The various billboards throughout Glen Burnie trumpet: "Shopping As You Know It Ends May 23" when Leedmark, a new "hypermart" modeled after a chain in Europe, opens for business on Ordnance Road.
It appears that the French are coming to town with a revolutionary concept in shopping -- everything under one roof. It doesn't surprise me that they selected Glen Burnie for the first such store in the country. After all, we already have an open air version -- Ritchie Highway -- with everything under one ZIP code.
But if they're really interested in perfecting the shopping theory, they might want to get the locals' input. (This is the community that gave up a drive-in movie theater for yet another shopping center). My own personal investigation revealed the following suggestions:
* Under no circumstances should children younger than 12 be allowedto push the shopping carts. If they want to learn to drive, introduce them to a lawn mower.
* Lots of free samples, particularly food.If timed correctly, you can feed the whole family on itty bitty pieces of unfamiliar food for free. And no dishes to wash.
* Remind your employees that "please" and "thank you" are still part of the English language. Simple courtesy can soften the blow of having spent $137 on laundry detergent, motor oil or something equally as boring and necessary.
If you need any additional help just call. Bon jour, Glen Burnie.
Strike up the band, it's time for the Memorial Dayparade. The event is a joint effort between the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and Volunteer Fire Co. 33.
The highlight of the parade each year is a motorcade of new and antique fire engines, pumpers and ambulances from a variety of fire companies.
A tradition formany years, the parade was discontinued in the early '80s. When the community marked Glen Burnie's centennial in 1988 with a parade and an antique fire equipment muster, Richard Carter decided it was time to resurrect the annual parade. Carter, a long time member of the GBIAand the volunteer fire company, got both groups involved in sponsoring the parade.
This year's activities begin at 1 p.m. Sunday when members of the GBIA present the first Richard Carter Memorial Award for civic endeavors to honor Carter, who passed away last year. The recipient will be presented with a special plaque and his or her name will be engraved on a permanent award kept in the GBIA hall.
Rain or shine, Grand Marshal Sam Kemp will lead a contingent of bands, scouts, floats and equestrians through the heart of Glen Burnie. Kemp, the owner of Cedar Hill Florst, is well-known throughout North County for the huge American flag he flies over his Brooklyn Park business.
The parade route will begin at the parking lot behind Harundale Mall on Aquahart Road and continue to Crain Highway where the marchers will travel north to Post 40 Road. The reviewing stand will be in front of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall.
In addition to the fire equipment, 60 antique cars are also scheduled to participatein the parade. After completing the route the cars will be on display behind the improvement association.
This year's parade offers a first when several equestrian groups will ride the route.
"It tooka lot of work to have this parade," said Joseph Corcoran, one of thecoordinators. "It was much more work than we had imagined but we're very happly with the number of units we have scheduled."
Also on the parade committee are Barbara Moeller, Dick Wengert and Muriel Carter.
1502 Furnace Ave./New House/Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen w/all appliances/3 Bedrooms/vinyl siding/landscaped/lg. yard/closeto schools/$85,000/no down payment.
Well, Friday is the deadline to apply to purchase this house in the Shoreland section of Glen Burnie. Income-qualified, first-time homebuyers livingin Point Pleasant, Shoreland, Suburbia, Gatewater Landing, Country Club Estates and surrounding communities or their immediate families can vie to purchase this house through a county mortgage program thatis offering low interest rates.
Although residents of the above-named communities are the primary target of the program, other countians will have an option to apply after May 24.
Bill Gibbons, of thecounty's Office of Community Development, has been distributing applications.
"A qualified applicant from the existing community is the purpose of the project," he explained. "However, if we don't get anyone, we will then open it to the county."
Individuals with a maximum annual income of $32,000 or two or more people with an income of $40,000 or less may apply. No down payment is required although $5,000 to $6,000 is needed for closing costs.
The house was constructedby students at the Center for Applied Technology North. More than 80juniors and seniors worked with teachers to build the house in two modular sections. Plumbing, electrical work, masonry and drywall work were done at the school then the two sections were assembled on the lot on Furnace Avenue. The finishing touches are being added by the students.
The community is invited to an open house at 2 p.m. June 9when students who participated in the project will be able to show off their handiwork.
Applications are available at area businesses or by calling 222-6853.
A new slate of officers was elected by the Glen Burnie Jaycees for the 1991-1992 year at the April meeting. Mark Potter, a local attorney, will serve as the president of the chapter. Potter's first meeting with the new board was Tuesday night when it met to set an agenda for the year.
Other members of the board are: Deb Stevens, management development vice president; Mary Westrick, community development vice president; Laurie Dzurko, individualdevelopment vice president; Rick Sutton, membership development vicepresident; Kate Edwards, state director; Paul Falkler, treasurer; Laura Skudrna, secretary; John Wahl, director/financial management; SueSmith, director/retention; Sandy Johns, director/recruitment and orientation.
Potter was pleased to announce that Joseph B. Schaffer, a past president of the Glen Burnie chapter, was elected president ofthe Maryland State Jaycees at the annual convention in Ocean City last weekend.
In addition to his role as past president of the Glen Burnie chapter, Schaffer was district director and regional director.On a state level he was treasurer, executive vice president and management development vice president.
If you ask most teen-agersto identify Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon they will stare at you and then edge toward the door. So don't mention Annette and Frankie, just tell them that there's a "beach party" from 7 to 9:30, Friday in the hall of the Country Club Estates Recreation Association, Paul Marr Drive.
Bathing suits, Hawaiian print shirts, and flip-flopsare the recommended attire for this youth dance. The hall will be decorated with sand buckets, shovels and beach balls.
Tim Konig willbe the DJ for the night. Count on plenty of dance contests and prizes.
Tickets are $2 at the door and refreshments will be available. For ticket information, call Sue Martin, 761-0317.
Guided tours of the Westinghouse Historical Electronics Museum will be offered when the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce gets together for an evening of socializing and networking, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 920 Elkridge Landing Road.
Admission is $6 in advance and $10 atthe door. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
For advance ticket sales, call Lisa Pitt at the chamber office, 766-8282.
The congregation of Glen Lutheran Church is sponsoring the annual Lutheran Night at Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, June 18, when the Orioles will be playing the Minnesota Twins.
Proceeds from this fund-raiser will be used for the medical expenses of 2-year-old Carol Linton in her fight against bone cancer. The Aid Association for Lutheranswill match up to $2,000 of any money raised.
Tickets are $6 each for lower general admission seats. The ticket price includes the bus to the game. Sunday is the deadline day for the tickets.
Information: 789-3376 or 551-2804.
Rick Wildbeager will be the DJ at the Glen Burnie Chapter of Parents Without Partners fund-raiser dance,from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Orchard Beach Fire Hall.
Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Beer, chips, pretzels and setups will be provided.
Ticket information: 437-6620 or 987-4639.