Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 through 1968. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using the tactics of nonviolence and civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.
He helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through non violent resistance. He was planning a national walk in Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated by James Earl Ray on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee.
King was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medals of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a holiday in numerous cities and states beginning in 1971, and as a U.S. Federal Holiday in 1986. Hundreds of Streets in the U.S. have been renamed in his honor, and a county in Washington State was also rededicated for him. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was dedicated in 2011.
Wicomico County is dependent upon barges utilizing the Wicomico River to deliver fuel to the distributors whose facilities are located on the river. However, at times like these, when the river is frozen, we still have the responsibility to make certain adequate fuel is available. This week it became necessary to call for help from the State of Maryland and the U.S. Coast Guard. Yesterday, the Chock, a Coast Guard Ice Breaker, made a path in the frozen Wicomico River to make it possible for a barge to make a delivery at the fuel depot.
The County is grateful to the U. S. Coast Guard for their help with this situation.
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
The County Declaration of Emergency effective January 3, 2018 at 11:50 pm dealing with severe winter weather throughout the County is hereby rescinded on January 7, 2018 at noon. The Declaration of Emergency dealt with severe winter weather (extreme cold temperatures, high winds, icy roadways, accumulation of snow, blowing and drifting snow) which was hazardous to the safe operation of motor vehicles on roadways and threatening to homes and other structures throughout the County.
County Executive Bob Culver continues to urge citizens to use extreme caution when driving.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 3, 2018
Executive Culver has determined that Wicomico County offices will be closed on Thursday, January 4, 2017. Essential personnel must report as scheduled.
Blizzard conditions with 50 miles per hour winds are expected from 3:00 a.m. until Thursday afternoon. For that reason, we believed it is important for travelers to be at home and off County roadways. Department heads and supervisors are to adhere to the following county declared emergency policy to compensate employees, and to ensure that all county personnel with the exception of those determined to be essential, do not report to work tomorrow.
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).
2-1-1 Can Connect Residents to Help During Extreme Cold
January 2, 2018, Salisbury, MD- With the continued extreme cold and the threat of snow this week, Wicomico County Health Officer Lori Brewster reminds residents that they can find resources to help with issues caused by the cold by dialing 2-1-1. “This service will connect callers to local resources that are available to people who don’t have heat or who are homeless,” Brewster says. “2-1-1 can be called by anyone at any time,” Brewster states, “and trained specialists will provide assistance for dealing with challenges such as housing and utility shutoffs.”
Brewster provides residents some other key actions to take to stay safe during extreme cold:
· Check daily on those who live alone to ensure they have what they need to survive the cold.
· Keep the very young, the elderly, and those with medical issues such as breathing or circulation problems inside as much as possible.
· Never heat inside with ovens or grills, and maintain a 3’ boundary around space heaters.
· Check carbon monoxide sensors to make sure they’re in working order.
· When going outside, dress in layers and wear a hat and mittens; cover mouth with a scarf.
· Check local weather conditions frequently and prepare for weather events beforehand.
· Bring outside pets inside, and provide them with fresh water and extra food.
For more information about cold weather safety and local shelters, visit the Wicomico County Health Department’s website at www.wicomicohealth.org, our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter @WicomicoHealth.
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
It’s great to have a local business recognized as one of the get-away destinations.
18 Best Upscale Hideaways in the Northeast USA 2017
Whitehaven Hotel, Whitehaven MD. If you’re the kind of traveler who seeks out remote, charming, river-set historic inns, you’ll love the Whitehaven Hotel – an 8 room 1810 B&B, 7 miles down Whitehaven Road in the historic district of White Haven (in Quantico). On the banks of the Wicomico River it sits right across the street from the free-to-use three car Historic Whitehaven Ferry. Saved from certain demolition, this former home was turned into an upscale, though not opulent, place to de-stress. Built originally for one family, The White Haven Hotel quickly morphed into lodging for “drummers” – salesmen who’d take the steamboat up the Wicomico and stop here to “drum up” business along the waterfront. At the time, White Haven was a larger port than Salisbury – another hour upriver – complete with general store, a hat shop and a post office where the gift shop is now located in the hotel. There was a tomato cannery on what is now the hotel dock. It was a bustling place that eventually fell into decline. In mid March, when I visited, there was a preponderance of birds atwitter right outside my window. Momma and Poppa Osprey stood watch over their nest steps away from the hotel. A massive barge made its way silently and swiftly past the ferry dock. In the morning, as the sun rose, birds and boat engines sang a symphony of Spring on the Eastern Shore – a soul-cure for the havoc in Washington just a couple of hours away.
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Recently I had the occasion to visit the local MAC Center, Maintaining Active Citizens, and received a prsonal tour of the facility. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to speak to many citizens who use the facility on a daily basis and listen to how important the programs are to them.
The Richard A. Henson Wellness Center offers a wide variety of programs and services targeted toward addressing the health concerns and needs of older persons. The center’s goal is to enable and to empower members to be physically active and to maintain and enhance their level of independence.
The Senior Health Program offers health promotion and disease prevention activities designed to promote and maintain the older person’s levels of physical and mental well-being. Various activities include health fairs, nutrition screening & counseling, blood pressure screening, dance and movement classes.
Meals on Wheels
The Home-Delivered Meal program, better known as Meals on Wheels, provides a critical service to the home-bound, frail elderly, with the goal of improving health through adequate nutrition, and helping them to age in place. The program is open to those age 60 and older who are not able to get food and prepare their own meals due to illness or physical disabilities.
Program staff not only deliver a noon meal, but also serve as a safety check for these frail seniors who live alone. Because the frail elderly are at an increased risk of medical emergencies, falls and accidents, the routine meal delivery ensures that in case of an emergency, someone is coming into the home.
Meal deliveries also help break the isolation, as the meal drivers may be the senior’s only contact with the outside world. In addition, the Meals on Wheels drivers serve as a link to other community resources that may be needed.
There are others meals that are served in a community setting such as senior centers and offer seniors an opportunity to engage in other activities while having a nutritious meal.
I encourage our seniors to explore MAC’s programs.