Happening this week in and around Cecil County …

Howard Bank is merging with FNB, as announced Tuesday, in an acquisition worth $418 million to Pittsburgh-based F.N.B. Corporation.

With branches in Rising Sun, Aberdeen and Bel Air, Howard Bank took over NBRS Financial in October 2014 when federal regulators seized the former First National Bank of Rising Sun. The Rising Sun building at 6 Pearl St. was renamed as the regional office for Howard Bank.

Since the NBRS acquisition Howard Bank has also acquired 1st Mariner Bank.

Shares of Howard Bank are gaining interest, starting at $15.67 a share on Monday and, after the announcement had increased to almost $20a share.

Mary Ann Scully, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Howard Bank, could not be reached for comment before deadline.

Look for more details in Friday’s Cecil Whig.


Turkey Point Vineyard is opening its tasting room at the vineyard, 2963 Turkey Point Road in North East, starting July 23 at 5 p.m.

“We’ll be open every Friday and Saturday from 5 until 8 p.m. throughout the summer,” said Doris Behnke, owner of the vineyard and winery, along with her husband Eric. “We’re going to start slow and build on it.”

While the tasting room at 135 South Main Street in North East remains open, Turkey Point Vineyard is expanding, adding a new tasting room at the family farm.

Admission is free; pay by the bottle or glass.

“We have a lot of outdoor seating and limited indoor seating,” she said. Enjoy the view as you sip and chat with friends.

New to this location is wine flights, she added. In town, the customer will sip from the same glass, rinsed in between the various wine choices. With the flights, choose several of the locally made wines and perhaps find a new favorite. You’ll get them on a specialty tray holding each wine in its own glass.

“We’re also interested in hosting events,” Behnke said. Turkey Point Vineyard was recently the location of a private party for about 60 people, complete with a food truck on site.

Find Turkey Point Vineyard on Facebook for details.


Queen Street Nutrition reopened Tuesday with new, but familiar, owners.

Kelly and Kevin Nutter took over the nutrition club at 2 South Queen St. in Rising Sun last month and took a few weeks to make the shop their own. The couple also owns Elkton Nutrition at 232 South Bridge St.

“We kept the name,” Kevin Nutter said of the Rising Sun shop, which sells the same Herbalife shakes as the center in Elkton. “It’s been around for years and it’s pertinent to the area.”

Barbara Roil operated Queen Street Nutrition for more than seven years but has since moved on to Hokey Pokey Tattoo Parlor, on Colonial Way in Rising Sun.

Mike Nelson, one of the Queen Street Nutrition coaches, met JoAnn Bedsworth, from Conowingo, with a smile, ready to take her order. When she said she liked strawberry flavors he offered several including strawberry cheesecake.

According to Nelson a customer favorite is called “Chubby Hubby.”

“It’s got pretzels, chocolate and caramel,” he said. comparing it to the popular ice cream of the same name.

Meanwhile Christa Carter, from Rising Sun, arrived to pick up her order. Carter — who works in Pennsylvania — was happy to have the Nutters closer to home. She said it was easier than going to Elkton Nutrition before work.

Queen Street Nutrition is open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 until noon Saturday. Call 410-658-1991 to order ahead. You can also find them on Facebook.


Areas USA is hosting a pair of job fairs at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House Travel Plazas. The Maryland House Job Fair is July 27 from 2 until 5 p.m. at the center on Interstate 95 in Aberdeen. August 3, also from 2 until 5 p.m., is the date for the Chesapeake House Job Fair on I-95 in North East.

Those job seekers who do not want to wait can apply now online at https://apply.jobappnetwork.com/areas-usa/en


Speaking of job fairs, don’t forget that the Susquehanna Workforce Network is hosting its first live, in person Job Fair since the pandemic at Minker Banquet Hall in Perryville on Thursday from noon until 4 p.m.

Dress to impress, have multiple copies of your resume in hand and come to 920 Principio Furnace Road.

For more information call 410-996-0550.


Is your company website vulnerable to attacks? Is your domain registered properly? Is your mobile website accessible to those with handicaps? The next Northeastern Maryland Technology Council Virtual Water Cooler — “Is Your Website Sick?” — is Aug. 5 at 4 p.m.

Many of the suggestions will be so simple that each can be implemented immediately.

Go to NMTC.org for more information or to register.


Wawa on Elkton Road sold a Delaware man a $250,000 winning Maryland Lottery ticket.

Store #547-E, in return, received $1,000 from Maryland Lottery and Gaming for selling the winning ticket to Earl Carter from Newark.

Carter told lottery officials scratch-offs are his favorite way to play and he took part of a recent $30 payout to buy another CASH ticket, which netted the quarter-million dollar prize.


Noting that summer time and closed schools often means hunger for some children, Food Lion is asking customers to round up their purchase with the extra funds going to community programs that address hunger.

Now through July 27 at Food Lion stores in Elkton, North East and Perryville customers can make a donation at check out to the Round Up Campaign to Feed More Neighbors in Need.


Cecil County Chamber of Commerce and Woody’s Tiki Tent are hosting a Summer Mixer and Paint Party July 20 at 4:30. Meet and nosh at Woody’s, 29 South Main St., and perhaps join in the optional paint party with Kennett Design to GO. You’ll learn from Marion Hess how to paint Maryland blue crabs on a wine or beer glass.

The Summer Mixer is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Members that want to also paint pay $40, with non-members paying $50.

For more information or to register co to cecilchamber.com


Harford Mutual, based in Bel Air, Md. won the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies 2021 Award in Innovation.

Created in 2014 to recognize mutual insurers for their ability to stay relevant in spite of changing times, the committee who made the decision for NAMIC said Harford Mutual’s “Pipeline and Perpetuation Initiative” was what won them the accolade.

“We are extremely honored and thrilled to be presented with NAMIC’s 2021 Award in Innovation,” said Steven D. Linkous, president and CEO of Harford Mutual Insurance Group.

The initiative brings together established employees with interns, created a training program for new employees, enhanced employee benefits, and developed a career pathing program among other improvements, resulting in better employee retention and better customer service.

“Our Pipeline and Perpetuation initiative is critical to our short- and long-term success and strategies,” Linkous said. “More importantly, it affirms our commitment to our team by ensuring opportunity for all as an important element of a vibrant, engaged, and empowered organization.”

Officials with NAMIC agreed that the future of the industry would benefit from such a program.

“Now, more than ever, finding creative ways to attract young professionals while also developing future leaders is vital to ensuring the successful longevity of our industry,” said Chuck Chamness, president and CEO of NAMIC. “The innovative strategy meticulously executed by Harford Mutual to build its employee and leadership base serves as an excellent example of what keeps the mutual insurance industry moving forward.”


ChristianaCare Medical Group has named Dr. Lisa Maxwell as its new president.

The appointment became official April 29.

Maxwell has been interim president since December, where she was in charge of the COVID vaccine roll out. She also made changes to patient care in the primary and ambulatory services to provide telehealth services.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have had the privilege to witness the resolve of my Medical Group colleagues as we have served together with love and excellence,” Dr. Maxwell said. “I am honored to lead this dynamic group that is reshaping the future of care so that everyone we serve can achieve their best health.”

Through Maxwell’s efforts patient care was not interrupted, but the risk of exposure patient, doctor and staff was minimized.

“Dr. Maxwell is uniquely qualified to lead the Medical Group,” said Janice E. Nevin, M.D., MPH, president and CEO of ChristianaCare. “Her passion for its mission and future vision was evident as she distinguished herself as the interim president. Since joining ChristianaCare in 2005, Dr. Maxwell has earned a reputation as a thoughtful, collaborative leader.”

Moving forward, Maxwell will continue to develop new care models.


University of Maryland/Upper Chesapeake Health System has announced that Lyle Sheldon, president and CEO since 1995, is retiring at the end of the year.

Sheldon was at the helm in 2000 when Fallston General Hospital moved to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, and in 2008 when discussions with University of Maryland Medical System began, which led to the full merger in 2013.

“Lyle’s legacy will not be bricks and mortar; it will be his selfless and enthusiastic devotion to people,” said Mohan Suntha, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of UMMS. “Lyle has been a devoted advocate for the needs in his community and his limitless energy could be seen among Harford County leaders, state officials in Annapolis and among his colleagues at the System, right up to the UMMS boardroom. I congratulate Lyle on his retirement and thank him for his exceptional service during a long and very distinguished career.”

The search for a new president and CEO is underway.

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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