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First Tri-County Prevention Walk

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.

Photo by SG Atkinson: The walk organizers, from left Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne's, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

The walk organizers, from left: Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne’s, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

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.

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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 carolib.org.

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 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.

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.

Maryland State Police Arrest Caroline County Man For Child Pornography

Maryland State Police
March 3, 2017
(Preston, MD)

A Caroline County man was arrested and charged earlier today after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.

Photo: Christopher PalgutaThe suspect is identified as Christopher Palguta, 32, of the 7700 block of Shore Drive, Preston, MD. Palguta was arrested without incident and charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography and ten counts distribution of child pornography. Palguta is pending being seen by a District Court Commissioner at this time of writing.

Investigators received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the potential distribution of child pornography over the Internet. As a result of the subsequent investigation, Palguta was identified as the suspect. Earlier today a search warrant of Palguta’s residence lead to the seizure of numerous computers, electronic devices and media storage devices. A search of those devices revealed images and videos of child pornography. The computers seized during this investigation will be submitted to the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Lab for analysis.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the state. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

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.

Talbot Co. Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

MD State Police
January 20, 2017
(EASTON, MD)

Maryland State Police criminal investigators have charged a Talbot County man with multiple counts of possession of child pornography as a result of an Internet crimes investigation.

The suspect is identified as Harry H. Rieck III, 59, of Easton, Md. He is charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography. Rieck was charged on a criminal summons, which was served on him yesterday after he responded to the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack.

The investigation began in November 2016, when Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division investigators assigned to the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received information about an Internet user actively downloading images of child pornography online, using a peer-to-peer network. The investigation led to the identification of a residence and a search warrant was obtained. Investigators served a search warrant in mid-December 2016 at the residence and recovered computers and related electronic equipment belonging to the suspect.

A forensic preview was conducted at the Maryland State Police Computer Crimes Unit forensic laboratory. Investigators found multiple images of known child pornography. State Police investigators applied for criminal charges and a criminal summons was issued.

The forensic examination of the computer equipment is continuing. Additional charges are possible.

The Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is comprised of police agencies from around the State. Its primary mission is to protect children from computer-facilitated sexual exploitation. The Task Force works cooperatively with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to provide resources to combat these crimes. Additionally, the Task Force provides community awareness campaigns helping to prevent the spread of these crimes through education.

Editor’s Note:
Harry H. Rieck III ran and won election this past fall for Talbot County School Board. He did resign due to personal reasons before taking office.

He did serve on the Talbot County School Board in 2008 as he completed a term of a member who resigned due to health reason. He lost the election later in that year. He also ran for Talbot County Council in 2010, but lost in the primary.

Maryland State Police Arrest Two Suspects In Connection With An Armed Robbery In Caroline County

MD State Police
January 14, 2017
Greensboro, MD

Maryland State Police arrested two suspects in connection with an armed robbery last night in Caroline County.

The accused are identified as James Moore, 30, and Frederick Kirsch, 35, of no fixed addresses. Both are in police custody after being arrested on outstanding warrants. Moore has an outstanding arrest warrant through Dorchester County Circuit Court. Kirsch is wanted in Caroline County for Theft under $10,000.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. last night, troopers from the Maryland State Police Easton Barrack and deputies from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12,000 block of Knife Box Road in Greensboro, Maryland. The owner of the residence called 9-1-1, with a report of an armed robbery.

When police arrived, the homeowner told police he was sleeping in his bedroom when he heard a knock at his front door. The homeowner answered the door. Two Caucasian men, standing on his door step, used a ruse to gain access to the house.

During this time, police were told that one of the men pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol and asked for the homeowner’s money. The homeowner told the men he was having a heart attack and sat down in his living room chair. Fearing for his life, he then tried to defend himself and pulled out his own pistol which was subsequently taken by the suspects.

While the men were inside the residence, the homeowner was able to dial 9-1-1 from his cell phone and left the line open during the incident. Emergency dispatchers on the other end of the cell phone call dispatched law enforcement officers from multiple agencies while the crime was taking place.

Once law enforcement arrived, the homeowner told police the two men had fled the residence and ran south on Knife Box Road. He informed police the men stole a pistol, a large amount of U.S. currency, and other personal belongings.

An investigator with the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force responded to the scene to assist the various law enforcement units. As he turned onto Knife Box Road from Burrsville Road, he observed a black 2012 Ford Focus with temporary Delaware tags, travelling south on Knife Box Road at a high rate of speed. The two Caucasian men fit the description of the suspects involved in the armed robbery.

The investigator began following the Ford Focus which continued to speed onto several back roads until pulling into a driveway at the 28,000 block of Bloomery Road in Federalsburg, Maryland where they exited the vehicle. Backup units arrived at the location and the two men exited the residence and were subsequently detained, and arrested without incident by police. No injuries were sustained by the homeowner or by law enforcement during the incident.

Maryland State Police from the Easton Barrack were provided assistance by the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force. The Maryland State Police crime scene analysts also responded to process the scene. The investigation is active and ongoing.

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15th Annual Chrome City Ride is July 31, 2016

15th Annual Chrome City Ride
RIDGELY, Md.

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 benschool.org or call 410-634-2292.

Adkins Arboretum Announces ‘Native Table’ Raffle

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—May 22, 2016)


Winner will receive exquisite dining experience for 20

Early-afternoon brunch en plein air with fall leaves drifting lazily to the forest floor…a sunset dinner on the wetland overlook set to a serenade of spring peepers…indulgent desserts in the Native Plant Nursery’s lush greenhouse. These delights are what winners of Adkins Arboretum’s Native Table raffles can anticipate.

Beginning this spring, the Arboretum will hold two Native Table raffles annually. Winners will receive a seasonal dining experience for 20 inspired by the Arboretum’s wild edibles. Only 100 tickets will be sold per raffle, with proceeds used to support the Arboretum’s mission of conserving the Chesapeake Bay region’s native landscapes.

The winner of the first Native Table raffle will receive Brunch Under the Branches, a decadent brunch for 20 catered by chef Steve Konopelski of Turnbridge Point Bed & Breakfast. Guests will indulge in offerings inspired by the field and forest, including wild onion frittata, banana and black walnut muffins, sassafras sweet tea, highbush blueberry cobbler, and field greens garnished with wood sorrel in a sumac vinaigrette.

Konopelski is a classically trained pastry chef and couture wedding cake designer who graduated at the top of his class from the prestigious French Culinary Institute. A former Broadway performer, he infuses his creations with passion and artistry. His love of performing and ability to connect with people have made Konopelski a popular teacher whose love of teaching is almost matched by his love of baking. Konopelski and his husband, Rob Griffith, own and operate Turnbridge Point, an upscale bed and breakfast and event venue in Denton.

Brunch Under the Branches will be held under the Arboretum’s new education pavilion on Sun., Sept. 18 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ticket sales are underway and will end on Thurs., June 30 or when all 100 tickets are sold. The winner will be selected by a random drawing on Fri., July 1. Tickets may be purchased at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0. for more information.

Ellie Altman to Receive Conservation Landscaping Award

Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
October 30, 2015

On November 12, 2015, Ellie Altman, recently retired Director of Adkins Arboretum, will become the second recipient of the Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award. The award, given by the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council (CCLC), a regional non-profit, recognizes Altman for her role in the conception of the CCLC, her long time commitment to conservation landscaping and environmental education, and the recent publication of the book “Chesapeake Gardening and Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide”, by Barbara W. Ellis.

The award will be presented by Britt Slattery, the recipient of the previous award who was also instrumental in founding the CCLC. The presentation will take place at the Welcome Dinner preceding CCLC’s 2015 Turning a New Leaf Conference on Friday, November 13, at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, Maryland. The conference educates professionals on sustainable landscaping and development best practices.

The Marcy Damon Conservation Landscaping Award was created by the CCLC to honor former Council chair and Maryland naturalist and educator, Marcy Damon. Damon passed away in 2013 from acute myeloid leukemia. Damon spent many years contributing passionately to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s effort to “Save the Bay,”
and her dedication to sustainable landscaping, habitat preservation, and environmental education was inspirational.

Altman, as Director of the Adkins Arboretum, steered the mission towards educating the public about conservation landscaping, played a role overseeing the First Stop for the Bay campaign, and oversaw the project to create the book “Chesapeake Gardening and Landscaping: The Essential Green Guide”, which took several years from idea to fruition. The book is a comprehensive guide on how to create more eco-friendly landscapes.

CCLC encourages individuals, businesses and organizations to join the non-profit organization. For more information and to register for the dinner and the conference, visit www.chesapeakelandscape.org/new-leaf.

About the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council
CCLC is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting, and educating the public about conservation-based gardening and landscaping practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.