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Evening STEM Club at the Greensboro Library

Caroline County Public Library

Kids ages 8-18 are invited to join us for a learning and experimentation program on a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math topics at the Caroline County Public Library North County Greensboro Branch.

Presented in partnership with Dr. Melissa Leiden-Welsh, MD Cooperative Extension’s 4-H educator, the sessions feature hands-on activities focusing on such diverse topics as plants, dairy products, watersheds and engineering.

The program will be held on Wednesdays from 6-7pm beginning November 1st. Registration is required; please call 410-479-1343 to register or visit our website at www.carolib.org for extensive program details.

Adkins Arboretum’s Enchanted Fairyfest

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—September 26, 2017)

Bring your wings and wands for a day of magic at Adkins Arboretum! The Arboretum’s second annual Fairyfest, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 14, 2017 celebrates fancy, fantasy and fun in the forest. Follow a trail of fairy houses along enchanted forest paths, and join in a meadow maypole dance. Search for gnomes in the Funshine Garden, craft magical treasures to take home, and wave to the Billy Goats Gruff from atop a hay wagon.

The event includes live entertainment throughout the day in the woodland theatre, shimmering fairy face painting, rainbow bubbles, archery and fairytale games. Unicorn rides provided by Snapdragon Stables and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Kicking off the fun, Master Naturalist Beth Lawton will offer a special Fairy Makers crafting program for ages 12 and up on Friday October 13, 2017. Crafted of felt, silk flowers, wooden beads and seed pods, the tiny acorn fairies made in the workshop will delight fairy lovers of all age. Each participant will create a one-of-a-kind fairy to take home. The workshop is $10 for members and $15 for non-members; spots are limited, and advance registration is required at adkinsarboretum.org.

Admission to Fairyfest is $10 for adults and children ages 3 and up. Children ages 2 and under are admitted free.

Contributed Photo: from last year's FairyFest

Contributed Photo: from last year’s FairyFest

Fairyfest is sponsored in part by Garden Treasures of Easton and Soistman Family Dentistry. For more information, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or visit adkinsarboretum.org.

We Want to Share Your Story!

Do you have a story to tell? We want to share your story!

One thing for certain is, no matter how we feel about what’s going on around us in the world, the stories that often mean the most to us are those that are happening in our own hometown. Often those stories are not as well known as they could be.

Here at Caroline Crier, we would like to change that.

Let us know your story so we can share it. It may be as simple as
– having a part in a community theatre production,
– an artist with a debuting a new project or exhibition,
– students doing something to help the community,
– managing a charity event,
– helping another in need,
– honoring a relative for service they have done,
– well just about anything.

Share your story with us and we will share it with the community through this community concentric publication.

Thank You
Steve Atkinson; Editor – Caroline Crier

Caroline County Trustee Joins Chesapeake College’s Board

Chesapeake College
September 2017

Milton Nagel, assistant superintendent of administrative services for Caroline County Public Schools, was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees. Mr. Nagel brings his experience in accounting, the military and education to Chesapeake’s Board.

“Chesapeake College is a key partner to the five counties that it serves. Its value is evident in the vast opportunities that stand before its students. Whether that role is a stepping stone to a four- year degree or a series of course work to further skills in a trade, Chesapeake works to meet the individual needs of each student,” Mr. Nagel said. “The success of the next generation depends largely on the quality of education received and Chesapeake College plays a vital role in ensuring that level of education is available to all in the community.”

Mr. Nagel, a Certified Public Accountant, has been with Caroline County Public Schools for 25 years.

Mr. Nagel was raised on the family farm located outside of Federalsburg. A 1984 graduate of Colonel Richardson High School, he is a 1998 graduate of the University of Delaware where he received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting. While attending the University of Delaware, he was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corp (ROTC) and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation. He spent four years working as a CPA for Jefferson, Urian, Doane and Sterner, P.A. at their Georgetown, Delaware office and at the same time served his country as an Army Reserves Military Police Officer. Mr. Nagel began his Caroline County Public Schools career in August, 1992 as an Accountant and Internal Auditor. Over the years, he has assumed ever-increasing responsibilities leading up to Assistant Superintendent for Administrative Services and was the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the 2014-2015 school year. He is active with several state and regional organizations to include Past President for the Association of School Business Officials for MD, Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Educational Consortium Health Insurance Alliance, Chair of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education Group Insurance Pool and Vice Chair of the Eastern Shore of Maryland Energy Trust.

Mr. Nagel married his high school sweetheart, Christina (Tina) Lorenz, in 1988 and they have two sons, who are graduates from Colonel Richardson High School and both attended Chesapeake College. He has been very involved in coaching and supporting numerous local sports that both sons were active participants.

Caroline County Public School system to Deploy a New Visitor Management System

Caroline County Public Schools
September 5, 2017

The Caroline County Public School system will begin deploying a new visitor management system to all of our county school buildings. The Raptor system will better allow us to track visitors in our schools and provide us with a safer, more monitored environment for our students and staff.

Upon entering a Caroline County School, visitors will be asked to present a valid state-issued ID (driver’s license, state id card), which will be scanned into the system. Upon reading the information, Raptor will check national and local databases to identify those individuals that should not be allowed in our schools. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. The visitor badges must be returned to the office at the conclusion of the visit so that they can be logged out of the system.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping away people who may present a danger to our students. Therefore, all visitors to the county schools must be scanned into the system and obtain a visitor badge.

If you are interested in learning more about the visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies Website (www.raptortech.com).

9th Annual Alpaca Festival & Open House at Outstanding Dreams Farm

Outstanding Dreams Farm
September 5, 2017

Now in it’s 9th year, Outstanding Dreams Farm’s Alpaca Festival on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th in Preston, Maryland promises fun for the whole family. Tour the farm, meet and learn about their growing herd of alpacas, watch fiber arts demonstrations and enjoy live music while checking out the many craft and food vendors at this one-of-a-kind event.

Located on fifteen peaceful acres on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Outstanding Dreams Farm is home to more than 25 Huacaya alpacas and a Farm Store that carries a variety of products crafted from alpaca fiber. Owners Phil and Vickie Liske established the farm in 2007, and it has grown to be one of the top agritourism destinations in the region. In addition to offering Champion alpaca breeding services and sales, the Liskes frequently offer farm tours for groups of all sizes.

Outstanding Dreams Farm’s two-day festival offers visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with the gentle and lovable animals. In addition to the alpacas, the event also features live music by Silhouette Song, artisans and craft vendors, children’s activities, games and more.

Festival attendees will also be able to shop for a variety of products crafted from alpaca fleece – a luxurious and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hypoallergenic qualities–at the Outstanding Dreams Farm Store. The shop carries an array of products made from the luxurious natural fiber, including clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, children’s toys, jewelry, raw fiber and the popular Paca Socks.

The Liskes are eager to share their passion for raising alpacas with festival-goers.

“One of our favorite parts of the job is introducing people to the wonderful world of alpacas and sharing our love and knowledge of these gentle animals,” says Liske.

The festival takes place Saturday, September 16th from 11am-5pm and Sunday, September 17th from noon – 4pm at Outstanding Dreams Farm, 24480 Pinetown Road, Preston, Maryland. Admission is free, and donations are gratefully appreciated. In addition to the Alpaca Festival, Outstanding Dreams Farm hosts a Holiday Open House in December. For more information on the Open House & Alpaca Festival or to arrange a tour of the farm, please contact (410) 673-2002 or visit OutstandingDreamsFarm.com

Outstanding Dreams Farm’s Alpaca Festival – Contributed Photo

Visit the Multi-Cultural Festival in Greensboro!

Caroline County Library
September 1, 2017

Celebrate the rich diversity of our area, learn about cultural differences, and share in unity at the Multi-Cultural Festival on Saturday, September 16, from 10am-2pm. The festival will be held at the Greensboro Community Center (in front of the North County Branch Library, MRDC & Head Start building). Admission is free.

Enjoy West African, Bollywood and Belly Dance performances, the sweet sounds of gospel music, and more!

Taste diverse cultures with good old-fashioned American barbecue, Caribbean food, food for the soul and more.

Contributed Photo

ELVAS PORTUGAL. JUNEL 30 2017: Belly dancer in the medieval festival in Elvas.

In addition, local agencies, organizations and small businesses will provide information, giveaways and items for purchase. Don’t miss getting your caricature done for free by Cartoonist Paul Merklein and enter to win a raffle basket valued at $130.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to the Greensboro Elementary School.
For a full schedule of performers or more information, please visit our website, carolib.org or call 410-479-1343, Ext. 1.

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash South of Hartly

Delaware State Police
Hartly
September 1, 2017

The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash south of Hartly.

The incident occurred around 8:05 p.m. Thursday August 31, 2017 as Ervin D. Miller, 55 of Hartly, was operating a horse drawn carriage westbound on Halltown Road (SR8) attempting to make a left turn into Royal Farms at the intersection with Hartly Road (SR44). An unknown make and model vehicle was traveling eastbound on SR8 and collided with the carriage, ejecting both Miller and his 55-year-old wife into the roadway. The vehicle then continued eastbound on SR8 and possibly turned northbound on Pearsons Corner Road.

Ervin Miller was transported by EMS to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital (KGH) where he was later pronounced dead. His wife was also transported to KGH and is currently admitted in critical condition.

The fleeing vehicle was only described at a dark colored older style passenger car that may have sustained considerable damage to the front bumper, hood, and window.

The horse detached itself from the carriage and ran from the scene, later to be located back at the residence of the victims. It is unknown if it sustained any injuries.

SR8 in the area of the crash was closed for three and a half hours while the crash was investigated and cleared.

The Collision Reconstruction Unit is continuing their investigation into this incident. If anyone has any information in reference to this crash or the hit and run vehicle, they are asked to contact Detective W. Killen at 302-698-8451. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.

Caroline County Public Library Board Welcomes New Member

Caroline County Public Library
August 28, 2017

The Board of Library Trustees for Caroline County welcomes Tomas Davila to the board!

Mr. Davila and his family moved to Federalsburg from Illinois in 2004. He has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Salisbury University and has worked for Maryland Plastics as a Credit Analyst since 2005.
 
He is a Caroline County Youth Soccer Board member and volunteer head soccer coach.  He is multi-lingual, speaking English, Spanish and some French.  He and his family are regular library users at the Federalsburg Branch. 

The library’s Board of Trustees is composed of seven members. Current Board members are Caroll Visintainer, EdD, President; Stephen Fleegle, Vice President; Terenda Thomas, Treasurer; Wayne Dhue, Secretary; James (Bart) Johnson and Amy Brandt.

Photo: Executive Director Debby Bennett, new Board member Tomas Davila and Library Board President Caroll Visintainer.

Executive Director Debby Bennett, new Board member Tomas Davila and Library Board President Caroll Visintainer. – Contributed Photo

Amy Kreiner Named Executive Director of the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce

Caroline County Chamber of Commerce
July 7, 2017
Denton, MD:

The board of directors for the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce have promoted Amy Kreiner to the permanent position of Executive Director. Kreiner had served as Interim Executive Director since February and has been with the Chamber for a total of eighteen months.

Chris Dorr, Nerve Center Media-Amy Kreiner

Amy Kreiner – Photo Chris Dorr, Nerve Center Media

“Amy exceeded expectations in her role as Interim Executive Director,” said Steve Covey, President of the Chamber and Executive Vice President at Choptank Transport. “She has brought tremendous energy and drive to the position. She has a lot of fresh ideas for the Chamber, and we’re excited to see what she achieves for our members in this new role.”

During her tenure as Interim Executive Director, Kreiner led several key initiatives for the Chamber. She oversaw the launch of a rebranding effort, which included a new logo design that incorporates the “You Belong Here” brand adopted by Caroline County Economic Development and the Caroline County Office of Tourism. She also led a redesign of the Chamber’s annual directory, resulting in a more modern look and improved organization and functionality.

In June, Kreiner successfully managed the Chamber’s signature annual event, Paddlefest, which had record-setting attendance despite being rescheduled due to inclement weather. She also worked with the Chamber’s scholarship committee to award the organization’s first two scholarships of $1,000 each to local students.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to grow the Chamber,” said Kreiner. “We have a terrific, active board of directors. I love working with them and our other members to serve the business community of Caroline County.”

Kreiner said one of her top priorities is enhancing the benefits of Chamber membership. She wants to add more value for businesses by leveraging Chamber resources to help them with marketing and recruiting efforts. Kreiner is also interested in improving how information is communicated to members by revamping the Chamber’s website and social media presence.

Prior to joining the Chamber, Kreiner worked for the Caroline County Commissioners office, which helped her develop an extensive network throughout the county. She also has broad marketing and advertising sales experience in the publishing and business financial services industries.

Kreiner is an active member of Denton Rotary, where she serves as Treasurer. She’s also a member of the Caroline County Wellness Coalition through the Health Department, as well a member of the Maryland Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. She also serves on the board of directors for the Caroline County Office of Tourism and on the advisory board for Imagination Library.

Kreiner lives in Denton with her husband David, a Lieutenant Paramedic at Howard County Fire & Rescue, and three of her four children. Her oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Navy.