Caroline County resident is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the month

January 26, 2016
Compass Regional Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice chose Mary Lou Schoonover of Greensboro as the volunteer of the month.

Schoonover supports Compass Regional Hospice primarily as a patient care volunteer in Caroline County. She also helps with fundraising and community outreach events.

“As a volunteer, Mary Lou provides companionship and respite for caregivers whose loved ones are receiving hospice care and services through our Bridges pre-hospice program,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services for Compass Regional Hospice. “Her caring spirit and calming presence can be felt by many and we are lucky she is a part of our program.”

Photo Mary Lou Schoonover is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the mont

Mary Lou Schoonover is Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the month. Contributed Photo

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to perform administrative tasks, assist with events, visit patients and lend a hand in the gardens at the Hospice Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Volunteers also operate Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop in Chester that raises funds for Compass Regional Hospice.

For information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties, visit or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112,

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Ellie Altman to Receive Conservation Landscaping Award

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
October 30, 2015

On November 12, 2015, Ellie Altman, recently retired Director of Adkins Arboretum, will become the second recipient of the Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award. The award, given by the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), a regional non-profit, recognizes Altman for her role in the conception of the CCLC, her long time commitment to conservation landscaping and environmental education, and the recent publication of the book “Chesapeake Gardening and Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide”, by Barbara W. Ellis.

The award will be presented by Britt Slattery, the recipient of the previous award who was also instrumental in founding the CCLC. The presentation will take place at the Welcome Dinner preceding CCLC’s 2015 Turning a New Leaf Conference on Friday, November 13, at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, Maryland. The conference educates professionals on sustainable landscaping and development best practices.

The Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award was created by the CCLC to honor former Council chair and Maryland naturalist and educator, Marcy Damon. Damon passed away in 2013 from acute myeloid leukemia. Damon spent many years contributing passionately to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s effort to “Save the Bay,”
and her dedication to sustainable landscaping, habitat preservation, and environmental education was inspirational.

Altman, as Director of the Adkins Arboretum, steered the mission towards educating the public about conservation landscaping, played a role overseeing the First Stop for the Bay campaign, and oversaw the project to create the book “Chesapeake Gardening and Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide”, which took several years from idea to fruition. The book is a comprehensive guide on how to create more eco-friendly landscapes.

CCLC encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to join the non-profit organization. For more information and to register for the dinner and the conference, visit

About the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
CCLC is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting, and educating the public about conservation-based gardening and landscaping practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Explore Space at the library!

Caroline County Public Library
October 29, 2015

Star gazers of all ages are invited to learn how to build a powerful working telescope through a detailed description at this presentation, with illustrations and photographs describing the entire process A-Z. It’s so easy a 3rd grader can do it!

Following the presentation, view the Moon, the rings of Saturn and other beautiful objects in the night sky, weather permitting, with a telescope just like the one you can build.

This free program will be held at the Caroline County Public Library’s North County Branch in Greensboro on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 6-9pm.

Federalsburg Branch Library teen movie night features Pitch Perfect 2

Caroline County Library
October 27, 2015

The Bellas are back, and they are aca-awesome! Teens ages 13-17 are invited to come to Teen Movie Night at the Caroline County Public Library in Federalsburg. We’ll watch Pitch Perfect 2 (PG-13), snack on popcorn and sweet treats, and see the Bellas compete in an international competition. Will they overcome scandal, get their act together, and win the battle that no American group has ever won? Find out on November 13th at 6pm at the Federalsburg Branch Library’s meeting room. For more information, please call 410-754-8397 or 410-479-1343.

Winter Naturalists Program for Homeschool Students Begins February 2, 2016 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—October 22, 2015)

Homeschool families can beat the winter doldrums by engaging in hands-on science fun at Adkins Arboretum! Science for Homeschool Students: Winter Naturalists is a six-week program that begins February 2, 2016.

In this engaging series, students ages 8 to 12 will join Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton to conduct insulation experiments, construct birdfeeders, visit a fox den, identify food sources for white-tailed deer, and learn how local wildlife adapts to winter weather. They’ll also collect data about winter animal activity in the Arboretum’s meadow, forest, wetland and stream habitats. Winter nature poems and outdoor art are part of the learning experience. Classes meet Tuesdays, Feb. 2 to March 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The series is $45 for members and $60 for non-members, with a $10 discount offered for siblings. Advance registration is required at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Adkins Arboretum Offers Winter Nature Fun for Preschoolers

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—October 22, 2015)

Groundhogs, snowflakes, foxes and more! Celebrate winter and engage your young child with nature with Adkins Arboretum’s Acorn Academy Nature Preschool programs. Taught by Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton, this series of six classes for three- to five-year-olds is offered Tuesday mornings beginning February 2, 2016.

Advance registration is required for these popular programs. The fee per class is $5 for members and $7 for non-members. Parents may register their preschoolers for individual programs or for the six-program series.

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:

Groundhogs Galore
Feb. 2

It’s Groundhog Day! Learn about Mr. Groundhog and his predictions for the arrival of spring. We’ll look for Arboretum groundhog homes, make groundhog puppets, and sing a special groundhog song.

Journey of a Snowflake
Feb. 9

Let’s pretend we’re snowflakes journeying through the winter sky! We’ll make a glittery snowflake craft, look for Jack Frost in the forest, and warm up with hot chocolate and the beloved children’s book A Snowy Day.

Mitten Magic
Feb. 16

Do you have a mouse in your mitten? We’ll read Jan Brett’s classic children’s story The Mitten and make mouse mittens to take home. In the forest, we’ll look for signs of animals and find out how they keep warm when mittens aren’t an option.

Antlers Away
Feb. 23

While many animals are hibernating through the winter, deer are out and about! Let’s learn about the white-tailed deer and make casts of deer tracks on a meadow walk. Back in the classroom, we’ll color antler headbands and enjoy animal stories.

Fox Trot
March 1

Where do foxes go when the cold wind blows? In their cozy dens, of course! Follow a winding trail to an Arboretum fox den, sing and dance to the “Fox Trot,” and make pop-up fox finger puppets during this fun-filled class.

Seed Starters
March 8

It’s time to start thinking about your summer garden! Learn how seeds grow and start your own seeds in a nifty egg carton tray. Then visit the Arboretum greenhouse and enjoy a picnic snack.


Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Comes to Caroline County!

Caroline County Library
October 2015

Celebrate the kick-off of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Caroline County on October 31, 2015 10am-noon, at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton. Join us for snacks and crafts at 10am and then watch the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre perform their puppet show, “The Three Not-So-Little Pigs Meet the Halloween Witch,” at 11am.

Imagination Library will send a FREE BOOK in the mail every month until your child’s fifth birthday! You can register your child for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at any branch of the Caroline County Public Library, or online at Sign up today; the time you spend reading with your children opens their minds to faraway places and exciting adventures, and sets them on the pathway to lifelong learning.

Dr. Who Night for all ages at the Library!

Caroline County Public Library
October 16, 2015

Calling all Whovians…Dr. Who Night for all ages at the Library!

Jump in your TARDIS, put on your bowtie and head over to the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton for a night of Dr. Who fun!

Fans of all ages are invited to enjoy Dr. Who-themed food, play trivia games, watch an episode and win prizes on October 23 at 7:00pm.

So don’t hide behind the sofa! “Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan,” and bring the whole family to the library for some wibbly wobbly, time-y wimey fun.

Free “Money Talks” financial empowerment program for women at the library

Caroline County Library
October 2015

Are you in charge of your money? Do you want to be? Empower yourself!

Join UMD educator, Melissa Leiden Welsh, for a series of “Money Talks” to be held on four Thursday evenings at the Caroline County Public Library’s Central Library in Denton. Topics include credit reports, ID theft and protection, budget basics and small steps to saving/investing.

Sessions meet Oct. 22 & 29 and Nov. 12 & 19, 6:30-7:30pm. This program is free; for more information or to sign up, please call Laura Powell at 410-479-1343 X161 or email