Hancock News

Wastewater, water projects head to engineering phase, town urged to drill new water well

by Geoff Fox Hancock Town Manager Joe Gilbert told town officials during the tele-conference town meeting last Wednesday both the wastewater and freshwater projects are moving along and bids have been received from contractors for the preliminary engineering reports (PERs). The upgrades are to the town’s water and sewer infrastructure – separate from the construction…

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Hancock teen creates treat pans for county first responders

by Geoff Fox An idea originating from her mother led Hancock teen Brianna Buskirk to create treat pans for first responders around Washington County. Brianna’s mother, Beth Buskirk, is a first responder came home one day and mentioned many of first responders in Washington County were sometimes forgotten about with the health care community because…

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Rose A. Kirk

Rose A. Kirk 1928-2020 Rose Ann (Johnson) Kirk, age 91, of Warfordsburg, Pa., passed away at her home on Friday, May 15, 2020. Born September 15, 1928, in Hancock, Md., she was the daughter of the late James and Ethel (Myers) Johnson; and the widow of William “Bud” Kirk, Jr. Rose loved gardening and cooking. She is…

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Marguerite F. Fleegle

Marguerite F. Fleegle 1937-2020 Marguerite Faye “Margie” Barnes Fleegle, age 82, our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister departed this life, Saturday, May 16, 2020 at her residence in Hancock, Md., while surrounded by her loving family. Born December 13, 1937 in Berkeley Springs, she was the daughter of the late Herbert T. and…

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Michael J. Hess

Michael J. Hess 1957-2020 Michael Jay Hess, age 63, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the home of his sister, Margaret, in Gore, Va. Born April 26, 1957, in Hancock, Md., he was the son of the late William Howard “Bubber” Hess, Sr. and Maud Virginia (Brannon) Hess. He was a graduate of…

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Pa. counties see lifting of some restrictions under Wolf reopening plans

by Kate Shunney Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf last week moved 24 of the state’s counties to a “yellow” status, lifting some of the Stay at Home orders and restrictions that have been in place since April amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As of Monday, Pennsylvania had confirmed 56,611 cases of the respiratory disease. More than 3,700…

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Boosters take on banner effort to honor Hancock’s Class of 2020

by Geoff Fox This June, seniors at Washington County high schools are supposed to walk across the stage at their respective schools, but the county school system is in a holding pattern waiting for the Maryland State Board of Education to make a decision on the remainder of the school year. Last Wednesday, May 6,…

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Food donations continue to benefit Hancock families and donors

by Geoff Fox Rain last Friday didn’t dampen the needs of people lining up in the Hancock Assembly of God parking lot as Dot Foods donated a tractor-trailer full of food. The truck arrived around 2 p.m. last Friday, and by 2:30 p.m., people were starting to line up in the church’s northern driveway for…

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Valeria R. Shoemaker

Valeria R. Shoemaker 1935-2020 Valeria R. (Younker) Shoemaker, 84, of Orchard Ridge Road, Hancock, Md., passed away peacefully on Friday, May 8, 2020, at the home of her daughter, Linda Keefer and son-in-law, Theodore Jay Keefer, Sr., where she had resided for the past six years. She was under the care of Hospice of Washington…

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Confirmed rabies case in Big Pool kitten

by GEOFF FOX The Washington County Health Department has confirmed rabies in a kitten attacked by racoons located on Big Pool Road between Fort Frederick Road and Gehr Road in Big Pool. In a press release, Health Department officials said there are known human exposures in the vicinity reported at this time. Exposure is defined…

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