Clarksville * Highland * Glenelg * Lisbon


October 13, 1992

Board to consider country store's zoning petition

The county Planning Board today will consider allowing a country store near West Friendship to continue operating and resume selling gasoline, as it reportedly has since before the county's first zoning regulations were created in 1948.

The board will hear a petition to recognize a "non-conforming use" for Foster's, formerly Gearhart's, at the corner of Route 144 and Triadelphia Road. If granted, the petition would acknowledge that the store started before the enactment of zoning regulations that prohibit its operation.

Owner James Foster of West Friendship, who bought the store from the Gearhart family in March, is also requesting a variance to allow his new gasoline pumps to be 17 feet from the road, instead of the 60 feet required by regulations, said his attorney, Thomas Meachum.

Maxine Smith, who manages the store with Mr. Foster, said the store's precise age was unknown even to its previous owners, who bought it in 1949.

"The way we understand it, the house next to it is approximately 100 years old, and when the Gearharts bought it, the store was in the house," Miss Smith said. "At one time it was called the '17-mile house,' because the bus stopped here, and it was 17 miles from downtown Baltimore."

Students recognized for PSAT scores

Five students of Glenelg Country School's senior class -- one-fourth of the class -- placed high in the Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).

Blaise Aguera-Arcas of Catonsville, Roxanne Landesman of Ellicott City, Seth Olsen of Columbia, Josh Peklo of West Friendship and Emily Su of Columbia scored in the top 3 percent of college-bound high school seniors.

Blaise scored in the top 1 percent of this group, placing him as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship and National Hispanic Scholar competitions.

He was recognized by Gov. William Donald Schaefer in a ceremony as both a Maryland Distinguished Scholar and National Merit Semi-Finalist in a ceremony with 250 students last Saturday at Howard Community College.

Blaise plans to major in physics and minor in philosophy and hopes to attend either Harvard, Princeton or Swarthmore.


* Clarksville: 12000 block of Route 108: On Wednesday or Thursday, someone cut a lock to a cabinet and stole a compressor hose and a jackhammer valued at $1,200 from a construction site.

* Marriottsville 1400 block of Marriottsville Road: On Wednesday, unknown suspects, possibly in a blue vehicle, threw a bottle at a house damaging the siding.

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