The Scientific Method for Homeschoolers Begins September 15, 2015 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—July 30, 2015

Uncover the fascinating origins of modern science with a glimpse into the past when Adkins Arboretum offers The Scientific Method for Homeschoolers, an eight-week program beginning September 15, 2015.

In this series, homeschool students ages 7 to 14 will journey from the birth of science in ancient Mesopotamia to science in the 21st century, with stops along the way in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Scientific Revolution and The Age of Reason. Delving into the components of the scientific method, students will learn key scientific vocabulary and conduct experiments. They will use their newfound knowledge in the field, working in teams to create and test hypotheses related to the Arboretum’s forest, wetland, meadow and stream habitats. The program will culminate in a science fair showcasing team projects. Reading activities will be part of each class. Classes will meet on Tuesdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m., September 15 to November 3, 2015.

The series is $55 for members and $70 for non-members. Advance registration is required at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Community invited to tour Caroline Hospice Home on August 11, 2015

Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice
July 30, 2015

On Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 5:00pm, Caroline Hospice Foundation and Compass Regional Hospice are co-hosting a ribbon cutting to celebrate the re-opening of the Caroline Hospice Home at 613 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. Following the ribbon cutting ceremony guests are invited for tours until 7:00 pm. Refreshments will be served and staff will be on hand to answer questions about hospice care and grief support services available in Caroline County.

The Caroline Hospice Home, a 3-bed residential hospice center owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is scheduled to re-open this fall. Compass Regional Hospice staff will provide patient care and family grief support.

“Re-opening the Caroline Hospice Home allows us to expand the services we have been providing in Caroline County since the state approved us to be the sole provider of hospice services in 2014,” says Heather Guerieri, RN, BSN, CHPN, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice. “Now, in addition to providing hospice care in private residences, nursing homes and assisted living facilities, we will have a three-bed residential hospice center for people who choose this level of care.”

Guerieri adds, “We are grateful to the Caroline Hospice Foundation for the investment they have made in renovating this beautiful hospice center and for what they will continue to do to raise funds we rely on to provide exceptional patient care for the people of Caroline County.”

Heidi Plutschak, director of Caroline Hospice Foundation, says, “We thank the many people of our community who have donated their time, materials and expertise to make it possible for us to complete extensive renovations to the Caroline Hospice Home. What we have accomplished in the last year lives up to the work we have done for 30 years – ensuring that Caroline County families have access to the best and most compassionate hospice care.”

For more information about the August 11 Caroline Hospice Home celebration, contact Heidi Plutschak, Caroline Hospice Foundation, 410-479-3500, or Linda Mastro, 443-262-4100,

Photo: The Caroline Hospice Home in Denton has three private rooms that provide a homelike environment for patients and their families.

The Caroline Hospice Home in Denton has three private rooms that provide a homelike environment for patients and their families. – Contributed Photo

Adkins Arboretum Offers Fall Nature Fun for Preschoolers

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—July 28, 2015)

Goats, butterflies, pumpkins and more! Celebrate fall and engage your young child with nature with Adkins Arboretum’s Nature Preschool programs. Taught by Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton, this series of eight classes for three- to five-year-olds is offered Tuesday mornings beginning September 15, 2015.

Advance registration is required for these popular programs. The fee per class is $4 for members and $6 for members, with a 10 percent discount offered for enrollment in all eight classes. Programs run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a snack. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended. For more information or to register, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Programs include:

Meet Lily!
Sept. 15
Visit the Arboretum’s goat herd, led by the lovely Lily, and learn how goats are used to munch troublesome weeds. Children will make goat puppets, sample goat milk and have their pictures taken with Lily and her four-legged friends.

Ants in Your Pants
Sept. 22
Join in a wiggly “Ants in Your Pants” dance and make a fingerprint ant craft. After learning some interesting ant trivia, we’ll go on a bug hunt, try out a bug vacuum and munch “Ants on a Log” snacks.

Milkweed and Monarchs
Sept. 29
Make a wish on a fluffy milkweed seed and learn about the beautiful monarch butterflies that lay their eggs on the milkweed plant. We’ll look for milkweed pods in the meadow, make a butterfly craft and enjoy butterfly books with our snack.

Teddy Bear
Oct. 6
Children and their teddy bear friends are invited to a forest picnic! The morning will include a bear hunt along woodland paths (bears rarely wander to the Eastern Shore, but it’s still fun to look), bear songs and a teddy bear bandana craft.

Pumpkin Party
Oct. 13
It’s pumpkin season! We’ll get the scoop on pumpkins, visit the Arboretum’s Funshine Garden and make pumpkin shakers. Then we’ll wiggle and twist to the Pumpkin Polka!

Nuts for Squirrels
Oct. 20
Are you nuts for squirrels? We’ll explore the world of these furry cuties on a forest scavenger hunt and return to the classroom for acorn stories and nutty snacks. A squirrel napkin ring craft will round out this fun-filled morning.

Going Batty
Oct. 27
Bats: terrifying vampires or cuddly Stellalunas? We’ll learn the science behind the world’s only flying mammal, experiment with echolocation and try navigating the meadow bat-style. We’ll also make batty Halloween decorations and celebrate with a holiday-themed snack and story.

Scouts and Maidens
Nov. 3
Who were the first people to live on the Eastern Shore? Let’s visit the First Light Village wigwams to find out! We’ll play a Native American corn game, collect sticks for a pretend campfire and craft a Native American centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table.


Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

See “Back to the Future” at Federalsburg Branch Library

Caroline Public Library
July 22, 2015

Teen movie at the Federalsburg Branch Library!

Teens, grab your rad 1980s clothes and head back in time at the Caroline County Public Library’s Federalsburg Branch.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the sci-fi classic movie, Back to the Future, so celebrate 80s style while you watch on Friday, July 31, 2015 at 6pm.

Free admission, free snacks (even a better deal than 1950s prices) and a great time…fire up the DeLorean and don’t be late!

Federalsburg Lions Club Collecting School Supplies for Federalsburg Elementary School

Federalsburg Lions Club
July 2015

The Federalsburg Lions Club: The civic group who just keeps on giving back.

As Federalsburg Elementary School Boosters, the Lions are once again asking for our support as they gather donated school supplies for our kids from July 20th to August 24, 2015. Backpacks, #2 pencils, crayons, Kleenex and the list go on and on. Any and everything an elementary school student might need to succeed can be dropped off at: Bee’s Energy Express, Federalsburg Family Restaurant, Susan Lynch State Farm Insurance, Town Hall or Tri-Gas & Oil.

Special Thanks to All of our Residents and Businesses who support the Lions.

For more information please contact: Mary Harding – 410.829.1225; Christy Pierce – 410.754.5153 or Judi White – 410.714.0588.

Help Wanted: Town And Country Disposal

Flyer: Help Wanted at Town and Country Disposal

Town & Country Disposal, Inc.
21210 Dover Bridge Rd. Preston, MD.
Call 410 820-4255 for Application
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Consumer Safety Forum in Denton – July 23, 2015

Congressman Andy Harris’ Offive
July 16, 2015

Consumer Safety Forum
All too often, seniors suffer financial hardship as targeted victims of ID Theft or other fraudulent activity. I would like to invite you to attend a forum on Consumer Safety that my office is hosting in Denton. We will have representatives from the Federal Trade Commission, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Department, the Caroline County Commissioners Office, and Mid Shore Pro Bono to provide valuable information and answer your questions. All are invited!

For more information, call Kent Island office at 410-643-5425.

WHAT: Consumer Safety Forum
DATE: Thursday, July 23, 2015
TIME: 10:00am-11:30am
LOCATION: Denton Library, 100 Market Street, Denton, MD 21629.

State, local officials announce first regional anti-heroin campaign ‘I Wish I Knew’ encourages community dialogue

Regional Anti-heroin Campaign
July 2015

State and local officials on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 announced the first-ever Mid-Shore opioid misuse prevention campaign, at a kick-off event held at the Chesapeake Heritage Center in Chester.

Heroin and prescription drug use is a growing problem on the Mid-Shore, with 53 recorded opiate-related deaths here last year. Across the state, last year 464 people died from heroin and 316 died from prescription pill overdoses. In the first half of 2014, heroin-related deaths rose 46 percent with 310 deaths across the state, according to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Additionally, 7 percent of local high school students have tried heroin – a statistic nearly twice the state average.

‘I Wish I Knew’ is an awareness campaign that offers information and local resources on heroin and prescription pills. The campaign also encourages community participation on social media and online at

“Please, take time to follow the campaign – encourage others to ‘share’ on Facebook and follow on Twitter,” said Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble, who spoke at the campaign kick-off event. “You, your family and your loved ones need you to learn more. It takes all of us to turn back the tide of opiate abuse. Take time today to join the conversation!”

The campaign runs through Sept. 30, is funded through SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration and includes Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. It is the first regional, coordinated effort of its kind.

“I am pleased to kick-start a campaign that is near and dear to my heart and that is bringing light to the drug problem we face here on the Mid-Shore,” said Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Jim Moran, who also spoke at the kick-off event. Moran advocated for expanded access to Suboxone, a medication used to treat opiate addiction, and called for mandatory drug education in local schools for parents and students.

The campaign includes unprecedented media reach through television, local movie theaters, billboards, radio stations and print publications. Ads include information on the signs of opiate abuse, the signs of an overdose and what to do in an overdose.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for our community,” said Kelley L. Allen, owner of Soul Candy Media, which created the campaign. “Nearly everyone has been affected by heroin or prescription pills – we need to keep talking about it and working to change our culture.

“This campaign not only offers invaluable information, but also encourages community participation. We hope everyone goes to our website and joins the conversation with an ‘I Wish I Knew’ statement. What you tell us will help us work toward reducing misuse in our community.”

Gayle Jordan-Randolph, deputy secretary for the state’s Behavioral Health Administration, and Tim Dove, director of addictions for the Caroline County Counseling Center, also spoke at the event.

Officials in attendance included Lt. Tim McDonald, barrack commander for Maryland State Police Centreville; state Del. Steven Arentz, R-36; Betsy Hamilton, representing state Del. Christopher Adams, R-37B; Denise Lovelady, representing U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md.-1st and Meg Butler, representing state Rep. John Mautz IV, R-37B.

Meet Local author Margie Harding at North County Branch Library

Caroline County Library
July 9, 2015

Local author Margie Harding will share her colorful and playful books for children at the Caroline County Public Library’s North County Branch in Greensboro on Monday, July 27 at 11 am.

Copies of her books Here on the Farm, Juice Jam Jelly, and Deep in the City will be available for purchase.

For more information, please call 410-482-2173.

Sherman the Shorebird coming to the library

Caroline County Library
July 9, 2015

Who is seven feet tall, orange and loves the chicken dance and summer reading?

It’s Sherman the Shorebird, the mascot of the Delmarva Shorebirds baseball team, and he is coming to the Federalsburg Branch of the Caroline County Public Library on July 28 at 1:30pm.

Meet Sherman, listen to some great baseball stories, and get your picture taken with him!

Sherman the Shorebird - Photo: Delmarva Shorebirds.

Sherman the Shorebird – Photo: Delmarva Shorebirds.