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We Want to Share Your Story!

Do you have a story to tell? We want to share your story!

One thing for certain is, no matter how we feel about what’s going on around us in the world, the stories that often mean the most to us are those that are happening in our own hometown. Often those stories are not as well known as they could be.

Here at Caroline Crier, we would like to change that.

Let us know your story so we can share it. It may be as simple as
– having a part in a community theatre production,
– an artist with a debuting a new project or exhibition,
– students doing something to help the community,
– managing a charity event,
– helping another in need,
– honoring a relative for service they have done,
– well just about anything.

Share your story with us and we will share it with the community through this community concentric publication.

Thank You
Steve Atkinson; Editor – Caroline Crier

Caroline County Trustee Joins Chesapeake College’s Board

Chesapeake College
September 2017

Milton Nagel, assistant superintendent of administrative services for Caroline County Public Schools, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Nagel brings his experience in accounting, the military and education to Chesapeake’s Board.

“Chesapeake College is a key partner to the five counties that it serves. Its value is evident in the vast opportunities that stand before its students. Whether that role is a stepping stone to a four- year degree or a series of course work to further skills in a trade, Chesapeake works to meet the individual needs of each student,” Mr. Nagel said. “The success of the next generation depends largely on the quality of education received and Chesapeake College plays a vital role in ensuring that level of education is available to all in the community.”

Mr. Nagel, a Certified Public Accountant, has been with Caroline County Public Schools for 25 years.

Mr. Nagel was raised on the family farm located outside of Federalsburg. A 1984 graduate of Colonel Richardson High School, he is a 1998 graduate of the University of Delaware where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. While attending the University of Delaware, he was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation. He spent four years working as a CPA for Jefferson, Urian, Doane and Sterner, P.A. at their Georgetown, Delaware office and at the same time served his country as an Army Reserves Military Police Officer. Mr. Nagel began his Caroline County Public Schools career in August, 1992 as an Accountant and Internal Auditor. Over the years, he has assumed ever-increasing responsibilities leading up to Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and was the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. He is active with several state and regional organizations to include Past President for the Association of School Business Officials for MD, Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium Health Insurance Alliance, Chair of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Group Insurance Pool and Vice Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Energy Trust.

Mr. Nagel married his high school sweetheart, Christina (Tina) Lorenz, in 1988 and they have two sons, who are graduates from Colonel Richardson High School and both attended Chesapeake College. He has been very involved in coaching and supporting numerous local sports that both sons were active participants.

Caroline County Public School system to Deploy a New Visitor Management System

Caroline County Public Schools
September 5, 2017

The Caroline County Public School system will begin deploying a new visitor management system to all of our county school buildings. The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors in our schools and provide us with a safer, more monitored environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a Caroline County School, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID (driver’s license, state id card), which will be scanned into the system. Upon reading the information, Raptor will check national and local databases to identify those individuals that should not be allowed in our schools. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. The visitor badges must be returned to the office at the conclusion of the visit so that they can be logged out of the system.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping away people who may present a danger to our students. Therefore, all visitors to the county schools must be scanned into the system and obtain a visitor badge.

If you are interested in learning more about the visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies Website (www.raptortech.com).

Caroline County Public Library Board Welcomes New Member

Caroline County Public Library
August 28, 2017

The Board of Library Trustees for Caroline County welcomes Tomas Davila to the board!

Mr. Davila and his family moved to Federalsburg from Illinois in 2004. He has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salisbury University and has worked for Maryland Plastics as a Credit Analyst since 2005.
 
He is a Caroline County Youth Soccer Board member and volunteer head soccer coach.  He is multi-lingual, speaking English, Spanish and some French.  He and his family are regular library users at the Federalsburg Branch. 

The library’s Board of Trustees is composed of seven members. Current Board members are Caroll Visintainer, EdD, President; Stephen Fleegle, Vice President; Terenda Thomas, Treasurer; Wayne Dhue, Secretary; James (Bart) Johnson and Amy Brandt.

Photo: Executive Director Debby Bennett, new Board member Tomas Davila and Library Board President Caroll Visintainer.

Executive Director Debby Bennett, new Board member Tomas Davila and Library Board President Caroll Visintainer. – Contributed Photo

Amy Kreiner Named Executive Director of the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce

Caroline County Chamber of Commerce
July 7, 2017
Denton, MD:

The board of directors for the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce have promoted Amy Kreiner to the permanent position of Executive Director. Kreiner had served as Interim Executive Director since February and has been with the Chamber for a total of eighteen months.

Chris Dorr, Nerve Center Media-Amy Kreiner

Amy Kreiner – Photo Chris Dorr, Nerve Center Media

“Amy exceeded expectations in her role as Interim Executive Director,” said Steve Covey, President of the Chamber and Executive Vice President at Choptank Transport. “She has brought tremendous energy and drive to the position. She has a lot of fresh ideas for the Chamber, and we’re excited to see what she achieves for our members in this new role.”

During her tenure as Interim Executive Director, Kreiner led several key initiatives for the Chamber. She oversaw the launch of a rebranding effort, which included a new logo design that incorporates the “You Belong Here” brand adopted by Caroline County Economic Development and the Caroline County Office of Tourism. She also led a redesign of the Chamber’s annual directory, resulting in a more modern look and improved organization and functionality.

In June, Kreiner successfully managed the Chamber’s signature annual event, Paddlefest, which had record-setting attendance despite being rescheduled due to inclement weather. She also worked with the Chamber’s scholarship committee to award the organization’s first two scholarships of $1,000 each to local students.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to grow the Chamber,” said Kreiner. “We have a terrific, active board of directors. I love working with them and our other members to serve the business community of Caroline County.”

Kreiner said one of her top priorities is enhancing the benefits of Chamber membership. She wants to add more value for businesses by leveraging Chamber resources to help them with marketing and recruiting efforts. Kreiner is also interested in improving how information is communicated to members by revamping the Chamber’s website and social media presence.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Kreiner worked for the Caroline County Commissioners office, which helped her develop an extensive network throughout the county. She also has broad marketing and advertising sales experience in the publishing and business financial services industries.

Kreiner is an active member of Denton Rotary, where she serves as Treasurer. She’s also a member of the Caroline County Wellness Coalition through the Health Department, as well a member of the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She also serves on the board of directors for the Caroline County Office of Tourism and on the advisory board for Imagination Library.

Kreiner lives in Denton with her husband David, a Lieutenant Paramedic at Howard County Fire & Rescue, and three of her four children. Her oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Navy.

Join Adkins Arboretum for CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—July 6, 2017)

Artist Dale Chihuly has mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create works of art that transform the everyday experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces as well as exhibitions in museums and gardens worldwide. For the first time in more than 10 years, Chihuly’s artwork is on view in a major garden exhibition in New York. CHIHULY, on view through October at the New York Botanical Garden, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Join Adkins Arboretum on Sat., Oct. 28 for an afternoon and evening adventure to NYBG to view Chihuly’s breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light and form in both day and night.

Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see as the Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature shapes and brilliant colors. The exhibit includes a monumental reimagining of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, with new works enlivening the Garden’s water features and reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light. One-of-a-kind installations highlight the synergy between Chihuly’s organic shapes and the natural environment.

The trip includes CHIHULY Nights, when the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. The after-sunset atmosphere is thrilling as the exhibition is infused with magical energy, heightened drama and luminous colors and forms when works are lit under the evening sky.

This trip is offered during the final weekend of CHIHULY and CHIHULY Nights. The bus departs from the Easton Firehouse on Aurora Park Drive at 10 a.m. and from the Route 50 westbound Park and Ride at Route 404 at 10:20 a.m. An additional stop at the 301/291 Park and Ride will be added upon request for Chestertown-area residents. The bus will depart for home at 8 p.m. The program fee of $150 for members and $205 for non-members includes transportation, admission to NYBG and CHIHULY Nights and driver gratuity. To ensure the trip proceeds, please register by Friday, September 29, 2017 at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Caroline County Public Library in Denton extends Friday hours

Caroline County Public Library
June 29, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, the Central Library in Denton will open at 10:00am on Fridays. This change standardizes the Central Library’s opening time to 10:00am on each open day.

The Central Library in Denton is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 10-6, Thursday 10-8, and Saturday 10-3.

The Federalsburg Branch is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10-6, and Tuesday 12-8.

The North County Greensboro Branch is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10-6, and Wednesday 12-8.

Visit the library’s web site, www.carolib.org, to access our virtual services 24/7!

Sweet Caroline Quarter Auction is August 26, 2017

Sweet Caroline
June 2017

Sweet Caroline is hosting a quarter auction to benefit our back to school, school supply drive and other Sweet Caroline projects. Come join us on Saturday August 26th, 2017 for an evening of fun. Doors open at 5:30pm Auction begins at 7:00pm. 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction also. Concessions, beer and wine provided by Denton Volunteer fire company available for purchase.

1st Paddle $10 additional paddles $3, All in paddle $45.

Looking for additional vendors and or donations. QUESTIONS Contact Ben Cahall 410-714-2001 or
Info@sweetcarolinemd.com

Come out and support the movement that is SWEETCAROLINE.

Event:
Sweet Caroline Quarter Auction
August 26, 2017 7pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Denton Volunteer Fire Company
400 S 5th Ave, Denton, Maryland 21629

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 carolib.org.

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

CHURCH HILL, MD

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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