WESTMINSTER — The BPO Elks Lodge No. 2277 recently honored the organizations and individuals it raises money for every year at a Charity Gala Dinner.

Last year the Elks raised more than $60,000 for more than 50 organizations in Carroll County. The dinner earlier this month was the first time the group has brought together the recipients of its efforts.


Besides raising money for charitable organizations, the Elks is involved in numerous local service and community-oriented projects, such as Carroll County Food Sunday and a camp for underprivileged children.

More than 175 people attended the dinner, twice what the Elksexpected.


Secretary Lane Lee said the Elks expected only about half of their invitations to be accepted, but instead, all of them were.

Represented were organizations that have received money from the Elks and that were given checks at the diner.

Junction Inc. received $1,000 from the Elks for its work as a drug-free outpatient counseling service for substance abusers and their families.

The Elks'donations over the years have helped Junction Inc. provide services it otherwise couldn't afford, said Jimmie Saylor, a member of the Board of Directors.

Some of the other organizations supported by the Elks include: American Heart Association, American Red Cross, CarrollCounty General Hospital, Carroll Hospice, Carroll Haven Center, Literacy Council of Carroll County, September Song, Westminster Fire Department, Salvation Army, Finksburg Little League, Carroll County Special Olympics and the DARE program.

Dennis Meloche, an Elks member, said the dinner gave the group an opportunity to see what their contributions have done for the community.




WESTMINSTER -- Delegate Richard N. Dixon, D-Carroll, has announced the establishment of four one-year scholarships to be awarded to graduating high school seniors from his district.

Thescholarships will be available to seniors during each year of his term in the House of Delegates, Dixon said. Major emphasis will be placed on academic achievement and total school participation.

The scholarship can be applied to charges and fees at any public or privatecollege or university in Maryland. The amount of the scholarship is not to exceed the charges and fees for the undergraduate division at the University of Maryland.

All seniors who wish to apply for the District 5A scholarship are requested to submit a letter of application indicating the plans for the scholarship, which college or university in Maryland the senior plans to attend and the reason they wish to be considered.

In addition, an official transcript must be included with a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or school administrator. Also include your telephone number and where you oryour parents vote.

All scholarship applications should be sent toB. Jackie Finch, chairperson, District 5A Scholarship Committee, 156W. Main St., Westminster, Md. 21157.


The application deadline is March 29. Dixon and Finch will announce the winners after May 17.



WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Chapter of AFS Intercultural Programs is looking for area families to host 16- to 18-year-old students for the 1991-1992 school year.

AFS, a highly respected student exchange program, has operated in the United States for more than 40 years.

Westminster High now has two AFS students, one from Germany and one from France. They arrived last August and will stay until next July. The school also has enjoyed students from such countries as Thailand, Peru, Japan, Spain and South Africa.


AFS carefully matches students with host families and offers an orientation program to prepare both students and host families for their new experiences.

Students are prepared to participate fully in family, school and community activities. They are covered by an AFS health care program and come with spending money.

Hosting an exchange student fosters interest in foreign languages and travel, promotes international understanding and provides a new perspective on our own culture and values.

Information: 795-4247 or 848-3752.


The 1991 edition of the Directory ofCommunity Services for Carroll County is now available at public libraries in the area and at the Chamber of Commerce.


This annual publication contains detailed information about the contact people and services provided by 1,060 organizations that serve residents of Carroll County.

Copies sell for $7 plus tax if picked up in person, or $8 if mailed. Circulating copies are available at all Carroll County Public Library branches and can be checked out with a library card.

Any previous edition of the directory may be returned for a 50-centcredit toward a new directory.

Mail order requests should be addressed to: Mary Bess Keeney, Community Information Specialist, CarrollCounty Public Library Headquarters, 115 Airport Drive, Westminster, Md. 21157.




WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Arts Council is accepting applications for scholarship funds for children up to the age of 18 who wish to attend classes or programs in any of the arts from March 1 through June 30.

The awarding of monies will be strongly influenced by financialneed and potential for success. A maximum of $100 per request, per event, will be awarded.

Applicants must be residents of Carroll County, but programs need not be offered in Carroll.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 15. Forms may be obtained at the Arts Council Office, 10 N. Court St., Westminster, or by calling 848-7272 or 876-8550.