WESTMINSTER — A spirited group of bidders enriched the Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement coffers by about $12,000.
Nearly 150 people attended Action Auction Friday to bid on items donated by community groups and organizations.
"We had a good crowd," said auctioneer Jack Reedy. "People participated well, and prices were exceptionally good."
Helen Utz, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said the event, which took place at the Riding Club, totaled about $15,000 in sales. After expenses, the chamber expects to net about $12,000. The auction was so successful that the group may make it an annual event.
"People came away with some great bargains, too," she said. "One buyer got a $2,000ring for $400. Another walked away in a $4,700 mink coat, after bidding $1,550."
Junior Achievement, which sponsors business volunteers working with youth, will use the money to pay for supplies. The chamber plans to buy a new copier and a fax machine.
YOU CAN BE AN EASTER ORIGINAL
ELDERSBURG -- Carrolltowne Mall will have an Easter bonnet contest at 3 p.m. April 11 for the best handmade bonnets, with winners picked for the best child's bonnet, most original and mother-daughter coordination.
Bring the family at noonApril 18 to hunt for a $50 Easter egg, a coloring contest and drawing for a giant Easter basket.
Welcome spring sooner at a puppet show at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 4 as part of the mall's Easter festivities.
HOME BUILDER IS ADDED
The countycommissioners agreed yesterday to add a home builders' representative to a county subcommittee drafting a forest conservation ordinance.
Manchester developer Martin K. P. Hill made the request, saying the panel was "heavily weighted" toward environmentalists. The commissioners unanimously agreed.
Tom Ballentine, a regional Home BuildersAssociation of Maryland spokesman, said he would submit to the commissioners the name of a person willing to serve.
Developers had urged the commissioners to adopt a state forest conservation ordinance instead of drafting their own, saying it would be cheaper and more efficient.
Yesterday, Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy emphasized the board wants to adopt a county plan. The commissioners met for 50 minutes with home builder representatives.
Subcommittee members expressed concerns in December that the commissioners would bow to pressure from developers to adopt the state law. The county law must be at least as strict as the state's and must be submitted to the state by April 30.
"No one has any history with this program to say what will work and what won't work," Hill said.
Carroll is unique and deserves its own plan, Lippy said.
Last week, county landscaper Neil Ridgely resigned from the panel, saying Hill had interfered with its work by fighting plans.
"We have wasted precious time," Ridgely said.
The panel is scheduled to meet with the commissioners at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.