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.

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