Championship decided

August 29, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock
  • The St. Thomas' softball team won the championship in the Greater Hancock Church Softball League. The team includes, from left, the Rev. Allan Weatherholt, Amy Sterner, Corey True, Sylvia Moats, Heidi Gaither, Rachele True, Coach Lynn Mosier, Coach Kent Hendershot, Paul Hendershot, Danny Shirley, Noah Hoopengardner, Jesse Wolford, Tim Smith, Aaron Van Meter and Toby McCarty. Not pictured: Chris Dibble, Mac Elser and Theron Reed.
Submitted photo

After two postponements because of rain, the top two teams in the Greater Hancock Church Softball League played for the season’s championship trophy last Wednesday evening in Widmeyer Park. 

First-place St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, which went into the playoffs undefeated, emerged victorious, narrowly defeating second-place Warfordsburg (Pa.) Presbyterian, 6-4.

It was a suspense-filled game, not only because of the close score, but also because skies were threatening with plenty of thunder and lightning overhead as the game neared its conclusion. 

Congratulations to the St. Thomas’ team. The local congregation honored coaches and players Sunday with a cake.

Sportsman’s Bash

There are only a few days left to purchase tickets for the Hancock Fire Department’s Sportman’s Bash. 

Tickets cost $25 and allow the ticket holder and a guest to attend.

Tickets include a drawing for cash and sports-related prizes, a buffet lunch, raffles and door prizes.

The event takes place at the Hancock Fire and Rescue property off Sensel Road, on Saturday, Sept. 7. 


Gates open at 11 a.m., the buffet begins at 11:30 a.m., and the drawings will be from noon to 5 p.m.

All winners will be notified.

Lasagna dinner

Also on Sept. 7, a benefit lasagna dinner will be held to support young cancer patient Tristan Douglas.

The dinner will be held at Needmore (Pa.) Bible Church from 4 to 7 p.m. 

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for children.

Race planned

The Western Maryland Half-Marathon and 5K Race takes place Sunday, Sept. 15, along the Western Maryland Rail Trail in Hancock. 

The race begins at Joseph Hancock Park. All skill levels are invited to participate. 

All runners will be timed by Racine Multisports, and all proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. 

Race sponsorships are also available for donations between $50 and $1,250 for local businesses. 

Call Becca at Habitat 301-791-9009 or register online at

For more information, go to

Grandparents Day

Friday, Sept. 6,  will be Grandparents Day at Hancock Elementary School.

If your grandchild is in prekindergarten through grade two, plan to attend from 8 to 10 a.m. If your grandchild is in grades three to five, plan to attend from 9 to 10 a.m.

Fort Frederick event

Families in Nature programs will be held at Fort Frederick State Park from Saturday through Monday.

There will be a variety of nature programs, exhibits, demonstrations, and outdoor activities throughout the weekend.

The Tri-state Astronomers will have a solar telescope set up during the day on Saturday to view the sun.

They will have several telescopes set up in the evening for a star-gazing program led by the park’s naturalist.  The park’s 10-inch Dobsonian telescope will also be available for star gazing. 

Saturday’s activities begin at 11 a.m. with a child-friendly craft. At 1 p.m., a medicinal plants hike takes place. 

Another nature demonstration follows at 3 p.m., and an astronomy program takes place at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday’s activities  begin at 11 a.m. and include a nature demonstration, a child-friendly craft, and a hike to the Potomac River. 

Monday’s schedule begins at 11 a.m. and includes a butterfly garden demonstration, a nature hike and a children’s craft. 

Admission is $3 per car for Maryland residents and $5 per car for nonresidents. 

For more information, call 301-842-2155.

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