General Assembly raises the minimum wage

ANNAPOLIS — Last week, the Maryland legislature took a major step to help working families across Maryland by voting to raise the minimum wage in Maryland to $15 by Jan. 1, 2025. Small businesses with 14 or fewer employees will be permitted to wait until July 1, 2026 to establish the full $15 wage. “The […]

Council learns about small cell tower expansion

Internet Bing Image “Small cell tower is a junkyard on a pole” according to some. There are many versions of towers, however, some are smaller than others.

HURLOCK – Small cell towers. It sounds innocuous. Even kind of cute. But the prospect of small cell towers dotting the urban landscape is far from cute. It has raised an issue that pits cities and counties against the huge wireless giants. There are proponents and opponents on both sides and the topic was discussed […]

Cambridge eyes solar field site

Sami Ayyorgun

CAMBRIDGE — The City of Cambridge’s Planning and Zoning Commission discussed on March 5 a proposal from Flonium CEO Sami Ayyorgun regarding a solar field in the general commercial zoning district. “Our primary goal is to provide green, clean energy at a reduced cost,” Mr. Ayyorgun said. “On the energy-storage front, we design and develop […]

Kmart building demolition continues today

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan After many years vacant, the Kmart building on Route 50 will finally be demolished this week.

CAMBRIDGE — Say it’s a landmark, say it’s an eyesore – but today is the day to say goodbye to the former Kmart building on U.S. 50 in the middle of town. “We’re in the demolition of it right now,” developer Charlie Fairchild told the Banner on Friday. The building has been closed for many […]

County opposes oyster restrictions

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan Bobby Whaples of the Dorchester County Seafood Harvesters’ Association asked for the council’s support on Feb. 19.

CAMBRIDGE — Watermen asked for and received on Feb. 19 the Dorchester County Council’s opposition to new proposals for restrictions on oyster harvesting. Bobby Whaples of the Dorchester County Seafood Harvesters’ Association told members of the council that his group is fighting many bills under consideration in Annapolis. “There are 27 bills that are against […]

Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest

Local delicacies will be on the menu at this Sunday's Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest.

CAMBRIDGE — Give a taste to some less traditional preparations at the outdoor Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest on Feb. 24 in Cambridge. Muskrats, crawfish, brews and tunes create an unconventional, but tasty, event every February in downtown Cambridge. The Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest is set for 1-6 p.m. in Cannery Way […]

74th Outdoor Show features unusual delicacy

Muskrat dishes have been enjoyed in Dorchester homes and restaurants for many generations.

GOLDEN HILL — In February and March 2019, you have a few opportunities to try one of Dorchester County’s more unusual delicacies — muskrat! This small rodent found in local marshlands used to be a staple on dinner tables. Now you, too, can experience it. •Try it prepared the traditional way on Feb. 23 during […]

Dorchester Tourism launches video contest

CAMBRIDGE — What tops your list of things to do and see in Dorchester County? Is it boating, biking or visiting Blackwater? Spending time at the Hyatt, hunting or the Harriet Tubman Byway? Are ghost walks or growlers from RAR your best bets? Help the Dorchester Office of Tourism showcase what makes the county a […]

SunburstPharm opens medical cannabis site

submitted to dorchestere banner/amy steward Pictured is the exterior of Sunburst Pharm, a state-of-the art licensed medicinal marijuana dispensary, located at 603 Meteor Ave. in Cambridge.

CAMBRIDGE — SunburstPharm, a state-of-the art licensed medicinal marijuana dispensary, is opening for business on Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at its location at 603 Meteor Ave. in Cambridge. The new company will offer expert guidance and top-rated medicinal cannabis products for Maryland Medical Cannabis Patients. Studies have shown that 92 percent […]

Industry need prompts marine tech training

sbmitted to dorchester banner/chesapeake college Chesapeake College is establishing a marine technician lab on the Wye Mills Campus. Pictured here are Anthony Depasquale, Rob Marsh, Cliff Coppersmith, John McNally, and Tom Ellis.

WYE MILLS — In response to area employer demand, Chesapeake College is launching marine technician training designed to prepare students for careers in the marine service industry. “With abundant waterways and marine industry heritage, the Eastern Shore needs technicians to support both commercial and recreational boating,” said President Cliff Coppersmith. “We’re committed to meeting the […]