We are pleased to announce that Wicomico County Recreation and Parks has made us very proud by receiving three awards from the Maryland Recreation & Parks Association. They earned awards for Best Activity Guide, Best Program Flyer and Best Website in our division. Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations Vanessa Junkin accepted the marketing department’s awards at the Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore recently.
Wicomico County Recreation and Parks continually promotes tourism by the many events that are hosted by the Wicomico Rec. and Parks annually. They are an economic engine for tourism and for the hotels and restaurants and businesses.
We want to thank Steve Miller and his team for a job very well done. Congratulations!
On January 1, 2018, a nor’easter was predicted to hit the lower Eastern Shore but not be significant. Unfortunately, as conditions changed, it became a true blizzard for our area. Wicomico County was one of the hardest hit counties in Maryland due to its location just a little inward from the coast.
As the week progressed so did the forecast for total snow accumulation as well as the call for extremely high winds. On Wednesday January 8th, the prediction was increased to blizzard-level conditions. It became necessary on Wednesday night for me to declare a State of Emergency for Wicomico County. Later, Governor Hogan declared a State of Emergency for all the Lower Shore Counties.
The amount of snow and winds hampered the total clearing of many roads but the Public Works Department, led by the Roads Division, has done a superb job under difficult conditions and challenges. The dry snow, combined with the strong wind gusts, created snow drifts and frequently covered the recently plowed roads. Under the circumstances, the crews were successful with making every road reasonably passable and continued regularly to restore access after wind gusts caused drifts.
I want to thank all of the men and women who worked diligently during the last several days. This storm could have been a killer storm except for the good work of many. Emergency Services was manned around the clock while under the State of Emergency. The Roads and Solid Waste employees of Public Works were amazing while working endless hours in horrible conditions. I would like to acknowledge the Sheriff and his deputies for rescuing stuck vehicles and people who became stranded and were walking while the wind-chill was in single digits. The airport personnel worked persistently to minimize travel disruptions along with Parks and Recreation staff who assisted. At the same time they were responsible for their facilities. General Services has spent hours clearing parking lots, walkways and entrances of county office buildings to help keep everyone safe. Realizing last week was also payroll week, I want to recognize the commitment of the Human Resources and Finance personnel and other employees who worked diligently guaranteeing the County functioned as it should.
I want to express my appreciation to Councilman Joe Holloway who called and offered to drive a snow plow and did so for a couple days. Councilman Ernie Davis was also out clearing areas and I’m thankful of his efforts. Without being requested, many local farmers risked their equipment to be helpful as did many citizens. I appreciate their hard work. I am grateful that Governor Larry Hogan, with his busy schedule, took the time to visit the Lower Shore stopping by the State Roads office in Salisbury.
It is because of the cooperation from all employees and the community that we have survived this blizzard as well as we did. I am truly grateful to everyone for their support during the Blizzard of 2018.
Rotary awards 3 Point Initiative Grant funding to nine local nonprofits
SALISBURY, Md. – The Rotary Club of Salisbury recognized nine local nonprofits as the grantees of more than $34,000 during the Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament on Friday, Dec. 29.
The Rotary Club of Salisbury is a partner with Wicomico County for the annual Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament, which is sponsored by The Bank of Delmarva.
The 2017 3 Point Initiative Grant recipients are Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library at the United Way, the Epoch Dream Center, the 1 Year to Empowerment program, the Salisbury Art Space, Main Street Gym, Horizons Salisbury, The Salvation Army Youth Club, Prince Street Elementary School and the Fruitland Community Center.
“They, like us, have a vested interest in building a better and strong community through programs that champion the tenets of our 3 Point Initiative: Responsibility, Integrity and Academic Achievement,” said Kurt Schuster, president of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, of the grant recipients.
Funds for the 3 Point Initiative grant were raised through the Rotary Club of Salisbury’s work in procuring sponsors for the tournament. The Donnie Williams Foundation offered to match those funds dollar for dollar, as it did in 2016.
The Rotary Club raised $7,237.50, which doubled with the match from the Donnie Williams Foundation to $14,475. With an additional $5,000 from the Richard A. Henson Foundation and a $15,000 match from the Richard and Patricia Hazel Charitable Fund, the total going to local nonprofits is $34,475.
The presentation to the nonprofits was made on one of the basketball courts at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center before the start of the evening’s M&T Bank Three Point Contest, Skills Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest.
The 37th annual Governor’s Challenge concluded Saturday, Dec. 30.
Annually, The Rotary Club of Salisbury channels over $65,000 back into our community through the support of agencies and causes including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, scholarships for local high school and college students, Fruitland Fire Department, Christian Shelter, Wicomico County third grade dictionaries, RYLA, Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, MAC, Inc., Meals on Wheels, Parsons Home, Polio Eradication (Global), Fruitland Community Center, HALO, Wicomico County Library, The Salvation Army, Mission of Mercy, the construction of wheelchair ramps and much more.
The Rotary Club of Salisbury meets every Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Rotary Scout and Community Center at 1715 Riverside Drive in Salisbury. To learn more about the Rotary Club of Salisbury or to obtain membership information, please contact Membership Chairman John Aukward at 410-713-2833 or email@example.com or visit the club’s website at www.rotarysalisbury.org.
Photo Caption: The Rotary Club of Salisbury announced the recipients of the 3 Point Initiative Grant funding on Dec. 29 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center during the Governor’s Challenge basketball tournament, sponsored by The Bank of Delmarva. In the back row, from left to right, are Carl Cottingham (The Bank of Delmarva), Jason Miller (Prince Street Elementary School), Mark Granger (Donnie Williams Foundation), Alison Grice (Salisbury Art Space), Lennart Elmlund (Salisbury Art Space), Allison Merriken (Epoch Dream Center), Samantha Scott (1 Year to Empowerment), Konstantin Maslenikov (The Salvation Army), Dan Williams (Rotary Club of Salisbury) and Terry Greenwood (Rotary Club of Salisbury). In the front row, from left to right, are Roger Follebout (Rotary Club of Salisbury), Hal Chernoff (Main Street Gym), Kurt Schuster (Rotary Club of Salisbury), Kathleen Momme (United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore), Alexis Dashield (Fruitland Community Center) and Teresa McCain (Horizons Salisbury).
2017 was a special year of celebration and accomplishment for Wicomico County. Opportunities to communicate our achievements are normally few and far between. I would like to take a moment to highlight the abundant accomplishments that have taken place in my first three years in office. Even more exciting are the numerous accomplishments coming in the years to come.
At 150 years old, our County continues to maintain its strong fiscal standing, sound governance, and improved quality of life for its citizens. We have a lot to be proud of. In my third year as your County Executive, I am ever more optimistic that 2018 will be even better. We’re not done yet!
To read the full 2017 State of the County annual report: Annual report 2017 Final
County Sells Bonds To Finance Several Major Projects
Credit Rating Agencies Deem County Finances and Management Strong
Wicomico County has sold $8.985 million in general obligation bonds to finance several major projects in the county. The bonds carry a true interest cost of 2.56% County Executive Bob Culver reported this week. The County’s issue drew a strong market response of 8 bidders, which is indicative of the attractiveness of its bonds.
“We met with all three credit rating agencies in New York in October and updated them on the positive financial outlook for our county,” Culver said. “All three ratings agencies spoke highly of the county’s strong management team and their continued confidence in our conservative fiscal practices.”
The County earned an AA+ rating from S&P Global Ratings; an AA rating from Fitch Ratings, and an Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service.
A significant portion of the bond money will be spent on projects for the Wicomico County Board of Education. That includes $4,228,000 million for West Salisbury Elementary School; $1,005,000 for projects at East Salisbury School; $400,000 for Mardela Middle / High School Track; $825,000 for
Beaver Run Renovation or Replacement; and $1,650,000 for Delmar Middle School Systemic Renovation.
Other projects include $1 million for a Public Works – Roads Division projects, $600,000 for Public Safety building and $92,000 for a new phone system for the Government Office Building.
In addition $10,900,000 of 2009 Build America Beautiful bonds were refinanced. The refinancing will reduce County debt costs by $1,012,000.
Executive Culver concluded “All of these projects are important for Wicomico County, and I am pleased to report they are moving forward. Such favorable reports from the credit rating agencies reinforces that our fiscal management in Wicomico County continues to be strong.”
Photo Caption: Officials signed documents to formalize the partnership between Wicomico County and the Wicomico Farm & Home Show on Dec. 6 outside the Carriage House at WinterPlace Park. From left to right are Wayne Strausburg, Wicomico County director of administration; Bob Culver, Wicomico County executive; Steve Miller, director of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism; and Zach Evans, president of the Wicomico Farm and Home Show and chairman for the Wicomico County Fair.
SALISBURY, Md. – Wicomico County and the Wicomico Farm and Home Show are joining forces for the Wicomico County Fair.
The partnership announcement was made Dec. 6 at a news conference outside the Carriage House building at WinterPlace Park. Officials also signed documents formalizing the alliance.
Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver said he is excited about the partnership and sharing in the growth of the Wicomico County Fair.
“We will make this one of the biggest highlights on the Eastern Shore,” Culver said.
Zach Evans, president of the Wicomico Farm and Home Show and chairman for the Wicomico County Fair, said since the Wicomico Farm and Home Show was rebranded as the Wicomico County Fair for the 2015 event, the fair has grown in attendance, surpassing 15,000 attendees in the most recent year.
The Wicomico County Fair is a nonprofit with an all-volunteer board, and Evans is glad to bring in Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism’s resources and staff.
“They are experts in event planning; they do a great job with community events, so we are going to take advantage of that and we’re going to make a promise to continue providing comprehensive programming and building an event that will draw a large audience,” Evans said.
Steve Miller, director of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism, said at the news conference that Pork in the Park has been discontinued.
“We’re redirecting those resources now to fully invest in the County Fair to continue to make this bigger and better for the citizens of our community,” Miller said.
The 2018 Wicomico County Fair is Aug. 17-19 at WinterPlace Park. Admission is free. For more information, see www.wicomicofair.com.
Wicomico County Government Offices will be closed
Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017
CONVENIENCE CENTER & LANDFILL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
Salisbury, MD … On Thursday, November 23, 2017 the Newland Park Landfill and all
external Convenience Centers will be closed. On Friday, November 24, 2017, the Newland
Park Landfill and Convenience Center will be open; all external Convenience Centers will be
For more information, please contact the Newland Park Landfill at 410-548-4935.
Justin Moore Launches “Hell On A Highway Tour” to Sell Out Crowd in Monroe, LA
Tour to stop at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Friday, Feb. 2; Tickets on sale this Friday
Justin Moore is bringing the “Hell On A Highway Tour” with Special Guest Dylan Scott to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Friday, Feb. 2. The “Hell On A Highway Tour” launched to a sell out crowd in Monroe, LA on Oct. 13. A video re-cap of what Salisbury fans can expect to see when the Justin Moore’s“Hell On A Highway Tour” comes to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center can be seen here: https://youtu.be/Jcto0B_umks.
Tickets to the Friday, Feb. 2 Justin Moore “Hell On A Highway Tour” with Special Guest Dylan Scott tour stop in Salisbury at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center go on sale to the public this Friday, Oct. 27 ay 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office, by phone at 410-548-4911 or online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org.
Women’s Expo set for Nov. 25-26 at Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
SALISBURY, Md. – Thinking about a makeover for the holiday season or just interested in makeup and beauty? The Women’s Expo, presented by Mathis Events, will be held at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center on Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 25-26.
Admission is free, and there will be live demonstrations, beauty tips, makeovers and giveaways. The event will feature makeup, skin care items, hair care items, nail care items, clothing, jewelry, handbags, accessories and more.
Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day, and the first 50 attendees each day will get a free beauty-themed swag bag. For information, visit www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org.