Community Builds Playground For Friendship Valley School


April 21, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PARENT VOLUNTEERS and community members got together to build a playground for Friendship Valley Elementary School on Friday and Saturday.

The school's PTO raised $5,595 for the project with the "Schools Now" program, sponsored by WMAR-TV (Channel 2) and Baltimore Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson.

In addition, $565 was collected during a fund-raiser at Pizza Hut and an additional $1,305 was donated by individuals and local businesses.

Fishing rodeo

The snow has melted, the grass is green and flowers are popping up all over. But for some folks, it isn't really spring until the Westminster Optimist Club Fishing Rodeo begins.

From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, anyone age 15 or younger can join in the activity at Westminster Community Pond. Participants should bring fishing rods.

Henry Lysy of Westminster Optimist Club, who's running the event, says bait will be provided. Each participant will get a free hot dog and soda. Prizes will be presented in several age groups.

A sight to see

John Hopkins, president of Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club, said he wants everyone to see the new eyeglass collection box his club has set up at Brewer's Market in Union Mills.

"It's a regular postal box," Hopkins said. This box will not deliver mail, but instead will deliver clearer sight to many.

"We have already collected over 1,100 [used] glasses and lenses for the needy," Hopkins said.

Lions Clubs of Maryland have a goal of collecting 250,000 glasses for the needy this year and Hopkins said he thinks they will reach that goal.

The box was hand-painted by Terry Strevig of Terry's Body Shop in Silver Run and hand-lettered by Ray Hartland. Neither is a club member but donated their time to the project.

Pub Date: 4/21/97

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