WESTMINSTER — The demolition of 16 W. Main St., the building destroyed by fire Nov. 17, got under way Monday morning.
Westminster City Police Cpl. Rick May said the demolition should take about two weeks and should not affect traffic on Main Street or Winters Alley.
The building housed Stem's Used Furniture and Heagy's Sport Shop.
Damage from the five-alarm blaze was estimated at $500,000.
The Flower Box, a florist shop at 14 W. Main St. that sustained water and smoke damage in the blaze, reopened over the weekend.
The storehad been operating out of a space in a competitor's shop because there was no electricity in the building.
Champs Restaurant, also in the first block of West Main Street, suffered some smoke and water damage but business was not interrupted.
ILLUSTRATION: PHOTO THE CARROLL COUNTY SUN -- GARO LACHINIAN
CAPTION: Wallace Hagan cleans debris from inside Heagy's in Westminster before the store was to be demolished Monday.
HOLIDAY PARKING FREE
WESTMINSTER -- The mayor and Town Council decided Nov. 11to approve free parking in the city during the holiday shopping season.
Free parking begins Friday and ends Jan. 2, 1992. All parking meters in Westminster will be free during this period.
Citizens are invited to shop downtown.
TRASH TO BE PICKED UP
WESTMINSTER -- Eastern Waste Industries Inc. will be collectingtrash according to its regular schedule this week.
BYRON WANTS TRAIL
WASHINGTON -- A bill by Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, to have the American Discovery Trail studied for future designation as a National Scenic Trail got its first full hearing Nov. 18 before the Interior Committee's National Parks and PublicLands Subcommittee.
The 5,500-mile trail is the first such east-west trail crossing the United States. It passes through 12 states andthe District of Columbia, mostly on public lands, and uses existing trails wherever possible.
The trail begins at Point Reyes NationalSeashore north of San Francisco and finishes at Delaware's Cape Henlopen State Park west of Lewes. It intersects with the two major north-south trails -- the Pacific Crest Trail and the Appalachian Trail --creating a 40,000-mile trail network.
In Maryland, the ADT tracesthe entire route of the C&O Canal.
"I am hopeful that this effort, along with my earlier 'Rails-to-Trails' legislation, will further the goal of making trails more accessible to the public," Byron said. "Moreover, I believe the American Discovery Trail will be a welcome addition to the north-south Appalachian Trail."
Four witnesses appeared before the subcommittee to testify on behalf of the bill, including Eric Seaborg, leader of the ADT Scouting Expedition and former president of the American Hiking Society, and Jennifer Seher of the National Parks and Conservation Association.
In July, ADT hikers Seaborg, Ellen Dudley and Bill Sprotte concluded a year-long scouting expedition of the proposed route and passed through Washington, where they were welcomed by President Bush in an Oval Office ceremony.
BYRON SUPPORTS BILL
WASHINGTON -- The Defense Authorization Act for 1992, which first passed the House last May and avoided a last-minute controversy by dropping a proposed $1 billion humanitarian aid package to the Soviet Union, passed the House Nov. 18 by a vote of 329-82.
Supporting the measure during the floor debate, Representative Beverly B. Byron, D-6th, chairman of the subcommittee on Military Personnel and Compensation, said the priority for the personnel issues contained in the $290.8 billion authorization was protecting people.
"It is important to keep in mind that the force reduction is not without a price," Byron said. "There is no magic formulafor reducing the size of today's high-quality all-volunteer force without adversely impacting both force readiness and the individual service members who had planned to make the military a career.
Provisions in the defense bill will give service members agreeing to voluntary separation the choice to either receive a fixed-term annuity or aone-time lump sum payment.
In other personnel provisions, Byron said Congress had approved the budget request to reduce end strength among active forces by 106,000 in 1992 and an additional 92,000 in 1993.
But for cuts in the selected reserves, Byron said the conference report could not accept the administration's request.
"We felt the cuts contained in the budget were too steep, and therefore smoothed out the glide path by prescribing a 3 percent, rather than a 9 percent reduction for 1992," she said. "A slower-paced reserve cut will also make sure that slots are available in reserve units for the largenumber of individuals who will be leaving active duty over the next few years.
"We need to ensure that we have ready access to that pool of highly trained and experienced manpower," she concluded.