Message Wall: Neighbors sharing help, ideas and support

Submitted photo/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.

Dorchester Banner
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:

Welcome to Dorchester County
Whether you live in Dorchester County, Maryland or you’re planning to visit, here are some tips to have a safe and fun time here in the Heart of the Chesapeake. The Dorchester Visitor Center is now open to the public (daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) You can also reach out to us at or 410-228-1000, or follow the latest on our I Love Dorchester County Facebook page or on our Instagram feed. Dorchester County is carefully re-opening, with our lodging, restaurants, shops, and more taking special care to ensure the safety of their guests.
Facebook member
Beware! Yesterday morning around 4 a.m., I received an alert about a transaction on my account. I go into my account and noticed $1,000 withdrawal to a PayPal account. I felt sick. Waiting for 9 am. .was the longest wait. I disputed the transaction with my bank and PayPal. Thanks be to God, it will be refunded. I was told to review my profile and I noticed two phone numbers I didn’t recognize. I deleted and was told to change my password. I also noticed my account was switched from personal to business. I was sick to my stomach, but glad it will be refunded.

Emergency grants
The Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services has released its Notice of Funding Availability for the $10 million Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. This grant opportunity supports law enforcement, youth services, and victim services, as providers navigate the impact of #COVID19 pandemic. More information is available at

Wild Goose Chase canceled
The Wild Goose Chase, a bicycle weekend for women, this event has been cancelled for 2020 because of COVID-19. The event, based in Cambridge, was originally scheduled for Sept. 12.
Crabtoberfest canceled
This event, originally scheduled for Sept. 26 in Cambridge, has been canceled for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Special enrollment
Coronavirus emergency extends special enrollment period until Dec. 15. As part of the state’s overall response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to prioritize health and safety, Maryland Health Connection opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders.
To enroll, visit or download the free “Enroll MHC”. Assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572
Welcome to Hurlock Md.
September is Opioid Awareness Month in Dorchester County. Please show your support by lighting a purple colored light on your residence, tying a purple colored ribbon to a tree or mailbox post, or by any other means, for those who are in need of treatment, their friends and family as this affects all of us. Thank you.

Federalsburg Elementary
Our Falcons are getting a wing up with Preston Automotive Group. They donated 100 backpacks today complete with school supplies to help our falcons soar. We are truly thankful for the Preston Automotive Group as we prepare to distribute Technology and instructional materials to our students next week. Look in the mail for homeroom assignments with distribution dates enclosed.

Family movie night in Preston
It’s time to enjoy the summer with the Y! Come and join us Sept. 12 from 6:30-9 p.m. for a fun-filled night under the stars, hosted by the Caroline County Family YMCA. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy time with family watching a family friendly movie (Aladdin). Concessions will be available that night for purchase.
North Dor. Middle School
Computer distribution — If you did not receive a computer on Aug. 26, we will be planning a round two. I know some came expecting a computer, but we have another round.
Neck District VFD
We have had many calls and questions about the Annual Crab Cake & Ham Dinner. The number-one answer is that, yes we will be having it on Sept. 13 at noon.
This has traditionally been a Neck District social event disguised as a fundraiser for the firehouse. With the obvious COVID disruptions and the manner in which we would have to serve food (no buffet or family style service) we have decided that it be best to go with the flow and have carry out/drive thru service.
Please pre order by Sept. 4.

Habitat for Humanity
We will be adjusting our ReStore hours for the month of September. The new store hours will be Tuesday–Saturday 12–5 p.m.
As a reminder, we are requiring that everyone wear masks and practice social distancing while at the ReStore and restrooms are closed to all customers and the general public. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We hope to see you at the Habitat Choptank ReStore soon.

Public Library
Need something printed? We can help! While we are not yet open to the public, we can assist with your printing needs.
Email your documents to your local branch at (Cambridge) or (Hurlock) and be sure to include your full name and a phone number for us to reach you in the body of the email. Once we have received it, a staff member will call you to schedule a date and time to pick up your prints. Prints are limited to ten pages per patron, as there is currently no charge for printing. Please allow up to 24 hours for your request to be processed.
Call the Hurlock Library at 410-943-4331, the Cambridge Library 410-228-7331, or visitt