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WEST COUNTY --

February 02, 1993

Fort Meade is finalist in base improvement contest

Fort George G. Meade is one of two finalists in a contest to find the military installation in the country that has improved its appearance the most in the past year.

Judges in the Army's 1992-93 Communities of Excellence program are scheduled to visit the Odenton installation in April.

Fort Meade already has won $25,000 in Force's Command "Most Improved Installation" award, the first step toward winning the entire contest. The base is competing with Fort Knox, Ky.

The Army base, under the command of Col. Kent D. Menser, garrison commander, has undergone a host of changes since losing more than half its land during a realignment last year.

That, coupled with a loss of troops, has led to a transformation of Fort Meade from a training ground to an administrative post. Old barracks have been torn down, roads realigned and new buildings, including two new day-care centers and a fast-food restaurant that opened last week, have gone up.

Over the summer, teen-agers from Baltimore and Washington worked on the post as part of a program to help inner-city youths earn spending money and stay off the streets. The teens repainted buildings, cleared brush from roadsides and planted trees.

The winner of the national contest gets $125,000; the runner-up takes home $75,000. Don McClow, a spokesman at Fort Meade, said the money will be used for other projects to spruce up the base.

Convenience store robbed in Crofton

A man who flashed a knife stole money and cigarettes from a convenience store in Crofton early yesterday, police said.

Police said the man walked into a Soda Pop Shop on Johns Hopkins Road, near state Route 3, about 6:15 a.m. and bought a bag of chips.

As the clerk rang up the sale, the man took out a knife and ordered him to step back from the register. The man then reached in and stole an undetermined amount of cash.

The man also handed the clerk a small shopping basket and ordered him to fill it up with Marlboro cigarettes. He then walked out of the store and headed east on Johns Hopkins Road.

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