CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Liquor Board handed down punishment Tuesday, Jan. 4 to two businesses that sold alcohol to minors.

Despite these “isolated incidents,” Chairman Gene Ransom said the ratio of violations has gone down in the board’s latest round of checks compared to the bulk of 2021.

“It’s good because it seems like the behavior is improving,” Ransom said in an interview. “It seems most of the businesses in the county are tightening their belts, following the rules, and being cautious.”

The Don Tonio’s liquor store in Chestertown was fined $500, $250 of which was put in abeyance, meaning they’ll only have to pay it if they face another violation in the next year. Clerk Cathy Maxwell said this was the store’s first offense in nearly eight years.

The Parkside Grocery & Deli in Sudlersville was fined $500. It was their first violation since 2008.

The board also approved the transfer of Silver Swan Bayside’s Class “B” Beer, Wine & Liquor license to Albert Fabula and Nickole Whitmer, the Stevensville restaurant’s new owners.

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