Tours of Tome School set for sum­mer

Cecil Whig - - OPINION - C HERYL MA TTIX

While I was out and about ... Royal Farms at the in­ter­sec­tion of Route 40 and Me­chanic’s Val­ley Road in North East in still in the process of ren­o­va­tions but is slated to re­open April 25.

Com­pany spokes­woman Brit­tany El­dredge said up­grades in­clude the ad­di­tion of gas pumps at the rear of the store, as well as a rear en­trance to the store and in­te­rior changes.

“The North East lo­ca­tion is the first place the com­pany has in­stalled a gas kiosk to tem­po­rar­ily serve cus­tomers due to vol­ume of busi­ness there,” El­dredge said.

Royal Farms will be adding a new hot food item sec­tion to the North East store when it re­opens.

“We’re very ex­cited about the hot foods,” she said, adding there will likely be a cam­paign with free taste-test­ing of the side or­ders.

Mean­while, the com­pany closed its lo­ca­tion on Tome High­way near Port De­posit on March 7 to do ren­o­va­tions there as well. How­ever, El­dredge said traf­fic counts at the Tome High­way store and gas pumps didn’t war­rant a kiosk. The Port De­posit area Royal Farms is ex­pected to re­open be­fore Me­mo­rial Day.

*** Ce­cil County res­i­dents in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved in the wine/ grape grow­ing in­dus­try, or are al­ready in­volved, are be­ing en­cour­aged to call Doris Behnke at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Of­fice in Ce­cil County at 410996-5280 no later than Thurs­day to pro­vide your name and con­tact in­for­ma­tion to be able to join in a round­table dis­cus­sion on the topic at a later date.

Behnke is in­ter­ested in get­ting in­for­ma­tion from those in­ter­ested to help de­ter­mine what types of train­ing, dates and times are needed to put on a se­ries of ed­u­ca­tion classes in vine­yard man­age­ment train­ing pro­vided by Ce­cil County Of­fice of Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion.

*** Toni Lozzi, project co­or­di­na­tor for the Bain­bridge Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion, re­cently an­nounced a monthly sched­ule of free bus tours of the Tome School prop­erty ad­ja­cent to the for­mer U.S. Naval Train­ing fa­cil­ity at Bain­bridge start­ing April 9 and run­ning through Au­gust 20.

Each tour will be­gin at the Tome High­way en­trance to Bain­bridge at 11:30 a.m., with gates open­ing at 11:20 a.m.

Any­one in­ter­ested can join, but space is lim­ited. The BDC started pro­vid­ing these tours last year and they have be­come pop­u­lar, ac­cord­ing to Lozzi. Par­tic­i­pants are al­lowed to take pho­to­graphs while on the tour.

Tour dates are: April 9, May 14, June 11, July 23 and Aug. 20.

The tour sched­uled for May 14 will be run in con­junc­tion with Port De­posit’s first “Land and Sea Out­door Mar­ket” in Ma­rina Park from 10 a.m. un­til 3 p.m. and an open house at Tome’s Land­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Lozzi at 410-378-9200.

*** It’s a Mary­land tra­di­tion for the sit­ting gover­nor to host a “Buy Lo­cal Cook­out” at the Gover­nor’s House in An­napo­lis each sum­mer.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan an­nounced Satur­day that this year’s event will be July 21, to start off “Buy Lo­cal Chal­lenge Week”, which is July 23 to July 31.

I thought it would be nifty if some Ce­cil County chefs en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion. It re­minds me of Ce­cil County’s an­nual Har­vest Din­ner, which fea­tures lo­cal food. Chefs must use lo­cal Mary­land in­gre­di­ents to sub­mit orig­i­nal recipes for the cook­out by the May 11 dead­line.

Rules re­quire prod­ucts from at least one Mary­land farmer, waterman or other pro­ducer. Recipes will be cho­sen in each of the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories: ap­pe­tizer, main dish, side dish or salad and dessert.

Se­lected teams will be in­vited to pro­vide, pre­pare and share their dish at the Gover­nor’s Cook­out, and their recipe may be pub­lished in the Mary­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture’s 2016 Mary­land Buy Lo­cal Cook­out Recipes cook­book.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Karen Fe­dor at karen.fe­dor@ mary­land.gov, or call 410-8415773.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com, or call 443907-8440.

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