Merchants Get A Grant

January 16, 1991

WESTMINSTER — The Westminster Business and Professional Association has received another grant from the state to continue its projects.

The Main Street Improvement Program gave the association $5,000, which will be used to continue paying the association's promotions coordinator, said Karen Blandford of the city's Housing and Community Development Office.

The city also will donate $12,000 in in-kind services to the association this year, and the group hopes to raise another $8,200 to continue its projects, she said.

The association had requested a $14,200 grant, Blandford said. This is the second year it received a state grant and is the last year it's eligible, Blandford said.

The group plans to pay Cheryl Poklemba, who was hired as its promotions coordinator in June, for 20 hours of work a week instead of 12, Blandford said.

In other association business, Poklemba said she and CarolDonovan, supervisor of recreation and activities for the city, are co-chairing a "Flower Mart" scheduled for Main Street in early May.

The event will be an "old-fashioned" day when flowers, bulbs and shrubbery will be sold on the street, she said.

The association also is planning a Valentine's Day promotion with the theme "We Love Our Customers," Poklemba said.

An evaluation of the group's Christmas promotion on Dec. 1 should be finished this week and will be distributed to members in the newsletter, she said.

The association sponsored "Christmas on Olde Main Street" that included carolers, train and carriage rides, craft demonstrations and the lighting of the city Christmas tree.

On April 16, author and former television personalitySusan White-Bowden will speak at the association's annual dinner meeting at the Westminster Fire Hall. About 300 tickets will be available.

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