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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.




Caroline County Sheriff’s Signs Agreement with Delmarva Search and Rescue

October 25, 2014

On October 16th, 2014, Sheriff Randy Bounds signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Delmarva Search and Rescue (DMVSAR) Organization to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of search and rescue operations conducted by the Sheriff’s Office.

The DMVSAR group brings search and rescue assets to the Sheriff’s Office that would normally not be available. The DMVSAR are members of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NSAR) , an emergency response resource specializing in conducting and managing search and rescue (SAR) operations for ground searches, canine searches, mounted (horse) searches, and FEMA standard responses for disaster operations.

Sheriff Randy Bounds stated:
“When a child is missing or a vulnerable adult walks off, time is of the essence. By partnering with DMV-SAR we have substantially increased our professional response to these types of incidents. We value our current partnerships with Caroline County Fire, Rescue and EMS organizations and look forward to that same appreciation for the services of the DMVSAR organization.”

Based on the Eastern Shore, DMVSAR has been responding to missions throughout Delaware, Maryland and Virginia and other states since its inception. DMVSAR is comprised of professional volunteers who dedicate countless hours to rigorous training, mission response, group projects, preventative instruction, and public awareness. DMVSAR members come from throughout the state of Maryland to make up this professional organization.

William Heisterhagen, President of DMV-SAR, stated:
“By Sheriff Bounds signing this MOU with our organization, the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office is the first law enforcement agency on the Eastern Shore to officially partner with our organization. We bring specific skills and assets for the Sheriff’s Office at no cost to the citizens, to augment other public safety organizations within Caroline County on an as needed basis”.

Sheriff Bounds plans on conducting joint search and rescue drills with DMV-SAR members in the future to help integrate his Command Staff and Deputies into various search and rescue scenarios. You can learn more about the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at or find us on Facebook at or Twitter @carolinesheriff

Submitted Photo: Group photo of some of the DMVSAR Members standing with Sheriff Randy Bounds

Group photo of some of the DMVSAR Members standing with Sheriff Randy Bounds, – Submitted Photo

League of Women Voter’s 36th District Pre-Session Forum

The four legislators from the local 36th District will discuss the upcoming 2012 General Assembly session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13. The event is open to the public and is free of charge and will be held in the second floor meeting room in the Chestertown Town Hall, 118 N Cross Street.

The event is sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters for Queen Anne’s and Kent counties.The speakers will be State Senator E. J. Pipkin and Delegates Steve Hershey, Jay Jacobs and Michael Smigiel.

After relating their plans and predictions for the legislature, the lawmakers will answer questions from the audience. The Maryland legislature will begin its session January 11.

The 36th District consists of the entire counties of Kent and Queen Anne’s as well as portions of Caroline and Cecil.

Public Hearings Scheduled to Seek Citizen Input on Board of Education Bill

Commissioners Introduce Bill #2011-5, Creation of Board of Education Election Districts

Two public hearings are scheduled to seek citizen input on Bill #2011-5, which will amend provisions of Chapter 28 of the Code of Public Local Laws of Caroline County, Maryland; providing for the creation of three board of education election districts in accordance with State Law; providing for the specifications of said districts; providing for the reapportionment of said districts upon each decennial census of the United States; providing that this title be deemed a fair summary of this public local law for all purposes; and relating generally to matters of board of education election districts in Caroline County, Maryland.

Legislative Bill #2011-5 (PDF Document 93 KB)

Board of Education District Map (PDF Document 1.0 MB)

Public hearings will be held on the above bill as follows:

Hearing #1: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Colonel Richardson High School Auditorium
25320 Richardson Road
Federalsburg, Maryland 21632

Hearing #2: Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Greensboro Elementary School Cafeteria
625 Main Street
Greensboro, Maryland 21639

All interested persons are encouraged to attend. Questions and comments will be solicited at that time. Written comments submitted in advance of the hearing should be mailed or delivered to the County Commissioners Office, Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 123, Denton, Maryland 21629 or submitted via email to The bill is posted or available in the Courthouse, public libraries in Denton, Greensboro and Federalsburg, and in each town. To receive a copy, or for further information, call the County Commissioners Office at 410-479-0660, or via the Maryland Relay Service for persons with a hearing or speech disability at 7-1-1. Persons with a disability needing reasonable accommodation to attend should notify the County Commissioners Office by October 7th.

Caroline Planning Director Named as Member of Task Force to Study Septic Pollution

Annapolis, MD ( June 21, 2011 ) – Governor O’Malley today named a broad cross-section of representatives from business, agriculture, science, environmental advocacy and government from throughout Maryland to study the issue of the use of on-site sewage disposal systems, commonly known as septic systems. The Executive Order creating the Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal followed a vigorous debate on the issue during the 2011 legislative session over the Sustainable Growth and Agricultural Preservation Act ( SB 846 and HB 1107 ).

“I am charging this task force with examining this issue in greater depth and we look forward to its conclusions,” said Governor O’Malley. “We must continue the progress we are making toward restoring the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways. This effort is not about stopping growth – it is about stemming the tide of major housing developments built on septic systems to generate clean water and protect our environment and public health.”

Delegate Maggie McIntosh, Chair of the House Environmental Matters Committee, will lead the Task Force on Sustainable Growth and Wastewater Disposal. Jon Laria, partner in the law firm of Ballard Spahr and Chair of the Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission, will serve as vice chair.

Other members are Erik Fisher, land use planner with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Fred Tutman, executive director of the Patuxent Riverkeepers and a member of the Patuxent River Commission; Robert Mitchell, administrator of the Environmental Programs Division of Worcester County; C.R. Bailey, vice president of Marrick Properties; Worcester County Commissioner Madison “Jimmy” Bunting, Jr.; Rob Etgen, executive director of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy; Pat Langenfelder, president of the Maryland Farm Bureau; Talbot County farmer Richard Hutchinson; Jim Rapp, executive director of Delmarva Low-Impact Tourism Experiences; Robert Sheesley, owner of Eco-Sense Inc. environmental consultancy; Dr. Kelton ( Kelly ) Clark, director of the Morgan State University Estuarine Research Center in St. Leonard and chair of the Patuxent River Commission; attorney Brian Hammock of Venable LLC; and Robin Truiett-Theodorson, member and former president of the Abell Improvement Association.

Additional members, as specified in the Executive Order, are State Senator Paul G. Pinsky of Prince George’s County, lead sponsor of SB 846; Senator David R. Brinkley of Frederick County; Delegate Maggie McIntosh of Baltimore City; Delegate Steve Lafferty of Baltimore County, lead sponsor of HB 1107; Secretary of Planning Richard Eberhart Hall; Secretary of the Environment Robert M. Summers; Secretary of Agriculture Earl ( Buddy ) Hance; Secretary of Natural Resources John Griffin; Margaret McHale, chair of the Critical Area Commission; Bel Air Mayor David Carey and Frederick Planning Director Joe Adkins ( both representing the Maryland Municipal League ); Caroline County Planning Director Katheleen Freeman and Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer ( both representing the Maryland Association of Counties ), and Russ Brinsfield, executive director of the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology in Queenstown.

During the next 25 years, new Maryland residential developments relying on septic systems are expected to account for 26 percent of new households, but 76 percent of new nitrogen pollution. Nitrogen is the most damaging pollutant in the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s waterways. To comply with the Bay “pollution diet” set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Maryland must reduce nitrogen pollution 21 percent by 2020. Development on septic systems also fragments vital agricultural and forest lands and fuels dispersed land consumption, resulting in increased public costs and the need for additional roads, schools and other public services beyond the State’s growth areas. The Task Force is to report its findings by December 1, 2011 to the Governor, the Speaker of the House, the President of the Senate, and the House Environmental Matters Committee and the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee.

County Hopes to Not Dip into Back-up Funds to Balance This year Budget

Caroline County officials are hopeful they will not have to dip into their back-up fund to end it in the black.

See full story Here.