West Columbia

October 14, 1992

Propane outlet to be installed in Town Center

Residents with gas grills will soon be able to fill up with propane in Town Center, thanks to a decision by the County Planning Board yesterday.

Board members voted unanimously to allow the Exxon station at Banneker Road and Little Patuxent Parkway to install a 1,000-gallon propane tank and dispensing equipment.

The propane outlet, planned to start in about two months, may be the second in Columbia, said Bob Shawley of United Propane Inc.

The growing number of propane-burning outdoor grills increased the need for such service, Mr. Shawley said.

He added that many companies are switching to alternative fuels for their fleet vehicles, and said cars may also become major customers in the future.

Helping Hands wins grant for children

The Columbia Foundation and the Columbia Mall have awarded a $2,400 grant to the Helping Hands Enrichment and Leadership Program to fund transportation for more than 65 children from low-income neighborhoods to participate in the program conducted at Jeffers Hill Elementary School.

Helping Hands, which meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays, is designed to increase the academic and social success of participating children.

POLICE LOG

* Dorsey's Search: 5300 block of Columbia Road: A gold 1988 Mazda 323 was stolen Saturday or Sunday. The Maryland plates are WVH-658.

* Town Center: A silver 1986 Mitsubishi Galant was stolen Friday from the parking lot at the Columbia Mall. The Maryland plates are YBD-552.

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