Status of Caroline Town Crier

March 2014

Updated Status of Caroline Town Crier:
In June of 2011, I started the Caroline Town Crier with the hope of being able deliver information about events and other happenings in Caroline County. My plan was to get out into Caroline County (I live in Kent County) and attempt to do the same as I have with Kent County and the site Local in Kent –

Unfortunately due to some personal issues, I have not been able follow my plans. This still remains true. Since I think there is a need for this type of site, I still want this site to happen.

When I do receive information I put it on the site. I also add whatever I come across to the Events Calendar. I am also hoping to get to some events in the county year to take some photographs.

Being that I am in Kent County, I have regularity been taking photographs at the sports event at Kent County High and their opponents including those from Caroline County. Many photos are posted at, including the 1A Boys Basketball playoff game between Colonel Richardson and Kent.

How can you help?
Let your friends and relatives (and enemies too) know about Caroline Town Crier. If you know someone who is having a event, let them know that we exist and that they should contact us so we can help publicize it. Flyers will be posted on here, free of charge.

Thank You.

MD Police Dismantle a Heroin Distribution Operation on the Eastern Shore

Maryland State Police Press Release
06/30/2014 15:00


(DENTON, MD) – A cooperative cross-jurisdictional and multi-state drug investigation has led to at least four arrests with more expected as police dismantle a drug trafficking organization they believe was responsible for the distribution of heroin and a variety of other drugs throughout the Upper Shore region.

The first suspect is identified as Byron S. Drummond, 27, of Denton, Md. He is charged with being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana. Following his arrest, Drummond was ordered held without bail in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

The second suspect is identified as Gary T. Kess, Jr., 36, of Windsor Mill, Md. He is charged with possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana. Following his arrest, Kess was held without bail in the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.

The third suspect is identified as Joseph C. Dean, 25, of Denton, Md. He is charged with being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, and possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana. Following his arrest, Dean was held without bail in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

The fourth suspect is identified as Taylor E. Gibson, 22, of Denton, Md. She is charged with being a drug kingpin, possession of a large amount of a controlled dangerous substance (heroin), possession with intent to distribute narcotics, two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance not marijuana, and possession of marijuana. Following her arrest, Gibson was held without bail in the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center.

An additional suspect, Bobby Jackson, of Delaware, was arrested by Delaware State Police after police in Maryland forwarded information developed in the investigation. Additional arrests and charges are anticipated as this investigation continues.

The arrests of the Maryland suspects occurred between June 23-24, 2014. During the investigation, police served 13 search warrants in Caroline County. Evidence recovered during the investigation includes seven handguns, one rifle, more than 230 grams of heroin, and quantities of cocaine, marijuana, oxycodone, and suboxone. Police also recovered more than $42,000 in cash and eight vehicles believed to be related to the drug distribution operation.

The investigation began about four months ago and was led by the Caroline County Drug Task Force. Information developed during the investigation indicates Drummond, Gibson, and Dean were part of a drug trafficking operation supplying drugs, especially heroin, throughout Caroline County and much of the Upper Shore. Investigators believe Kess was the source for the heroin Drummond and his organization was distributing.

“The success of this operation was rooted in the outstanding cooperation of a number of law enforcement agencies, all of which are to be commended for a job exceptionally well done,” Caroline County Sheriff Randy Bounds said. “We at the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office pledge our continued support for these types of initiatives, especially when considering the pain and devastation heroin has caused in our county and throughout the country.”

The Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office was actively involved in providing guidance and support to police during this investigation. The suspects charged as drug kingpins will be prosecuted on those charges in Caroline County.

“This ongoing investigation represents the focused efforts by our local task force with full cooperation of the Maryland State Police, the Federal government and local police agencies,” Caroline County State’s Attorney Jonathan Newell said. “I expect those combined efforts will put a significant dent in the Caroline County heroin trade and success will be measured by a reduction in lives lost or destroyed through heroin use.”

“The cross-border and multi-jurisdictional focus of Maryland State Police criminal investigations is aimed at criminal enterprises just like this one,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus L. Brown said. “I join Sheriff Bounds in applauding the cooperative partnership of local, state and federal law enforcement officers who worked together to disrupt this major drug trafficking organization supplying the Upper Shore. One of the ways we will stop the increase in heroin overdoses in Maryland is to take down those major traffickers responsible for bringing heroin into the state. This is the unique role of the State Police and one we will continue to fulfill in the days ahead.”

Last week, police developed information that Drummond, Dean and Gibson were meeting Kess to purchase heroin in Anne Arundel County. The meeting occurred on the evening of June 23rd. After the meeting, Anne Arundel County Police Narcotics Unit investigators stopped Kess in his vehicle. He was arrested and charged as a drug kingpin. Heroin, cocaine and cash were found in his vehicle. Maryland law states a person can be charged with ‘possession of a large amount of heroin’ if the amount is 28 grams or more.

Following the meeting with Kess, members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and State Police Gang Enforcement Unit stopped Drummond, Dean, and Gibson on Rt. 50 in Queen Anne’s Co. Heroin, cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, and cash were recovered from the suspects and their vehicle.

A number of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were involved in and provided support to this investigation. They included the Talbot County Narcotics Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations, Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, Dorchester County Drug Task Force, Denton Police Department, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Anne Arundel County Police Department, Baltimore Police Department, and Maryland State Police Units including the Centreville Barrack, State Apprehension Team, Gang Enforcement Unit, Special Tactical Assault Team Element, and the Criminal Enforcement Division.

RABIES CLINICS hosted by the Caroline County Humane Society

RABIES CLINICS hosted by the Caroline County Humane Society next week!

Wednesday June 18 5 to 7 pm Goldsboro Fire Department, 700 Old Line Rd, Goldsboro MD

Sunday June 22 2 to 4 pm Preston Fire Department, 3680 Choptank Road, Preston MD

Vaccinations just $5. Micro chipping available. Please have all dogs on leash and cats and ferrets in carriers

For more information call CCHS at 410 820 1600

Surface Treatments, Works by Marian Glebes, on View through May 30, 2014 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
April 3, 2014

If you’ve ever made a wish by blowing the seeds off a fluffy dandelion, you’ll want to see Marian Glebes’s art at Adkins Arboretum. On view through May 30 in the Arboretum Visitor’s Center, her small, intimate works show the evidence of how she rescued dandelion seeds after they’d been wished on and preserved dead butterflies by carefully stitching their torn wings back together.

Glebes sees the natural world with childlike wonder, even as she recognizes the futility of trying to save its plants and animals from death and decay. There will be a reception on Sat., April 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet her and learn about the ideas behind these gentle, fragile works of art.

This Baltimore artist began working with dandelions when she was earning her Master of Fine Arts degree at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At the time, she was considering our paradoxical love of nature and the urge to control it and shape it to fit our plans. Using the suburban environment and the ideal of pristine green lawns, free of weeds, as an example, she began a series of work called “In Defense of Native Soil.” She invited people to come and wish on a dandelion, then she painstakingly glued the seeds onto paper, thus preventing them from growing to become weeds in a lawn.

Glebes explained, “I was really inspired by the performance artists of the ’60s and ’70s and how they could change the way you see the world without lecturing you, without giving you a speech, without being violent. So the performance is me making these things and the labor involved. The object is sort of a relic of thinking about why we try to protect or preserve and what preservation does to objects.”

With rows of seeds delicately marching across pure white paper, four of her dandelion works are included in this show, along with works that preserve butterflies, cicadas, rose petals and garlic skins. Glebes finds remarkable ways of drawing attention to the beauty of their shapes and textures, but most particularly, she conveys an aching sense of their preciousness and fragility.

Glebes began working with insects when she was on an artist’s residency in Ohio. Frustrated that the project she was pursuing in water research wasn’t going well, she noticed a butterfly that had died on the windowsill of her studio. Using a needle and thread, she began to mend its torn wings.

“It was like, I’ll fix this butterfly because I can’t save the world,” she explained. “And this has now been my meditation work when I can’t be working on something else. I keep coming back to it.”

Because insects are so fragile, Glebes often has to make many “attempts” at preserving them before she is successful. The titles of her works reflect this. “Untitled (stitched, fourth attempt)” displays a moth whose wings were finally mended after three failed attempts.

Meditative and inventive, Glebes’s work is very much about our familiar everyday world. We see insects and dandelions all the time, but Glebes inspires a fresh look at how they live and change and die. In so doing, she makes us think about our human place in nature and about our impulses both to love it and to control it.

“In the context of landscape, we’re trying to do good but we might also be a force of evil,” she said. “We need a road, but we’re still cutting into the landscape. It’s like mending cloth. Every time you put a stitch in it, you’re mending it, but you’re still putting a hole in it. I think it’s something we need to be more mindful of.”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through May 30 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours.

Author Ruth Kassinger to Present A Garden of Marvels March 30 at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum
March 24, 2014

In A Garden of Marvels, author Ruth Kassinger introduces the basic botany of plants—flowers, roots, stems and leaves—and explains how they function together. Combining science and botanical knowledge with reflections on her personal quest to become a better gardener, Kassinger reveals a journey of discovery that offers fresh and unexpected insights into the natural world.

Author Ruth Kassinger will present A Garden of Marvels, an engaging history that traces the progress of botanists, on Sun., March 30 at Adkins Arboretum.

Author Ruth Kassinger will present A Garden of Marvels at Adkins Arboretum. Submitted Photo.

On Sun., March 30, Kassinger will present A Garden of Marvels at Adkins Arboretum. This witty and engaging history traces the progress of early botanists who discovered that flowers are all about sex, leaves eat air, roots choose their food, and other secrets of plants. The talk is interwoven with stories of today’s extraordinary plants, including one-ton pumpkins, truly black petunias and the world’s only photosynthesizing animal. The talk begins at 1 p.m. and is $15 for Arboretum members, $20 for non-members. Light refreshments will be served.

In addition to penning A Garden of Marvels, Ruth Kassinger is the award-winning author of eight science and history books for young adults. Her first book for an adult audience, Paradise Under Glass, chronicles her journey of creating a conservatory at her suburban home. Her science and health writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic Explorer, Health magazine, Science Weekly and other publications.

Advance registration is requested for this unique and fascinating program. Register online at or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0 for more information.


Institute for a Healthiest Maryland Sponsors Playworks Training in Caroline County Schools

University of Maryland, Baltimore
March 20, 2014

Recess will never be the same, at least if the folks at Playworks have anything to do with it. On Monday, March 24, the Oakland, California-based non-profit will train educators from two Caroline County schools how to get the most out of every kid, in every recess.

Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid,” says Sean Keelan, senior national trainer for Playworks. “We create a place for every kid on the playground – a place where every kid belongs, has fun and is part of the game. My goal is for the schools to be confident in creating a recess that expands the opportunities for safe and inclusive play.”

Playworks trainers show teachers how to use games, play strategies and group management techniques to teach kids how to play well together, share, resolve conflicts and develop leadership skills. They say inclusive play and conflict resolution skills lead to fewer disciplinary actions and better classroom performance.

The training in Caroline County schools, and earlier training in Wicomico County schools, is part of a pilot program sponsored by The Institute for a Healthiest Maryland, a partnership between the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). IHM Executive Director Renee Fox, MD, says the physical payoff for kids is of paramount importance. The most recent data shows that more than 22% of school-aged Maryland children are obese. “Recently in Journal of the American Medical Association, there was good news about declining obesity rates in young children ages 2 to 5 years, which decreased 43 percent from 2003-04 to 2011-12. This decrease is heartening, but the trend was not seen in school-aged children,” says Fox. “One goal of this training is to increase physical activity for children during school time, to help develop lifetime healthy habits.”

About Playworks
Playworks is a national non-profit that teaches safe and inclusive play in schools. The group works with more than 350 schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit, or watch their video at

About The Institute for a Healthiest Maryland
IHM’s mission is to measurably improve the health of Maryland citizens by supporting community transformation efforts, translating public health research into practice, and providing technical assistance to local health departments and community organizations. For more information about IHM, go to

Registration Underway for Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps

Adkins Arboretum
March 18, 2014

Summer belongs to children. For the past nine years, families and children have grown with Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps. The camps provide extraordinary ways for children to enjoy summer the old-fashioned way—outdoors.

Campers will make lifelong memories while exploring the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows, streams and wetland. From grazing on blackberries to splashing in the Blockston Branch, the Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps provide children with a truly enchanted experience.

Preschoolers ages 2 and 3 (with an adult) who participate in Camp Bumblebee (June 16–20) will float leaf and twig boats down the Blockston Branch, create leafy magic carpets on the forest floor and mix gooey wetland “parfaits” while listening to a chorus of frogs and red-winged blackbirds. Camp Pollywog (June 23–27) campers ages 4 to 6 will learn about the mysteries and magic of summer as they snack on blueberries in the Funshine Garden, scoop up critters in the Arboretum wetland and dip their toes in the Blockston Branch.

In Camp Paw Paw (July 7–11), campers ages 7 to 9 will enjoy a week of outdoor discovery while keeping nature journals, developing photography skills, making paper and learning artistic and natural science skills. Camp Egret (July 14– 18) campers ages 10 to 12 will develop resiliency and confidence of character while gaining outdoor skills, including wilderness survival, archery, stealth, navigation and animal tracking.

Registration fees vary, and advance registration is required. Register at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Submitted Photo: Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps provide an enchanted experience for children. Registration is underway.

Adkins Arboretum’s Summer Nature Camps provide an enchanted experience for children. Registration is underway. Submitted Photo


Adkins Arboretum Announces Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend

Adkins Arboretum
March 14, 2014

Adkins Arboretum’s Native Plant Nursery, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of ornamental native plants for more than 20 years, will celebrate its 2014 Opening Weekend Sat. April 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun., April 13 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center in Ridgely. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the region’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay. Following the sale weekend, the Nursery will be open to the public during the growing season, Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Mondays and weekends by appointment.

Plants for sale will include a broad selection of perennials, ferns, vines, grasses, and flowering shrubs and trees for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Tall spikes of purple-blue flowers grace blue wild indigo, while native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds. Cardinal flower, ferns and Joe-pye attract frogs, butterflies and dragonflies, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of bloom colors. ‘Creel’s Quintet’ sumac, a new shrub offered this spring, boasts a compact form and purple fall color, making it the perfect sumac for smaller gardens.

The Arboretum is a participating nursery in the Marylanders Plant Trees native tree discount program. For any native tree valued at $50 or more, shoppers will receive a $25 discount. Some of the special larger trees available for this discount include redbud, ‘Appalachian Spring’ dogwood—the cultivar most resistant to dogwood blight—oak, birch, sweetbay magnolia, and American beech, the Arboretum’s 2014 Native Tree of the Year.

The Arboretum gift shop, Sweet Bay Gifts, will be open and will offer books and nature-inspired gifts for gardeners. Members receive a 10% discount on plants, gift shop items and new books. Members at the Contributor level ($100) and above receive a 20% discount on plant purchases.

A sale day for members will be held Fri., April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All members are welcome, and new memberships will be accepted that day.

Donations of garden books, field guides and gardening/landscaping magazines for the used book sale are greatly appreciated. The sale helps support the Arboretum’s library. Books may be left at the Visitor’s Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 410-634-2847, extension 0 or visit

Submitted Photo: Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is among the flowering trees for sale at Adkins Arboretum during its Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend, April 12–13, and throughout the growing season.

Flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is among the flowering trees for sale at Adkins Arboretum during its Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend, April 12–13, and throughout the growing season. Submitted Photo

Short Story Winners Announced

Denton, MD

Each year for the past 12 years the Caroline County Council for the Arts has held a Short Story Contest. The contest is open to Caroline County residents with five (5) age categories. First and second place cash prizes are awarded in each category.

On Wednesday, April 2nd, the Caroline County Council of Arts will host its 12th Annual Short Story Contest awards reception at 7pm at the Denton Library.

The 2014 winners are:

K-2nd grade: Clarissa Peugh (1st place), Vanessa Rex (2nd place), and Talin Krashoc (3rd place)

3rd-5th grade: Abbye Daubach (1st place), Linda Davila (2nd place), and Pearl Uva (3rd place)

Middle School: Cassandra Brey (1st place), Jacob Newell (2nd place), and Hannah Napier (3rd place)

High School: Rebekkah Napier (1st place), and Logan Peugh (2nd place)

Adult: Phillip Varady, Sr. (1st place), Rick Barton (2nd place), and Elise Bryant (3rd place)

Enjoy Nature, Nurturing and Nutrition March 22 with Adkins Soup ’n Walk Program

Adkins Arboretum
March 12, 2014

Learn about spring’s early pink and purple blooms when Adkins Arboretum offers a popular Soup ’n Walk program on Sat., March 22. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s woodland, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and hearty lunch along with a brief lesson about the meal’s nutritional value. Copies of recipes are provided.

Led by an Arboretum docent, the 90-minute walk will focus on skunk cabbage, spring beauty and bloodroot blooms and the soft buds of paw paw. The menu includes chicken soup with greens and sweet potatoes, broccoli bud salad, dill rye bread with mint jelly, and gingerbread carrot cake with lemon sauce. The program begins at 11 a.m.

The Soup ’n Walk program is $20 per person for members, $25 per person for non-members. Walks often fill to capacity, so early registration is recommended. Register at or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0. To schedule Soup ’n Walk programs for groups of 15 or more, contact Ginna Tiernan, Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or

Submitted Photo: Docent Julianna Pax, at right, points out mountain laurel during a Soup ’n Walk program at Adkins Arboretum.

Docent Julianna Pax, at right, points out mountain laurel during a Soup ’n Walk program at Adkins Arboretum. Submitted Photo

Celebrate Spring with Adkins Arboretum’s Ninth Annual Arbor Day Run

Adkins Arboretum
March 11, 2014

Calling all runners! Adkins Arboretum will host its ninth annual Arbor Day Run Sat., April 5. Runners, walkers, families and nature enthusiasts are invited to enjoy this popular event at the Arboretum. Register by Sat., March 29 to save on registration fees.

Managed by TriSportsEvents and featuring a 5K Run, a 5K Walk, and a free Healthy Kids 100-yard dash, the Run is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an early spring morning in nature. Participants will catch glimpses of spring as they traverse the cross-country trail plotted along the Arboretum’s network of scenic forest and meadow paths.

Awards will be presented for all events, and all 5K participants will receive an Arbor Day Run T-shirt. Post-race activities include refreshments, a nature project for children and a native tree raffle. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the Kids’ Dash at 8:50 a.m. The 5K Run and 5K Walk commence at 9 a.m.

Registration is underway. For fee information or to register, visit or call 410.634.2847, ext. 0.

Submitted Photo: Youngsters dash off the starting line at Adkins Arboretum’s 2013 Arbor Day Run. The ninth annual 5K Run, 5K Walk, and Healthy Kids 100-yard dash is Sat., April 5.

Youngsters dash off the starting line at Adkins Arboretum’s 2013 Arbor Day Run. The ninth annual 5K Run, 5K Walk, and Healthy Kids 100-yard dash is Sat., April 5. Submitted Photo