Digest

April 30, 2008

Baltimore : Southeast

Last Little Tavern in area is closed

The last Little Tavern restaurant -- part of a chain that served bags of small burgers for more than 70 years -- permanently closed yesterday afternoon, the owner said.

The restaurants, known for their green-and-white, cottage-style buildings and the slogan, "Buy 'em by the bag," were one of the area's first fast-food chains, opening in Baltimore in 1930.

Little Tavern was founded in Louisville, Ky., in 1926 by entrepreneur Harry Duncan, and the chain soon moved to this area. In the 1950s, more than 40 Little Taverns were open in the Baltimore-Washington area.

The owner of the last Little Tavern, Al Roy of Abingdon, said yesterday that his declining health caused him to abruptly shut down the restaurant at 1 p.m. yesterday. The restaurant was profiled in The Sun on Sunday.

Roy, 63, said that he hoped new Little Taverns could open through a licensing agreement.

"I'm going out of the picture altogether, but [some associates] are fighting to keep the name going," he said.

Julie Scharper

Anne Arundel

: Glen Burnie

Complaint prompts a chicken round-up

Anne Arundel County police are waiting for someone to claim 18 chickens that they rounded up from the yard of a Glen Burnie homeowner, who said the birds mysteriously showed up there.

Meanwhile, the fowl are apparently thriving in captivity.

"They're still here, and they're hatching eggs all over the place," said yesterday.

Police said a homeowner called Thursday to complain about six chickens she saw running around her yard in the 1600 block of Lorimer Road, off Ritchie Highway north of Marley Station Mall. The resident told the police dispatcher that she did not know who owned the chickens and wanted them removed from her property.

Police said they rounded up 18 chickens.

The chickens' owner has until tomorrow to collect them from the county police animal control unit; otherwise, Cheryl's Rescue Ranch in Harwood has offered to take the chickens, said Lt. Jeffrey Silverman, a county police spokesman. Anyone with information was urged to call the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the animal control office or the ranch, 410-798-9559.

Justin Fenton

Harford

: Bel Air

Craig vows to push for school projects

After touring the $80 million Bel Air High School under construction in the Harford County seat, County Executive David R. Craig said yesterday he will continue his push for school projects.

The proposed capital budget of nearly $280 million includes $122 million to build or renovate 24 school sites.

"We are not emphasizing one project, but the entire system," said Craig, a former educator, who has set a goal of no portable classrooms by 2011.

Construction will begin soon on a new Edgewood High School, two elementaries in the Bel Air area, and several long overdue upgrades to aging buildings. Bel Air High will open for the 2009 school year with Edgewood High about another year behind.

The county will need more classrooms to meet the demands of growth, particularly the Base Realignment and Closure, a nationwide military base expansion that is expected to bring about 10,000 jobs to Aberdeen Proving Ground by 2011.

Mary Gail Hare

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