Imagining The Ramble in real life

While it’s not a full blown tragedy, it was a little unfortunate that the threatening weather prevented some people from attending the Ramble Festival this weekend in Laurel. The festival wasn’t just a fun fall event, although it was a fun fall event. Rather it was a kind of a physical thought experiment that invited attendees to imagine a future downtown Laurel. The future Laurel it suggested was more than just a retail haven, although

From Western Sussex to Eastern Asia

Rick Dickerson poses in front of his Route 13 farm stand.  Dickerson recently returned from an economic development  mission to China and Vietnam to build business for the American  Soybean Market. He was selected from hundreds of applicants  to take the trip. Photo by Tony Russo “The first thing they tried to feed me was jellyfish.”  Rick Dickerson is a Laurel farmer and doesn’t eat much jellyfish when he’s not in China. But he’s a good guest and

Delmar may begin to make downtown revival inroads

Sandy Rose,  Patsy Bridge, Misty Fields and Cindy Dayton want  to help transform the Delmar downtown into a viable, occasional,  destination for local and regional artisans to show off their talents  and bring Delmar a little more recognition in the region. Downtowns all over the Eastern Shore are having revivals, capitalizing on a combination of the buy local movement and depressed rents for underpopulated city centers. A decade ago, Berlin, Md. began holding a monthly “Second Friday”

Program offers guidance to veterans who want to start a new business

Project Opportunity free entrepreneur training for vets will be offered this fall. There is an interest meeting beginning 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at the Wicomico Partnership, 408 Cole Circle in Salisbury. For more information visit or call Joe Giordano at 410-860-6664. Military service can give a person access to as much self-knowledge as it can intellectual knowledge. Training teaches them a skill, but it also teaches a lesson about limits and wherewithal. Increasingly,