Furnance Town Gospel Day Jamboree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact Furnace Town at 410-632-2032 for more information.

SNOW HILL, MD.

Kick off the upcoming summer at Furnace Town, June 6, 2015 for a Gospel Day Jamboree!

Furnace Town village is a great place for friends; family, fellowship, and fun so save the date and spread the word! Furnace Town artisans will also be on site and The Paul Leifer Nature Trail is open!
Beginning at 1:00pm the day will feature uplifting gospel from God’s Country Crossroads, Brittany Lewis, and Triple Praise.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Don’t forget your lawn chairs!
General Admission price $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for seniors, $4.00 for children, and Furnace Town members are Free.

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Free Concert in Cypress Park

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The City of Pocomoke kicks off their Concert in the Park summer series with the Blue Crab Crossing Bluegrass Band on May 28, 2015 at 6:30pm under the Cypress Park Pavilion in Pocomoke City, Maryland.

Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free performance with a beautiful view of the scenic Pocomoke River. Bleacher seating is also available. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

For more information and a calendar of events please visit downtownpocomoke.com or call 410-957-1333.

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UMES Hawk Talk

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features news from baseball, golf, track & field, and more.

Congrats to the Class of 2015, who graduated Friday! We’re proud of you! Hawk Pride!

BASEBALL

Last Monday (05/11), freshman pitcher Scott Bean (Harveys Lake, Pa.) was named the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, alongside men’s golfer Bryce Young, for his efforts against UMBC. Bean came in relief and tossed three innings of scoreless baseball and allowed only two walks and two hits.

Later that evening, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) released its All-Conference teams and three UMES Hawks were honored: junior Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) and sophomores Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) and Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

On May 13, the squad fell short against Savannah State, 8-6, in the MEAC Baseball Championship opening round. Stinnett pitched seven innings while striking out nine Tigers.

The next day (05/14), UMES gave up a 6-2 advantage as the Norfolk State Spartans scored three in the seventh and two in the ninth to win the game, 7-6. Quenton Hamrick (New Castle, Del.) finished out his first season with two hits.

The team finished with a 16-33 record, the most wins for the squad in nine years. UMES will continue its quest for a MEAC title in February 2016.

GOLF

On May 11, sophomore golfer Bryce Young (Stevensville, Md.) was selected UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, along with baseball’s Scott Bean, for his performance at the Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) of America Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Young led the way, posting a 228 (+12) in three days, including a personal best in the first and third rounds with a 74 (+2).

UMES returns all eight student-athletes as they look to compete for a MEAC Title next season.

TRACK & FIELD

On May 15-17, the track & field team competed in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletics of America (IC4A)/Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships where the men finished 25th overall and the ladies placed 31st.

After day one, sophomore Khalil Rmidi Kinini (Malaga, Spain) and freshman Oussama Chouati (Manresa, Spain) excelled in the 3000 meter steeplechase as Rmidi Kinini finished second while Chouati claimed 10th.

The next day, UMES capitalized in the qualifiers as they set up opportunities to score points for Sunday’s IC4A/ECAC finale. Sophomore Shelasia Leitch (Newark, N.J.) advanced to the 100 meter hurdle finals with a pair of excellent showings.

A pair of Lady Hawk relay teams will continue on to their respective finals as the 4×400 team of Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), Dypna Umunakwe (Bronx, N.Y.), Loundy Desire (Queens Village, N.Y.) and Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) took third place to advance to the finals. In the 4×800, a quartet of Margaret Wilmot-Francis (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Jasmine Sampson (Coatesville, Pa.), Janice Lane (Carson, Calif.), and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) also qualified for the finals.

On the men’s side, Rmidi Kinini was the only Hawk advancing to the finals, finishing 10th in the 1500 meter run (3:47.39).

On the final day, UMES scored 19 points with the women tallying 13 of those points.

For many, this will conclude their season. On May 28-30, a select few will move on to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Fla.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.

 

 

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Atlantic General Announces Education Calendar for June 2015

ATLANTIC GENERAL ANNOUNCES EDUCATION CALENDAR FOR JUNE 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Apple Drug, Berlin, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. Contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Walgreens, Ocean Pines, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. Contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

CPAP Mask Fitting – appointment necessary

Atlantic General Hospital Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center

Atlantic General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center hosts a monthly mask fitting clinic for patients who are having trouble adjusting to their CPAP equipment. This is a completely FREE service, but requires the patient to call ahead to set up an appointment. To make an appointment, contact Robin Rohlfing at 410-641-9726.

 

Atlantic General Hospital Diabetes Support Group 6:00 PM -7:00 PM

St. Paul’s Methodist Church

Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital. The support group is open to the public and meets the first Monday of every month.   For more information contact Darlene Jameson at 410-629-6877 or the AGH Diabetes Outpatient Education program at 410-641-9703.

 

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at 410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rite Aid, Selbyville, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Walgreens, Clarksville, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn

Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pocomoke Senior Center, Pocomoke, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The Stepping On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (June 2 – July 14).

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Rite Aid, Berlin, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Rite Aid, Ocean Pines, Md.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

Atlantic General Hospital Diabetes Support Group 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Ocean Pines Library, Ocean Pines, Md.

Sponsored by Atlantic General Hospital.

The support group is open to the public and meets the first Wednesday of every month.
For more information, contact the AGH Diabetes Outpatient Education program at 410-641-9703.

 

Friday, June 5, 2015
Berlin Health Fair 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Berlin Visitor’s Center, 14 S. Main Street, Berlin, Md.

Free information and screenings will be held at the Visitor’s Center including blood pressure, carotid, bone density, women’s health and diabetes. There will also be Integrative Health providers including massage, reflexology, essential oils, gluten free eating, acupuncture and more located at the Worcester Youth & Family Counseling Center located at 124 N. Main Street. Come for the Health Fair. Stay for the High Heel race at 5:30 PM!

 

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Overeaters Anonymous 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Our group is a 12 step program, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous. We help anyone struggling with a compulsive eating problem, whether it is weight gain, bulimia, anorexia, or if you are a parent of a child with one of these problems. We will be meeting each Sunday in Conference Room 1 at Atlantic General Hospital. There is no initial meeting charge. Meeting contribution is $1.00 weekly. If you have any questions, contact Bett at 410-202-9078.

 

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529.

 

Monday, June 8, 2015

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at 410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

NAMI Family Support Group 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic Health Center, Berlin, Md.

NAMI Maryland Lower Shore, offers this support group of families helping other families who live with mental health challenges. Join a caring group of individuals helping one another by utilizing their collective lived experiences and learned wisdom. The support group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. For more information call 443-229-2744 or namimdls@gmail.com.

 

Worcester Parkinson’s Disease Support Group 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Ocean Pines Library

Helping individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their families. No reservation, no fee. Just drop by and join us!  Additional information is available on www.DelmarvaParkinsonsAlliance.org or call Ron and Mary Leidner at 410-208-0525.

 

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pocomoke Senior Center, Pocomoke, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The Stepping

On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (June 2 – July 14).

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Celiac Support Group 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Support and information for those affected by celiac disease. For more information, contact Betty

Bellarin at 410-603-0210

 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 2

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529

 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Living Healthy with Hypertension Workshop 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, conference room 1

This is a one-time 2 ½ hour interactive program that teaches people with high blood pressure how to better manage the condition. It includes a blood pressure check, information about monitoring along with dietary and lifestyle suggestions. For more information or to register call 410-641-9268 – pre-registration is not necessary.

 

CPAP Mask Fitting – appointment necessary

Atlantic General Hospital Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center

Atlantic General Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Diagnostic Center hosts a monthly mask fitting clinic for patients who are having trouble adjusting to their CPAP equipment. This is a completely FREE service, but requires the patient to call ahead to set up an appointment. To make an appointment, contact Robin Rohlfing at 410-641-9726.

 

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pocomoke Senior Center, Pocomoke, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The Stepping

On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (June 2 –

July 14).

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AGH Hypertension Clinic 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Walgreens, Bethany Beach, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton at 410-641-9268.

 

AGH Hypertension Clinic 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Walgreens, Selbyville, Del.

Free blood pressure screening and health information. For more information, contact Dawn Denton 410-641-9268

 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 2

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529.

 

Monday, June 22, 2015

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at 410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pocomoke Senior Center, Pocomoke, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The Stepping On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (June 2 – July 14).

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Bereavement Support Group 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

We gather the fourth Wednesday of every month. Pre-registration is not necessary. For further information, please contact Pastoral Care Services at 410-641-9725 or emailgmansell@atlanticgeneral.org.

 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stroke Support Group 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Atlantic Health Center

A stroke support group that provides a community based environment for stroke victims/survivors and caregivers on a monthly basis. We will provide physical and emotional support in a social setting for survivors and caregivers to share their personal experiences and challenges. Coping strategies will also be discussed during these interactions.  We encourage utilization of resources available in our surrounding area to facilitate the greatest quality of life possible for our survivors. We will have key speakers who have expert knowledge concerning areas of concern for those affected by a stroke.

 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Alcoholics Anonymous Support Group 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 2

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. This group is open to the community and to AGH patients. For more information call Rob at 443-783-3529.

 

Monday, June 29, 2015

T.O.P.S. of Berlin – Group #169 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Atlantic General Hospital, Conference Room 1

Take Off Pounds Sensibly is a support and educational group promoting weight loss and healthy life-style. They meet weekly. For more information, contact Edna Berkey at 410-251-2083.

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Stepping on Fall Prevention Workshop 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Pocomoke Senior Center, Pocomoke, Md.

Stepping On is a well-researched falls prevention program. The prevention of falls is vital to

maintaining personal independence. Older people understand that the threat of a fall can be a

barrier to safely doing all the things they want to do at home and in their community. The Stepping On workshop is FREE and meets for two hours a week for seven weeks (June 2 –

July 14).

 

YOGA 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

James G. Barrett Medical Office Building, Rotunda, Berlin, Md.

All levels welcome. Contact Georgette Rhoads at 410-641-9734 or grhoads@atlanticgeneral.org with any questions. Cost: $72 for 8 sessions, or $10 drop-in fee for first time.

 

 

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties since May 1993.  Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md., combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, retina surgery and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, care for residents and visitors throughout the region.  For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

 

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Worcester County Humane Society 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Thursday, May 28, 2015 will be the 2nd Annual Worcester County Humane Society Golf Tournament, “Pars for Paws”.  The tournament will be at Eagles Landing Golf Course with a tee off at 12 p.m.  Registration starts at 11 p.m.  Entry fee is $100 per player and includes a box lunch, and awards ceremony at Harborside Bar and Grill which includes one orange crush and appetizers.  All money raised goes to the care of the animals at the Worcester County Humane Society.

Players, donations and sponsors are needed to make this a success.  The Humane Society is looking for individuals and businesses who would like to make a monetary donation or would like to donate raffle prizes. 

By having generous sponsors, the money raised at the event goes directly for the care of our animals instead of paying for the event,” says Sandy Summers, “Pars for Paws” chairwoman. Last year the golf tournament raised over $6,000 for the no-kill shelter located on 12230 Eagle’s Nest Rd., Berlin.  The shelter looks forward to even more success with this year’s tournament.

If you have any questions about the tournament please call Sandy Summers 443-235-5647 or W.C.H.S. at 410-213-0146.

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Atlantic General Hospital (AGH) Welcomes Pediatrician to New West OC Practice

Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital and Health System is pleased to announce that pediatrician Laura M. Stokes, D.O., has joined the medical staff to provide care at Atlantic General Pediatrics in west Ocean City and will begin seeing patients on June 4th.

Stokes will occupy Suite 2 at Atlantic General Medical Center, along with pediatrician Anita Pascucci, M.D., who will be relocating from the Atlantic Health Center to join her. The new practice is located next door to Atlantic Primary Care and Pediatrics, the office of internal medicine/pediatrics physician, Munna Garg, M.D. and family physician Danielle Orr, M.D.

The proximity of the two practices will allow the pediatricians to work closely to ensure their patients receive prompt appointments for sudden sick visit needs.

“We’re very excited that Dr. Stokes will be joining us,” said James Brannon, vice president of professional services at Atlantic General Hospital. “With her recruitment and the construction of Atlantic General Medical Center, we are able to bring a team of pediatricians to west Ocean City to care for the area’s growing population of young children.”

Stokes comes to Atlantic General from University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air Md. She has been a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2004 and is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. She obtained her medical degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Stokes was Pediatric Chief Resident at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., and Pediatric Hospitalist at University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Md. She is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and has participated in several medical mission trips to Honduras and China.

Appointments with Drs. Stokes and Pascucci can be made now by calling 410-390-3341.

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) Counties since May 1993.  Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin, Md. combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 25 primary care provider and specialist offices, care for residents and visitors throughout the region.  For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit www.atlanticgeneral.org.

 

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Free Golf Weekends at Winter Quarters Golf Course

FREE GOLF WEEKENDS AT WINTER QUARTERS GOLF COURSE

In order to celebrate the start ofthe 2015 golf season,Winter Quarters Golf Course in Pocomoke City will be offering two weekends of FREE GOLF for local golfers or visitors. The FREE GOLF weekends are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, as well as Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31. Golfers may play one round of 18 holes on either day at no cost (cart not included). The purpose of these FREE GOLF weekends is to highlight the new clubhouse building and to show off our beautiful nine-hole course located adjacent to the Pocomoke River. The golf course features bent grass greens, water hazards, sand traps, paved cart paths and the occasional eagle flying overhead.

The new clubhouse building is approximately 1,200 sq. ft. with a private meeting room, outdoor deck, pro shop, snack bar and restrooms. The outdoor deck has beautiful views of the golf course and is adjacent to the putting green. The snack bar and pro shop offer a variety of sandwiches, soft drinks, beer and snacks, as well as golf supplies including golf balls, tees, apparel, golf clubs and cart rentals.

Winter Quarters Golf Course is also available for fundraising tournaments at discounted rates for all non-profit groups in our area. The City also encourages local groups and businesses to form employee leagues to enjoy golf at special rates. Annual golf passes are also available. Golfers are asked to call 401.957.1171 or 410.957.1333 to reserve a tee time for FREE GOLF on either weekend, and to reserve an optional golf cart. For general information about Pocomoke City or other upcoming events, please go to cityofpocomokemd.gov,pocomoke.com or on facebook/winterquartersgolfcourse.

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Solar Electric Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – May 27

Solar Electric Project Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
May 27, 2015

The Mayor and City Council of Pocomoke City are pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new Solar Electric Generating Plant on Wednesday, May 27 at 4:30 pm. The ceremony will be held at the project site on Dunn Swamp Road, 1/4 mile south of the Pocomoke Beltway, and the public is welcome to attend. City officials will be joined by officials from Worcester County, and partners Standard Solar, LLC, and SunEdison, Inc. for the ceremony.

The new Solar array was built on approximately 10 acres of property owned by the City, and includes over 6,300 new solar panels producing 2.1 Mega Watts of electricity. The electricity produced will be virtually credited to all of the City’s electric meters, and will result in a reduction of the City’s electric bills by approximately 16%, or over $40,000/year. Several local non-profit groups have also joined the City’s new network and will realize similar reductions in their electric bills. These include the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum, MAR-VA Theater, Samaritan Shelter and the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark, Maryland.

The City has entered into a 20-year lease for the site and a separate Power Purchase Agreement with SunEdison, which owns the new Solar Array on City property. Standard Solar Co. built the project and will be responsible for all future management and maintenance at the site. The company currently operates several similar facilities in the Mid-Atlantic region, including the Perdue headquarters in Salisbury, Maryland. There has been and will be no cost to Pocomoke City related to the construction, operation or maintenance of this project. To the City’s knowledge, this is the largest municipal government solar project in the State of Maryland at this time. According to Mayor Bruce A. Morrison, “The City Council, staff and I are proud and excited to be involved in this important green energy project. This new Solar array will benefit our taxpayers due to lower electricity bills, and will benefit our environment through the use of a renewable energy source. We will also be able to help several local non-profit groups reduce their electric bills.” He added, “We hope to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of this major cost saving project and become a model for other local governments on the Delmarva Peninsula.”


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Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute Radiation Oncology Department Earns ACR Reaccreditation

The Radiation Oncology Department of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) has been awarded a three-year term of reaccreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  Radiation oncology (radiation therapy) is the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer.  A radiation oncologist may use radiation to cure cancer or to relieve a cancer patient’s pain.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 600 accredited sites, and 27 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety.  It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified radiation oncologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.  Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.  The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Radiation Oncology Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

To learn more about Radiation Oncology or any of the comprehensive cancer care services offered at PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute, please call 410-543-7006 or visit www.peninsula.org/RAHCI.

 

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Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Opens in Pocomoke City

PRESS RELEASE – APRIL 21, 2015

The Mayor and Council of Pocomoke City are pleased to announce a new business coming to the Pocomoke City Industrial Park. Cobb-Vantress, Inc. has recently purchased an 8-acre parcel of land from the City adjacent to Ricca Chemical Company on Broad Street. Cobb Vantress is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. and is based in Arkansas. They operate six facilities in the United States and one in Europe, where they conduct genetic research regarding chickens and breeders for their clients in the poultry industry. They will work with growers from Delaware, Maryland and Virginia from their new site in Pocomoke City.

A welcoming and groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the site at 1901 Broad Street at 4:30 PM on Tuesday, April 28. Pocomoke City officials will be joined by Worcester County Commissioners, Worcester County Economic Development officials, and representatives from Tyson Foods and Cobb-Vantress for ceremony, which will be open to the public.

Beauchamp Construction Co., of Pocomoke City, has been hired by Cobb-Vantress to construct a new 20,000 sq. ft. facility on the property beginning this summer. The new building will be used primarily for quality assurance and research. It will include offices for genetic research staff, human resources, management, and management support personnel, as well as a washing/disinfection facility for trucks and other equipment. Approximately 35 employees will be on site daily, including drivers. No live birds will be maintained on the site.

The Pocomoke City Industrial Park was started in the late 1970s using mostly federal and state grant funds for utility extensions. land acquisition, street construction, and a new water tower. Starting in 1978, the City built and later sold several speculation buildings in the Industrial Park to bring in new jobs and stimulate the local economy. Several local industries now occupy the Industrial Park including: Bel-Art Products, Inc.; Benelli, Inc. (gun manufacturer); Aurora Agronomy; and Ricca Chemical Co., with a total employment of approximately 235 people. Other vacant sites, as well as a County-sponsored start-up/incubator building are currently available in the park. Businesses in the Industrial Park are able to take advantage of the City’s Enterprise Zone designation for tax savings.
According to Mayor Bruce Morrison, “The City Council and I are very pleased that Cobb-Vantress, Inc. has selected Pocomoke City for its new permanent location in Maryland.

This project will result in new permanent jobs for local residents, as well as construction jobs and an increase in the City and County tax bases. We look forward to working with them as an important part of our community for many years to come.”

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