The Mariner's Concierge:
Hey boaters - It's no fun when you run out of ice, food or beverages while your having fun right? Be sure to store the phone number for The Mariner's Concierge:
443-531-1661. They will keep your gathering going by delivering what you need right to your boat! They also do in-cabin cleaning, catering, pet care, and more!
Boating Hospitality Services right here on Kent Island!
Southern Kent Island Sewer Project Receives National Recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency::
The EPA sited “excellence and innovation” this week when they recognized Queen Anne’s County’s Southern Kent Island Sewer System.
“For decades, the Clean Water State Revolving Fund has supported critical water infrastructure projects that help grow the American economy and support our way of life,” said Mike Shapiro,
acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. “These projects are a testament to the power of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund in leveraging investment to meet the country’s
diverse clean water needs.”
Queen Anne’s County is utilizing the fund to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay by eventually connecting all 1,526 properties in the nine communities that had failing septic systems.
Phase I of the project is currently underway and connecting the 774 homes in Kent Island Estates and Romancoke.
This $55 million project is partially financed by a $34 million CWSRF loan for disadvantaged communities that includes $1.2 million in loan forgiveness, a low 0.8 percent interest rate, and a
30-year repayment term.
The failing septic systems are generally on small lots with marginal soils and high groundwater. Upgrading Southern Kent Island to sewer service will not only remove 7,000 pounds of nitrogen
each year from Chesapeake Bay, but will also benefit the community by improving property values, all while keeping the project affordable at under $100 per month per customer, according to
County Commissioner Mark Anderson said, "During the District Four Commissioner campaign in 2014, I had occasion to hear the reasons both pro and con on this public sewer project. After
being elected to this office, I had the authority to get the facts versus the theories with converting many septic systems in South Kent Island to a public sewer processing plant. I had input from
other jurisdictions with similar systems, input from our own sanitary engineers and health department professionals. My investigation found no small number of these septic drain fields on South
Kent Island were failing, and based on soil hydrology, I knew many more were to follow. The real estate property market in South Kent Island was in disarray with an over-hang of pending
health issues some properties could not be sold. The largest asset most people own is their home, and that asset was being devalued. The foreclosures appeared in good neighborhoods.
The thoughts that too much traffic would clog Rt. 8 was lessened by lot consolidation required by loan from the state and this substantially cut the number of buildable lots in the service area.”
"When the time came to cast that critical vote, I voted to move ahead because the facts said that would be the fairest solution for the most, and this needed project passed 3-2," Anderson said.
"A lot of work preceded that important vote including the General Assembly's help and the assistance of our partners in state government, without whom none of this improvement could have
occurred. Lastly, we have a competent and devoted staff in our Health Department and the county Department of Public Works Department on whose professional expertise I found invaluable.
This EPA recognition validates the creativity and joint effort on this the long road taken for a project and is the absolute right thing to do."
Simple Clean Has Openings::
If you are in need of a cleaning service for your home - Call "Simple Clean" at 410-725-0155. They have a few open slots right now for new clients. Get your home cleaned to perfection...
Serving the Mid-Shore Area from Kent Island to Centreville.
Totally Talented Thursdays:
December 21, 2017
Need to start your holiday shopping? Downtown Stevensville is the perfect place. Great gifts from local artists with a special two hour event on Thursday! Great deals and unique gift ideas.
This is an outdoor event unless the weather doesn't work - Then it will be inside "My Little Studio".
DejaBlu Vintage Special Day:
November 24, 2017
Special Day, Friday November 24th & the weekend. Shop the freshly picked, unique vintage furniture & home accessories at DejaBlu Vintage. They have an ecletic mix of vintage, mid century
modern, nautical and coastal and an entire room dedicated to vintage Christmas decor. They have also recently added a vintage Boho style Boutique with leather handbags, belts, clothing and
DejaBlu Vintage is located at 311 Love Point Road in Stevensville - In the old "No Place Tavern" building.
November 27, December 6, December 13, 2017
Save the date, tell your friends, mark your calendars!!! These are three events at Adam's Taphouse & Grill on Kent Island that you don't want to miss out on! Retro Rib Night, Oyster Night, and Burley Oak Night.
DejaBlu Vintage Special Day:
November 24, 2017
Annual Breakfast Buffet with Santa at the United Communities Volunteer Fire Dept., 9406 Romancoke Road, Stevensville, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Adults $9, Children Age 4-7 $5, Children
Under 4 are Free. Bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to The Schwinky Toy Drive to receive $1 off your ticket.
Fosters for Dogs Needed:
Chesapeake Cats and Dogs is looking for people to foster dogs! The more fosters they have, the more lives they can save!
Please click here to apply to be a foster: http://www.chesapeakecatsanddogs.org/volunteer/benefits-of-fostering/
Free Logs, both Hardwood and Pine:
Free Logs, both Hardwood and Pine!! Must take a Large Truck Load - Free Delivery! Also - Free Large Quanity of Wood Chips!! Must take Large Truck Load
(20 Yards)!! Free Delivery - Call 410-827-5198 to be put on our list!!
No more 911 call busy signals on the Midshore::
Posted September, 2017
911 Dispatchers on the Midshore are joining ranks to ensure that 911 callers do not get a busy signal; instead overflow calls will roll over to another trained dispatcher in a neighboring county to
insure that all calls are answered by a professional.
“About 70 percent of 911 calls come in via cell phones,” said Director Queen Anne's County Department of Emergency Services, Scott Haas. “Today, after six 911 cell phone lines are in use, the
caller gets a busy signal. Our partnership with Kent, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties will eliminate that problem.”
This will be particularly important when there are simultaneous emergencies. For example, if there is a car accident on Route 50 with multiple witnesses calling 911, while elsewhere in the county
someone is experiencing heart attack symptoms and someone else is hurt in a farming accident.
All Midshore dispatchers are trained in life safety instructions such as guiding someone through the steps for CPR, controlling bleeding and even childbirth.
“The message I really want to send to the public is that if you dial 911 and the call is answered by another county – do not hang up,” said Haas. “We are working together and help is on
NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ORGANIZATION ESTABLISHES LOCAL CHAPTER:
Cindy Kerr began making pillowcases for her son Ryan more than a decade ago to brighten up his hospital room and put a smile on his face during his cancer
treatment. While Ryan is no longer with us physically, his legacy lives on in Ryan’s Case for Smiles. Today, there are more than 120 chapters comprised of
thousands of volunteers and more than 1.4 million pillowcases have been delivered. A local chapter of the organization has been established under the
leadership of local resident Kristy Christman of Centreville.
Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly known as ConKerr Cancer) is one of the few volunteer organizations solely dedicated to helping sick children cope with the
stress of life changing illnesses and injuries. Providing children with whimsical pillowcases give them an emotional boost and remind them they are not
defined by their illnesses. This simple gift provides proven stress relievers including distraction and hope that enhances the emotional well-being of
the children and their families.
“I was inspired to become more involved with this organization after feeling it’s impact firsthand. A few years ago, our middle son was hospitalized and
underwent surgery. While in the hospital, his nurse gave him a brightly colored pillowcase that immediately brought him a sense of comfort and safety. It
seemed like something very simple at the time, but the impact was priceless. I wanted to learn how I could get involved so after looking into the
organization, I taught myself how to sew a pillowcase. I made a few and sent them in for donation. It was very easy and I felt a great sense of pride
and joy that I was helping to bring comfort to a child that was going through a difficult experience. I was very excited to see that the organization
needed a chapter coordinator in my area. I had been looking for a meaningful way to give back and volunteer my time, and I just knew this was the
perfect fit.”, said Kristy.
If you would like more information about the organization or if you are interested in volunteering or donating, please contact Kristy Christman at
443-262-6310, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.caseforsmiles.org
QAC Commissioners Seek Citizens for Boards & Commissions:
The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are looking for interested county residents to serve on a variety of county boards and commissions. The appointments
will commence in the coming weeks and the terms vary. Applicants must be residents of Queen Anne’s County. If you have applied previously, please send a
new letter of interest and resume at this time. The deadline for applications is 4:30 p.m., October 28, 2016.
The following boards and commissions are seeking members: Animal Control Commission, Board of Building Appeals, Board of Zoning Appeals, Board of
Electrical Examiners, Economic Development Commission, Employee Awards Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, Friends of Historic Christ Church
Board of Directors, Kent Narrows Development Foundation, Planning Commission, and the Social Services Advisory Board.
For more details about each board and commission go to qac.org, click “Government” then “Boards and Commissions.” Click the title of any board or
commission and full details are available, such as when and where they meet, members, etc.
If interested in serving on any of these committees, please send a letter of interest and resume to email@example.com or by mail to QAC Liberty Building,
Att: Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty St. Centreville MD 21617. For questions call 410-758-0322 x2003.
Kent Island Kmart Offers Military Discounts on Tuesdays:
Tuesdays in 2017
Every Tuesday Kmart on Kent Island offers military people and their families a discount. So if your active or retired stop in every Tuesday for
your discount. Cashiers will have the one time use coupons. Some exclusion do apply see store for details. Kmart is located in Stevensville.
Volunteers Wanted at your Local VFD:
QAC Fire & EMS Commission has sounded the alarm… Will you answer your local volunteer fire department’s call for help?
The Queen Anne’s County Fire & EMS Commission, is kicking off October Fire Prevention Month with a Call for Volunteers to fill a variety of membership
positions in both emergency response and non-emergency response roles.
The QAC Fire & EMS Commission represents all 9 county volunteer fire departments located in Church Hill, Crumpton, Grasonville, Goodwill (Centreville),
Kent Island (Chester), Queen Anne-Hillsboro, Queenstown, Sudlersville and United Communities (Stevensville. The goal is to boost membership in these
Here, as in most rural counties, volunteers make up 100% of the emergency fire & rescue service, and they work in collaboration with the Department of
Emergency Services career EMS Units to provide medical care to the citizens and visitors. In addition to emergency response members who provide Fire and
EMS services, these
departments also require non-emergency response members who provide administrative services to keep the department running smoothly including bookkeeping,
fundraising, recruitment, community outreach, and supporting emergency response personnel on fire scenes.
Anyone 16 or older may join their local fire company. The benefits are significant and growing. They include free training, a Maryland income tax
deduction, life insurance policy, LOSAP years of service reimbursement program and insurance while on the job.
For more information or to apply for membership; stop by your local Volunteer Fire Department, visit www.qacfec.org, find us on Facebook Queen Anne’s
County Fire & EMS Commission or call (410) 758-6027. Join today. To view the recruitment video check out https://youtu.be/8tOMfOgSZQY.
Band Members Needed!
Ongoing in 2017
The Kent Island Community Band is currently looking for new members. We are looking for musicians who play trombone,
euphonium, tuba and percussion, but all concert band instruments are welcomed. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7pm
to 8:30pm in the band room of the Stevensville Middle School, 610 Main Street, Stevensville, MD 21666. For more
information, visit www.kicb.org or call Dee Dee Miller at