This roller coaster of spring weather surprises continues this week with little sun, wind and precipitation that could get a little white, if one believes the forecast. Forecasting the weather has become a science that uses a lot of sound scientific variables in an attempt to let us know how many layers of clothing we need to don before we go out in the morning or if we need to make a last-ditch run to the grocery store before we hunker down to ride out a storm.
Mother Nature laughs at the attempts of mere mortals to read her mind. This has been evident by the changeable weather we have been experiencing. Acting classes must be a part of the meteorology course requirements as those weather people continue to wear a confident face as they brazenly try to tell us what the weather will be for the next seven days! Their low “batting average” of accuracy would put them into the minor leagues!
The weather is playing havoc with spring sports schedules. Weather also fouled the Easter Egg Hunt plans, although many fun events were able to be held amid the spring rains/snows. The annual Operation Daffodil is always a mystery when it comes to deciding which Saturday will offer peak blooms as many volunteers join the Cecilton and Galena Lion’s Clubs in gathering and arranging 800 to 1,000 flower displays to be delivered to hospitals, nursing homes and others in Cecil and Kent county. The planners of this event planned for a March 24th flower picking date, but the snow said no. The cool weather made for perfect flower picking on March 31.
The business scene in Cecil County is also in full bloom with many new enterprises and business events planned.
First Friday Fun In Elkton
Downtown Elkton will have both a Little League Parade and First Friday Art Loop on Friday, April 6.
Organizers of both events are working together to get the loved ones of the Little Leaguers downtown, encouraging them to come into local businesses, as well as making sure those who enjoy the many shops and activities in Elkton’s downtown can access the area with ease.
The Elkton Alliance has created maps with parking information and will help direct all downtown visitors to their desired destination.
Among the fun at First Friday are special events at Cecil College’s Elkton Station.
The Arts Council will be open for visitors and the adjoining Historic Society has an exhibit of Historic Threads.
Come to Elkton on Friday for lots of fun!
Saxton Is New County
Director Of Finance
Lisa Saxton has been appointed to the position of Director of Finance for Cecil County. There was a vacancy in the position when Winston Robinson retired some weeks ago.
After experience in the private sector, Saxton joined the county’s finance department in 2000 as an accountant. She worked her way up through various positions in the finance department to become Deputy Director in 2014. Saxton has a bachelor of science degree in accounting.
Scholarship Is Available For Tourism Education
The Maryland Tourism Education Foundation has a scholarship program to support hospitality and tourism students in the state of Maryland. Eligible students can receive up to a $1,000 scholarship for their tuition expenses. Applicants have until April 15th to apply. The criteria for awarding the scholarship is that: applicants must be a resident of Maryland and they must have a minimum of six months of work experience in a hospitality or tourism related position. Alternately, the applicant has to have been enrolled for a minimum of one year in a Maryland sanctioned or accredited hospitality and tourism related program and have a sincere desire to pursue a professional career in the hospitality and tourism community. Applicants have to fill out a form and attach a one to two page essay addressing how they demonstrate leadership, drive and integrity or why they want to pursue a tourism/hospitality career and career objectives. Get the scholarship application from the Maryland Tourism Education Foundation, Inc.
Listening Session Minutes
Several officials from the Maryland Department of Planning traveled around the state in recent weeks to hold listening sessions in all of the counties. Municipal elected officials, staff and town commission volunteers joined county officials in speaking to the state planning folks during Cecil County’s Listening Session. The notes from that meeting have now been posted on the Maryland Department of Planning website. County Councilman Dan Schneckenburger said people who attended the meeting should review those notes to make sure what was told to the state officials is accurately reflected in these notes.
For instance, Schneckenburger said the state notes indicate that Cecil County has a strong representation with WILMAPCO, which is the regional transportation planning organization for federal funding. Scheneckenburger said that most of WILMAPCO efforts are directed toward improvements to New Castle County with very few transportation initiatives geared toward Cecil County. County Council President Joyce Bowlsbey agreed, saying that WILMAPCO recommends some unnecessary transportation programs such as bike trails along county roads.
County Council Tours Sun Med
After last week’s work session, the Cecil County Council took a field trip to the new marijuana growing operation located between Cecilton and Warwick. County Council President Joyce Bowlsbey said it was impressive to see the technology in the new greenhouse and how they are able to grow the plants from seedlings to maturity in 16 weeks. With the controversy in the state over the granting of the medical marijuana growing licenses and the considerable expense to build a secure operation, county officials noted that the Cecil County operation, Sun Med, has a multi-year guaranteed license from the state.