4:21 PM EDT, July 13, 2011
It may be summer, but the Hancock High School Band Boosters are already anticipating the new school year.
The boosters are holding a car wash Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the high school. Have your car or truck washed and give the boosters a donation toward band equipment, uniforms and other needs for the upcoming marching season.
Breakfast in the Park
Join members of the local Masonic Lodge for Breakfast in the Park Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Lions pavilion in Widmeyer Park. Proceeds will benefit community projects.
Oh, and don't forget the Farmers Market, now open Saturday and Tuesday mornings in Joseph Hancock Park on West Main Street.
The Hancock Historical Society will hold its summer picnic Sunday, July 24, at 1 p.m. in Joseph Hancock Park on West Main Street. Meat, paper products, eating utensils and beverages will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish that would serve about 10 people. The public is invited. A short business meeting is planned.
Rail trail news
The National Park Service is exploring potential alternatives for the proposed extension of the Western Maryland Rail Trail. If you would like to "weigh in" on this decision, there is a 36-day period, from July 11 through Aug. 15, to solicit public comments. For more information, go to http://parkplanning.nps.gov/choh, PEPC project "Western Maryland Rail Trail: Pearre Station to Paw Paw. Written comments will be accepted and should be submitted online.
During the remainder of July, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park will feature ranger-led programs for youths and adults at the park's historic Bowles House Visitors Center, 439 E. Main St.
On Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., youths and families can join a park ranger for a bike ride. It is a two-hour ride along the C&O Canal towpath. Visitors will learn about canal operations near Hancock and see historic structures along the old canal, including the remains of Lock 52, the Tonoloway Aqueduct, the ruins of the Round Top Cement Mill and the unique geological feature known as Devil's Eyebrow. The program will begin at the Bowles House and will include a nine-mile loop ride. Maryland state law requires those 15 and younger to wear helmets.
Please bring plenty of water to keep hydrated.
Following the bike tour, a Junior Ranger Explorer's program will be offered from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bowles House. Those ages 15 and younger are welcome to participate.
The program will feature a variety of activities encouraging youths to explore the park through nature, history and recreation. Those participating in activities will receive a National Park Service Junior Ranger badge or patch and a certificate.
On both Monday, July 18 and Monday, July 25, visitors can join a ranger on a canal walk at 9:30 a.m. from the Bowles House Visitors Center. The two-mile walk will feature an overview of canal history and will highlight historic structures near Hancock.
The walk will last approximately one hour. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring drinking water.
In addition to these programs, the C&O Canal Bowles House Visitors Center is free and open to the public Friday to Tuesday, Memorial Day weekend through October, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The historic home is free to tour and features a variety of videos, photographs and exhibits which interpret stories of families who occupied the home and canal operations around Hancock.
For more information or to schedule a group tour, call the visitors center at 301-745-5877 or go to www.nps.gov/choh.
Bible school a success
And finally, it's been a fun and successful week for those participating in vacation Bible school at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. Worship, music, Bible lessons, crafts and outdoor games have all been part of the festivities, centering around the theme "Inside Out and Upside Down on Main Street: Where Jesus Makes a Difference."
If you haven't attended yet, there's still time to come by for this evening's closing events. It begins at 6 p.m. with a picnic supper.
Classes (all ages, including adults) meet at 7 p.m. for their final lesson in the series. An informal outdoor communion service will round things out at about 8:15 p.m.
The Revs. Allan Weatherholt and Steven McCarty will celebrate, with music by Stephen Weatherholt, Gwynne Cavey, Ken Boheim and the Rev. Anne Weatherholt. Light refreshments and fellowship will conclude the festivities. All are welcome at the church, at Church and High streets.
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