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September 2021 News
A Seasonal Shift into September 

September 22nd will kick off the start of the Autumn season and just like that we begin to transition from the long, hot days of Summer to beautiful Fall weather - which you're keenly aware of if you've been in any local grocery store lately and noticed the pumpkin spice around every corner.   I personally love the Fall - it's my favorite season.  Boots, hoodies, fall leaves, warm lattes in the crisp evening air...  anyone else feel the same way?  There's something peaceful about it, somewhat even therapeutic.   

If you've been following the news or social media you know there's a lot happening around the world right now: the chaos in Afghanistan, supply shortages and inflation, political controversary... all in addition to general life stressors such as kids returning to school, resurgence of the global pandemic, work burnout and staff shortage / turnover - the list goes on. 

Here's a few quick tips to help you re-center amongst the chaos:  

  1. Social Media Detox - disconnect for a day, a week, or a month!  
  2. Focus only on things you can control, let go of things you can't
  3. Challenge negativity with positive affirmations 
  4. Express gratitude for the good things in your life
  5. Do something that energizes you, rather than drains you
Remember: there is a very strong link between positivity and mental, as well as physical, health.  Check out more self care tips later on in this issue. 

COVID-19 Update
Maryland has surpassed the milestone of administering over 7.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccines are an effective tool to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and the Delta variant: covidvax.maryland.gov.

Governor Hogan has sent a letter to President Biden outlining several critical actions the federal government should take to combat COVID-19 including:

  • Making booster shots available immediately for seniors and vulnerable populations
  • Immediately addressing boosters for Americans who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Advancing full FDA approval of all vaccines (Pfizer already approved) 
  • Expediting approval of vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds

Locally, we're seeing fluctuations in the amount of daily positive cases from as many as 24 to as little as 1.  A term you may have heard a lot lately is 'breakthrough cases' - those individuals who are fully vaccinated, and still become infected with the virus.  Those cases are expected as no vaccine is 100% effective, and most appear to have mild symptoms.  Unvaccinated individuals continue to make up the majority of positive cases and hospitalizations.  Some local businesses in Talbot and surrounding counties have made the move to mandatory vaccination of their staff in an effort to slow the pandemic, and the mask mandate in most schools is still in effect for the upcoming school year.  

Twice weekly walk-in vaccine clinics at the Talbot County Health Department on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12 to 6pm.


As always, you can continue to track daily local case updates via the Talbot County Covid-19 Facebook Page or Webpage

Stay Healthy, 
Erica Batson
Healthy Talbot Facilitator

Resource Spotlight

Mid-Shore Pro Bono (MSPB) is a nonprofit organization that connects low income people with legal representation in need of civil legal services. Our vision is for all people on the Eastern Shore to be empowered to resolve civil legal issues and our core values are integrity, service orientation, compassion, professionalism, respect, dignity and collaboration.

MSPB was founded in 2005 by small group of dedicated and compassionate local judges and attorneys who recognized the overwhelming need for basic civil legal services for low income people. MSPB was the first regional pro bono organization in Maryland dedicated to connecting private attorneys with low income people in need of civil legal representation. MSPB holds clinics for clients in need of family, elder, and consumer debt and housing assistance.

If you are experiencing a legal problem that involves any of the topics listed below, we can help!

  • Adult Guardianship
  • Advanced Medical Directives
  • Bankruptcy
  • Child Custody and/or Visitation
  • Consumer Debt/Debt Buyer
  • Contract Disputes
  • Divorce
  • Employment
  • Foreclosure
  • Legal Separation
  • Landlord-Tenant Dispute
  • Limited Immigration Legal Services
  • Power of Attorney
  • Small Claims
  • Small Estate Administration
  • Wills

*Note: MSPB does not take cases involving domestic violence, child support, criminal cases, traffic cases, protective orders/peace orders and/or appeals. Please see their Client Resources page for help with these issues.


Mid Shore Pro Bono
8 South West Street
Easton, MD 21601
 410-690-8128
Email: info@midshoreprobono.org
Website: www.midshoreprobono.org

A MESSAGE FROM SANDY BROWN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MSPB


Friends,

Thirteen years ago, I stepped into the Mid Shore Pro Bono (MSPB) leadership role with little more than a notebook, a few names of lawyers and lots of files piled up on a plastic folding table in a small office in Centreville that had no sign and was not open to the public. Today, MSPB spans the Eastern Shore with offices in Easton, Chestertown and Salisbury staffed by 10 amazing, caring, dedicated individuals who are committed to ensuring equal access to legal assistance in our community.

Helping more than 3,000 people each year, MSPB continues to innovate, collaborate, and educate people in our community about the value and impact of legal services. It has been an honor and privilege to be a part of the legal services community in Maryland and to advocate for Eastern Shore residents. I have often thought of our program in the context of “Horton Hears A Who”, working to be heard, seen, acknowledged, and treated equally. And while MSPB is a small team, we are strong and mighty and have built a place where those who need our help are, in fact, seen and heard.

A solid foundation now supports MSPB. Solid enough to allow me to step down as the Executive Director of MSPB at the end of 2021and leave room for new ventures, pathways, partnerships, and programs. I have learned so much these past 13 years and I am grateful for and proud of the tireless staff at MSPB and the resilient communities with whom we work. Our Board of Directors is on a steadfast path to ensure MSPB is here for the next 13 years and beyond. I am eager to see where MSPB goes next and am committed to ensuring that my transition is seamless. Today, the Board of Directors is launching a search to identify the next Executive Director of MSPB. You can view the job description on our website.
https://midshoreprobono.org/employment-opportunities/

In the meantime, I’ll be working with all of you — friends, partners, and supporters of MSPB — to set the stage for the next Executive Director so that all people, regardless of their circumstances, will be able to access high quality legal assistance in their own community.

While working with families remains MSPB’ core mission, we have grown many highly capable staff who know and love the work as much as I do. Needed now is a leader for MSPB who cares about the Eastern Shore, its residents and their quality of life, and is equally comfortable advocating for the civil right to counsel.

We have helped so many, and there is still so much work to do. COVID alone has increased the number of people who needed legal help on the Eastern Shore. And with less than 1% of practicing attorneys in Maryland living here, we will need to continue to build our network of supporters on every front. It is not an easy task, and it will take all of us working harder, volunteering more, and giving as generously as possible. So, you’re stuck with me for a while longer—and I am counting on you help make Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s next chapter the best ever.

With warm regards,

Sandy Brown

September is Baby Safety Month

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) initiated Baby Safety Month to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. The campaign started in 1983 when JPMA initiated "Expectant Mother's Day." In 1986, it was extended to a week-long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first "Baby Safety Awareness Month." Since then, every September has been designated as Baby Safety Month.

Check out the list of Safety Tips HERE

Self Care September

Self-care isn't selfish, it's essential.  No-one's perfect. But so often we compare our insides to other people's outsides. This month, encourage everyone to be kinder to themselves (as well as others), especially when things go wrong. Self-care increases our resilience and helps us get more out of life. It also helps us accept others as they are too. 

Upcoming Events

Frederick Douglass On The Hill: Mural Unveiling

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2021
Celebration at Idlewild Park from 11am to 3pm
Ribbon Cutting at the Mural at 3:30 - 505 South Street
Community celebration & Ribbon cutting ceremony
Join your neighbors at The Mid-Shore is Going Purple Together second annual gathering in Idlewild Park on Friday, September 24. Enjoy a live DJ, virtual reality, a teen-created hip-hop time capsule, local African American history exhibit, Zumba, an art show and so much more as we celebrate Go Purple and Recovery Month in the mid-shore.

A Peer Support Specialist ceremony will honor local heroes who have overcome their substance use addiction and are now helping others through the their journey to sobriety. Learn about local resources to help those struggling with substance use, and get trained on Narcan and Deterra bags. Guests can outdoor dine with some tasty food truck offerings, including Amy Cool's Ice Cream Express and So Coast. For more details on Going Purple Together and other Go Purple events happening in the mid-shore visit www.midshorebehavioralhealth.org/gpt.


Event sponsored by Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. and RALI Maryland. Participating partners include: Caroline County Family YMCA, Caroline Goes Purple, Caroline County Health Department, Caroline County Safe Station, Chesapeake Heritage Project, Chesapeake Voyagers, Chestertown Rotary, Choptank Community Health, Dorchester Goes Purple, Dorchester County Health Department, Dri-Dock Wellness and Recovery, Easton Volunteer Fire Department, Kent County Health Department, Kent Goes Purple, Maryland Addiction Consultation Service, Mariah's Mission, Maryland Coalition of Families, Maryland ROTA, Mid Shore Mediation, Mid Shore Pro Bono, Mid-Shore Restoring HOPE in Women, Minary's Dream Alliance Queen Anne's County Health Department, Qlarant, Queen Anne's County Goes Purple, Recovery in Motion, Santé Eastern Shore Mobile Crisis Response, Sun Behavioral, Talbot County Health Department, Talbot County Sheriff's Department, and Talbot Goes Purple. 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2021 AT 9 AM EDT – 12 PM

Together to Fight Suicide will be the motto for the 2021 Out of the Darkness Walk Season. Help us create a culture that is smart about mental health and support AFSP's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide, Register today for the 2021 Mid-Shore Out of the Darkness Walk www.afsp.org/midshoremd.

On Saturday, September 25, Easton Airport will host the 12th annual Easton Airport Day, sponsored by Scott & Tracy Wagner, a community event offering the whole family an opportunity to visit the local airfield and see what flying is all about.

Formation flyovers highlight the festivities with rare “Warbirds” flying patterns over the skies of Easton. The world-famous Rubber Chicken Drop Contest will also delight the crowd as pilots skillfully attempt to hit the bed of a pickup truck while flying over the airport.

Rare and unique aircraft, military jets, airport equipment, and classic cars will be on display during the event. Photo-ops will be available with chances for families to sit inside select aircraft and meet the pilots that fly them.

The Aviation Career Education (ACE) tent, introduced in 2019, will also return to Easton Airport Day. Professional pilots, aviation colleges, and military personnel will be on hand speaking about aviation careers and the opportunities found in our region.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of local food vendors. Easton Airport Day 2021 apparel and merchandise will be on sale with proceeds supporting ACE programming.

“Easton Airport Day has grown into a special event,” Easton Airport Manager Micah Risher said. “It is a day dedicated to celebrating our aviation history and welcoming the community out to the airport.”

Easton Airport Day is free to attend and there is no fee for parking. Parking attendants will be onsite to help attendees find appropriate parking spaces on airport property. Additional handicapped parking near the terminal building will be provided. Be prepared for long treks, as displays and activities are located all over the airport grounds. Appropriate outerwear and apparel is suggested, family fun is expected.

A full schedule of activities and an event map will be available online in early September. For more information about Easton Airport Day, or to become a sponsor, bookmark www.eastonairportday.com. Follow Easton Airport on Facebook @EastonAirport for event updates.

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