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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | March 9, 2011
Don't forget the indoor Soap Box Derby competition is Saturday and Sunday at the Stanley B. Fulton Complex, off West Main Street. Races begin at 9 a.m. each day. Competitors from surrounding states will join local youths in racing. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613. Youth dance Hancock in Motion will sponsor a St. Patrick's dance for youth in grades six to 10 at the Hancock Community Center Saturday, March 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and free soft drinks, and snacks will be provided.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | March 22, 2012
The 2012 Soap Box Derby season is coming to Hancock, and all interested local citizens can attend an orientation meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.  Those ages 7 to 17 who weigh less than 150 pounds are eligible to participate. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613.   Friendship banquet The annual friendship banquet and auction will be Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets in Hancock.  Organizers Cathy Hoopengardner, Debbie Cohill and Ralph Salvagno said the festivities include a light meal, both a silent and live auction and several “Casino Night” games of chance.  A donation of $15 per person is asked, with all proceeds benefiting the church's several outreach ministries.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 2, 2012
Emily Fox was adamant. She wanted nothing to do with Soap Box Derby racing. Her parents were equally as determined to change her mind. “My mom bribed me with doughnuts to get in a car, so I got in one,” Emily said. Emily began to take to the sport despite herself. She started doing toe touches to improve her flexibility, so she could fit more aerodynamically in the car she was using. The 14-year-old Hancock girl was further hooked when she learned she could get a super stock car of her own and paint it as she chose.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | October 19, 2011
Soap box derby set for weekend Hancock In Motion will host the All-American Soap Box Derby Rally Saturday and Sunday. This popular, new activity for Hancock has already resulted in a local champion. High Street is the perfect place for these races, providing just the right size hill and a good stopping point as the street rises after crossing Pennsylvania Avenue. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and racing starts at 9 a.m. both days. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 9, 2007
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Even after becoming a world champion All-American Soap Box Derby winner last year, Garrett Kysar didn't have any racing tips to share on Saturday at the 2007 ROCS Classic Norwalk Soap Box Derby. "I don't even know how I won," said Kysar, the Masters Division winner in the race in Akron, Ohio. Returning as a spectator this year, Kysar cheered on his sister, Alex Kysar, who at age 17 had one more opportunity to compete. "I got fourth last year," Alex Kysar said before hunkering down in a car that appeared quite similar to her brother's in 2006 . "We got the same number," she noted.
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by ANDREW SCHOTZ | June 27, 2005
andrews@herald-mail.com SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Forty-two cars and drivers rolled down German Street on Saturday as the All-American Soap Box Derby came to town for the first time. Organizer Ray Miller said in a phone interview that the Shepherdstown version was different because businesses sponsored cars for schools, not for individual drivers. Schools picked drivers through drawings. Children received extra drawing chances through their achievements and activities in school, Miller said.
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by MARLO BARNHART | August 1, 2005
marlob@herald-mail.com INWOOD, W.Va. - While the Petry family returned from this weekend's All American Soap Box Derby Championships in Akron, Ohio, with no racing trophies, they were honored as one of five finalists for the Levi Strauss Signature Family of the Year. For the honor, Bob and Angela Petry and their sons, Cody, 13, and Nathan, 11, all on Inwood, received a $250 gift certificate from the clothing manufacturer. Jess Hunter, spokeswoman for Alan Taylor Communications, said the Ringold family from Fredericksburg, Va., was named family of the year.
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by TAMELA BAKER | June 12, 2005
tammyb@herald-mail.com MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - Boston has its marathon, Indianapolis its 500. But Martinsburg has the ROCS Classic Norwalk Soap Box Derby. And for the 74 youngsters racing their souped-up soap boxes Saturday, it was a pretty big deal - and the city shut down one of its busiest streets to prove it. Two by two, the drivers crouched into their cars, heads low to avoid friction, determination etched onto their young faces. The stops on the starting ramps opened, and they were off - rolling down South Queen Street past the library and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where the street dips a bit, and they started to pick up speed in the final stretch to the finish line, just short of Stephen Street.
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September 9, 2009
Free outdoor movie set for Sept. 19 HANCOCK -- The Town of Hancock and the National Park Service will host a free outdoor movie night Sept. 19 in Joseph Hancock Jr. Park, officials announced Wednesday. The event will start at 7 p.m. with the screening of a sneak preview of "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," a Ken Burns documentary scheduled to air on PBS later this month, said Kevin Brandt, Superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historical Park. Afterwards, the town will show a family-oriented movie, Councilman Tim Smith said.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | January 19, 2011
Basket bingo The Hancock Band Boosters will host a basket bingo Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) American Legion. The doors open at noon and bingo begins at 1 p.m. The event includes 20 regular and four special games, raffles and door prizes and other games. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased in advance from Patty Munch at 301-988-1782. Tickets will be sold at the door. LL registration Registration for Hancock Little League takes place Feb. 10 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hancock Community Center.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | May 15, 2013
The family movie “Rise of the Guardians” will be shown Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park.  When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world. The movie is rated PG. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.  To register, call 301-678-5300.   Poetry workshop The second of two poetry writing and reading workshops takes place Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Hancock Community Center.  Space is limited and there is a registration fee of $20. The workshop will be led by Dina Coe, award-winning poet and teacher, and assisted by poet and teacher Karen Randlev, author of “Light Runner.”   To register call 301-678-6700.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | April 11, 2013
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.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | June 2, 2012
Emily Fox was adamant. She wanted nothing to do with Soap Box Derby racing. Her parents were equally as determined to change her mind. “My mom bribed me with doughnuts to get in a car, so I got in one,” Emily said. Emily began to take to the sport despite herself. She started doing toe touches to improve her flexibility, so she could fit more aerodynamically in the car she was using. The 14-year-old Hancock girl was further hooked when she learned she could get a super stock car of her own and paint it as she chose.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | March 22, 2012
The 2012 Soap Box Derby season is coming to Hancock, and all interested local citizens can attend an orientation meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.  Those ages 7 to 17 who weigh less than 150 pounds are eligible to participate. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613.   Friendship banquet The annual friendship banquet and auction will be Saturday, starting at 5 p.m. at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Church and High streets in Hancock.  Organizers Cathy Hoopengardner, Debbie Cohill and Ralph Salvagno said the festivities include a light meal, both a silent and live auction and several “Casino Night” games of chance.  A donation of $15 per person is asked, with all proceeds benefiting the church's several outreach ministries.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | October 19, 2011
Soap box derby set for weekend Hancock In Motion will host the All-American Soap Box Derby Rally Saturday and Sunday. This popular, new activity for Hancock has already resulted in a local champion. High Street is the perfect place for these races, providing just the right size hill and a good stopping point as the street rises after crossing Pennsylvania Avenue. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and racing starts at 9 a.m. both days. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613.
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By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | July 24, 2011
Emily Fox sped her way to victory lane in her “pickle” Saturday in the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship in Akron, Ohio. On Sunday, her hometown showed how quickly it could put together a champion's welcome. As the Fox family arrived in Washington County from their week in Ohio, they received an escort from Hancock Police Chief T.J. Buskirk into Hancock and a parade through town to Widmeyer Park as the champ rode with her trophy in an antique fire pumper driven by the mayor.
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June 12, 2011
Emily Butts and Tory Ann Stolipher, both of Martinsburg, placed first in three race categories of Saturday’s 2011 ROCS Soap Box Derby, according to a news release. The Berkeley County event was sponsored by ROCS Convenience Stores and was run by the Norwalk Antique Car Club, the release said. Winners of each division in local contests move on to the national competition in Akron, Ohio, in July, the release said. Butts, 10, took first place in the Stock Division. Because she previously had the opportunity to race in that division in national competition, she relinquished her spot at the nationals to local second-place winner Damion Knepper, 11, who has never raced in Akron, according to the release.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | March 9, 2011
Don't forget the indoor Soap Box Derby competition is Saturday and Sunday at the Stanley B. Fulton Complex, off West Main Street. Races begin at 9 a.m. each day. Competitors from surrounding states will join local youths in racing. For more information, call Scott Fox at 301-678-6613. Youth dance Hancock in Motion will sponsor a St. Patrick's dance for youth in grades six to 10 at the Hancock Community Center Saturday, March 19, from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and free soft drinks, and snacks will be provided.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2011
Gabrielle "Gabby" Beville is going to Akron, Ohio, this summer and she's pretty happy to be going. Akron is best known for two things — tires and the All-American Soap Box Derby, and the 11-year-old from Linden, Va., has qualified to compete against the nation's finest drivers of gravity-powered racecars in July. On Saturday, Gabby and about 20 other racers competed at an indoor rally in Stanley Fulton Business Complex in Hancock sponsored by Central Maryland Soap Box Derby.
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Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock | January 19, 2011
Basket bingo The Hancock Band Boosters will host a basket bingo Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Berkeley Springs (W.Va.) American Legion. The doors open at noon and bingo begins at 1 p.m. The event includes 20 regular and four special games, raffles and door prizes and other games. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased in advance from Patty Munch at 301-988-1782. Tickets will be sold at the door. LL registration Registration for Hancock Little League takes place Feb. 10 and 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hancock Community Center.
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