Talbot Hospice raises new flag

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EASTON — Talbot Hospice raised a new American and Maryland flag on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in a ceremony that was attended by members of the Blake-Blackston American Legion and Anthony Principi, who was the secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under George W. Bush.

Numerous other veterans from Talbot Hospice were also present to enjoy the ceremony. The members of the Blake-Blackston American Legion helped to take down the old flags and raise the new ones.

Principi, who gave a speech before the old flags were replaced, worked under Bush from 2001 until 2005. He also serves on the boards for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company, Engility Inc., Get Well Network Inc. and Imprimis Pharmaceuticals, and he is chairman of The Spectrum Group in Alexandria, Va.

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YMCA of Chesapeake and Talbot County Senior Center propose partnership

ST. MICHAELS — The Talbot County Senior Center could be getting a branch spot in St. Michaels, in a new partnership between it and the YMCA of the Chesapeake.

The Talbot County Council held a joint meeting with the Talbot County Board of Education on Monday, Oct. 24, and discussed a proposed partnership between the YMCA of the Chesapeake and the Talbot County Senior Center for shared space at the new St. Michaels YMCA.

President of the Talbot County Council Corey Pack said they were approached about a month ago by Childline Brooks at the Talbot County Senior Center about the notion of partnering the senior center with the YMCA.

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Talbot Hospice attends Chamber Luncheon

EASTON — Members of the Talbot Hospice attended the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20, to discuss the Talbot Conversations education initiative and the process of obtaining an advanced directive.

The Talbot Conversations initiative is to encourage and assist as many residents as possible in understanding their choices at the end of life.

An advanced directive is a series of paperwork which consists of three main steps.

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Members of AAMC discuss new Easton hub

EASTON — Members of the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) were present at the Easton Town Council meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, to discuss their new Easton hub and the progress the health system is making to offer a cardiac surgery program.

Maulik Joshi, Executive Vice President of AAMC, said he mainly wanted to talk about the work they are doing in the Easton area. It is important, he added, to bring access to this community and to bring access to areas that have gaps and focus on the ambulatory side of healthcare, meaning community-based physician services.

AAMC has a very focused vision and mission and their main goals are quality, community, workforce, growth and finance, he said. They also focus very much on working outside the walls of the hospital. Joshi said they don’t view themselves as a hospital, they view themselves as a health system.

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Cancer survivors to be honored at Relay for Life

EASTON — The Relay for Life of Talbot County is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Easton High School to honor cancer survivors, their caregivers and pay tribute to those who lost their lives to cancer.

The event is hosted by The American Cancer Society and all money raised during the event goes to this organization. The theme for this year’s event is “Lights, Camera, Relay for a Cure.” This is the 21st year that this event is taking place in Talbot County.

The event begins with a complimentary lunch at 11:30 a.m., which is an RSVP only event and not open to the public. However, the rest of the event, which kicks off with an opening ceremony at 12:45 p.m., is free and open to all members of the community.

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St. Mark’s Church hosts Overdose Awareness Event

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EASTON — St. Mark’s United Methodist Church hosted a drug overdose awareness event on Wednesday, Aug. 31, in honor of International Overdose Awareness Day.

The event was sponsored by Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and Talbot Partnership for the Prevention of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse. The event was free and featured a variety of community organizations such as East of the Bay Narcotics Anonymous, Maryland Coalition of Families, Mid-Shore Pro Bono and more.

The special feature of the evening was a remembrance ceremony that was originally going to be led by Valerie Albee, founder of Mariah’s Mission Fund, where they honored those who had lost their lives due to a drug overdose and their families.

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Blood banks in need of donors

EASTON — The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross are issuing a critical appeal for blood and platelet donors across the country due to significantly low inventory levels.

Currently, all across the nation, blood banks are suffering from a blood shortage. According to a press release issued by AABB, America’s Blood Centers and the American Red Cross, summer is always a challenging time for blood centers to ensure an adequate blood supply.

“People are on vacations and there are a lot of activities and schools are out,” said Michael Waite, director of marketing and community relations at the Blood Bank of Delmarva. “Schools are a large percentage of our blood supply.”

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