JIM NORMANDIN

Dear readers,

As the evolving concern and impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus heightens, all of us at your local newspaper and APG Media of Chesapeake are dedicated to providing the most recent and relevant information to our community.

During these unprecedented times, it is crucial for all people to get local and reliable information from a trusted source.

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Each and every day, we are grateful for the work of our associates, the support from our community and the trust our readers and clients bestow in us.

Be safe.

Jim Normandin

President and Publisher

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND — Two Department of the Army civilians who work on Aberdeen Proving Ground tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently isolation in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Governor Larry Hogan’s March 16 executive order to close gyms in Maryland presented a number of obvious difficulties for owners and employees of fitness centers across the state.

RISING SUN — Mayor Travis Marion made another Facebook Live presentation to encourage residents to continue to shelter in place, but also be good neighbors as Rising Sun acknowledges that the first COVID-19 victim in Cecil County is a 21-year-old town resident.

RISING SUN — You don’t need me to tell you that supplies of the new essentials (household disinfectants, staple foods and paper products) are in short supply.

HAVRE DE GRACE — Planning for a wedding can be a long and somewhat stressful undertaking, especially when all the plans go out the window due to the efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

CECIL COUNTY — Law enforcement officers in Cecil County are still patrolling the roads, investigating crimes and performing their other duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic — but they are taking several precautions to prevent the spread of the virus while doing so.

WASHINGTON, DC — Three United States senators, including Chris Van Hollen, (D-Md) have introduced a proposal that would make grants — not loans — available to small businesses and non-profit organizations rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was a balmy day in fall 2005, smack dab in the middle of Tikrit, Iraq. I was working as a broadcast journalist for the U.S. Army, and my teammate on the mission was Jennifer, a print journalist.

BALTIMORE — In a further effort to cut down on human-to-human contact and lessen the chance of the spread of COVID-19 the Maryland Transportation Authority has initiated a statewide directive making every toll collection site cashless.

Low-cost, local events happening this week. To be included, your event must be family friendly and take place in Cecil County as well as adjoining areas within a 20-minute drive. Please submit the event title, time and address in the body of an email to accent@cecilwhig.com at least a week b…

A CHORUS LINE. Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Phoenix Festival Theater. Directed by Becky Titelman. Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark, LLC.

BEL AIR — Harford County Transit LINK bus system has been named the Outstanding Transit System for 2019 by the Transportation Association of Maryland. Harford Transit LINK was recognized in the areas of safety, operations, customer service, financial management, staff development, marketing,…

FALLSTON – Last year the Humane Society of Harford County (HSHC) took in 2,737 pets – or about 7.5 new animals every day. While a paid staff of 21 takes care of the basics such as food, a clean shelter, medical and grooming needs, volunteers fill the gaps and provide unparalleled support to …

BELCAMP — Harford County Public Library has compiled a listing of online resources to assist the community in learning the facts about the Coronavirus, COVID-19. The listing will be updated on a regular basis as additional information becomes available.

Food, Farmers, & Community: Farming Forward. A Symposium for the Public and Farmers. Saturday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. North Harford High School.

Harford County Department of Social Services has consolidated its services in an effort to better serve residents. The new office, located in the Swan Creek Village Center at 2029 Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace, provides county residents assistance with a variety of programs including SNA…

HAVRE DE GRACE — A select group of Marylanders received the prestigious Visionary Award on February 27, for their contributions in building our Workforce for The Future and advancing technology and innovation to grow our economy and protect national security.

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NORTH EAST — The Episcopal Diocese of Easton, which includes churches in Cecil County, is offering a free Lenten Luncheon Series starting March 3 starting with St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church in North East.

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