I was pleased to be invited as today’s speaker for the Rotary Club of Wicomico County. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
I enjoyed sharing the good news of Wicomico County’s strong financial condition and my thoughts for the future.
Recently, I was proud to recognize three Wicomico County Sheriff Deputies for their service with the CAT Team. The Maryland Sheriff’s Association also recognized them as Deputies of the Year. They were Tyler Bennett, John Seichepine, and David Crowell. The CAT Team was established to combat the ever increasing problem of drug use here in Wicomico County. The mission of the CAT Team has been to both eradicate illegal drugs plaguing our communities along with the suppression of criminal activity that has spawned as a result of the aforementioned problem. During the past year, the CAT Team has aggressively attacked the illegal drug problem in all four corners of Wicomico County targeting both the users of illegal drugs and those individuals willing to bring these poisons into our county.
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.
I’m always amazed when people call for change, yet keep doing the same thing while expecting different results.
When I ran for county executive, one of my major topics was jobs. The citizens said they want not only more jobs, but better jobs in Wicomico County. While it is true we lost many jobs during the recession, we also lost the companies that offered those jobs.
Many of those who lost their jobs have remained in the area; the companies that were forced to close have never returned to the county. The companies that survived were ahead of the times when the recession hit — and were more technology-driven.
When I would go out to talk to companies about locating to Wicomico County, the single most important theme their chief executive officers spoke of was an increased need for workforce training in college-level courses, especially in technical fields. They emphasized the need for more education and skill sets.
With that, I worked with Ray Hoy of Wor-Wic Community College to help find a solution. We came up with the Wicomico Economic Scholarship Fund, which we patterned after a successful program in Garrett County that is now more than 10 years old.
This fund would allow families challenged by economic times to give hope to their children for a better life — and an education beyond high school. We used the requirements of successful programs in other counties, such as income restrictions, grade point average and county residency.
You see, this would help give Wicomico County a better-educated, well-trained workforce. This would also attract out-of-town businesses to come and establish a home in Wicomico County.
After extensive discussions, the County Council approved this program legislatively. But after the fact, the council began to say the program was too generous on the income a family was allowed to make and still qualify.
They actually demanded money be returned — after posing for photo ops when the legislatively approved check was presented to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.
Now they want to change parts of the grant program whenever they so choose — and without any public input or input from my office. The council now wants to change the grade point average, not only for acceptance into the program but also the grade point average students must maintain.
The state of Maryland requires a 2.0 grade point average, which is, as most of us know, an average grade for graduates from high school and to remain in a state university.
The Council wants to increase this to a 2.5 GPA, which would further limit the number of people who qualify and could remain in the program. This change will likely disqualify more than a third of Wicomico County high school students.
Basically this is just another step toward shutting down the scholarship fund.
You can’t have things both ways. Council members seem to communicate to one group that the program is a good thing and we need it, then turn to the next group and tell them they plan to rein in the requirements and make it tougher.
For the program to succeed, it needs time to work — without being changed after only three semesters.
To date, more than 300 hundred students have come to Wor-Wic because of the scholarship fund and other funding opportunities available to them.
Wicomico County has only paid for 30 of these individuals. Let me repeat myself, we have more than 300 Wicomico County school system graduates who are now earning college degrees and will contribute to society — and it has only cost taxpayers $39,000.
The council’s priorities seem counter to the wishes of the majority of our citizens and only serve to undermine any sense of credibility and continuity. Rather than taking the advice of educational experts like Hoy, a professional who is highly regarded across the state, they have taken it upon themselves to tinker with and ultimately undermine a program that has been successful elsewhere.
In doing so, they would deprive those less fortunate than themselves of the opportunities this program provides.
Bob Culver is Wicomico County Executive.
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.
November 13, 2017 (Salisbury, MD) — Every year on the third Thursday of November, the Great American Smokeout challenges people who smoke to stop using tobacco and learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. Smokers across the nation use the date as the start of a long-term quit attempt or to practice quitting
for a day.
The American Cancer Society started the Great American Smokeout in the 1970s. Each year, this event draws attention to the deaths and chronic diseases caused by smoking. Because of this and many other efforts in education and policy, the adult smoking rate in the United States has decreased from 12% in 2014 to 11.4% in 2015 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
In celebration of the Great American Smokeout, the Wicomico County Health Department will offer stop smoking kits at the following Health Department locations: the Fritz building at 300 W. Carroll Street, the Hurdle building at 108 E. Main St., the Women Infants and Children’s (WIC) office at 801 N. Salisbury Blvd., Ste 103, and the Village Dental
Center at 705 N. Salisbury Blvd. Take advantage of trying to quit with thousands of others across the nation; pick up a stop smoking kit and quit for the day…it could be the first of many!
For on-going support, The Wicomico County Health Department offers stop smoking classes every Thursday at noon in its E. Main St. location. The program offers free education and support. Participants are eligible to receive FREE quit smoking medications including nicotine replacement patches, nicotine lozenges, or Chantix. Anyone who lives or works in Wicomico County may participate. Confidential one-on-one counseling is also available, including for pregnant women.
For more information about the Great American Smokeout or the stop smoking program, call (410) 334-3480 or visit
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The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce the implementation of a Body Worn Camera Pilot Program for agency personnel. This program is guided by a policy that incorporates the best practices of the departments around the state that are successfully utilizing this tool. The objectives of the Body Worn Cameras are to enhance deputy safety, facilitate evidentiary integrity, acquire audio and visual information, enhance courtroom testimony proceedings and assist with internal inquiries. The Body Worn Cameras may also be useful in capturing events such as demonstrations and civil disorder and may be utilized to provide impartial basis for self-critiques, field evaluations and recruit deputy training.
Body Worn Camera Technology has been tested and utilized for nearly a decade throughout the U.S. Over the past year, there is an increasing interest in the use of body cameras by police. The use of body-worn cameras has become the accepted “best practice” for the law enforcement community as well as the public.
A great deal of research has been done the use of BWCs by Police. Some of the findings include:
• Strengthening police/community relationships through increased accountability, transparency and trust
• Providing better documentation of evidence, which is more objective, accurate and reliable.
• De-Escalating confrontations between deputies and members of the public.
• Aiding in the training of deputies to strengthen and improve deputy performance and ultimately increase police officer safety.
On July 1, 2015, the Maryland legislature enacted legislation to permit law enforcement agencies to develop and implement Body Worn Camera Pilot Programs so that police officers could begin wearing these recording devices. Recognizing that we are law enforcement professionals, representing a variety of criminal justice disciplines, we saw a need to participate in this pilot program to better serve the public. Please be assured of our continued dedication to service as we strive to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Wicomico County.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lieutenant Rich Wiersberg @ 410-548-4891.