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Couple to close small store

Margaret Rumbold won't be running the small store that has been her life for the past 53 years.

"Only the Lord knows. I wish I knew. I may decide to reopen again if I get too bored," the 85-year-old Carroll County woman said.

Mrs. Rumbold and her husband, Albert Rumbold, 79, decided not to renew their business license because of their advancing age. The license expired Saturday.

Before Maryland Route 31 was built in 1965, the Old New Windsor Pike that runs in front of the store was one of the county's main thoroughfares, making the store a popular spot. Now the store just outside Westminster is off the beaten track, and their closest neighbors live on the other side of vast farm fields.

Mrs. Rumbold opened the store with her first husband in 1940. After he died, she ran the store with the help of her parents, sister and brother-in-law.

She married Albert 40 years ago, and he brought some mechanical expertise to the store, opening a garage next door.

"For 40 years, I worked on cars, trucks and tractors -- until Margaret starting breaking her bones," he said.

Mrs. Rumbold has broken her hip and injured her knee in recent years, leading to the decision to close.


* Pleasant Valley: Pleasant Valley firefighters responded for a--

woods fire on Hughes Shop Road at 4:13 p.m. Sunday. They were out for 18 minutes.

* Silver Run: Pleasant Valley responded for a woods fire at 7:10 p.m. Friday on Humbert School House Road. They were out for 53 minutes.

* Sandymount: Reese responded for a woods fire on Hoff Lane at 8:54 p.m. Thursday. They were out for 45 minutes.

* Westminster: Westminster investigated a report of a fire on East Main Street at 6:14 p.m. Thursday. Units were out for 10 minutes.

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