Science fair judges needed, Elks host crab feed in Ranchos

Imaginative students at Meneley Elementary School have been hard at work in preparation for their science fair which will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Teacher Cathy Hackler is coordinating the fair and she's looking for folks who are interested in judging projects that students have created. About 16 people have committed so far but she hopes that number will climb to 40.

On the morning of the fair, Hackler gives an overview on the judging process. Then, in teams of two, judges will preview projects assigned to them and interview each student about their project. Top scoring projects are judged again in order to determine the final winners, who will advance to the regional science fair in Reno.

Volunteer judges are needed at the school from 9:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. Feb. 28. Food will be provided and there are breaks scheduled throughout the day.

If you would like to participate as a judge, please contact teacher Cathy Hackler by e-mail at, or head secretary Sheila Anderson at The phone number at the school is 265-3154.

The public is invited to come and tour the science fair that evening from 5:30-7 p.m.

Meneley Elementary School is located at 1446 Muir Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

Elks Crab Feed at CVIC Hall

The Minden-Douglas Elks are set to host their annual crab feast on Friday, March 7 at the CVIC Hall on Esmeralda Avenue. This adults-only evening is a favorite annual event and features fresh Dungeness crab, New England clam chowder, garlic bread and coleslaw. Steaks will be available by advance reservation for those who would like to attend but don't care to eat crab.

A no-host cocktail/social hour kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and reservations must be made by March 1. Secure your reservation by calling Dave or Jackie Trueblood at 782-3416, and be sure to mention if your preference is steak.

Proceeds from the crab feed benefit local community programs for children, veterans and seniors, as well as scholarships for students.

-- Amy Roby can be reached at


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