Rally Set for Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 in Denton


A rally for Overdose Awareness Day is set from 3 until 7 p.m. on August 31 in Denton.

The rally location is 109 Market Street on the courthouse green and will include several speakers; resources and information; food, drinks and baked goods for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

“This event is an effort to bring awareness to the opioid/heroin epidemic many in Caroline County are facing,” said Catherine Bowery, who organized the event. “This is a nationwide event and Caroline County’s second year – last year we had 150 people attend and we hope to reach many more this year.”

Scheduled speakers include: Glenn Fueston Jr., executive director, Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention; Ruth A. Colbourne, superintendent at Caroline County Department of Corrections; Judge Jonathan G. Newell, Caroline County administrative judge, Circuit Court; Brian Ebling, director of emergency services in Caroline County; John Darling, drug court coordinator; John R. Bounds, Caroline County sheriff; plus people recovering from drug use disorders and family members who have lost a child due to an overdose.

Overdose Awareness Day, a national observance, recognizes those who’ve died from overdoses, and spreads the message that overdose deaths are preventable. Attending offers a powerful way to stand together and remember those we’ve lost. The global events also help spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death IS preventable.

Melanie Rodriguez, drug and alcohol prevention specialist with the Caroline County Health Department, plans to attend the rally with a table full of resources.

“We’re working hard to help the community learn how to help prevent the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs,” Rodriguez said. “Proper medication storage and disposal is one way the public can help prevent overdose deaths – Narcan training is another.”

The Denton rally is hosted by the local chapter of the national FED UP! Coalition, which is a grassroots coalition of people calling for an end to the epidemic of drug dependency and overdose deaths attributed to opioids. Rallies are scheduled for August 31 across the country, including Washington, D.C.

Bowrey said the goals of the event include showing that recovery is possible and showing local government the community needs help in the fight.

For more information on the event, please contact Bowrey at ccmdhaa@gmail.com. More information on the Fed Up! Coalition is available at www.feduprally.org.

For information on substance use and misuse prevention services, contact Rodriguez at 410-479-8164. Information also is available on Facebook @CarolineCountyPrevention.

Kinera to Celebrate Five Year Anniversary on August 20


The Kinera Foundation will host its annual board meeting, along with a family friendly block party to celebrate its five-year anniversary on Sunday, August 20, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Kinera Hub location, 115 Sallitt Drive, Suite C, Stevensville, Maryland 21666.

The meeting, block party and five-year anniversary celebration is tailored for families with children who have disabilities and special needs, and is also open to the general public. This is a rain or shine, free community event that will include games and activities for the entire family to participate in and brothers, sisters, parents, caregivers and extended family are invited to attend.

The annual board meeting will kick off at noon and will feature a brief presentation of Kinera’s activities during the last year and accomplishments over the last five years, including other initiatives that help to enhance the lives of children with special health care needs and their families who reside on both the Eastern and Western Shores. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to meet Kinera Foundation’s Board of Directors, providers, therapists and community partners. The Kinera Hub will also be open for tours.

The Kinera parking lot will be filled with food trucks and vendors, all offering a variety of food and beverages for sale, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. Food vendors include: Rita’s Italian Ice; Smoke Rattle &Roll BBQ; Sprouts Farmers Market; and Team Autism’s Fish Fry & Crab Cakes. Entertainment will include music by DJ Dalton, a cornhole tournament, photo booth, along with family-fun games and activities for all ages. Additionally, one of the highlights of the event will be the silent auction, which will feature items and packages with local products.

This is an admission-free, rain or shine event, but registration is encouraged; to register, visit www.kinera.org or call 443-249-3126. For additional information about this event and how to become a donor, sponsor or volunteer, please call 443-249-3126 or email info@kinera.org. Kinera can be found on the web at www.kinera.org, and remember to like us on Facebook.

The Kinera Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for children with special needs and their families by providing parent support groups, social activities and events, access to therapies and treatments, while continuing to support inclusive and community programs. The Kinera Foundation Eastern Shore Regional Hub, with partners that include the Office of Genetics and People with Special Health Care Needs and Kennedy Krieger’s Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, provides a centralized, coordinated Hub of patient/family centered care. The Hub brings together providers, therapists, families and supporting agencies to ensure Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) have access to the level of care, services and resources they need. The majority of those served by the Kinera Hub reside on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, however families travel from the Western Shore for therapies and services. For more information visit www.kinera.org.

Easterseals “Walk With Me “Event Is October 15


Register your team for the fifth annual Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore “Walk With Me Delmarva” event to be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Baywood Greens, 32267, Clubhouse Way, Long Neck, DE. It will unite hundreds of Easterseals families and supporters in lower Delaware and along Maryland’s Eastern Shore to raise funds for Easterseals services in order to impact the lives of local individuals and families living with disabilities.

“Delmarva’s Walk With Me is an opportunity for families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to walk together to support people with disabilities and their families in our local community,” Linda Forte, Walk With Me event coordinator and community relations coordinator, said. “The event brings the local community together to work for a common goal to give the people we serve more independence through our programs and services.”

In addition to the Walk, enjoy fun games, activities, food and great entertainment. Registration for this year’s event is available at either www.walkwithme.org/delmarva or by contacting Linda Forte at (302) 253-1100 x 1121 or by e-mail at lforte@esdel.org.

Easterseals 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 Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.

Johnston Earns Registered Holy Yoga Instructor Credential


Phyllis Johnston, owner of Every Body Yoga in Centreville, MD completed training to become a registered Holy Yoga Instructor (R-HYI).  The 95 hour program included a week long training in Arizona.

Johnston offers Holy Yoga classes on a donation basis at her Centreville studio. Classes are held on Tuesdays at 6 pm.  All are welcome, beginners and experienced.

Holy Yoga is an experiential worship created to deepen people’s connection to Christ. Our sole purpose is to facilitate a Christ honoring experience that offers an opportunity to believers and non-believers alike to authentically connect to God through His Word, worship, and wellness. Holy Yoga exists to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth through the modality of yoga.

Every Body Yoga has been serving the mid-shore since January 2000 with group and private yoga instruction, stress management and wellness workshops and the only registered yoga teacher training program on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Johnston is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with 30 years of yoga study and practice.

All are welcome.  For more information, visit www.everybodyyoga.biz.

Letter to Editor: Royal Farms Responds to CRA’s Isabel Hardesty


In response to the letter from Isabel Hardesty that appeared in the July 20th issue of the Chestertown Spy, Royal Farms has shown a commitment to safeguarding the environment given the extensive cleanup measures that occurred at this former industrial site prior to construction at our new Chestertown location. Since February 2017, hundreds of tons of contaminated soils were excavated from our new store location and transported to a permitted offsite facility (outside of the Chesapeake Bay watershed) for proper disposal.

In addition, the new fuel station will be responsible in complying with federal and State oil and tank management regulations that include such requirements as double wall tanks, corrosion protection, spill/overfill prevention, leak detection, periodic inspections, and the testing of the secondary portion of the piping prior to use and every 5 years thereafter. Royal Farms remains committed to serving the Chestertown community in an environmentally proactive manner.

Royal Farms is also committed to the environment by building many of our stores to LEED (leadership in engineering and environmental design) standards.

Stores built to these standards save an average of 15-20% is energy use as compared with a typical building and operation like ours. LED lighting throughout the store and the site uses 80% less energy than florescent bulbs and reduces the amount of mercury in the area. The water use in this store is 40% less than a comparable building, which helps to save the bay, reducing our burden on the local watershed. Over 20% of the construction materials used in the store are sourced from within 500 miles, This reduces the carbon footprint in building construction, and increases the benefit to regional suppliers and manufacturers. 20% of the materials also contain recycled material, reducing our burden on natural resources. 75% of the waste from the building of this store was diverted from landfills through recycling. All of the frying oil is recycled into biodiesel to be used in vehicles to lessen our carbon footprint. And our landscaping is native and adaptive to the region thus not needing water.

Royal Farms is committed to being a good neighbor. Our valued employees and customers live in the neighborhoods we serve and we take our responsibility to environmental stewardship very seriously.

Frank Schilling
Director of Marketing & Merchandising
Royal Farms
Baltimore, MD 21211

Chesapeake Charities Names Event Committee for 2nd Annual Gala


Chesapeake Charities will host its second annual awards luncheon, “A Celebration of Charity” on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.

The Event Committee, led by Audrey Scott, includes Salena Barrett, Kathy Deoudes, Jodie Gray, Carllene Hurd, Jami Kirkwood, Paula Warner, Diana Waterman and Deidre Wilson.

“Last year’s event honored Governor Larry Hogan for the courageous leadership he displayed while battling cancer,” said Scott, “and the event committee is now planning another wonderful tribute to our community heroes.”

A Celebration of Charity 2017 Event Committee, Top L-R: Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director, Salena Barrett, Diana Waterman, Carllene Hurd, Meg Gallagher. Bottom L-R: Jami Kirkwood, Audrey Scott, Event Committee Chair, Deidre Wilson. Missing from photo: Jodie Gray, Kathy Deoudes.

At the luncheon, the first Governor Larry Hogan Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in medical research. Awards for Philanthropist, Nonprofit and Volunteer of the Year will also be given. Nominations for these awards are now open and the forms can be found on the Chesapeake Charities website at http://chesapeakecharities.org/connect/forms-applications/ or request a form at info@chesapeakecharities.org.

Sponsorships for the awards luncheon are available and tickets to the event will go on sale in September at $100 each. For more information, send an email to info@chesapeakecharities.org.

Chesapeake Charities serves nonprofits in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

As a community foundation, Chesapeake Charities supports a wide range of charitable causes including arts, education, health and human services, animal welfare, and the environment. All of its 85 component funds have a common cause – a passion for making a difference in their communities. They have invested more than $9 million in the Chesapeake Bay region since 2005.

For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or info@chesapeakecharities.org, or visit www.chesapeakecharities.org. Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program Recognized as Comprehensive Center


Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) announces its Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program is now accredited as a Comprehensive Center by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), signifying the program meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality care.

Studies show that patients have better weight loss surgery outcomes in accredited bariatric surgical centers, where the center has undergone and passed rigorous evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards. Accredited centers are also recognized for multidisciplinary teams with experts in areas such as nutrition and psychology, to ensure a patient’s success after surgery.

The AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program, led by Medical Director Alex Gandsas (r), MD, MBA, and fellow bariatric surgeon Courtney Doyle (l), MD.

“This recognition underscores the daily commitment and high quality the AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program team demonstrates every day in the care of our patients,” says Alex Gandsas, MD, MBA, program medical director.

AAMC’s bariatric surgery center is designated as a Level I facility and was nationally accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) in 2013. The ACS and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have since combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the MBSAQIP.

The AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program’s re-accreditation proves that it consistently meets the highest quality standards of care for the weight loss operations it performs, including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band removal and revision.

In the United States, more than 11 million people suffer from severe obesity and an estimated 93 million people are obese. Conditions associated with obesity range from diabetes and heart disease to certain types of cancers. Bariatric surgical procedures have been shown to reduce obesity, improve mortality, and decrease the health risks from chronic diseases such as cardiomyopathy and diabetes.

The AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program is located in Annapolis and Easton. To learn more about weight loss surgery, attend a free seminar at AAMC. Visit askAAMC.org/WeightLoss for more information or to register.

About Anne Arundel Medical Center

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), a regional health system headquartered in Annapolis, Md., serves an area of more than one million people. Founded in 1902, AAMC includes a 425-bed not-for-profit hospital, a multi-specialty medical group, imaging and lab services, convenience care clinics, a research institute, a substance use treatment center and health enterprises. In addition to an Annapolis campus, AAMC has outpatient pavilions in Bowie, Kent Island, Odenton, Pasadena and Waugh Chapel. AAMC is nationally recognized for its joint replacement center, emergency heart attack response and cancer care. A leader in women’s services, AAMC delivers the state’s second highest number of babies annually and has a Level 3 NICU. AAMC is among just 6 percent of U.S. hospitals to be designated a Magnet® hospital, the highest-level credential for quality patient care and nursing excellence. As a Most Wired® healthcare organization, AAMC is nationally recognized for using technology to enhance the patient experience. With more than 1,000 medical staff members, 3,900 employees and 750 volunteers, AAMC consistently receives awards for quality, patient satisfaction and innovation. To learn more, visit askAAMC.org.

Camp New Dawn Registration Open for Campers and Volunteers


Fun and friendship are the centerpiece of the healing experience of Camp New Dawn, a grief retreat offered through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center.

Registration is open for the 23rd annual Camp New Dawn, a grief retreat offered through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center. Camp New Dawn is a three-day, two-night grief retreat held each summer at Camp Pecometh in Centreville, serving children between the ages of four and 17 and their families.

This year’s Camp New Dawn kicks off on Saturday, August 19 at 12:30 p.m., when campers ages seven through 17 arrive at Camp Pecometh. A mini-camp for children aged four to six is held on Monday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The campers attend therapeutic workshops, age specific grief support groups, and supervised activities such as swimming, fishing, arts and crafts through the closing ceremony on Monday, August 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Camp New Dawn also includes an adult retreat which begins on Sunday, August 20 at 4:00 p.m., when parents of campers arrive for an overnight session with other adults before they are joined by their children. While our campers are busy learning how to cope with their grief, the adult retreat helps restore participants to a place of wholeness as they learn to navigate their own grief journey.

At the end of the weekend the adults are then joined by their children for family camp where they come together to learn skills that they can take home with them, which will help them rely on one another as they heal.  Family camp ends of Tuesday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Without volunteers this grief retreat program would not be possible. The most visible volunteers are buddies, caring and compassionate adults who are paired up with campers to provide support. There are also support staff volunteers who tend to every detail of camp by helping plan, set up and facilitate workshops and activities. Former campers, PALS and Campatiers, can be found helping in an assortment of ways around camp and sharing their own personal experiences with campers.

All volunteers are screened and trained to ensure the safety, confidentiality and respect for each Camp New Dawn participant.

The cost of camp is $30 per camper and $75 per family. These fees represent a fraction of the actual cost of operating Camp New Dawn. No one is ever turned way due to inability to pay. To become a sponsor or to make a donation toward the cost of Camp New Dawn, contact Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4106kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

For more information about registration or volunteer opportunities for Camp New Dawn, contact Rhonda Knotts, Camp New Dawn director, 443-262-4109rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/campnewdawn.

Will Rieck Receives Garden Club of the Eastern Shore Scholarship


Will Rieck (center) with Lin Clineburg (left), Scholarship Committee member, and Dr. Virginia Blatchley (right), Scholarship Committee co-chair.

Will Rieck, a 2017 St. Michaels High School graduate, is the recipient of the 17th Annual Garden Club of the Eastern Shore (GCES) Scholarship. The $4,500.00 merit scholarship was awarded to Rieck in recognition of his outstanding academic record, strong work ethic, and commitment to environmental science and sustainable agriculture.

Rieck will enroll in the Honors College at the University of Michigan this fall. He has also been accepted into the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy where he intends to focus his efforts on environmental policy.

“In a field of outstanding candidates, Will stood out because of his commitment to working in the field of public policy to forward effective state and federal policies for environmental sustainability and conservation,” Dr. Virginia Blatchley, scholarship committee co-chair says. “We were particularly impressed with Will’s seriousness of purpose, inquisitive intellect, and willingness to challenge himself academically.”

The GCES offers a scholarship annually to graduating seniors from Talbot County public and independent high schools. Students being home schooled are also eligible. The scholarship is available to students with outstanding academic records, who are also considering careers in botany, horticulture, agriculture, landscape architecture or design, environmental science, or related fields.

Dr. Blatchley adds: “We have always had strong candidates for the GCES scholarship, but this year’s field was extraordinary. All nine candidates had distinguished themselves both academically and through their service to the community while in high school and we are certain that they will not only succeed in college, but excel.”

The GCES is committed to promoting environmentally sound landscape practices and to providing programs for the community that explore conservation practices and environmental issues. It spearheaded the extensive restoration of Easton’s Thompson Park. It also maintains several gardens in the community including those at Thompson Park and the Academy Art Museum in Easton.

“In addition to our other community involvement, our annual scholarship has the full support of every member of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, “ Samantha McCall, GCES President says. “I personally believe that this investment in the future of the talented,hardworking young people in our county is the most important thing that we do as a group.”

For additional information about GCES programs or to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, please call Dorothy Whitcomb at 410-770-9035. -30