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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
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.”
Wicomico County Announces Rural Legacy Expansion
County Executive Bob Culver is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved the expansion of the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area in Wicomico County. The Board of Public Works, which includes Governor Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, voted unanimously to approve the expansion. This expansion includes areas over the paleochannel and lands along Rewastico Creek in western Wicomico County.
Executive Culver and the County Council recommended that the Rural Legacy Area be expanded to include these environmentally sensitive and important areas which will provide additional protection measures and opportunities. This will provide landowners in these areas a voluntary financial alternative to selling lots for development.
The paleochannel is a buried riverbed estimated to store approximately seven billion gallons of water. This resource currently provides potable water for the City of Salisbury and is an important future water supply for the citizens of the City of Salisbury and Wicomico County. Because of its vast potential as a source of drinking water, additional protective measures will help to ensure that the channel is protected from contamination resulting from environmentally incompatible land uses.
The Rural Legacy Program, established by the State of Maryland in 1997, is designed to preserve large tracts of productive agricultural, forested lands, natural and cultural resources through the purchase of conservation easements. Conservation easements protect the land for future generations while allowing owners to continue to use and live on their land.
The Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Area was established locally in the year 2000 and contained 14,687 acres of land. Over 4,000 acres of land have been protected through this program. This expansion will add an additional 21,131 acres to our Rural Legacy Area for a total of 35,818 acres. Wicomico County will seek additional funding from the State of Maryland in future years that can be used for the purchase of conservation easements.
The Rural Legacy Program is a voluntary participation program. Easements are sought from willing land owners in these areas in order to protect areas vulnerable to development.
If you would like to know more about the Quantico Creek Rural Legacy Program, please contact Frank McKenzie with the County Department of Planning & Zoning at 410-548-4860.
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.
Salisbury, MD – With the Governor’s Challenge high school basketball tournament will host Shore Hoops Media Day on Tuesday, Nov. 21.
The media day, which starts at 1 p.m., will feature 15-plus boys and girls teams from the Henlopen and Bayside conferences. It will be held in lobby of the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
The Governor’s Challenge has grown to be the largest holiday basketball tournament in the country. In its 36th year, the Governor’s Challenge will bring 120 teams to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center, UMES and surrounding high schools on Dec. 26-30, 2017.
This year’s format will include a DMVelite Showcase division, including 24 top teams from around the region, varsity boys division, varsity girls division and a boys JV division. Teams from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia will participate in this year’s tournament, along with two teams from Canada.
For more information, visit www.GovChallenge.org.
Celebrate Wicomico County’s 150th anniversary with dinner and musical entertainment from the Bonedaddys on Friday, Dec. 8 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
The buffet dinner will be open from 6-7:30 p.m. and includes:
- Garden Salad with Dressings
- Rolls and Butter
- Beef Burgundy
- Baked Ziti
- Green Beans
- Iced Tea and Water
- Celebration Cake
Cash bar will also be available.
The Bonedaddys will take the stage after dinner.
Tickets are $15 per person, fees may apply. Tickets may be purchased through the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.), by phone at 410-548-4911 or online at www.WicomicoCivicCenter.org. Tickets will be available through Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 12 p.m. Ticket sales will be capped at 400.