RISING SUN — Productive farming without the use of chemicals in pesticides and fertilizers also means locally grown vegetables and supporting a community business.

FEDERALSBURG — The Maryland Food Bank continued its 40th anniversary celebration Monday, July 15, when volunteers gathered to glean cucumbers from a Caroline County farm to be distributed to people across the state.

MILLINGTON — The Clean Energy Jobs Act that recently passed into law in Maryland increases the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to require 50% of its electricity come from renewable energy by 2030 with 14.5% coming from solar.

CENTREVILLE — What started as a hobby and self-challenge led local builder Mike Peter of Centreville to build his first “tiny house.”

The following building permit zoning certificates, sediment control permits and use permits were issued by the Kent County Planning Commission in June 2019.

CENTREVILLE — After more than five hours of presentations and testimony, the Queen Anne’s County Board of Appeals approved a large solar array with a substation north of Church Hill.

CAMBRIDGE — The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, along with Structural Preservation System and Cross Street Partners, recently began the restoration of the old Phillips Packing Company factory smokestacks in Cambridge along Dorchester Avenue.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Delivering on its commitment to transparency, the National Chicken Council unveiled a new video featuring four chicken farms in Maryland and Delaware that offers consumers a first-hand look onto the farms and their various sustainability practices.

CHESTERTOWN — Barton Ross, a licensed architect in several states and certified urban planner, has received numerous prestigious awards this year, including one from the Architect Institute of America at the annual convention in Las Vegas last month.

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the 16 recipes that will be featured at the 12th annual Buy Local Cookout, which celebrates Maryland’s Buy Local Challenge Week, July 20 to 28, and encourages all Marylanders to eat at least one locally grown, made, or harvested product each day.

ROCK HALL — Main Street Rock Hall and the Greater Rock Hall Business Association host a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 18 to celebrate the opening of the new Anchor and Plow Restaurant, located on 21325 Rock Hall Road. Owner Tyler Parsons is pictured holding scissors. His mother, Peggy Parsons…

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Adams Publishing Group LLC, owner of the Kent County News, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the Greater Beloit Publishing Co., including the Beloit Daily News, Weekend Daily News and My Stateline Shopper.

EASTON — Leningrad Oblast, Maryland’s Russian sister state, toured Easton on Wednesday, June 19, to learn how the area’s public-private partnerships advance the community’s well-being.

ELKTON — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh met with Cecil County officials and residents to discuss scams in the digital age, and how to avoid them as much as possible, in a Consumer Protection Forum on Wednesday, June 19.

MCLEAN, Va. — Freddie Mac released June 20 the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing that after consistent declines in late spring, mortgage rates have stabilized with this week’s 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rate settling in near 3.8% for the third straight week.