Citizen Forum Date Set

SALISBURY — Wicomico County Councilwoman Sheree Sample-Hughes will hold the next in a series of District One Citizen’s Forum meetings next Thursday, Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the new Delmar Municipal Building located at 100 S. Pennsylvania Avenue.

Sample-Hughes said she will be joined by County Executive Rick Pollitt, a representative from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office and Newell Quinton who will speak about the Nanticoke Community Alliance/Drug Free Communities program that encompasses the majority of District One. Additionally, updates regarding the recent and proposed improvements to Connelly Mill Railroad Crossing will be given.

Wicomico County District One includes Delmar, Hebron, San Domingo, Salisbury-West Side and Mardela Springs. Sample-Hughes said the over-all theme of the forums is “Creating Community Connections.” She also said the purpose of the forums is to provide citizens with an opportunity to speak face-to-face with their elected officials. She further noted that this is the continuation of the fulfillment of her campaign promise to hold meetings throughout District One.  

“I encourage as many of my constituents who possibly can to join us for this important meeting,” she said.

Former Resident Recognized

OCEAN CITY — Robert M. Craig, who served on the Ocean City Beach Patrol from 1960 to 1965 and is the son of former OCBP Captain Robert S. Craig, was recently recognized for lifetime achievement by two major scholarly societies in architecture and art in the southeast.

In October, Craig was honored for meritorious service from 1982 to 2010 by the southeast chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH). Craig was a founder of SESAH in 1982-1983 and has served on its board of directors ever since including a stint as president in 1985, conference chair in 1985 and 1990 and treasurer from 1986-2010.

Two weeks later in Savannah, the Southeast College Art Conference (SECAC) recognized Craig with the society’s highest honor, the President’s Award for Exemplary Achievement. Craig has represented Georgia on the SECAC board of directors and served from 1983-1987 as editor of the society’s academic journal, the SECAC Review, during which he contributed numerous articles, book reviews and artist profiles.

Craig also received SECAC’s Certificate of Merit, which recognized his retirement from Georgia Tech, where he has taught since 1973. A frequent presenter of scholarly papers on art and architecture at SECAC, Craig has presented over 140 conference papers to various academic societies during his career. Most recently, Craig served as architecture editor for the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art. His latest book, “Francis Palmer Smith: Atlanta’s Scholar Architect,” which examines the career of Francis P. Smith, who was head of architecture at Georgia Tech from 1909-1922, is due out in March.

Flu Vaccines Offered

BERLIN — The Worcester County Health Department announced this week it has a limited number of Flumist, a nasal spray flu vaccine, available to children from age 2-18.

Flumist has been offered in school-based clinics to protect children from getting the flu and is now available at the county health department’s clinical locations on a limited basis. Flumist is a live, attenuated flu vaccine, meaning it contains a live, but weakened influenza virus. It is sprayed into the nostrils and is as effective as a flu shot in preventing influenza illness.

The county health department is not recommending Flumist for children under five with asthma or one or more episodes of wheezing within the past year. In addition, the nasal flu vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women, people who have long-term health problems with heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney or liver disease, metabolic disease such as diabetes, anemia or other blood disorders. It is also not recommended for anyone with a weakened immune system or certain muscle and nerve disorders.

The Flumist vaccine is available for Worcester County residents ages 2-18 at no charge at the county health department locations in Berlin, Snow Hill and Pocomoke. Community clinics are being held on Fridays at the Berlin Health Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Snow Hill Health Center on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the Pocomoke Health Center on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shore Center Receives Grant

BERLIN — The Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Juvenile Services Education Program at the Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center (LESCC) has been awarded a Community Foundation Education grant award totaling $4,175.

These awards are made annually to those public and private schools in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties that have demonstrated innovative and creative program strategies impacting student achievement. 

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.