VFC president upset over 40 percent reduction

EAST NEW MARKET — First on the speakers’ agenda at the Oct. 10 East New Market commission meeting was Adam Tolley, president of the East New Market Volunteer Fire Company, who attended for clarification on a recent funding issue. “In my 12 years I believe we’ve had a very good working relationship with the town. […]

Pet blessing of many dogs and one cat

EAST NEW MARKET — Where would you find Vizlas, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, a Pomeranian, a little Boston Terrier, a sassy toy Poodle, a mini Schnauzer, and a Dachshund/Terrier mix, plus one 11 year old cat all in one place? Nope. Not a dog show, not a shelter, not a circus. It was the annual […]

Sept. 6 declared Dist. 6 Champions’ Day

HURLOCK — The seats were filled with special guests at the Sept. 10 Hurlock Town Council meeting. The room rang with the chatter of young people, eager to receive special recognition. Mayor Michael Henry struck the gavel — silence. Sept. 10, 2018 was declared Tri-City Little League Girls Softball Team District 6 Champions and Maryland […]

Town of Secretary asked to back drug awareness

SECRETARY — Former president of Dorchester County’s chamber of commerce, William Christopher, and Sheriff James Phillips offered a joint presentation at the Aug. 21 Secretary commission meeting. They spoke about the upcoming Drug Awareness campaign, Dorchester Goes Purple set for the month of September, and asked for the town’s support. According to The Herren Project, […]

Equine therapy program focuses on the disabled

RIDGELY — Dogs, and occasionally even cats, have comforted the disabled for years. Whether physical, mental, or emotional disabilities may be alleviated with the affection of another type of animal. Horses! Equines, including not only full size 1,000 lb. horses, but also “minis,” ponies, and donkeys now participate in physical therapy, building self confidence, and […]

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. […]