Message wall, Oct. 14, 2020

Submitted photo/Kyla Paige
Miss Outdoors 2020 Kyla Paige will continue her reign until the next National Outdoor Show is held in 2022.

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:
Miss Outdoors Kyla Paige
It is bittersweet that I will be continuing my reign as Miss Outdoors until we have our show again in February 2022🤩 But, that means no show this year 🙁
The committee decided that it was best to not hold a show this coming February due to the unpredictability of COVID-19 and we are more focused on helping our Louisiana Family get back on their feet after the devastation of Hurricane Laura in Cameron Parish. If you’d like to donate to our relief fund for Cameron Parish, message me!
I am proud to be the National Outdoor Show’s “Pandemic Queen”!

Dorchester Santa Toy Drive
A big thank you from the support of our local heroes at Church Creek Volunteer Fire Company for making a very generous donation to the Dorchester Santa Toy Drive on Oct. 7. Thanks for working with us to make Christmas extra special in Dorchester County this holiday season. With the absence of our local Christmas parade this year, the team wanted to do something special for our community! God Bless…Ho Ho Ho.

Dorchester County YMCA
The Robbins Family YMCA is here to help. Need Monday Care? Check out our new Monday Funday all day care. Still in need of all day care? The Y Academy is still running M-F. Financial Aid is available. Contact Jenifer Lehn at or call 410.221.0505 for more information.

Secretary VFC
Trunk Or Treat from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 31 and then join us for, “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!” We ask all cars to park in the grass lot behind the fire house. Social distancing guideline will be followed for parking. We will have masks if you need them. This is an outdoor-only event.
RFC Train Garden
The RFC community train garden will be operating the 2020 season on a limited and modified schedule. We will also be offering a 2020 commemorative limited edition train car. More details will follow as we put our schedule together. Thank you as always for your support.
Vienna will have trick or treating this year from 5 to 7 p.m. No community center costume event this year.

Masks on Maryland
Governor Larry Hogan on Oct. 8 announced the launch of the #MasksOnMaryland Challenge in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). To support Maryland’s ongoing health and economic recovery, Governor Hogan is challenging all citizens, communities, local organizations, and businesses to participate by posting a picture or video of themselves wearing a mask to social media with the hashtag #MasksOnMaryland.

“Wearing a mask is the best way to keep ourselves and our families safe, and to keep Maryland open for business,” said Governor Hogan. “I wear my mask for my three daughters and four grandchildren. We are all in this together, and I invite Marylanders to join me in sharing their reasons for wearing a mask.”
Dozens of Hogan administration officials—including cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, and executive directors—have accepted the challenge and shared their photos for a new kickoff video.
Maryland has confirmed 130,000 cases of COVID-19 and has conducted more than 2.8 million COVID-19 tests.
To learn more about COVID-19 in Maryland, visit

Elks Trunk or Treat
Cambridge Elks Lodge #1272 is planning a trunk or treat this year. What a safe and fun way, for our children to still celebrate and not lose something else this year. We are asking for donations of candy, but we would love to have you decorate your trunk and/or yourself, and pass your candy out.
Who’s interested? “Down the lane,” 3-5 p.m., Oct. 31. Dress up, or not. Decorate your trunk, or not, we would still love your help.

Public Library
The Cambridge Library is now accepting appointments for computer use, printing, making copies, and using the fax machine. Appointment times will be a maximum of 45 minutes to allow for thorough cleaning between patrons. A maximum of five patrons will be allowed in the building at one time. Patrons are required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while in the building.
For more information, questions about accommodations, or to schedule an appointment, call (410) 228-7331.
The Hurlock Library will continue to provide solely Library to Go services at this time.

Cambridge ballots
As of Oct. 5, the total number of mail-in ballots received for the city election is 1,452. In 2016, we had a total of 915 ballots cast for that city election.
Make sure you get your city ballot mailed ASAP, if you haven’t already dropped it off at the Cambridge post office on High Street. It must be received by election day on Oct. 17.
In-person voting will take place on Oct. 17 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at Chesapeake College, 418 Race St. Social distancing and masks required.

No ballots will be accepted at City Hall. Please do not drop ballots off there.
Also, please do not mistakenly drop your city ballot in the county drop box for the presidential election. If you have any questions, call the city election hotline at 410-228-8970 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Health Connection
Maryland Health Connection has extended the Covid-19 Special Enrollment Period through Dec. 15, 2020. If you currently do not have health insurance, you may be eligible to apply now.
Visit or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. When enrolling, consumers should request or select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.” Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing may use Relay.