April 9 Message Wall: Sharing ideas and support

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Gillnet
Neighbors are posting notes on social media, sending flyers and emails, all trying to spread news of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 situation.

CAMBRIDGE — As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop, local groups are reaching out to spread the word about changes to their events and schedules. It remains a good idea to check on the status of goods and services before leaving home.
The Banner will continue to post updated lists of announcements through the week.

The Board of the Nanticoke Historic Preservation Alliance has made the difficult decision to cancel the April 25 Chicone Village Day at Handsell. “We will put all our efforts into the continued restoration and plans for opening for Summer Saturdays and the Oct. 10 Nanticoke River Jamboree,” a statement from the alliance said on April 7. “Stay safe, be well.” Visit www.restorehandsell.org

Testing site
Dorchester County Health Department proudly supports the Alternate COVID-19 Testing Site at Chesapeake College. This drive-through testing site was set up at Chesapeake College to relieve the local emergency rooms with testing of COVID-19 on March 20. The site is open Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This site will be closed on April 10 and reopen again April 13.
This site is not a drop-in site and you must be referred to be tested by your primary care physician.

Senior calls
Maryland senior citizens can sign up for a free daily telephone check-in by calling, “1-866-50-Check” (1-866-502-4325) or visit bit.ly/MDSrCallCheck. Register now. Tell your loved ones and help them get signed up for this valuable resource.

Shore Regional Health
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises in Maryland, our health care workers stand on the front lines. The need for support has reached a new level of urgency. “Make a donation or find out what you can do to help our patients, our workforce and our communities during this trying time by visiting umshoreregional.org/covidhelp,” a statement from Shore Health said on Tuesday.

Md. Department of Health
Children react to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers remain calm and confident, they can provide the best support for children. Take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 outbreak.
For more ways to support your child, visit: https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/…/FAQ_covid19_Maintaining_…

UM Extension – Dorchester
While our office may not be open, we are still working hard to meet the needs of our community. If you need to contact either of our staff members via email, please see the contact information below.
•Robert Baldwin – Area Extension Director – rbs@umd.edu
•Missy Tucker – 4-H Agent Associate – metucker@umd.edu
•Lisa McKenna – 4-H Prog Assistant – lmckenn1@umd.edu
•Emily Zobel – Agriculture Agent Associate- ezobel@umd.edu
•Jose Prieto – Nutrient Management – jprietof@umd.edu
•Jen Dindinger – Sea Grant and Water Shed Restoration
Specialist – jdinding@umd.edu
•Nathan Bratko – FSNE – nbratko@umd.edu
•Lisa Trice – Administration – ltrice@umd.edu
•Angela Preston – Administration – apresto2@umd.edu

Easter Service
On Easter morning, Immanuel United Church of Christ will hold an in-car worship service on our parking lot and we will celebrate the sacrament of communion. Worship will begin at 10 a.m. and we will abide by directives issued by the Health Department.
This includes everyone, except the pastor and a couple of worship leaders must remain in their cars, there will be nothing handed to or collected directly from people in their cars, and because individual, prepackaged communion elements are on backorder, we are asking everyone to bring their communion elements (grape juice and bread). Remember open containers of wine/alcohol are not allowed in cars.
We have joyfully been meeting and worshipping via a ZOOM meeting for the last few weeks and will continue to so on Easter Morning, Wednesday nights, and on Good Friday. We are not publishing our ZOOM links on our website or Social Media, but would be very pleased to privately send you a link to any of our worship services, which can be accessed through the internet with all of its bells and whistles or like a conference call on a simple, non-smart, regular phone.
Please contact us at 410-228-4640 or info@immanuelucc.com for an invite to worship or if you have any questions about “connecting” with us! We are also making an effort to share up to date information about our worship services on our website www.immanuelucc.com. Remember, the inside of our churches may be empty on Easter morning, but so was Christ’s tomb!
May we praise and serve Christ in all that we do and say. Peace and health be with you and your family.

Homeowners’ info
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has provided a resource guide for homeowners who may have trouble paying their mortgage due to the #COVID19 public health emergency. For more information, visit www.dhcd.maryland.gov.

COVID-19 Rumor Control
Page empowers Marylanders to call out false information, promote facts. Visit: bit.ly/Md-Covid19-Rumors

Maple Elementary
Families, all packets have been mailed ✉at this time and you should be receiving them soon. These packets were designed to provide your child work for two weeks. Also, during this closure, our teachers’ office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9–11:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 1–3:30 p.m. You should expect to hear from your child’s teacher each week. In order to protect their privacy, teachers will be contacting you in a variety of formats including blocked numbers, private numbers, or from phone numbers other than Maple Elementary School. In addition to phone calls from your child’s teacher, you can also continue to use Class Dojo, email staff, or contact the school and leave a message at 410-228-8577 for someone to return your call.
Also, please continue to check our school’s Facebook page for updates! We look forward to talking with you soon! Please take care, stay healthy, and keep in touch!
Rachel Wise

Town of Secretary
In this time of uncertainty, we are taking every precaution and following protocols set by the CDC. We will continue to monitor the situation and will make any necessary changes to continue to keep our employees, and towns people safe. All parks closed until TBD. Please call ahead to town hall (410-943-3113)for any business needed, as the doors will be locked until TBD.
All transactions will be done thru mail,email or the door mail slot. No cash can be accepted at this time. Please have check or money order for all payments to town including water bills. All packages are to be left at the door.

New business tool
Wondering which programs your business can apply for? There are several relief programs designed to help combat the negative effects from COVID-19.
A Relief Wizard has been established to provide an easy to use tool to navigate these programs. If you answer the questions, the relief wizard will point you to the programs you are eligible for, based on your answers. https://dev-relief-wizard.pantheonsite.io/

Warning from police
I would like to take this opportunity to alert my friends on Facebook to please be aware of some of the Facebook posts you comment on especially now while the world seems to be at a standstill. These posts ask questions such as, “What was your favorite teacher’s name? Who was your 1st grade teacher? Who was your childhood best friend? What was your first car?” etc.
Do these questions sound familiar? They should. These are the same questions you are asked as security questions when setting up bank accounts and credit card accounts.
When answering these questions and posting them, you are giving out answers to your security questions that you may be using without realizing it. Hackers are setting these up as a “get to know each other better” game on Facebook. This is why they may ask about your 2,500th picture, as some of you may or may not know, your pictures may have geolocation turned on so people will know exactly where you took that picture.
They can then build a profile of you and use this information to hack your accounts or open up new lines of credit in your name. Not all of these on Facebook are scams.
Also make sure to check your photos published to Facebook as they too can have identifiable information. An example would be a picture of your college degree or your kid’s degree.
Look at it from the perspective of a criminal, they’re ruthless and don’t care what’s going on in the world. Thanks and stay safe.

Boy Scouts, Del-Mar-Va Council
During the months of April and May, there will be Council-wide Roundtables vs each district planning and hosting individual ones. There is a Roundtable for Scouts BSA Troops, Crews, and Ships on Monday night.
This is the registration for the Scouts BSA Troops, Crews, and Ships Roundtable. All leaders and parents are invited. Please share the registration link below with your Unit leadership and parents. www.dalecarnegie.webex.com

United Way
The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore offers lots of valuable information on where to get help, and how to help your community, during the COVI-19 outbreak. Visit the UWLES’s COVID-19 Resources and Live United Response Fund page at www.uwles.org/COVID19.

Shore Health
We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of community support during these uncertain times. Thank you to the following businesses and individuals who have donated supplies such as face masks, N95s, gloves and more, as well as those who have donated meals for our staff.
We are also deeply grateful to Dr. Michael Fisher, who has generously donated his time collecting supplies from scores of local dentists’ offices and other practices. If you wish to make a donation of any kind, please visit umshoreregional.org/covidgiving.
Bob Atwater, Polly Barndollar, Bayside Quilting Guild, Bayer Crop Science – Monsanto, Bennett Seed and Feed, Bullock Construction, Bob Fox, Cambridge International, Harry Cartwright and Debbie Thomas, Chestertown River Soaperie, Nancy Carns, Richard P. Covell, Kay Crofoot, Jayne Dickinson, Sarah Doelp, Eastern Shore Endoscopy, Face Mask Challenge – Kent County, Patricia Gorman Associates, LLC, Interior Design, Robert Fox, Kathy Guy, Cheryl Hoopes-Kent County Face Mask Challenge Founder, Jane Hukill, Harbor Dental Center, Herb Gorin, DDS, High Street Veterinarian, Chestertown, Cliff Jackson, LaToya Jackson, Jeff’s Body Shop, BL Hauling and Creating Images, LLC, KRM Development, Joe and Bonnie Masslofsky, Bill MacDonald, William McDonald, Mid-Shore Surgical Eye Center, Occasions Catering, Dave Perry, Paul and Joanne Prager, Roger Orsini, MD, Running W Kennel and Farm, Margaret Quimby, DDS, Stan Salett
SiteOne Landscape Supply, Terry Tester, Anne Lee Thomas, Town and Country Roofing, Jim Twohy, Glenn and Diana Wilson
Anchor and Plow Restaurant, Anonymous donation of Luisa’s Cucina Italian, Art and Elinor Cecil, 4 Sisters Kabob and Curry, 98 Cannon Riverfront Grille
Bagery, Missy McGinnis-Rhodes, Biannca Russo, Laura Callaghan, Blue Heron Catering, Bombay Tadka, Car Pool Car Wash, Chester River Seafood, Chick-Fil-A, Colosseum Pizza-Centreville, Commerce Street Creamery Café Bistro, Doc’s Downtown Grille, Domino’s Pizza-Chestertown, Donors via Doc’s Downtown Grill, Dukes Moore Insurance, Elle Belle Events-Sarah Postles, Girl Scouts of Talbot County, Unit 4, Gootee’s Marine, JJ’s Deli, Justin Wade, MD, Luisa’s Cucina Italiana, Lori Bramble Maloney, Matthewstown Run Neighborhood, McDonalds, Michael Griffith Family, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, Papa Johns, Pastor Dave Patterson and the New Freedom Church, Portside Seafood Restaurant, Rob Kramer Welding and R.E.K. Firearms, Rusticana Pizza, Simmons Center Market, Starbucks Coffee, Susan Farrell Armitage, Susan Schaeffer, Talbot County Emergency Services, Teiman Family, The Kitchen, Tidewater Inn, Turnbridge Talbot, Twinny’s Place, Warriors Standing Strong and WaWa

Talbot Co. Emergency Services
Support local restaurants by sending meals to the nurses, paramedics and police officers on the front line fighting COVID-19 https://feedthefront-mes.org/feed-talbot

Is someone in your home sick with COVID-19? Do not clean the area around them unless it is soiled. In the rest of the home, clean surfaces and objects using soap and water, then disinfect surfaces and things you touch often (phones, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, handles) with:
• Household disinfectant spray or wipe
• Diluted household bleach solution – make sure it is not expired
• Your own bleach solution – mixture of 1/3rd cup bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
• Alcohol solution with at least 70% alcohol
Visit https://bit.ly/2RiCLD1

North Dorchester Middle School
Create a time capsule! This is a time that will be marked down in history forever. You will want to remember what you did and what happened during this time. Collect activities you have done during this time and write descriptions as to what you did and why.
It may not seem important right now, but you will want to be able to look back on this time and have your own little history to reflect on. You are making history right now. Find an empty paper towel roll, box or tissue box and decorate it with memes, pictures or words.

Dorchester County 4-H
The Fair Board was made aware of a rumor that the Caroline/Dorchester County Fair has been cancelled. This is not true. We are still planning to hold the Fair from Aug. 5-8 and if anything changes we will let you know.

Talbot County Sheriff
We have had a influx of child exploitation cases in the last few weeks. Please take a moment and educate yourself on what social media apps your child/children have. Offenders are going onto social media apps (Snapchat, Facebook, TicTok, Instagram) and friend requesting children. Once the friendship is made they begin to build trust with the children. They will then begin to asking for more personal information, inappropriate photographs and may even ask to meet in person. Visit https://www.fbi.gov

Motor Vehicle Administration
Reminder: All expired and soon to be expired vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, ID cards, and permits have extended expiration dates until the thirtieth day after the state of emergency has been lifted.

Helpful Coronavirus links

Maryland Department of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage

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