Winning views on being a good neighbor


June 26, 2000|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WHEN LOCAL REAL estate agents saw Sinclaire Vinson's vision of fair housing, they knew they had a winner.

The 5-year-old Marriottsville pupil's entry in the annual fair housing poster contest - which won first place at the state and county levels - features two red houses holding hands.

Both houses - one of which has black features, the other white - stand within a caption that reads "Have a Heart! Be a good neighbor!"

Sinclaire submitted two entries.

"Both her posters were easy favorites of the committee," said Karen Blandford, head of Westminster's Office of Housing and Community Development.

The contest, which was titled "Being Good Neighbors 2001," was co-sponsored this year by the city office and the Carroll County Association of Realtors.

Fourteen entries were received, and two - Sinclaire's and county second-place winner Janette Dill's - won recognition at the state level.

"All of them were very good," Blandford said, adding that the contest had lapsed for some time. However, through the efforts of the association's regenerated Equal Opportunity Committee, the county competition came to life again this year.

The third-place winner was Benjamin Dill. Both Dills are the children of Stan and Janet Dill of Westminster, and are home-schooled.

Sinclaire, who is the daughter of Christy and Damon Vinson, will attend first grade at Carrolltowne Elementary this fall.

In addition to receiving savings bonds and a gift bag of prizes as their county-level awards, Sinclaire and Janette's posters will be featured with 10 other entries in a 2001 Fair Housing Calendar to be distributed among Realtors this fall.

cmhere0Sinclaire's poster, which was created by cutting out and gluing pieces of construction paper, also was featured on the cover of April's Maryland Realtor magazine for Fair Housing Month.

Month of Sundays concerts

Join your friends and neighbors for several evenings of entertainment as Westminster presents its Month of Sundays concert series next month.

Each Sunday, a concert will be presented at the City Playground off Longwell Avenue.

Admission is free, but donations of nonperishable food to benefit the local Human Services office would be appreciated.

Concerts in this year's series are:

Sunday: Tom Principato and Band will present blues, jazz and other guitar numbers.

July 9: Kathie Martin and the Red Hots will perform classic rock 'n' roll from the 1950s and 1960s.

July 16: On the Rise band with Jennifer Rose will serve the country-style music it has performed at Stables restaurant on Main Street.

July 23: Baltimore-based singer Ronnie Dove will present classics from his 40-year career.

July 30: The Fabulous Hubcaps will perform classic rock ' n' roll selections.

Information: 410-848-6962.

Learn watercolor technique

Carroll County Arts Council is offering two watercolor s next month with artist Lynn Ferris. Ferris, who lives in Key West, Fla., and Woodbine, will work with students age 14 and older from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18 and 19.

Students must have experience in painting, and Ferris welcomes more accomplished artists who seek individualized instruction.

The July 18 workshop will focus on light and shadow techniques, and the July 19 class will discuss landscape and perspective.

Each class is $18 for arts council members, or $23 for nonmembers. Registration is required. Students must bring art supplies and lunches.

Information: 410-848-7272.

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

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