Message Wall: Neighbors sharing ideas and support

Submitted photo/Gill Net

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:

Stay up to date
It’s up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone should avoid large gatherings. Stay up to date with health guidelines from cdc.gov.
100+ mile walk
Jazz artist Linda Harris and six other women embarked on a journey to walk the Harriet Tubman Byway, from Church Creek, Maryland, to Kennett Square, Pa., on Saturday. “When I was 6, my father gave me a book about Harriet Tubman,” Ms. Harris said in a video about the upcoming walk. “The movie ‘Harriet’ from last year really got me going again about Harriet and how strong she was…That just impacted me, especially now with the social unrest. I think it’s something that I need to do. I want to walk with Harriet for social justice.”
She put out a call for other walkers to join her, and companions signed up. They began training in March.
They will begin at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (still temporarily closed because of the pandemic) and will walk 116 miles along portions of the Tubman Byway.
A singer and songwriter, Ms. Harris has performed worldwide and will also be performing during the Day of Resilience event.
Follow their journey on the We Walk with Harriet Facebook page.

“Rising Up” nominations
The Heart of Chesapeake Country Heritage Area and the Dorchester Business Resource Group are accepting nominations for their Rising Up Awards, initiated this year to celebrate the organizations and individuals who have helped to address the challenges of a deadly pandemic and societal unrest.
These special recognition awards honor the Dorchester County businesses, non-profit heritage organizations, and individuals who have responded to the upheaval of 2020 with innovation, creativity, and compassion.
Awards will be presented in a public, online ceremony in November. Nomination forms must be received electronically by Sept. 16.

Tranzfusion
Many have asked about our schedule. It is no secret that the Coronavirus has played havoc with our schedule this spring and summer. We have taken our webpage down, it is no longer accurate.
We are hoping that with Maryland now moving into Stage 3 and allowing indoor and outdoor live performances (with capacity restrictions) that we will be getting more opportunities to play for all of our fans very soon.
Stay in touch with all things Tranzfusion by following us on Facebook. Any and all public gigs we schedule for the future will be posted (as an event) on Facebook as soon as they are confirmed.
We certainly appreciate your support and hope to be playing on a regular bases at a venue near you soon. Thank you and stay tuned.

Choptank Community Health
Choptank Health has always had a cleaning and disinfection policy, and now we’re adding PPE and more to keep you safe during the COVID pandemic. We will continue performing rigorous disinfection of patient rooms between appointments. Make your appointment with us now, and we’ll help you see how healthy you can be, with more at choptankhealth.org.
Free food
Walking With Faith Food Pantry will hold a Food Giveaway Sept. 9, starting at 9:30 a.m. You must check in when arriving, please bring identification.
The event will take place at Walking With Faith Thrift Store on Williamsburg Church Road.

Caroline County Schools
At the Sept. 2 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Patty Saelens reviewed the details for bringing specific groups of students back into school buildings for synchronous learning (four days a week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) as outlined in the Recovery Plan, Phase 2. he shared the return date for each group:
Sept. 8: Students identified within special populations that require face-to-face instruction due to educational, social/emotional and/or behavioral needs
Sept. 14: Students identified as being without connectivity – These students will be provided a space in the building to enable participation in distance learning.
Sept. 21: Specified Career and Technology Education (CTE) program students

VFW Post 5246 Federalsburg
Our last pavilion party fundraiser for the VFW was such a success we decided to do another one. Hope to see you all there.
The Harvest Hoedown will take place Sept. 26 from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. There will be a bounce house, slip-n-slide, kids’ crafts and activities, kids’ and adult pinatas, s’mores station and more.
There will be a prize for the best dressed. There will be a $5 entry fee for adults. Children 15 and younger are free. DJ Roland from 5 p.m. to midnight.

Community Club of Preston
Happy September! To kick off our 2020-2021 year, our 97th year of service to the community, the Community Club of Preston will host a Fall Yard Sale and Craft Event at the James T. Wright Memorial Park on Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spaces are available for rent for $10, tables are not provided. For more information or to reserve a table, call 410-443-4767.
Hurlock improvements
We are still working to improve the Town of Hurlock! The Train Station roof is being repaired after years of water damage caused rotting to occur.
Along with the roof repairs, the exterior of the building will also receive a new coat of paint. The work is being done by Harper & Sons.
Grant funding was made available through the Maryland Heritage Areas up to $67,500 and the Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund for $22,000. Thank you to everyone involved in this project.