November 2012



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Election Results!





Question A & B (Big Box and Adequate Facilities), both were defeated.

An analysis from our Board will follow in next Month's Newsletter.

Couple of items to BQA Members...
If you have not received your membership renewal invoice, please contact the BQA Administrator, Sandra Early  at
Also, we are looking for a few new faces for the Board of Directors! If you are interested, please let Sandra know as well!


Queen Anne's County residents and business owners are being asked to participate in an on-line survey being conducted by Salisbury University to help the Economic Development Commission gain a solid understanding of the economic development priorities of our County.


The information you provide is confidential and will be used by Economic Development Commission to formulate the long-range goals of the County's Economic Development 10-Year Strategic Plan.


Click on Take the Economic Development Survey at to give your input and express your views on economic development related issues. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey, please contact Jean Fabi at 410.758.1255.


Thank you!

Bill Stoops, EDC Chairman





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Queen Anne's County Farm Bureau

Three county Farm Bureaus from Maryland are among the nation's top 25 recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation for innovative program ideas in this year's County Activities of Excellence Awards program. The winners will be highlighted during AFBF's 94th Annual Meeting, Jan. 13-16, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.


Baltimore, Frederick and Queen Anne's County Farm Bureaus captured top honors in the annual program that acknowledges and shares successful county Farm Bureau programs and activities. The CAE focuses on Farm Bureau's priority issues Education and Ag Promotion; Member Services; Public Relations and Information; Leadership Development; and Policy Implementation.


"Winners will display their programs at the AFBF Annual Meeting trade show, allowing Farm Bureau members from across the country to learn about successful programs and activities that promote agriculture within farming communities," said AFBF President Bob Stallman. 


Queen Anne's County Farm Bureau members are being honored in the Public Relations and Information category for the Hudson Family Fundraiser. County President Robert Arnold and Secretary Virginia Albers said the joint project included the five Upper Shore counties - Queen Anne's, Kent, Cecil, Caroline and Talbot.


"The SaveFarmFamilies organization asked key Farm Bureau members in the five counties if a fundraiser could be accomplished on the Upper Shore," Arnold reported. During the first joint meeting, leaders decided to plan one main event on February 18, 2012, at the Queen Anne's County 4-H Park in Centreville, MD. The Hudson family, whose beef and chicken farm is located on the Lower Eastern Shore, is in the process of a large and costly lawsuit brought on by the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance. "The Hudsons are a typical middle class farm family and this lawsuit is a huge financial burden to them. SaveFarmFamilies is an organization of agriculture supporters assisting with legal costs and the Upper Shore County Farm Bureaus felt the need to support this cause as a joint effort between the five counties. 100% of this fundraiser went to support the Hudson family to pay their legal bills."


More than 750 people attended the event that raised over of $108,000. Personal hand-written thank you letters went to all of those that volunteered, donated or sponsored the event. "Committee members expressed their pride to be a part of such a successful event and thankful for the collaborative efforts between all five county Farm Bureaus," Arnold said. "Together the counties were able to do so much more than they could have done individually."


Maryland Farm Bureau's mission is to promote and protect Maryland agriculture and rural life. It is a private, non-profit membership organization. It is controlled by its members through the democratic process and is financed by voluntary membership dues. Its strength comes from the active participation of over 37,000 member families that belong to the state's 23 county Farm Bureaus.

The Hudson trial is nearly over with just closing arguments remaining, which are scheduled for November 30, 2012. end of trial statement:

"All along we've said that this lawsuit threatens family farms across the country, and the trial revealed the true agenda of the groups and of the individuals involved in the case - to use trumped up pollution charges to attack poultry farms. We believe it's clear that the Waterkeeper Alliance, the Assateague Coastal Trust and the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic did not prove their case. They have continuously changed their story to find some reason to vilify a hardworking farm family just because they raise chickens. The best they could come up with is that dust from the poultry house fans and the small amount of litter from foot traffic in and out of the poultry house constitute a violation of the Clean Water Act.

To add insult to injury, two of three lawyers at the plaintiff's table the past three weeks have been Maryland state employees. The Waterkeepers' use of the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic as a tool in its publicly announced "hard-nosed litigation" tactics against a Maryland citizen and Maryland corporation is, as Governor O'Malley has already stated, an "injustice."

The farming community looks forward to a favorable ruling and an opportunity for the Hudson family to see their lives return to normal."


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In This Issue
Notice to BQA Members!
Public Comments
County Budget Info
Farm Lawsuit Update


Your BQA Board!


Camille O'Donnell, President

O'Donnell Properties



Mareen Waterman, Vice President

Coldwell Banker/Waterman Realty



Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.



Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America



Karen Oertel

Harris Crab House



Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.



Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina



Al Helfenbein

Helfenbein Insurance Agency



Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power



Barry Griffith

Lane Engineering



Steve Donovan

Title One & Associates, Inc.



Colby Garrett 

CM Garrett, Inc.  



George O'Donnell




Sandra Early 







 BQA Membership
New Investment Rate!


Business Queen Anne's is now offering a special rate for new members!


Only $99

per year for three years!


Click the link below
to download an application!



Current Members...
You should have received your yearly Membership Dues Invoice by now...if not please contact the BQA Administrator, Sandra Early!




Mark Your Calendar...


County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for published agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
Centreville, MD 21617





BUSINESS Queen Anne's


A Coalition for Economic Development and Responsible Government

The mission of BUSINESS Queen Anne's is to actively advocate sound economic growth; review all proposed state and local legislation and regulations; provide an objective assessment of proposed development in Queen Anne's County and its incorporated towns; endorse and support countywide growth that is well managed and consistent with adopted state and local planning and regulatory guidelines, comprehensive plans, and state and local initiatives; create positive and "business friendly" attitudes on the part of Queen Anne's County elected and appointed officials; and support business activity that promotes and encourages a vibrant economy, development of an adequate labor pool, a fiscally responsible and accountable county government, and a continued unique quality of life in Queen Anne's County.  

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