Maryland to raise minimum legal sales age to 21

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Health applauds the Maryland General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan for passing legislation (House Bill 1169) increasing the age from 18 to 21 for the sales of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices (ESDs). Over the coming months, MDH will launch a statewide campaign to get the word out […]

Behavioral Health shares goals, growth

CAMBRIDGE — Representatives of Mid Shore Behavioral Health presented their annual report to the Dorchester County Council on May 7. Executive Director Katie Dilley and Behavioral Health Coordinator, crisis services, Brigitte Kealy shared information on the group’s growth, the need for their services, and their goals. “Our vision is a rural, behavioral health care delivery […]

New health care facility plans wins approval

EASTON — University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s plans for the delivery of state-of-the-art health care services in Dorchester County reached a milestone last week as regulatory approval from The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has been granted. On April 22, MHCC unanimously approved three Certificates of Exemption, which enable the UM Shore Medical Center […]

Task Force announces Chris Herren public event

CAMBRIDGE — Working in conjunction with the Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force and the George B. Todd Fund, Dorchester Goes Purple has scheduled Chris Herren to present to all High and Middle School students in Dorchester County in May of this year. Chris Herren is a former professional basketball player, a voice on the topic […]

Walbridge retires from UM Shore Regional Health

EASTON — Diane Walbridge, director, Acute Care and Emergency Services, Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton, recently retired from UM Shore Regional Health after more than 43 years of service in the organization’s Nursing and Patient Care Services. Senior leaders and scores of nurses, nursing assistants, techs, managers and team members from several departments […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month events noted

EASTON — For All Seasons, which is the only Rape Crisis Center on the Mid Shore, is holding several events in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence happens in all communities. The month-long awareness activities will include exhibits […]

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

CAMBRIDGE — Members of the Dorchester County Council issued a proclamation April 2, declaring April to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For All Seasons, Inc. Executive Director Beth Ann Langrall and Sexual Assault Advocate Roshonda Bolden received the proclamation. “The reality is, it’s here in our community,” Ms. Langrall said. For All Seasons is a […]

Yoga with horses (and a donkey)

submitted to dorchester banner Duncan the donkey is usually in the middle of everything and the Yoga with Horses event was no exception. Windy Way Horses owner Annie Trice also heads a non-profit therapy program, Courageous Hearts Horsemanship, that raises funds from special events, like yoga.

HURLOCK — Lots of people are practicing Yoga. But with horses? With a donkey? Angela Phillips Thomas recently taught Yoga in the barn at Windy Way Horses outside of Hurlock. Angela co-owns Overboard Paddle and Fitness LLC and teaches fitness classes. Her son rides in one of the programs Windy Way owner Annie Trice offers. […]

Kim Gibbons-Neff – A fitness wake-up call

Submitted to Dorchester Banner Kim Gibbons-Neff decided to challenge herself with a new fitness plan after recovering from an injury. She is seen with her husband Henner, sons Grayson and Hayden, and daughter Alden.

EASTON — One day last June, Kim Gibbons-Neff, a speech therapist at Easton Elementary School, along with a few other teachers, decided to jump into a freeze-tag-dodgeball type of game with their students. During the game, she was stunned by a pop in the back of her leg, immediate tightness, and then searing pain that […]

$100,000 pledge benefits Clark Comprehensive Breast Center

Shown in front of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center are from left: Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health; Brittany Krautheim, CRNP, breast care nurse practitioner; Mike Meoli, owner/operator, The Meoli Companies/McDonald’s®; Roberta Lilly, MD, medical director, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center; Graham Lee, vice president, Philanthropy, UM SRH; and Brian Leutner, vice president, Clinical and Ambulatory Services.

EASTON — The Meoli Companies/McDonald’s® and local owner/operator Mike Meoli recently pledged $100,000 to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to provide assistance to cancer patients receiving treatment at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health. Providing support to patients during their cancer journey is personal for Mr. Meoli as his wife of 24 […]