Partners James A. Miller and Neil Feldman will open Taneytown Pharmacy and Medical Supply at 508 E. Baltimore St. at the end of April.

The business, on the site of a former High's Store, will become the third pharmacy to be owned by the pharmacists.

Other businesses include New Windsor Pharmacy and the pharmacy atCarroll Lutheran Village.

Miller said he recently signed a year'sextension of his lease with the New Windsor Bank for his New Windsorlocation, the only pharmacy in the town.

The bank has plans to expand and Miller will have to relocate. He is searching for another site in the town but said he hopes to continue working with the bank.

"We are actively looking for another location in town and have somegood prospects," said Miller. "With the purchase of the Taneytown property, we at least have a place to go, if the bank doesn't grant us another extension."

If he has to move the entire business to Taneytown, he said, it would be detrimental to his New Windsor customers, many of whom are walk-ins.



MOUNT AIRY -- Equitable Federal Savings Bank and Frederick County National Bank have reached an agreement by which the Frederick bank will take over the Equitable branch this summer.

The Equitable bank branch in the Mount Airy Shopping Center is not expected to undergo any personnel changes, Frederick County National Bank officials said.

While customers' savings and checking accounts are to be transferred, loans will be retained by Equitable Federal.



HAMPSTEAD -- Charlie Cole has converted a hoghouse on his farm into a gift shop for horse lovers.

The shop, called Charlie Horse, sells everything from stuffed animals to china and jewelry with a horse motif.

Cole also has a mail-order catalog, the first copies of which arrived early this month.

The shop is at2100 Cape Horn Road.

Cole began working with horses when he was 15 and had a job at Sagamore Farm in Glyndon, Baltimore County. Over the years, he had other jobs, but said he always retained an interest in horses.

He and a partner were running a cleaning service business, but in 1987, Cole said he became a silent partner.

"I was eager to become involved with horses again in virtually any capacity thatI could," he said.

He took a part-time job as a stable hand at a farm outside of Hampstead. He also has worked at an Arabian horse farm.

Last year, he sold his interest in the business to open the shop and mail-order business.

The shop carries stained-glass, hand-crafted items, china, glassware, jewelry, books, stuffed animals, puppets, handmade sweaters, needlepoint, watches, oil paintings and other items.

Cole plans an open house in November.



WESTMINSTER -- A residential home builder has closed its office here until the housing market rebounds.

The Laray Enterprises Inc. office at 101 Center St. has been closed to save on overhead costs, a company attorney said.

The company has not filed for bankruptcy, said Janice B. Rockwell, a Frederick attorney.

The owners want to slow down until the housing market picks up again, she said.

Laray is owned by Charles R. Blankenship Jr. and William L. McKean.



HAMPSTEAD-- Despite a downpour -- or maybe because of it -- Weis Market in the new Roberts Field Shopping Center drew a crowd at its grand-openingSaturday.

The line of people waiting to get into the store when it opened at 9 a.m. was about 200 feet long, said Christopher W. Kurz,chairman of McGill Development Co. of Columbia, Howard County, whichbuilt the center.

Weis is the first store to open in the center on Route 30. Four other stores are under construction, and there is space for 12 more, Kurz said.

Monday, the developers signed a lease with Ace Hardware to open a 6,000-square-foot store, he said.

Weis' 39,000-square-foot store anchors the center, which has 81,000 square feet. The center is an $8 million project.

"I kept thinking whatterrible weather for an opening of a grocery store," Kurz said.

But Weis manager, Ken Smith, said the rain may have attracted people who otherwise would've been working in their yards or doing other springtime chores, he said.

The four stores under construction are theHair Cuttery, C and C Cleaners, Jerry and Sal's Pizza and a video store, Kurz said.

McGill is talking with eight people interested in leasing other available space, he said.

Hampstead Mayor Richard E.Miller cut "a limp red ribbon" at a ceremony to celebrate the opening, Kurz said.


County Commission President Donald I. Dell will speak to the Carroll County chapter of the Home Builders Association of Maryland at a dinner meeting next month.

Dell's topic will be "The Commissioners' Viewpoint After Three Months in Office: Has it Changed?"

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. April 17 at the Westminster Inn, 5 S. Center St. The price is $26.

Information or reservations: call Beth McDermott at 265-7400.


Bernard Larry Jones Sr. of Westminster has been elected to theboard of directors of Union National Bank.

Jones is a senior engineering technologist at Vitro Corp. in Silver Spring, Montgomery County.

He also is a member of the Carroll County Democratic State Central Committee and the United Supreme Council 33 of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

He is treasurer of the Carroll County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People,vice president and board member of the nonprofit housing corporationHOPE Inc., and charter president of the Human Relations Task Force of Carroll County.

He and his wife, Peggy, have four children.

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