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Mid Shore Mediation Offers Training For New Mediators

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is offering free training for new volunteers who wish to become mediators. Basic Mediation Training will be held during the first three weekends in November. Introductory orientations will be offered in September for those enrolling.

Mediation Center Executive Director Peter Taillie described the Basic Mediation Training course as intense and interactive. The 45 hours of training will be conducted over three consecutive weekends beginning November 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Saturdays and Sundays, with breakfast, lunch and snacks provided. No more than one hour can be missed to complete the course.

The training will be conducted by Errika Bridgeford from Community Mediation Maryland. “Errika is one of the best mediation trainers in the country,” said Taillie. Bridgeford takes participants through extensive role playing in fast-paced, counter-intuitive sessions designed to teach mediators how to listen and reflect back, rather than advising and judging during mediations.

Volunteers learn skills such as active listening, positive reframing of topics and de-escalation of high-intensity situations, allowing them to guide participants in mediations through a process that brings parties to their own resolution of conflicts and voluntary agreements. Two volunteers conduct each mediation, making sure that each individual’s concerns are heard and understood.

“We are looking for a diverse group of trainees who are dedicated to giving back to their communities,” explained Taillie. Mid Shore Community Mediation Center serves Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties, offering no-cost conflict resolution for a wide range of issues.

The Hard Facts of Long-Term Care Insurance

By Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.

Almost everyone knows the merits of life insurance—the umbrella for that rainy day.  But few of us consider that perhaps a bigger need is for long-term care insurance—coverage for the unfortunate event that you or a loved one becomes incapacitated or disabled and unable to care for yourself.  Indeed, 75 percent of Americans have made no preparations for long-term care.1 Well, it’s time to face the hard facts about long-term care.

Fact one: Today, approximately 9 million Americans over the age 65 will need some form of long-term care, and that number will reach 12 million by 2020.2 

Fact two: Don’t let youth lull you into a false sense of security. Although the majority of people who require long-term care are over the age of 65, a substantial 40% are between the ages of 18 and 64.3

Fact three: The cost of long-term care can be expensive. According to the Genworth Financial 2007 Cost of Care Survey, the average daily rate of private nursing home care is $204.  But that figure could go as high as $539 a day in Alaska to as low as $119 a day in Louisiana.4  Whatever the cost, will you be able to shoulder these expenses on your own?

However, it’s never too late to evaluate your long-term care needs.  Here are some factors you should consider.

Who is a suitable candidate for long-term care insurance?  Single people with no one to look after them in case of a debilitating accident or illness should consider taking out a long-term care policy.  Since they tend to live longer than men, women are also ideal candidates for this insurance coverage.  Finally, anyone who wants to protect a bourgeoning nest egg should contemplate it.  Long-term care costs can wreak havoc on your finances.

Storytime at Kent Island Library

Fridays, September 17, 24, and October 1, 8 at 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.
Mother Goose on the Loose
Rhymes, books, music, and puppets for 3 months - 36 months with an adult
Free, no registration.
Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville

Thursdays, September 16, 23, 30 and October 7
ABC Storytime
Ages 3-5 with an adult
Stories, songs, and learning activities featuring a different letter each week
Free, no registration
Kent Island Library, 200 Library Circle, Stevensville

Preschoolers Enjoy the Fall with Classes at Adkins Arboretum!





Adkins Arboretum will again offer its popular programs for three- to five-year-olds this fall. Classes are offered as a series of eight programs and are available in either Tuesday or Friday sessions.

Pre-registration is required for preschool programs. The fee is $60 for members, $75 for the general public for all eight classes in the series. Classes run from 10 to 11:15 a.m. and include a craft and a snack. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is recommended. Register online at www.adkinsarboretum.org, e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410-634-2847, extension 0.

Time with Trees
September 21 and 24
In this class, we won’t just learn about trees…we’ll become trees! Discover the parts of a tree though movement, explore tree “cookies” with the help of hand lenses, and take a tree-hugging nature walk in the Arboretum woods.

Busy Beavers
September 28 and October 1
Did you know that a beaver tried to turn the Arboretum wetland into a pond? We’ll look for signs of these busy builders along the Blockston Branch, make beaver puppets, and perform our very own beaver ballet.

The Towering Tulip Poplar
October 5 and 8
Just why is the tulip poplar the tree of Adkins Arboretum? We’ll find out as we search for golden tulip poplar leaves among drifts of fall foliage, make tulip poplar cats, and plant tulip poplar seeds that we gather on our nature walk.

Kids Essay and Art Contests

ESLC Announces Call for Submissions for Kids Essay and Art Contests

The Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has announced a call for entries for their third annual Kids Essay and Art Contest. The Contest is open to all students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight in the six Upper and Mid-Shore Counties including Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester.

In both the essay and the poster contest, students will be asked to tell, via the written word or via their artwork, what they love what their favorite Eastern Shore small towns.

“This is such a great way to hear from our youth about what makes the Eastern Shore so special and we are really looking forward to seeing and hearing about our beloved small towns” said Kristine George, ESLC’s Director of Communications. “We can learn so much from our children about how we can best how we preserve and protect our small towns and rural heritage and we hope all students from Cecil to Dorchester will enter either an essay or a poster.”

Art entries are open to grades pre-kindergarten through eight and essay entries are open to grades five through eight. Prizes will be given to the first and second place posters and essays and submissions will be judged by age categories of kindergarten through 2, grades three to five and grades six through eight. Essay prizes will be judged by grades five through eight.  Full details, contest rules and an application form can be found at ESLC’s website at www.eslc.org or by calling Kristine George at 410.827.9756 ext. 165. Completed essays and posters can be mailed to ESLC, Kids Essay/Art Contests, P.O. Box 169, Queenstown, Maryland 21658. Deadline for submissions is October 18, 2010.

Upcoming Programming in September at the Talbot County Free Library

 One Maryland One Book

One Maryland One Book is the Maryland Humanities Council’s immensely popular program in which people all across the state read the same book at the same time.  This year’s selection, Outcasts United, tells the true story of a coach and a group of likeable but disparate refugee children that overcame incredible challenges to play the game they loved: soccer.  In addition to being a great American story (people overlooking their differences to pursue a common goal), Outcasts United is a joy to read.  Stop by the library, check out a copy, read it, and then join your fellow Marylanders in a statewide discussion. 


Children’s Programs


 Family Crafts

Saturday, September 11, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.


Meet the Creatures from Pickering Creek

Thursday, September 23, 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Live reptiles in the lobby!

Memoir Writing Workshop

Date for the event is Sept. 17th

William Hill Manor
located at
501 Dutchman Lane,
Easton, MD 21601

Time: 8:30am Check In and Breakfast /9:00am Guest Speaker Joan Katz
Topic: Telling Your Story

Participants will be introduced to:

  • Process and usefulness of writing memoirs for themselves
  • Many resources including genealogy websites available to use in writing their story
  • Communicating and connecting with family members and friends
  • Sharing the challenges and rewards of memoir writing
  • Different ways to organize their memoirs
  • The opportunity to reflect on their life choices, both personal and professional.
Free to current ESSPN Members… All others $10 donation at the door.

Seating is limited - RSVP by Sept 13 or more info inquiries to Sandra Early
sandra.early@verizon.net, (410) 643-6288 (o) or (410) 739-4716 (c)

Follow Rt 50 into Easton until you get to Dutchman’s Lane on the Southern edge of Easton. Go approximately one-half mile and you will see Manor House of William Hill Manor on your right. Turn right onto the main driveway.
Further directions - Google maps or (410) 822-8888

Teen Mediators Participate In National Grant Competition

Teen mediators from Mid Shore Community Mediation Center are featured in a video effort to win a $50,000 grant from PepsiCo for Community Mediation Maryland. The grant would support free conflict resolution training for youth, along with development of outreach initiatives to increase awareness of mediation among teens.

The website video was produced in support of a Pepsi Refresh Project Grant contest. The ten projects receiving the most online votes in the organization’s competition level will each receive $50,000. The competition ends on June 30, with grant winners to be announced the next day.

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center serves Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties and receives training and organizational support from Community Mediation Maryland. Mid Shore Mediation’s Executive Director, Peter Taillie, described its teen mediation program as a vital part of the organization’s mission.

Seascapes at Sunset - Outside Art Workshop for kids and families

June 21, 5:30-sunset , Claiborne, $40 per/s

Come and see the best sunset views of the Chesapeake through the eyes of an artist! This fun outside art workshop will teach participants from all ages and artistic levels how to "see like an artist," compose a painting, work with colors and use professional painting techniques to create an original sunset seascape painting. This class is multi-level and can be taken by children, and families. Group discounts available.  Call 410 212-9320 to RSVP and for exact location.  


*Call to schedule, other dates available!

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