Open Community Forums for Caroline County Public Schools Superintendent Search

Caroline County Public Schools
November 24, 2014

The Caroline County Board of Education has begun its search for a new Superintendent of Schools. To help facilitate this process, the Caroline County Board has contracted the services of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE), an agency that specializes in assisting Boards with the consideration of candidates for educational leadership roles.

Open community forums will be held at locations throughout the county to help identify the qualities and characteristics residents want for the new superintendent.

The following are the open forum times, dates and locations:
• Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at Colonel Richardson High School cafeteria, 25320 Richardson Road, Federalsburg.
• Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m. at North Caroline High School cafeteria, 10990 River Road, Ridgely

Participants will be provided a brief presentation about the superintendent search, participate in group discussions and will be asked to answer three questions:
1. What do you feel are the most positive things about Caroline County and Caroline County Public Schools?
2. What characteristics and qualifications do you feel a superintendent should possess?
3. What challenges do you think the new superintendent will face.

Input from these forums will be compiled, presented to and used by the Board of Education to develop a brochure and advertisement to solicit candidates for the superintendent position. The brochure and advertisement will be posted on our school system website and placed in local, state and national publications.

Individuals or groups that cannot participate in the forums are encouraged to e-mail responses to kblumsack@mabe.org or mail responses to arrive before December 15 to Kathryn Blumsack, Maryland Association of Boards of Education, 631 Ridgley Avenue, Suite 300, Annapolis, MD 21201.

eReaders and Tablets: Try (for free) before you buy! at Caroline Public Library

Caroline Public Library
November 21, 2014

Try out our eReaders and tablets for free before you purchase those holiday gifts! Enjoy a short presentation with super tech-savvy librarians followed by hands-on practice at our technology bar on December 1, 4-5:30 PM, at the Central Library, Denton.

You will also receive an invitation you may want to include with your gift, inviting your recipient to our free January 12 class, “Feed Your eReader,” where they will
learn how to access free ebooks through the library’s web site.

For more information, please call 410-479-1343, Ext. 1.

December 2014 Events at VFW Post 5246

Dec.12-VFW Post 5246 Ladies Auxiliary Silent Auction & Cookie Walk, 5-7:30 p.m., excellent cookies, great gifts. Ladies will be serving dinner for a fee as well. Come on out, open to the public. More info 410-754-5020.

Dec. 13-VFW Post 5246 Men’s Auxiliary Christmas Dance, Open to the public, 8-midnight. $10. per person, bring a childs gift for Toys For Tots. Santa will be present.

Dec. 31-New Years Eve Dance sponsored by VFW Post 5246 Ladies Auxiliary, 8:30-12:30, Third Rail Band, Breakfast, hats & horns, great fun….$35. per couple, $20. per person. Open to the public, more info or tickets call 410-754-5020

Greensboro’s 15th annual Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit

Caroline County Library
Greensboro, MD

Free Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit at the Library

The magic of trains returns this holiday season during Caroline County Public Library Greensboro’s 15th annual Toy Train & Model Railroad Exhibit on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th, from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm.

For two days each year, the library transforms itself into a magical land of toy and model trains. All train exhibitors are local hobbyists who devote their time and effort to make this event so successful.

The Friends of the Caroline County Public Library will sponsor a train set raffle. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of Caroline County Public Library as well. Fun for all ages – Free admission! For more information, contact the library at 410.482.2173 or thill-coursey@carolib.org.

Caroline County Library’s donates “Food for Fines” to Winter Haven Shelter

Caroline County Public Library
November 2014

A mountain of boxed and canned food items has been steadily growing at the Caroline County Public Library! Through November 25, library customers have the opportunity to pay their overdue charges with food to benefit our local community. From November 1-14, customers have already paid over $336.00 in fines with food donations! Each unexpired, non-perishable food item donated is worth one dollar.

Food collected will be shared with both Winter Haven Homeless Shelter and Samaritan House. Both organizations are happy to accept food, clothing and monetary donations as well as your still-useful household goods. For more information about donating to these organizations or about “Food for Fines,” contact the library at 410-479-1343, Ext. 1

Submitted Photo: Brian Gourley, Executive Director, Winter Haven Homeless Shelter; Debby Bennett, Executive Director, Caroline County Public Library

Brian Gourley, Executive Director, Winter Haven Homeless Shelter; Debby Bennett, Executive Director, Caroline County Public Library. Submitted Photo

“Astronomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe” at your library!

Caroline County Library
November 13, 2014

Astrophysicist Kevin Manning, a former consultant with NASA, has always been passionate about astronomy and wants to share the excitement with you!

Monday, November 24th at 6:00 PM at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton, you can learn about the size and scale of the universe, the stars, and other celestial wonders using hands-on activities and assorted visuals.

Following the presentation, a powerful telescope will be set up outdoors for viewing the craters on the Moon, the rings of Saturn, and other beautiful objects in the night sky, weather permitting. This program is funded by the Friends of the Library. All ages welcome!

Solar Lane and Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company Partner on Solar Project

Solar Lane of Easton, MD
EASTON, MD
NOVEMBER 11, 2014)

Solar Lane of Easton, MD has broken ground on an 85-Kilowatt solar electric generating project on the grounds of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, a company served by Delmarva Power, in Federalsburg, MD. Solar Lane has contracted with Paradise Energy Solutions to design, build and maintain the Solar Generating Facility.

By entering into 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with Solar Lane, the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company will have their electricity supplied by the sun. After the two-week installation, it is expected that the Solar Generating Facility will be on line generating electricity by the end of November, saving the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company significant energy costs in the next 25 years.

According to David Morean, Project Manager for the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company, “We were trying to find different ways to save energy. Solar Lane and Paradise Energy have the expertise and experience to install a system that was affordable for us. The installation is going very smoothly and we expect to save over $250,000 over the next 25 years with our energy savings. With this savings we can buy a needed new fire truck.”

Solar Lane was founded to build and invest in solar electric facilities for businesses on the Eastern Shore. The company invests in commercial solar projects for businesses and nonprofits. Their focus is on helping these companies cut their energy costs in half eliminating expensive start-up costs.

Scott Kane, President of Solar Lane, who has over 40 years of solar and energy experience, comments, “We started Solar Lane this year in Easton, MD to invest in the Eastern Shore – creating jobs and improving our local economy by lowering electric costs. The solar generating facilities we build provide businesses and nonprofits in Maryland with lower-cost electricity at a guaranteed low monthly payment – providing them significant costs savings.” Kane adds, “An additional benefit is that Delmarva Power is now allowed to interconnect with us and use the excess solar energy we produce on sunny days to supply solar-generated electricity to their customers. This is a win-win-win for everyone involved.”

Solar Lane has also created a unique partnership with Paradise Energy Solutions, a solar engineering and operating company located in Salisbury, MD, to install these Solar Generating Facilities. Kane comments, “We are thrilled to partner with Paradise Energy Solutions, as they have the years of experience and expertise to complete these projects quickly and reliably. To date, they have installed, and now operate, over 90 solar installations on the Eastern Shore.”

For Caroline County, the project means stepping into the future with alternative energy. Caroline County Commissioner Wilbur Levengood states, “New rules on the books have allowed public private partnerships like this one between Solar Lane and the Federalsburg Fire Company to happen. I believe this is the first project to be completely on the grid in Caroline County.” He adds, “This project helps the Fire Company to free up their utility funds to help with their other needs. I really think this could be a model for other projects in our county.”

Solar Lane is using local investors to fund these solar projects on the Eastern Shore and is looking to find other local businesses and nonprofits which are interested in saving on their energy costs. For further information about what the benefits of solar electricity might mean to your nonprofit or business and to receive a free solar assessment, contact Scott Kane at 240-478-7672 or email contact@solarlane.net.

Submitted Photo: Pictured left to right at the recent groundbreaking for the new Solar Generating Facility at the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company are Richard Colburn, Town Manager, Federalsburg; Mike Robinson, President of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Dave Morean, Project Manager, Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Jason Beiler, Paradise Energy Solutions, Salisbury, MD; Scott Kane, President, Solar Lane in Easton; and Wilbur Levengood, Caroline County Commissioner.

Pictured left to right at the recent groundbreaking for the new Solar Generating Facility at the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company are Richard Colburn, Town Manager, Federalsburg; Mike Robinson, President of the Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Dave Morean, Project Manager, Federalsburg Volunteer Fire Company; Jason Beiler, Paradise Energy Solutions, Salisbury, MD; Scott Kane, President, Solar Lane in Easton; and Wilbur Levengood, Caroline County Commissioner. – Submitted Photo

Holiday Bazaar at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Holiday Bazaar at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
Saturday, November 22nd 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
St. Luke’s, 100 S. Fifth Avenue, Denton

The Holiday Bazaar at St. Luke’s features country crafts, an auction, baked goods, handmade jewelry, pottery, face painting, demonstrations, a flea market, delicious food and more! Proceeds benefit the St. Luke’s Youth Program and local missions. Contact: alitteral@verizon.net

Ring in the Yuletide with Adkins Arboretum’s Candlelit Caroling Celebration December 13, 2013

Adkins Arboretum
November 2014

Enjoy the magic of caroling along candlelit woodland paths when Adkins Arboretum hosts its annual Candlelit Caroling Celebration, a special evening celebrating music, light and nature, on Saturday December 13, 2014 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Participants of all ages are invited to sing carols while strolling along candlelit woodland paths, sip cider by a roaring bonfire, and uncover the mysteries of the winter sky with help from Delmarva Stargazers. Hayrides beneath the stars, stopping for hot chocolate, cookies and tree decorating at the children’s Funshine Garden, will add an Eastern Shore touch to these traditional holiday festivities.

Guests will continue the magical and memorable evening in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center gallery with a wine bar and hors d’oeuvres, along with live music by Dovetail and Bells of Praise handbell choir.

Tickets for adults are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Children under age 18 are $6, and children 2 and under are free.

To reserve tickets for the Candlelit Caroling Celebration, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Caroline County Humane Society Holiday Open House December 6, 2014

Caroline County Humane Society

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE!! PLEASE STOP BY!!!
Saturday, December 6, 2014
11 am–2 pm
Caroline County Humane Society
407 W. Bell Street, Ridgely, MD

Come visit the wonderful, adoptable pets of Caroline County. There will be refreshments, pet themed merchandise and jewelry for sale, raffles and more. Adoption fees will be waived on all cats and kittens that day. All adult dogs will have a reduced adoption fee of just $75.
carolinehumane.org | 410-820-1600