Westminster Elementary unplugs the TV

April 21, 2002

Westminster Elementary School will participate in National TV Turn-Off Week tomorrow through April 28.

Pupils and their families are encouraged to turn off the television set and focus on activities that are more academically, socially and physically rewarding.

The school will hold a prize raffle for pupils, and a family night at Pizza Hut from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow.

Pupils are encouraged to take a break from video games, computer games and other electronic media. Family activities such as playing board games, visiting the library and exercising are suggested.

Prizes have been donated by teachers, staff members, the PTO and Kohl's department store. Pupils will earn one raffle ticket for each day of going without TV.

Children who skip TV all week can earn a pass for miniature golf at the Four Seasons Sports Complex and a pass to Larry Sheets' Players.

Chesapeake foundation awards grant to pupils

William Winchester Elementary School fifth-graders have received a $989 grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust Foundation to develop a rain garden with native Maryland plants.

Under the direction of teacher Kathy Carhart, the pupils proposed, investigated, researched, surveyed and wrote the grant request.

Westminster Elks lodge installs slate of officers

Westminster Elks Lodge 2277 recently elected new officers and held an installation ceremony with the district deputy grand exalted ruler, Les Bishop.

The lodge's exalted ruler, Dennis J. Meloche, stressed the need to increase service to the community, especially charities the lodge supports.

Other officers are Tom Hackett, Tallmadge Balance, Lane Lee, Dale Sears, Kyle Meloche, David Smith, Lee Fitzpatrick and Marsha Smith.

Immediate past exalted ruler Dale Sears presented outstanding service awards to Lee, secretary, and Hackett, trustee. Hackett also was named officer of the year, and Mark Phillips was named Elk of the year.

Public meeting

Common Council: Westminster Common Council will meet at 7 p.m. tomorrow at City Hall, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane. 410-848- 9000.

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