Message wall: Neighbors sharing ideas, help and support

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CAMBRIDGE — As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to develop, local groups are reaching out to spread the word about their events and schedules. It remains a good idea to check on the status of goods and services before leaving home.
The Banner compiled a list of announcements over the previous week, which follows:

Raffle for Cameron
To benefit Cameron Parish, Louisiana and surrounding areas devastated by Hurricane Laura, a
sterling silver Dorchester County bracelet with 17 charms will be raffled. The National Outdoor Show is sponsoring the raffle and other efforts to send aid to friends affected by the storm.
To purchase tickets, contact Debbie Spicer 443-521-2212, Chuckie Hayward 443-521-0630, Lori Huber 443-521-0422, Dakota Abbott 443-521-9594 or Buddy Oberender 410-397-8835.
Tickets also available at Thomas’s Fine Jewelry and the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce
Drawing date: When tickets are all sold. All proceeds to be used for sheds, tarps, building materials and supplies.
Harriet’s home
Let’s bring Harriet home! Join Alpha Genesis CDC Sept. 26, at noon, in front of the visiting Harriet Tubman statue at the Circuit Courthouse for a community grassroots conversation on commissioning our very own statue. Bring a lawn chair and your lunch.
Please register for your free ticket at
For more info, visit

Suicide Prevention
From North Dorchester High School School Social Worker:
September is National Suicide Prevention month. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third-leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. Talking about suicide does not increase the chance of a suicide attempt. Instead, it provides the opportunity for communication and encourages one to talk about how they are feeling. Here is a video that will help you understand warning signs, what to say, and how to keep your child safe.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline-1-800-273-8255
Sante Mobile Crisis (Eastern Shore)-1-888-407-8018
In case of an emergency, always call 911.
If you are looking for a mental health provider for your student, reach out to School Social Worker, Ms. Fuchs at 410-943-4511 ext. 1518.
Harriett’s House Inc.
Are you cleaning out your closet to get ready for fall? We are looking for high quality, name brand, designer items to be donated for an online store. All proceeds from sales will go back to Harriett’s House. Please let us know what you would like to donate!, 443-786-1843
Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians
A message from the Chief
Aho! All,
I hope everyone is healthy and doing well. I am still trying to find a way to navigate through these unparalleled times. I am a bit tired of hearing the word “unprecedented;” unprecedented times, unprecedented election, unprecedented storm season, unprecedented stock market, unprecedented school year, unprecedented , unprecedented, unprecedented. Google says there are 30 synonyms for the word unprecedented. My word for the day is unparalleled; I’m going with that.
These are unparalleled times. People have lost their lives and livelihoods. The NWBI and I pray for these people and their families every day. I do not know of anyone who has not been affected by COVID-19 in some way.
Before COVID-19, families were already struggling with finances, alcoholism, health, drug addictions and many forms of abuse. Everyone has struggles of some kind. Through it all, those people who have managed to remain employed have become our frontline workers: our heroes, for which I thank you for your services and sacrifices. At the end of the day, employed or not, all of us have struggles to overcome, homes to keep, families to take care of, yards to maintain and dogs to walk.
With that said, some of you may not realize that maintaining the workings of the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians is all done by volunteers. Yes! Strictly volunteers. No one gets paid.
We all are volunteering our time, and oftentimes, money and material items to maintain the tribe. Our Facebook page is maintained by a volunteer, who happens to be planning his upcoming nuptials.
The grounds of the Long House are maintained by a volunteer, who happens to have health struggles. There are documents that need to be updated, filed and renewed every year with the government. That too is done by a volunteer.
I kindly, respectfully ask you to be patient with us when it comes to your requests. I realize it can be frustrating, but if someone doesn’t get back to you right away, just please be patient. Thank you for your cooperation.
Blessings to you all. Stay healthy and safe. Pleasant journeys,
Chief Wolf Mother

Hispanic American Heritage
The Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture at Salisbury University and SU Libraries are proud to celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month with our newest pop-up online exhibit: “Migrant Hispanic Workers in Maryland’s Seafood Industry.”
Since the mid-1980s, the crab and oyster industry has relied upon Hispanic migrant workers to do the grueling job of picking crabs and shucking oysters. Many of these men and women come from Mexico to work on H2-B visas.
They leave their homes and families, facing uncertainty, in search of employment they can’t find in their home country. With this exhibit, which features an incredible oral history from crab pickers in Crisfield, we honor the men and women who contribute their labor to the seafood industry in Maryland.
Check out the exhibit at
Tourism Department
If this were a normal year, Dorchester County would be a beehive of activity this week for the IRONMAN Maryland triathlon. But it’s not a normal year. Since COVID-19 canceled the triathlon for 2020, we just want to say we’re thinking of all the triathletes that were hoping to be here and all the volunteers and others who would have been welcoming them here and lending a helping hand. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2021.
NOTE: Some triathletes may be in town to do some swimming, cycling, and/or running this weekend on their own, so please drive carefully.
Dorchester County is only doing average on self reporting census. Please fill out your form now. We have until Sept. 30. After that someone will visit your home to make sure everyone has an opportunity. I think it’s maybe $600 billion in funding in the US stems from the census. Do we want schools, roads and good healthcare that isn’t decrepit? Do we want broadband in all of Dorchester? The census is how those improvements take place.

Litter Pickup at BNWR
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge will hold the annual Litter Pickup in celebration of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Trash will be collected from the roads around Blackwater NWR, beginning at the Blackwater Visitor Center, located on Key Wallace Drive.
Snacks and drinks will be supplied by the Friends of Blackwater for everyone who comes. In addition, the first 30 people who register for this event will receive an appreciation gift.
Individuals and groups of all ages are invited, and low-traffic litter areas will be set aside for those with young children. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and wear brightly colored clothes for working along the roads. If you, your family, or your organization is interested in registering for the Litter Pickup, call 410-221-8157.

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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