Hancock News

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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Lisa A. Johnson

Lisa A. Johnson 1968-2020 Lisa Ann Johnson, 51, of Hagerstown, Md., died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Meritus Medical Center, Hagerstown. Born June 18, 1968 in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late Bernard Henry and Grace Louise Clingerman Sipes. She was a Christian. She was a graduate of Hancock High School and worked as…

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Steven L. Keefer

Steven L. Keefer 1954-2020 Steven Lester Keefer, 64, of Berkeley Springs, died Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at the White Sulphur Springs Center in White Sulphur Springs. Born October 18, 1954 in Cumberland, Md., he was the son of the late Lester Emanuel and Doris Alpharetta Bishop Keefer. He was a graduate of Hancock High School. He…

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Town gets approval for $7 million in grants for first phase of sewer upgrades

by Geoff Fox State environmental grants will pay for a large portion of Hancock’s long-planned wastewater treatment plant. Town Manager Joe Gilbert announced grants for construction of the future plant have been approved by the Maryland Department of Environment. Gilbert said the funding was for between $7.3 and $7.8 million for construction of the facility.…

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Town aims to keep viral cases low, plans for local recovery

by Geoff Fox Hancock Mayor Ralph Salvagno said local people need to stay “vigilant” to keep the number of coronavirus cases low in the coming weeks. On April 15, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan issued an executive order for Marylanders to wear a face covering when inside any retail establishment or when riding any form of…

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Maryland launches one-stop unemployment application, adds staff and hours to meet claims

The Maryland Department of Labor (Labor) last week provided important updates about the implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Eligible Marylanders began seeing their additional $600 per week payments on Friday, April 17. This Friday, April 24, the department will be launching a new one-stop unemployment insurance application to…

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