New Elkton shop outfits motorcyclists
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Even though the days for most riders are becoming numbered as the weather turns cold, Tina Folk is certain that her new venture — Motorcycle Gear Express — will keep all bikers happy.
Folk has added the Elkton store located at 272 Mackall St. to her online presence, selling leathers, apparel, accessories and gifts.
“There’s really not a lot around here except Harley Davidson shops,” Folk said, referring to the brand name shops in Harford and Lancaster, Pa., counties. “The more people I spoke to about it the more I thought it would be really nice to have a (closer) store.”
While her husband John has been riding most of his life, Folk has been riding since 2004. It was John who encouraged her to open Motorcycle Gear Express.
“He said go for it; sink or swim,” she said.
While the store is slowly being stocked, Folk said much more is on the website. Diehard riders will be happy to know she has stocked leather and textile jackets designed for riding in winter weather, plus a wide array of hats and face masks.
“I’ll start out small and as I grow I’ll get in more inventory,” she said. Her leather supplier is not far away so she’s confident that she can get her hands on other sizes as needed. “And I can special order.”
Folk said non-riders should also stop in and browse because her lines of apparel aren’t just for the motorcycle crowd.
Motorcycle Gear Express is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. Look for them on Facebook or call 800-7945518 for more information. The website is www.motorcyclegearexpress.com
••• The University of Maryland Extension in Elkton is offering paid summer internships to college juniors, seniors and graduate students interested in applying their classroom agriculture learning into actual experience. Students will receive 250 to 400 hours of on-the-job training with extension staff. Applications are due by March 23, 2018. Call 410-996-5280 for more information and how to apply.
••• If you work in manufacturing and want better skills, or you would like to be in manufacturing and need training The Susquehanna Workforce Network invites you to enroll in the Entry Level Manufacturing Training program. Candidates for the program will be interviewed in Cecil County on Nov. 29. Enrollment is underway for the program, which offers competency training in 10 skills needed by area employers: math for manufacturing, OSHA safety training, basic machining, print reading, CAD/3D/ lasers, maintenance shop skills, hydraulics, pneumatic controls, basic electricity, and forklift operator certification.
The training is free to those eligible, and some employers will be sending their employees to upgrade skills. Those taking the training who are unemployed will be connected to participating manufacturers. For more information, contact Linda Siegel at 410939-4240.
••• Basin Run Animal Hospital, located at 572 Firetower Road in Colora, was recently accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. This makes the 30-year-old veterinary practice one of only two in Cecil County with AAHA’s seal of excellence. Dr. Mary Denver said the clinic underwent extensive testing and inspections to gain the accreditation from the Colorado-based animal health and welfare organization.
According to Denver, she and fellow vets Drs. Connor Muse and Rhonda Smetana will have at least two years to display the seal before the renewal process begins.
The other AAHA clinic in Cecil County is VCA Elkton Animal Hospital.
••• This is one of those “how did I miss that?” stories in which the stealthy reporter discovers something that has been around for a few years.
A radio station based in Marlton, N.J., has a tower in Cecil County, allowing its signal to be broadcast locally. HOPE fm got permission from the Federal Communications Commission to erect its tower off Route 222 near the Pennsylvania line in 2013, according to The Rev. Bill Luebkemann, pastor of Calvary Chapel in Marlton and founder and general manager of the network with five full power stations and 15 translators.
“It really wasn’t anything scientific,” he said of the decision to land in Conowingo, although the FCC considers the tower to be licensed to Rising Sun.
HOPE fm in Rising Sun broadcasts at 89.1.
Calvary Chapel owns HOPE fm. Luebkemann said the Rising Sun tower, broadcasting with 1,000 watts, was established to serve listeners in the Delta, Pa., area where there is another Calvary Chapel congregation. There are 1,600 Calvary Chapel churches in the world, he added.
HOPE fm reaches a wide swath from Annapolis to Harrisburg, Pa., to the Jersey shore, Luebkemann said.
“Our goal is to broadcast Bible studies,” he said.
Interspersed between those lessons is a mix of contemporary Christian music. For more information, check out their website at HopeFM.net where you can also download their free app.
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Tina Folk, owner of the newly opened Motorcycle Gear Express on Mackall Street in Elkton, offers leathers, apparel, accessories and gift items for the motorcycle rider.