Coupon book will help create school computer lab vTC

NEIGHBORS

March 15, 1995|By PAT BROWDOWSKI

Your next pizza, bouquet of flowers or ride on roller skates can all help North Carroll Middle School create a new computer lab.

Pizza, flowers, skating, 120 different items are included in a discount coupon book now being sold by the school's students. The coupons are good at businesses in Hampstead, Manchester, Cranberry Mall and Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers' Market, among others.

PTO President Darlene Peterson anticipates selling 1,000 books. About $15,000 is needed to set up the lab.

"Hopefully, we'll meet our goal of 15 new computers and software," Mrs. Peterson said. "The elementary schools all have computer labs. When the kids get to middle school, they don't have a lab in which to work, except the [traveling] lab [that comes] for six weeks.

"The computer lab would be a dedicated room. We do have computers scattered in classrooms, but with 30 kids in a class that's not much time. A lab would mean the kids could spend more time, each student on a computer," Mrs. Peterson said. "I think it will happen. I think we'll get our lab. Our kids need those computer skills."

The 120 coupons are redeemable at such places as Bob's Variety, Hampstead Bowling Center, Towne Pride Carpet, Four Seasons, Hampstead Sports, North Carroll Recreation Council, Frederick Keys baseball games and Magic Elm Skating in Hanover, Pa., as well as at hair care, pizza, sub, bicycle, optical, furniture, video rental and florist shops. Coupons include karate lessons, services from real estate companies, and discounts at "a lot of favorite eateries," Mrs. Peterson said.

"Most of the coupons are valid for a whole year," she said. "Close to $1,200 is saved if all the coupons are used. There are a lot of good ones."

Each book costs $19.95 and is available at the school or from a middle school student.

For every book sold, the student sellers will be given one chance for a drawing from three incentive prizes -- a color television, a compact disc player or $200 cash. For every 10 books sold, students receive one book for free. All students who participate will be invited to a recreation night with snacks and sodas.

Information: North Carroll Middle School, 239-7800.

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Hampstead is a fine place to walk. In Robert's Fields development, the smooth new sidewalks circle through bright enclaves of new homes. In older Hampstead, walking puts you in touch with town history, from the bank turned clock shop to the weathered train station to churches splendid in brick or stone.

Last fall, about 100 walkers saw Hampstead by night during a volksmarch sponsored by Piedmont Pacers, a local club that's a member of the American and international volksmarching associations.

The Pacers are returning to Hampstead this weekend for another 10-kilometer daytime walk on a slightly different route.

Volksmarch, or "people's walk," clubs exist in every state and many European nations.

They maintain year-round walks, in which the walker is self-guided for a fixed route any day of the year, as well as weekend walks in their areas.

Volksmarchers count miles and places they walk for credit. North Carroll Public Library is exhibiting embroidered patches collected from volksmarches near and far.

This weekend's walkers will begin at Spring Garden Elementary School on Boxwood Drive, travel through Robert's Field to Route 88, up Main Street, to Route 482 and North Carroll High School. They'll return on Panther Drive, passing the train station and town office en route back to Spring Garden.

"We're trying to walk in all the towns in Carroll County," said Mary Ruth Lippy of Piedmont Pacers. She has organized both Hampstead walks. Walks later this year in Carroll include routes in Manchester, Mount Airy, Sykesville and Union Mills.

You can start the Hampstead walk anytime from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday or Sunday and must finish by 6 p.m. The standard walk is 10 kilometers, 6.2 miles.

Volksmarch walks are rated one for easiest to five for most difficult. The Hampstead walk is rated one-plus "because there are a few small hills," Mrs. Lippy said. Although the walk is entirely upon sidewalks and paving, strollers and wheelchairs aren't recommended.

The walk is free to nonmembers; volksmarch members pay a small fee to walk for credit. Register at the start of the walk to receive free written guidelines.

"I point out a few highlights of Hampstead," Mrs. Lippy said. "We do try to educate about each town."

Since Mrs. Lippy joined the Piedmont Pacers, she has gone on volksmarches in Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Vermont and Maryland. About 60 members attend the group's monthly meetings in Westminster, she said, and families turn out for the walks.

"A lot of people who come will bring children and grandchildren. Some as young as 5 or 6 will do the whole route," she said. "Anyone up to walking 6.2 miles can come."

Information: Mary Ruth Lippy, 374-9258.

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In two months, the boys of Cub Scout Pack 790 had sawed and sanded blocks of wood into steeds of speed: their race cars for the annual Pinewood Derby.

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