There were lots of new faces in uniform when the Hancock Middle-Senior High School Panthers Band marched down Main Street last Saturday in the Canal-Apple Days Parade.
The band is a bit larger this year, with an impressive drumline and plenty of enthusiasm.
The community can see them perform at the Washington County Showcase of Bands on Tuesday at South Hagerstown High School beginning at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, the Band Boosters are kicking off their October sandwich sale featuring ham, turkey or roast beef for $3, or for $5 you can get a bag lunch with sandwich of your choice, chips and soda (Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Sierra Mist) or water.
Band members will be going door-to-door Saturday, Oct. 13, for Band Aid Day between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., to collect donations.
Residents can also register their Martin’s card with the band for additional donations that cost you nothing.
For sandwich orders and Martin’s card information, send an email to email@example.com. All food orders must be paid before delivery.
Teens, the Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park will host a free showing of the movie “The Hunger Games” Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. Refreshments are also free.
To register, call 301-678-5300.
Blessing of animals
Attention, animal lovers. The community is invited to bring their favorite furry friend, properly secured, (or a representative photo) to the Parish Hall at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church Sunday evening for the annual St. Francis Day Blessing.
The 13th-century Christian deacon and monk is legendary for his loving and gentle way with four-footed citizens of God’s creation.
It has become customary to remember Francis and his teachings with a short, simple worship service that includes a Blessing of the Animals.
The Rev. Allan Weatherholt will lead the service and will bless each pet present with holy water. St. Francis medals will be given to each pet owner, and a candle will be lighted in memory of beloved pets who have died.
The service begins at 5 p.m., and the whole service, complete with favorite hymns, led by Gwynne Cavey, lasts 30 minutes.
St. Thomas’ is at Church and High streets in Hancock.
Scenic bike ride set for Saturday, Oct. 13
History buffs or those interested in a scenic bike ride are invited to take part in a guided tour featuring tales of the Western Maryland Rail Trail’s past and plans for its future.