Residents of the Chathams who competed in the borough’s No Smoking Poster Contest were invited to Monday’s Borough Council Meeting to receive their awards from the contest. Lisa DeRosa and Kay Kaiser from the borough’s Board of Health called each recipient up by name and asked them to hold up their posters for the television cameras, which broadcast the ceremony live through the borough’s local access channel.
Mayor Nelson Vaughan congratulated each of the prize recipients. “I think we’re raising a generation of children who won’t smoke MT, which is great for your health,” Nelson said.
Kaiser, a former school nurse at St. Patrick School, said that the response to the contest from the community had been outstanding. “We thought, oh, maybe we’ll get a few interested people.”
Awards were given to first, second and third places in various age categories, along with an honorable mention. Each award recipient got a ribbon for their poster and a gift purchased from a local merchant.
Kaiser and DeRosa said the Board of Health would distribute any posters left in the meeting chamber to local businesses in Chatham. “This way,” Kaiser said, “the whole town can see it.”
Chatham Township and Chatham Borough both passed an ordinannce prohibiting the use of tobacco products in public parks and recreational areas. The contest was open to residents of both municipalities, with categories divided by age.
Vaughan said he would ensure that Chatham Township received a DVD recording of the ceremony so that it could be rebroadcast on their local access channel.