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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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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Men pump it up for Talbot Hospice

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EASTON — The fourth annual Pump It Up for Hospice Drag Race brought out 14 local men donning dresses and heels on Sunday Sept. 25, to race down Washington Street to raise money for Talbot Hospice.

The Drag Race: Pump It Up for Hospice, is a precursor event to the annual Festival of Trees, held in November.

This year, the event raised over $50,000, with money still coming in. Last year they raised over $66,000. Since the first year, the event has raised almost $300,000 in total.

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Talbot Hospice honors volunteers at luncheon

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EASTON — The Talbot Hospice hosted its annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 11, at the Talbot Country Club to honor the work of its many volunteers.

About 110 of the hospice volunteers were in attendance and they enjoyed lunch, dessert and raffle winnings. Certain volunteers were also honored with the Presidential Service Award and the Distinguished Volunteer Award.

“You’ve taken the time to care, you’ve taken the time to do and you’ve taken the time to listen,” said Executive Director of Talbot Hospice, Vivian Dodge. “And that’s what is so incredible about our volunteers.”

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Physician stresses end-of-life planning

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EASTON — Dr. Angelo Volandes, author of “The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-life Care” and physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, visited Easton on Thursday, March 31, and gave a presentation at the Avalon Theatre to kick off Talbot Hospice’s yearlong education initiative on making end-of-life choices.

Volandes stressed the importance of planning ahead for end-of-life treatment.

“It’s the most important conversation you’re ever going to have,” Volandes said. “We are all going to die, so you can either let the health system determine what your end of life is going to be or you can be the author yourself.”

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Hospice announces education on end-of-life choices

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EASTON — The Talbot Hospice held a press conference on Thursday, Feb. 11 and announced a new community-wide education initiative called Talbot Conversations, which will be used to encourage and assist as many residents as possible in understanding their choices at the end of life.

One goal is to help people to complete their advance directive paperwork to state their wishes for the end of their lives.

An advanced directive is a series of paperwork which consists of three main steps. The first is to choose someone with power of attorney or a health agent, who can execute these decisions. The second step is to fill out a form that serves as a guide for the person with power of attorney when you are incapacitated and the third is to fill out a Medical Order for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) form. This provides medical information for your treatment that doctors must follow.

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Kicking up their heels

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EASTON — The Easton Drag Race kicked off on the bright afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 30, bringing in 11 local men to race each other in heels and dresses down Harrison Street.

The Drag Race: Pump It Up for Hospice, is a precursor event to the annual Festival of Trees, held in November. All of the donations and money raised during the Drag Race directly benefit Talbot Hospice.

This year the event raised a record-breaking amount of $66,000, with money still coming in.

“I did this for a chance to wear heels and hair,” said Ken Mann, also known as Sparkles and the senior managing director of Heritage Equity Partners. “But I also did it to raise money for hospice, of course; it’s a great cause.”

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