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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
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, email@example.com.
(RIDGELY, MD—September 26, 2017)
Bring your wings and wands for a day of magic at Adkins Arboretum! The Arboretum’s second annual Fairyfest, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 14, 2017 celebrates fancy, fantasy and fun in the forest. Follow a trail of fairy houses along enchanted forest paths, and join in a meadow maypole dance. Search for gnomes in the Funshine Garden, craft magical treasures to take home, and wave to the Billy Goats Gruff from atop a hay wagon.
The event includes live entertainment throughout the day in the woodland theatre, shimmering fairy face painting, rainbow bubbles, archery and fairytale games. Unicorn rides provided by Snapdragon Stables and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Kicking off the fun, Master Naturalist Beth Lawton will offer a special Fairy Makers crafting program for ages 12 and up on Friday October 13, 2017. Crafted of felt, silk flowers, wooden beads and seed pods, the tiny acorn fairies made in the workshop will delight fairy lovers of all age. Each participant will create a one-of-a-kind fairy to take home. The workshop is $10 for members and $15 for non-members; spots are limited, and advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org.
Admission to Fairyfest is $10 for adults and children ages 3 and up. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free.
Fairyfest is sponsored in part by Garden Treasures of Easton and Soistman Family Dentistry. For more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.
Outstanding Dreams Farm
September 5, 2017
Now in it’s 9th year, Outstanding Dreams Farm’s Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th in Preston, Maryland promises fun for the whole family. Tour the farm, meet and learn about their growing herd of alpacas, watch fiber arts demonstrations and enjoy live music while checking out the many craft and food vendors at this one-of-a-kind event.
Located on fifteen peaceful acres on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Outstanding Dreams Farm is home to more than 25 Huacaya alpacas and a Farm Store that carries a variety of products crafted from alpaca fiber. Owners Phil and Vickie Liske established the farm in 2007, and it has grown to be one of the top agritourism destinations in the region. In addition to offering Champion alpaca breeding services and sales, the Liskes frequently offer farm tours for groups of all sizes.
Outstanding Dreams Farm’s two-day festival offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the gentle and lovable animals. In addition to the alpacas, the event also features live music by Silhouette Song, artisans and craft vendors, children’s activities, games and more.
Festival attendees will also be able to shop for a variety of products crafted from alpaca fleece – a luxurious and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities–at the Outstanding Dreams Farm Store. The shop carries an array of products made from the luxurious natural fiber, including clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, children’s toys, jewelry, raw fiber and the popular Paca Socks.
The Liskes are eager to share their passion for raising alpacas with festival-goers.
“One of our favorite parts of the job is introducing people to the wonderful world of alpacas and sharing our love and knowledge of these gentle animals,” says Liske.
The festival takes place Saturday, September 16th from 11am-5pm and Sunday, September 17th from noon – 4pm at Outstanding Dreams Farm, 24480 Pinetown Road, Preston, Maryland. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. In addition to the Alpaca Festival, Outstanding Dreams Farm hosts a Holiday Open House in December. For more information on the Open House & Alpaca Festival or to arrange a tour of the farm, please contact (410) 673-2002 or visit OutstandingDreamsFarm.com
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, 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
Slideshow of Photos from the Fed-Up Rally in Denton on August 31, 2017. Photographs by SG Atkinson
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
Come out and support the movement that is SWEETCAROLINE.
Sweet Caroline Quarter Auction
August 26, 2017 7pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Denton Volunteer Fire Company
400 S 5th Ave, Denton, Maryland 21629
May 13, 2017
On a day when one may have been thinking that nature was crying at the thought of those who have been affected by substance abuse the Tri-County Prevention Walk went on at Church Hill Park on the morning of May 13, 2017. The Prevention Offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s County organized the walk to help combat Substance Abuse.
Around 40 people braved the cool rainy Saturday morning in May to walk the mile long path around the park. DJ Slick Rick played music to lighten the mood, Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company was their along with KidSpot from Chestertown.
See more photos from the Walk on Facebook
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.
(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 adkinsplants.com 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.