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RAF MILDENHALL, England — An airman from RAF Lakenheath, England, will spend one month behind bars for smoking marijuana and lying about it to investigators.

Staff Sgt. Michael L. Parish of the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron admitted his guilt at a court-martial Saturday to charges of wrongfully using marijuana and making a false statement, according to a press release from the 48th Fighter Wing public affairs office at RAF Lakenheath.

Parish smoked marijuana on several occasions between Sept. 13 and Dec. 7, 2004, according to the release. When confronted by Air Force investigators, he knowingly tried to deceive them by denying their claims, the release said.

He also was reduced in rank to airman basic and given a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force.

Earth Week events set

RAF MILDENHALL, England — An environmental fair at the RAF Mildenhall base exchange will kick off a week of events to celebrate Earth Week, according to information from the base.

The fair will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and will feature booths from several local organizations, including Butterfly Conservation, Bat Society, British Trust for Ornithology and the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Banham Zoo will bring cockroaches, a snake and giant African land snails.

The Lakenheath Elementary School will hold contests for designing posters and decorating grocery bags. Another project will feature art projects highlighting recycling.

Groups also are invited to pick up litter along local roads. Trash bags and transportation will be provided.

The wastewater treatment facility at RAF Lakenheath will be open for tours at various times April 19 through 21.

Art exhibit to open

The opening ceremony of “Art in Bloom,” an art exhibit by Department of Defense Dependents Schools teachers, will be at 6 p.m. April 19 in the Alter Schlachthof exhibition hall at Kaiserslautern Gartenschau, Germany.

Admission is free if using the entrance near the Kammgarn Cultural Center. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from April 15 to May 8.


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