The Best Western Invitation Inn in Edgewood is celebrating its 25th birthday.
The Invitation Inn, located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Route 24, opened its doors for its first guest May 28, 1966, at a nightly rate of $9 a room.
"The rates may have changed over the years, but not our mis
sion," said Pamela M. Lytle-Hess, general manager of the motel. "Customer satisfaction and employee retention have always been our goals."
During an awards ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. May 24 in the motel lobby, employees will be honored for long service. Some of the employees have been with the motel for more than 15 years.
The inn, which has undergone extensive interior and exterior renovations, not onlyprovides lodging for out-of-town guests but also serves as a meetingplace for numerous community organizations, Lytle-Hess said.
MORE SEAFOOD FOR BEL AIR
Fisherman's Pride Restaurant has expanded operations to Bel Air and plans to offer a seafood market.
The new restaurant opened last month in Terlyn Square, 15 Churchville Road.
Ahmad Parvizian, Fisherman's Pride owner, said he has operated a restaurant in Randallstown for about four years. He said he decided to expand into Harford County because of its growing population.
The restaurant, which specializes in seafood, is open Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
ON-SITE COMPUTER TRAINING
Harford Community College has brought computer training literally to the doorstep of county businesses through on-site computer training courses.
Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. is the latest Harford County employer to take advantage of this program, offering Lotus 1-2-3 to employees at its national headquarters in Joppa.
In addition to providing instructors, the college also provides portable computers for students, a key element in making on-site training convenient for businesses. Any room atthe workplace can become a classroom.
Merry-Go-Round Enterprises employs 700 to 800 people at its Joppa headquarters, and the company plans to add additional employees when construction is completed on asecond building at the site.
The company operates more than 750 stores, making it one of the country's major retailers.
Personal-computer use within the company has grown in the past four years from one to 145 personal computers, and with that growth has come the needfor additional training.
In addition to coordinating on-site training for Merry-Go-Round employees, the college also applied for moneyunder the State Plan and the Carl D. Perkins Vocational Education Act for upgrade training in computer operations. The college was awarded $3,000 for the training, which covered all the instructional costs for the course.
For information on on-site customized computer training through HCC's Division of Community and Business Services, callMary Leavens, 836-4398.
STAFFORD TO SELL CONDOS
Trammell Crow Residential has appointed Terry O. Stafford sales manager for Belt's Landing in Fells Point, Baltimore.
Stafford previously worked for NV Homes, selling luxury town homes in White Marsh and Harford County. Prior to that, she sold Canton Cove waterfront condominiums on the Baltimore waterfront. Her total real estate experience spans 14 years.
A resident of Abingdon, she earned an associate of arts degree and a bachelor of arts degree at Virginia Intermont College.
Belt's Landing is a 102-unit mix of waterfront condominiums and town houses scheduled to open in June.
HCC TO RUN BOOKSTORE
Officials of HarfordCommunity College and Cecil Community College have reached an agreement in which HCC will operate Cecil's on-campus bookstore. HCC's board of trustees authorized the college staff to enter into a seven-yearcontract with CCC.
Cecil Community College officials first approached their counterparts at HCC late last year with a proposal for thelease and operation of the bookstore.
The agreement between the two community colleges specifies that HCC will operate the Cecil bookstore as an independent contractor, is responsible for all expenses relative to the store's operation and will retain all proceeds.
The agreement lets HCC lease space for the bookstore in Cecil's new multipurpose building. HCC will pay Cecil $500 a year for the next two years and $4,000 a year thereafter in rent.