New clinic opens in downtown Elkton
While I was out and about ... A new clinic opened at 111 E. Main St. in downtown Elkton on Monday, offering substance abuse and mental health counseling.
Project Chesapeake, owned by Joe and Rebekha Rogers and Eugene Shuttle, provides similar services in Annapolis and Brooklyn Park. The trio opened their first office in Annapolis in 2014 and the other two offices this year.
Their services include traditional and intensive outpatient substance abuse counseling in a combination of individual and group settings with classes expected to begin in about two weeks. They will also offer programs for adolescents as well as classes related to anger management and domestic violence concerns.
Project Chesapeake leased 3,200 square feet of space in a previously vacant office building in the heart of town. The clinic has a waiting room, several offices and at least two group meeting rooms.
“We can also do drug tests right here,” said Shuttle, the clinic’s director of business development, noting they get referrals from the court system, but also get clients from word-of-mouth and walk-ins.
Project Chesapeake accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance and a sliding scale method of payment.
“We welcome everyone,” Shuttle said.
The business partners hosted an open house Friday afternoon for invited guests, including members of the judicial system, law enforcement, health officials and social services. About 100 people attended, said Rogers, whose wife, Rebekha, will be the clinical director at the facility.
“I want to make one thing perfectly clear,” he added. “We don’t dispense medication.”
The program is based on education and counseling.
The owners said they will grow staff and sessions as needed. The tentative plan is to start classes in a couple weeks and include a mix of day and evening sessions. Office staff are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays. For more information, contact the staff at 443-744-3621, or check the website at www. projectchesapeake.com.
*** Fans of the Pickled Herring Pub in North East will soon be able to enjoy the old pub’s new incarnation as Station 26 Ale House, if all inspections and permits go well.
Owner Kevin McDevitt has been working for more than a year to transform the former laundromat at 26 S. Main St. into a restaurant and pub that offers an industrial vibe and a touch of the history of its former occupants — The Women’s Temperance League and North East Fire House.
McDevitt is scheduled to appear this week in front of the Cecil County Board of (Liquor) License Commissioners to seek approval of a new Class B beer, wine and liquor permit. He tells me he is in the process of obtaining final inspections and his occupancy permit.
He hopes to open the doors officially Sept. 10 for a soft opening with a grand opening planned for later in the fall.
Keep your eye on the place!
*** Gabrielle Oldham with Union Hospital Foundation tells me there is still time to buy a $50 raffle ticket for a chance to win a brand new red Chevrolet Camaro in the 20th year of the car raffle. This year’s proceeds benefits the inschool bereavement pro- gram, remembrance trees, memory bears and children grief workshops, along with a holiday support group.
As of Saturday, 550 tickets had been sold and the drawing will be Sept. 12 at Woody’s Crab House in North East. Tickets will be sold until approximately 8 p.m. Sept. 12.
*** Dr. Jaya Shripad opened Magical Smiles, a family dental practice, at the end of July at 230 S. Bridge St. in Elkton.
Shripad, who recently joined the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce, has 16 years experience practicing dentistry in Harford and Cecil counties. He is a graduate of the Goldman School of Dental Medicine in Boston.
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.
Eugene Shuttle (left) and Joe Rogers, partners of Project Chesapeake, hosted an open house Friday at their new Elkton office.