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Village of Hancock Mayor Carolann McGrath

SUNY BROOME will be holding Adult Education Courses at the Hancock High School this coming semester. The courses are $129.00 each and will be taught by Robert Glydon, a local resident.

There will be two courses this semester. The first course wiH be Absolute Beginner for new computer operators. Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on January 31st, February 2nd, 7th and 9th, 2023. The second course will be for Beginner Excel, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on March 7th, . . 9th 14th and 16th.

You can register for the Courses by using the on-line catalogue at SUNY Broome, or you can call 607-778-5012. Payment is required at the time of registration. If you call make sure you tell them you want to attend the classes in H,ancock, · New York. If you go on line the classes are offered toward the bottom of the listings. The on-line registration information is located at 103.

If you know anyone who may be interested in these classes, please let them know. Registration begins on January 9th.· I am looking .~?~;11ard to this program being a success.




Free to Children

$5 for Adults

​According to the Hancock Historical Society’s 1998 Centennial Book, a place called “The Rink” was located in the general vicinity of the Malcolm Henderson home. E.W. Griffis built a skating rink on the lot adjoining Dr.Pettingill’s barn, which currently sits behind NBT Bank, but it once sat where the bank is located now It was later turned 180 degrees and placed behind the NBT.  In September 1887, “a grand hop at The Rink to benefit the Park” was held – “good music and a right good time.” Admission was only 10 cents and tickets for hop were just 50 cents. In 1889 and 1890 the “Hancock Dramatists” held their plays at the “Rink Opera House.” In 1890 the Hancock Union and Academy Graduation was held at Hancock Rink. It appears the activity being held somewhat determined what the place was called. The mystery of “The Rink” is that none of the “old-timers” have recollection of seeing or hearing of it and no further information has been found. 

Hancock Partners intend to rebuild “The Hancock Rink” in winter 2022 in the Hancock Town Square at 20 E Main Street, almost exactly where it was built 130 years ago. When planning this new program, the committee had no knowledge of this history, and only recently learned about its original size and location. The modern design of 25′ x 50′ rink is a near match to the original size. As we look towards our future we must first celebrate and honor our past. In recent years it has become more apparent than ever that we, as Americans, need to come together during these turbulent times and celebrate our heritage. Hancock as a town, and as a village, is historically documented through Delaware County and The National Archives as having been named to honor John Hancock following his death in 1793. America’s famed founding-father, John Hancock, was known as the Prince of Merchants, and indeed the Hancock House Hotel  itself was named after his great family estate in Boston. 

So to celebrate our shared history we are looking to partner with Hallmark Movies Televisions Channel to sponsor the rink and possibly film during the 2022 holidays and winter months of 2023. This incredible opportunity would help promote the town with numerous press publications and regional features. The rink itself is cost effective, reusable and portable. Thankfully the portable rink can be set up within a few hours with just 2-3 people, however,  there are maintenance costs such as: resurfacing, security, staffing/training, skates purchase costs, marketing, decor and signage to be considered.  We need help to fund the initial costs associated with hosting the ice rink and fitting out the Town Square to accommodate and allow for it most easily and to ensure it’s annual success for the next decade. Marketing setup and planning would take place in October and November 2022.

The build would take place around the town Christmas Tree Tuesday December 13th Noon till 4PM, if weather is cold enough we will add water at 5PM. If not, it will take place when weather allows. The rink will run for 6 weeks with an option to extend. 


Free to Children

$5 for Adults


Small Business Saturday

Shop Small – Shop Local
Saturday, November 26, 2022

Saturday, November 26, 2022 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. This year, we know that small businesses need our support now more than ever as they navigate, retool and pivot from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Please join SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small businesses by shopping at a small business.

Founded by American Express in 2010 and officially cosponsored by SBA since 2011, Small Business Saturday has become an important part of small businesses’ busiest shopping season. Historically, reported projected spending among U.S. consumers who shopped at independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reached an estimated $23.3 billion according to the 2021 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey commissioned by American Express. 

The highly successful team of SBA, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), and American Express will be kicking off the 2022 holiday season by encouraging consumers to support our nation’s nearly 32 million independent businesses this Small Business Saturday and all holiday season long.


Perfectly Priced Shop 140 E Front St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Enjoy complimentary cookies and Christmas Giveaways when you shop at the Perfectly Priced Shop on Small Business Saturday!

Hancock Liquor Store 27 W Main St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Rock Valley Tasting 11/25/22 3-6 pm (Day Before)

Kaybirds 125 Wheeler St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Shop for handmade Christmas items and be entered to win giveaway items for SBS shoppers including a holiday gift card. Shop items include local small business vendors, and handmade holiday wreaths are available for purchase. We are pulling new inventory in everyday! 

Bisbee Lumber & Supply 41 Leonard St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Our new LED Christmas Lights are available for Small Business Saturday Special!!  They retail for anywhere from $95 to $120, you cannot beat this deal! We also have specials on paint tools, kitchen faucet, and saw sets!

Primitive Posies 100 E Front St, Hancock, NY 13783 – Enjoy 25% of all select* Primitive Posies Christmas decor items during Small Business Saturday. *Sale does not include all vendor items, only what is marked for SBS promotion.

Rock Valley Spirits Holiday Tasting at Hancock Liquor Store

Hancock Liquor Store – 27 W Main Street Hancock, NY 13783

Friday November 25th, 2022. 3-6PM

Jim and Terry Milk from Rock Valley Spirits in Long Eddy and will be at the Hancock Liquor Store doing a tasting of their fine local spirits from 3 to 6PM.


Tourism Promotion for Delaware County

My name is Evan Bowker and I am the economic development specialist for Delaware County Department of Economic Development. As you may have learned we are the new Tourism Promotion Agency for Delaware County. Among these responsibilities, we have a role in marketing to out-of-county tourists to come and visit Delaware County. Part of this is crafting a message to these prospective visitors that accurately and attractively depicts the County and its assets. We would like to include tourism industry and community stakeholders such as yourself in this messaging. It has been our belief and goal that your firsthand knowledge of these visitors will provide valuable insight which can, in turn, further increase visitorship.

As you can imagine, a county the size of Rhode Island with different visitors from Sidney to Margaretville and diverse industry from Deposit to East Meredith can be difficult to fit into one targeted message. In order to achieve our goal of using a ground roots approach to our marketing efforts, we will start holding meetings within four separate tourism zones of the County. We created these zones with the belief that they share similar visitors, landscape and tourism industries. We would like you to be a part of the “Reservoir Region” Tourism Zone which includes the towns of Walton, Tompkins, Deposit, Hancock and Colchester.

You can find a map of this region here and a map of all regions here.




I would like to add that these sections were created for the purpose of these marketing efforts, and if you feel your business or organization is more closely tied to another town or zone, we do encourage participation between these zones. If you believe you could benefit by attending another zone’s meeting, let me know and I can keep you in touch for those meetings, as well.

During this first meeting, we would like to introduce ourselves and some of our tourism efforts, as well as provide visitor data for your area that may benefit your own marketing efforts. Additionally, we would like to start discussing how you and your fellow stakeholders view your area, your experience with out-of-county visitors and what you think are some important aspects of your area.

If you are interested in attending this first meeting, please fill out this doodle poll with your availability and we will do our best to select a time and date that suits as many people as possible. If you know of anyone else who can also bring good tourism insight to these meetings (including from Friends of the Upper Delaware River,) feel free to share the poll with them or bring them to the meeting.

Thank you for your time and feel free to let us know if you have any questions.