Route 1 restaurant owner will be remembered [Old Town Laurel]

Sam & Elsie's Restaurant, just over the Howard County line, has been in operation since 1955. Long before Interstate 95 was a reality, no doubt countless thousands of cars passed by the popular eatery and watering hole, day and night.

Tales of the good deeds done by the unassuming couple who founded the establishment became local legend. No one ever left hungry, even those who could not afford to pay for what they'd eaten.

Their daughter, Faye Furr, who continued on with the business until it was sold several years ago, passed away at her home on Aug. 22. She was 79. Many an Old Towner enjoyed the complimentary Thanksgiving Day dinner that was handed out to anyone who showed up, no matter their stature in life.

Operating in what many considered a "man's world," when Faye stepped in to run the business in the late 1970s, she could be as gentle as a lamb, or a heavy handed taskmaster. Generous to a fault some would say, she "took no prisoners" when the situation called for it. She is, indeed, remembered and missed.

Laurel Municipal Pool, Ninth and Main streets, is going to the dogs again this year. The Department of Parks and Recreation opens the swimming pool to canines and their two-legged owners for the annual Doggie Dip Day, Saturday, Sept. 7, noon till 3 p.m. Cost is $5 per dog. Owners will be admitted free when accompanied by their favorite, paying, well-behaved pooch. Details can be obtained by calling 301- 725-7800.

Grace Baptist Church, 7107 Cherry Lane, will hold an International Food and Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7, noon until 6 p.m. Music, games, rides, water fun and prizes are to be part of the promised activities. Bring an "international" dish to share and a lawn chair. More information is available by calling 301-725-5347.

According to a post on social media by classmate John H. DeFord Williams, members of Laurel High School's class of 1973 are in the final stages of planning a 40th reunion celebration slated for the weekend of Oct. 25 and 26. While some details have yet to be worked out, a gathering will be held at Standford Grill in Columbia, Friday, Oct. 25, time to be determined, followed by an informal gathering Saturday, Oct. 26 at Nottingham's, also in Columbia. If you or someone you know is a member of the class and are interested in attending, more details are available on the group's Facebook page.

If you or someone you know is a member of the class and are interested in attending, more details are available on the groups' Facebook page.

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