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• Last night in Las Vegas, Kevin Doris, chairman/CEO of Gerland's Markets, was presented with the Clarence G. Adamy Great American Award, annually given to "individuals whose leadership best exemplifies involvement in public affairs as a citizen or an industry representative."

• Weis Markets announced it will open two new stores in Baltimore County on Sunday, March 3 - a 55,476 square foot unit in Towson, and a 58,027 square foot store in Woodlawn.

According to the announcement, "Weis Markets invested a total of $14 million in the two stores, which will employ 400 associates from the Towson and Woodlawn communities. Both locations will feature large fresh departments, including a 600-item produce department with a greater selection of organic produce, a full-service pharmacy, service meat and seafood departments and a large deli/ food service department."

• Frederick Scott Salyer, popularly described as the "tomato king," has been sentenced to six years in federal prison following his acceptance of a plea bargaining deal after he was indicted on racketeering charges related to his selling of sub-standard tomato products at inflated prices, plus his efforts to squash competition.

However, Salyer did not get fined by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton, who said that Salyer was "broke."
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