The various billboards throughout Glen Burnie trumpet: "Shopping As You Know It Ends May 23" when Leedmark, a new "hypermart" modeled after a chain in Europe, opens for business on Ordnance Road.
It appears that the French are coming to town with a revolutionary concept in shopping -- everything under one roof. It doesn't surprise me that they selected Glen Burnie for the first such store in the country. After all, we already have an open air version -- Ritchie Highway -- with everything under one ZIP code.
But if they're really interested in perfecting the shopping theory, they might want to get the locals' input. (This is the community that gave up a drive-in movie theater for yet another shopping center). My own personal investigation revealed the following suggestions:
* Under no circumstances should children younger than 12 be allowedto push the shopping carts. If they want to learn to drive, introduce them to a lawn mower.
* Lots of free samples, particularly food.If timed correctly, you can feed the whole family on itty bitty pieces of unfamiliar food for free. And no dishes to wash.
* Remind your employees that "please" and "thank you" are still part of the English language. Simple courtesy can soften the blow of having spent $137 on laundry detergent, motor oil or something equally as boring and necessary.
If you need any additional help just call. Bon jour, Glen Burnie.
Strike up the band, it's time for the Memorial Dayparade. The event is a joint effort between the Glen Burnie Improvement Association and Volunteer Fire Co. 33.
The highlight of the parade each year is a motorcade of new and antique fire engines, pumpers and ambulances from a variety of fire companies.
A tradition formany years, the parade was discontinued in the early '80s. When the community marked Glen Burnie's centennial in 1988 with a parade and an antique fire equipment muster, Richard Carter decided it was time to resurrect the annual parade. Carter, a long time member of the GBIAand the volunteer fire company, got both groups involved in sponsoring the parade.
This year's activities begin at 1 p.m. Sunday when members of the GBIA present the first Richard Carter Memorial Award for civic endeavors to honor Carter, who passed away last year. The recipient will be presented with a special plaque and his or her name will be engraved on a permanent award kept in the GBIA hall.
Rain or shine, Grand Marshal Sam Kemp will lead a contingent of bands, scouts, floats and equestrians through the heart of Glen Burnie. Kemp, the owner of Cedar Hill Florst, is well-known throughout North County for the huge American flag he flies over his Brooklyn Park business.
The parade route will begin at the parking lot behind Harundale Mall on Aquahart Road and continue to Crain Highway where the marchers will travel north to Post 40 Road. The reviewing stand will be in front of the Glen Burnie Improvement Association Hall.
In addition to the fire equipment, 60 antique cars are also scheduled to participatein the parade. After completing the route the cars will be on display behind the improvement association.
This year's parade offers a first when several equestrian groups will ride the route.
"It tooka lot of work to have this parade," said Joseph Corcoran, one of thecoordinators. "It was much more work than we had imagined but we're very happly with the number of units we have scheduled."
Also on the parade committee are Barbara Moeller, Dick Wengert and Muriel Carter.
1502 Furnace Ave./New House/Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen w/all appliances/3 Bedrooms/vinyl siding/landscaped/lg. yard/closeto schools/$85,000/no down payment.
Well, Friday is the deadline to apply to purchase this house in the Shoreland section of Glen Burnie. Income-qualified, first-time homebuyers livingin Point Pleasant, Shoreland, Suburbia, Gatewater Landing, Country Club Estates and surrounding communities or their immediate families can vie to purchase this house through a county mortgage program thatis offering low interest rates.
Although residents of the above-named communities are the primary target of the program, other countians will have an option to apply after May 24.
Bill Gibbons, of thecounty's Office of Community Development, has been distributing applications.
"A qualified applicant from the existing community is the purpose of the project," he explained. "However, if we don't get anyone, we will then open it to the county."
Individuals with a maximum annual income of $32,000 or two or more people with an income of $40,000 or less may apply. No down payment is required although $5,000 to $6,000 is needed for closing costs.