Church softball league to decide championship

August 07, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Friday evening is the time for the Greater Hancock Church Softball League championship game.

In last weekend’s playoffs, second-place Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian Church narrowly defeated Hancock’s Church of Latter-Day Saints by a score of 5-4. 

Meanwhile, first-place St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church beat Orchard Ridge First Church of God, 11-1. 

This brings St. Thomas’ Episcopal and Warfordsburg Presbyterian together to see who will be the 2013 league champions.

The game begins at 6:30 p.m. on the field in Widmeyer Park, and the community is invited to turn out and cheer for their favorite team. 

On Sunday at 3 p.m., the league will close the season with a picnic for all seven teams and members of their congregations. The picnic will be in the pavilion near the softball field in Widmeyer Park. The winning team will receive the trophy.

Back-to-school event planned for Aug. 19

Monday, Aug. 19, is Back to School Night at Hancock Elementary School.

Prekindergarten and kindergarten students and their parents are invited to visit, beginning at 6 p.m. 

Grades one through five students and parents are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. 

Attendees can check out their child’s new classroom and meet the teachers and school staff.

Information will be available about any last-minute items students might need before the start of the school year on Wednesday, Aug. 21.

Exercise for seniors

The Washington County Health Department, in partnership with the Hancock senior site and Hancock United Methodist Church, will offer two exercise classes for senior citizens beginning in August and September. 

  • Stepping On is a free class to help prevent falling by increasing balance, strength and mobility. The class also covers home-safety issues such as rugs and navigating stairs. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from Aug. 14 to Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hancock senior site in Town Hall, 126 W. High St.

  • Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance is an exercise program for seniors to help improve fitness and reduce falls.

The free classes will take place at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St., and will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Fridays for 12 weeks, beginning Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The instructor is experienced in teaching older adults and has adapted the ancient exercise to meet the needs of modern elders. 

Registration is required for both of these classes. To register, call 240-313-3360.  

Fall bus tour planned

Hancock-area residents are invited by the Fulton County (Pa.) Historical Society to sign up for its fall bus tour.
Registration is open for the event, set for Friday, Oct. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The itinerary includes the following stops in Pennsylvania: Sinoquipe Boys Scout Camp; the Russian Orthodox Cemetery in Wood; the Miners Museum Complex; lunch at Traditions in Martinsburg, Pa.; Riddlesburg Coke Ovens; Keystone Foundry in Hopewell; CCC Camp; South Penn Railroad; and the Abandoned Turnpike Tunnel on Oregon Road. Many of the stops will have local presenters.

The cost of the day trip is $70 per person, which includes the bus, lunch and gratuities.

Registration and payment must be received by Oct. 10. 

The tour is hosted by John Mentzer and Ken Keebaugh. 

For information and registration, call 717-328-9279, or send an email to  

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