New Elkton shop out­fits mo­tor­cy­clists

Cecil Whig - - BUSINESS -

Hap­pen­ing this week around the county ...

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.

Busi­ness Beat is a weekly col­umn on busi­ness hap­pen­ings in Ce­cil County. If in­ter­ested in hav­ing your busi­ness fea­tured in this col­umn, con­tact Jane Bellmyer at jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com or 443-245-5007.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

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