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Governor Larry Hogan, Community Celebrate Completion of MD 404 Expansion on Maryland’s Eastern Shore November 20, 2017

MD Governor’s Office

11.3 Miles of Divided Highway between US 50 and the Denton Bypass

ANNAPOLIS, MD – November 20, 2017

Governor Larry Hogan was today joined by area residents, local business leaders, and officials to celebrate the long-awaited improvement of one of the Eastern Shore’s primary corridors – MD 404. The event included a ribbon cutting followed by the first cars driving on the much-anticipated new lanes. Under the Hogan administration’s landmark investment of an additional $2 billion in roads and bridges announced in June 2015, this $158 million project completed the upgrade of MD 404 from two lanes to a four-lane divided highway from US 50 to the Denton Bypass.

“For decades, improvements to this vital corridor were slow to move forward, and our administration heard your calls loud and clear,” said Governor Hogan. “With the completion of the MD 404 upgrade, our administration is proud to deliver on the number one priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties – complete and a year and a half ahead of schedule.”

The 11.3 miles of the dualized MD 404 provide a direct route between US 50 and the Town of Denton. The project improved safety with a median that separates the eastbound and westbound sides, as well as four travel lanes instead of two. This project is a critical link – along with projects such as the Dover Bridge replacement, the Salisbury Bypass replacement, and US 113 widening – that connect residents to the Eastern Shore safely.

“This new and improved road is part of our system of systems to connect Marylanders safely to life’s opportunities,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn.

During peak summer travel, traffic dramatically increases when drivers head to the Maryland and Delaware beaches. Today, 16,400 vehicles each day travel along MD 404, with more than 20,150 vehicles during the summer. By 2035, average daily traffic will increase to 21,900 vehicles a day, and up to 26,900 vehicles during summer months.

The MD 404 upgrade was planned for years, with small segments improved as funding became available. In the decade between 2005 and 2014, 402 crashes occurred and 12 people lost their lives. Upgrading MD 404 has been the top priority for Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Caroline counties for years.

In 2015, the Hogan Administration directed the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) to deliver the project before Thanksgiving 2017. MDOT developed a fast-track process and solicited teams of contractors and designers to deliver the project within the timeframe. MDOT selected MD 404 Safety Corridor Constructors in June 2016. The crews began relocating utilities, coordinating with area property owners and local law enforcement, and constructing the new travel lanes while maintaining traffic in fall 2016. Workers were permitted to work seven days a week to stay on schedule. Local outreach staff met with emergency services personnel and the agricultural community to keep them informed and coordinate services across Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot counties. The Hogan administration currently has nearly 1,000 transportation projects totaling $9 billion dollars under construction across the state, including more than $781 million dollars on the Eastern Shore.

Compass Regional Hospice Hosts Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County

Compass Regional Hospice
October 24, 2017

Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope & Healing Center will host the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The service begins at 4:00 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 101 S. 5th Avenue in Denton. The service is free and open to the public.

The centerpiece of the Candlelight Remembrance Service is the reading of the names of Compass Regional Hospice patients who have died in the past 13 months. Members of the community are also invited to bring the names of their loved ones whom they would like to be remembered during the holiday season.

If you are unable to attend the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Caroline County there are two additional services.

One will be held in Queen Anne’s County on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road in Centreville.

Another will be held in Kent County on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St. in Chestertown. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, Grief Support Coordinator, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

Caroline County is Fed-Up

August 31, 2017

Residents of Caroline County are Fed-Up with the way that Heroin and other drugs have overtaken their county. On August 31st, on the National Overdose Awareness day Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women led the 2nd Annual Fed-Up Rally in Denton Maryland on August 31st.

In 2016 only Baltimore City had more overdoses per capita than Caroline County. As one of the smallest county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore resources are slim. They are the only county on the Shore that doesn’t have a hospital withing their boundaries. Recovery Beds are in short supply.

Mark Mitsch and his mother Cathy Bowrey share a moment during the rally

Mark Mitsch, his mother Cathy Bowrey and a faithful group of volunteers organized the event. Mitsch struggled with drugs and more recently Heroin for 20 years. He is now in his 4th year of recovery and hope that the path to recovery for others will be easier than his, with more help and resources available.

Speaking at the event were people of all walks of life dealing with Heroin and addiction. Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, Judicial System, Service Providers and Recovering Addicts.

Caroline County Delegates, 36th District Jeff Ghrist and 37th District John Mautz, spoke that the government, under the state of emergency declared by Governor Hogan, is doing what it can. They do see that more needs to be done. (Video of Jeff Ghrist speaking at the Rally on our Facebook Page)

Caroline County Warden Ruth Colburn gave a fiery speech, not as an official but as a private citizen, saying that we can’t sit around waiting for results. We need to get out and help find the answers to get results.

Some of the most emotional talks came from the recovering addicts themselves. They told their stories and doing their part to help. But in many eyes the sigma attached to recovery is a huge burden.

For more information on Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/restoringhopeinwomen

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Slideshow of Photos from the Fed-Up Rally in Denton on August 31, 2017. Photographs by SG Atkinson

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

Caroline County Public Library seeks Summer Meal Assistant Volunteers

Caroline County Public Library
May 16, 2017

Teens and adults are invited to gain valuable work experience, serve their community and support their library this summer by volunteering at the library’s Central Library in Denton.

Volunteers will assist library staff with setting up the meeting room tables and chairs for lunch, serving pre-made bagged meals to a group of about fifteen children ages 9-14, spending time engaging with the children as they eat their meal, and cleaning up tables and the meal area when lunch is over.

This work is ideal for people who love to work with children. Both adults and high school students entering 11th and 12th grade are encouraged to apply. Students can earn Service Learning hours helping out with this program.

Volunteers will be needed to assist with serving lunch Mondays through Fridays from 12:30-2pm, from June 25 through September 1, 2017.

Volunteers may work any number of days per week; schedule is flexible based on volunteers’ availability. Volunteers under the age of 18 are eligible to eat Summer Meal during their volunteer shift.

To apply, please contact Amanda Courie, Youth Services Manager, at acourie@carolib.org or 410-479-1343 ext. 157.

Compass Regional Hospice Offers Adult Grief Support Group in Caroline County

Compass Regional Hospice
February 24, 2017

Compass Regional Hospice is offering a grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S 5th Avenue in Denton. The group will meet every Tuesday through May 23. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co‐facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, many end up feeling alone, which makes navigating through their grief journey difficult. Participation in our adult grief support group offers companionship and understanding from others who “get it,” and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting participant’s will have a chance to share their stories openly and guilt-free, while learning ways to cope with their changed lives.”

For more information about the adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443‐262‐ 4100, or email Ann OConnor, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or Wayne Larrimore, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Photo: Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017.

Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017. – 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 carolib.org.

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 www.homesteadassistedlivingdenton.com

Summer Reading fun continues at the Caroline County Public Library

Caroline County Public Library
June 20, 2016

The summer fun continues with great free programs at all three Caroline County Public Library locations.

• Kids get to join the fun when The Uncle Devin Show, whose mission is to convey universal principles of love through their live music experiences, presents “Journey through the Land of Percussion,” in two locations! Thursday, July 7 at 11am at the North County Greensboro Branch and again at 2pm at the Federalsburg Branch.
• The Bright Star Touring Theatre presents “Aesop’s Fables” on Monday, July 11 at 11am at the Central Library in Denton. From The Fox and the Grapes to the The Lion and the Mouse, these animal-filled adventures focus on honesty, compassion, hard work and kindness.
• Kids age 5-8 and their caregivers are invited to get in the Olympic spirit with Library Olympics! Test your skills in a variety of events based on favorite nursery rhymes, fairy tales and books. This program will be offered at the Federalsburg Branch on Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30am (call 410-754-8397 to register) and at the North County Greensboro Branch on Thursday, July 14 at 10:30am (register at 410-482-2173).

There are many more upcoming Summer Reading programs, including playgroup at the library, Family Dance Party, STEAM programs and much more. Some require registration, so pick up a Summer Reading flier at the library, call 410-479-1343 or visit www.carolib.org today! All programs are FREE.