County Comment Chemical Safety Week Poster Contest

by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Officer

In its regular meeting on March 18, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners paid honor to elementary school students and their mentors.

Each year the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Emergency Management Agency and the County Special Operations Team host a poster contest about home chemical safety in the elementary schools. Director of Emergency Services Joe Kroboth and Verna Brown, Emergency Management Agency told the Board that a curriculum is presented to students by Special Operations Team and Emergency Management Agency personnel.

The program is supported by a number of local businesses, government agencies, the County Commissioners and the Mayor and Council of Hagerstown.

LEPC members John Bentley and Bill Shawley accepted proclamations from the Commissioners’ President Greg Snook and Mayor Bill Breichner of Hagerstown, designating the week of March 16-22, 2003 as Home Chemical Safety Week in Washington County. The County proclamation cited the LEPC for its contributions to the community through programs of emergency planning and notification, Community-Right-To-Know and toxic inventory reporting. The LEPC Educational committee has done an excellent job since 1996 in disseminating information to schools, businesses and citizens about chemical safety initiatives, the proclamation said.

Poster contest semi-finalists from 11 elementary schools were presented with certificates and Silver Medals. Madeline Burker of Maugansville Elementary, Danielle Dayhoff of Salem Avenue Elementary, Megan Deckert of Boonsboro Elementary, Donald Rowe of Bester Elementary, Benjamin Weaver of Emma K. Doub Elementary, Kaitlyn Koby of Sharpsburg Elementary, Megan Micco of Clear Spring Elementary, Toni Ortiz of Hickory Elementary, Jennifer Kendle of Old Forge Elementary, Amber Byers of Lincolnshire Elementary and Erica Miranda of Winter Street Elementary were honored. Their posters are being exhibited in the second floor hallway of the County Administration Building at 100 West Washington Street throughout the week.

The three top winners were announced and received backpacks containing toys and educational items plus additional prizes, and a book bag for their teachers.

Third Place Winner was Madeline Burker, who received a Gold Medal, a $50 gift certificate from Toys-R-Us, and a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Danielle Dayhoff also won a Gold Medal, $50 Toys-R-Us gift certificate and $50 U.S. Bond.

First Place went to Megan Deckert, who won a Gold medal, a $100 gift certificate from Circuit City, and a $100 Savings Bond. All finalists received lunch from a local McDonald’s restaurant.

Sponsors for the event were Synagro, Good Humor Ice Cream, Ewing Oil, Shawley’s LP Gas, Washington County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, the Washington County Public School System, the Leitersburg Ladies’ Auxiliary and Washington County Ladies Auxiliary and the Washington County Special Operations Unit.