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Governor Larry Hogan, Community Celebrate Completion of MD 404 Expansion on Maryland’s Eastern Shore November 20, 2017
MD Governor’s Office
11.3 Miles of Divided Highway between US 50 and the Denton Bypass
ANNAPOLIS, MD – November 20, 2017
Governor Larry Hogan was today joined by area residents, local business leaders, and officials to celebrate the long-awaited improvement of one of the Eastern Shore’s primary corridors – MD 404. The event included a ribbon cutting followed by the first cars driving on the much-anticipated new lanes. Under the Hogan administration’s landmark investment of an additional $2 billion in roads and bridges announced in June 2015, this $158 million project completed the upgrade of MD 404 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway from US 50 to the Denton Bypass.
“For decades, improvements to this vital corridor were slow to move forward, and our administration heard your calls loud and clear,” said Governor Hogan. “With the completion of the MD 404 upgrade, our administration is proud to deliver on the number one priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties – complete and a year and a half ahead of schedule.”
The 11.3 miles of the dualized MD 404 provide a direct route between US 50 and the Town of Denton. The project improved safety with a median that separates the eastbound and westbound sides, as well as four travel lanes instead of two. This project is a critical link – along with projects such as the Dover Bridge replacement, the Salisbury Bypass replacement, and US 113 widening – that connect residents to the Eastern Shore safely.
“This new and improved road is part of our system of systems to connect Marylanders safely to life’s opportunities,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn.
During peak summer travel, traffic dramatically increases when drivers head to the Maryland and Delaware beaches. Today, 16,400 vehicles each day travel along MD 404, with more than 20,150 vehicles during the summer. By 2035, average daily traffic will increase to 21,900 vehicles a day, and up to 26,900 vehicles during summer months.
The MD 404 upgrade was planned for years, with small segments improved as funding became available. In the decade between 2005 and 2014, 402 crashes occurred and 12 people lost their lives. Upgrading MD 404 has been the top priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties for years.
In 2015, the Hogan Administration directed the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to deliver the project before Thanksgiving 2017. MDOT developed a fast-track process and solicited teams of contractors and designers to deliver the project within the timeframe. MDOT selected MD 404 Safety Corridor Constructors in June 2016. The crews began relocating utilities, coordinating with area property owners and local law enforcement, and constructing the new travel lanes while maintaining traffic in fall 2016. Workers were permitted to work seven days a week to stay on schedule. Local outreach staff met with emergency services personnel and the agricultural community to keep them informed and coordinate services across Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot counties. The Hogan administration currently has nearly 1,000 transportation projects totaling $9 billion dollars under construction across the state, including more than $781 million dollars on the Eastern Shore.
Caroline County Library
Decorate the library’s Christmas trees with warm and cozy new socks, hats, scarves, gloves and mittens during December and help keep a local child or adult warm this winter.
Donated items are accepted at any library location and will be distributed to His Hope Haven Shelter.
Compass Regional Hospice
October 24, 2017
Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center will host the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 101 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. The service is free and open to the public.
The centerpiece of the Candlelight Remembrance Service is the reading of the names of Compass Regional Hospice patients who have died in the past 13 months. Members of the community are also invited to bring the names of their loved ones whom they would like to be remembered during the holiday season.
If you are unable to attend the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County there are two additional services.
One will be held in Queen Anne’s County on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road in Centreville.
Another will be held in Kent County on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St. in Chestertown. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, Grief Support Coordinator, 443-262-4109, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caroline County Public Library
Kids ages 8-18 are invited to join us for a learning and experimentation program on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics at the Caroline County Public Library North County Greensboro Branch.
Presented in partnership with Dr. Melissa Leiden-Welsh, MD Cooperative Extension’s 4-H educator, the sessions feature hands-on activities focusing on such diverse topics as plants, dairy products, watersheds and engineering.
The program will be held on Wednesdays from 6-7pm beginning November 1st. Registration is required; please call 410-479-1343 to register or visit our website at www.carolib.org for extensive program details.
(RIDGELY, MD—September 26, 2017)
Bring your wings and wands for a day of magic at Adkins Arboretum! The Arboretum’s second annual Fairyfest, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 14, 2017 celebrates fancy, fantasy and fun in the forest. Follow a trail of fairy houses along enchanted forest paths, and join in a meadow maypole dance. Search for gnomes in the Funshine Garden, craft magical treasures to take home, and wave to the Billy Goats Gruff from atop a hay wagon.
The event includes live entertainment throughout the day in the woodland theatre, shimmering fairy face painting, rainbow bubbles, archery and fairytale games. Unicorn rides provided by Snapdragon Stables and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Kicking off the fun, Master Naturalist Beth Lawton will offer a special Fairy Makers crafting program for ages 12 and up on Friday October 13, 2017. Crafted of felt, silk flowers, wooden beads and seed pods, the tiny acorn fairies made in the workshop will delight fairy lovers of all age. Each participant will create a one-of-a-kind fairy to take home. The workshop is $10 for members and $15 for non-members; spots are limited, and advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org.
Admission to Fairyfest is $10 for adults and children ages 3 and up. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free.
Fairyfest is sponsored in part by Garden Treasures of Easton and Soistman Family Dentistry. For more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
Do you have a story to tell? We want to share your story!
One thing for certain is, no matter how we feel about what’s going on around us in the world, the stories that often mean the most to us are those that are happening in our own hometown. Often those stories are not as well known as they could be.
Here at Caroline Crier, we would like to change that.
Let us know your story so we can share it. It may be as simple as
– having a part in a community theatre production,
– an artist with a debuting a new project or exhibition,
– students doing something to help the community,
– managing a charity event,
– helping another in need,
– honoring a relative for service they have done,
– well just about anything.
Share your story with us and we will share it with the community through this community concentric publication.
Steve Atkinson; Editor – Caroline Crier
Milton Nagel, assistant superintendent of administrative services for Caroline County Public Schools, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Nagel brings his experience in accounting, the military and education to Chesapeake’s Board.
“Chesapeake College is a key partner to the five counties that it serves. Its value is evident in the vast opportunities that stand before its students. Whether that role is a stepping stone to a four- year degree or a series of course work to further skills in a trade, Chesapeake works to meet the individual needs of each student,” Mr. Nagel said. “The success of the next generation depends largely on the quality of education received and Chesapeake College plays a vital role in ensuring that level of education is available to all in the community.”
Mr. Nagel, a Certified Public Accountant, has been with Caroline County Public Schools for 25 years.
Mr. Nagel was raised on the family farm located outside of Federalsburg. A 1984 graduate of Colonel Richardson High School, he is a 1998 graduate of the University of Delaware where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. While attending the University of Delaware, he was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation. He spent four years working as a CPA for Jefferson, Urian, Doane and Sterner, P.A. at their Georgetown, Delaware office and at the same time served his country as an Army Reserves Military Police Officer. Mr. Nagel began his Caroline County Public Schools career in August, 1992 as an Accountant and Internal Auditor. Over the years, he has assumed ever-increasing responsibilities leading up to Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and was the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. He is active with several state and regional organizations to include Past President for the Association of School Business Officials for MD, Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium Health Insurance Alliance, Chair of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Group Insurance Pool and Vice Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Energy Trust.
Mr. Nagel married his high school sweetheart, Christina (Tina) Lorenz, in 1988 and they have two sons, who are graduates from Colonel Richardson High School and both attended Chesapeake College. He has been very involved in coaching and supporting numerous local sports that both sons were active participants.
Caroline County Public Schools
September 5, 2017
The Caroline County Public School system will begin deploying a new visitor management system to all of our county school buildings. The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors in our schools and provide us with a safer, more monitored environment for our students and staff.
Upon entering a Caroline County School, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID (driver’s license, state id card), which will be scanned into the system. Upon reading the information, Raptor will check national and local databases to identify those individuals that should not be allowed in our schools. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. The visitor badges must be returned to the office at the conclusion of the visit so that they can be logged out of the system.
The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping away people who may present a danger to our students. Therefore, all visitors to the county schools must be scanned into the system and obtain a visitor badge.
If you are interested in learning more about the visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies Website (www.raptortech.com).
Outstanding Dreams Farm
September 5, 2017
Now in it’s 9th year, Outstanding Dreams Farm’s Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th in Preston, Maryland promises fun for the whole family. Tour the farm, meet and learn about their growing herd of alpacas, watch fiber arts demonstrations and enjoy live music while checking out the many craft and food vendors at this one-of-a-kind event.
Located on fifteen peaceful acres on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Outstanding Dreams Farm is home to more than 25 Huacaya alpacas and a Farm Store that carries a variety of products crafted from alpaca fiber. Owners Phil and Vickie Liske established the farm in 2007, and it has grown to be one of the top agritourism destinations in the region. In addition to offering Champion alpaca breeding services and sales, the Liskes frequently offer farm tours for groups of all sizes.
Outstanding Dreams Farm’s two-day festival offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the gentle and lovable animals. In addition to the alpacas, the event also features live music by Silhouette Song, artisans and craft vendors, children’s activities, games and more.
Festival attendees will also be able to shop for a variety of products crafted from alpaca fleece – a luxurious and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities–at the Outstanding Dreams Farm Store. The shop carries an array of products made from the luxurious natural fiber, including clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, children’s toys, jewelry, raw fiber and the popular Paca Socks.
The Liskes are eager to share their passion for raising alpacas with festival-goers.
“One of our favorite parts of the job is introducing people to the wonderful world of alpacas and sharing our love and knowledge of these gentle animals,” says Liske.
The festival takes place Saturday, September 16th from 11am-5pm and Sunday, September 17th from noon – 4pm at Outstanding Dreams Farm, 24480 Pinetown Road, Preston, Maryland. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. In addition to the Alpaca Festival, Outstanding Dreams Farm hosts a Holiday Open House in December. For more information on the Open House & Alpaca Festival or to arrange a tour of the farm, please contact (410) 673-2002 or visit OutstandingDreamsFarm.com