Used bookstore on Main Street, A Novel Idea closed its doors in March of 2012, less than a year after opening. We are sorry to see Mary Leone leave, and wish her well in future endeavors.

We can also bid farewell to the vacant Exxon Station in the Reisterstown Shopping Center. It met with a demolition crew on Thursday, May 31.

The good news is that there are businesses opening up in our town. Take, for instance, Simple Changes that opened April 11 at the Route 140 and Route 30 split in what had been an All State Insurance office.

Owner Patricia Wells decided to go into business when she, like many others, lost her job. Wells has turned the series of rooms into very charming and well done vignettes. The entranceway wall is lined with handbags. One room is devoted to things for children with little outfits hung on little hangers, a Christmas tree adorned with little shoes, and a fuzzy multi-colored caterpillar rocker. Another room features women's clothing, jewelry and accessories.

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And then there are several rooms of well displayed home furnishings with artwork and other wall décor cleverly hung.

Parking is also a plus, as she shares the lot to the left of Tonino's, so there's no reason not to stop by for a look see. She also has lots of items for your deck, patio and beach condo.

The word is out that the owner of Captain Harvey's is looking to sell the property and has applied for rezoning for a gas station. Owner Tiger Marshall says that at his age, he no longer needs a facility as large as Captain Harvey's. The property has been in his family since the days when his grandfather operated it as a strictly male bar.

Tiger says that he does plan to open a smaller restaurant in an as yet undisclosed location.

Most of us wouldn't know Michael A. Wood. He is a sergeant with the Baltimore City Police Department, who has turned into an author of fiction. His first effort, "Eliot," is being touted as a must read for fans of "Homicide" and the "Wire". Move over David Simon!

You can meet the author at a tea hosted by Constellation Books on Saturday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Former Baltimore Sun reporter and columnist Rob Kasper will be making a guest appearance at Constellation Books on Friday, July 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. Mr. Kasper will be promoting his book "Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing" in which he chronicles the brewing history and consumption of the golden ales dating as far back as the 1700s.

There will be a book signing, and of course, a beer tasting.

The unofficial start of summer was appropriately kicked off in the town of Westminster with its 145th Memorial Day observance. The parade proceeded down Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street, and then went on to Westminster Cemetery where an observance service was held.

The parade is considered to be one of the oldest continuing observances in the country. History has it as being incepted in the spring of 1868 with a parade led by the then 16-year-old Miss Mary Shellman. It was she who organized the local elementary school children from Westminster and St. John's to cut and place flowers on the graves of the Union soldiers.

This year's grand marshall was Commander Matthew W. Shipley, USN, a 1984 graduate of Westminster High School, and a 1991 graduate of theU.S. Naval Academy.

Congratulations going out to Bonnie K. Heneson, president of Bonnie Heneson Communications. She is one of this year's recipients of the 2012 Trailblazer Award from the Center Club's Women in Business Intraclub.

Mazel Tov to Beth Tfiloh's youth director and director of co-curricular programs Cherie Brownstein. She was honored for her twenty-five plus years of service at the Beth Tfiloh Brotherhood's 70th annual donor dinner, which close to 500 attended.

Beth Tfiloh Congregation has installed the following officers and board members for calendar year 2012-2013.

President Dr. Marc Leavey, first Vice President Michael Friedman, second Vice President Lowell Herman, secretary Mark Gheiler

New board members (term ending 2015): Dr. Ron Davis, Carol Glusman, Ron Goldberg, Esther Gross, Shelley Kaye, Ricka Neuman, Michael Sachs, Louis Schwartz and Richard Simon