Talbot OKs school calendar

EASTON — The Talbot County Board of Education approved the new school calendar during its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 16, which will start the 2017-18 classes after Labor Day.

This calendar addresses the new state mandate that requires schools start classes after Labor Day and end by June 15.

The school board originally looked at five draft calendars in its September meeting that were organized by the calendar committee. It was narrowed down to two options, discussed during the October meeting.

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Winners Circle Reception celebrates grant recipients

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EASTON — The Talbot County Arts Council awarded grants to more than 30 organizations and 12 schools for its annual Winners Circle Reception Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Academy Art Museum.

The council also honored eight students who were awarded the Willard Lockwood Memorial Summer Arts Scholarships for 2016. All the recipients were females this year and four of them attended the event to talk about how they put their scholarship money to use.

“I can tell that this is such a collaborative community,” said Academy Art Museum Director Benjamin Simons. “I’ve never seen a more intensely art-loving community.”

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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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Oxford OKs rental home inspection program

OXFORD — The Oxford Commission approved an ordinance on Tuesday, Nov. 8, that adds a rental housing inspection program to the town code.

The commission has been working on this ordinance for a while seeing as how the town did not have a Residential Rental Housing License and Inspection Program but other towns do have similar ordinances that have been adopted.

Through this program residential rental houses would be inspected, licensed and go under the property maintenance code.

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Botkin wins seat on school board

EASTON — Susan Delean-Botkin won the only contested seat in district 5 in the election for the Talbot County Board of Education.

Delean-Botkin received 2,445 votes against Short’s 2,144. This, however, does not include absentee or provisional ballots.

Delean-Botkin is a family nurse practitioner and owner of Family Care of Easton LLC. She is a family care provider and sees patients from age 10 and up. This was her first time running for a seat on the school board.

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Talbot polling places run smoothly on Election Day

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EASTON — Voters were lining up at the door outside numerous Talbot County polling places Tuesday morning but the numbers seemed to be lower than expected due to the high turnout for early voting.

Hilary Clinton yielded a total of 7,865 votes from early voting and the Election Day turnout and Donald Trump received 10,098 votes. Absentee and provisional ballots still have not been counted.

According to the Talbot County Board of Elections Office, Talbot County yielded a total of 9,226 early voters over the course of eight days. Talbot County had the highest percentage of early voter turnout in the state of Maryland; more than 34 percent of registered voters showed up to the polls early.

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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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