock of Canada geese has made its home along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal this summer.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the geese are common to Maryland, but as far as I know, this is the first year we have had a flock of this size call Hancock “home.” 

Earlier in the season, there were “little ones” that have now grown up. 

The flock keeps out of the way of pedestrians and bicyclists, but can give quite a show when approached. 

Most of the time, they just take to the water and mind their own business.


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