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Welcome Back! Caroline County Public Library to Have a Fine Forgiveness Week

Caroline County Public Library
April 22, 2017

The Caroline County Public Library says, “You forgot? We forgive!” The library is offering a special “Welcome Back” Fine Forgiveness Week to encourage customers to return overdue items to the library, have old charges forgiven and become active library users again.

Visit any library location from May 15-20, 2017, return any overdue items you can find at home, and ask to have your fines forgiven and card updated (bring proof of address). Your library card will be wiped clean as if brand new. And if you have lost your library card and need a new one, stop by any location during Fine Forgiveness Week and we will replace it for free.

According to Library Director Debby Bennett, “The library’s mission is to bring people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives, increase knowledge and build community.  It’s not to collect fines.  Overdue fines were meant as an incentive for library customers to bring items back to the library on time. Fines were never meant to discourage our customers from returning to the library. We see this as a way to welcome you back. If library charges have been keeping you away, we miss you and want you back to see all the great things the library has to offer you and your family!”

The idea to offer a fine forgiveness week was proposed to the Library Board of Trustees at their April meeting, where they voted unanimously to support it. “A number of the Board members work in business and finance and acknowledged that it is sometimes necessary to “write off” a loss, especially if that loss is small and occurred years ago,” said Board President Dr. Caroll Visintainer.  “Staff shared that records show most delinquent customers owed less than the current cost of a single hardback book, yet they found that nearly all of these customers have simply stopped using the library. That was never the intent. This is a fresh start for everybody.”

If you have library materials at home that you have dreaded bringing in, fine forgiveness week is for you!  If you can tell us a great story about why you haven’t been in for so long, even better! Perhaps you were abducted by aliens? Your library books formed the foundation of your house made of books? No matter the reason, your fines are forgiven.  Welcome back! For more information, call the library at 410-479-1343 or visit

Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk set for May 13, 2017 in Church Hill

Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk
April 13, 2017

Join the fight against alcohol abuse and drug use in our communities


The inaugural tri-county prevention walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Church Hill park in Church Hill, and supports efforts at keeping our communities drug- and alcohol-free.

The free walk is a collaborative effort from the prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, with the theme, ‘Making a difference – one step at a time.’

“This walk is for anyone who’s had drugs or alcohol affect their lives,” said Annette Duckery, prevention coordinator for Kent County. “We’re working hard to prevent drug use and alcohol abuse in our communities, and this offers everyone the chance to support our efforts.”

The event includes fun for the entire family, with a live DJ, free back packs, snacks and games including corn hole. Registration is available online at Eventbrite.

The walk coincides with National Prevention Week, which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. This year’s prevention week is from May 14 until May 20, 2017.

“National prevention week offers the perfect opportunity to show our solidarity in the fight against substance use disorders,” said Iris Carter, prevention coordinator for Queen Anne’s County. “With several overdoses in our area each week, we’ve got to come together and support prevention efforts across our region.”

Prevention efforts start young, and can help keep drug use from starting.

“We all can invest in drug and alcohol prevention,” said Melanie Rodriguez, prevention coordinator for Caroline County. “Prevention really IS the best treatment.

For more information on the walk, please contact Duckery at 410-778-7918 for Kent County; Carter at 410-758-1306 ext. 4524 in Queen Anne’s and Rodriguez at 410-479-8164 in Caroline.

The Tri-County Prevention Walk is a collaboration between the health department prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. The walk also is supported by SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.


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Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Open House, Native Plant Sale

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—April 11, 2017)

Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale weekend, April 28-30, 2017. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native 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 purplish 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. Presale orders may be placed at through April 16. Simply place your order, and your plants will be ready for pick-up during the Open House weekend.

All are invited on Fri., April 28, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. to shop in a fun and festive environment with live music, light fare, a silent auction, a cash wine and beer bar beginning at 4 p.m., and drawing of the winning ticket for the Arboretum’s Native Table raffle.

The Open House continues Sat. and Sun., April 29 and 30 with plant sales, music by Driven Women, guided walks, coffee, pastries for sale by Steve Konopelski of Denton’s Turnbridge Point Bed & Breakfast and much more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Following the Open House, plants will be for sale at the Visitor’s Center throughout the growing season.

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 birch, dogwood, redbud and magnolia.

The Arboretum gift shop will be open during the Nursery Opening Day and will offer books and nature-inspired gifts for gardeners. Members receive a 10% discount on plant, gift shop and book purchases. Members at the Contributor level ($100) and above receive a 20% discount on plants.

Native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) and many other vines, trees, shrubs and perennials will be for sale at Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, April 28-30. Photo by Kellen McCluskey.

Native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) and many other vines, trees, shrubs and perennials will be for sale at Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, April 28-30. Photo by Kellen McCluskey.

Caroline County Man runs for Congress

Lamont Taylor For Congress
(Caroline County, MD – March 1, 2017)

Lamont Taylor of Caroline County, MD has officially thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate in the 2018 race for congress, Maryland ‘s District #1.

Photo: Lamont Taylor

Lamont Taylor – Submitted Photo

Mr. Taylor in the past has worked with former Maryland Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and now Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor. Before Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio held an office Mr. Taylor helped her start and spearhead a organization in Talbot County, the club was so successful, in fact, that they broadened the membership to the Mid-Shore territory all within one year.

Mr. Taylor is known to have a positive influence on his peers, to be dedicated and driven even when things appear to be tough. Taylor considers himself as a people person embracing all regardless of race, religion or social status, as a registered Republican since 2002 Taylor says he will put the people first over parties and politics.

Mr. Taylor is a current resident of Caroline County Maryland and a Native of Oxford, Maryland where he grew up. This former small businesses owner started his business in hard times with very little finances he grew and ran a successful Janitorial Business from 2000 – 2010 (Taylor’s Janitorial Service). Since then Mr. Taylor has went on to write and self publish the book “A Raw Business Sense” which is carried on Amazon and locally at the News Center in Easton, MD. He has been very active in local politics over the years and is a proud member of the Shriners Organization.




Chesapeake College Names Dean’s List for Fall 2016

Chesapeake College
February 2017

WYE MILLS – Three hundred and eighty-two students were named to the Chesapeake College Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2016. The following students earned a quality point average of 3.50 or better on at least seven credit hours:

Caroline County: Misty Adkins, Shaun Barringer, Amy Bednar, Katie Beverley, Maya Brannon, Rachel Brown, Benjamin Callahan, Kailyn Cantwell, James Caraker, Dustin Chaneski, Kiya Cohen, Elise Compton, Patricia Curran, Victoria Darrow, Joseph Del Medicc, Laura Divjak, Brooke Dodd, Kelly Dove, Zachary Eldredge, Matthew Ellingswort, Kelly Evans, Tershara Evans, Ebony Ewing, Kaitlin Fairbanks, Jack Risher, William Fox, Ashley Garrett, Luther Gauniel, MaryJo Gavin, Ryan Geoghegar, Kendel Gowe, Caitlin Griffin, Roger Harris, Sydnie Hathaway, Heath Hendrickson, Georgianna Hill, Christen Houtz, Heather Hutson, Rachel Hyler, Deena Hynson, Yasmeen Johnson, Mikaela Johnston, Michael Jordan, Owen Joseph, Stephanie Keene, Daphne Larmore, Kaci Lynch, Joshua Markland, Christopher Mayer, Lauren Mayer, Zakary McMahan, Lauryn McMahan, Marissa Moldoch, Neyda Monter-Ca, Paula Morris, Rebekkah Napier, Jeffrey North, Patrick O’Brien, Tamisha Perry, Dana Phillips, Christopher Pante, Kelly Ramsey, Sarah Redd, Alana Reynolds, Gordin Roblero, Victoria Ross, Jessica Scharch, Camryn Schumache, Brady Shortall, Bevan Smith, Kimberly Smith, Shyanne Snow, Amanda Stafford, Audrey Stultz, Janna Teat, Brenda Thrift, Kenneth Trader, Robert Turley, Rachel Van Dalen, Juan Vazquez, Jamyra Walker, Alison Ward, David Weaver, Joseph Webb, Julianna Wedding, Joseph Whitley, Chistopher Williams, Seth Williams, John Wilson, Aaron Wilt, Gregory Wood, Danielle Wooters, Katie Worm, Jason Wright, and Jamie Yeager.

Dorchester County: Allyson Adams, Carley Bieller, Amy Cannon, Jenna Carter, Carlye Collison, Trayvon Copper, Julie Crain, Ahmad Dajani, Spencer Davidson, Anna Davis, Michael Dawson, Matthew Elzey, Rachel Ewing, Christopher Gleockler, Candice Gray, Ashley Greenhawk, Gabriel Guzman, Edwin Hernandez, Shelley Hill, Aubree Hodde, Vivian Kang, Patrick Kelly, Brytni King, Laura Korb, Elizabeth Kyle, Kaite Lee, Shavonte Lewis, Patricia Lynch, Tykia Macer, Jordon Maddox, Kristie Malkus, John Mazzie, Emily McWilliams, Anthony Moulden, Miranda Muehlbauer, Jeffrey Newton, Haley Niblett, Emma North, Meagan Owens, Rebekah Palamaras, Gabrielle Parsley, Gary Phillips, Shawn Pinder, Jasmine Reece, Kylie Riggin, Cierra Robinson, Tiffany Sheppard, Ginger Shimek, Taylor Spears, Ebony Taylor, Anthony Thomas, Achia Thompson, Raven Tran, Beverly Webster, and Hannah Wood.

Kent County: Spencer Adams, Samuel Bergenholt, Tyler Brice, Olivia Cameron, Karli Casey, Alexandra Caswell, James Cook, Jonathan Cook, Mary Ford, Logan Fracassi, Nancy Haggerty, Catherine Hickman, Elizabeth Lloyd, Michael Moffatt, Ryan Nguyen, Laurie Quinn, Carlos Rueda-Pareja, Amanda Shajwani, Elizabeth Trego, and Sarah Whitby.

Queen Anne’s County: William Alderson, Katelyn Alexander, Joshua Becraft, Sarah Berga, Cassandra Blake, Mary Branning, Robert Branning, Ta’myra Britt-Gaine, Riley Buckle, Toni Bullen, Hannah Byerly, Angelica Calloway, Francesca Calloway, Lareese Cathey, Logan Clough, Nathan Connaster, William Covington, Sarah Creasey, Jeremy Davis, Evan Del Casale, Matthew Dorey, Emily Doyle, Kaitlyn Eber, Shannon Eck, Heather Emerson-Phillips, Michele Emory, Cecelia Fontenot, Cody Foster, Laura Gray, Cassidy Greene, Abigail Gurney, Kimberly Haines, Taylor Hamilton, Jennarae Haney, James Henderson, Alaynee Herman, Emily Hert, Jennifer Houghton, Elva Jackson, Kristen James, Destiny Jenkins, Mackenzie Joyce, Jennifer Kelly, Amanda King, Julia Knisley, Trent Koerner, Rhonda Larkin-Copper, John Leaberry, Kenneth Leonard, Jason Lewis, Rosemary Lewis, Frank Lindauer, Trent Marine, Tessa Rae Masters, Melonie Mattison, Lena Mazeina, Faith McCoy, Samantha McCreary, Carlin McLamb, JoAnna Meekins, Heather Mesenbrink, Jensen Messick, John Mutchler, Jennifer Newgent, Morgan O’Connor, Roberto Orellana, Matthew Orr, Marti, Patrick, Heidi Perhach, Sydney Pollard, Danielle Porter, Audbrey Radford, Race Robinson, Kateria Rodriguez, Courtney Rogall, Paige Romanek, Timothy Ruppe, Margaret Ruppert, Josiah Rydstedt, Robert Schultz, Seibel Kelsie, Brandon Shanahan, Sydney Shepherd, Amanda Signorino, Justin Simpson, Hannah Smith, Kyle Sonneveldt, Teagan Sonstegard, Caitlin Souder, Dana Spires, Kasey Stant, Jameson Sterling, Macie Stubbs, Luke Sultenfuss, Joshua Thompson, Savannah Verrette, Kiera Watson, Brady Whitaker, Brian White, Michelle Wick, Amber Williams, Sarah Wooters, and Kaylyn Workinger.

Talbot County: Julie Andrew, Megan Andrew, Christopher Baker, Henry Bauman, Alexandra Bednarik, Rachel Beggins, Aleksandra Belcovska, Erik Bell, Michael Blair, Mikaela Boley, JoAnn Brasington, Lidiya Bridges, Jacob Bryan, Kristen Callis, Meredith Camper, Tara Carl, Amanda Cooper, Jonathan Cooper, Paris Cooper, Julie Craig, Olson Dorce, Felicia Ell, Sarah Fauver, Garrett Fowler, Tierra Foxworth, Jaleesa Gardner, Megan Garvey, William George, Anne Gerwitz, Sabrina Glenn, David Hall, Marcus Haythe, Theorlodin Howard, Samuel Hughes, Alan Ibanez-Gallegos, Chukwuma Isebor, Eldon Johnson, Victoria Laureska, Jason Leaman, Laura LeCates, Grace-Anne Lemaire, Mollie Lovett, Stephan Luethy, Cody Malczewsk, Peter McDorman, Jennifer Miller, Savannah Miller, Hayli Mills, Kimberly Moberly, Monica Moore, Kelley Morgan, Shawn Moriarty, Brandi Nichols, Kathryn Norman, Kristine Olsen, Ashley Osborne, Morgan Pearson, Amanda Price, Cathi Ramagnano, Colleen Ryan, Tyrone Sampson, Pamela Sanchez, Christian Schultz- Chapman, Jennifer Sharp, Elizabeth Shaw, Abigail Simmons, Carl Sinderman, Laura Spies, Jacob Stevenson, Katlyn Swann, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Towers, Tyson Troscinski, Judy Turner, Michael Willis, and Alexandra Wright.

Anne Arundel County: Jason Bigham, Jonathan Larsen, and Jennifer Szarek.

Wicomico County: Patricia Abrams, Edward Bailey and Tyndall Jackson.

Out- of- state: Richard Bundek, Wlliam Jester, Christine Mapp and Robert Richardson.

Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association Presents Check to Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice
February 1, 2017

For the third year, the Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association, Inc. chose Compass Regional Hospice and the Caroline Hospice Foundation as the beneficiaries of their annual tractor pull held at the Chestertown Elks on September 10, 2016.

The Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association presented a check for $2,400 to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation at the organization’s January 21, 2017 banquet held at the Goldsboro Fire Hall.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. People of all ages benefit from Compass services as they face the challenges of living with a life‐limiting illness and learn to live following the death of a loved one.

As a non‐profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

Compass Regional Hospice’s partner in Caroline County, the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds to support the hospice services provided in Caroline County by Compass Regional Hospice in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at the Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

For more information about how you can support hospice care and grief support in your community, call 443‐262‐4100 or visit

Photo: Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation. – Submitted Photo

Digital Learning Night at the library!

Caroline County Public Library
February 1, 2017

Drop in to Digital Learning Night at the Caroline County Public Library in Denton for a technology open house and learn all about the technology your local school system and library have to offer.  

Stop by on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 6:30-8:30pm and enjoy hands-on STEM activities, demos of 3-D printers and the library’s Music Lab, and much more! Have you ever wanted to try out the latest Virtual Reality headsets? We will have Oculus, Vive, and other headsets available for you to play with!

Refreshments will be provided by the Caroline County Culinary Arts Program. Program brought to you through a partnership of Caroline County Public Schools and Caroline County Public Library.

For more information, please call 410-479-1343 or visit

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm to Host Holiday Open House December 10th

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm
December 2016

Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm invites you to celebrate the season at their Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event, which takes place at the Farm Store located at 24480 Pinetown Road in Preston, features farm tours, unique holiday gifts, seasonal refreshments and more.

From luxurious alpaca apparel to children’s toys crafted from alpaca fiber, you’ll find a gift for everyone on your list at this family-friendly event. Alpaca fleece is a soft and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities, and the Farm Store is stocked with a fantastic assortment of new inventory. Shoppers will find an array of alpaca products, including scarves, hats, sweaters, vests, toys, raw fiber and the wonderfully soft and warm Paca-Socks!

Those who come to the Holiday Open House will also have a chance to meet the growing herd of Huacaya Alpacas at Outstanding Dreams. Phil and Vickie, owners of the farm, are eager to share their love and knowledge of the gentle animals with visitors.

“We encourage everyone to come out and learn about the wonderful world of Alpacas,” says Liske. “But be warned, they will steal your heart.”

For more information on the Holiday Open House or to plan a visit to Outstanding Dreams Farm, please contact Phil and Vickie at (410) 673-2002. More information is also available at

Contributed Photo

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Homestead Manor Assisted Living Honors Veteran’s with Free Crab Cake Luncheon

Homestead Manor Assisted Living

“Offering Seniors Life in Full Bloom”

Denton, MD (October 6, 2016)

In honor of Veteran’s Day Homestead Manor Assisted Living is hosting a free crab cake luncheon for all veterans and anyone considering assisted living on Thursday, November 10th at noon. The luncheon will feature a short presentation along with a guided tour of the newly remodeled resident suites followed by the crab cake luncheon. Reserve your space today by calling Michelle Pepper at 410-479-2273.

This is the second annual Veteran’s Day luncheon Homestead Manor has hosted to honor veteran’s and raise awareness of their assisted living facility. “We liked to honor our veteran’s by hosting this luncheon and information session. Many veterans and their families feel they cannot afford assisted living or even know there is assisted living support provided by VA said Christine Harrington, Executive Director.

Homestead Manor Assisted Living is founded on the principles of acceptance, compassion, care, and love, Homestead Manor is an assisted living facility dedicated to providing a caring community environment across all levels of care associated with retirement living. Our mission is to support independence, comfort, dignity and safety in an individualized home-like setting resulting in a high quality life experience.

About Homestead Manor Assisted Living
Homestead Manor Assisted Living offers personalized care for your loved one. Over 50
spacious resident suites, each with their own private patio and fully accessible bathrooms.
State of the art infrastructure through Care Tracker and Medication Management assures your
love one is well taken care of along with on-site doctor visits and physical therapy. Residents
enjoy a full range of activities and social activities so they can live life in full bloom.
Homestead Manor is located at 410 Colonial Drive, Denton, MD 21629 For more information
call 410-479-CARE(2273) or

15th Annual Chrome City Ride is July 31, 2016

15th Annual Chrome City Ride

From custom and classic to a few concept luxury vehicles, the 15th Annual Chrome City Ride is set to take place on Sunday, July 31st 2016 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Benedictine School in Ridgely. All motorcycles, street rods and custom cars are invited to participate.

Each year the event draws hundreds of motorcycles, street rods and custom cars from around the region to raise money for Benedictine’s annual fund needs that includes tuition assistance, technology tools and renovation projects on campus.

Riders gathering at designated registration locations in Laurel, Annapolis, Salisbury and Easton will cruise in police escort convoys to the Benedictine School campus. Spectators will get the chance to hear the roar of vehicles as riders come down the mile drive onto campus.

On display at this year’s event will be a 1941 Willys Pro-Street Coupe, a unique donation from a New Jersey car collector with an appraised value of $72,000. The hot rod will go to the highest bidder through an online auction on Ebay Motors.

Scheduled activities include raffles prizes which include a weekend stay in an Affinia Hotel in New York City and the Tidewater Inn in Easton, Md., along with door prizes, car contests and foo. According to event chairman Spud Blake, the event is organized and produced by volunteers, primarily from state and local law enforcement.

“We are so appreciative of the committee members who help put on this event each year,” said Blake. “The excitement these folks have brought to the campus at Benedictine over the last fourteen years is impressive.”

The event’s $25-per-rider registration fee provides each rider with an official Ride T-shirt, catered lunch, and entertainment and a day of fun showing off their chrome to an appreciative crowd.

Spectators are also welcome, and their $25 registration fee also provides them with an official Ride T-shirt, lunch and a day of fun. Everyone goes home with something!

Riders are expected to arrive on campus around 11:00 a.m. The event ends at 2 p.m.

To register, visit Chrome City Ride at or call 410-634-2292.