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Cecil County Life

Cecil County Life Fall/Winter 2017 issue

Nov 08, 2017 03:57PM ● By J. Chambless

In this issue of Cecil County Life, we write about the arrival of two major companies to Cecil County. Amazon and Lidl bring new jobs and a promise for some of the extra benefits that accompany big-name commerce, bolstering the area's economic revitalization efforts. The fact that these companies selected Cecil County for these projects illustrates the vibrancy of the area. Writer Richard Gaw talks to Steven F. Weaver, the president and CEO of Sandy Cove Ministries and Conference Center about its mission and intent to introduce visitors to a life with Christ. We talk to food truck owner Brian Williams about Crave Eatery, a 40-foot mobile restaurant that seems about as big as a building. We profile artist Deb Mackie, who meticulously crafts tiny treasures on a trailer studio at her 14-acre Elkton Farm. We also write about how a Charlestown family lost their daughter in 2006, but are now turning their pain and grief into something positive. We also talk with Jim Racine, who has been part of an auction house and appraisal service in North East since 1988. Racine is a third-generation auctioneer and appraiser. This issue features a story about how the Hilltop Christmas Tree Farm in Conowingo became a Christmas tradition for many families in the area. And we preview the tenth annual Mount Harmon Yuletide Festival that is scheduled for Dec. 2 and 3. We also write about the members of the Cecil County 4-H, who traveled to Indianapolis as part of the Maryland state team to test their knowledge and skills in a horticulture competition.

As always, we hope you enjoy the stories included in this issue of Cecil County Life!  

The Hilltop Christmas Tree Farm has been selling trees to families in the area for the last 30 years

Growing the perfect Christmas tree

Hilltop Christmas Tree Farm in Conowingo is a Christmas tradition for many families Read More » 


The Tucker family with the memorial wall in their home dedicated to Ashley Nicole

A light in the darkness

A Charlestown family moves from tragedy to helping young people Read More » 


Artist Deb Mackie at her workbench where she crafts tiny leather purses and saddles dolls and dioramas

The small worlds of Deb Mackie

Miniatures are the specialty of this longtime artist Read More » 


Jim and Elisa Racine in the North East showroom of Racine Auctions Photo by Richard L Gaw

North East's showroom of comings and goings

The auction house Jim Racine has owned since 1999 with his sister, Donna Racine, is a reflection of what their grandfather Gene began in 1904 and what their father David continued. Read More » 


Visitors to the festival will be able to enjoy hearth-cooking demonstrations in the plantation kitchen and a sampling of freshly made holiday treats and Mount Harmons special Wassail Punch

This Yuletide Festival is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit 

The Mount Harmon Yuletide Festival returns for its tenth year on Dec. 2 and 3 Read More » 


Stephen J Weaver president and CEO of Sandy Cove Ministries and Conference Center in North East Photo by Richard L Gaw


Stephen J. Weaver, President & CEO, Sandy Cove Ministries and Conference Center Read More » 


Coach Susan Sprout-Knight Taylor Knight Aubrey Cole Ray Martin IV Rachael Ward and coach Eileen Boyle

Ready, Set, Grow! 

4-H team makes an impression at national convention Read More » 


Amazons fulfillment center has already started operations at Principio Business Park off Route 40 in North East

Heavy hitters come to Cecil County 

County leaders are bullish about the business boom, with Amazon and Lidl sparking future growth Read More » 


Crave Eatery is not your typical food truck Its a 40-foot mobile restaurant that seems about as big as a building

Taking food truck cuisine to the next level

Crave Eatery provides ‘food solutions’ for events


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