Happening this week around the county …

Treats by Zeets will open at 10 a.m. Friday with goodies for pets and pet parents.

Located at 7 Wallace Ave. in North East, Treats By Zeets is named for Amber Pucci‘s golden doodle, Zeta. Pucci grew up in retail, starting with her grandparents who owned and operated Johnnie’s Chicken House on U.S. Route 40 in North East for many years.

“My grandparents instilled in me the work ethic,” Pucci said.

When she decided to strike out on her own, Pucci knew it would be a pet-friendly venture.

“I wanted something where I could be with her all the time,” she said. “I wanted something to include her. She is my world.”

As last-minute setup continued Monday, Zeta wandered past displays of leashes, collars, gifts and snacks to a rack of vegetable-shaped stuffed toys. Selecting a pumpkin, Zeta dashed across the room and tossed and caught the toy happily.

“Well I told her she could pick a toy,” Pucci said.

Treats By Zeets will offer only healthy, pet-friendly, American-made products.

“I did a lot of research to find products you can’t find anywhere else,” she said of her all-natural offerings.

Feel free to bring your dog to shop alongside you, she added. The first 200 customers will get a free gift with their purchase. Pet and people refreshments will be served Friday and Saturday. Call 443-715-2286 for more information.

Look for Treats By Zeets on Facebook or shop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Eventually Pucci will add her own homemade dog treats featuring a flavor of the week.


Margie Blystone continues to work hard for the Elkton Chamber and Alliance and that includes stepping in to take Jessica Price’s former role as assistant to the director. Price was officially named director last week; a job she took over in February with the death of Mary Jo Jablonski.

Before you think Blystone is new to the chamber, think again. She’s been very active for years, thanks to Jablonski, claiming, “Mary Jo snagged me in 2007.”

“Ten years ago Mary Jo named me arts and entertainment chair,” Blystone said. “We’re the only A&E in the state that’s volunteer-run.”

She said over those 10 years Jablonski gave her so many opportunities that helped her grow. Now she wants to honor her best friend by continuing to volunteer, doing anything Price needs.

“I run to the bank, put together the car shows, I basically assist her,” she said, adding she also like to watch Price work. “She has so many skills she’s good at.”

Born and raised on the West Coast, Blystone has embraced small town living.

“I’m originally from southern California and I never knew the downtown area where I lived,” she said. “Seeing the mayor and chief of police walking down the street is great.”

Right now this volunteer is administering grants worth more than $10,000 for marketing and creating a small park next to the Historical Society of Cecil County.

“It can be a rest stop. Come in and get a cup of coffee and relax,” she said of the space, also located across from the district court building. “It would be a quiet place to decompress.”


Beans, Leaves, Etc., located at 33 S. Main St. in North East, is celebrating its 25th year in business. Owners Shannon and Lorri Lockard spent the past month hosting contests with their customers.

“We did scratch-offs with discounts or a chance to win a gift basket,” Lorri said.

Lisa McShane, of Oxford, Pa., won the custom gift basket.

Lorri and Shannon bought the shop in 2013, but both still work their full-time jobs and rely on their employees, Cathy Benjamin, Kathy Mullen, Kim Patrick, Becca Scott and Patti Sena to run the shop.

“I love working here,” Patrick said, noting she knows her regulars and is always experimenting with new flavors. “I’m trying to learn how to put designs in the foam.”

Popular now is the cortado, a Mexican blend with warmed milk, espresso and paprika.

“Coffee drinkers are very particular,” Shannon noted.

By the bean and ready to be ground is a multitude of earthy, spicy, sweet or fruity flavors, such as mocha peppermint, salted caramel, Hawaiian hazelnut and blueberry. Loose teas and gifts are also waiting for shoppers to browse. Feel free to take a sniff.

Beans, Leaves, Etc. is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 9a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Coffee and tea can also be shipped anywhere in the world, which Shannon said is a good gift for a homesick college student or soldier.

Find Beans, Leaves, Etc. on Facebook or online at beansleavesetcshop.com or call 410-287-8033


Anchor Marina, located at 36 Iroquois Drive in North East, is the base of operations for the Fishing League Worldwide Bass Fishing League Tournament June 15. Weigh-in is from 2 to 6 p.m., which is a good time to see what was caught and meet the anglers.


APG Federal Credit Union has seated a new slate of officers for 2019 at its annual meeting held last month.

Named as chairman was Paul D. Eikenberg; vice chairman was retired Col. Donald J. Burnett; secretary was Antha W. Edwards; treasurer was retired Lt. Col. Michael L. Dixon; and assistant treasurer was B. Daniel DeMarinis. Also named to the board of directors were Charles N. Alston Sr., retired Command Sgt. Maj. Barry D. Decker, Windsor L. Jones and Wayne G. Taylor.


Medical professionals in Cecil County who want to learn more about medical marijuana, its clinical applications and administration can take the certification coursework online through The Medical Cannabis Institute. The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has approved the course titled “Maryland State Healthcare Provider Education: Medical Use of Marijuana.”

The cost of the five-lesson course is $149. It covers the state laws, qualifying conditions and an explanation of how the cannabinoids work in the human body.


The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Container Recycling Program is open from June through September allowing for the proper, safe disposal of containers that held fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals. The pesticide container recycling program is free and open to all agricultural producers and pesticide applicators. The Agricultural Container Recycling Council provides a chipper to grind the plastic containers into flakes, which are then transported to a contractor for recycling.

Kent County is the next location to host a date, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 at the Nicholson Transfer Facility on Earl Nicholson Road. In Harford County, the Scarboro landfill at 3241 Scarboro Road in Street will host a drop-off July 7.


Bari Klein has been named executive director of Healthy Harford/Healthy Cecil Inc., an educational arm of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health and the health departments of Cecil and Harford counties.

Klein brings to the role more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit and government sectors.

“We are fortunate to have Bari Klein, with her vast experience and strong commitment to public health,” said Lyle E. Sheldon, president and CEO of University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health. “Her leadership will be instrumental in continuing and creating programs, policies and services to improve health and wellness in Harford and Cecil counties.”

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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