Friday, May 17, 2013
The owner of MacGregor's Restaurant said the organization 'has lost its moral compass.'
Havre de Grace Main Street board members received notice Friday that a major player in the city's downtown district resigned from the organization. "Even though I feel Main Street is a very worthwhile organization, I believe the board has lost its moral compass," Daniel Lee, owner of MacGregor's, wrote in a letter of resignation to the Main Street board of directors. "...allowing a convicted felon, child molester, to sit on the board of an organization that sponsors functions that attract children is unconscionable," Lee continued. Main Street held its annual elections earlier this year and installed new officers, listed here. Lee did not name the person in question in his letter but he expressed his discontent. "A felon can't own a gun, …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The building in downtown Havre de Grace went to auction Friday morning.
Patch caught up with auctioneer Jay Edwards Friday morning just after he tacked up a "sold" sign on a prime piece of real estate in downtown Havre de Grace. The building he was selling, located at 300 Saint John St., went to auction at 11 a.m. Friday. Edwards said 8 to 10 people showed up for the sale, mostly locals. "We had over 4,000 hits on our webpage" on the Havre de Grace listing alone, Edwards said. Built in 1930, the 3,652-square-foot building includes a corner store with half bathroom and two apartments, according to the listing. The purchase price was $250,000 with a buyer's premium of 5 percent, bringing the total to $262,500, Edwards said. Edwards said he could not disclose who the buyer was until all the paperwork had been …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
City businesses are getting in gear for the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration in May.
Don't be surprised to see cannons or muskets in storefronts around Havre de Grace. Businesses and building owners are getting their displays ready for the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration weekend, and Havre de Grace Main Street is giving them an incentive. Main Street is giving away $500 in prizes—$250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place—to those with the best War of 1812 displays in their storefronts. The purpose is "to show off our town and your business for all those who live in and visit our city" from May 3 to 5 for the Havre de Grace War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration, according to a flyer promoting the competition. Judging for the contest will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3. Stores …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 18.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
The nonprofit organization is saying goodbye to Matthew Kriegl on Thursday.
Matthew Kriegl is leaving Main Street. The 28-year-old was hired last March to be the manager of Havre de Grace Main Street LLC, a nonprofit promoting economic and cultural development in downtown Havre de Grace. In his role as manager, Kriegl helped with special events planning, the organization's website and many other initiatives to promote the business community in the downtown district of Havre de Grace. After this week, Kriegl will be embarking on his next adventure, in Texas, where he will be working for Houston's planning department. "It’s more in my field, which is historic preservation," Kriegl told Patch. "I’ll be a preservation planner there, working with the historic districts and historic buildings in Houston." Kriegl, who …
Monday, December 31, 2012
Check out these finds from Havre de Grace merchants.
The week before the new year accounts for 15 percent of retailers' holiday sales, according to NPR. To bring in business, merchants are offering deals right up to Dec. 31. Here are a few we found in Havre de Grace. Know of others? Add them in the comments! What was your best deal this holiday season? Tell us in the comments.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The store on Franklin Street will transform from a Christmas wonderland into something else.
Simplicity on Franklin Street is preparing for a makeover. The shop is more complex than its name lets on, since it is actually two stores. It's a Christmas wonderland for part of the year and an antique boutique for the rest. In a video interview with Billee Smith of Havre de Grace Main Street, Simplicity's owner Steve Formwalt shared about the upcoming transformation and the two other businesses he runs from Havre de Grace.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The branch on St. John Street closed at the end of last month.
Cecil Bank has shifted its banking services from Saint John Street to Route 40. The branch at 303 Saint John St. was closed Nov. 30, according to Branch Administrator Sally Wallace, but the bank isn't going anywhere. "Cecil Bank still remains very much a part of this community," Wallace said. The accounting department remains at the location in downtown Havre de Grace, and banking services are available at 1609 Pulaski Highway. The Cecil Bank branch on Route 40 has a drive-through, ATM service and extended hours, Wallace said. Cecil Bank at 1609 Pulaski Hwy. is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The drive-through is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The bank is closed …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Maryland will fully fund two Main Street projects in 2013 through Community Legacy grants.
The state will fund two projects to revitalize downtown Havre de Grace, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced Wednesday. Through the Community Legacy program—a DHCD initiative to bolster real estate and commerce across Maryland—Havre de Grace received $60,000 for 2013. A $35,000 grant will fund interior updates and $25,000 will fund exterior improvements of buildings in the Main Street District. According to a statement from Havre de Grace Office of Economic Development, many aging Main Street buildings are costly to maintain, resulting in storefronts that are not viable. The $35,000 will be divided into small grants for businesses in a pilot program called "interior fit-out" that aims to make spaces…
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Have you seen any interesting seasonal sights around town? Add them to our gallery.
On Tuesday morning, lampposts around Havre de Grace had blue signs bearing autumn greetings. By nightfall, red ones had taken their place, signaling the start of the holiday season. Have you seen anything festive around Havre de Grace? Add your pics to our gallery; just click "Upload Photos and Videos."