Knights of Pythias aid city after-school program


March 20, 2000|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

IN HONOR OF a substantial donation to Westminster's recreational activities, city officials declared last week Pythian Week.

The Westminster Knights of Pythias, a nonprofit charitable fraternity that has existed since the mid-19th century, recently donated $2,250 to the city's after-school recreation program for sixth- to eighth-grade pupils.

This money allowed the program to purchase a pinball machine, air hockey table and karaoke set, said Ronald J. Schroers, the city's recreation and activities supervisor.

"It was real nice of them to make that kind of donation," Schroers said. "This gives the kids something free to do."

Sixty pupils attend the program, which runs from 2: 30 to 6 p.m. on school days in the city's Longwell Municipal Center, he said.

Membership -- which is $1 a year plus a daily entrance fee of 25 cents -- includes use of the gym, television, homework room, pool table and movie room in a supervised environment, Schroers said.

The program, open to all middle school pupils, primarily serves East Middle School because of its proximity to the Longwell Avenue location, Schroers said. West Middle recently received a grant to begin an after-school program on its premises.

Information: 410-848-6962.

Pinewood Derby winners

Congratulations to the winners of Cub Scout Pack 321's annual Pinewood Derby, held March 11.

First place went to Kyle Hart, second to Bobbie Harrison and third to Ryan Winters in the double elimination competition, which included 24 boys from the group that meets at Ascension Episcopal Church in Westminster.

Marcie Forster, committee chairwoman for the pack, said the event is a favorite among her Cub Scouts, who range in age from 6 to 11 years old.

"It's basically whichever car hits the [finish] line first," she said.

Competition rules require that each boy design his own miniature car from a block of wood. Frequently, packs purchase the wood in a kit that includes four wheels and the nails for assembly, Forster said.

Weights may be used to enhance the car's performance, but each vehicle may weigh no more than 5 ounces before it can be released down the 24-foot track, she said.

The Scouts are looking forward to organizing a similar competition with Cub Scout Pack 381, which meets at the First Presbyterian Church in Westminster.

From Beanies to baskets

Aficionados of baskets and stuffed animals will want to check out the latest fund-raiser sponsored by the Robert Moton Elementary PTO.

A round of Longaberger Basket/Beanie Baby bingo games will begin at 7 p.m. March 31 in the school cafeteria on Washington Road in Westminster. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Admission for 20 games is $10 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. Door prizes and a raffle will be offered. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

Food, snacks and desserts will be available.

Tickets may be purchased at the school office from 8: 30 a.m. to 9: 30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, in the school store from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Information: 410-751-3610.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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