Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In This Issue:

Slots Begin Paying Off for Maryland Racing Industry »

Casinos have become part of the Maryland landscape, thanks in part to a legislative arrangement that diverts a percentage of slot machine proceeds to support the state’s horse racing and breeding industries.

‘The Drinks Trail’: Local Beer and Wine Makers on the Rise »

Breweries. Wineries. Retail shelves bursting with craft beer. Wine dinners and tours. It’s a good time to be out and about on the local “drinks trail.” Here, the enjoyment of the consumer is a direct reflection of an industry that’s on a wave (albeit contained in a glass) of growth.

Mary Cannon Holds Strong Vision in Business, Community »

Seventeen years ago, Mary Cannon decided to leave her position as controller of Jordan Kitt’s Music to work for Allen & Shariff Corporation, a company that now builds and manages construction projects around the world.

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BizWeekly 9/16/2014

Ruppersberger Announces $10M in Federal Funds to Ease Traffic at Fort Meade

Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger has announced $10 million in federal funds to widen Maryland Route 175 at Fort Meade, relieving base-related traffic and creating quality construction jobs. The project will expand the two-lane, undivided roadway to six divided lanes complete with a trail, sidewalks and on-road bicycle facilities into Fort Meade.

Ruppersberger, whose district includes Fort Meade and the surrounding community, submitted a letter in support of the competitive grant. The project is one of Anne Arundel County’s highest priorities, serving as a key link to the upgraded Odenton Town Center and adjacent counties where those employed near the project live.

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Guest Article

Sipping With Sam

A Tale of Two Regions (With Apologies to Dickens)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ― Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Mr. Dickens didn’t know at the time he penned this now famous opening line that he could have been describing the contrast of the 2013 harvest between two of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. While California’s Napa Valley enjoyed a near-perfect growing season, France’s Bordeaux region could not catch a break.

When we as consumers walk into wine shops and see shelves full of shiny bottles, with their eye-catching labels and colorful capsules, we often forget that wine is an agricultural product. Wine is made from grapes grown on farms called vineyards, by farmers called viticulturists; and like any other crop, grapevines grow at the whims of Mother Nature. Growers are constantly being challenged by pests, diseases and, most of all, by the weather.

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