Wednesday May 1

Yesterday reached 70 degrees and was mostly sunny until the clouds rolled in in the afternoon. Today’s weather will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 75 and a low around 62. A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm. South wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Unfortunately, we just heard that Verso Corporation announced it is closing the Luke Paper Mill after 130 years of operation.  The closure will put about 675 people out of work and will be a significant “hit” to the local economy and of course to the individuals and their families affected by the closure.  We wish all impacted by the closure the best and are hopeful that many will find other positions and others will obtain retraining.

A number of HART for Animals team members just received the “Fear Free” Certification after receiving training to help veterinarians and animal care-givers modify their procedures, handling, and facilities to help pets feel safe and comfortable while receiving the medical care they need. We send our cats – Cash Flow and Lucy – to HART when we go away and they love it there.  In fact, I just mentioned the new certifications to my fur balls and they gave “two paws up,” and you all know how hard it is to get cats to agree on anything!

There’s another Women’s Networking Happy Hour this Thursday. It is open to all women and it is at Black Bear Tavern from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking comment on some proposed regulations and also input into some areas being “scoped” for possible future action.  These include, conservation, threatened species and other area.

And now, introducing Jerry Mather as the Beaver. For those readers of a certain age, you know what I am talking about, and for others, ask someone over 50. Regardless, I am not talking about an actor here, but some real beavers. Our colleague and partner Lisa Cole of Wildfulness has created a very nice piece she has produced and allowed us to share. Be sure to check out the Justin Beaver video (really!). Thanks Lisa!

Reece Duncan, general manager of the Slippery Mermaid Sushi Bar in Sewickley, Pa. and a graduate of Southern High School will be entertaining guests at the Garrett College Foundation’s upcoming spring scholarship benefit with a “live sushi demonstration” and tasting. The event is on May 10th beginning at 6:00 pm at Twin Tails Event Farm in Oakland will raise funds to provide scholarships for Garrett College students. Call 301.387.3131 for more information or to purchase tickets.

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