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Couple has a prescription for preservation


A TANEYTOWN couple has taken on the task of preserving a bit of the town's history.

Phil Cole and his wife, Melinda Hobbs, who have lived in the area for more than 20 years, are restoring the old pharmacy building at 22 E. Baltimore St.

The couple purchased the two-story building, built between 1870 and 1880, for $1. They plan to renovate the building as an antiques shop.

They were among several prospective buyers who presented plans for the building's use to the the Taneytown City Council. The city owned the building.

The pharmacy building had been vacant about 10 years and the city was looking to sell or demolish it. The Main Street Committee, an organization working to revitalize the city's main thoroughfare, stepped in and sought prospective buyers. The city sold the building to Cole and Hobbs in July after accepting their plans.

Hobbs, who works in programming for the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, said she and her husband bid on the building because they didn't want to see it torn down. Cole is an antiques dealer.

The building derives its name from its frequent use as a pharmacy. In 1959, the building was used for a photography shop, Hobbs said.

The couple plans to work on the foundation and roof first.

"With us doing most of the work, we estimate it will cost about $90,000 to renovate," Hobbs said.

The couple is not new to restoration work. They have restored two townhouses in Georgetown in Washington. They also are restoring a pre-Civil War home in Gettysburg, Pa., which they hope to live in eventually.

The couple plans to open the antiques shop in the pharmacy building in April next year.

Basket bingo

Taneytown Lions Little League will hold its second annual basket bingo fund-raiser at 7 p.m. March 8 at Northwest Middle School in Taneytown.

The cost is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Information: 410-751-0201.

Boy Scout fund-raiser

Boy Scout Troop 718 will hold a fund-raiser from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 at Taneytown's Pizza Hut.

Scouts will earn 20 percent of all net sales during the four-hour period.

Home and garden party

Messiah United Methodist Church will hold its home and garden party at 2 p.m. Feb. 23.

The Taneytown church is at 25 Middle St. About 20 percent of the party proceeds will go to the church.

Information: 410-756-1064.

Car seat turn-in

Old children's car seat can be turned in for a $5 Target gift certificate.

Car seats may be dropped off at any police department or at Carroll County Health Department in Westminster through Friday. The car seat turn-in is sponsored by the Health Department.

Information: 410-876-4448.

Jean Marie Beall's Northwest neighborhood column appears each Thursday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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