Counter nets $800 at auction

The marble soda fountain counter from Albrecht's Pharmacy brought $800 at an auction Saturday.

"The problem with that kind of thing is, who can use it?" said Richard Opfer, whose Timonium auction house sold the green and gray counter. He said the market for the nearly 12-foot counter was rather limited.

The counter had been a fixture in the former drug store on Crain Highway since the 1920s.

The pharmacy closed about a decade ago.

Charles Schurman, who bought the dilapidated building and the one next door, found the counter there and spent about $2,000 having it refurbished to use in the home-building and remodeling business he was relocating there.

But his showroom plans changed, as did his plans for the counter.

Mr. Opfer said the buyer was a Baltimore-area resident.

Other items from Albrecht's, the soda dispensers and ceramic-handled ice cream dippers, brought about $50 and less, Mr. Opfer said.

Mr. Schurman had no comment on the sale.

Malls offering Halloween fun

Saturday, the neighborhood malls invite all young trick-or-treaters inside for plenty of fun and treats.

From noon to 3 p.m., Bedazzled, a photography studio at Marley Station mall, will demonstrate Halloween makeup techniques, using children as models to illustrate the best of the scariest looks for Halloween.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are invited to go trick-or-treating through the mall, collecting treats from merchants.

Participating stores will post orange and black balloons at their entrances.

At the Harundale Mall, a magic show gets the festivities under way at 4 p.m. in the court area near the fountain. Two hours of trick-or-treating throughout the mall follow.

Registration will begin at 6 p.m. for a "Kids Costume Contest" that will take place at 7 p.m., immediately after a costume parade through the mall.

Glen Burnie Mall will continue to play host to the Glen Burnie Jaycees' haunted house, which will accept visitors from 7 p.m. to midnight through Saturday in the vacant store space next to the Toys-R-Us.

The event will benefit the Children's Cancer Fund for Maryland. The cost is $3.50 per person and recommended for children 6 or older. The Jaycees are requesting cans of food to donate to the Maryland Food Bank.

In addition, a costume contest is set for 2 p.m. Children 13 and under must register in advance at the information booth. Everyone participating in the contest will receive a bag of candy and treats. Winners of the contest will receive gift certificates from the mall merchants.

Woman robbed in parking lot

A woman was robbed Monday night while walking across the parking lot of Southview Shopping Center in Glen Burnie.

Police said the 34-year-old Brooklyn Park woman was in the parking lot at 8:30 p.m. Monday when a man walked by her and mumbled something. When he got behind her, he yelled, "Stop or I'll shoot."

When the woman turned, the man pointed a gun and demanded her purse. After she gave it to him, he ran toward Hammonds Lane.

The woman could not give police a complete description of the man.


* Glen Burnie: A 17-year-old Glen Burnie High School student told police that someone stole a stereo from his locker Friday. The value of the property is $300.

* Glen Burnie: Burglars broke into the Well Spring Nursing Center in the 7300 block of Furnace Branch Road Friday and stole $300.

* Glenwood: A 20-year-old Glen Burnie resident reported that someone broke into a 1984 Pontiac Trans Am parked in front of his home in the 7500 block of B&A; Boulevard Saturday night. The vandals stole a compact disc player and compact discs.

* Woodcrest Apartments: A resident of the 100 block of Governors Court told police that someone broke into a 1980 Ford parked in front of his home Friday night. The vandals took tools valued at $600.

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