Winners of the U.S. Constitution Poster Contest...

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Winners of the U.S. Constitution Poster Contest have been announced by the sponsoring Torrance Library Commission and the Friends of the Torrance Library. All Torrance school children, grades kindergarten through eighth grade, were invited to design posters with the theme “Freedom Is . . . “

Winners by grade level and names of elementary schools are: Kindergarten--Brian Park, Victor; first grade-- Crystal Dueschle, Fern; second grade, Mari Higuchi, Walteria; third grade, Mark Higuchi, Walteria; fourth grade--Zachary Bazilius, Lincoln; fifth grade, Akiko Watanabe, Anza; sixth grade--Danny Escalante, St. Catherine Laboure; seventh grade, Tricia Tan, St. James Annex; eighth grade, Tsuyochi Komiyama, Magruder Middle School.

Each winning student will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and a book about the Constitution from the Friends of the Torrance Library. Winning posters are on display at the Civic Center Library this month. All other entries will be on display at branch libraries during January and February. Information: 618-5950.


John Perkins is the new president of the Interservice Club Council of Inglewood. He is director of the Inglewood Public Library and past president of the Inglewood Rotary Club. Other new officers are: vice president, Bob McCall of Inglewood Sertoma Club and secretary, Joe Sefcik of Inglewood Kiwanis Club.

Marian Mohr, executive director of the Wellness Community-South Bay Cities, recently presented a certificate of appreciation to Philip Valera, executive director of the South Bay Hospital District. Since its inception in April, 1987, the Wellness Community-South Bay has received a three-year grant of $250,000 from the hospital district. The Wellness Community is a facility where people who have cancer and their families come for support in the fight for recovery. It is located on top of the Redondo Beach Pier in the Pier Plaza complex.

Air Force Col. Donald R. Walker has been nominated by President Ronald Reagan for promotion to brigadier general. The Redondo Beach resident, program director for the Space Division’s Defense Satellite Communications office in El Segundo, is among 51 Air Force colonels nominated for their first star. He and the others nominated should exchange their eagles for stars as vacancies occur throughout the year. Walker, 44, is a 1966 graduate of the Air Force Academy.

James H. Gray, chairman and chief executive of Harbor Bank, has stepped in to lead United Way’s Harbor/Southeast regional campaign. He succeeds Robert Zinn who died of a heart attack Nov. 18, a few weeks after the campaign began. Gray will direct the overall regional fund-raising campaign, which seeks to raise more than $8.27 million during the first four months of the year. Among his assistants is Cherryl Liddle, president of Staff Aids Temporary Service in Torrance.