R. Francis “Fran” Shives of Hancock received the conferral of the 33rd Degree-Inspector General Honorary during the 2013 Biennial Session of the Scottish Rite Supreme Council for the Southern Jurisdiction in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 27.
The degree and honors were awarded for outstanding service to Freemasonry and its organization, demonstrating Masonic principles and for community service. A 33rd Degree Mason is a Master Mason who has exhibited knowledge, passion and sacrifice to the craft.
Shives is a member of Hancock’s James W. Bowers Lodge 173 and Past Potentate of the Ali Ghan Shriners.
Reminder to parents: School pictures will be taken at Hancock Middle-Senior High School Friday. Remember that great line from the Broadway musical Annie, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”
Robotics program planned at library
Jamie Kenton from the Washington County 4-H Club will be at the Hancock Library in Widmeyer Park for a robotics program Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m.
Kenton will instruct participants in the steps to engineer and build their own marshmallow catapult. The event is designed for those ages 7 and older.
Register by calling the library at 301-678-5300.
Now that the school year is officially under way, most area churches will begin Sunday school programs.
Many Hancock churches begin programs on Sunday.
At St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, “Rally Day” will be observed as the official start of the 2013-14 Sunday school year.
Children and young people will be awarded certificates of promotion, teachers will be saluted and the first classes of the year will be held.
Church School Coordinator Tracy Salvagno will join the Rev. Allan Weatherholt in leading the “Rally Day” festivities as part of the 10 a.m. service.
It also will be a time when the parish welcomes a new intern, Kirk DeVore, of St. Mark’s Church, Lappans.
DeVore, who is studying to be ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church, will spend his senior year internship at the local parish. St. Thomas’ is at Church and High streets in Hancock.
Concert to celebrate Hank Williams’ music
Celebrate “Hank” on Friday, Sept. 13, when local performers pay tribute to Hank Williams, singer and songwriter of some of the greatest country classic songs. Performers include Elaini Arthur, Kate Evans, Sinclair Hamilton, Alyse and Aubrey Hoffman, Mike Kligerman, Donnie McCusker, Angela Petry, Vince Romano, Bob Wurster and Judy Youngblood.
The show is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Hancock Performing Arts Center, Town Hall, 126 W. High St.
The event is sponsored by the Hancock Arts Council.
The event is free with donations accepted to benefit future shows sponsored by the council.
During the month of September, the Hagerstown Rotary Club, Hagerstown Area Religious Council and United Way of Washington County are partnering to collect children’s books for use in literacy programs for at-risk children.
The goal is 10,000 children’s books.
The community is asked to help collect books, specifically for those from infant to 11 years old.
Books can be new or gently used and can be dropped off at one of more than 50 participating businesses, churches, Rotary Clubs, and organizations.
A portion of the books collected will benefit Tri-State Community Health Center in Hancock.
The collection site in Hancock is the Susquehanna Bank, 131 W. Main St.
For a list of all public drop sites, addresses and hours, and a list of recommended books, go to www.harccoalition.org or www.unitedwaywashcounty.org.
Hancock in Motion is gearing up for its fall children’s items resale event.
It will be held Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Widmeyer Park.
The sale includes infant-teen items only, and no basic yard sale items.
Hancock in Motion is accepting registration for vendors who can rent a space for $10. Participants must provide their own tables, chairs and canopies. No last minute walk-ins, please — you must register ahead of time.
To register, call 301-678-5095 or send an email to email@example.com.
Forms are also available at the town office.
The 17th annual Camp Joy Golf Tournament takes place Thursday, Sept. 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Down River Golf Course in Everett, Pa.
The cost is $50 per player or $200 for a team.
Several prizes will be awarded.
All proceeds benefit Camp Joy, a local work camp sponsored in the Hancock area each summer by Hancock United Methodist Church.
To register, call Dan Kerns at 301-678-6285.
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