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Plumbers, Mechanics and More. Oh Joy.

It's been one of those weeks. Everything in my life is making odd noises: the minivan, the pump, the children. (ok, the children's noises may have been due to the sheer number of kids involved.) Nonetheless, having to deal with a plumber AND a mechanic in the same day left me feeling quite sorry for myself (and my wallet).

Because we believe in small businesses we tend to call the little guys: the solo plumber, the small repair shop, etc. They're not always as effecient as larger organizations - and I've spent a bit of time tracking down the mechanic, trying to get an estimate for the work. (because if it turns out to be triple what I'm expecting, I'm going to need to get some xanax from my doctor. It's best to be prepared!)

Yup, I've worried about the cost of all this manual labor. Plus parts. Did you know the silly 20 gallon pump tank costs $158 from a plumbing supply house? It's an empty tank, for crying out loud! {sigh}

Mediators Needed For Expanded School Program

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is holding an additional basic mediation training course this year to prepare more volunteers to handle an expansion of its services. While the Mediation Center usually conducts basic mediation training once annually in November, training also will be held this year in August.

The fifty-hour course of intensive training will be held over six days, August 3 and August 6-10, at the new Dorchester County Career and Technology Center in Cambridge. Those interested must register by June 30th.

The primary purpose for scheduling the extra training, according to Mid Shore Mediation’s Executive Director Peter Taillie, is to train more volunteers for an expanded mediation program in the Dorchester County Public Schools. 

Recently, volunteers have been participating in a pilot program at one of the county’s middle schools to provide conflict resolution, anger management and attendance mediation services. The program’s success led to a request for Mid Shore Mediation to expand the program to four additional schools in the coming academic year.

Cancer Center Volunteer Recognized for Service

Earlier this year, the Upper Eastern Shore Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society (UESONS) presented its Commitment to Caring Award to Elmer Parkerson, volunteer for the Requard Radiation Oncology Center at Shore Regional Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society. This award was created by UESONS to recognize an individual who is not necessarily a nurse or a member of the chapter but who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to caring for patients with cancer. 

Recipients of the Commitment to Caring Award have demonstrated exemplary care for cancer patients, recognize the impact of cancer across the community, and advocate for individuals, groups and community residents. The candidate must balance advocacy and support with self growth while fostering independence for patients and their families.

Free Child Fingerprint & Photo Kits from Mid Atlantic Tire & The Easton P.D

 A missing child is every parent’s worst nightmare. That’s why Mid Atlantic Tire and the Easton Police Department are teaming up to help keep kids safe 

by providing K.ID’s, a free fingerprint and photo kit, to families in the mid shore area. The K.ID event will be held on Saturday April 14th from 1-3 P.M at Mid Atlantic Tire, on the corner of Dover Road and Teal Drive in Easton.

K.ID’s are kits that store vital information such as finger prints, phot

While everyone hopes the K.ID’s never need to be used, the participating child’s parent or guardian will be given the only copy of the prints and photos for safe keeping. No duplicate copies will be kept by the police department or any other third party, and the information will not be entered into any database.os, hairsamples and other information that can be used to help locate missing children if the unthinkable occurs. The K.ID’s will be provided for free by Mid Atlantic Tire, and fingerprints will be administered by a member of Easton Police Department.

Easton- Based Non-Profit Aguayuda Makes 8th Trip to Columbia to Tackle Water Crisis

Co-founders Simón Zimmer and Sabrina Zimmermann of Aguayuda, an Easton-based nonprofit organization with an international reach, recently completed their eighth trip to Colombia in five years to tackle the country’s water crisis.  Prior to this trip, Aguayuda installed clean-water solutions in nine poor communities in the La Guajira Department of Colombia. On their most recent trip, Zimmer and Zimmermann traveled to these communities to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the installed clean water solutions. In addition, Zimmer and Zimmermann, together with its Colombia-based Aguayuda-Team, implemented three new projects and evaluated seven communities for future projects.

"We are happy to report that all our projects are running smoothly. The communities are happier and healthier thanks to the clean-water solutions we have put in place," said Zimmermann.

The first new project implemented on the 2012 trip was the installation of a water storage tank for a rural school that suffered from the lack of water and classrooms. In collaboration with a local nonprofit organization called the "Cerrejón Foundation for Indigenous Development in La Guajira," Aguayuda provided the school of Orrokot with a water storage tank for the 210 students and 13 teachers, as well as with three new classrooms. Aguayuda also supplied household water solutions such as ceramic water filters and LifeStraws, donated by the Ashburn, Va.-based Pay It Forward Project to residents in an indigenous reservation called Parraptu. With these household water solutions residents can purify the contaminated pond water, their only water source.

Cancer Comfort Angels Delivers Comfort Kits to Shore Health System

Shore Health System recently received a delivery of “comfort kits” from Cancer Comfort Angels. Each kit includes a handmade blanket and other inspirational items. The kits were created by volunteers from Cancer Comfort Angels in conjunction with 90 student volunteers at Kent Island High School.

Cancer Comfort Angels, a non-profit Christian-based group in Queen Anne’s County, was founded by Laurie Rasinski of Chester, who was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer in 2008. According to Rasinski, it was her own gift of a blanket that started her on the mission to share that comfort with others going through the cancer journey.

“I was just so touched with how it made me feel and I wanted to make sure that other women and men knew that they were not alone,” says Rasinski,. “I was so overwhelmed and touched by the love that someone could give me in this simple gesture that I, in turn, wanted to do something for other people.”

Comfort bags were delivered to both Shore Regional Breast Center at Memorial Hospital and Shore Regional Cancer Center in Easton.

Rotary Club Announces J. Howard Anthony Award Recipient

The Rotary Club of Easton is proud to announce that Al Smith is the recipient of the 2011 J. Howard Anthony Award.  Al Smith was born in Englewood, New Jersey, in 1932.  He graduated from Trinity College and went on to become a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.  In 1957, he left the service and joined the sales department of Continental Can International where he later became head of Sales and Marketing.  At the time of his retirement in 1996, he was Managing Director.    

He and his family have owned a house in Oxford since 1982. His contributions to this community are staggering.  Here are only some of his accomplishments:   he was a founding board member of Talbot Mentors, where he served as president for five years and as a mentor for 13. He served on the boards of the Historical Society, the Academy Art Museum, and Character Counts, and is currently the President of Talbot Hospice.  He has also served as chairman on capital campaigns for the Oxford Fire House (where over $1,600,000 was raised) and for Camp Wright. He is currently a Senior Warden and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Oxford Episcopal Church. 

It is little wonder that he was selected as one of “Maryland’s Most Beautiful People” in 2006. Candidates for the J. Howard Anthony Award are evaluated by the Club’s Service Awards Committee. Recipients of the Award must have resided in Talbot County area for at least 10 years and must have demonstrated a significant positive impact upon the community through exemplary leadership and/or service the community.

Animal Lovers Run Unleashed for Talbot Humane

Easton, MD: Talbot Humane has formed a new partnership with local Marathon Coach Amy Eutsey to train interested runners, and especially novice runners, for the Baltimore Running Festival this fall. Participants fundraise for the Talbot Humane Society animal shelter while they train for either a marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), or marathon relay team (up to 7 miles each). Runners of all fitness levels from beginner to weekend warrior are welcome to participate in this noncompetitive and fully supportive 26-week program.

“This program is meant for busy people who want to get into shape, stay in shape, and achieve an extraordinary goal,” says Eutsey. “I have coached runners who said they couldn’t run to the mailbox and back to run a marathon in 6 months, and I have helped lifetime runners achieve that first marathon experience that would allude them when they trained on their own. Our training practices and support are for literally everyone!”

The program will also involve training for the first annual kickoff 10K for Talbot Humane’s fall Bark in the Park under the directorship of fellow marathoner Julie Fickes and Eutsey.

The Unleashed program officially begins Saturday, May 12, at 7 a.m., at Idlewild Park in Easton. Interested runners can register at the informational meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Senior Center on Brooklets Ave in Easton or by contacting Eutsey at eutseyeditor@yahoo.com or 410-253-9791.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Learn the Symptoms of a Mental Health Problem and How to Respond

             Mental Health First Aid is an evidence-based training that teaches the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, and provides individuals with tools to respond to a mental health emergency, until professional help arrives. MHFA provides action steps to take to help someone experiencing early signs of a mental health disorder.   

The 12-hour course will be offered January 20 and 27, from 9am to 4pm, at the offices of Talbot County Emergency Management, 605 Port St., Easton.  Training is provided by state-certified instructors, and class sizes are limited to a maximum of 25 participants.  Thanks to a grant from the Mid-Shore Mental Health Systems, the training is being offered for only $30 per person, which covers the cost of materials.

New Mediators Ready To Serve Mid Shore

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center has more than a dozen new volunteer mediators ready to offer their help to residents of the organization’s tri-county service area. Thirteen men, women and teens recently participated in three weekends of Basic Mediation Training at the Choptank Electric Cooperative building in Denton.

Five individuals from Community Mediation Upper Shore, the Community Mediation Initiative at Salisbury, and Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center also took part in the training sessions.

The trainees came from varied backgrounds, an asset in matching mediators with clients to ensure participants feel their issues are being understood and properly conveyed.

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