Rural Legacy Program Preserves 55 Acres in Caroline and Washington Counties

October 29, 2014

The State permanently preserved 55 acres of Maryland’s landscape and eliminated 5 development rights through the Rural Legacy Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved funding for the easements in the Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area and Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area at today’s meeting in Annapolis.

“The Rural Legacy Program ensures the prosperity of our great state by protecting important forest and farmland, preserving historical sites and working landscapes, and providing our waterways with critical stormwater runoff protection,” said Governor O’Malley.

In Caroline County, the 35-acre Jones Easement contains approximately 1,000 linear feet of frontage and 100 feet of forested buffers along Tuckahoe Creek. With 30 total acres of forests in and near the site, it provides forest interior dwelling habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The entire property falls within a “Targeted Agricultural Area,” land identified as a conservation priority by the Maryland Department of Planning as part of the State’s AgPrint.

With the addition of this easement, 49 percent of the 22,401-acre Agricultural Security Corridor Rural Legacy Area is currently protected.

In Washington County, the 20-acre Morgan Easement is part of a large tract of land a Quaker, Israel Friend, purchased from the Indian Chiefs of the Five Nations in 1727. The Antietam tract was measured in arrow shoots ─ the farthest distance an archer could shoot an arrow. It served as the site for Antietam Iron Works, which produced cannons for, among others, the Continental Army. Rock piles from business operations can still be found on the property. The Union 9th Corps also passed through the area during the Battle of Antietam.

A forest stewardship plan will protect the property, which is made-up primarily of forestland, and sits adjacent to a larger mass of contiguous woodland acres. With the addition of this easement, 43 percent of the 18,381-acre Mid-Maryland Washington Rural Legacy Area is currently protected.

Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of forests, agricultural land and natural resources, while sustaining land for natural resource-based industries. It has to date provided more than $251 million to protect approximately 81,100 acres. The 11-member Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and Board is comprised of Maryland’s Agriculture, Natural Resources and Planning Secretaries, who review grant applications annually.

The three member Board of Public Works is composed of Governor O’Malley (chair), Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultation contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement transactions.

Delmarva Power’s Project to Benefit Queen Anne’s and Caroline Counties

Delmarva Power
Oct 28, 2014

Delmarva Power plans to rebuild a high-voltage transmission line between the company’s substations near Millington and in Denton, Md., in order to enhance electric service reliability in Queen Anne’s and Caroline counties.

Delmarva Power will invest approximately $29.6 million to rebuild the 25.5-mile, 138-kilovolt (kV) transmission line, which will enhance reliability of the transmission system.

The project will replace 182 wooden poles, which range in height from 55- to 80-feet, with steel poles that are 95- to 125-feet tall. Steel poles are resistant to corrosion and can withstand hurricane force winds of 120 miles per hour.

“The current infrastructure was built in 1955 and is approaching the end of its useful life, so it is important that we undertake this project to maintain and improve the reliability of the transmission system” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President.

Work is scheduled to begin in February 2016 with completion targeted for June 2017.

Delmarva Power plans to schedule two community meetings in early 2015 to provide more details on the project.

Caroline County Sheriff’s Signs Agreement with Delmarva Search and Rescue

October 25, 2014

On October 16th, 2014, Sheriff Randy Bounds signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Delmarva Search and Rescue (DMVSAR) Organization to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of search and rescue operations conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.

The DMVSAR group brings search and rescue assets to the Sheriff’s Office that would normally not be available. The DMVSAR are members of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NSAR) , an emergency response resource specializing in conducting and managing search and rescue (SAR) operations for ground searches, canine searches, mounted (horse) searches, and FEMA standard responses for disaster operations.

Sheriff Randy Bounds stated:
“When a child is missing or a vulnerable adult walks off, time is of the essence. By partnering with DMV-SAR we have substantially increased our professional response to these types of incidents. We value our current partnerships with Caroline County Fire, Rescue and EMS organizations and look forward to that same appreciation for the services of the DMVSAR organization.”

Based on the Eastern Shore, DMVSAR has been responding to missions throughout Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and other states since its inception. DMVSAR is comprised of professional volunteers who dedicate countless hours to rigorous training, mission response, group projects, preventative instruction, and public awareness. DMVSAR members come from throughout the state of Maryland to make up this professional organization.

William Heisterhagen, President of DMV-SAR, stated:
“By Sheriff Bounds signing this MOU with our organization, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency on the Eastern Shore to officially partner with our organization. We bring specific skills and assets for the Sheriff’s Office at no cost to the citizens, to augment other public safety organizations within Caroline County on an as needed basis”.

Sheriff Bounds plans on conducting joint search and rescue drills with DMV-SAR members in the future to help integrate his Command Staff and Deputies into various search and rescue scenarios. You can learn more about the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at or find us on Facebook at or Twitter @carolinesheriff

Submitted Photo: Group photo of some of the DMVSAR Members standing with Sheriff Randy Bounds

Group photo of some of the DMVSAR Members standing with Sheriff Randy Bounds, – Submitted Photo

UM Shore Regional Health announces “Ask the Expert” events in November

UM Shore Regional Health
October 20, 2014

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health announces several dates for its “Ask the Expert” series offered throughout the region in November. “Ask the Expert” offers area residents access to the most current information on relevant health care topics, presented by clinical experts who live and work here on the Eastern Shore:

Beat the Bug — Staying Healthy by Preventing Infection: Julie Bryan, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator for UM Shore Regional Health, discusses the latest information on various infections and ways to avoid them, whether at home, traveling or even in a health care facility.
• 2 p.m., November 7, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton
• 10 a.m., November 12, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 19, Grasonville (Queen Anne’s County) Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville

Palliative Care: What Everyone Should Know: Madeline Steffens, RN, BSN, HPCN, Nurse Coordinator of UM Shore Regional Palliative Care Program, gives an overview and outlook of how palliative care works for patients, families and caregivers.
• 10 a.m., November 5, Caroline County Senior Center, 407 S. Seventh St., Denton
• 2 p.m., November 17, Grasonville Senior Center, 4802 Main St., Grasonville
• 2 p.m., November 21, Brookletts Place — The Talbot County Senior Center, 400 Brookletts Ave., Easton

Relieve Pain through Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Khalid Kurtom, MD, of Chesapeake Neurological Surgery, an affiliate of UM Shore Medical Group, continues his popular discussion on the latest in minimally invasive surgery for pain relief.
• 7 p.m., November 20, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Conference Center, 100 Brown St., Chestertown

Staying Ahead of Diabetes: Kenneth Patrick Ligaray, MD and Faustino Macuha, MD, of the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology, provide enlightening facts about one of the region’s most prevalent health issues, including how to control risk factors — such as diet — and how to manage your care and medication if you’re diagnosed.
• 7 p.m., November 18, UM Shore Medical Center at Dorchester, third floor classroom, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge

Attendees are asked to RSVP to Cathy Wright, 410-822-1000, ext. 5222.

Adkins Arboretum Offers November Arts and Crafts Programs

Adkins Arboretum
October 19, 2014

Weave a basket, craft a centerpiece, build a chair, and unleash your creativity with a series of arts and crafts programs offered in November at Adkins Arboretum.

On Sat., Nov. 1, join Chanticleer Garden horticulturist and craftsman Dan Benarcik from 10 a.m. to noon to build your own Wave Hill chair. Based on a 1918 design by acclaimed Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld and modified in the 1960s, the chair was popularized at the garden at Wave Hill in the Bronx. This timeless and comfortable chair is suitable for any garden setting. All materials are provided, and no carpentry skills are needed. The session is $195 for members and $220 for non-members, a significant discount from the retail price of the chair.

In the Sumac Leaf Glass Plate Workshop on Wed., Nov. 12, Karen Montgomery of The Clay Bakers will lead participants in creating a stylized glass plate with a sumac leaf design in fall colors. Score and break glass to build your design, and let The Clay Bakers fire and finish your piece. Completed plates will be ready for pick-up the week after the class. The program meets from 1 to 3 p.m. and is $45 for members, $50 for non-members.

In Introduction to Color Pencil, a two-day workshop led by botanical artist Lee D’Zmura, participants will learn basic color pencil techniques, including hue, value, intensity, sketching, transfer and color application. The sessions meet from 9:30 to 3 p.m. on Fridays, Nov. 14 and 21. The program fee is $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

Lee Zimmerman Nelson has been making and exhibiting award-winning basketry for more than thirty years. On Thurs., Nov. 20, join Nelson to make a one-of-a-kind oval basket perfect for holiday arrangements. Using vines and natural hand-dyed rattan, you’ll produce a beautiful and functional piece and learn basic skills as you work. All skill levels are welcome. The program meets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is $45 for members, $55 for non-members.

Join floral designer and Arboretum docent Nancy Beatty for a Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop on Sat., Nov. 22 to create an autumn centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Under Beatty’s guidance, you will use flora, pods, berries, leaves and a few store-bought additions to craft a beautiful seasonal arrangement. The program meets from 10 a.m. to noon and is $35 for members, $45 for non-members.

Advance registration for all programs is required at or by calling 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

This Weekend in Caroline

October 24:25: Haunted Tales Candle-Lit Walk in Denton, MD
Hear scary stories culled from the history of Denton, concluding with a hot beverage and sweet treat served back at the museum. Flashlights recommended. Museum of Rural Life

October 25th: Hayday Familyfest (FREE) sponsored by the Park Lane Church of God from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Marshy Hope Marina. 410 754 9958 or

October 25: Indoor Craft show. Caroline County 4-H park8am to noon Info 410 714-0807

October 25: Martinak State Park’s Annual Fall Fest 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Denton, MD
Celebrate the joys of Autumn at this family friendly event. Activities include an apple butter boil. Corn shelling, Scales & Tales display, pumpkin decorating, bicycle rodeo, games, Scarecrow Wizardry, local crafters & artisans and more! Contact: 410.820.1668

October 25: Caroline County Humane Society – Tats for Tails event at Black Anchor Tattoo in Denton, Maryland has offered to donate a portion of the proceed of all tattoos done that day between 12pm and 8 pm to the Caroline County Humane Society. At the same time as the Tats for Tails is happening a block party right out in front of Black Anchor between 1 & 4pm with vendors, food, corn hole, music, raffles and a stuff a pick up truck with pet food.

Visit the Calendar page for upcoming events.

MD State Police Arrest Suspect in Caroline County Fatal Shooting

Maryland State Police Press Release
10/15/2014 09:56


(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Maryland State Police homicide investigators have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a 25 year old man in Caroline County.

The suspect arrested is identified as James Bolden, 55, of Federalsburg, Maryland. He is currently being held in police custody at the Federalsburg Police Department, awaiting transport to the Office of the Court Commissioner. After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney, State Police homicide investigators charged Bolden with first degree murder.

Bolden is charged in connection with the death of Timothy Darnell Smith, Jr., 25, of the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue in Federalsburg. At 8:00 p.m. last night, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded to a 9-1-1 call from a nearby resident who heard the gunshot. The responding police officers found Smith with a gunshot wound to his chest and immediately attempted medical treatment at the scene. Smith was taken to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. He was later transported to the Georgetown Delaware Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. this morning, Bolden was located at a residence in the 300 block of Park Avenue in Federalsburg and taken into custody by members of the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team. He was transported to the Federalsburg Police Department where he has been in police custody since.

Video footage from a nearby camera provided a vehicle description for the car, reportedly in the area at the time of the incident. Investigators located the vehicle, which subsequently resulted in locating the suspect in the shooting. Police do not have a motive for the murder at this time.

Investigators continue to interview area residents about what they may have seen or heard. Anyone who may have been driving in the area of Academy Street and Main Street between 7:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m., yesterday is urged to contact Maryland State Police homicide investigators at the Easton Barrack 410-822-3101 or the Federalsburg Police Department 410-754-8966.

The investigation continues..

Chesapeake Culinary Center to host Halloween Bash on November 1, 2014

Chesapeake Culinary Center
Denton, MD
October 2014

Join the Chesapeake Culinary Center for a spooktacular time at their inaugural Halloween Bash on Saturday, November 1st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The event, which will take place at 512 Franklin Street in Denton, will featuring a costume contest, frightfully-good food, spirits, children’s activities and more!

Come in costume for your chance to win the Costume Contest. Prizes will be awarded for funniest, scariest and most original costumes. There will also be children’s activities for the younger crowd, including Decorate-a-Cookie and a showing of a Halloween-themed kids movie.

Admission to the Halloween Bash is $10. Proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Culinary Center, a community-driven facility that promotes a positive culinary learning experience for students, and a professionally trained workforce for the hospitality industry. Reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling 410-479-2144.

MD State Police Investigate Fatal Shooting in Caroline County

Maryland State Police Press Release
10/15/2014 02:42


(FEDERALSBURG, MD) – Homicide investigators from the Maryland State Police continue to investigate a fatal shooting, claiming the life of a 25 year old man in Caroline County.

The deceased victim is identified as Timothy Darnell Smith, Jr., 25, of the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue in Federalsburg. Smith was located by officers from the Federalsburg Police Department at an intersection in downtown Federalsburg, with an apparent gunshot wound in his upper torso. Smith was immediately provided medical treatment at the scene and transported to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

At 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, the Federalsburg Police Department received a 9-1-1 call, reporting the incident. The caller told police she heard the sound of a gunshot when she exited a nearby residence. At the time of the shooting, Smith was walking along the sidewalk with another adult male and two children. Police believe the adult male is a cousin of Smith.

Within minutes of the 9-1-1 call, officers from the Federalsburg Police Department responded and found Smith in a standing position, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. Within moments, Smith collapsed on the ground where police immediately attempted resuscitation. Smith was transported by ambulance to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford, Delaware where he was later pronounced dead.

The preliminary investigation indicates Smith was walking with his cousin and the two children towards a nearby store in downtown Federalsburg around 8:00 p.m. last night. Witnesses informed police that a car was observed in the area the same time the gunshot was heard.

Maryland State Police crime scene technicians continue to process the scene for evidence. A member of the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office responded and has been working with the State Police Homicide Unit investigators.

Assistance is also being provided by the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division from the Upper Shore region, the Maryland State Police State Apprehension Team, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, troopers from the Easton Barrack, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services, and the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Investigators continue to interview area residents about what they may have seen or heard. The search continues for suspects who may have been involved in this shooting. Anyone who may have been driving in the area of Academy Street and Main Street between 7:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m., yesterday is urged to contact Maryland State Police homicide investigators at the Easton Barrack 410-822-3101 or the Federalsburg Police Department 410-754-8966.

The investigation continues..

Downtown Denton’s October Third Thursday

Flyer: Downtown Denton's October 2014 3rd Thursday
Rediscover downtown Denton as restaurants and businesses extend their hours on the 3rd Thursday of every month. October’s event will take place on Thursday, October 16th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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