Pupils honored for fire safety posters


October 19, 1998|By Lisa Breslin | Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ON OCT. 9, Cranberry Mall sponsored an awards ceremony for the winners of the Carroll County Volunteer Firemen's Association's annual Fire Prevention Poster Contest.

Pupils from Sandymount Elementary School claimed three of the five grand prizes, which included coupons for Papa John's pizza and Cranberry Mall stores, two tickets to the Lineboro Fire Department's Haunted Hay Ride, and Carroll County fire prevention sweat shirts.

"This was the biggest year for the contest. We had 200 programs printed, and they were gone within minutes," said Susan Bowersox-Blizzard, chairwoman of the Fire Prevention Committee. "We hope next year we'll have even more sponsors, prizes and participants as word gets out.

"There were hundreds of posters in the contest. Even some kindergarten classes from Winfield Elementary put together a collage," she said.

Grand prize winners included:

First grade: Christopher vonGunten, Sandymount Elementary.

Second grade: Elizabeth Beveridge, Friendship Valley Elementary.

Third grade: Nolan Martinson, Winfield Elementary.

Fourth grade: Lauren Trail, Sandymount Elementary.

Fifth grade: Michael Burkhardt, Sandymount Elementary.

During the ceremony, parents and children walked through a display and listened to Patches and Pumper, an animated Dalmatian robot dressed in fire helmet and coat, talk about fire prevention practices.

Twenty-three pupils were semifinalists and received sports bottles and gift bags (cat litter bags provided by Pleasant Valley Fire Department) filled with certificates for ice cream from Petrucci's, flying discs, stickers, pens, a Fire Department ruler, crayons, Dalmatian tattoos and a plastic badge.

Semifinalists were:

First grade: Holly Bassler, Stephen Smith, Katie Catania.

Second grade: Sarah Davis, Kristin Semones, Amanda Charaikofski, Matthew Rose, Jake Zamostny.

Third grade: Brent Bull, Andrew Evans, Brittany Williams, Chris Schultz, Mark Forbes.

Fourth grade: Maria Donaldson, Meghan Whitcomb, Shannon Watt, Ashley Coburn, Kim Edwards, Ben Bechtell.

Fifth grade: Brandon Baublitz, Justin Williams, Crystal Tyler, Russell Powers.

The poster contest was open to the county's elementary schools, with different poster themes for each grade. They included Don't Play With Matches, Smoke Detectors, Kitchen Safety, Household Fire Safety, and Fire Extinguishers.

The posters were displayed during National Fire Prevention Week, and judging was conducted by the Carroll County Fire Prevention Committee.

Children's Center dinner

The Johns Hopkins Children's Center thanked members of area Kiwanis Clubs for their generous support of Hopkins' Pediatric Trauma Center at a dinner at the hospital's Turner Concourse Oct. 12.

Dr. Charles Paidas, internationally known Pediatric Trauma Center director, welcomed the Kiwanis members and thanked them for their contributions to the center over the years. Last year, local Kiwanis clubs raised more than $23,000 for the center.

"We hope you never need us, but if you do, it's good to know we're here for all your children," Paidas said.

Attending the dinner from the Westminster Kiwanis Club were Jamie Brewer, Bonnie Cooper, Richard Eby, Jim Helm and Bill Marks. Brent Houle from the Greater Westminster Kiwanis Club also attended.

Kiwanis installation

Jamie Brewer was installed as president of the Kiwanis Club of Westminster during the club's September meeting. Also installed were Bob Seeley, president-elect; Cal Bloom, vice president; Jeff Myers, treasurer; and Bill Marks, secretary.

Members who will serve on the board of directors are Bonnie Cooper, Jim Corns, Bill Hyde, Alden Jackson, Mike Kelly, Jim Lay, George Reiner and Don Rowe.

The immediate past president is Fran Liggon, and she will continue to serve on the board for the next year.

Recent club activities have included Westminster Fallfest, Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup, Students of the Month from Westminster High School, and the Babe Ruth Baseball League.

Last year, Kiwanis Clubs donated more than $100 million and almost 6 million volunteer hours for community service projects. Kiwanis International includes 8,600 clubs with 315,000 members.

Lisa Breslin's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County Edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 10/19/98

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