Rock Hall Community Crab Basket Christmas Tree Lighting

Town of Rock Hall
December 7, 2016

You’re Invited! Friends and family are invited to the Rock Hall Community Crab Basket Christmas Tree Lighting on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 7 PM. The tree will be located in the center of Main Street and is constructed with over 200 crab baskets. What makes this tree special and unique is many of the baskets are hand painted and decorated in memory of loved ones. The spirit of “the Pearl of the Chesapeake” is expressed through this magnificent structure and will bring joy and comfort to all.

The Community Crab Basket Christmas Tree was constructed by local resident Ziggy Carter and Town Staff, others that took an active role in making our tree unique and special include the staff from Chester River Seafood and Shore Goose. The crab topper was crafted and designed by Buffalo Strong. Proceeds from the memorial basket sales will benefit the Rock Hall Parks and Recreation Board to implement future programs for children.

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Help Aging Loved Ones Stay Safe Over the Holidays

Easter Seals
December 6, 2016

New Castle, DE – While visiting aging relatives over the holidays, Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore encourages you to keep an eye out for potential fall hazards in your loved ones home.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which tracked falls and fall injuries for adults age 65 and over, nationally just over 10 percent of older Americans reported an injury from a fall in the past year.

Assistive technology, found in Easter Seals Resource and Technology Demonstration Center, can help prevent falls and injuries sustained from falls. Grab bars, wireless fall monitors, motion activated lights and offset hinges to widen doorways for walkers/wheelchairs, can reduce the risk of falling.

Among other resources, Easter Seals Case Manager can help families find the right technology to fit their needs. Visitors can stop by the Resource Center and see the various types of assistive technology, such as: an automatic door-opener or powered toilet seat lift; as well as bath and kitchen areas modified for safety and accessibility.

Easter Seals also offers financing options through their “FYI: Finance Your Independence” program to help with some of the more expensive pieces of technology and modifications made to the home. Easter Seals administers the FYI program with lending partners DEXSTA Federal Credit Union and Del-One Federal Credit Union.

Supporting caregivers is a high priority for Easter Seals and that is why they offer the Caregiver Resource Center, partially funded through the Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, to help caregivers find answers. As well as many respite options to help rejuvenate caregivers so they can maintain their own health and continue to care for their loved ones.

If you have any questions, contact Joyce Medkeff at 302-221-2076 or resources@esdel.org or click on “Our Programs” at www.de.easterseals.com.

Easter Seals In-Home Services program is also available to help keep parents or grandparents safe and comfortable in their home. In-Home Services helps families by providing assistance with companionship, meal planning and preparation, light housekeeping, laundry, personal hygiene, transportation to appointments and more. For information about Easter Seals In-Home Services call Easter Seals at 302-324-4444 or go to www.de.easterseals.com/inhome.

Easter Seals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how Easter Seals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.

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Jenni Clune & Tas Dixon are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
December 6, 2016

Jenni Clune – Shorewoman of the Week

Junior swimmer Jenni Clune (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Clune won the 100 breaststroke in a school-record and Centennial Conference-record time at the Yellow Jacket Invitational.

Clune’s winning time of 1:05.33 in the 100 breaststroke broke the school record of 1:05.82 set by Margaret Klag in 2004 and the Centennial Conference record of 1:05.41 set by Caroline Moyer of Gettysburg in 2016. She was also third in the 100 freestyle in 53.03 to become the Shorewomen’s third fastest swimmer ever in that event, and fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.40. She led off the 200 freestyle relay with a 25.11 leg to tie for the Shorewomen’s seventh spot on their all-time fastest list for the 50 freestyle.

Clune also swam on two second-place relay teams and one third-place relay team at the meet. The Shorewomen were second in both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay in 1:50.88 and 3:35.12, respectively. The Shorewomen placed third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.74.

Yesterday, Clune was named the Centennial Conference Swimmer of the Week. (see more below)

Tas Dixon – Shoreman of the Week

Junior basketball player Tas Dixon (Ardmore, Pa./Harriton) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Dixon, the team’s starting point guard was a +30 in a 2-0 week for the Shoremen – their first back-to-back wins since February 2013.

In an 85-76 non-conference win at Frostburg State Monday night, the Shoremen outscored the Bobcats by 14 points with Dixon on the floor. He scored 13 points and dished out seven assists while making all nine of his free-throw attempts. In a 91-90 double-overtime Centennial Conference home victory over Gettysburg Saturday, the Shoremen outscored the Bullets by 16 with Dixon on the floor. He again scored 13 points while adding four assists and three steals.

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December 5, 2016
LANCASTER, Pa. — Washington College junior swimmer Jenni Clune (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) has been named the Centennial Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the week ending December 4th. Clune won the 100 breaststroke in a school-record and Centennial Conference-record time at Randolph-Macon’s Yellow Jacket Invitational, held Friday and Saturday.

Clune’s winning time of 1:05.33 in the 100 breaststroke broke the school record of 1:05.82 set by Margaret Klag in 2004 and the Centennial Conference record of 1:05.41 set by Caroline Moyer of Gettysburg in 2016. She was also third in the 100 freestyle in 53.03 to become the Shorewomen’s third fastest swimmer ever in that event, and fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.40. She led off the 200 freestyle relay with a 25.11 leg to tie for the Shorewomen’s seventh spot on their all-time fastest list for the 50 freestyle.

Clune also swam on two second-place relay teams and one third-place relay team at the meet. The Shorewomen were second in both the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay in 1:50.88 and 3:35.12, respectively. The Shorewomen placed third in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:39.74.

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Pediatric Dental Program Draws Children from All Over the Eastern Shore to UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown

UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown
(December 2, 2016)

The death of a 5-year-old child in Prince George’s County several years ago was the impetus for
developing the Children’s Regional Oral Health Consortium (CROC), according to Scott D. Burleson, MBA, FACHE, executive director of UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

“This boy died from dental-related causes and that woke everyone up and led to a movement that gave children and young adults (up to 21 years of age) a whole new opportunity for proper dental health,” Burleson said. “Dental hygiene is such an important part of primary care. With our program dental caries are not allowed to invade the body and be destructive or fatal – we keep the worst from happening.”

Dental disease and lack of access to dental care are two critical health care issues on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The statistics (see below) bear out the fact that children on the Eastern Shore have the highest percentage of untreated tooth decay in the state (in Maryland overall, children have three times the national average of untreated tooth decay).

Since the program began in earnest in July, 2010, 412 children have had 4,523 teeth worked on during 58,401 minutes (973 hours) in the Medical Center’s Operating Room. In the past year alone (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) 68 children have had 627 teeth worked on during 8,590 minutes (143 hours) in the OR.

“This program has been a super-quiet effort that has had a very big impact through the incredible service it provides,” says Maryann M. Ruehrmund, executive director of University of Maryland Chester River Health Foundation. “This is not just cleaning teeth — most procedures can be categorized as ‘major restorative dentistry’.

Two dentists – Dr. Jean Carlson, DDS, PA, who practices general dentistry in Cambridge – and Dr. Maggie McGrath, DMD, MPH – a pediatric specialist dentist from Kent Island – perform the procedures under general anesthesia in Chestertown.

“Taking care of the dental needs for these patients, who range in age from 1 to 21, in the Operating Room makes for a better, less scary, and much less painful experience,” Dr. McGrath said. “These patients can’t be sedated in the office usually because they are so young or because there is so much work to be done.

“The patients and their parents like going to Chestertown. They like the small, community atmosphere there – it is less intimidating to them than a large, urban hospital so they don’t feel so overwhelmed. And the staff is always very friendly – it is always a very positive experience.”

Patients from all over the Eastern Shore are provided transportation to the Chestertown facility via a van that was the first piece of the puzzle for putting this very worthwhile program together.

“The van came from a grant we applied for,” Mr. Burleson explained. “We provide the driver, the gas, maintenance and repairs. All the other pieces of the program were born from this.”

Photo: Dr. Maggie McGrath, DMD, MPH, Pediatric Dentist (seated in chair),  Standing, from left to right: Dr. Stephen Reinitz, MD, Anesthesiologist; Oriane Bowers, RN, OR Coordinator; Megan Crew, RN, OR Nurse

Dr. Maggie McGrath, DMD, MPH, Pediatric Dentist (seated in chair), Standing, from left to right: Dr. Stephen Reinitz, MD, Anesthesiologist; Oriane Bowers, RN, OR Coordinator; Megan Crew, RN, OR Nurse – Contributed Photo

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Waterfront Coalition Still Needs Your Help – Action Needed by December 9, 2016

Chestertown Waterfront Coalition
December 2, 2016

This fall more than 400 people wrote to Maryland Governor Hogan on behalf of the Town of Chestertown’s $1.5 million funding request to support the rehabilitation of the Town’s waterfront and municipal marina. These letters made a huge impact.

Right now the Town’s request is under consideration by the Governor’s office along with hundreds of others. The decision to fund the project will likely be made in the next 10 days.

Chestertown’s advisors in Annapolis are confident that the Town’s request is being considered seriously but also tell us that capital funding is exceedingly competitive. Success is far from assured.

The days ahead are our last opportunity to advocate on behalf of the Town’s request for funding to restore Chestertown’s waterfront. Your voice will be critical to the effort’s success.

There are two ways you can make a difference if you act TODAY:

– Call the Governor’s office at 410-974-3901 or 1-800-811-8336 and let the Governor know you support funding for Chestertown’s Waterfront. Don’t be scared to do this. An assistant will answer the phone and all you need to do is tell them your name and that you are calling in support of the Town of Chestertown’s Capital Budget Request for the Marina. Be nice!

Send a letter of support (or a copy of your previous letter of support) directly to the Governor’s office at: Governor Larry Hogan, 100 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401 Its important the Governor knows you letter comes from a real person. Handwriting your envelope and signature helps!

To have an impact your call must be made (or your letter received) by December 9. We kid you not – it’s do or die time and your support could be critical. Thank you!

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Town of Rock Hall to Receive Community Legacy Funds

Town of Rock Hall
December 2, 2016

The Town of Rock Hall is pleased to announce the receipt of $85,000 in grant monies from the State Department of Housing and Community Development. The grants are in support of two separate projects.

One, in the amount of $35,000, is for streetscape improvements to Main Street, including the installation of trees, benches and additional trash receptacles, as well as repair and replacement of eroding concrete and brick along the sidewalks.

The second grant, for $50,000, is for facade improvements to a signature development off Main Street – Oyster Court – and includes refurbishing of all the shops as well as the development’s anchor building – The Reuben Rodney Gallery.

According to Rock Hall Mayor Brian Jones “We are delighted to receive this generous award from DHCD in support of the Town’s on-going efforts to re-energize Main Street and strengthen the local economy. This will provide a big boost to our revitalization campaign.”

Rock Hall is one of forty-five communities State-wide to receive Community Legacy funds.

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