Turkey Point Vineyard celebrates anniversary
While I was out and about ... Doris and Eric Behnke are celebrating their second anniversary of the tasting room and gift shop for Turkey Point Vineyard with a celebration at the location at 116 S. Main St. in North East.
The event takes place Sunday, with crab cake sliders made by Port House Grill and sub sandwich segments made by Capriotti’s, along with red and white wine varieties for tasting from Turkey Point Vineyard between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.
The gift shop will open at 11 a.m. that day and close at 7 p.m.
Stop by and congratulate them while you’re in town.
*** The Women’s Civic League of North East is planning its ninth annual Secret Garden Tour for May 21.
The event, which has become a must-see for avid gardeners looking for new ideas, features eight different gardens this year — all in or near the town of North East.
If you’ve never done this tour, it’s self-driving. When you purchase your ticket, you’ll receive a list of the addresses of each garden along with a map. Visitors can travel at their own pace anytime between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Highlights this year include towering trees, container gardens, hardscapes and secret pathways — some with views of the Northeast River.
Crouch Funeral Home sponsors the garden tour each year, which has become the biggest fundraiser for the Women’s Civic League. This is the 65th anniversary of the league founded to raise money to promote literacy in the town and surrounding community.
Over the years, the league has donated much of its funds to the North East branch of the Cecil County Public Library.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the tour at St. Mary Anne’s Parish House, located at 35 S. Main St. Tickets can be purchased now at town hall, Silver Buckle or unWined in town. For more information, contact abpugh@comcast. net, or call 410-398-0895.
*** Atlantic Broadband announced earlier this month that it launched hosted voice service for businesses across in service areas, which includes parts of Cecil County south of the C&D Canal and near Perryville.
Company officials say this service is ideal for multi-location businesses, or those that utilize remote, mobile or after-hour employees.
“Our new hosted voice service enables businesses to upgrade or replace their old phone systems with an immensely more flexible communications solution better suited for business needs,” said Joe Canavan, senior vice president business services for Atlantic Broadband.
*** The folks at the Cecil County Health Department and Union Hospital need help from local citizens to help them complete their 2016 to 2019 Health Improvement Plan for Cecil County.
They’ve done an early draft of a community health assessment, but they still need feedback from the public to find out if they are missing any critical public health concerns that should be addressed.
The assessment can be read online at: www.uhcc. com/public-feedback-needed- for- community- healthneeds-assessment-chna.
After reading it, our local health officials want the public to make comments on what they read. Those comments should be sent via email to jmdonahoo@uhcc. com, no later than April 30.
Co-chair Jean-Marie Do- nahoo will compile all of the public comments for further consideration before the final report is done. These comments help shape health policy and services for public health in Cecil County for the next three years.
Once finalized, the report becomes part of the county’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
The health needs assessment has already prioritized illicit drug use/problem alcohol use, mental health and access to behavioral health treatment. It also includes diabetes, heart disease/ stroke and poverty/homelessness and education as determinants of health.
If you have any tidbits to share with Cheryl Mattix for this column, you may contact her at cmattix@cecilwhig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.
Visitors to the North East area can explore secret gardens on May 21 as part of the annual tour.
Eric and Doris Behnke sit in front of their North East Wine Tasting Room and Gift Shop.