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A Portion of Cross-Island Trail Near Kent Narrows Drawbridge to Close for Repairs

Repairs are planned for a portion of the Cross-Island Trail which will require closure Thursday, April 22, 2021. The portion to close is in the vicinity of the Kent Narrows Drawbridge. A detour for trail use will be in the grassy area alongside the drawbridge. Work is dependent on weather and the date is approximate. Please use caution in the area while this work is being done
 
We appreciate your patience while this work is completed.
 
For more information about our trails and parks visit qac.org and search “trails and parks”

Watch log canoe races aboard Winnie Estelle

Join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle this summer for an up-close and personal view of the Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races on the Miles River.

 

Log canoe races are a quintessential Chesapeake pastime, and from a shady spot onboard Winnie’s deck you will get an up close and exciting look at the action. Amateur photographers, sailing aficionados, and wooden boat enthusiasts will all find something to enjoy on CBMM’s log canoe cruises!

 

The two-hour scenic cruises begin on June 26 and 27, and continue on select dates through Sept. 19. Boarding is limited, with all cruises dependent on marine conditions.

 

These iconic Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, Choptank, and Tred Avon rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, thanks to crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards that hang off the side of the canoe.

 

The cost is $35 per person, with a 20% discount for CBMM members. Cruises fill early, with dates, departure times, and online registration at cbmm.org/onthewater.

 

CBMM members play a critical role in supporting CBMM’s rich legacy of educational programs, fascinating and ever-changing exhibitions, and maintenance of the largest collection of Chesapeake Bay watercraft in the world, and have access to exclusive discounts, perks, and programming. To learn more about becoming a CBMM member, visit cbmm.org/membership.

 

Talbot Community Connections Hosts First Flower Sale

Talbot Community Connections (TCC) announces it will hold its first Flower Sale on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Talbot County Business Center parking lot (formerly the Black and Decker plant) on Glebe Rd. in Easton.  Proceeds from the sale will help TCC, a nonprofit arm of Talbot County Department of Social Services (DSS), keep families together, support children in foster care, and support the elderly so they can remain independent, safe, and healthy members of our communities. TCC also helps support the Children’s Advocacy Center.

“This is our first Plant Sale and we would like to thank Garden Treasures for their support in helping us organize this event. It aligns perfectly with Mother’s Day and will allow people to shop for mom while helping those in need in our community,” states Cindy Pease, TCC board member and organizer of the event.

The Plant Sale will offer four and a half-inch pots of geraniums and new guinea impatiens, supplied by Garden Treasures in Easton. The cost is $6 per plant. Plants can be pre-ordered and pre-paid by downloading an order form from the TCC website (talbotcommunityconnection.org) and by mailing the order form in with a check. Pre-orders must be placed by April 28. Every effort will be made to fulfill each order, however, due to increased demand, the grower has advised they may not be able to provide the exact colors requested.  A limited number of extra plants will be available for sale that day.

For further information, visit talbotcommuityconnections.org or visit their page on Facebook or call Cindy Pease at 410-303-2375.

QAC Broadband Advisory Council Answers Your Questions About Broadband

One of the most common questions and complaints in our local community groups tends to be related to internet service.
 
Did you know that Queen Anne’s County established a Broadband Advisory Council in 2018? This council advises and provides recommendations to the County Commissioners on the provision of broadband services and infrastructure in Queen Anne’s County. All four districts are represented, and the council has met with every internet provider in the area to discuss their possible involvement in expanding broadband.
 
A list of frequently asked questions was recently released on our county website which can be located here: https://md-queenannescounty2.civicplus.com/1295/Broadband-Advisory-Council
On the right-hand side, you will see a list of common questions and concerns from our residents including several resources and next steps for the expansion of broadband.
 
Some of the most frequent questions included are:
  • Why won’t QAC allow other ISP’s to “overbuild” (provide duplicate service) where Atlantic Broadband fiber exists?
  • What can I do to get help getting broadband to my community?
  • What type of internet service is available to me, and who are the broadband providers in my area?
 
Resources included:
  • FCC tool to see providers available to you
  • Cellmapper tool to show all available cell phone towers in your area
  • Links to Surveys from Maryland and QAC requesting information about your service
 
To read all about the Broadband Advisory Council you can visit qac.org and search “broadband advisory council” or directly https://md-queenannescounty2.civicplus.com/1295/Broadband-Advisory-Council

BEYOND BOUNDARIES: R ADAMS COWLEY SHOCK TRAUMA CENTER CELEBRATES HEROES

Baltimore, MD — April 15, 2021 — More than 65 first responders and top trauma medicine professionals who saved the lives of two critically ill patients were honored tonight at the 31st annual R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Celebration of Heroes.

One of the patients, a Baltimore County real estate agent, nearly died of multiple organ failure as the result of COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic, and the other patient, a Maryland State Police trooper, was severely injured when his SUV was struck head on by a car traveling at a high rate of speed. His recovery, according to his care team, was “nothing short of miraculous.”

The annual celebration, held virtually this year for the first time because of the pandemic, honors the state’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) clinicians and trauma medical professionals who represent Maryland’s unique, highly coordinated trauma system in saving the lives of the most critically injured.

“At the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, we remain at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, providing critical care to the sickest of the sick while also treating victims of unexpected tragedy,” said Thomas M. Scalea, MD, the Honorable Francis X. Kelly Distinguished Professor of Trauma Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), and Physician-in-Chief of the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. “The pandemic is like nothing we have ever seen before, but we continue to adapt and stand ready to provide complex care to every patient, under every circumstance.”

 

“Our trauma teams have shown a tremendous amount of courage, expertise, compassion and resilience,” noted Dr. Scalea, who is also System Chief for Critical Care Services at the University of Maryland Medical System.

 

Funds from this year’s event will benefit the Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education (CCCTE), a sophisticated high-fidelity medical simulation center designed to train medical and EMS clinicians to manage the most critically injured patients who require the most advanced initial trauma resuscitation and trauma critical care to survive.

 

“Our state-of-the art CCCTE features four simulation labs and a blend of simulation technologies that mirror all facets of the patient experience at Shock Trauma, which enables us to provide professional development training to our trauma nurses, physicians, residents and other members of the multidisciplinary team,” Karen E. Doyle, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Senior Vice President of Nursing & Operations at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. “The CCCTE is an incredible resource that we will be able to expand with the generous support of our donors.”

 

The Center for Critical Care and Trauma Education:
  • Supports more than 500 courses with more than 5,000 participants annually
  • Partners with the Trauma Prevention team to host high school students each summer to learn about Shock Trauma and future careers in medicine
  • Partners with Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties to educate over 60 local EMS clinicians annually in advanced airway and intubation management
  • Supports research in serology and PPE practices that has helped to shape decisions in COVID practices around the world
  • Hosts a high-fidelity ECMO simulation course that enhances the training of faculty, advanced practice providers, and fellows to continue Shock Trauma’s state of readiness for complicated critical care.

 

Those who attended the gala heard the extraordinary stories of two patients: Darnell Davis, a Baltimore County real estate agent who fell gravely ill with COVID-19 in April 2020, and Trooper Graham King of the Maryland State Police barrack in Princess Anne who sustained a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures when his police SUV was struck head on by a car that crossed the center line in early May 2020.

 

Davis, then 55, was originally admitted to Greater Baltimore Medical Center after being diagnosed with COVID-19 and then transferred to Shock Trauma on April 4, 2020. He was having difficulty breathing and doctors placed him on ECMO, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, for 17 days, with a heart-lung machine doing the work of his lungs to provide oxygen to his body. He also went into acute renal failure and was assisted by another lifesaving machine to help filter his blood and temporarily replace his kidneys.

 

“At some point, every major organ failed – kidneys, heart, lungs,” said his wife, Daven Spencer Davis. He also needed a massive blood transfusion after heavy doses of blood thinners used with ECMO caused life-threatening bleeding. Davis spent 31 days at Shock Trauma.

 

“I just feel blessed that I was in a situation where I was with a crew of doctors, a team of doctors and nurses who were awesome,” Davis said. “I’m a miracle child…And I want to fulfill that. I’m here for a reason.”

 

Trooper King was transported to Shock Trauma by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter on May 15, 2020, after the crash on Route 513 in Fruitland, Md. that injured him and another state trooper. Both had to be extricated from the crushed unmarked State Police SUV. “I didn’t think he would even make it to the hospital,” said an emergency medical technician (EMT)/firefighter who was at the scene.

 

King’s older brother, Sgt. Jonathan King, a trooper flight paramedic, was onboard Trooper 4 as part of the flight crew that day. “We did everything we could to keep him stable, keep all his vital signs stable and deliver him to Dr. Scalea,” Sgt. King said.

 

The 23-year-old trooper – who was named the 2019 Trooper of the Year at his Maryland State Police barrack – had a serious brain injury, a fractured leg and elbow and a lacerated lung. He remained in a coma for several days. “He came in neurologically impaired,” said Dr. Scalea, who noted that doctors focused on repairing King’s fractures and monitoring the pressure in his brain. “He got his fractures fixed early. We know that gives him the best chance of having a good, long-term outcome, so we pushed the envelope and got it done.”

 

King spent seven days at Shock Trauma before being transferred to University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopaedic Institute, where he underwent weeks of intense therapy to help him recover from his injuries.

 

“He’s done remarkably well. He’s got a tremendous attitude, and you know he wants to get better and back to work too,” said Marcus F. Sciadini, MD, a Professor of Orthopaedics at UMSOM and an orthopaedic trauma surgeon who also cared for Trooper King. The trooper is expected to make a full recovery and return to full duty as a Maryland State Police trooper. He has enrolled in a local EMT program, with an eye to becoming a flight paramedic.

 

Individuals can make a donation to the Shock Trauma Center by texting the word “Hero” to 410-469-8656.

 

About the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland was the first fully integrated trauma center in the world and remains at the epicenter for trauma research, patient care and teaching, both nationally and internationally today. Shock Trauma is where the “golden hour” concept of trauma was born and where many lifesaving practices in modern trauma medicine were pioneered. Shock Trauma is also at the heart of the Maryland’s unparalleled Emergency Medical Service System. Learn more about Shock Trauma.

About the University of Maryland Medical Center

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is comprised of two hospital campuses in Baltimore: the 800-bed flagship institution of the 13-hospital University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) — and the 200-bed UMMC Midtown Campus, both academic medical centers training physicians and health professionals and pursuing research and innovation to improve health. UMMC’s downtown campus is a national and regional referral center for trauma, cancer care, neurosciences, advanced cardiovascular care, women’s and children’s health, and has one of the largest solid organ transplant programs in the country. All physicians on staff at the downtown campus are clinical faculty physicians of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The UMMC Midtown Campus medical staff is predominately faculty physicians specializing in diabetes, chronic diseases, behavioral health, long-term acute care and an array of outpatient primary care and specially services. UMMC Midtown has been a teaching hospital for 140 years and is located one mile away from the downtown campus. For more information, visit www.umm.edu.

Mom and Son are Heroes to Local Children.

At just eight years old, Kimberly Couches’ son, Gregory, said he wanted to do something to help fellow local children going through difficult times. The two of them looked at a few different charities before discovering Project Linus. Project Linus is a national organization with hundreds of local chapters across the United States. Named after the Charlie Brown character who famously carried around his special blanket, the members of Project Linus make special homemade blankets that go straight to children in need. With no chapter serving our area, Gregory and his mother Kim founded The Linus Project Mid-Shore. Because they founded this local Linus Project chapter, we have decided to name Kim and Greg our 2nd local Heroes of the Year! 

Since being founded, Project Linus has grown and grown, and they now serve Queen Anne’s County, Kent County and Caroline County. On average, Kim told me that the group makes “a few hundred” blankets for local children in need every single year. These blankets go to a variety of places, including the emergency room in Queenstown, the hospitals in Chestertown and Easton, and Haven Ministries. Kim is very grateful to Callahan’s Laundry in Centreville, who washes all the blankets for Project Linus for free before they are donated. 

Kim says the best part about making the blankets for her and Greg is the responses from the children and families who receive them. Because of the Project Linus label on the blanket, they have received dozens of messages, anonymous and not, from both the local children who have received the blankets and their parents. Kim described one message from a local father that specifically touched her. As a child, he dealt with childhood cancer and received a blanket from Project Linus that helped him get through the difficult time. After recovering from cancer and having children of his own, one of them tragically was diagnosed with cancer. The man was able to take solace in the fact that his son would have his own homemade blanket to help soothe him while he was in the hospital. Kim told me that the little moments like this one make all the hard work she does worth it. 

When Greg, who is now in the ninth grade, isn’t busy being a hero to local children, he enjoys sports including football and wrestling. Kim, who is a local healthcare worker, likes to hike, read and see movies in the theater.

In the past, The Linus Project held monthly blanket making get-togethers, though because of the pandemic they have to put these fun in-person events on hold. They are always looking for more people to make blankets. If you are interested, you can: go to their website www.projectlinus.org to learn more; visit their facebook page titled “Project Linus Queen Anne, Kent, Talbot & Caroline Co Maryland;” or, reach them by phone at 410-924-2488. Help them make blankets for those in need, and you too can be a hero! 

 

Compass Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Month

CENTREVILLE — Compass, a hospice, palliative care, and grief support services organization, based in Centreville, MD honors it’s over 300 volunteers this April in honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month. 
 
Volunteers assist in many areas throughout the Compass organization, including administrative assistance, patient care, vigil volunteers, grief support assistance, healing services volunteers, Camp New Dawn, maintenance, and running Estate Treasures. 
Estate Treasures, an upscale retail shop located in Chester, features gently worn or carefully used donated treasures.  The shop is run entirely by volunteers who ensure the smooth day to day operations of the store. These individuals are skilled in retail sales, customer service, community partnerships, business operations, and of course, the latest fashions. 
 
Since opening 24 years ago, Estate Treasures has raised more than $2 million that has been used to provide hospice and grief services to people of all ages. These monies raised by Estate Treasures allow Compass to fulfill its mission to offer comprehensive, professional and compassionate care to everyone in our community, regardless of ability to pay.
 
Estate Treasures is excited to announce a return to regular business hours; Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm and Saturday 10am – 2 pm. Donations are accepted Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 3pm and Saturday, 10 am – 1pm. The shop is closed on Sunday and Monday for sales and donations.
 
“We could not provide the support to Compass through the Estate Treasures store without the incredible work of our volunteers and our community who supports us through fundraisers, shopping and donating to Estate Treasures”, says Robyn Affron, Volunteer Manager for Compass.
 
Compass will be offering their three-day training session virtually for any individuals interested in becoming a patient care volunteer. The training session is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 14, 21, and 28. Due to COVID restrictions, the training will take place virtually through Zoom. Registration is required and completing the entire class is necessary for volunteers who wish to provide companionship and support to Compass patients and their loved ones.
 
For more information about Estate Treasures, or other volunteer opportunities, contact Compass at 443-262-4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org

Press Release, Shore United Bank, Easton MD

Shore United Bank is honored to recognize Laura Heikes for 35 years of service to the Company. Laura started her career with the Bank in April of 1986 as an assistant comptroller at our Dover Street, Easton, MD branch. Over her 35 years, she has held many positions with the Bank such as, manager of loan services, officer of compliance and security, branch administration, operations and conversion coordinator.  Mrs. Heikes currently serves as a Senior Vice President of Shore United Bank, and our Government and Community Relations Officer and will be retiring from the Company on April 28, 2021.
                Laura lives her commitment to the community by currently serving with the following organizations: Chairperson and Founding Member for the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, Talbot County Fair Board,  Member of Talbot County Soroptimist Club,  Talbot County Chamber Ambassador, Vice Chair of the Talbot County Extension Board, Member of the Talbot County Hunger Coalition,  Member of the Talbot County Chamber Partners in Education Committee, Founding Board member of Junior Achievement in Talbot County.  She also volunteers for the following organizations: Talbot Goes Purple, Talbot County and Queen Ann County Fairs, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Character Counts, 4-H, FFA, Talbot County Farm Bureau, His Hope Haven, Neighborhood Service Center and many more.
                In addition to her work as a community partner, Laura is a 2015 graduate of Shore Leadership and was honored with the Maryland You Are Beautiful Award in 2015 and 2014 Business Woman of the Year by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. 
                “Being a community banker is by no means a nine to five job.  To be a true community banker you need to be active in the community and connect with your customers to help improve the communities we live in,” says Laura Heikes, Senior Vice President of Shore United Bank, and our Government and Community Relations Officer.
                “We wish Laura well as she enters this new chapter in her life.  Laura has been dedicated to supporting the needs of her customers and our communities for over 35 years and she will be greatly missed. However, knowing her fondness and dedication to this community I have no doubt that she will continue to be a positive force in many local activities,” says Lloyd L. “Scott” Beatty, Jr.  President and CEO at Shore United Bank. 
                Laura resides in St. Michaels, MD with her husband, Ed. She has two children, Kate and Jed and two grandchildren Peyton Skye and Bailey Claire. When not volunteering in the community, Laura loves spending time entertaining family and friends and enjoys being a “Mimi” to many, especially her two grandchildren.
For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com.

 Tidewater Rotary Announces Supplies for Service Household Goods Drive

Easton, MD- April 8, 2021
Tidewater Rotary Announces Supplies for Service Household Goods Drive
As part of Tidewater Rotary’s 10-Year celebration, the Easton-based club has announced SUPPLIES FOR SERVICE – a supply drive event benefiting the Neighborhood Service Center.
Tidewater Rotary will be collecting household supply donations with the help of Talbot businesses and community volunteers. The donations will be distributed to those in need by the Neighborhood Service Center.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Neighborhood Service Center has seen the demand for their resources dramatically increase. While food donations have been steady, often forgotten are the needs for basic household items. Tidewater Rotary has stepped in to help meet those needs and is asking for donations of paper towels, cleaning supplies, and toiletries.
“We are so appreciative of Tidewater Rotary’s support of our mission,” Neighborhood Service Center Executive Director Marilyn Neal said. “These donations from our community and businesses will make a tremendous difference in the lives of some of Talbot County’s most vulnerable citizens.”
The Neighborhood Service Center’s “Mobile Food Pantry” serves homebound seniors, disabled individuals, and those living in remote areas of Talbot County without transportations. There are over 120 households currently benefiting from this outreach.
Tidewater Rotary’s Supplies for Service drive will collect donations April 19 -23 to be distributed on the mobile unit’s route.  Supplies will include cleaning sprays, personal hygiene, paper products, storage containers, cleaning tools, and other household goods and items.
“When we began to think about how best to recognize our 10 year anniversary, we kept coming back to the Rotary motto of service above self,” Tidewater Rotary Club President Lee Newcomb said. “The Supplies for Service drive for the Neighborhood Service Center,  is the perfect way for us to continue to live our motto and support the community in which we live and work.”
Businesses and organizations interested in participating can visit www.tidewatereastonrotary.org to sign up. Community drop-off locations, list of supplies needed, and more details for individuals interested in helping can also be found on the website.
“With community support, the Tidewater Rotary Club will continue to invest in this community through events, programs, and service for years to come,” Lee said.
Tidewater Rotary is composed of professional men and women committed to the Rotary Motto: Service Above Self. The club’s mission is to provide business, professional, and community leaders an opportunity for service to others in order to benefit our community and to promote high ethical standards, fellowship, and goodwill worldwide. Follow the club on Facebook @TidewaterRotary and visit www.tidewatereastonrotary.org to learn more and join.

NANCY CORDES TO HOST SHORERIVERS “STATE OF THE RIVERS” ONLINE

ShoreRivers proudly presents its annual State of the Rivers online via Zoom on Friday, May 7, from 5:00-6:15 pm. Nancy Cordes, CBS News chief White House correspondent, will emcee the live presentation, which will include the official release of the 2020 River Report Card and a Q&A session with the Choptank, Miles-Wye, Chester, and Sassafras Riverkeepers. The evening will also feature a presentation of the second annual Award for Environmental Stewardship to Nick Carter, who has been called the Druid of the Chesapeake. The event is free and does not require a Zoom account; register at shorerivers.org/events.

 

Maryland’s Eastern Shore waterways are negatively impacted by excess nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment runoff from residential, commercial, and agricultural properties. Seasonal flares of bacterial contamination pose risks to human health. ShoreRivers conducts the only comprehensive water quality testing and monitoring of these and other pollutants in our local waterways. The 2020 Report Card reflects the results of these tests throughout four watersheds that span more than 1,650 square miles of the middle and upper Eastern Shore. With data collected by four professional Riverkeepers and citizen scientist volunteers, the Report Card provides a science-based approach to water quality analysis that fuels action.

 

“The state of our rivers is in our hands,” says ShoreRivers Executive Director Isabel Hardesty. “Good water quality and equitable, easy access to our rivers depend on the actions of our communities; the science tells us where to start. The State of the Rivers event is designed to welcome everyone to the conversation.” Headline topics for the event will include tributary and overall river grades, regional river health trends, strategies to clean local waterways, and a discussion of equitable accessibility. Participants will be able to ask questions of their Riverkeeper in breakout rooms.

 

In a special highlight of the event this year, ShoreRivers is proud to honor Nick Carter with its Award for Environmental Stewardship in recognition of his transformational accomplishments. After 35 years of service to Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, Carter is renowned for his spectrum of influence on Bay policies and his singular, moral voice for all woodland and wildlife of the Chesapeake.

 

ShoreRivers gratefully acknowledges scientific testing support from LaMotte Company. For more information, visit ShoreRivers.org/events or contact Connor Liu at cliu@shorerivers.org or 443.385.0511 ext. 210.

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