The Delmarva Review Welcomes Submissions for Eighth Annual Issue

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The Delmarva Review announced the opening of its submissions period for the eighth annual issue, for publication in 2015. Writers can submit poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction from November 1, 2014 through February 28, 2015.

The Review selects new literary prose and poetry for publication in print and electronic editions. All writers are welcome. Submissions are competitive.

The literary journal encourages great story telling, engaging essays, and moving poetry, all exhibiting skillful expression. Editors only read electronic submissions from the Submission Guide page on the website: www.delmarvareview.com.

The 2014 edition, just published, features the work of 40 contributors from 14 states, the District of Columbia, and one foreign country.

“Over a thousand authors submitted writing for the current issue,” said Wilson Wyatt, executive editor. “We selected stories and poetry addressing a diversity of human themes, each exploring the author’s unique voice, style, and command of craft. The cover photograph, ‘Dolls, Provincetown, MA,’ by Roger Camp, teases our imaginations with the potential for discovery.”

The Delmarva Review has earned national recognition among over 3,000 published literary journals nationwide. Open to all writers, about 60 percent of the published authors have come from the Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic region.

Over the Review’s history, the work of 30 authors has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The last issue’s featured essay, “Writing My Way Home,” by Ron Capps, was honored on the “Notable” list in the anthology, Best American Essays 2014.

The Delmarva Review is published by the Eastern Shore Writers Association Education Fund (ESWA), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, to discover compelling new literary work and to inspire others to pursue excellence in writing.

In addition to Wyatt, the editorial board includes: Anne Colwell, poetry editor, Harold Wilson and Amy Abrams, fiction editors, George Merrill and Cheryl Somers Aubin, nonfiction editors, Cheril Thomas, submissions administrator, Bill Gourgey, publishing advisor, Melanie Rigney and Gerald Sweeney, editorial advisors, Jeanne Pinault, copy editor, Charlene Marcum, proofreading, and Laura Ambler, design and layout editor. All volunteer their time and talent to produce the Review.

The current issue, volume 7, is available worldwide in print and eBook editions from online booksellers, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Apple, and others. It can be purchased from regional bookstores, including: The News Center, in Easton, Mystery Loves Company, in Oxford, and The Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, Maryland.

For additional information, see the website www.delmarvareview.com, or contact the publication at: The Delmarva Review, P.O. Box 544, St. Michaels, MD 21663, or email: editor@delmarvareview.com.

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Easton-based Global Vision 2020 to Partner with Diplomat Bill Richardson

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Easton’s Global Vision 2020 has partnered with Governor Bill Richardson’s Center for Global Engagement to provide logistics support to deliver humanitarian aid to the vulnerable populations of the world. GV2020 is directed by former U.S. Marine, Kevin White, which is dedicated to helping the world see clearly by distributing user-adjustable eyeglasses to the 2.3 billion people worldwide who live without access to optometrists.

GV2020 had approached the Richardson Center in hopes of working together because of their similar mission of humanitarian aid and their complimentary skill sets. “I am very excited to partner with GV2020. Making eyeglasses available to currently underserved communities has significant implications for financial inclusion: improving employability, increasing access to education and even reducing traffic fatalities” said Governor Richardson.

“It’s a fantastic partnership. This type of humanitarian aid program – with a goal to scale the availability of eyeglasses to the billions of people in vulnerable and isolated areas of the world – will succeed because of Gov. Richardson’s proven diplomatic successes and GV2020’s effective distribution plan,” states Kevin.

The Richardson Center will spearhead the identification and development of diplomatic end-roads to build the sustainable partnerships necessary for broad acceptance and scalable programs. GV2020 will take the lead on fundraising, operations, and implementation of a national level pilot program for eyeglasses distribution in Africa.

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The lack of vision care options in the developing world first came to Kevin’s attention in 2005, while on assignment in Morocco. He witnessed an eyeglasses clinic that provided donated eyeglasses; and although helpful to some, not everyone could find a match. He returned home determined to find a better solution. What he found was Oxford Professor Josh Silver’s user-adjustable, liquid silicon filled eyeglasses. The eyeglasses allow the user to dial in their own prescription – self refract – allowing a distributor to quickly aid those in need. Kevin explained, “It takes about 15 minutes to help the average patient. We’ve developed a proven, standard procedure, with the help of the Center for Vision in the Developing World (CVDW), to efficiently and effectively distribute eyeglasses to anyone over the age of 12 with basic refractive error.”

GV2020 hopes to facilitate international awareness of the problem, as well as international support for the solution. To learn more about how to help Global Vision 2020 (gv2020.org), and the Richardson Center (RichardsonDiplomacy.org) deliver sight to the 2.3 billion people living in vulnerable populations of the world, please visit their respective websites.

Hospice of Queen Anne’s Changes Name to Compass Regional Hospice

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Hospice of Queen Anne’s has a new name: Compass Regional Hospice. The name Compass Regional Hospice symbolizes that Hospice of Queen Anne’s is setting off on a new course, one that includes a larger geographic region and that builds on nearly 30 years as a respected provider of hospice care and grief support.

The image of a compass reflects the organization’s mission of helping patients and families set their own direction as they choose how to live with a life-limiting illness.

Compass Regional Hospice Executive Director Heather Guerieri says, “Now that we are the sole provider of hospice services in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties, we need a name that describes our wider geographic reach in the community.”

Guerieri adds, “A compass is a navigational tool that anyone can use to set a course and change direction in the same way that we help patients and families receive care on their terms. Also, a moral compass guides every member of our staff and each volunteer to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right person, every day of the year.”

In July, the Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) approved Hospice of Queen Anne’s as the hospice provider in Kent County. The MHCC added Caroline County to HQA’s service area in September. At the same time the MHCC approved Hospice of Queen Anne’s to provide hospice care in Talbot County.

“We will partner with Talbot Hospice until they become a fully licensed and independent hospice agency,” Guerieri explains. “Compass Regional Hospice will continue to be an approved hospice provider in Talbot County for specific referrals, such as hospice care for children.”

Guerieri adds, “As we take on a new name we do so with great respect for our heritage in Queen Anne’s County and with appreciation for the people who will be welcoming us into their homes in Kent, Caroline and Talbot Counties.”

Kathy Deoudes, chair of the Compass Regional Hospice Board of Directors, says, “As Compass Regional Hospice we pledge to retain our roots in Queen Anne’s County while we build new relationships in the communities that we now serve. This expansion of our services has been a long and carefully considered process. With every step along the way we have focused on two things – the memory of the patients we have served for almost 30 years and the well-being of the people for whom we will continue to provide the highest level of hospice care and bereavement services.”

For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, call 443-262-4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org.

The staff of Hospice of Queen Anne’s marked a new chapter in the organization’s history as they changed their name to Compass Regional Hospice on November 3.

The staff of Hospice of Queen Anne’s marked a new chapter in the organization’s history as they changed their name to Compass Regional Hospice on November 3.

Did the Rain Tax Cost Brown the Governorship?

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The independent website Vex is suggesting, in a recent article by Matthew Yglesias, that Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown lost his bid for governor because of the so-called “rain tax.”  Yglesias says, “Among other stunning Election Day defeats was the unexpected loss of Maryland Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown in his bid to become the state’s governor. Instead, businessman Larry Hogan won a race that virtually nobody was expecting to be competitive.”

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Become a Volunteer With The Tax Aide Program

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“Learn to Prepare Taxes and Make a Difference at the same time. How can you make a difference? Simple. Help your community in preparing taxes free of charge by becoming a volunteer with the Tax Aide Program.

Tax Aide is a community-based program. They provide free tax return preparation for people who need tax help but can’t afford it. People with low-to-moderate incomes, seniors, people with disabilities and those with limited English skills usually qualify for this free service.

Here are five good reasons why you should become a Tax Aide volunteer.

No previous experience is required. Volunteers receive specialized training and have the option of serving in a variety of roles. If you’re fluent in a language other than English, you can help those who do not speak English.

Tax Aide uses IRS based training material, provides free tax law training and materials that allow volunteers to prepare basic individual income tax returns. Volunteers learn many aspects of tax return preparation. This includes tax deductions and credits that benefit eligible taxpayers, like the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly.

The hours are flexible. Volunteers generally serve an average of three to five hours per week. Tax Aide Volunteer programs are open from February 1 through the tax filing deadline, which will be April 15, 2015.
The Mid-Shore Volunteer sites are located in Caroline, Queen Anne, Kent & Talbot counties. You’ll find them in senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. The Tax Aide sites offer free electronic filing for both federal and state tax returns.

As a volunteer, you become part of a program that has helped people file tax returns at no charge for more than four decades. With Tax Aide, you do make a difference. It’s people helping people. It’s that simple.
We are also in need of bilingual volunteers to help translate at the sites.

Please contact Kaye Brodie – Prospective Volunteer Coordinator at kbrodie@hughes.net. if this is a way that you would like to assist your fellow Mid-Shore neighbor.”

Letter to Editor: Talbot Preservation Alliance Responds

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Last week the Talbot Spy published correspondence from one Clint Wadsworth vilifying Talbot Preservation Alliance for its alleged “extreme environmental agenda.”

Extreme? How about this:

In 1997 the same Mr. Wadsworth proposed the development of a 100 acre farm he owned, abutting the eastern boundary of St. MIchaels, with 350 houses, commercial space, a conference center and a marina. But annexation into the town was required and St. Michaels balked at this.

In reaction Mr. Wadsworth submitted applications for development under county zoning that included two 500 foot chicken houses, a swine nursery, an anaerobic wastewater pond, a manure storage facility, a field of gingkos (that emit a foul smell) and six animal shelters.

Ultimately the land was sold to a third party and these initiatives were abandoned. But Mr. Wadsworth still owns land in Royal Oak. Given his history, we can understand why, as he states in his letter, he does not want to be burdened by “restrictive land use initiatives.”

Wadsworth holds himself out as a “fourth generation” farm owner in Talbot County. One wonders how the first and second generations might have reacted to his proposal for developing the family farm as he proposed. He claims that the activities of TPA have been “disastrous for the citizens of the County.” But apparently he did not believe that placing a pig farm and manure storage facility at the gateway to St. Michaels would be “disastrous” for the image and citizens of that small town.

According to his letter, the restriction that troubles Mr. Wadsworth is the two acre minimum lot size in the Talbot County villages, adopted unanimously, on an interim basis, by the County Council. Wadsworth believes this occurred because TPA “has taken control of the Talbot Council.” This control must come as a surprise to the three member Council majority who are supported and endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Realtors, the Talbot Farm Bureau and the Republican Central Committee.

Wadsworth cannot restrain himself from a cheap shot at County Council member Dirck Bartlett, claiming he is “running on a platform of restricted economic growth.” This is nonsense. Nothing in Bartlett’s public statements or campaign materials advocates for “restrictions” on economic growth. Indeed, over the past eight years Bartlett has been a leader in the fight to retain Memorial Hospital, the primary driver of our local economic growth, close to Easton.

Wadsworth’s letter, although gratuitously provided to the Spy, actually was sent to all of the financial contributors to Talbot Preservation Alliance, and to its election year PAC, during the last election cycle. He obtained the names and addresses for those contributors from the required public records and sent off his baseless charges for the admitted purpose of trying to dissuade them from further financial support for TPA. The ethics of this cheap trick were approximately on a par with the ethics of making the self serving inflammatory but baseless charges we have addressed above.

So please consider Mr. Wadsworth’s letter in its proper context, and consider whether he is in any position to rail about “extreme” land use initiatives.

Thomas T. Alspach, President
Talbot Preservation Alliance

MHATC Offers Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

The Mental Health Association in Talbot County (MHATC) will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid Training on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the offices of FURUNO USA, Inc., 70 Engerman Avenue, Denton, MD 21629.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an internationally recognized, 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. This Youth curriculum provides action steps to take in order to help a young person experiencing the early signs of a mental health disorder. The training focuses on the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders that may affect youth ages twelve to seventeen, and is particularly designed for parents, teachers and caregivers of that age group.

With support from the Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Foundation this course is offered at a reduced fee of $15.00, to cover the cost of the training manual.

For more information or to register for this course, please call the Mental Health Association in Talbot County at 410-822-0444 or email sherman@mhamdes.org.

Save the Date for the 44th Annual Waterfowl Festival: An Eastern Shore Tradition

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The Waterfowl Festival returns to historic Easton, Md. for its 44th year on November 14 -16, 2014. More than 18,000 visitors are expected to experience a time-honored Eastern Shore tradition that pays homage to the annual migration of ducks and geese through the Atlantic Flyway and supports wildlife and habitat conservation throughout the region. The Festival kicks off with Opening Ceremonies and the Premiere Night Party on Thursday, November 13th and then opens to general admission guests on Friday, November 14th.

WaterfowlFestival3“Like all traditions, the Festival continues to evolve and change, but we are still as committed to celebrating and conserving our Eastern Shore heritage as our founders were in 1971,” said Albert Pritchett, Waterfowl Festival Board President. “We are looking forward to another great year.”

This year, the Festival is returning to its classic Premiere Night Celebration, letting the art take center stage. Premiere Night guests have the opportunity to enjoy a traveling cocktail party at each of the Festival’s downtown art galleries. For the first time in its history, the Festival will be combining paintings and sculpture in the new Art at the Armory, Art at the Avalon and Art at the Pavilion galleries.

Also new this year is 2014 Waterfowl Festival Featured Artist, sculptor Ken Newman, and his signature bronze, Confluence of Blue, which was inspired by the community spirit of the Waterfowl Festival. The original piece, along with other work by Newman will be on display in the Art at the Pavilion gallery on Harrison Street.

The Craft Brew Pub at the Easton Elks Lodge returns this year offering local and national craft beer tastings and traditional Chesapeake fare, as well as the ever-popular Wine Pavilion on Harrison Street.

Perennial favorites will also return including the popular Dock Dogs® Competition at Easton Middle School, the Retriever Demonstrations at the Bay Street Ponds, and the Sportsman’s Pavilion at the Easton Elks Lodge. For a complete schedule of events and details about all the events and exhibits, festival visitors are encouraged to visit www.waterfowlfestival.org.

Over the past 44 years, the Waterfowl Festival has raised nearly $6 million for the creation, restoration and conservation of waterfowl and their habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Atlantic Flyway.

Waterfowl Festival Inc., a partner of Waterfowl Chesapeake Inc., is dedicated to wildlife conservation, the promotion of wildlife art, and the celebration of life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The 44th Festival will be held November 14-16, 2014 in historic Easton, Md. General admission tickets are $15 for all three days and Premiere Night packages are also available. For more information, to volunteer, or donate, visit www.waterfowlfestival.org or call 410-822-4567.

Lecture: Practical Approaches to Run-Off with a focus on Oxford

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The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore announces a talk “Practical Approaches to Run-Off”, free and open to the public, at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 12, theOxford Community Center to be delivered by Alan Girard of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. His talk will be followed by an optional visit and introduction to two projects in Oxford, one old and one new.

Mr. Girard who heads the CBF Easton office will describe solutions to slowing run- off from roofs, roads and our multi-use landscape so that chemicals toxic to our Bay and greater watershed can be slowed and remediated with all of our help. As a recent Oxford initiative and another partnership project with which CBF is involved will show, homeowners and businesses, farmers and community infrastructure can together put in place practical solutions to our problem. Mr. Girard will also introduce the Talbot Roadside Ditch project, a new and growing effort shared with multiple non-profits and civic agencies in our county, including CBF, the Nature Conservancy, Environmental Concern, the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.

Seats will be limited and unreserved.

Letter to Editor: Talbot Preservation Alliance Turning Extreme

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As one of the approximately twenty three founding supporters of the Talbot Preservation Alliance and most specifically Citizens for Sound Growth PAC, you are aware that these organizations have served Talbot County well. Eighty seven percent of county land has been downzoned from two to twenty acre zoning. This will help protect our rural life. However, the purpose of this letter is to inform you of the current actions of these groups which continue be disastrous for the citizens of the County.

As these organizations have aged they have created problems for Talbot citizens. Using your funds, TPA gained control of the Talbot Council, the Planning Commission and the Public Works Advisory Board. These representatives have put forth an extreme environmental agenda. Their scheme shows little or no concern for the citizens of the County.

The update of the Comprehensive Plan and recent legislation has been a forthright attempt to stop growth in the County, most specifically in the villages. One member of the Council who is a TPA candidate, Dirck Bartlett, is running on a platform of restricted economic growth. Three members of the Planning Commission are attempting to down zone village properties on sewer to a two acre minimum lot size. All of these maneuvers are contrary to the 2005 Comprehensive Plan, Smart Growth policies, and a promise the County made when downzoning farms to keep villages as areas for affordable housing. These initiatives will limit opportunities for native Talbot Countians to work or live here.

Please stop these extreme approaches to economics and land use. I am the last of four generations of my family in the County. I have seen the effects of elitist economic policies on my and my friends children. Following restrictive land use initiatives, the villages will ultimately be gentrified like St. Michaels and Oxford. TPA has gone beyond your original intentions.

Talk to your friends and especially to long term residents of the villages. The TPA and CFSG PAC are working against the residents of the county. Do not vote for TPA candidate, Dirck Bartlett. Tell Planning Commission and Public Works members to back off. Demand that the remaining approximately $18,000 in your PAC be redirected.

Clint Wadsworth
Royal Oak