JIM NORMANDIN

Dear readers,

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Jim Normandin

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PERRYVILLE — Chrissy Shepard started crocheting about 5 years ago when her local church began making prayer shawls for people in need and she has been hooked ever since.

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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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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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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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NORTH EAST — With summer at our doorstep, the Women’s Civic League of North East will once again host its annual Secret Garden Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

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ELKTON — As technology progresses, more people are able to access information through their screens. But Sandy Biggs said it’s still nice to be able to take a walk along the paper trail of history and hold physical reminders of the past.

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ELKTON — Now that the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays has ended, it is the perfect time to relax and unwind at Cecil College’s Mind, Body & Spirit Festival on Jan. 18 and 19, said Tammy Rapposelli, lifelong learning program and event coordinator at the college.

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ELKTON — While art enthusiasts are accustomed to finding paintings and other artworks inside of the Cecil County Arts Council, this month they will discover some unexpected masterpieces in time for the holiday season.

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EARLEVILLE — Mount Harmon Plantation is bringing the beauty of their nature preserve inside their doors with decorations fashioned by the Greenfingers Garden Club for the annual Yuletide Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2.

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It’s growing season! Gardens are abundant with shiny red tomatoes, crisp green beans and summer squash. Orchards and farm stands along the road have plenty of local fresh fruits and vegetables for sale. What a perfect time to take advantage of all the summer produce by preserving it so you c…

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ELKTON — Living in a healthy home is an important part of having a healthy lifestyle. Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors and most of it is in their homes. It makes sense that living in a clean, safe environment is very important to supporting good phy…

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Tonight, I’m going to have the distinct pleasure of sitting only feet away from an idol of mine who has provided a soundtrack to much of my life thus far. I’m going to be making the trek down to Baltimore to see John Williams conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a concert that will in…

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“This song is so catchy, and the singer’s voice is so good! Why isn’t it on the radio,” I often ask myself. Whether it’s a combination of bad luck, lack of support or discovery from major labels, or just plans that didn’t come to fruition, there’s a plethora of bands and artists whose music …

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CHESAPEAKE CITY — This month I had the pleasure of visiting the home garden of Gail Garber of Chesapeake City. Gail has been an avid gardener since her retirement over 17 years ago. With the help of her husband, Larry, this spirited grandmother of five has created an enchanting garden retrea…

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This month I had the pleasure of visiting the home garden of Natalie Gentry of Chesapeake City. Natalie has been gardening her entire life with the guidance from her greatest inspiration — her mom. When this vibrant and charming lady is not hosting large family gatherings by her pool or help…

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This week I had the pleasure of visiting the home garden of Bea and Craig Wright of Elkton. Both have been gardening since childhood — Bea with her mom in their prairie garden, and Craig with his grandparents on their 2,000-acre corn farm.

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The secret to a delicious, quick summer salad is in the small ingredients you use. The best salad should not be difficult to make and can even use a healthy dose of leftovers. That’s right, another great use of leftovers. (If you follow this column you know how much I love roasted veggies le…

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This week I had the pleasure of visiting with Ann Stubbs, owner of Sinking Springs in Elkton. Ann has been gardening with herbs for over 48 years. When this delightful and energetic lady is not busy tending to the day-to-day demands of running a successful wedding venue and B&B, she can …

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