November 22, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving Day to all the readers of this column.
I am thankful for all of you and your many encouraging comments as I meet you around the county.
Hancock is a great small town, and I enjoy bringing you the good news from our area.
I know of two worship services planned in town this Thanksgiving morning.
The Rev. Jack Lombardi will celebrate Mass for the day at 9 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church.
At 10 a.m., the Rev. Allan Weatherholt will lead Thanksgiving Day Holy Communion with traditional hymns at historic St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church.
The churches are next door to each other on East High Street, and both welcome the community.
In order to make our town “sparkle” during the upcoming Christmas season, Hancock in Motion is again sponsoring a decorating contest for Hancock homes.
Begin planning now for those special touches to your home. Time for judging will be announced later.
Santa arrives Saturday at park
On Saturday, Hancock welcomes Father Christmas (aka Santa Claus, St. Nicholas) to the Joseph Hancock Park at 6 p.m.
There will be a tree lighting and an opportunity to meet Santa.
Hagerstown Community College is offering free GED classes at the Hancock Presbyterian Church on Main Street. A session began last Tuesday and will run for 10 weeks. The class meets from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more information, call the HCC Developmental Education and Adult Literacy Services office at 240-500-2208.
Christmas for Others has Dec. 16 deadline
Sunday, Dec. 16, is the deadline to donate food, new toys and used coats to Christmas for Others.
Items can be brought to participating churches.
If you are eligible for public assistance of any type, you are eligible for Christmas for Others.
If you did not register, you can still do so by contacting the Interfaith Service Coalition at 116 W. High St., or calling 301-678-6605.
Distribution day is Friday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.
The children’s party sponsored by Children for Others is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Hancock United Methodist Church, 170 W. Main St.
Pass-it-on ‘store’ has a defferent twist
A new “store” opened in Hancock this past week, but it is unlike most stores — it does not sell anything.
“Pass-it-on” is the idea of Nancy Douglas, who hopes to bring some cheer and support to those in need.
She will be accepting donations of gently used household goods and coats, toys, appliances, books, CDs and DVDs.
The items will be offered to area residents at no cost.
Nancy is promoting this “store” as a good neighbor gesture, with a pot full of coffee and a smile.
She hopes local citizens will just stop in to chat, sit, relax, breathe and share time. “Pass-it-on” is in the old Douglas Motors building 109 W. Main St.
It opened last Saturday. Hours will be every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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