Mt. Prospect to flick switch to off for worldwide Earth Hour

The village of Mount Prospect plans to join in the Earth Hour campaign on March 29 by turning off all nonessential lighting for one hour, from 8 to 9 p.m.

All essential lighting such as street lights, traffic signals, and lighting for public safety will remain on.

Sponsored by the conservation organization World Wildlife Fund, Earth Hour is a global climate change initiative which calls on individuals and businesses around the world to turn off their lights for one hour.

Mount Prospect joins the Chicago and hundreds of cities around the world in supporting this effort.

The aim of the campaign is to express that individual action on a mass scale can help change the planet for the better.

For more information, call (847) 392-6000.

Scholarships available: Over more than 40 years, the Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights Rotary Club has awarded tens of thousands of dollars in educational scholarships to graduating Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights high school seniors seeking post secondary education opportunities.

Scholarships are available for four-year and associate degree programs as well as vocational training.

Last year, $8,000 in scholarships was awarded.

Scholarships of $2,000 for four-year degrees and $1,000 for associate degrees and vocational training are available.

Applicants must be Mount Prospect or Prospect Heights residents and graduating high school seniors. Applicants will be judged on academic achievement, community service, financial need and chosen field of study.

Applications are available through Township High School District 214 college counselors or by calling Michael E. Janonis at (847) 392-6000, ext. 5327.

Deadline for submittal is April 4.

The number of scholarships awarded will depend on the volume and quality of the applications received.

Rotary International is a worldwide service organization dedicated to promoting humanitarian programs, encouraging high ethical business standards in all vocations and helping build goodwill and peace in the world.

Major Rotary initiatives include the worldwide eradication of polio and promoting Third World literacy.

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