North Laurel/Savage: Zoning meeting on May 23 will discuss fate Laurel Dodge property

The owners of Royal Farms want to change the zoning designation oof the land where Laurel Dodge sits so they can place a gas station and convenience store on that location. The county zoning department sets rules for what can and cannot be put on a certain piece of property to avoid an abundance of one type of business in a specific area and to help encourage other businesses to come to that area.

The land currently is zoned as a Community Activity Center, a designation created to help the area become a key to a community and to create a center that would attract other businesses to help with the community's revitalizaton.

If you want your voice to heard on this matter, there is a public meeting about Royal Farms' zoning change proposal on Wednesday, May 23 starting at 6 p.m. at the North Laurel Community Center, 9411 Whiskey Bottom Road.

The Community Action Council of Howard County will be holding its third annual North Laurel-Savage Community Fair at the Whiskey Bottom Shopping Center on June 2. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and offer a lot of prizes and giveaways as well as health screenings and entertainment. The shopping center is at 9105 All Saints Road.

Hammond Middle School's jazz ensemble and symphonic band did a great job at Hershey Park in their Music Showcase Festival.

The jazz ensemble received a superior rating and a class A first-place trophy with the saxophone and brass sections received section award and Ethan Kim and Michael Baker earned soloist awards.

The Symphonic Band received a superior rating, a class A first-place trophy, their French horn section got a section award and Michael Baker received a soloist award. The Overall Middle School Instrumental first-place award trophy for concert bands, jazz ensembles and orchestras went to the Hammond Middle symphonic band.

The Savage Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on May 21 at 7 p.m. with an update on the Carroll Baldwin Hall Renovations. Call Helen Rushing at 301-725-1241 with questions. The Society meets at the F&M Center, 9032 Baltimore St.

This Saturday, May 19, Girl Scout Troop 1508 will hold its community yard sale at the North Laurel Community Center, 8 a.m. to noon. Spaces are $15. To book a space, go to or . Entrance is free to the public.

Resurrection of Our Lord Church is having a yard sale on May 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be rooms of special buys including a chance to buy breakfast and lunch items. Its address is 8402 Brock Bridge Road.

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