JIM NORMANDIN

Dear readers,

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Jim Normandin

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HAVRE DE GRACE — From ice sculptures and snow queens to a chili cook-off and hot wing competition, the second annual Fire and Ice Festival will bring a warm touch to Havre de Grace’s winter wonderland this weekend.

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CECIL COUNTY — Should old acquaintances be forgotten? Certainly not, and New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to reunite with those friends and make some new ones, too. But if you don’t know yet where you will be ringing in the new year, here are some local options of where to celebrate.

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EARLEVILLE — When the Greenfingers Garden Club began gathering at the Mount Harmon Plantation about 12 years ago to make decorative greens for the holidays, they set out to bring a bit of Colonial Williamsburg-style wreaths and decorations to Cecil County.

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ELKTON — Downtown merchants are preparing for a battle of baked goods as they get ready for the 11th annual Elkton Cookie Throwdown from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

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CHESAPEAKE CITY — For Greg and Dawn Shelton, the Christmas season isn’t about fending off crowds to buy the newest, hottest gifts from a big box store; it’s meant to be spent with loved ones and giving a few handmade presents with a personal touch to the special people in your life.

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ELKTON — As families prepare to gather at the dinner table for Thanksgiving, several downtown businesses are getting a jumpstart on the festivities with a Turkey Trot Bar Crawl on Wednesday, Nov. 27.

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EARLEVILLE — Whether your pace of choice is slow and steady, quick and nimble, or somewhere in between, the Mount Harmon Paper Chase provides an opportunity for horse riders to explore the historic plantation’s 200-acre nature preserve.

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CECIL COUNTY — With Halloween right around the corner, several towns and other venues across Cecil County are getting into the spirit of things by hosting events leading up to the spooky holiday. Here is a roundup of some of the events happening this week and next week.

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The Cecil County Farm Museum (CCFM) will be holding its annual Apple Butter Making Event on Saturday, Oct. 19, at its location adjacent to the Cecil County School of Technology on Appleton Road. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be packed with fun-filled activities throughout th…

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RISING SUN — It’s going to be one big monster mash Saturday in Center Square for the 6th annual Fall Spooktacular from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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ELKTON — As the end of summer gives way to autumn this month, downtown Elkton will usher in the new season with its annual Fall Fest on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21.

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PERRYVILLE — With several breweries, wineries and other vendors represented at Saturday’s Tap Into The Tavern event, community members had the chance to sample and learn more about the local businesses gathered at the historic Rodgers Tavern.

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NORTH EAST — It will be all claws on deck Saturday, Sept. 14, as the Crab Crawl returns for its sixth year of raising money for the Friends Foundation of the Cecil County Public Library.

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CHESAPEAKE CITY — Vehicle enthusiasts can expect to see cars of all ages, makes, model at the Chesapeake City Lions Club Car Show on Saturday, according to Bob Kidner, chairman of the event.

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Its summer and we are well into the heart of growing season in Maryland. This is a great time to enjoy foods grown locally. Buying local food has many advantages. It helps support independent family farms in our community and strengthen our local economy. Farming is a family business that is…

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EARLEVILLE — In honor of the largest water lily in North America, Mount Harmon’s Lotus Blossom Festival on Saturday, Aug. 10, will feature the event’s eponymous flower, an array of artisans and craft vendors, colonial living history, bluegrass music and much more.

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OXFORD, Pa. — For worldly art and music selections, one need not travel much further than 5 miles over the Maryland-Pennsylvania line to the second annual Oxford Connective Art & Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 3.

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ELKTON — J.P. Henry likes photographing patterns, like rows of school buses parked on a lot or boats at a marina. He also likes capturing trees, clouds, water, animals, the intersecting lines of bridge structures — and sometimes even people, according to his mother, Jane Ward.

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NORTH EAST — After almost a decade, the North East Fire Company carnival is back in town, with aims to once again become a hallmark event.

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