Father and son to go to Haiti for hurricane relief

EASTON — Tom Schuyler of Woolford and Steven Schuyler of Church Creek, Tom’s son, will be traveling to Haiti on Tuesday, Nov. 8, but it will not be to avoid Election Day. Once in Haiti, the duo will be performing humanitarian work, helping to provide relief for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. This will be Steven’s first time outside the United States and Tom’s 13th aid trip to Haiti.

“I mainly go for missionary and humanitarian reasons. This is more humanitarian. It just depends on if the need is there,” Tom said. “Many of their crops were destroyed, so there will be (a need for) food, clothing and whatever else we can do. If we have time, which we probably won’t, we will try to help them get some shelter beyond what they already have.”

Tom began his aid missions in 1998, and once even took his wife, Lisa, along on a trip. During the upcoming trip, he and his son will be traveling to Les Cayes, a town with a population of more than 86,500 people, they said.

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Easton Utilities enters Phase III of Sustainability Campus

EASTON — Easton Utilities announced the third phase of the Easton Sustainability Campus on Wednesday, Oct. 19, with the installment of a two megawatt photo voltaic solar array.

The solar array serves two functions — to provide 100 percent of the electricity that is used at the wastewater treatment facility and to reduce the amount of renewable energy credits they have to purchase.

Marketing and Communications Manager for Easton Utilities Kelly Simonsen said they are usually required to purchase a certain amount of renewable energy credits annually, but with the addition of the solar array, the number of credits needed to purchase will be greatly reduced.

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Oxford Commission discusses wastewater treatment plant

OXFORD — Oxford commissioners discussed progress of the town’s wastewater treatment plant and amendments to the engineering contracts involved in this project on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at their regular meeting.

Oxford Commission Attorney Brynja Booth said she received an email from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), which stated it is in the process of issuing the construction permit for the planned wastewater treatment plant.

The Oxford Commission has been working toward getting a new wastewater treatment plant since 2012.

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Corps of Engineers host Poplar Island update

TILGHMAN — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, and the Maryland Port Administration held a public meeting on Monday, Sept. 19, to discuss updates about the Poplar Island ecosystem restoration project.

Poplar Island was gradually disappearing since the 1920’s due to erosion and by the early 1990’s it was nothing but several small clusters of islets rising just above the surface of the water.

Currently, the Corps of Engineers is restoring Poplar Island by dredging material from the Baltimore Harbor and Channels Federal navigation projects. Approximately 68 million cubic yards of dredged material will be placed to develop 735 acres of wetlands, 840 acres of uplands and 140 acres of open water embayment.

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Oxford Commission talks Critical Area regulations

OXFORD — The Oxford Commissioners discussed Critical Area Regulations and recommended updates on Tuesday, Sept. 13, for improving Oxford’s management of stormwater.

The Critical Area Commission originally brought forth ideas to improve coastal resilience in December 2015.

Katherine Charbonneau, regional program chief of the Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, and her colleague Alex DeWeese presented the information in December that they gathered from analyzing Oxford’s zoning goals, the Critical Area Program and the geographic area to find any vulnerabilities that exist. They then put together a list of four main areas of opportunity to increase Oxford’s coastal resilience in the short term.

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Oxford Park phase one complete

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EASTON — Talbot County Engineer Ray Clarke presented the updates of the phase one plan for the new Oxford Gateway Park at a recent Talbot County Council meeting.

The Oxford Gateway Park has been in the works for years, according to a committee made up of Talbot County Council, the Oxford Town Commissioners and local residents.

Officials broke ground on March 8 to begin construction on the park located on the outskirts of Oxford. The Conservation Fund, a private foundation, gave Talbot County the land for the park. The foundation stepped in to help after the county council pieced together several plots of property north of Easton to build a new hospital.

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MRC partners with Channel Marker in new program

EASTON — Nurture by Nature, the newest education program created in a partnership between the Midshore Riverkeepers Conservancy (MRC) and Channel Marker Inc. has nearly completed its first year in providing Channel Marker youth clients with outdoor summer experiences and after-school programming focused on connecting human health to time spent playing outside.

The Nurture by Nature program was started in the summer of 2015 and kicked off with a three day program in Horn Point where 54 children were able to go canoeing, participate in compass scavenger hunts and do arts and crafts.

“We have been doing after-school programs since it began,” said Suzanne Sullivan, education and volunteer coordinator at MRC. “It’s about getting kids away from the computer and off the couch and showing them that playing outside everyday is good for them.”

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