Kelly Griffith speaks at Critchlow Adkins fundraiser

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EASTON — Superintendent of Talbot County Public Schools (TCPS) Kelly Griffith was honored at the ninth annual Critchlow Adkins Children’s Center (CACC) fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Talbot Country Club.

The title of the fundraiser was “The Joy of Children: Little Engines that Can,” and the purpose is to celebrate the efforts of those who have helped CACC keep going on its way to 46 years of enriching the lives of more than 9,000 children in the community.

This year’s fundraiser began with a silent auction with cocktails and a gala-style dinner. The evening ended with musical performances by Mule Train and live auctions.

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Philadelphia man gets seven years for human trafficking

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EASTON — A Philadelphia man was sentenced Tuesday, Nov. 1, in Talbot County Circuit Court to seven years in prison for multiple counts of human trafficking and possession of Oxycodone.

Mark Mitchell, 43, was originally indicted on Jan. 12, 2016, and charged with two counts of attempted human trafficking; one count of human trafficking, compensation; one count of benefitting financially from human trafficking; one count of conspiring, aiding and abetting in human trafficking; one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute; and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, not marijuana.

In the opening statements of the trial, Deputy State’s Attorney Ellen Barry Grunden said Mitchell was arrested in September 2015 at the Hampton Inn in Easton. Grunden said an undercover police officer made a date with a woman working for Mitchell where they were arrested along with another woman.

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Easton man sentenced for reckless endangerment, false imprisonment

EASTON — An Easton man was sentenced to three years supervised probation on Friday, Oct. 28, in Talbot County Circuit Court for reckless endangerment and false imprisonment.

He was also sentenced to five years in prison with all but one day suspended, which he has already served.

Clifton West, 38, was arrested on May 11, 2014, for allegedly pointing a handgun at his wife. His wife was present at the trial and invoked her marital privilege not to testify against him.

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Waterfowl Chesapeake director talks new Festival activities, art

EASTON — Executive Director of Waterfowl Chesapeake Margaret Enloe on Thursday, Oct. 27, gave a presentation on the upcoming Waterfowl Festival at the Young Professionals Luncheon hosted by the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce.

Waterfowl Chesapeake is the umbrella organization for the Waterfowl Festival, and Enloe has been executive director since January of this year. The Festival started in 1971 as an appreciation and celebration of the Eastern Shore heritage and way of life. It also is in celebration of the hunting heritage that is engrained into the culture on the Eastern Shore.

“Waterfowl Chesapeake evolved just in the last six years because people wanted to take that weekend festival experience and that feeling and say, ‘How do we have more of an impact year-round?” Enloe said.

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TCPS updates Labor Day calendar options

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education on Wednesday, Oct. 19, narrowed it down to two possible calendars to address the new state mandate that schools must start classes after Labor Day and end by June 15.

At the school board’s September meeting, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Helga Einhorn brought five possible calendars organized by the calendar committee. Each calendar featured a different way the school system could schedule the school year around the new mandate.

Now there are only two options before the board.

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Seat contested in Talbot board of education race

EASTON — Talbot County residents will be able to cast their votes for the Talbot County Board of Education on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Four seats on the Talbot County Board of Education are up for election this year, with two people vying for the spot in district 5. The incumbent school board members in districts 2, 4 and 6 are running unopposed.

The only contested seat is being competed for by David Short and Susan Delean-Botkin in district 5.

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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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