Cranberry Mall is site of children's coat...


Cranberry Mall is site of children's coat collection

Cranberry Mall will be the drop-off site for WTTR-AM radio's Coats for Kids campaign to benefit Shepherd's Staff in Westminster.

Residents and shoppers are urged to drop off unwanted children's coats at the mall. Modern Ideal will dry-clean the coats and give them to Shepherd's Staff, a Westminster-area ecumenical ministry that provides a variety of services to those in need.

Shepherd's Staff will distribute the coats to needy families and children in the county.

Coats for Kids runs from tomorrow to Nov. 5. The drop-off box will be between the J. C. Penney catalog store and Carlson Wagonlit Travel Agency.

Information: 410-876-8870.

Catering business is moving to Westminster location

Lou Bivona and Rob Skudrna, owners of Simply Elegant Catering Service, are relocating the company's headquarters from Owings Mills to Westminster.

Simply Elegant Catering is one of Maryland's largest corporate and social catering operations. The company is relocating to meet the growing demand for its services in Carroll County.

To adequately serve its more than 300 events per year, Simply Elegant has created a 6,500-square-foot commissary adjacent to Restaurant 1899.

Simply Elegant is a full-service, off-premise catering and food company and corporate affiliate of Restaurant 1899 at 5 S. Center St.

Bivona and Skudrna have hired about 100 employees from Carroll for its Westminster restaurant, headquarters and Bowling Brook banquet facility.

Information: 410-857-4445.

Board OKs license transfer for Pizza Hut of Eldersburg

The Board of License Commissioners for Carroll County recently approved a license transfer for Pizza Hut of Eldersburg.

Applicants Vickie Lynn Fisher and Sherrod Schulze requested the existing Class B beer, wine and liquor license be transferred to Pizza Hut's new location at 6323 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg.

The new restaurant will have a seating capacity of 99 and have certified management and wait staff.

A+ Travel launches Web site for anniversary

To celebrate its first anniversary under new ownership, A+ Travel of Westminster has launched a Web site. Lori Wittbecker owns the travel agency that can be found at

Information: 410-857-3200 or 410-876-3734.

F&M; Bancorp reports earnings of $4.209 million

F&M; Bancorp reported earnings of $4.209 million, or 45 cents per share, for the quarter ending Sept. 30, up 5 percent compared with last year's period.

For the nine-month period ending Sept. 30, earnings were $12.501 million, or $1.33 per share.

Total assets were $1.483 billion and deposits were $1.135 billion as of Sept. 30.

F&M; Bancorp operates Farmers & Mechanics National Bank, with branches in Carroll County.

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