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Kent Island Running Group Donates $4,500

Kent Island Running Group Donates $4,500 to County High School Running Programs and Local Charity

STEVENSVILLE, Md. – Kent Island Running Group donated $1,500 each to Kent Island High School and Queen Anne’s County High School cross country coaches to support both schools’ running programs, as well as $1,500 to local charity Saint Martin’s Ministries. Donations were made through funds raised by the running group through a Thanksgiving running event.

Kent Island Running Group (KIRG) President Susan Lamont and members of the KIRG Board of Directors presented $1,500 to Coach Rick Unger for Kent Island High School’s cross country program. Unger remarked that KIRG’s donation will be used to buy much-needed uniforms for the cross country team to wear at all competitions, including State championships. Lamont also presented $1,500 to Queen Anne’s County High School’s Coach Mark Wilhelm for its cross country program. “Assistant Coach Kim Agee and I are excited and grateful for the size of this donation. We have about 50 students on the team – we don’t cut runners based on performance. Money from this donation will go toward replacing long-worn jerseys and warmups before next season,” he told the running group at its annual meeting.

KIRG also presented $1,500 to Saint Martin’s Ministries’ Director of Development Deborah Hudson Vornbrock at KIRG’s annual meeting. “Saint Martin’s Ministries is thankful for KIRG’s continuing support for our organization. This generous donation will help us continue to help the community’s working families, elderly and veterans in need.”

In July 2017, KIRG partnered with YMCA of the Chesapeake’s Centreville location, taking on the responsibility of directing the YMCA’s own Thanksgiving day event, Turkey Trot 5K. The partnership simultaneously allowed Kent Island Running Group to raise money for local charities as it had done in the past with KIRG’s Great Turkey Chase, and the YMCA to carry out its membership initiative. KIRG will be directing the YMCA’s Turkey Trot 5K again this year on Thanksgiving day to raise money for local charities.

About Kent Island Running Group – Kent Island Running Group is a non-profit organization and certified Road Runners Club of America running club whose mission is to support and promote a healthy and active lifestyle while working with and supporting local charities and organizations for the betterment of the community. For more information about Kent Island Running Group, please visit www.kirg.org or call 240.446-1115.

About Saint Martin’s Ministries – Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM) is a non-profit charity that provides food, clothing and shelter to local working families, the elderly and veterans who need assistance. SMM provides transitional housing for women and their children, emergency food, eviction prevention assistance, and a thrift store.

CBMM to Kick Off Boating Season

Kick off boating season April 12 at CBMM

Celebrate the beginning of boating season by joining the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. for the annual Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. The Thursday, April 12 ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. near the shipyard, and invites the public to honor the working vessels and pleasure craft of the Chesapeake Bay, including CBMM’s floating fleet. Prayers will be offered to boaters for a safe and bountiful season, and also for those mariners whose lives have been lost at sea. 

Easton High School’s NJROTC will begin the ceremony with a presentation of the colors, followed by the Star Spangled Banner and Navy Hymn. The blessing will be performed by the Reverend Kevin M. Cross of The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, Md.

At this year’s event, a special blessing will be given for the 1912 river tug Delaware, which will undergo a major restoration in full public view at CBMM, beginning in late 2018. Delaware is a product of Bethel’s great age of wooden ship and boatbuilding and apart from the 1900 ram schooner Victory Chimes (formerly Edwin and Maud), may be the only survivor. 

Delaware hauled scows on Broad Creek, often laden with lumber, and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, De. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Delaware hauled scows often laden with lumber and towed ram schooners up and down the Eastern Shore’s narrow, winding rivers. She was donated to CBMM in 1991 by Bailey Marine Construction, Inc.

“The Blessing of the Fleet is a terrific way to kick off the season for all boaters and guests,” said CBMM Director of Events Shannon Mitchell. “Our campus really starts to fill up in April, with a broad selection of educational programs and events for guests to engage in. We can’t wait to kick off the boating season and to see everyone.”

CBMM’s Blessing of the Fleet is free and open to the public, and will move into CBMM’s Small Boat Shed in the event of foul weather. 

For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit cbmm.org.

Tara Russum Receives Clinical Excellence Award

Compass Regional Hospice Aide Receives Clinical Excellence Award

Tara Russum, CNA, is the 2017 winner of the Cynthia L. Nugent Clinical Excellence Award in Hospice and Palliative Care. The award is named in honor of the late Cynthia Nugent, a hospice nurse who dedicated eight years of her life to Hospice of Queen Anne’s, now Compass Regional Hospice.

After Cynthia Nugent died in 2009, her husband, Bob, wanted to honor her work as a hospice nurse and recognize the excellent care she received as a patient at the Hospice Center in Centreville. Bob Nugent proposed creating an annual award that would honor Cynthia’s memory by recognizing a staff member whose work meets high levels of excellence.

Russum, who lives in Centreville, was nominated by her peers for this award, which recognizes a Compass Regional Hospice clinical care provider who has shown outstanding dedication and excellence in caring for terminally ill patients and assisting their families.

Russum has been a member of the Compass Regional Hospice clinical team for three years, as a night shift hospice aide at the Hospice Center in Centreville, where she spends a lot of her with patients. The award nominator wrote, “It is on night shift when fear takes over peace and our patients are afraid to close their eyes because they may not wake up, but then they see Tara and know that they have someone faithful by their side to help them through the night.”

“Sometimes when you haven’t seen Tara in a while, you will find her quietly sitting with a patient. Holding their hands when they are scared, talking to them when they are agitated or laughing with them to help ease their pain. This is not just on an occasional basis, but is a common occurrence with Tara.”

Adding, “Tara has worked herself into the hearts of many of our patients. It is her work with patients that is one of the most special aspects of her performance. She exemplifies everything that hospice is about— caring, compassionate, and going the extra mile to help patients and families at their most difficult times.”

Sharon Loving, social worker, Compass Regional Hospice and friend of the Nugent’s, presented this award to Russum on behalf of Bob and the Nugent family. “I had the honor to work with Cynthia. She was an exceptional nurse. Cynthia would be proud that Tara received the award because they both share the same sense of compassion when caring for their patients.”

Heather Guerieri, executive director, Compass Regional Hospice adds, “I want to thank Bob Nugent for establishing this award, which includes a financial gift for the winner and recognizes the valuable work done by the Compass Regional Hospice clinical staff.”

Other Compass Regional Hospice staff who have earned the Cynthia L. Nugent Clinical Excellence Award in Hospice and Palliative Care include social worker, Michelle Tuttle; hospice nurse, Sarah Severs; nurse practitioner Lisa Adkins; social worker, Sharon Loving; hospice aide, Beverly Baynard; hospice nurse, Melissa “Missy” Willis; bereavement counselor, Rhonda Knotts; and hospice aide, Melanie Glacken.

Cutline: Tara Russum, CNA, (left, front row) the 2017 winner of the Compass Regional Hospice Cynthia L. Nugent Clinical Excellence Award in Hospice and Palliative Care, was joined in her celebration by Heather Guerieri, executive director (right, back row;) Sharon Loving, social worker (right, front row;) Tara’s mother Gladys Russum (middle, back row) and sister Susan Steward (left, back row.)

Talbot County Department of Social Services Maintains National Accreditation

Talbot County Department of Social Services (TCDSS) has successfully maintained national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Accredited since 2003, Talbot County Department of Social Services provides Child Welfare, Adult Services, Child Support and Income Support services to the Talbot County community. Organizations pursue accreditation to demonstrate the implementation of best practice standards in the field of human services. COA evaluated all aspects of TCDSS’s programs, services, management, and administration.

According to Laura Heikes, President of the TCDSS Advisory Board, “We are thrilled to have maintained this accreditation. It is symbolic of the agency’s commitment to excellence and desire to make a difference in the lives of all citizens living in Talbot County. We address the needs of many and this accreditation reflects the hard work of the employees of TCDSS, who make themselves available at all times, as we strive to meet the diverse needs of our county’s population.”

COA accreditation is an objective, independent, and reliable validation of an agency’s performance. The COA accreditation process involves a detailed review and analysis of an organization’s administration, management, and service delivery functions against international standards of best practice. The standards driving accreditation ensure that services are well-coordinated, culturally competent, evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and provided by a skilled and supported workforce. COA accreditation demonstrates accountability in the management of resources, sets standardized best practice thresholds for service and administration, and increases organizational capacity and accountability by creating a framework for ongoing quality improvement. 

To achieve COA accreditation, Talbot County Department of Social Services first provided written evidence of compliance with the COA standards.  Thereafter, a group of specially trained volunteer Peer Reviewers confirmed adherence to these standards during a series of on-site interviews with trustees, staff and clients.  Based on their findings, COA’s volunteer-based Accreditation Commission voted that Talbot County Department of Social Services has successfully met the criteria for accreditation. 

“Successfully maintaining our accreditation status with COA confirms Talbot County Department of Social Services’ commitment to excellence in serving our community and its residents, as well as supporting our staff,” said Linda Webb, TCDSS Director.

Founded in 1977, COA is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of the full continuum of community-based behavioral health care and social service organizations in the United States and Canada. Over 2,000 organizations — voluntary, public, and proprietary; local and statewide; large and small — have either successfully achieved COA accreditation or are currently engaged in the process. Presently, COA has a total of 47 service standards that are applicable to over 125 different types of programs.  

For further information about Talbot County Department of Social Services, call 410-770-4848 or visit http://dhr.maryland.gov/local-offices/talbot-county/. To learn more about COA, please visit www.COAnet.org

Caption: Talbot County Department of Social Services (TCDSS) has successfully maintained national accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). Pictured are members of the TCDSS Management Team. From left to right are Simon Bredenberg, Susan Merriken, Thomas Jones, Linda Webb, Shari Blades, Debbe Fairbank, Christine Abbatiello, Paris Quillet, and Pam Wilkinson. Not pictured are Cheryl Blades, Allayne Burke, Dianne Heffernan, Lorraine Johnson, Tim Laureska, and Katie Pedersen.

Mid-Atlantic TirePros Collects over 460 Koats for Kids

Mid-Atlantic TirePros in Easton recently sponsored its 11th Annual Arlene M. John Koats for Kids Drive, collecting over 460 coats for underprivileged children on the Mid Shore. Partners in this year’s event include Kohl’s, WCEI/WINX, the Star Democrat, Crackerjacks, Ship and Print, Admiral Cleaners in Easton, the Continental, and SpiderWeb Connections. Admiral Cleaners provided complimentary coat cleaning. The drive began in 2007 in honor of Terry’s wife Arlene.  To date, the coat drive has disbursed over 5,500 coats to children in the region.

 Pictured left to right are Terry John, owner of Mid-Atlantic TirePros; with partners of the 11th Annual Arlene M. John Koats for Kids Drive, including Matt Spence, WCEI/WINX; Carmeshia Williams, Neighborhood Service Center; Linda Laramy, Crackerjacks; and Whitney Kerridge, Admiral Cleaners. Absent from the photo are representatives from Kohl’s, the Star Democrat, Ship and Print, the Continental, and SpiderWeb Connections, also partners in the event.

Betty Thomas Hospice Volunteer of the Month

Compass Regional Hospice Recognizes Thomas as Volunteer of the Month
 
Compass Regional Hospice chose Betty Thomas of Stevensville as the most recent volunteer of the month. Thomas volunteers at Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop that benefits Compass Regional Hospice.
Most recently she was nominated by fellow volunteers to recognize her for being a great shift leader and for her dedication to shop operations.
Since 2009, Betty has been a familiar face in Estate Treasures, dedicating her time and talents to many different shop operations. In addition to her role as a shift leader, she works multiple shifts a week, serves on the Estate Treasures committee as the corresponding secretary, and is the chair for the jewelry department. Betty also sits on the committee for the annual fashion show. The 2017 event raised just over $18,700 for Compass Regional Hospice— making it one of the most successful years in the fashion show’s 26-year history.
“It is because of devoted volunteers like Betty who work tirelessly to ensure that Estate Treasures will continue to be around to help fund hospice care in our community for years to come,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services.
Since opening in 1991, Estate Treasures has been solely run by volunteers who have made it possible to raise over $2 million to offset unfunded hospice care and grief support programs offered through Compass Regional Hospice. Today, the shop is run by more than 100 men and women, who dedicate their time and talents to sustaining the mission of Estate Treasures.
Estate Treasures is located at 17 Kent Towne Market in Chester. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday with extended hours until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All retail sales are tax free. Donations of clean, gently used items in good condition are accepted during store hours. For more information about Estate Treasures and how to become a volunteer, contact Courtney Williams, 443‐ 262‐4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org or visit, compassregionalhospice.org/estatetreasures.
Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms
 
Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org
Cutline: Betty Thomas, (left) was nominated by fellow volunteers Joyce Montenegro, Gail Flynn, and Jackie Urlock for Compass Regional Hospice volunteer of the month.

Heather Guerieri Appointed President of Hospice & Palliative Care Network

Heather Guerieri, RN, MSN, CHPN, executive director of Compass Regional Hospice was named president of the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland board of directors. She steps into this leadership role after serving on the board since 2008. In that time, she has also served on the executive committee as secretary and vice president.
The Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland’s mission is to promote the delivery of quality hospice and palliative care by supporting the varied organizations throughout the state that aligns with its mission. Its board of directors includes hospice and palliative care representatives from all over the state.
Guerieri has dedicated her career to caring for individuals at the end-of-life. As a 1996 graduate of Salisbury University, Guerieri began her nursing career as a hospice nurse at Hospice of Queen Anne’s, now Compass Regional Hospice. She later joined the clinical team at Gilchrist where she worked as a homecare team manager and then assistant clinical director. After finishing her graduate program from Towson University in 2007, Guerieri returned to the organization she began her career with, as the executive director.
“As executive director of a regional hospice provider on the Eastern Shore, serving mostly rural areas, I understand how important having access to hospice services is to patients and their families,” says Guerieri.
“Over the years I have witnessed first-hand the growing acceptance and advancements of the hospice philosophy. I feel strongly that every individual nearing the end-of-life deserves to have the option to choose hospice, a level of care that focuses on quality of life.”
Guerieri adds, “I am honored to step into the role of board president. In this position, I look forward to continuing to be an advocate and legislative ‘voice’ for hospice and palliative care programs and services in Maryland.”
Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission, as well as a member of the Hospice & Palliative Care Network of Maryland and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms
 
Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Denton. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one through The Hope & Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

Kaitlyn Collins Joins CR Realty

CR Realty is excited to present Kaitlyn Collins, our newest sales agent to join the team. Kaitlyn brings both marketing experience and enthusiasm to CR Realty. Kaitlyn is a graduate of Salisbury University Perdue School of Business and The Gunston School of Centreville.  She is a native to the Eastern Shore and was raised in Queen Anne’s County. Kaitlyn specializes in digital marketing and strives to keep up with the latest trends in advertising. She holds true values of integrity and hard work. Kaitlyn chose CR Realty because she felt our business model and plan for future growth in the industry was in line with her vision for the real estate industry. CR Realty is a full-service Real Estate brokerage located at 337 N. Liberty St Centreville, MD. Kaitlyn Collins can be reached via telephone at: Office: 443-988-0114 or Direct: 410-490-9157 .

Master Gardeners to Hold Basic Training

The Upper Shore Master Gardener Programs will hold a 8 week basic training course starting on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at Eastern Shore Higher Education Center on the Chesapeake College Campus in Queenstown, MD. This program is intended to train Master Gardeners as volunteer representatives for the University of Maryland Extension to extend our services and programs to the general public. Classes will begin on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings 9 a.m. to noon ending on Saturday, April 21stThis class in held in conjunction with the University of Maryland Extension in Dorchester, Talbot, Queen Anne’s, and Kent Counties.

This well-rounded 40+ hour course includes classes on: ecology, botany, soils, plant diseases, insects – both pests and beneficial, weeds, and much more. This program emphasizes community involvement and outreach as well as environmental stewardship.  A $200.00 fee is charged to cover all costs including the Maryland Master Gardener Handbook.  This University of Maryland Extension Master Gardener volunteer training program is open to the public, 18 years of age and older and payment assistance is available based on need.

The University of Maryland Master Gardener vision is a healthier world through environmental stewardship.  In keeping with this vision, University of Maryland Extension Master Gardeners volunteers work on a variety of projects in cooperation with local schools, help maintain various public gardens, volunteer at local Senior Centers and Assisted Living facilities working with therapeutic gardens and hands-on gardening programs, provide community education through free workshops and classes open to local residents, visit home and public gardens as part of our Bay-Wise certification program…and much more. 

For further information, please visit http://extension.umd.edu/events/thu-2018-02-22-1730-upper-shore-master-gardener-basic-training  or see us on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/QueenAnnesCountyMasterGardeners We are looking forward to working with a new, energetic class of horticulture enthusiasts!

For Queen Anne’s & Kent Counties contact: Rachel J. Rhodes, Master Gardener Coordinator at (410) 758-0166 or by email at rjrhodes@umd.edu.

For Talbot County: Mikaela Boley, Master Gardener Coordinator (410) 822-1244 or by email at mboley@umd.edu

For Dorchester County: Emily Zobel, Master Gardener Coordinator (410) 228-8800 or by email at ezobel@umd.edu

University of Maryland Extension programs are open to all people and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Docent and Greeter Training at CBMM

Docent and Greeter Training Begins March 1 at CBMM
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering a free training for new and existing volunteers throughout the month of March, with advanced registration needed.
This once-a-year training prepares volunteers to work with the public, either as greeters welcoming guests to CBMM or as interpreters, with the content and skills necessary to lead group tours with adults and children. Anyone who enjoys interacting with people, has a curiosity about the Chesapeake Bay, is comfortable and excited about public speaking, and is interested in promoting the Bay’s cultural heritage is encouraged to participate.
Sessions take place from 10am–12:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 1 to April 5, 2018. This training program, led by CBMM’s Education team, covers topics ranging from CBMM exhibits and collections to tour group management techniques. 
CBMM docents and other volunteers provide invaluable support to CBMM in its mission to preserve and explore the history, environment, and people of the Chesapeake Bay. Duties can include greeting or guiding museum visitors and providing a memorable and positive visit, staffing individual exhibitions and leading demonstrations, classes, and special events as needed, and promoting the museum and its mission to others. 
“Many of our volunteers say that being a museum docent is one of their most gratifying experiences,” said CBMM’s Director of Education Jill Ferris. “We find that active adults enjoy working with us and becoming part of our volunteer corps just as much as they enjoy working with the students and other guests we serve.”
Registration is required by contacting CBMM Volunteer & Education Programs Manager Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941.

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