Maryland’s Lost Pet Problem

magine your dog is a Houdini and slips under your fence. You search high and low with no sign- for days, weeks, months. You all but give up. You assume the worst has occurred that you beloved pet has been stolen, or even worse, injured or died. What happened is shortly after your dog escaped a good Samaritan saw your dog, picked him up, and assuming he wasn’t wanted or was mistreated just kept him. They chose not to report him or surrender him to the local shelter.
Unfortunately, this scenario is not uncommon.

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Transferrable Life-long Skills for Individuals of all Ages

earning soft skills can make a difference in life. It teaches one how to navigate through daily obstacles surrounding human interactions (at home, at school, and at work). Unfortunately, some individuals are not equipped with the tools necessary for positive social interactions. For example, online activities are lasting; however, some are unaware of the harmful effects of certain photos, comments, and videos and how it relates to their current and future success.

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Oxford Picket Fences Benefit Local Organizations

Since 2007, the Oxford Business Association’s (OBA) fall auction of these beautiful painted picket fences has been a highly anticipated event. Local artists from Oxford, Easton and St. Michaels have volunteered their time, talents, and creativity to produce colorful painted scenes on a 4-picket section of the iconic Oxford Fence representing Eastern Shore Life. These works of art will be auctioned, with all proceeds going to local charities and nonprofits. The fences are on display throughout the town of Oxford for the entire summer, late April through mid-September. This project is meant to invite everyone to explore Oxford and its unique shops and restaurants, while allowing OBA to give back. For many years, the OBA has supported area charities and nonprofits, and this year there are 11 partner organizations, and 12 fences (2 for the Oxford Volunteer Fire Co.) Each is represented by an artist and the auction proceeds for each fence will go to the represented organization.

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Local Family Makes Fleece Blankets for For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center Survivors

One local family is giving warmth from their hearts by making tied fleece blankets for local charities in our community. Christine and Charles Streaker and their children Gabriella and Braden of Easton recently donated 20 of their blankets to For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Christine Streaker comments, “We had done this last year for Talbot Interfaith Shelter and I knew about For All Seasons and suggested we consider helping them this spring. The kids agreed and we shopped for fabric, selecting fleece patterns that could comfort boys and girls as well as adults. Our family enjoys helping where we can and we really enjoy making the blankets together.”

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2022 Talbot County Fair Youth Livestock Auction

The 2022 Talbot County Fair will take place from Tuesday, July 12 through Saturday, July 16 at the Talbot Agriculture and Education Center on Hiners Lane in Easton. The 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock Auction scheduled for Saturday at 7pm is an annual highlight of the fair experience. During the auction, University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development members and Talbot County FFA members will sell the livestock they have raised as part of their educational project work. (University of Maryland programs are equal opportunity/access.) This is the first time in three years that the auction will be in person because COVID-19 resulted in virtual auctions for 2020 and 2021.

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Talbot Swim Club Registration Opens for 2022 Season

Talbot Swim Club (TSC) has officially opened registration for both returning and new swimmers for the 2022 season. TSC is a summer recreational swim team for swimmers ages 6-18 who reside on the Eastern Shore, with members from various counties including Talbot, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Dorchester. Its mission is “to develop the character, self-confidence, and physical fitness of our local community’s youth through the life-long sport of swimming.” The program emphasizes the improvement of strokes and endurance and having fun. TSC is a member of the Delmarva Swim Association, a league comprised of 24 teams.

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Something of the Marvelous Challenge Features Tour of Wye Heights’ Magnificent Gardens

and outdoor learning experiences in front of students during the pandemic and transition its school programming to a virtual world (and back again) and work with classroom teachers to continue connecting their students to science and the outdoors. Funds raised through these campaigns allowed Pickering Creek to keep its trails open (with no admission fee) and looking great for the record number of visitors we have welcomed throughout the pandemic, as the need for respite increased.

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CBMM to Host Songwriting Workshop, Bay-themed Concert

On Wednesdays May 4–June 1, join the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and singer/songwriter Janie Meneely for a virtual songwriting workshop.
Held each evening from 7–7:45pm via Zoom, songwriting sessions will include examples and discussions about the components of “successful” songs, as well as brainstorming for ideas, discovering your song pattern, breaking through the sound barrier, and more. Each session will include time for participants to present their own works in progress. No experience with an instrument is necessary, but participants should be prepared to use their voice. The workshop is free, but a donation of $45 is suggested.

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