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.

Caroline County is Fed-Up

August 31, 2017

Residents of Caroline County are Fed-Up with the way that Heroin and other drugs have overtaken their county. On August 31st, on the National Overdose Awareness day Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women led the 2nd Annual Fed-Up Rally in Denton Maryland on August 31st.

In 2016 only Baltimore City had more overdoses per capita than Caroline County. As one of the smallest county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore resources are slim. They are the only county on the Shore that doesn’t have a hospital withing their boundaries. Recovery Beds are in short supply.

Mark Mitsch and his mother Cathy Bowrey share a moment during the rally

Mark Mitsch, his mother Cathy Bowrey and a faithful group of volunteers organized the event. Mitsch struggled with drugs and more recently Heroin for 20 years. He is now in his 4th year of recovery and hope that the path to recovery for others will be easier than his, with more help and resources available.

Speaking at the event were people of all walks of life dealing with Heroin and addiction. Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, Judicial System, Service Providers and Recovering Addicts.

Caroline County Delegates, 36th District Jeff Ghrist and 37th District John Mautz, spoke that the government, under the state of emergency declared by Governor Hogan, is doing what it can. They do see that more needs to be done. (Video of Jeff Ghrist speaking at the Rally on our Facebook Page)

Caroline County Warden Ruth Colburn gave a fiery speech, not as an official but as a private citizen, saying that we can’t sit around waiting for results. We need to get out and help find the answers to get results.

Some of the most emotional talks came from the recovering addicts themselves. They told their stories and doing their part to help. But in many eyes the sigma attached to recovery is a huge burden.

For more information on Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women visit their facebook page at www.facebook.com/pg/restoringhopeinwomen

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Slideshow of Photos from the Fed-Up Rally in Denton on August 31, 2017. Photographs by SG Atkinson

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.

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 adkinsarboretum.org 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, www.carolib.org, to access our virtual services 24/7!

Ultralight Aircraft Crash In Caroline County Claims Life Of The Pilot

MD State Police
June 25, 2017
(FEDERALSBURG, MD)

An ultralight aircraft crashed in Caroline County claiming the life of the pilot.

The pilot is identified as Michael Malick, 71, of Federalsburg. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft and was transported to Nanticoke Hospital in Seaford where he succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The model of the aircraft involved is a Dream Machine 582.

Shortly after 9:00 a.m. this morning today, Maryland State Police at the Easton Barrack were dispatched to the report of an aircraft crash at a privately owned residential landing strip in the 3000-block of Seippes Road in Federalsburg, Md. Police believe the pilot is the owner of the grass airfield where the incident occurred. There no injuries reported on the ground.

The preliminary investigation indicates shortly after takeoff, the pilot lost control of the aircraft for reasons unknown at this time. As he was ascending, investigators believe the plane hit a power line. Witnesses informed police the plane spiraled to the ground. A parachute appeared to have deployed from the aircraft.

State Police notified officials from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. FAA officials will be responding to the scene to continue the investigation.

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