Category Archives: Across the Borders

State Police Investigating Fatal Crash South of Hartly

Delaware State Police
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

Talbot Co. Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

MD State Police
January 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Symposium for students and parents on current drug/alcohol trends at Chesapeake College

Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition
September 2015

Thursday- October 1st, the Queen Anne’s County Drug Free Coalition will sponsor a symposium for students and parents on current drug/alcohol trends. There will be lots of resources and helpful presentations.

The event starts at 6pm at the Todd Performing Arts Center (Chesapeake College).

Visit www.facebook.comQACDFC or for more information.

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Bereaved Parent Support Group begins September 21, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice
August 25, 2015

Compass Regional Hospice will offer a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The group will meet every Monday through November 23, 2015. Participants are asked to commit to attending all 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The bereaved parent support group will be facilitated by Rhonda Knotts, MSCC, grief services coordinator and counselor for Compass Regional Hospice.

“We know that the death of a child is one of the most difficult experiences a parent will ever face,” says Knotts. “This support group becomes a safe place for parents to understand that they are not alone in their grief and to appreciate that everyone grieves differently.”

Advanced registration is preferred. A $25 enrollment fee covers the cost of materials. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care for people of all ages in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. Compass Regional Hospice also offers the pre-hospice program Bridges for people who are not yet ready for hospice and a variety of grief support services through the Hope & Healing Center. As a non-profit organization, Compass Regional Hospice relies on financial support from the community to provide services not covered by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance.

Grief support groups are being scheduled in Kent and Caroline Counties beginning in 2016. For more information about the bereaved parent support group, contact Rhonda Knotts at Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4109 or To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit

Learn about Planting in a Post-Wild World at Adkins Arboretum’s Fifth Annual Symposium Program

Adkins Arboretum
RIDGELY, MD—August 13, 2015

We live in a global city with few wild places remaining. Planting designers have the opportunity and responsibility to return wildness and ecological value to the landscape, but this challenge requires a new form of design that works with natural principles and marries horticulture and ecology. Join Adkins Arboretum’s fifth annual symposium, Planting in a Post-Wild World, to learn how native plants will fit into the future landscape and how design strategies based on plant communities can help your next planting project meet aesthetic and ecological goals.

Speakers for the symposium, offered on Sun., Sept. 27 in partnership with the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, are Claudia West and Thomas Rainer, co-authors of Planting in a Post-Wild World, forthcoming from Timber Press.

West, a sought-after speaker on plant community-based design and the application of natural color theories to planting design, is ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, a wholesale perennial grower in Landenberg, Penn. She holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture and regional planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. Her work is centered on the development of stable, layered planting designs and the desire to make native plants widely acceptable and return them to the American landscape.

Rainer is a registered landscape architect, teacher and writer living in Arlington, Va. He is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design ethic that interprets nature rather than imitating it. He has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and The New York Botanical Garden, as well as more than 80 gardens from Main to Florida. He teaches planting design at George Washington University and blogs regularly at the award-winning site Grounded Design.

Planting in a Post-Wild World will be held Sun., Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. at the Oxford Community Center, 200 Oxford Road, Oxford, Md. A book signing and light refreshments will follow the program, and native plants will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore Scholarship Fund and Adkins Arboretum. Tickets are $40 and may be reserved at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Chestertown’s First “Bloomsday” Promises Literary Fun, Food and Music based on One June Day in James Joyce’s Dublin

Editor Note: A great literary event just a few miles from Caroline County in Chestertown

Chestertown Bloomsday

The daylong celebration mimics the fictional events that take place June 16, 1904, in the groundbreaking modernist novel Ulysses.


James Joyce fans and curious novices up for a literary adventure can join the global celebration of the Irish author’s modernist masterpiece Ulysses when Chestertown’s first Bloomsday celebration unfolds Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Starting with an Irish-themed breakfast, the daylong event includes a talk by a Joyce expert, local talents reading excerpts from the book, Irish music, and a Fish ’n Chips dinner. Culminating the day will be a dramatic performance of the book’s final chapter, Molly Bloom’s famous stream-of conscious soliloquy, performed by Washington College theater professor Michele Volansky from a bed on High Street. With the exception of the food offerings, all events are free.

The new event is the brainchild of two Chestertown residents: Kelly Castro, an artist and arts advocate who co-teaches a Washington College course on the creative process, and Joseph Flanagan, deputy state’s attorney for Kent County. Castro says their inspiration first struck five years ago, when she and Flanagan discovered they were both working their way through Ulysses. The two discussed organizing a Bloomsday event, but put the idea on the back burner because of full schedules. This past April, Flanagan suggested the moment had come.

Community members with theatrical or literary expertise readily signed up to read or perform excerpts from the novel throughout the day. They include Jim Dissette, Jim Landskroener, Bob Ortiz, Judy Kohl, Andy Goddard, Skip and Catherine Bushby, and Jay Alexander. Washington College faculty and staff participating in the day include V.P. for Finance Mark Hampton, Starr Center director Adam Goodheart, and English professors James Hall and Elizabeth O’Connor. O’Connor, an expert on James Joyce, will offer a mid-morning lecture on the author and the importance of Ulysses in literary history. Castro’s husband, Alex Castro, director of the College’s SANDBOX initiative, has contributed his graphic design talents.

Written in 1922 and first published serially in a literary magazine, Ulysses was subject to censorship and harsh criticism before achieving its cult-like status in the literary world. The novel is considered the defining work of modernist literature with its mix of literary styles and devices, stream of consciousness dialogue and overall inventiveness.

Bloomsday celebrations are based on the fact that the novel takes place on one day, June 16, 1904, in Dublin, Ireland, as it follows the lives of main character Leopold Bloom and numerous residents. In Dublin and other cities across the world, Joyce devotees now stage readings, enactments, meals, pub crawls and other events that mimic scenes from the book.

“Chestertown Bloomsday is a fun and easy way to gain an appreciation for Ulysses. This is an experiment to see if Bloomsday, with its trademark mix of education, fun and community might become an annual event in Chestertown,” says Castro, who is also executive director of the newly formed nonprofit Air.C (Artists in Residence in Chestertown). “The community’s feedback will be extremely important.”

Schedule of events, Chestertown Bloomsday, Tuesday, June 16, 2015:

9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Irish Breakfast and Chapter One reading. The Kitchen at the Imperial Hotel, 208 High Street, serves an Irish breakfast with local talents Jim Landskroener, Mark Hampton and others reading from the first chapter of Ulysses, “Telemachus.” “Come watch our booming Buck Mulligan lather and shave as he starts his day,” says Castro. Ticketed event, $20 per person plus a cash Bloody Mary bar. Space limited; to reserve, call The Kitchen at the Imperial at 410-778-5000.

10:45 to 11:15 a.m., Ulysses lecture by Joyce expert Elizabeth O’Connor, assistant professor of English at Washington College. O’Connor will explain the enduring appeal and significance of the novel. Garfield Center for the Arts, 210 High Street. Free.

11:15 a.m. to Noon, Readings from Chapter Four, “Calypso.” Garfield Center for the Arts. Free.

Noon to 12:30 p.m., Readings crawl up High Street, featuring Chapter 10, “Wandering Rocks,” part one. Free.

12:30 to 2:00 p.m., JR’s Pub, 337 High Street, Irish music by the Mainstay’s Tom McHugh. Readings from Chapter 11, “The Sirens.” Admission free. Lunch available by individual order.

2:15 to 2:45 p.m., Chapter 10 “Wandering Rocks” readings crawl, part two, continues to The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street. Free.

3:00 to 4:00 p.m., The Bookplate, 112 S. Cross Street, a variety of readings. Free.

5:30 to 6:45 p.m., Lawyer’s Row, off High Street (adjacent to the Garfield Center), Fish ‘n Chips dinner catered by the Fish Whistle restaurant (dinners individually priced), cold beer, music, casual readings.

7:00 to 8:00 p.m., outside the former Imperial Hotel, 208 High Street, performance of Chapter 18, “Penelope.” Michele Volansky, chair of the Department of Theater and Dance at Washington College, will perform Molly Bloom’s famous soliloquy from a bed installed in the street in front of the former hotel building. Free.

Bloomsday in Chestertown is made possible with support of the Kent County Arts Council, and the Garfield Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, visit the Chestertown Bloomsday Facebook page, and the Garfield Center web site at

Unity Church Hill Nursery to Host Adkins Arboretum Day on June 15, 2013

Adkins Arboretum
June 6, 2013

Celebrate a unique partnership and learn about native plants, sustainability, and gardening inspiration when Unity Church Hill Nursery hosts Adkins Day, a full day of speakers and demonstrations, on Sat., June 15.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants can enjoy a series of talks and activities. Maryland Master Naturalist and Certified Professional Horticulturist Robyn Affron will present “Wildlife Gardening” at 11:30 a.m. Nancy Robson, a well-known author and garden writer, will discuss “Sustainable Stormwater Management” at 12:30 p.m. At 1:15 p.m., landscape designer Neenah Newell will present “Wall Pocket Gardening.”

Nationally known garden writer Barbara W. Ellis will discuss “Sustainable Gardens and Landscape: One Step at a Time” at 2 p.m., and Unity president Michael Jensen will present “Shoreline and Erosion Control on Waterfront Properties” at 3 p.m.

From 1 to 3 p.m., Arboretum Youth Program Coordinator Jenny Houghton will offer a nature exploration activity area for children. All are welcome at this free event, held at Unity Church Hill Nursery at 3621 Church Hill Road (Route 213), Church Hill. Complimentary refreshments will be served, and the trio Driven Women will perform old-time Appalachian music throughout the day. For more information, call Adkins Arboretum at 410.634.2847, ext. 0 or Unity Church Hill Nursery at 410.556.6010.

Mid-Shore Foster Families Celebrate at Annual Holiday Party

Talbot County Department of Social Services
JANUARY 7, 2013

Foster families from Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties recently celebrated at their annual Holiday Party at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department in Easton, MD. Over 150 foster and adoptive parents and their children attended this year’s event. Activities included a holiday store, arts and crafts, a holiday meal prepared by the Chesapeake Culinary Center in Denton, a DJ, and a visit from Santa. The members, dinner committee, and youth group of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Easton purchased the gifts for the foster children.

For further information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent in Talbot County, contact Megan Palanci at the Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371. An information session will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dorchester County Department of Social Services at 627 Race Street in Cambridge, MD.

Pictured front row, left to right, are Matthew, Noah, and Marcella Cordrey of Greensboro. Pictured back row, left to right, are parents Dawn and Rodney Cordrey.  Noah Cordrey was celebrating his recent adoption.

Pictured front row, left to right, are Matthew, Noah, and Marcella Cordrey of Greensboro. Pictured back row, left to right, are parents Dawn and Rodney Cordrey. Noah Cordrey was celebrating his recent adoption.

MBE Certification Course in Centreville

November 2012
Centreville, MD

The State of Maryland is committed to enhancing opportunities for small, minority- and women-owned firms to participate fully and fairly in public contracting. In 1978 the Maryland General Assembly passed groundbreaking legislation and established the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program. Today, State law sets a goal for contracting to certified MBEs at 25% — the most aggressive in the nation.

A comprehensive certification program is administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Minority Business Enterprise (OMBE) to ensure that only bona fide firms participate in the program. OMBE also administers the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program. DBE goals apply to transportation projects funded by the U.S Department of Transportation which are administered by MDOT. Requirements for both programs are governed by State and Federal statutes.

The program highlights the benefits of certification, the five core eligibility standards, the application procedures and the overall certification process. It also covers valuable information regarding marketing and business development to government agencies. Firms who participate in a workshop prior to submitting the application tend to have greater confidence as they navigate through the certification process.

Firms interested in seeking MBE/DBE certification through MDOT are encouraged to attend the FREE application assistance workshop to be held on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 from 10:00am until 12:00am. The course will be held at the Queen Anne’s Co. Department of Planning and Zoning, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, MD 21617 in the Conference Room.

To register please visit Maryland Capital’s Website at or for more information please contact Jessica Weber at 410-546-1900.

Pre-registration is required!

Chesapeake College Wants to Hear from You

October 2012

Chesapeake is holding Listening Sessions around the region to help up plan for the future. Come to one of the five sessions and tell how Chesapeake College can better serve the area.

Chestertown – Monday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Kent County Library.
Cambridge – Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Dorchester County Public Library.
Easton – Monday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Talbot Free Library.
Centreville – Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Queen Anne’s County Library
Denton – Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Caroline County Public Library.