Navy shifts student-proposed name, 'Coriolis,' from ship to satellite

Neighbors

June 15, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

THE HOPES of students at St. Martin's Lutheran School sank recently when the Navy rejected the name they had suggested for a new research ship.

St. Martin's was one of two finalists in a nationwide contest to name the vessel. Their choice, "Coriolis" (named for the Coriolis effect -- a shift in wind direction caused by the rotation of the Earth), lost to pupils from Oak Lawn Elementary School in Cranston, R.I., who suggested the new ship be named after American oceanographer Bruce Heezen.

St. Martin's students were not without consolation. The Navy's next satellite mission will be called Coriolis.

School officials said the use of the name for a project "linked to the heavens" is appropriate because St. Martin's is a Christian school.

The satellite mission -- slated to blast off in 2002 or 2003 -- will carry air motion sensors into space.

lTC SPCA fund-raiser

Loews Annapolis Hotel will be puttin' on the dog Friday) to help out the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The hotel will sponsor a fund-raiser for the SPCA from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in its Weather Rail Lounge. Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sale of food and beverages will go to the charity.

Dogs are invited to attend with their owners, and prizes will be awarded in several canine categories.

Reservations or information: 410-263-7777.

Day camp openings

A few spots remain open in three summer day camps sponsored by Anne Arundel County.

Downs Park Day Camp, West County Day Camp and Quiet Waters Day Camp each have at least one opening available.

Children in first through sixth grades are eligible to participate in the programs, which cost $85 per child for a two-week session. Group discounts are available for multiple children from the same family.

Camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, music, drama and field trips.

Information: 410-222-7300.

Reading program

The summer reading program at Anne Arundel County Public Libraries begins today and runs through July 31.

There is no charge for the program, which is open to children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Bookworms can compete for the Chesapeake Cup, which will go to the elementary school that has the highest percentage of participants in the reading program.

Information: 410-222-7127.

Guitar lessons

Guitar teacher Rob Levit will hold a summer workshop at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for students of all skill levels.

Levit is a 1998 recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Students must be at least 12 years old. Enrollment is limited.

Information: 410-263-5544.

Pub Date: 6/15/98

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