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"I am beautiful; a project against bullying" begins in Cecil County, but touches everyone!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Heroes turn up in unlikely places - but by standing up and speaking out they become the voice of thousands. If you haven't seen the Facebook event "I am beautiful; a project against bullying" you need to check it out as soon as you finish reading this article. Bohemia Manor High School student Emilie Hancharick began this Facebook event to gather photos and information to make a video about the effects of bullying - but it's taken on a life of its own. She has become the champion of thousands, and that number will only continue to grow. 

What strikes me is the creativity and strength of the pictures teens are posting - I am in awe of their voice, their power, their love. They inspire me - and they are inspiring each other. And throughout all of the posts is the clear championing of Emilie for having the courage to begin such a heart wrenching project.  

Bohemia Manor Jr/Sr High School is a small school in Chesapeake City, MD - and my alma mater. My children go there now. So it hits close to home for me. Bullying, teasing, and cyber-stabbing are topics that cause every parent pain - but our words and support can only do so much. Emilie is getting the masses to bond and stand up to the predators. And she's doing it by simply saying - "You are beautiful - and you matter."

Find Unique Gifts, Pamper your Spirit and Have a Ball in Caroline County!

Have you ever said....

The malls are crazy in December!
Those super-stores are a pain - and so huge!
I just don't know what to get {so and so} this season - she's so hard to buy for!
I want to buy local this year and support the Mid Shore community!
To heck with Christmas crazy - I just want to have FUN!

Well, fret no more - because here's the solution! Get thee to these two open houses in Caroline County - have a blast, pamper yourself, and get original (and most welcome) gifts for everyone on your list! 

Saturday, December 1st 10am-6pm: Go to Outstanding Dreams Farm [24480 Pinetown Rd Preston,MD] to play with an alpaca, chat with Phil and Vickie Liske, and lose yourself in the luxurious warmth of alpaca knitwear - it's amazing! Their alpaca store has a large assortment of gifts and sundries - all of the finest quality - and many homemade. Alpaca wool gloves will certainly feel good this snowy winter! If you can't make the open house you can still enjoy the store and many gift offerings - give them a call!

Sunday, December 9  1-4pm: Visit Cindy Draper & Associates [311 Franklin St Denton, MD] for their Holiday Open House! This is THE place to go for massages, reiki, acupuncture, foot reflexology and more. Just walking into the Denton historic home is enough to lower your blood pressure a few points. Who wouldn't love a gift certificate for a full body massage ($60)?  The open house will feature many types of gifts, including essential oil products, photographs, afghans, teas, jewelry and more. Don't miss it!

Fire Company Tradition Brightens Skipjack For The Holidays

Volunteers from Cambridge Rescue Fire Company recently brought their Ladder Tower No.1 truck to Long Wharf in Cambridge in what has become an annual tradition of helping light the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester for the holidays.

Firefighter Rick Travers, Jr., used the truck’s bucket to give a lift to skipjack volunteers. They lashed a small tree to the top of the mast and outlined the skipjack’s sail pattern in garland and lights. Nathan crew members John O’Reilly, Tom Kish and Michael Hoff took turns in the bucket, while other volunteers handled decorating on deck.

The Nathan went “green” this year, with a gift of LED lights from a donor who wished to remain anonymous. The new energy-efficient bulbs replaced its previous glass incandescent bulbs. Capt. Frank Newton, who supervised the decorating, noted that the new plastic bulbs should last longer and draw much less power, reducing breakage and blown fuses.

Newton added that the Nathan’s lights contribute to the Cambridge waterfront holiday display and are readily visible as one crosses the Choptank River Bridge into the city.

Shore Health Patient Safety Initiative Receives National Recognition

Shore Health’s Target Zero initiative was one of four programs across the country that received national recognition earlier this year as an honorable mention recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2012 Partnership in Prevention Award. This national recognition is given annually by HHS in partnership with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) to recognize the top hospitals who have achieved the greatest sustainable improvements towards eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

The first of its kind, this award is meant to demonstrate that wide-scale reduction and progress toward the elimination of healthcare-associated infections are truly possible when multidisciplinary teams work together.

“It is gratifying for Shore Health to be named among the top hospitals in the country for our Target Zero efforts because so many people at Shore contributed to our success, “ says Michael Tooke, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Shore Health.

Thanks to Target Zero, Shore Health has experienced extended periods of time with zero significant infections, in particular CLABSI, CAUTI, and VAP. Each ICU and many other hospital-based nursing units, including the home care and hospice team, have gone for periods of over a year (some even greater than two or three years) without a device-related infection. Additionally, Shore Health has seen reductions in every other healthcare-associated infection tracked, including MRSA, C-Diff, and VRE.

Get Ready to Bake! GINGERBREAD HOUSE CONTEST!

Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) invites community members to enter their Gingerbread House Contest for the holidays. They are looking for creative works that will be displayed at the Center from December 1-15.  Both children and adults are encouraged to enter.

Guidelines for entries are as follows:                                               

  • The mounting board for the entries must be no larger that 20” x 20” for adults; no larger than 15” x 15” for children                                                          
  • Everything on the display that is visible (other than the mounting board) must be edible. Non-edible interior supports that cannot be seen may be used.
  • Creations must be at least 50% gingerbread.
  • Entry fee: $10.00 children (under age 17), $8.00 for DCA members; $15 for adults, $13 for DCA members.

The houses will be judged for overall appearance, originality, imagination, use of materials, design execution and holiday spirit. Ribbons will be awarded, and community members are encouraged to vote by December 15 for the People’s Choice award.

All entries will be sold in a silent auction to benefit DCA. Auction winners can pick up houses on December 17.

To enter, please bring the completed houses to Dorchester Center for the Arts by Saturday, December 1. Entry forms are available at the Center or online at dorchesterarts.org. For more information, call 410-228-7782.

Silver Linings Donates Over $4,000 to Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery

Local Jeweler donates portion of oyster and crab pendant sales to support a healthier Chesapeake Bay

Silver Linings, a sterling silver and gemstone jewelry storewith locations in St. Michaels and Easton, donatedover $4,000 to the Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery in Cambridge Maryland. The contribution was generated by sales of the silver sterling and 14k Oyster & Crab Pendant from April through October.

As one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery produces oyster larvae to be used for research, restoration, and educational projects. As a result of the hatchery’s spawning efforts, over 3.5 billion oyster spat (essentially “baby oysters”) have been deployed to the Chesapeake Bay over the last decade.

“We were overwhelmed and thrilled by the community’s response to this initiative,” commented Aida Leisure, owner of Silver Linings. Our customers were excited to have a way to support the real-life inspiration for this beautiful piece of jewelry.”

Oysters are crucial to the health and cleanliness of the Chesapeake Bay. These filter feeders serve as “vacuum cleaners” for the Bay’s entire aquatic ecosystem — a single oyster can filter over 50 gallons of water per day. The abundance of oysters in local bodies of water is important to both the ecological and economic systems we rely on. Crassostreavirginica (the Eastern Oyster) is native to the Bay. Each year, Horn Point Oyster Hatchery begins spawning these oysters in April.

Bay Hundred Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Seeks Donations

The Bay Hundred Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort, founded by local business, nonprofit and community leaders throughout Talbot County, will support NY and NJ victims of Hurricane Sandy with a clothing and supply drive. Due to difficulty with transportation within NJ and NY, monetary contributions are preferred. You can give financial support by sending a check to:

 SMCC/Hurricane Relief

PO Box 354

St. Michaels, MD 21663

*Contributions are tax deductible

 The group seeks local donations of warm clothing, blankets, cleaning and other supplies for distribution in New Jersey and New York communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The most needed items are:

  • Heavy coats, hats, gloves
  • Blankets
  • New underwear, socks, t-shirts (packaged new items only)
  • Cleaning products, shovels, garbage bags
  • C&D batteries, latex gloves, facemasks and goggles for clean-up efforts
  • Diapers

Donations can be dropped off at the St. Michaels Community Center and the St. Michaels YMCA. The effort is expected to last as long as necessary – trucks are expected to leave from Bay Hundred each week for the rest of the year, or as long as needed. The first delivery is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8th.

Artists & Small Businesses - Get More Customers for Less Money!

Building a Strong Mid-Shore with our Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts!

 Did you know that for every $100 you spend with an independently owned local store $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures? Spend that same money at a national chain store and $43 stays here. Spend it online and $0 is returned to the community. [check out the 3/50 Project for more information] 

This year Mid Shore Life is setting up the Buy Local Guide to Exceptional Gifts to promote and encourage everyone to keep those hard earned dollars on the Shore. All types of gifts will be showcased, including traditional presents, gift certificates to local restaurants, tickets to local shows, sports lessons, art classes and more. Think funky, original - and LOCAL! 

We want to make buying local as easy and irresistible as possible.

Your graphic ad will be featured on Mid Shore Life til January - AND you're individual gifts will be shown, repeatedly, to potential customers via the website, newsletters, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Get more customers with more visibility and promotion!

Gift Wrapping Fundraiser for the Elkton Boys and Girls Club

 The Palette & The Page – 120 E. Main St. Elkton

Are you all thumbs when it comes to wrapping your holiday gifts?

Don’t you wish you knew a creative elf who could manage the task of wrapping all those packages for you?

Your wish has come true!  Margie Blystone will be thrilled to wrap your gifts in the grand fashion they richly deserve, in exchange for your generous donation by cash or check to the Elkton Boys & Girls Club.  Simply bring your gifts for wrapping to The Palette & The Page any time between the hours of 11:00am to 6:00pm from Monday, November 26th thru Thursday, December 20th.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the Elkton Boys & Girls Club.  

For further information please call The Palette & The Page - (410) 398-3636

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