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Queen Anne’s at Home Installs Four New Board Members”

Queen Anne’s at Home (QA@H) is pleased to announce the addition of four new Board members to guide its activities and further its mission. There are now 11 members on the Board.

Cathy Dougherty of Grasonville is a retired social worker and the former director of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services. Her strengths lie in developing community partnerships. She plans to help QA@H by furthering connections in the area’s diverse senior community.

Donna Lee, a resident of Chester, has always believed in service. A lifelong volunteer, her most recent role was with the American Cancer Society, recruiting volunteers and helping cancer patients and their families. Donna is skilled and experienced in fundraising and volunteer recruitment, training, and retention. She is the Chair of the Fundraising Committee.

Karen Twigg resides in Centreville. She is a registered nurse who serves as the Vice President, Population Health, Community Health, for The Coordinating Center in Millersville. Her expertise lies in the design, implementation, and support of community health programs.

Bonnie Walter of Stevensville has extensive experience working with senior citizens, serving as President of the Queen Anne’s County Commission on Aging since 2016. She is the receptionist at the Queen Anne’s County Visitors Center and is active with the Kent Island Lions Club, Kent Island Elks, and the Terrapin Grove Resident Association.

“The directors and I are pleased to welcome these talented leaders as new colleagues on the Board,” said President Cindy Bach. “These women will add significant value to our organization, drawing from their experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.” Bach continued, saying, “It truly takes all of us to make a difference. I look forward to the additional insight that these people will offer our team as we strive to serve even more seniors in Queen Anne’s County.”

QA@H is a caring community of seniors who help each other stay safe, healthy, connected, and independent at home. Its mission is to help seniors thrive at home which addresses the number one fear that senior citizens have: “What if I can’t stay in my own home?” Members assist each other with rides to appointments and household chores, among other things. QA@H arranges social activities such as coffee meet-ups, happy hours, and outdoor adventures as well as informational seminars where experts present topics relevant to seniors.

To donate, visit or mail a check to PO Box 164, Centreville, MD 21617.

Dell Foxx Company to Headline Adkins Arboretum Beer Garden October 22

Local beer, food trucks and music by local favorites Dell Foxx Company are all on tap when Adkins Arboretum hosts its annual Beer Garden on Sat., Oct. 22.


Dell Foxx Company is an active and must-see Eastern Shore cover band. Since their first performance at a small open mic night in 2014, they have developed a diverse repertoire that ranges from Alabama Shakes and Grand Funk Railroad to John Mayer, Florence and the Machine and more. They have taken their fun, high-energy sound to venues and events across the state.

Food and drink will be available for purchase, with Bull & Goat Brewery and Ten Eyck Brewing Company pulling premium craft beer and food trucks from Blue Monkey Street Tacos and So Coast Street Eats serving delicious savory fare.

The Beer Garden runs from 2 to 4 p.m., but food trucks will begin serving at 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited; bringing chairs or a blanket is highly advised. Advance registration is required. Only 400 tickets will be sold. Admission is $25 for adults, $5 for children ages 3–18 and free for children ages 2 and under. Register online at or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0

QAC Broadband Advisory Council Needs Your Help to Identify Areas that Still Need Reliable Internet Service

If you are currently without reliable high-speed internet the Queen Anne’s County Broadband Advisory Council wants to hear from you. The Council would like to collect addresses from areas of the County where service is poor or nonexistent. Results from the survey will help us identify areas of the county where funds need to be focused to get service to those remaining residents with unreliable or unavailable internet service.
To take our survey visit:
First, take a moment to review the map that shows where high-speed internet access is already scheduled to be provided in the next 3 years. After that click the white/blue button at the top that says “Complete the Broadband Survey”
This survey asks for the following information and only one answer per address will be accepted: 
  • Enter Address – the address with poor or unavailable service
  • Are you being served by Wired or Wireless/Satellite service? 
  • Provider of your service (If available)
  • and whether we can contact you if needed
If you are unable to submit a survey, we also have a hotline you can call and leave a voicemail with the same information. (410)-758-6200. 
Last year we announced that the county had been working with several internet providers to apply for state grants to provide broadband to unserved and underserved areas. (Breezeline, Talkie Communications, Think Big and Choptank) Seventeen areas in the county were identified and internet providers sent in applications for State funding. The grant funding requested for Queen Anne’s County was $12.7M with a county contribution of $636k. This spring one provider (Talkie Communications) successfully challenged all except one grant area and now have until May 2024 to build to the portions of the areas they challenged. This means that most of the areas originally anticipated to be built by other providers will now be built by Talkie. State funding was awarded to Breezeline to build to the Tilghman Neck area by 2025.  No other state funding was awarded.   
You can view an updated map of areas with projected dates here:
(Map Key: Light Orange: challenge areas now being built by Talkie, Dark Orange: Breezeline, Yellow: Choptank. Red: unserved)   
For more information on the Broadband Advisory Council, visit:

Plenty for youth to learn & explore at CBMM this fall

ST. MICHAELS, Md., Sept. 22, 2022 – It’s a great time to learn and explore at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum with a variety of youth programming on tap this fall designed to engage children of all ages.
CBMM’s after-school programs – Rising Tide and Free Fishing – are back this month, a four-lesson STEAM Team series kicks off Oct. 8 and Lighthouse Overnight Adventures remain available for groups through October. That’s in addition to fall field trips for student groups, including school, Scout, and other youth programs.
Targeted at sixth-through-ninth graders, Rising Tide teaches the basics of tool use, following a build plan, and woodworking techniques. This fall, the program continues work on building two stand-up paddleboards as well as a few other smaller projects.
Rising Tide resumed Sept. 19 and is offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm. Transportation is offered from the Easton YMCA and from St. Michaels Middle/High School (SMMHS). Register or email for more information.
Running Sept. 28 through Nov. 2, CBMM’s Free Fishing program invites community members of all ages for catch-and-release fishing on Wednesdays this fall from 3:30-5:30pm.
No fishing license or equipment is required to participate. Fishing rods and bait are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own fishing pole. Children under 10 must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult. For middle and high school students, transportation from SMMHS to CBMM is provided.
This is a weather-permitting, drop-in program, but if you are interested in attending, please contact Youth Programs Coordinator Sophie Stuart at 410-745-4974.
In October and November, little mariners are invited to join CBMM’s STEAM Team! Led by an experienced educator in each Saturday session, children will explore Chesapeake-related topics that incorporate a variety of activities related to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
Sessions are available for ages 4-6 and 6-9, beginning with an Oct. 8 program on Lighthouse Life. Other program themes include Shipwreck Scientists (Oct. 22), Simple Machines Move the Maritime World (Nov. 5), and Boats of the Bay (Nov. 12).
Class sizes are limited, with advanced registration needed. The cost per class is $15, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Register online for all four sessions for an additional discount. Need-based scholarships for individual classes are available by emailing For more information and to register, visit
Last but not least, groups can plan a Lighthouse Overnight Adventure this fall! Step back in time to experience the life of a lighthouse keeper and spend the night in the Hooper Strait Lighthouse at CBMM. Participants can try their hand at the keeper’s traditional duties, listen to stories and discover facts and clues about lighthouse living, navigation, and Bay history through hands-on activities.
Lighthouse Overnights are available on select Fridays and Saturdays throughout September and October. Request a date or check availability by completing the inquiry form at or contact CBMM’s education staff at for more information.

Made in Caroline: Caroline County Economic Development and Tourism Showcase Ridgely’s Shore Sweet Treats & Gifts at Taste of Maryland

Every August, Caroline County Economic Development and Tourism head to the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference to represent Caroline County at this educational and networking conference. The event includes the Taste of Maryland Reception, where exhibitors offer tasting samples of all things Maryland. Caroline County partnered with Shore Sweet Treats & Gifts of Ridgley to offer samples of their locally-crafted, artisan nuts.

Caroline County Economic Development and Tourism Director Debbie Bowden and Business Coordinator Kendall Teague were excited by the opportunity to showcase a unique product made right here in Caroline.

“Caroline County is home to many small businesses and cottage industries run by innovators that offer niche, one-of-a-kind products,” says Debbie Bowden. “It was important to us to highlight the incredible products being crafted right here in Caroline.

Founded by Allyson Marine, Shore Sweet Treats & Gifts offers two different flavors of nuts – Old Bay and Cinnamon Sugar – in five different varieties, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews and peanuts. They also offer custom snack mixes, gourmet popcorn, fudge, cakes, pies, cupcakes and a variety of cookies.

Shore Sweet Treats & Gifts got their start six years ago at Christmas in Caroline, an annual holiday market hosted at the Caroline County 4-H Park. Their product was a huge hit, inspiring Allyson to attend more shows and markets and add more varieties to her offerings.

The business persevered through incredible challenges since its start, including the devastating loss of Allyson’s oldest son followed by the COVID pandemic, which shut down the vendor shows that were a major part of their business model. It took determination, grit, adaptability and teamwork to keep their business going.

“It’s a true family business,” says Allyson. “We all go into the commercial kitchen at Caroline Culinary Arts and make the product together.”

The Caroline County Economic Development and Tourism team brought three varieties to Taste of Maryland to Showcase: Crabby Cashews, Crabby Pecans, and Crabby Peanuts.

“Everyone was raving about the Old Bay flavored nuts we brought to the event,” says Kendall Teague. “Supporting our small businesses is one of our core missions at economic development, and we were excited to showcase Shore Sweet Treats & Gifts. Allyson was on board to fill our extra large order immediately, answered all of our questions, and helped us customize all the details, from determining the serving size and containers to all the signage we needed to post.”

As the Business Coordinator for Caroline County, Kendall regularly works with small businesses, lending support tailored to their needs. From help with business plans and site selection to assistance with financing, the economic development team offers a variety of resources to those looking to start, grow, or relocate their business to Caroline County.

Shore Sweet Treats & Gifts’ products can be found at Shore Gourmet, a public eatery and retail shop in downtown Denton featuring locally-crafted products. They also do custom orders and gifts. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact Allyson at, 410-714-2104, or through their Facebook Page.

For more information on Caroline County Economic Development and Tourism and the services they provide, please contact or call 410-479-4188.


Queen Anne’s County Announces Kelly Hamilton as the New Chief of Animal Services

Queen Anne’s County announces Kelly Hamilton as the new Chief of Animal Services. Prior to this role she served as the Animal Care Manager. Although Hamilton has only been with the county since January of this year, she brings 20 plus years of experience in veterinary and shelter experience. Hamilton began her career in the private industry with emergency medicine and for the last 9 years she has been specializing in shelter medicine as a high-volume surgery technician and medical manager. She has also served as a Director of Operations and Interim Executive Director for a shelter in Delaware.
“Kelly has many years of experience in veterinary medicine and animal shelters. In her time at Queen Anne County Animal Services, she has shown her dedication to the health and welfare of the shelter animals and staff.  “says, Connie Toulson, Department of Public Works – Animal Services Liaison.
Animal Services was recently restructured to better focus on areas of need in the community. This includes foster, volunteer, outreach, and rescue services. “I have an amazing team in place and am excited to create new relationships within the community. We are looking forward to more community involvement with Animal Services and have plans to enhance services that will be available to our residents.” said Kelly Hamilton, Chief of Animal Services.
Hamilton was born and raised in Westchester County New York, and lived in several states prior to relocating to Delaware 9 years ago. On her days off she enjoys spending time with her family on the water or traveling. Hamilton and her family are also active volunteers with Dover Fire Department.  
Join us as we welcome Kelly to her new role as Chief of Animal Services. To learn more about Animal Services, visit and search “Animal Services” or follow them on social media @QACAnimalServices

QAC Commissioners Recognize September 2022 as National Senior Center Month

Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recognize September 2022 as National Senior Center Month with a Proclamation at the September 13th County Commissioner meeting. They ask all residents to recognize the special contributions of the Senior Center participants and the special efforts of the staff and volunteers who work every day to enhance the well-being of the older citizens of our community.
Queen Anne’s County Area Agency on Aging is celebrating the month with the theme “Strengthening Community Connections”. They have partnered with Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recreation to celebrate with Beach Blanket Bingo for Senior Center Members at Conquest Beach on September 23rd. Through the wide array of services, programs and activities, our Senior Centers empower older residents of Queen Anne’s County to contribute to their own health and well-being and the health and well-being of their fellow residents of all ages.
Learn more about our Senior Centers located in Sudlersville, Grasonville, and Stevensville by visiting and search “Senior Centers” or stop into a Senior Center near you to see how you can take part in “Strengthening Community Connections”.

Compass Closet Announces Annual Fashion Show to Benefit Compass

CENTREVILLE — On October 17, 2022, Compass Closet will host their annual Fashion Show to benefit Compass’ hospice care, supportive care, and grief support services in Caroline, Kent, & Queen Anne’s counties. With this year’s theme, A Maryland Road Trip, spend the afternoon enjoying fashion, food, and exploring all the great activities around Maryland all while supporting a great cause!
The event will be held at Prospect Bay Country Club starting at 11 am and includes a seated lunch, a cash bar, upscale boutique, silent and live auctions. This year the models are community members that live in Caroline, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties. Some are dedicated patient volunteers, Compass Closet volunteers, administrative volunteers, and Camp New Dawn volunteers. Others are part of Compass’ amazing staff including representatives from their Grief Support Services and Administrative team.
Fashion Show tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now. Seating is limited and registration is required, and tickets are $50 per person. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to become a sponsor, call Shelly Baird at 443-262-4106 or email

Compass Closet, located in Chester, MD, is also seeking volunteers. Volunteering at this upscale resale shop is an excellent way to make an impact on your community while combining fun & fashion. With just two shifts per month, volunteers help ensure that Compass can continue to provide patient care and grief services to the community. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call Robyn at 443-262-4112 or email

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Announces Program for Season’s First Concert

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) has announced the program for the first concert of its 25th Anniversary season of 2022-2023. Under the baton of new Music Director and Conductor Michael Repper, the orchestra will present Ludwig von Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Opus 73, “Emperor” as its opening piece. The second half of the concert will be Robert Schumann’s “Rhenish” Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Opus 97.


Composed almost a half-century before the Schumann symphony, Beethoven’s “Emperor” concerto was written during the period when the composer was challenging the audience’s expectations of musical form. This was a time in Beethoven’s life when he had come through a dark period of depression and isolation, caused in part by his growing deafness.


The lilting “Rhenish” symphony, by contrast, was inspired by a trip along the Rhine that Schumann took with his wife, the renowned pianist Clara Schumann. It was not just the River itself but many sights along the way, including the imposing Cathedral at Cologne, that delighted Schumann. He described the flowing second movement as “a morning on the Rhine”.


“Beethoven’s fifth piano concerto is a tour-de-force for the pianist, for the orchestra, and for the enjoyment of the audience. It is an exciting way for us to begin our season at the MSO,” said Repper. “And the ‘Rhenish’ is a very fun piece; it is a great way to conclude the opening concert of MSO’s 25th season!”


The piano soloist for the “Emperor” is 39-year-old Irish pianist Michael McHale. The Belfast-born McHale is an international performing and recording artist who has performed with orchestras in the United States, England, Russia, Ireland, Japan, Germany, and Amsterdam.




WHEN and WHERE: This concert will be performed at three venues on three days on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 – 7:30 PM – Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD

Saturday, October 1, 7:30 PM – Cape Henlopen High School, Lewes, DE

Sunday, October 2, 3:00 PM – Performing Arts Center, Ocean City, MD



Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland, will be the venue for the September, December, and April Easton-area concerts. This venue is the only one in the area that can accommodate the size of the orchestra for the planned programs. It also is the only venue that offers a Steinway Grand Piano



Individual tickets for this concert are $50 per person at each venue.

Series subscriptions for the 2022-2023 season are available.

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony offers a group discount for the purchase of 10 or more tickets to a single concert.

The Orchestra also makes a limited number of free tickets available for students 18 years and under; tickets for accompanying parents are $10 each. Reservations are required for the free tickets and may be made by calling 888-846-8600.



Podcasts for the season preview, for each concert, and for special MSO events are available on the MSO Web site at Podcasts are posted on the site approximately 7 to 10 days before a concert or event.



For additional information about the 2022-2023 season, or to order tickets, please visit Tickets may be ordered by telephone at 888-846-8600.



The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is the only professional symphony orchestra serving southern Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore with a full season of programs. The MSO is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council; the Talbot County Arts Council; the Worcester County Arts Council; the Sussex County, DE Council; and the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Inc.

A complete schedule of the 2022-2023 season’s Masterworks and Ensembles programs, venues, times, and other information is available at

Care to Prepare & Prepare to Care Conference for Seniors and Caregivers on November 3

Queen Anne’s County Department of Community Services Area Agency on Aging Presents the Maryland Access Point 2022 Caregivers Conference “Care to Prepare and Prepare to Care”
This year’s conference will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 9:00 am. The event will be located at the Kramer Center, 104 Powell Street in Centreville, MD.
The agenda for the event includes:
Welcome: Catherine Willis, LMSW Director of Queen Anne’s County Community Services, Anne Van Benschoten Community Care Administrator, and staff from the Queen Anne’s County Area Agency on Aging
Pre-Planning a Funeral: Ryan Helfenbein of Fellows Helfenbein Newman Funeral Home. Owner, Certified Pre-Planning Counselor, and Undertaker.
Understanding & Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior: the Alzheimer’s Association
Managing Money-Caregivers Guide to Finances: the Alzheimer’s Association
Healthy Meal: Cheryl Bush, MS, RDN, LDN, The Maryland Extension Office
Craft: Staff from Queen Anne’s County Community Services
Join us for a fun and informative conference for all seniors and caregivers. Space is limited so make your reservation now. RSVP by calling (410)758-0848 before Monday, October 24th.
For more information and assistance contact Renee Carter (410)758-1040 or

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