Third Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy Application Deadline Extended to October 3

ELKTON, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Cecil County Watershed Stewards Academy (WSA) is accepting applications for classes to be held this fall. The program is a partnership with the Cecil County Department of Public Works-Development Services Division and the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension. The WSA program trains adult community leaders in ways to reduce polluted stormwater runoff, improve local water quality. Participants will complete an intensive 16-course training program consisting of classroom and hands-on field work, a class project, and an individual capstone project in their community.

Once trained, participants achieve the designation of Master Watershed Steward and work with other members of their communities to assess watersheds to help identify sources of pollution and restoration opportunities, educate their community on pollution sources and how to reduce them, implement small-scale stormwater management practices such as installing rain barrels or constructing rain gardens, inspect and/or maintain small-scale stormwater management Best Management Practices (BMP), and connect communities with environmental resources and people who can help restore watersheds.

For additional information please visit http://www.ccgov.org/news/wsa16applications.cfm to learn more about the program and download the application and reference form. If you have any questions, please contact Eric Buehl (ebuehl@umd.edu) with University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension or Marshall McSorley (mmcsorley@ccgov.org) of the Cecil County Department of Public Works Development Services Division.

Applications and reference forms are due to Eric Buehl by 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2016.

 

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Mayor & Commissioners Adopt FY 2017 Budget

The Mayor and Commissioners of the Town of North East unanimously adopted a $6.1 million budget for the Fiscal Year 2017 Budget for the year that begins on July 1, 2016 during their June 8, 2016 meeting.

The adopted budget retains the Town’s tax rate of $0.48 per $100 of assessed value and includes a 2% inflationary increase in water rates for both in and out of town residents as well as significant investments the Town’s infrastructure by funding deferred maintenance items and design and engineering funding to plan for future improvements to the Town.

A public hearing was held on May 25, 2016 at 7:00 on the proposed budget and tax/water rates. No members of the public testified at that hearing. The Mayor and Commissioners adopted the budget presented at the public hearing with no changes. The FY 2017 budget as well as the presentation from the May 25 public hearing are available at www.northeastmd.org/budget. Questions regarding the budget may be directed to Ken Natale, Director of Finance and Administration at 410-287-5801.

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Free Concert: USAF Band – June 25, 2016

Harts United Methodist Church will be hosting a free concert on Saturday, June 25, 2016 starting at 6:00 PM.

The United States Air Force Band, Airmen of Note, a 21 piece big band Featuring Mad Men Glen Martin & Eva Musk will be playing at the Harts UMC 638 seat amphitheater with stunning views of the North East River. Food will be available, featuring Elk Neck Strawberry Ice Cream. Harts UMC is located six miles south of North East on Turkey Point Road (MD-272).

Annual Flag Day Celebration – June 14, 2016

The Town of North East will be hosting its annual Flag Day Celebration on June 14, 2016 at 6:45 PM at the North East Community Park located at the end of Walnut Street. Scouts and the public are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. For questions please contact Town Hall at 410-287-5801.