Neighbors sharing ideas, help 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:

Ag Photo Contest
Hosted by the Dorchester Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Cash Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd for each contest and each age group.
Contestants may enter more than one of three categories.
Photo
Age Group: Adult Only (18 to 100)
Photo of Agriculture/Farming in Dorchester County. In only 20 words, describe why agriculture is essential.
Email the following information with your attached photo entry: Name, address, birth date and year, phone number.
Poster
Age Groups: K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th
Communicate on Poster: Why Farming/Agriculture is Considered Essential in these Pandemic Times
Size: 11×14 inches only, no copywrited characters may be used, can only use up to 10 words on poster.
Email the following information with your attached poster entry: Name, address, birth date and year, phone number. Do not include any identifying information on your entry or your entry will be disqualified.
Essay
Age Groups: 3rd-5th (50-100 words), 6th-8th (100-300 words), 9th-12th (400-500 words)
Subject: Why Farming/Agriculture is considered essential.
Email the following information with your attached essay entry: Name, address, birth date and year, phone number. Do not include any identifying information in your entry or your entry will be disqualified.
Deadline is Sept. 15. Email Entries to abrownv23@gmail.com. All participants will be contacted. Winning entries will be shown on the Dorchester Farm Bureau and Maryland Farm Bureau Facebook and Webpages.

Town of Federalsburg
We need you! The 2020 Census deadline has been changed to Sept. 30. It is very easy and super quick!
Every person counted in the Census means money for our schools, the Town of Federalsburg, and Caroline County.
We are currently sitting at a 56% response rate and our goal is 85%. We can do this! Please complete the Census if you have not yet done so.
English https://2020census.gov/en.html
Español https://2020census.gov/es.html
Kreyòl Ayisyen https://2020census.gov/ht.html

Attorney General Frosh
Pandemic-related pyramid schemes have different themes but they are all still illegal.
Don’t fall victim and don’t buy into them. If you get a solicitation for one of these, contact my office, at 410-576-6300.
Dorchester Public Schools
Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week runs through Aug. 15. During this time, there will be no 6% sales tax due on most clothing and footwear items with an individual price below $100.
Examples include sweaters, shirts, slacks, jeans, dresses, robes, underwear, belts, shoes, and boots. Plus, the first $40 of any backpack or bookbag purchase will also be tax-free. It’s a great time to hit the stores!

Oxford rewarded
Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (R-1) announced that the Town of Oxford has been named a Class 7 community in the Community Rating System (CRS) administered by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
According to FEMA, “Residents living in the Special Flood Hazard area in CRS Class 7 communities will receive a 15 percent discount on NFIP premiums. The greater the investment in reducing flood risk, the greater the insurance savings through the CRS program. As communities move between classes, they implement flood reduction measures and save more on insurance.”
Rep. Andy Harris made the following statement:
“I applaud this special designation of the Town of Oxford by FEMA. The town’s efforts to reduce flood risk have been recognized, which will in turn lead to lower costs and more savings for the residents who hold FEMA flood insurance policies. This is a win-win, as it will further incentivize efforts to reduce flood risk and lower costs to families in our local community.”

Shore Regional Health
Did you know that MyPortfolio is one of the best tools you can use to keep up with your health during COVID? Schedule an appointment with your provider (telemedicine appointments available in most instances), request a medication refill and get your test results, all from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Questions about how to get started with MyPortfolio? Please call our support center at 844-281-8667 or email myportfoliosupport@umm.edu. For more information, visit umms.org/shore/patient-portal.

DoCo Public Schools
Help us prepare for the new school year! As we will begin the year with virtual learning, we need to make sure we can support our families and the first step is identifying the technology needs of each student.
Please complete a brief questionnaire once for each student in your household by Aug. 14. This information will allow us to better prepare for the start of the school year and address student needs. You’ll find the questionnaire at: forms.gle/TrrwduvJZVF88u7TA. Thanks for your support!

Train Garden
The 86th Annual RFC Train Garden, Hosted by Cambridge Rescue Fire Company, is scheduled for Dec. 1-31 at 307 Gay St.
This year’s theme, Harvesters at the Holidays, pays tribute to the farmers and watermen that have called Dorchester County home for three and a half centuries.
The Train Garden features miniature towns, cities, farms, forests, factories and highways, all decked out in holiday revelry, and crisscrossed by model trains
The display portrays both the familiar and the fanciful, with fun, humorous vignettes sprinkled into the display to add to the memories.
Dormaim Green
Mental health issues related to the pandemic are especially hard for people with depression. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has a helpline: 800-950-6264.