Insight Meditation Community Offers Introductory Class 

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The Insight Meditation Community of Chestertown is offering a 6-week Introduction to Insight Meditation class on Sunday afternoons from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. beginning September 10, 2017. At the heart of insight meditation is the practice of mindfulness, the cultivation of clear, stable and non-judgmental awareness. Anne Briggs, the group’s leader, and Wendy Morrison, a mindfulness and yoga teacher, will be teaching the classes, which will be held at the Chester River Friends Meeting House, 124 Philosophers Terrace, Chestertown. There is a $25.00 registration fee, which can be mailed to Anne Briggs at 220 N. Kent Street, Chestertown, Md. 21620. Checks should be made payable to IMC – Chestertown and accompanied by your e-mail address and telephone number.

The Insight Meditation Community’s website states that “The purpose of the Insight Meditation Community of Chestertown is to provide instruction and support for the practices of insight (vipassana) and lovingkindness (metta) meditation, and to foster understanding of the Buddha’s teachings (the Dharma). Our teachings and practices come from the Western “Insight Meditation” branch of the Theravadan lineage of Buddhism, as taught by Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and many others. We also welcome teachers and teachings from other lineages of Buddhism.”

For further information, please get in touch with Anne Briggs by telephone at 410-778-1746, or by e-mail at info@imc-chestertown.org, or consult the group’s web site.

Rally Set for Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 in Denton

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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.

Chester River Hospital Auxiliary Seeks Volunteers

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Auxiliary members wering their new uniforms in a recent photo

Might you have four hours per week to help?

The Chester River Hospital Auxiliary is looking for volunteers to help with the vital services we provide to our hospital and our communities’ patients: in-hospital patient transports, assisting patients with menu selection and transporting specimens. Both men and women are needed and must be at least 18 years old.

Shifts are just four hours either in the morning or in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. If you can’t commit to a regular shift, we also need substitutes who would be available on an on-call basis!  Uniforms are a navy vest (provided), white shirt and khaki pants or skirt.

For more information, please contact Kathy Davis, volunteer coordinator, at (410) 348-5114.

Safe Sitter Class Set for August 22 in Chestertown

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The popular Safe Sitter babysitting class, for youth ages 11-13, will be offered on Tuesday, August 22, 9 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown Education Center.

Safe Sitter is a national, non-profit organization that provides programs to teach youth life and safety skills for when they are home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting. Over 175 lives have been saved by Safe Sitter graduates using the skills learned through the Safe Sitter training. More information about the program may be found at www.safesitter.org.

The cost for this one-day class, taught by pediatric nurses, is $45 (scholarships are available). Because seating is limited, advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call Chrissy Nelson, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Compass Regional Hospice – Events for August & September

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Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting and helping people through the difficult and challenging time of living with a life-limiting illness. What began as an all-volunteer organization has since developed into a visionary, state-of-the-art organization recognized locally, regionally and statewide for its excellence.

In addition to our home hospice and bereavement care programs, we offer Bridges, a non-medical supportive care program for individuals who are transitioning to the next level of care or are not yet ready for hospice. When care in a patient’s home is not possible, our six-bed Residential Hospice Center offers a clinically supportive environment in a home-like setting.

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based non-profit organization certified by Medicare and the State of Maryland, and accredited by the Joint Commission. It is affiliated with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Hospice & Palliative Network of Maryland.

For general information, see the  Compass Regional Hospice’s website 

Estate Treasures Store in Chester

August 2017

Estate Treasures Senior Discount SaleEvery Tuesday Estate Treasures offers seniors 25% off full priced items storewide. Estate Treasures is an upscale resale shop than benefits Compass Regional Hospice located at 17 Kent Town Market in Chester. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday with extended hours until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All retail sales are tax-free. Donations of clean, gently used items in good condition are accepted during store hours. For more information, call 410-643-7360.

Wednesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 16: It’s A Guy’s Thing Support Group 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Commerce Street Creamery, 110 N. Commerce St., Centreville. A casual, drop-in support group for men who have experienced any type of loss.  For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Monday, August 7: Bereaved Parent Support Group— 1st Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individual dealing with the loss of a child. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotss@compassregionalhospice.org.

Wednesday, August 9: HALOS- Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide Support Group 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from suicide. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Thursday, August 17: Drug Overdose Support Group— 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.  For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from drug overdose. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, lturner@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, August 19 to Tuesday, August 22: Camp New Dawn: This retreat held at Camp Pecometh, 136 Bookers Wharf Rd, Centreville, is designed for children, teens and families grieving after the death of a loved one. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

September 2017

Estate Treasures Senior Discount Sale— Every Tuesday Estate Treasures offers seniors 25% off full priced items storewide. Estate Treasures is an upscale resale shop than benefits Compass Regional Hospice located at 17 Kent Town Market in Chester. Store hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday with extended hours until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday. All retail sales are tax-free. Donations of clean, gently used items in good condition are accepted during store hours. For more information, call 410-643-7360.

Monday, September 4: Bereaved Parent Support Group— 1st Monday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individual dealing with the loss of a child. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotss@compassregionalhospice.org.

Wednesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 19: It’s A Guy’s Thing Support Group— 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month, 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Commerce Street Creamery, 110 N. Commerce St., Centreville. A casual, drop-in support group for men who have experienced any type of loss.  For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Tuesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 14: Compass Regional Hospice Volunteer Training— 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive. This session is comprised of 10 hours of learning, to be completed before the start of class. Specialized training for adults who want to assist with patients and families. For more information, contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Wednesday, September 13: HALOS- Healing After a Loved One’s Suicide Support Group— 2nd Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville. For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from suicide. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Thursday, September 21: Drug Overdose Support Group— 3rd Thursday of every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.  For individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one from a drug overdose. For more information, contact Rhonda Knotts, 443-262-4109, rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, lturner@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, September 23: Sporting Clay Tournament— Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., 16090 Oakland Rd, Henderson. The entry fee is $100 for individual shooters, $75 for junior shooters ages 17 and under, and $400 for a team of four. The event includes 75 targets, side games, gun raffle, Lewis Class Scoring, catered lunch, and an award ceremony. Gun raffle tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the Compass Regional Hospice Capital Campaign. For more information, contact Kenda Leager, 443-262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Monday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 27: Compass Regional Hospice Volunteer Training6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive. This session is comprised of 10 hours of learning, to be completed before the start of class. Specialized training for adults who want to assist with patients and families. For more information, contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, September 30: Out of the Darkness Walk— Registration at 3:00 p.m., Chesapeake Heritage & Visitor Center, 425 Piney Narrows Rd, Chester. Join in the walk to fight suicide and raise awareness about mental health and to remember someone you love who has been affected by suicide. Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For more information, contact Wayne Larrimore, 443-262-4100, wlarrimore@compassregionalhospice.org.

Saturday, September 30: Bay to Table Fundraiser— 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m., Possum Point Farm, 220 Possum Point Farm, Centreville. This event is an elegant dinner featuring the Chesapeake Bay’s finest tastes to benefit The Hope & Healing Center and Camp New Dawn. $100 includes dinner, beer, and wine. For more information, contact Kenda Leager, 443-262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Our Mission –  The Compass Regional Hospice team offers individuals, families, and the community “Care on your terms” through comprehensive, professional and compassionate end-of-life care and grief support.

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Easterseals “Walk With Me “Event Is October 15

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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.

Essential Oils 101 at Kent County Public Library

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From rose to rosemary and lavender to lemon, essential oils can enhance life in a wide variety of ways.

Hilary Chubb is an essential oil lover on a mission to remove toxins from her home and live above the wellness line. Her goal is to educate others on the benefits of utilizing essential oils in all aspects of their lives including wellness, cleaning, personal care, animal care, cooking, and more.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, she visits Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch to deliver an information-packed talk designed to introduce you to the basics of integrating essential oils into your life.  Learn about the distillation process that creates essential oils and explore how they can be used topically, incorporated in aromatherapy, and even ingested.  Enjoy a “scent sampling” of several popular fragrances and learn simple ways to safely experiment with using essential oils.

Questions are welcome at this free program.

Sporting Clay Tournament to benefit Compass Regional Hospice Capital Campaign

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A sporting clay tournament to benefit the capital campaign for Compass Regional Hospice is scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at Schrader’s Outdoors. Pictured (left to right) are Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice and Schrader’s Outdoors owner, Ken Schrader and general manager, Trish Schrader-Boone.

Compass Regional Hospice invites sharp shooters of all ages to join them on the course for the first sporting clay tournament scheduled for Saturday, September 23 at Schrader’s Outdoors in Henderson.  Proceeds of the sporting clay tournament will benefit the capital campaign for Compass Regional Hospice.

Individual shooters and teams of four are welcome. The entry fee is $100 for individual shooters, $75 for junior shooters ages 17 and under, and $400 for a team of four. On the day of the tournament, registration begins at 9:00 a.m. All shooters must be on the course by 11:30 a.m. Gun and golf cart rentals are available through Schrader’s.

Tournament participants will simultaneously move through Schrader’s world-class sporting clay course, utilizing 13-15 stations. In addition to 75 targets, there will also be several other activities, including shooting the five stand, as well as long bird and wacky rabbit competitions. Schrader’s has made many changes to their course with 4 trap presentations at each station.  The course is tailored to challenge the most expert shooter and still be welcoming to beginners.

After play, participants are invited back to Schrader’s club house where they will enjoy refreshments and a catered lunch followed by an awards ceremony. The tournament will follow Lewis Class Scoring.

Supporters may also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a Stoeger P3000 12/28” Pump Gun donated by Stoeger Industries. Raffle tickets are $10 each. The winning ticket will be drawn at the tournament and the winner need not be present. Must be 18 years or older to enter and all laws for transfer of firearms must be followed.

For more information about how to register and to sponsor the Compass Regional Hospice Sporting Clay Tournament or to purchase gun raffle tickets, contact Kenda Leager, 443-262-4106,  kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting our Course Together capital campaign point the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. The campaign will raise funds that will be invested in priorities that consider the current and future needs of the residents we serve in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties. Every gift ensures that we continue to help your friends and neighbors find hope and healing as they chart their own course through illness and grief.  For more information about how you can get involved, visit: www.compassregionalhospice.org/otherwaystogive/campaign.

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AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program Recognized as Comprehensive Center

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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.