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Sultana Projects, Kent County Public Schools, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Town of Chestertown Partner for Wilmer Park Waterfront Cleanup

 

Fourth-Grade Students from Kent County Learn About Chesapeake Wetlands by Helping to Maintain the Town of Chestertown's "Living Shoreline" at Wilmer Park

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Garnett Wetlands 2010Chestertown, Maryland:  Through a program organized by Sultana Projects in partnership with the Town of Chestertown and funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, more than 150 fourth-grade students from Kent County Public Schools will be working this week to help maintain Chestertown's new "Living Shoreline" at Wilmer Park.  The Living Shoreline was installed last fall by a partnership of the Town of Chestertown, the Maryland Department of the Environment, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  

 

Students from H.H. Garnett Elementary School, Millington Elementary School, Rock Hall Elementary School, and Worton Elementary School will each spend a full day on the Chestertown Waterfront with Sultana Projects' educational staff.  Students will split their time between a 2.5-hour environmental educational program on the schooner SULTANA and a 2.5-hour wetlands-restoration program in Wilmer Park.  The work performed by the Kent County fourth grade at Wilmer Park will consist primarily of removing invasive and undesired species of plants from over 4,000 square feet of marsh grasses planted last fall.  The students will also work on a new "Rain Garden" that is being installed by the Town of Chestertown at Wilmer Park this week. 

ESLC Announces Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) will offer an annual $1,000 scholarship to an Eastern Shore student who will be attending college.

The new Howard Wood Memorial Scholarship honors a founding board member of ESLC. The scholarship application is open to anyone looking to pursue a career in agriculture, land use planning alternative energy planning or other conservation related field.

The scholarship competition is open to those who are residents of the six counties ESLC serves – Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot. Applications are available via ESLC’s website.  To apply, applicants should fill out an application, provide a high school or college transcript and submit a 500-word original essay describing their response to the following question:

Consider the Eastern Shore in the next 25 years – what is your vision for the Shore? What will you do to assure the Eastern Shore remains the rural gem and special place that it is for the future?  Please include your academic plans, career aspirations and future goals when responding to this question.

Mid Shore Mediation Offers Training For New Mediators

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is offering free training for new volunteers who wish to become mediators. Basic Mediation Training will be held during the first three weekends in November. Introductory orientations will be offered in September for those enrolling.

Mediation Center Executive Director Peter Taillie described the Basic Mediation Training course as intense and interactive. The 45 hours of training will be conducted over three consecutive weekends beginning November 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturdays and Sundays, with breakfast, lunch and snacks provided. No more than one hour can be missed to complete the course.

The training will be conducted by Errika Bridgeford from Community Mediation Maryland. “Errika is one of the best mediation trainers in the country,” said Taillie. Bridgeford takes participants through extensive role playing in fast-paced, counter-intuitive sessions designed to teach mediators how to listen and reflect back, rather than advising and judging during mediations.

Volunteers learn skills such as active listening, positive reframing of topics and de-escalation of high-intensity situations, allowing them to guide participants in mediations through a process that brings parties to their own resolution of conflicts and voluntary agreements. Two volunteers conduct each mediation, making sure that each individual’s concerns are heard and understood.

“We are looking for a diverse group of trainees who are dedicated to giving back to their communities,” explained Taillie. Mid Shore Community Mediation Center serves Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, offering no-cost conflict resolution for a wide range of issues.

Planned Parenthood of Easton - The Range of Services will Surprise You!

 

Sometimes we take things for granted, and don't see them as they really are! See how much you know about a fantastic community service provider in Talbot County – Planned Parenthood of Easton!

True or False?

  1. The Planned Parenthood facility in Easton is modern and new, established in 2006.
  2. Services include well woman exams/pap tests, Urinary Tract infection treatment, Sexually Transmitted Infection testing and treatment, colposcopies, birth control including IUDs and Implanon.
  3. You can usually get an appointment within a week of calling!
  4. Planned Parenthood participates with most insurances. For uninsured people, they offer a sliding fee scale based on income.
  5. The Easton Center is contracted to handle STI testing/treatment for Talbot County at no cost to Talbot County residents. Other county residents are also welcome on a sliding fee scale or insurance.
  6. Pre & post vasectomy care is offered in Easton. The actual procedure is in the Towson facility and this is also offered on the sliding fee scale if there is no insurance.

Jumping into Social Media

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Every five to ten years the rules change - and we eventually change to accommodate them. Remember when we first discovered the internet? It started out as a way to chat with all kinds of people - and now it's THE primary mode of communication for most businesses. If you're in business - you need a website! It's also the FIRST source for information - about anything! (it's even faster to look up a word on dictionary.com than it is to dig out the actual dictionary!)

The last couple years have seen a HUGE influx into social networking - applications such as Digg, Facebook and Twitter. They  also started out as a way to connect with friends (remember MySpace?) and are now being used by more and more businesses and non-profit groups!

It's all about connections.

On a purely personal level - social media helps me stay in touch with a wider range of friends, colleagues and community members. I've reconnected with childhood friends, old neighbors and fellow grad students through the wide net social media casts. I've also made new friends - many of whom I've never met in person - but we now share a relationship that includes mutual support and advice.

I primarily use Facebook and Twitter - and heartily recommend both! Many folks tell me they don't have time to add yet another item on their to-do list - but it doesn't have to take a lot of your time! (note - it can be addicting, especially at first. You have to be careful about the pure time-wasters [games, quizzes, etc], unless you have time to waste!)

Local Woman starts “Collections for a Cause” to Benefit Haiti ’s Children

It’s been three months since a cataclysmic 7.0 earthquake leveled the island of Haiti but for one Stevensville woman and her daughter, the Haiti crisis remains urgent. Their continuing passion seeks to support the quakes most helpless victims, children.

While Roxie Marx and her 17-year-old daughter, Jordan, have participated in various drives, volunteered at a food pantry, delivered holiday gifts to children who have an incarcerated parent and served dinners for altruistic causes, the mother-daughter duo decided to take a leap of faith by initiating the “Haiti’s Children” campaign. By collecting stuffed animals, pacifiers and teething rings, their goal is to offer a small token of comfort for a multitude of Haiti ’s orphaned, injured and displaced children.

While news cameras repeatedly panned a solemn landscape of rubble and death, Roxie and Jordan were inspired by how the survivor’s human spirit refused to crumble. “It was the haunting images of child survivors, hundreds of thousands left all alone, that moved us to start this drive,” says Roxie. “I was already aware that a stuffed animal can be a surrogate for security, and couldn’t help but think of a particular stuffed, pink elephant that never left my daughter’s side when she was younger.”

Volunteer Training at Talbot Hospice Foundation

Training for new Talbot Hospice Volunteers which addresses a variety of end-of-life issues, will take place on March 11, 12 and 15th, 2010. This comprehensive 18-hour training session meets on three days from 8:30 p.m. to 4:00 pm.

Numerous volunteer opportunities exist with THF including companion care, direct patient care, cooking, gardening, music, delivering supplies and administrative assistance.  There is no charge for Talbot Hospice services and trained volunteers truly are the backbone of the organization.  There are currently over 319 dedicated volunteers!

The rewards for being a hospice volunteer are immeasurable. Please call Susan Piggott, Volunteer Coordinator at 410-822-6681 or email her at spiggott@talbothospice.org for more information.

Shore Health System February Events and Classes

February 2010 Event/Screenings

Blood Pressure Screenings

Every Monday through Thursday, except holidays, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm, Diagnostic and Imaging Center, 10 Martin Court, Easton. FREE. Sponsored by the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. No appointment needed.

Every Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Dorchester General Hospital, main lobby, 300 Byrn Street, Cambridge. FREE. Sponsored by the Dorchester General Hospital Auxiliary. No appointment needed.

Breast Cancer Screenings

Day and evening appointments available at Shore Regional Breast Center, Memorial Hospital, 219 S. Washington Street, Easton. Open to uninsured or underinsured women, aged 20-39 and over 64, who meet income guidelines. Call 410-820-9400 to schedule an appointment.

Support Groups         

Cancer Support Groups  

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Offers Help Amid Rising Foreclosures

Mid-Shore Pro Bono is urging homeowners to ask for help early if they are having trouble meeting their mortgage obligations. The nonprofit legal assistance agency reported that more than 800 foreclosures were filed in its five-county service area in 2009. It currently is working with about 75 homeowners in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

Program Helps Patients and Caregivers Cope with Breast Cancer

Coping and Caring, a four-week program for people with breast cancer and a loved one of their choice, is being offered in March by Shore Regional Cancer Center and the Wellness Community-Delmarva. The group will meet on Wednesday, March 3, 10, 17 and 24 from      6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Shore Regional Cancer Center, 509 Idlewild Avenues in Easton. The program is free and open to couples who are spouses, friends and others who are in a care giving relationship.

 “Recent research indicates that women with breast cancer medically benefit from having strong social support,” says Pam Black, LCSW-C, OSW-C, oncology social worker for Shore Regional Cancer Center. “This series of four classes allows people with breast cancer and any loved one they choose to learn a model of communication and problem-solving skills that can be used to address almost any problem.”

 The Coping and Caring program leaders will use the COPE model. “COPE stands for the four key ideas incorporated in the program:  creativity, optimism, planning and expert information,” explains Black. “Couples will learn skills to help them cope with many issues ranging from how to best communicate with a physician to symptom management and how to work out problems with family members that arise during breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery.”

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