David Armacost to close store and go fishing

February 23, 1994

This Saturday, David Armacost will close the Westminster sporting goods store he has run for 34 years and do what he really wants to do -- go fishing.

"I got into this in 1959 because I enjoyed hunting and fishing. But when you run a store like this you don't have time to do what you want to do, so now I will," said Mr. Armacost, 62.

Regulars say they're losing more than a place to buy lures.

"This store's part of old Westminster that's slipping away. It's country," said Bob Uhler, a customer and friend of Mr. Armacost's.

The walls of the store are lined with hunting and fishing supplies. Pinned to one wall are snapshots of his three children and five grandchildren.

Mr. Armacost has been winding down operations for a month. The business of closing is complex, he said. Forms have to be sent to the state, to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and utility companies.

Mr. Armacost's customers noted that the traffic at the shopping center where the store is located has decreased in the last few years after the opening of Kmart and Wal-Mart stores nearby.

"You don't get the good service at the big stores you get here," said Bill Kelly.

But Mr. Armacost won't bad-mouth his competition. "When this center opened up, we took business away from Main Street," he said. "Now the malls and the marts are taking business from us. That's life. Things change."

Car jumps curb, hits row of carts

Shoppers and motorists in the 140 Village Shopping Center were surprised shortly after noon yesterday when an automobile drove over a cart rack, jumped the curb in front of Martin's Food Store and crashed into a row of shopping carts.

City police said Naomi E. Hull, 79, of Westminster momentarily lost control of the 1991 Buick Century on the parking lot in front of the food market about 12:35 p.m.

No one was injured, authorities reported. Ms. Hull was taken to the Carroll County General Hospital for a checkup and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

POLICE

* Westminster: A Lincoln Road resident reported that someone stole a bicycle valued at $140 from outside his house Monday.

A resident of Liberty Street reported that someone stole $100 from her Monday while she was shopping at the 140 Village.

A Taneytown resident reported that someone entered his car and stole property valued at $205 Saturday while the vehicle was parked on East Main Street.

A resident of Park Avenue reported that someone broke a window of her automobile with a snowball Saturday. The damage is estimated at $50.

A customer of Tully's Restaurant at Cranberry Mall reported that someone took his $75 jacket Sunday.

Six vehicles, parked downtown Friday, had the windows broken, according to their owners. The vehicles were parked on Liberty Street, North Court Street, East Main Street, Chase Street and Carrollview Avenue. Total damage is estimated at $995. The windows of eight vehicles were reported broken Feb. 15.

A resident of Pinehurst Circle reported that someone entered his vehicle and stole items valued at $255 Thursday. The vehicle was parked on Buena Vista Drive.

An employee of Koons Toyota in the 300 block of Baltimore Blvd. told state police that someone stole the convertible top from a Mazda Miata over the weekend. The black top was valued at $1,500 and the theft was discovered at 7 a.m. Monday.

FIRE

* Westminster: Westminster was called for a lockout detail on Pennsylvania Avenue at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday. Units were canceled after three minutes.

Engines from Westminster and Reese responded for a fire alarm in the 400 block of N. Center St. at 7:10 p.m. Friday. Units were out six minutes.

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