Happening this week around Cecil County …

Whether it’s the buyer or the seller, a home inspection is key according to Michael Gedz at MAG Home Inspections in Elkton.

Opened at the start of April, MAG is licensed in Maryland and Pennsylvania to evaluate a residential structure and look for anything off-kilter in plumbing, electrical, structural and environmental.

“It’s (square bracket to indicate he’s talking about his evaluation services?) an awareness,” Gedz said. “There’s no advice to buy or don’t buy. It’s a neutral set of eyes so a customer knows exactly what he’s buying.”

That’s especially true for “as is” sales, he noted. Gedz can also inspect for radon in Maryland and is working on a radon certification for Pennsylvania.

Gedz charges by the square foot, starting with a base price of $350 for up to 1,800 square feet. He works with realtors as well as individual buyers and also has expertise in historic buildings.

“I was a design engineer in New York,” he said, adding that his resume includes working with designers and builders in Manhattan. “I would go into a building and see if it would fit the needs.”

He would then stay with the project from demolition to reconstruction.

“I got hands on experience from that,” he said. Moving to this area was his next step. “I’m now in business for myself.”

You can reach Gedz at 302-293-2982 or go online to MAGHomeInspections.com.


Yoga on the Canal is hosting a Health & Wellness Fair Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Pell Gardens in Chesapeake City.

Carole Martin, owner of the yoga studio at 211 Bohemia Avenue, said this outdoor event will be great for those needing interaction and renewal.

“I just think with COVID and being inside for the winter it’s time to come out and greet spring,” Martin said.

Joining her in that greeting will be 17 vendors offering organic vegetables, massage chair therapy, skin care, nutrition and more all with physical, mental, environmental, spiritual and financial health in mind. She’s also rounded up crafters and artisans whose products include jewelry, candles, CBD, essential oils and more.

There will be demonstrations on the stage and classes in which the public is encouraged to participate.

For more information check out Yoga on the Canal on Facebook.

Pell Gardens is on the water at 20 Bohemia Avenue.


Spring Thing brought the party to downtown Rising Sun this past Saturday with music, crafts, new drinks and more to enjoy.

Chris Davis, co-owner of Bog Turtle Brewery on East Main Street, welcomed guests to the party on the parking lot off of Queen Street in between sets from Fire in the Glen, a Celtic band. Around him was a hive of activity including a sidewalk chalk art competition, ceramic painting and dipping, and hair braiding.

Davis also introduced “Spring Thing,” the newest craft beer from Bog Turtle Brewery, described as “A crisp floral saison with hints of tangerine and wildflower honey.”

Stephanie Devaux enjoyed the sunshine and a pint along with a full plate of food.

“I love Bog Turtle,” Devaux, a Rising Sun resident, said. “The food is just outstanding even if you don’t drink beer.” Her favorites are the filet mignon sliders and the charcuterie board. “And their Blood Orange beer.”

Devaux’s husband is a fan of Hefefünfzehn, a beer Bog Turtle brews seasonally.

“When they announce they have Heffie he comes home with a growler,” she said.

Hair & Things Salon was offering to braid hair and add lighted floral head bands. The braiding services were popular among the waitresses on staff, but the Salon’s customers were not limited to the ladies. Luke Neidiegh got his hair braided but drew the line at his beard.

“It hurt enough for these,” the Oxford man said, grinning and pointing to neat rows of red braids.

Inside The Art Den, Lawrence Hayden was about to dip a ceramic dinosaur into a bucket laced with hydro-dipping dyes that would marbleize the piece.

“I usually do drawing so this is cool,” Hayden, from Rising Sun, said. “I draw landscapes, faces and I’m a shoe lover so, tennis shoes.”

Mini-Readings with Ellie(, a local tarot reader,) were also available for those yearning to hear from the spirits.


Ronan W. Gannon is the new chief executive officer of LCH Health and Community Services effective May 1.

Gannon replaces Dr. Mariana Izraelson, who left the position at the Chester County health care non-profit in July. Margarita Garay-Zarco and Barbara Mansill acted as co-CEOs until a successor was named.

A resident of Kennett Square, Gannon has experience in pediatrics, vaccine development, primary care and public health.

LCH, formerly La Comunidad Hispana, is a federally qualified health care center serving the uninsured and underinsured in Pennsylvania.


Minihane’s 1853 Land & Sea is open with its new name, new decor and a new attitude.

“This is quiet, classic,” said Ingrid Rautenberg Minihane, owner of the restaurant at 101 West Main St. in Elkton. Having completely renovated the interior of the ground floor, she used materials found when she and her husband Denis purchased the business in 2013. Doors with colored, beveled glass create separate, intimate areas around the bar for two and behind them, more intimate seating for groups. The lighting is low and so is the music.

“Husbands, bring your wives, wives bring your husbands,” she said. “Bring a date or have a girls night out.”

Minihane said Elkton needed a restaurant downtown that was different from what is already there. She did not want to compete with C3ntral Tavern and Spork Cafe and Market. Minhane’s 1853 Land & Sea has those time-tested drinks including a Dry Martini, Perfect Manhattan and a Classic Daquiri or Sour. There’s still a wide selection of draft imported, craft, domestic and IPA on tap but new to the restaurant is house wine on tap. It’s kept cold and fresh that way, rather than sitting in a bottle that’s been opened, she said.

Classic is also the word for the food with tastes from around the globe, that change with the seasons.

“I wanted an experience and I did not want to cook the same thing every day,” she said. And she can say that because Minihane is the chef.

“We kept some of our favorites on the menu,” she said, listing the Shepherd’s Pie, Onion Soup and Perfect Burger. New to the menu are dishes featuring lamb, chicken, ribeye, scallops and mussels. Food will be locally sourced where possible.

Sunday features a brunch, the likes of which you may have never seen before, she promised. Enjoy brunch staples such as waffles and bagels; but also Eggs Benedict, breakfast burritos, gravlax (smoked salmon) and fresh oysters.

With seating for 40 to start, reservations are welcome. Call 410-620-1853 or send an email to reservations@1853landandsea.com. Keep up with the restaurant on its Facebook page. Hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10-2.

Like everyone else, Minihane was affected by the pandemic, which shut down the former business but gave Minihane the opportunity to re-imagine and begin anew.

“I do respect everyone who stayed in business,” she said. “I am happy to be part of the development of downtown.”

Oh and 1853 is the year the building was constructed, in case you were wondering.

And if you happen to have an unspent Minihane’s Irish Pub gift certificate you can use it at Minihane’s 1853 Land & Sea.


If you have plans to be a vendor at SunFest in Rising Sun June 5 and you have not signed up you’ll need to hurry.

More than 100 are already lined up for the popular street festival, which had to be canceled last year. Vincent Sammons, president of the Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce, said vendors need to check with chamber website to assure that the application has been approved. Space will be limited this year to allow for distance between vendors.

The SunFest Parade and SunFest itself typically draws thousands into downtown Rising Sun.

Go to SunFest.us for details and vendor applications.


A new scholarship has been established at Cecil College in honor of the late Dr. Paul B. Lavine to help students in need complete their education.

A well known dentist in Elkton, Lavine died in November. He was 68.

“This scholarship encompasses “Doc’s” strong beliefs in education,” said Dr. Geoffery Shultz, who shared the practice with Lavine. “He felt that all young adults needed to have the opportunity to further themselves through education and opportunities. He demanded a lot of you, almost like a father figure, but would step in to help a student overcome education and, most importantly, a financial hurdle. I’ve known “Doc” for almost 16 years when he allowed me as an incoming college freshman at Cecil College to work for him as a dental assistant. This allowed me to immerse myself in dentistry and reach my career goals.”

Shultz believes the scholarship will “keep [“Doc’s”] legacy and office open to provide dental care to the community and patients he so dearly loved.”

Scholarship applications can be found at cecil.edu.foundation


Southern Shutter Photography is now open on Saint John Street in Havre de Grace, in an area that the owner of the business — Regina Holcomb — describes as “perfect.”

She shares her shop at 313 St. John with Russell Kregel, owner of Harford DJs. Neighboring businesses include a bridal shop, florists, and a venue.

“So we’ve made it a one-stop shop,” Holcomb said. “Everything is right here.”

Although this is her first studio, Holcomb has been taking professional photos for eight years.

“I have shot over 200 weddings,” she said. “It’s such a fun thing to be involved in and you meet so many interesting people.”

She’s worked with Kregel for almost as long and said the shared space will work great for potential brides and grooms putting together their big day.

Now, with the studio, Holcomb also has the ability to offer mini shoots for engagements, children and families, senior portraiture and other life events.

Make an appointment through the Southern Shutter Facebook page or send an email to southernshutterphotog@gmail.com

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

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