Grain Producers give grant to extension program

The Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board has awarded $2,500 to the Frederick County University of Maryland Extension program Kids Growing With Grains.

Kids Growing With Grains is a hands-on educational program.

The program was one of 33 projects across the state that were given money.

The Maryland Grain Check-Off Program funds the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board. This means that when grain is produced and sold by a Maryland farmer, the board gets one-half of 1 percent of the net value, according to the release.

Each year after universities and organizations are prompted to submit grant proposals, the board meets to hear presentations for each project and to hear reports from previous projects.

According to the release, projects must “improve the viability and profitability of grain production through research, education, or market development.”

This year, $802,207 was awarded.

Sustainability Award applications are open

Applications for the Frederick County Sustainability Commission’s 2020 Sustainability Awards are open.

The awards aim to acknowledge people or groups that have helped further sustainability efforts in the county, according to a news release.

Examples of these efforts include improving water and air quality, recycling and reusing, implementing energy efficiency, encouraging renewable energy and having a sustainable lifestyle.

Awards can be given to students and student groups, nonprofits, commercial enterprises and individuals.

Innovation, success and leadership in sustainability are factors considered in granting the awards, according to the release.

After applications are reviewed by the Sustainability Commission, winners will be presented on March 26 at the ninth annual Green Homes Challenge Recognition Event.

Applications can be submitted to dashbacher@FrederickCountyMD.gov for oneself or as a nomination until Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Copies of the form are available on the Frederick County website.

Eight businesses fail alcohol

checks

Nearly 10 Frederick County businesses sold alcohol to underage buyers during a compliance check from the Frederick County Health Department.

The health department conducted alcohol and tobacco compliance checks October through December 2019 at 90 businesses — 18 for tobacco, 72 for alcohol, according to a press release from the department.

Of the businesses, two sold tobacco to minors who help the health department complete the checks. Eight sold alcohol to underage volunteers.

Weis Market and High’s in Thurmont were in violation of tobacco laws.

The following businesses sold alcohol to underage people:

  • Brunswick Liquors in Knoxville.
  • Hunan Gourmet in Frederick.
  • Lallo’s Pizza — Golden Mile in Frederick.
  • Spin the Bottle Wine Co. in Frederick.
  • Spring Ridge Exxon in Frederick.
  • Sunrise Liquors in Frederick.
  • Sushi Densha in Frederick.
  • Urbana Dash In in Urbana.

— Hannah Himes

— Hannah Himes

— Heather Mongilio

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