Happening this week around the county …

Spring is officially sprung at 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, and that can only mean one thing: free Italian water ice at Rita’s Italian Ice in Elkton and North East. Both locations on U.S. Route 40 will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday offering free small cups of Italian ice. Of course, customers are welcome to buy the larger sizes and try any of the flavors and concoctions on the menu.

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Pamela Reuther is the new CEO for Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which offers services designed to meet the individual needs of children and adults with disabilities. Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals.

Reuther, who joined the organization 25 years ago as a physical therapy assistant, was named vice president of programs in 2008, four years after becoming director of outpatient rehabilitation therapy.

“I am so fortunate to be working with a team of people who truly care about children and adults with disabilities and whose mission is to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” Reuther said in a statement. “This incredible team of people is changing lives every day.“

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You Bet Your Axe is holding its grand opening from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. Located in Elkton Station Shopping Center on Route 40, You Bet Your Axe had a soft opening in December.

Along with the traditional ribbon cutting and refreshments there will also be the opportunity to throw an axe for those who pre-register by sending an email to nicole@youbetyouraxe.com. Throwers also need to sign a waiver.

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Members of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce are invited to attend a business card exchange to be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 21 at the Historical Society of Cecil County, at 135 E. Main St. in Elkton. Attendance is free but the chamber needs registration to assure there is an accurate head count.

Meanwhile the North East Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Happy Hour Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Woody’s Crab House, at 29 S. Main St., to allow its members a chance to network. Guests are also welcome to snack on cheese and crackers, chicken wings, mini crab cakes, cheddar jalapeño poppers and more. Members pay $15, and $20 for non-members. RSVP by sending an email to info@northeastchamber.com

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Dunkin’ Donuts, Arby’s, Five Guys and Little Caesars have agreed to end a practice that limits the ability of its employees to move to better paying jobs within its franchise. Maryland was one of 15 states along with the District of Columbia to go after the so-called “no-poach” agreements that hurt workers in low-paying jobs by curtailing efforts to move up. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh announced the settlement last week.

“No-poach agreements limit a worker’s job opportunities and earning potential,” Frosh said in a statement. “These settlements mean fairer hiring practices for thousands of workers in Maryland and across the country.”

Wendy’s came forward telling the attorneys general nationwide that it had no such policy in place. Meanwhile Panera, Burger King and Popeyes are still being investigated.

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Brookbend Interiors at 116 E. Main St. in Elkton is now offering same-day delivery for items purchased online. Any purchase made by 5 p.m. has a guarantee of in-home delivery by 10 p.m. that day to an area that includes all of Cecil County and to the Oxford/Landenberg/West Grove area of Pennsylvania and the Newark/Middletown area of Delaware.

Check out their home decor online at brookbendinteriors.com or call 443-406-3610.

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Cecil County Relay For Life is looking for businesses that want to sponsor the June 1 event at Elkton High School or be a vendor from 2 p.m. to midnight.

This year the theme is “Candy Land — Finding a Cure For Cancer Would Be SWEET.” Team signs ups are also welcome.

There will be an interest meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Cecil County Administration Building, at 200 Chesapeake Blvd. in Elkton. Those interested can also contact Sabrina Scholl at sam_softball@yahoo.com.

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Harford County Office of Economic and Community Development and FranNet are hosting a free resource seminar April 4 for those interested in learning more about owning and operating a franchise. The seminar runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the county office at 2021D Pulaski Highway in Havre de Grace. For more information, call 410-638-3059.

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Martin’s Food Store in the Rising Sun Towne Center is giving its customers the chance to make a purchase that helps the environment and their favorite charity with the Bags 4 My Cause campaign. At checkout, shoppers can purchase reusable grocery totes for $2.50. The tag on the tote has a code shoppers will redeem for a $1 donation to the charity of choice.

For more information, go online to https://martins.bags4mycause.com/

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A free Caregiver Safety Seminar is being offered in two sessions Thursday at Elkton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, at 1 Price Drive in Elkton. Pietro Barbieri, an attorney, author and advocate, will be the guest speaker at both the 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. sessions. The information will be valuable to family, friends and professionals who are in a caregiver role. Call 410-398-6474, extension 238 to reserve your seat.

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In conjunction with the National Arbor Day Foundation and its Energy-Saving Trees program, Delmarva Power is making 1,000 trees available to its customers for free.

Trees in 1-gallon containers will be delivered in April and May to customers who make their request online at arborday.org/delmarva. Three and 5-gallon trees are pickup only at planned events. There is a limit of one tree per household. The selection includes bald cypress, white dogwood, river birch and white oak.

“It’s always exciting to partner with the Arbor Day Foundation and provide our customers additional tools and resources to help them save,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president, in a statement. “Planting a tree is a tried-and-true method for saving money and energy at home and over the years these plantings have both enhanced the visual appeal of our neighborhoods and helped our communities become cleaner and more sustainable.”

During the reservation process customers are guided on where to best plant the tree for maximum growth, potential energy savings, and also to avoid planting where it would impact power lines.

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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