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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.

Join Adkins Arboretum for CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Garden

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—July 6, 2017)

Artist Dale Chihuly has mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon to create works of art that transform the everyday experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces as well as exhibitions in museums and gardens worldwide. For the first time in more than 10 years, Chihuly’s artwork is on view in a major garden exhibition in New York. CHIHULY, on view through October at the New York Botanical Garden, showcases more than 20 installations and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career. Join Adkins Arboretum on Sat., Oct. 28 for an afternoon and evening adventure to NYBG to view Chihuly’s breathtaking works of art that dazzle with color, light and form in both day and night.

Set within NYBG’s landmark landscape and buildings, this sensory-filled exhibition is a must-see as the Garden’s dramatic vistas become living canvases for work created specifically for NYBG, showcasing Chihuly’s signature shapes and brilliant colors. The exhibit includes a monumental reimagining of his storied 1975 Artpark installation, with new works enlivening the Garden’s water features and reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light. One-of-a-kind installations highlight the synergy between Chihuly’s organic shapes and the natural environment.

The trip includes CHIHULY Nights, when the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory. The after-sunset atmosphere is thrilling as the exhibition is infused with magical energy, heightened drama and luminous colors and forms when works are lit under the evening sky.

This trip is offered during the final weekend of CHIHULY and CHIHULY Nights. The bus departs from the Easton Firehouse on Aurora Park Drive at 10 a.m. and from the Route 50 westbound Park and Ride at Route 404 at 10:20 a.m. An additional stop at the 301/291 Park and Ride will be added upon request for Chestertown-area residents. The bus will depart for home at 8 p.m. The program fee of $150 for members and $205 for non-members includes transportation, admission to NYBG and CHIHULY Nights and driver gratuity. To ensure the trip proceeds, please register by Friday, September 29, 2017 at or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Caroline County Public Library in Denton extends Friday hours

Caroline County Public Library
June 29, 2017

Effective July 1, 2017, the Central Library in Denton will open at 10:00am on Fridays. This change standardizes the Central Library’s opening time to 10:00am on each open day.

The Central Library in Denton is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 10-6, Thursday 10-8, and Saturday 10-3.

The Federalsburg Branch is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 10-6, and Tuesday 12-8.

The North County Greensboro Branch is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10-6, and Wednesday 12-8.

Visit the library’s web site,, to access our virtual services 24/7!

Sweet Caroline Quarter Auction is August 26, 2017

Sweet Caroline
June 2017

Sweet Caroline is hosting a quarter auction to benefit our back to school, school supply drive and other Sweet Caroline projects. Come join us on Saturday August 26th, 2017 for an evening of fun. Doors open at 5:30pm Auction begins at 7:00pm. 50/50 raffle and Chinese auction also. Concessions, beer and wine provided by Denton Volunteer fire company available for purchase.

1st Paddle $10 additional paddles $3, All in paddle $45.

Looking for additional vendors and or donations. QUESTIONS Contact Ben Cahall 410-714-2001 or

Come out and support the movement that is SWEETCAROLINE.

Sweet Caroline Quarter Auction
August 26, 2017 7pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
Denton Volunteer Fire Company
400 S 5th Ave, Denton, Maryland 21629

Welcome Back! Caroline County Public Library to Have a Fine Forgiveness Week

Caroline County Public Library
April 22, 2017

The Caroline County Public Library says, “You forgot? We forgive!” The library is offering a special “Welcome Back” Fine Forgiveness Week to encourage customers to return overdue items to the library, have old charges forgiven and become active library users again.

Visit any library location from May 15-20, 2017, return any overdue items you can find at home, and ask to have your fines forgiven and card updated (bring proof of address). Your library card will be wiped clean as if brand new. And if you have lost your library card and need a new one, stop by any location during Fine Forgiveness Week and we will replace it for free.

According to Library Director Debby Bennett, “The library’s mission is to bring people, information, and ideas together to enrich lives, increase knowledge and build community.  It’s not to collect fines.  Overdue fines were meant as an incentive for library customers to bring items back to the library on time. Fines were never meant to discourage our customers from returning to the library. We see this as a way to welcome you back. If library charges have been keeping you away, we miss you and want you back to see all the great things the library has to offer you and your family!”

The idea to offer a fine forgiveness week was proposed to the Library Board of Trustees at their April meeting, where they voted unanimously to support it. “A number of the Board members work in business and finance and acknowledged that it is sometimes necessary to “write off” a loss, especially if that loss is small and occurred years ago,” said Board President Dr. Caroll Visintainer.  “Staff shared that records show most delinquent customers owed less than the current cost of a single hardback book, yet they found that nearly all of these customers have simply stopped using the library. That was never the intent. This is a fresh start for everybody.”

If you have library materials at home that you have dreaded bringing in, fine forgiveness week is for you!  If you can tell us a great story about why you haven’t been in for so long, even better! Perhaps you were abducted by aliens? Your library books formed the foundation of your house made of books? No matter the reason, your fines are forgiven.  Welcome back! For more information, call the library at 410-479-1343 or visit

Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk set for May 13, 2017 in Church Hill

Inaugural Tri-County Prevention Walk
April 13, 2017

Join the fight against alcohol abuse and drug use in our communities


The inaugural tri-county prevention walk is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Church Hill park in Church Hill, and supports efforts at keeping our communities drug- and alcohol-free.

The free walk is a collaborative effort from the prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s counties, with the theme, ‘Making a difference – one step at a time.’

“This walk is for anyone who’s had drugs or alcohol affect their lives,” said Annette Duckery, prevention coordinator for Kent County. “We’re working hard to prevent drug use and alcohol abuse in our communities, and this offers everyone the chance to support our efforts.”

The event includes fun for the entire family, with a live DJ, free back packs, snacks and games including corn hole. Registration is available online at Eventbrite.

The walk coincides with National Prevention Week, which is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and/or substance use disorders. This year’s prevention week is from May 14 until May 20, 2017.

“National prevention week offers the perfect opportunity to show our solidarity in the fight against substance use disorders,” said Iris Carter, prevention coordinator for Queen Anne’s County. “With several overdoses in our area each week, we’ve got to come together and support prevention efforts across our region.”

Prevention efforts start young, and can help keep drug use from starting.

“We all can invest in drug and alcohol prevention,” said Melanie Rodriguez, prevention coordinator for Caroline County. “Prevention really IS the best treatment.

For more information on the walk, please contact Duckery at 410-778-7918 for Kent County; Carter at 410-758-1306 ext. 4524 in Queen Anne’s and Rodriguez at 410-479-8164 in Caroline.

The Tri-County Prevention Walk is a collaboration between the health department prevention offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties. The walk also is supported by SAMHSA and the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration.


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Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Open House, Native Plant Sale

Adkins Arboretum
(RIDGELY, MD—April 11, 2017)

Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the largest selection of native plants for more than 20 years, announces its Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale weekend, April 28-30, 2017. The sale benefits the Arboretum’s education programs and affords the public an opportunity to learn about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering shrubs and trees for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo, while native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds. Cardinal flower, ferns and Joe-pye attract frogs, butterflies and dragonflies, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of bloom colors. Presale orders may be placed at through April 16. Simply place your order, and your plants will be ready for pick-up during the Open House weekend.

All are invited on Fri., April 28, 2017 from 2 to 7 p.m. to shop in a fun and festive environment with live music, light fare, a silent auction, a cash wine and beer bar beginning at 4 p.m., and drawing of the winning ticket for the Arboretum’s Native Table raffle.

The Open House continues Sat. and Sun., April 29 and 30 with plant sales, music by Driven Women, guided walks, coffee, pastries for sale by Steve Konopelski of Denton’s Turnbridge Point Bed & Breakfast and much more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Following the Open House, plants will be for sale at the Visitor’s Center throughout the growing season.

The Arboretum is a participating nursery in the Marylanders Plant Trees native tree discount program. For any native tree valued at $50 or more, shoppers will receive a $25 discount. Some of the special larger trees available for this discount include birch, dogwood, redbud and magnolia.

The Arboretum gift shop will be open during the Nursery Opening Day and will offer books and nature-inspired gifts for gardeners. Members receive a 10% discount on plant, gift shop and book purchases. Members at the Contributor level ($100) and above receive a 20% discount on plants.

Native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) and many other vines, trees, shrubs and perennials will be for sale at Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, April 28-30. Photo by Kellen McCluskey.

Native trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) and many other vines, trees, shrubs and perennials will be for sale at Adkins Arboretum’s Spring Open House & Native Plant Sale, April 28-30. Photo by Kellen McCluskey.

Caroline County Man runs for Congress

Lamont Taylor For Congress
(Caroline County, MD – March 1, 2017)

Lamont Taylor of Caroline County, MD has officially thrown his hat in the ring as a candidate in the 2018 race for congress, Maryland ‘s District #1.

Photo: Lamont Taylor

Lamont Taylor – Submitted Photo

Mr. Taylor in the past has worked with former Maryland Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and now Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Governor. Before Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio held an office Mr. Taylor helped her start and spearhead a organization in Talbot County, the club was so successful, in fact, that they broadened the membership to the Mid-Shore territory all within one year.

Mr. Taylor is known to have a positive influence on his peers, to be dedicated and driven even when things appear to be tough. Taylor considers himself as a people person embracing all regardless of race, religion or social status, as a registered Republican since 2002 Taylor says he will put the people first over parties and politics.

Mr. Taylor is a current resident of Caroline County Maryland and a Native of Oxford, Maryland where he grew up. This former small businesses owner started his business in hard times with very little finances he grew and ran a successful Janitorial Business from 2000 – 2010 (Taylor’s Janitorial Service). Since then Mr. Taylor has went on to write and self publish the book “A Raw Business Sense” which is carried on Amazon and locally at the News Center in Easton, MD. He has been very active in local politics over the years and is a proud member of the Shriners Organization.




Chesapeake College Names Dean’s List for Fall 2016

Chesapeake College
February 2017

WYE MILLS – Three hundred and eighty-two students were named to the Chesapeake College Dean’s List for Fall Semester 2016. The following students earned a quality point average of 3.50 or better on at least seven credit hours:

Caroline County: Misty Adkins, Shaun Barringer, Amy Bednar, Katie Beverley, Maya Brannon, Rachel Brown, Benjamin Callahan, Kailyn Cantwell, James Caraker, Dustin Chaneski, Kiya Cohen, Elise Compton, Patricia Curran, Victoria Darrow, Joseph Del Medicc, Laura Divjak, Brooke Dodd, Kelly Dove, Zachary Eldredge, Matthew Ellingswort, Kelly Evans, Tershara Evans, Ebony Ewing, Kaitlin Fairbanks, Jack Risher, William Fox, Ashley Garrett, Luther Gauniel, MaryJo Gavin, Ryan Geoghegar, Kendel Gowe, Caitlin Griffin, Roger Harris, Sydnie Hathaway, Heath Hendrickson, Georgianna Hill, Christen Houtz, Heather Hutson, Rachel Hyler, Deena Hynson, Yasmeen Johnson, Mikaela Johnston, Michael Jordan, Owen Joseph, Stephanie Keene, Daphne Larmore, Kaci Lynch, Joshua Markland, Christopher Mayer, Lauren Mayer, Zakary McMahan, Lauryn McMahan, Marissa Moldoch, Neyda Monter-Ca, Paula Morris, Rebekkah Napier, Jeffrey North, Patrick O’Brien, Tamisha Perry, Dana Phillips, Christopher Pante, Kelly Ramsey, Sarah Redd, Alana Reynolds, Gordin Roblero, Victoria Ross, Jessica Scharch, Camryn Schumache, Brady Shortall, Bevan Smith, Kimberly Smith, Shyanne Snow, Amanda Stafford, Audrey Stultz, Janna Teat, Brenda Thrift, Kenneth Trader, Robert Turley, Rachel Van Dalen, Juan Vazquez, Jamyra Walker, Alison Ward, David Weaver, Joseph Webb, Julianna Wedding, Joseph Whitley, Chistopher Williams, Seth Williams, John Wilson, Aaron Wilt, Gregory Wood, Danielle Wooters, Katie Worm, Jason Wright, and Jamie Yeager.

Dorchester County: Allyson Adams, Carley Bieller, Amy Cannon, Jenna Carter, Carlye Collison, Trayvon Copper, Julie Crain, Ahmad Dajani, Spencer Davidson, Anna Davis, Michael Dawson, Matthew Elzey, Rachel Ewing, Christopher Gleockler, Candice Gray, Ashley Greenhawk, Gabriel Guzman, Edwin Hernandez, Shelley Hill, Aubree Hodde, Vivian Kang, Patrick Kelly, Brytni King, Laura Korb, Elizabeth Kyle, Kaite Lee, Shavonte Lewis, Patricia Lynch, Tykia Macer, Jordon Maddox, Kristie Malkus, John Mazzie, Emily McWilliams, Anthony Moulden, Miranda Muehlbauer, Jeffrey Newton, Haley Niblett, Emma North, Meagan Owens, Rebekah Palamaras, Gabrielle Parsley, Gary Phillips, Shawn Pinder, Jasmine Reece, Kylie Riggin, Cierra Robinson, Tiffany Sheppard, Ginger Shimek, Taylor Spears, Ebony Taylor, Anthony Thomas, Achia Thompson, Raven Tran, Beverly Webster, and Hannah Wood.

Kent County: Spencer Adams, Samuel Bergenholt, Tyler Brice, Olivia Cameron, Karli Casey, Alexandra Caswell, James Cook, Jonathan Cook, Mary Ford, Logan Fracassi, Nancy Haggerty, Catherine Hickman, Elizabeth Lloyd, Michael Moffatt, Ryan Nguyen, Laurie Quinn, Carlos Rueda-Pareja, Amanda Shajwani, Elizabeth Trego, and Sarah Whitby.

Queen Anne’s County: William Alderson, Katelyn Alexander, Joshua Becraft, Sarah Berga, Cassandra Blake, Mary Branning, Robert Branning, Ta’myra Britt-Gaine, Riley Buckle, Toni Bullen, Hannah Byerly, Angelica Calloway, Francesca Calloway, Lareese Cathey, Logan Clough, Nathan Connaster, William Covington, Sarah Creasey, Jeremy Davis, Evan Del Casale, Matthew Dorey, Emily Doyle, Kaitlyn Eber, Shannon Eck, Heather Emerson-Phillips, Michele Emory, Cecelia Fontenot, Cody Foster, Laura Gray, Cassidy Greene, Abigail Gurney, Kimberly Haines, Taylor Hamilton, Jennarae Haney, James Henderson, Alaynee Herman, Emily Hert, Jennifer Houghton, Elva Jackson, Kristen James, Destiny Jenkins, Mackenzie Joyce, Jennifer Kelly, Amanda King, Julia Knisley, Trent Koerner, Rhonda Larkin-Copper, John Leaberry, Kenneth Leonard, Jason Lewis, Rosemary Lewis, Frank Lindauer, Trent Marine, Tessa Rae Masters, Melonie Mattison, Lena Mazeina, Faith McCoy, Samantha McCreary, Carlin McLamb, JoAnna Meekins, Heather Mesenbrink, Jensen Messick, John Mutchler, Jennifer Newgent, Morgan O’Connor, Roberto Orellana, Matthew Orr, Marti, Patrick, Heidi Perhach, Sydney Pollard, Danielle Porter, Audbrey Radford, Race Robinson, Kateria Rodriguez, Courtney Rogall, Paige Romanek, Timothy Ruppe, Margaret Ruppert, Josiah Rydstedt, Robert Schultz, Seibel Kelsie, Brandon Shanahan, Sydney Shepherd, Amanda Signorino, Justin Simpson, Hannah Smith, Kyle Sonneveldt, Teagan Sonstegard, Caitlin Souder, Dana Spires, Kasey Stant, Jameson Sterling, Macie Stubbs, Luke Sultenfuss, Joshua Thompson, Savannah Verrette, Kiera Watson, Brady Whitaker, Brian White, Michelle Wick, Amber Williams, Sarah Wooters, and Kaylyn Workinger.

Talbot County: Julie Andrew, Megan Andrew, Christopher Baker, Henry Bauman, Alexandra Bednarik, Rachel Beggins, Aleksandra Belcovska, Erik Bell, Michael Blair, Mikaela Boley, JoAnn Brasington, Lidiya Bridges, Jacob Bryan, Kristen Callis, Meredith Camper, Tara Carl, Amanda Cooper, Jonathan Cooper, Paris Cooper, Julie Craig, Olson Dorce, Felicia Ell, Sarah Fauver, Garrett Fowler, Tierra Foxworth, Jaleesa Gardner, Megan Garvey, William George, Anne Gerwitz, Sabrina Glenn, David Hall, Marcus Haythe, Theorlodin Howard, Samuel Hughes, Alan Ibanez-Gallegos, Chukwuma Isebor, Eldon Johnson, Victoria Laureska, Jason Leaman, Laura LeCates, Grace-Anne Lemaire, Mollie Lovett, Stephan Luethy, Cody Malczewsk, Peter McDorman, Jennifer Miller, Savannah Miller, Hayli Mills, Kimberly Moberly, Monica Moore, Kelley Morgan, Shawn Moriarty, Brandi Nichols, Kathryn Norman, Kristine Olsen, Ashley Osborne, Morgan Pearson, Amanda Price, Cathi Ramagnano, Colleen Ryan, Tyrone Sampson, Pamela Sanchez, Christian Schultz- Chapman, Jennifer Sharp, Elizabeth Shaw, Abigail Simmons, Carl Sinderman, Laura Spies, Jacob Stevenson, Katlyn Swann, Emma Thompson, Rebecca Towers, Tyson Troscinski, Judy Turner, Michael Willis, and Alexandra Wright.

Anne Arundel County: Jason Bigham, Jonathan Larsen, and Jennifer Szarek.

Wicomico County: Patricia Abrams, Edward Bailey and Tyndall Jackson.

Out- of- state: Richard Bundek, Wlliam Jester, Christine Mapp and Robert Richardson.

Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association Presents Check to Hospice

Compass Regional Hospice
February 1, 2017

For the third year, the Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association, Inc. chose Compass Regional Hospice and the Caroline Hospice Foundation as the beneficiaries of their annual tractor pull held at the Chestertown Elks on September 10, 2016.

The Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association presented a check for $2,400 to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation at the organization’s January 21, 2017 banquet held at the Goldsboro Fire Hall.

Compass Regional Hospice is the sole provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Caroline and Kent Counties. People of all ages benefit from Compass services as they face the challenges of living with a life‐limiting illness and learn to live following the death of a loved one.

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.

Compass Regional Hospice’s partner in Caroline County, the Caroline Hospice Foundation, is dedicated to raising funds to support the hospice services provided in Caroline County by Compass Regional Hospice in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and at the Caroline Hospice Home, which is owned by the Caroline Hospice Foundation.

For more information about how you can support hospice care and grief support in your community, call 443‐262‐4100 or visit

Photo: Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation.

Presenting a donation to Compass Regional Hospice and Caroline Hospice Foundation are Delmarva Tractor Pullers Association members (left to right) John Smith, Olan Simpkins and Mike Hitchens. Accepting the donation are (far left) Kenda Leager, Development Officer, Compass Regional Hospice; and (far right) Heidi Plutschak, Director, Caroline Hospice Foundation. – Submitted Photo