Hancock News

Engineers update town officials on phases, costs of town sewer upgrade

Three phases estimated to cost more than $25 million by GEOFF FOX Representatives from RK&K Civil Engineering briefed town officials about the phases and costs of the Hancock wastewater project moving forward during last Wednesday’s town meeting. The meeting was held virtually on January 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. John Cole and Kelly Duffy presented…

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Washington County Commissioners grant “express approval” for zoning alignment in Hancock annexation effort

by Kate Shunney Washington County commissioners last Tuesday voted unanimously to grant their “express approval” for Hancock to move forward in bringing three land parcels into the town limits. The vote on January 12 does not finalize the town’s steps to add the properties, which total 130.8 acres, into the Town of Hancock. Instead, the…

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Christopher M. Forney

Christopher M. Forney 1976-2021 Christopher Michael Forney, age 44, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., died on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at his home. Born September 29, 1976 in Manassas, Va., he was the son of Michael Francis Forney and his wife Millette of Luray, Va. and Debra Marie Rudasill Forney Walker and her husband Kenneth of…

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Amanda E. Edwards

Amanda E. Edwards 1987-2020 Amanda Elaine “Lil Tubba” Edwards, age 33, of Hancock, Md., died on Friday, December 25, 2020 in Eureka, Calif. Born September 11, 1987 at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., she was the daughter of George Allen Edwards of Springfield, W.Va. and Elaine Bishop Cochran of Hancock, Md.…

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C&O Canal National Historical Park turns 50

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park celebrated its 50th Anniversary last Friday, January 8. The park was established on that date in 1971. The towpath stretches from Cumberland to Georgetown, a length of roughly 184.5 miles. President John Quincy Adams turned the first shovelful of dirt to start construction of the canal on…

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Three new electric car charges added in town

by Geoff Fox In December 2019, the town held a small ribbon cutting on two electric car-charging stations in the Rail Trail parking lot. The past week, three more stations became fully operational in the parking lot for Joseph Hancock Park and the town’s municipal parking lot on Canal Street. Town Manager Joe Gilbert said…

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Main Street Hancock to give away masks, sanitizer Jan. 23

On Saturday, January 23, Main Street Hancock will be sponsoring a free mask and hand sanitizer giveaway in the Town Hall parking lot. Anyone wanting the mask and sanitizer should be at Town Hall between 9 a.m. 11 a.m. for a drive-by pickup. The giveaway is on a first come, first served basis and is…

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Cindy D. Landers

Cindy D. Landers 1959-2021 Cindy Diane Landers, age 61, of Mercersburg, Pa., passed away at her home on Monday, January 4, 2021. Born November 16, 1959, in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Franklin R. Young, Jr. and Joan A. (Shoemaker) Young; and the wife of Victor W. Landers, Jr. She…

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William T. Kratz, Sr.

William T. Kratz, Sr. 1928-2020 William “Bill” Thomas Kratz Sr., 92, of Clear Spring, Md., passed away Friday, January 8, 2021, at Fahrney Keedy Nursing Home in Boonsboro, Md. Born September 8, 1928, in Clear Spring, MD, he was the son of the late William Henry Kratz and Ellen Frances (Kline) Kratz. Bill was a…

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