Caroline County Public Library seeks Summer Meal Assistant Volunteers

Caroline County Public Library
May 16, 2017

Teens and adults are invited to gain valuable work experience, serve their community and support their library this summer by volunteering at the library’s Central Library in Denton.

Volunteers will assist library staff with setting up the meeting room tables and chairs for lunch, serving pre-made bagged meals to a group of about fifteen children ages 9-14, spending time engaging with the children as they eat their meal, and cleaning up tables and the meal area when lunch is over.

This work is ideal for people who love to work with children. Both adults and high school students entering 11th and 12th grade are encouraged to apply. Students can earn Service Learning hours helping out with this program.

Volunteers will be needed to assist with serving lunch Mondays through Fridays from 12:30-2pm, from June 25 through September 1, 2017.

Volunteers may work any number of days per week; schedule is flexible based on volunteers’ availability. Volunteers under the age of 18 are eligible to eat Summer Meal during their volunteer shift.

To apply, please contact Amanda Courie, Youth Services Manager, at or 410-479-1343 ext. 157.

First Tri-County Prevention Walk

May 13, 2017

On a day when one may have been thinking that nature was crying at the thought of those who have been affected by substance abuse the Tri-County Prevention Walk went on at Church Hill Park on the morning of May 13, 2017. The Prevention Offices of Caroline, Kent and Queen Anne’s County organized the walk to help combat Substance Abuse.

Photo by SG Atkinson: The walk organizers, from left Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne's, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

The walk organizers, from left: Iris Carter, Sarah Burris from Queen Anne’s, Annette Duckery, Avery Lundskow from Kent and Melanie Rodriquez from Caroline

Around 40 people braved the cool rainy Saturday morning in May to walk the mile long path around the park. DJ Slick Rick played music to lighten the mood, Church Hill Volunteer Fire Company was their along with KidSpot from Chestertown.

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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.

Maryland State Police Arrest Caroline County Man For Child Pornography

Maryland State Police
March 3, 2017
(Preston, MD)

A Caroline County man was arrested and charged earlier today after a Maryland State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation developed evidence supporting charges of distribution and possession of child pornography.

Photo: Christopher PalgutaThe suspect is identified as Christopher Palguta, 32, of the 7700 block of Shore Drive, Preston, MD. Palguta was arrested without incident and charged with ten counts of possession of child pornography and ten counts distribution of child pornography. Palguta is pending being seen by a District Court Commissioner at this time of writing.

Investigators received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the potential distribution of child pornography over the Internet. As a result of the subsequent investigation, Palguta was identified as the suspect. Earlier today a search warrant of Palguta’s residence lead to the seizure of numerous computers, electronic devices and media storage devices. A search of those devices revealed images and videos of child pornography. The computers seized during this investigation will be submitted to the Maryland State Police Digital Forensics Lab for analysis.

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.

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.




Compass Regional Hospice Offers Adult Grief Support Group in Caroline County

Compass Regional Hospice
February 24, 2017

Compass Regional Hospice is offering a grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 100 S 5th Avenue in Denton. The group will meet every Tuesday through May 23. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co‐facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C, and Wayne Larrimore, MEd, bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

In a culture that often avoids talking about loss, many end up feeling alone, which makes navigating through their grief journey difficult. Participation in our adult grief support group offers companionship and understanding from others who “get it,” and are experiencing the similar challenges that living with grief brings.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting participant’s will have a chance to share their stories openly and guilt-free, while learning ways to cope with their changed lives.”

For more information about the adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443‐262‐ 4100, or email Ann OConnor, or Wayne Larrimore, To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit

Photo: Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017.

Bereavement counselors Wayne Larrimore, MEd (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW‐C (right) will co‐facilitate a new grief support group beginning March 21, 2017. – Submitted Photo

M&M Refrigeration Honored as Champion of Maryland Manufacturing

M&M Refrigeration

The award was bestowed by the Regional Manufacturing Institute of Maryland.

Federalsburg, MD
February 8, 2017

M&M Refrigeration was honored as a 2016 Champion of Maryland Manufacturing by the Regional Manufacturing Institute (RMI) of Maryland for Creating a Positive Culture of Change Management. A tribute dinner was held for all the recipients of the prize, and each champion received a copy of the 2016 Champions of Maryland Manufacturing Yearbook.

Nominated by Angela Visintainer of Caroline Economic Development Corporation, M&M Refrigeration owner Duffy McConnell was recognized for his vision and leadership. Visintainer noted that during the economic downturn of 2009 McConnell took the offensive, knowing the economy would bounce back and actually expanded the manufacturing facility. His stellar management protected the dedicated employees at M&M from the recession and propelled the company.

Gratefully acknowledging his employees, CEO Duane Marshall said, “At M&M Refrigeration, we work hard every day to deliver on our promises to customers. We are pleased to employ so many great people on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Maryland. They are the ones who earned this honor.”

The RMI of Maryland is a non-profit association originally created to serve the manufacturers of Baltimore. The organization now serves manufacturers across the state by collaborating with community colleges and government agencies to serve workforce needs, providing learning models on a variety of topics and offering educational programs for manufacturers to help grow their businesses. The association also informs policy makers about the importance of manufacturing to the state’s economy to ensure adequate resources are available for manufacturers.

The leader in CO2 technology in North America, M&M Refrigeration designs, engineers and manufactures high-quality refrigeration systems for a variety of applications including food processing, cold storage, warehouses and ice arenas throughout the United States and the world. In 2007, M&M Refrigeration completed the largest CO2 cold storage plant in the world. The company employs world-class technicians and engineers, uses quality materials and is committed to achieving lifelong customer satisfaction.

For more information, visit or call 410-754-8005.

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.