Food trucks are hot topic

HURLOCK — The challenge of licensing and regulating food trucks in town continued to be a hot button issue at the Hurlock Council’s July 23 meeting. The problem is designing regulations to control a potential influx of food trucks. Questions remain: How many food sources can a town of 2,100 support? If the trucks are […]

Comprehensive Plan: Citizens shape county’s future

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Four of the seven Planning Commission members at the July 24 Open House in Hurlock included: (seated, from left) Ralph Lewis, Jerry Burroughs, William Giese Jr., and Jeff King.

HURLOCK — At long last the 1996 Dorchester County Comprehensive Plan is being revised and the County Council promises transparency in the process. Most elected officials hear complaints and sometimes they nod, smile, and promise action. In the case of the current revision the promise is public input and it looks like they are keeping […]

New city manager, officer in Hurlock

HURLOCK — Hurlock Mayor Michael Henry was busy at the June 25 Town Council meeting. After reporting that all council members attended the Maryland Municipal League convention in Ocean City, one of 137 municipalities that participated. He said that Gov. Larry Hogan was in Hurlock on June 20. The governor toured the Amick plant and […]

Hurlock holds service at Veterans’ Memorial

HURLOCK — The first Memorial Day Service at the new Hurlock Veterans’ Memorial Park on May 28 was a brief, solemn event that captured the spirit of reverence on a day to remember those who died serving the country. Decoration Day was first observed on May 30, 1868 to commemorate those who lost their lives […]

East New Market says ‘no’ to Dollar General

EAST NEW MARKET — At the April 10 East New Market meeting commissioners decided the fate of a proposed Dollar General store at the intersection of Rtes. 16 and 392. John Camp from Oxford Chase Development, Inc. presented the possibility at a February work session. The decision was “no.” At the March town meeting Mr. […]

Cephas asks council to vote in favor of House Bill 1744

HURLOCK — In Mayor Michael Henry’s absence, Hurlock Council President Charles Cephas led the March 26 town meeting. He gave council members a pictorial progress report on the North Dorchester High School replacement for their review and said a full project report is tentatively slated for an April council meeting. Councilman Cephas noted the state […]

Black List Awards: Making a difference

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Black List Award recipients include from left: Lynnell Collins, Ray Washington Jr., Kevin Lewis, Dr. Diana Mitchell, Sherwood Sharp, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. (absent were Dr. Norby Lee, Devon Beck, Austin Brown, and Roxanne Green).

HURLOCK — The 8th annual Black List Awards on Saturday, sponsored by the Ministers and Citizens for Change (MCC), celebrated those who make a difference in their communities. In the past the nonprofit organization held the event in a school after a fire destroyed part of the church. With restoration complete and the addition of […]

Frank Bittner: The man and his legacy

Submitted to dorchester banner Frank’s persistence paid off when the first and only portrait (a copy of the original painting of Anna Ella Carroll by D. Hickok in 1894) of a woman was added to the gallery at the National War College that honors top military strategists.

HURLOCK — When someone we care about passes away, there is a hole in the universe where they once stood. When Frank Bittner died unexpectedly on Jan. 4 at the age of 64 the hole was deep and wide. Frank was a large presence in the world – physically, intellectually, and emotionally. His contacts were […]

Solar panel talks attract large crowd

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Harrison Godfrey (standing) from Invenergy presents a case for Richfield Solar Energy, LLC’s before public utility law judge Ryan C. McLean at a Jan. 9 public hearing.

HURLOCK — On Jan. 9 the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC), which regulates utilities, held the 4th of several public hearings on a proposed solar panel installation in north Dorchester County. Public utility law judge Ryan C. McLean chaired the proceeding which, unlike many such hearings, was calm and orderly. The hearings are required before […]

State Farm’s Holotik is motivated to help people

dorchester banner/susan m. bautz Megan Holotik recently celebrated her 16th year as a State Farm agent.

CAMBRIDGE – Some people are just cut out to work with people. Like Megan Holotik, owner of the State Farm Agency in Cambridge Marketplace. “I just like helping people,” she says, “and that’s what motivates me. Helping people and helping them understand what insurance is and how it benefits them. Yes, it’s a necessary evil. […]