Dublin/Darlington September Bulletin: Wilson Center Art Show; Deer Creek Coffee House; Darlington Elementary School Reunion

From the 21034 Community E-News Editors:

The Wilson Ministry Center

Can You Help? Do you like to drive? If so, we are in desperate need of a few volunteer drivers to provide transportation for some of our local seniors who need rides to medical appointments. You may be available for only a few hours or for a short period of time, but any time you have to give will be a big help! We are actively recruiting new drivers but until those efforts are successful, we have a few seniors who need transportation now. If you have a couple of spare hours each month, we could use your help! Because the northern portion of the county is not served by public transportation, there are many seniors who are literally prisoners in their homes because they have no way to get out to doctor appointments or other necessary trips and errands. Getting There Ride Share (GTRS) coordinates rides for local seniors by connecting them with volunteer drivers who are willing to help. All passengers are screened and referred to us by local agencies or churches. Volunteer drivers attend training sessions to review safe driving skills and to orient them to the program. Mileage reimbursement is also available to qualified drivers. If you are interested, please call the GTRS Office at 410-836-3005 to find out how you can help make a difference in the lives of senior residents in our area. Thank you!

Guitar Lessons for beginners and advanced players of all ages, now available at the Wilson Center! Instructor, Mark Galicki, is an accomplished guitarist with 36 years of experience. Mark also plays in a local Christian rock band that has performed in venues in both Maryland and Pennsylvania. Hourly & group rates are available. Call Mark at 443-616-1525 or the Wilson Center at 410-836-3555 for more information.

Tutoring Available at the Wilson Center! The Wilson Ministry Center is offering private tutoring sessions during the school year. Amanda Petty, a member of our childcare staff and a recent college graduate, is pleased to provide tutoring sessions to area children of all ages at the Center. Although all ages can benefit from these private sessions, Amanda specializes in assisting middle and high school students. She is proficient in all social studies classes, history, government, psychology, sociology and English studies as well as other subject areas. In addition, Amanda can help students with essay writing, Business Math, (i.e., Accounting and Consumer) paper writing for college and SAT preparation. Fee is $25 per hour and sessions can range from weekly to monthly. Please call 410-836-3555 for more information or to schedule a session.

Openings in Before/After School Program Students attending either Darlington Elementary or Havre de Grace Middle Schools are eligible to attend the Wilson Center’s Before and After School program. Hours are from 7am to 8:30am (Before) and 3:30pm to 6pm (After). Fees are very reasonable and scholarship assistance is available for those who qualify. Please call the Center at 410-836-3555 to register!
Youth Goof-Off – Fun Night! – The Wilson Center will be holding a special event for middle school aged youth in October. A date has not been confirmed yet but it will be held on either Oct. 12 or 26. No admission charge and all are welcome to attend! Come join the fun! We’ll have games, refreshments, DJ novelty games and dances and more! Please call the Center at 410-836-3555 for more information.
Marthea Proudfoot, Executive Director, Wilson Ministry Center (410) 836-3555.

Wilson Center Art Show

You are invited to attend a fine arts show and sale, sponsored by the Wilson Ministry Center to be held in the Grace Memorial Church Parish Hall in Darlington on the weekend of Sept. 7-9 (address is 1022 Main St., Darlington MD 21034). The show begins on Friday, Sept. 7 at 6:30pm with a wine and cheese reception and live musical entertainment. The show will feature the work of artists from Harford, Cecil, Baltimore and York Counties. Admission is free and all artwork will be available for sale. For more information, please call Nancy at (410) 457-4767.

Darlington Apple Festival
PO Box 42
(410) 457-4189
Email: inquiries@darlingtonapplefest.org

As you are probably well aware, Darlington’s Apple Festival is held every year on the first Saturday of October.
As a property owner directly on the main thoroughfare of the festival, you know that activity begins late Friday afternoon and continues until Saturday evening.
In an effort to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible on the morning of the festival, we direct traffic on Shuresville Road going towards Quaker Road and on School Road going towards Rte. 161. At 8 A.M. we close Shuresville Road and redirect the traffic on School Road to run towards Quaker Road. At the close of the festival, vendors are allowed to bring vehicles back onto the festival grounds at 5:30 P.M. when we direct traffic on Shuresville Road to run towards Rte. 161.
With this said, it can be extremely difficult to police all activities by vendors and festival participants; we have had both that are extremely helpful and others that are the extreme opposite.
As committee chairperson I want to make you aware that this year’s festival will be held Saturday, October 6, from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. I also invite you to join the committee at our monthly meetings, which are held on the second Tuesday of every month, except August and December, two meetings in September, the 11th and the 25th in the Wilson Community Center at 7.P.M.
In advance, I would like to extend our thanks to those involved for the use of your property and for your patience on this very important day for the community. This truly is a community event put on by a volunteer committee with the assistance of the whole community. It could not happen without your help; please come join us!

Elaine Calderon
Chairperson Darlington Apple Festival 2012

Dublin Darlington Community Council: The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 19 at 7PM at the Conowingo Visitor Center. Have a great summer!

Darlington Friends of the Library: The next book sale will be held on Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 2pm. Wreaths and flags are still available. Contact 410-457-4849 or janehowe@aol.com.

News from Our Churches

Darlington United Methodist Church will resume their Fall, Winter, Spring service schedule on Sunday, September 2. The service will begin at 9:30 am. Sunday School for all ages is held at the same time. Communion will be celebrated that Sunday and every 1st Sunday of the month after that. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Deer Creek Friends Meeting summer Sunday schedule will start Sunday June 24th and end Sunday September 9th. Quaker Worship will commence at 10:00 am and conclude at 11:00 am. There will be activities available for children; teens are encouraged to join the Adults for Worship in the manner of Friends.

Deer Creek Friends Meeting: Holloway couple participating in triathalon! Andy and Kim Holloway are participating in the Nation’s Triathlon to be held in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, September 9th. We are trying to raise awareness of Heifer International’s objective to end hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world. The event involves a relay team where members either swim 1 mile, bike 26 miles or run 6.3 miles. I will swim and Andy will bike. Our goal this year is for each of us to raise $1,000, so $2,000 for the couple. Many of you have already been directly involved with supporting Heifer International. For those of you who may not be familiar with this charity, Heifer International works to help enable families around the world to move from a life of hunger and poverty into a life of self-reliance. Heifer participants are provided with animals and training to ensure that animals are well cared for. With the livestock, families can receive needed nutrition and income from the consumption and/or sale of milk, cheese, eggs, wool, or honey. Finally, families who receive Heifer gifts become donors as well, as they “Pass on the Gift” of future offspring to other families in need. We are hoping to gain support by contributing by following the easy link below to our Team Heifer fundraising page. Thank you for your consideration of this worthwhile cause!

Deer Creek Friends Meeting – The Religious Society of Friends
1212 Main Street, Darlington
410 457-9188
All are welcome!

September 9
10:00 Meeting for Worship, Children, Teens and Adults
10:20 Adult/Teen Sunday School, Sunday School Activities for Children
11:00 Meeting for Worship Adults and Teens
11:30 Social Hour- everyone

September 16
9:00 Meeting for Business
10:00 Meeting for Worship, Children, Teens and Adults
10:20 Adult/Teen Sunday School, Sunday School Activities for Children
11:00 Meeting for Worship Adults and Teens
11:30 Rise of Meeting

September 23
10:00 Meeting for Worship, Children, Teens and Adults
10:20 Adult/Teen Sunday School, Sunday School Activities for Children
11:00 Meeting for Worship Adults and Teens
11:30 Rise of Meeting

September 30
10:00 Meeting for Worship, Children, Teens and Adults
10:20 Adult/Teen Sunday School, Sunday School Activities for Children
11:00 Meeting for Worship Adults and Teens
11:30 Rise of Meeting

St. James Union American Methodist Episcopal Church
3345 Cedar Church Road, Darlington MD
Rev Eric McClain- Pastor

Sunday Sep 2, 3pm Our Church will worship at Hosanna AME Church Darlington MD.
Wednesday Sep 5, 11:30pm The Choir Girls will meet for lunch at our church in the Dutton Hall.
Sunday Sep 16, 5pm The Golen Echo Chorus will celebrate 51 years of singing for the Lord at our church.
We have started an outreach at the Bel Air Rehabilitation on McPhail Road every 3rd Tuesday of the month (Sep 18 6:30pm-7:30pm)

Family and Friends Day will be held on Sunday Sep 23 3pm. Rev. Mayo and congregation of New Garden Memorial Church in Kennett Square will worship with us.
Contact Person- Evangelist Catherine Taylor 410-776-3863 Home or 410-937-8235 Cell
Choir Girls annual get together Wednesday, 5 Sept at St. James Church on Cedar Church Road, Darlington.
We plan on eating beginning at 11:30am. A donation of ten dollars would be appreciated. If you have any question, please call Sarah Standiford 410-457-4326, I look forward to seeing you soon.

Announcing the Deer Creek Coffee House

Grace Memorial Episcopal Church and the Wilson Ministry Center are pleased to announce the birth of the Deer Creek Coffee House, a new venue for great folk music in the 20134 area. Come and enjoy some of the country’s finest folk artists, great company and terrific baked goods, all with a steaming cup of coffee (tea drinkers welcome, too, of course!)
Here’s our fall lineup:

Saturday, September 22, 2012, 7 p.m. Cary Cooper http://www.carycooper.com/home.html

Monday, October 22, 2012, 7 p.m. David Roth http://davidrothmusic.com/index.html (Potluck Dinner before
the show at 6 p.m.)

Saturday, November 3, 2012, 7 p.m. Tom Prasado-Rao http://www.tomprasadarao.com/

Sunday, December 9, 2012 4 p.m. Greg Greenway http://www.greggreenway.com/

All concerts will be held in the Parish Hall at 1022 Main St., Darlington, MD 21034. Suggested donation: $15
(All proceeds after the artist’s fee will benefit Darlington-area community outreach programs)

Darlington Elementary School Reunion

It’s time once again to announce the annual Darlington Elementary School Reunion!
Location: Darlington Fire Company Social Hall, Darlington, MD
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. with Buffet at 1 p.m.
Cost: $19.00 per person (includes buffet with appetizer, drinks and dessert)
Please bring any pictures you may have from the “olden” days. We will have a table available to display them.
They seem to be a big hit with everyone! RSVP No later than September 13, 2012

Darlington Volunteer Fire Company

Need to easily identify your house? DVFC sells reflective address signs to the public. Forms are available on our Web Site. Please complete the form and mail with payment to: DVFC, 2600 Castleton Road Darlington MD 21034 ATTN: Address Sign. These signs help emergency response teams to locate houses faster. Ready to be mounted, hardware is Not Included. Signs are $15.00 each, numbers on both sides.

Cash Bingo every 3rd Thursday of the Month $1000.00 Jackpot! We work with the Darlington Lions Club and the Darlington Elementary School PTA. on this fun Event! Doors open @ 6pm. Bingo starts at 7:00

September 8th Yard Sale at Fire House 8:00 – 1:00 We have tables available for just $10.00 a Table. Contact Connie @ 410-336-2528

September 9th All you can eat Breakfast 7:30-11:30

September 20th Cash Bingo $1000.00 Jackpot!!!!

OPEN HOUSE 2012: Sunday October 14, 2012 is the annual Darlington Volunteer Fire company’s open house. From 9:00am till 12noon enjoy rides on fire trucks, electrical and gas safety demos by BG& E, a dunk tank, the safety trailer, the balloon clown and much more! It’s all free and family oriented.

The monthly breakfast is going on at the same time in the hall. Some come get breakfast, and learn about fire safety!
This is being held at our 2600 Castleton Road station. Call 410-638-3760 for more information.
For Hall Rental information, Sparky Birthday Parties or general membership information, please call DVFC @ 410-638-3760 or visit www.darlingtonvfc.org.
DVFC is looking for people interested in giving back to their community. Not interested in Fire or EMS?
Administrative members are needed to assist in many other capacities. See how you can help

Harford County Sheriff’s Office Town Hall Meeting

Sheriff Jesse Bane convened a Town Hall Meeting in Darlington on Saturday, August 4th. The meeting was attended by over 100 local residents who came to hear about crime trends in the 21034 zip code area. The good news is that crime is at the lowest rate today since records have been kept. But Harford County is currently tied for 4th place in traffic fatalities. The biggest challenge driving crime is the drug war. Prescription pills are the #1 problem. To help get prescription drugs out of circulation, the Sheriff’s Office conducts a “Drug Take Back Program” in multiple locations several times a year. In the past two years, two tons of pills have been collected! Burglaries are the most serious crime issue. The Sheriff once again reminded everyone to lock doors and windows. Lock the garage. Lock your car even in your own driveway to prevent crimes of “opportunity.” If you see something suspicious or see a crime in action, report it immediately. The Sheriff counts on these reports to identify developing trends and compile crime statistics. Citizens can track neighborhood crime on the website www.harfordsheriff.org by clicking on the CrimeReports icon. To get breaking news and safety tips, sign up in the “Stay Informed” box. Darlington has a Community Policing Unit located in the Wilson Ministry Center, 410-638-3713. The Northern Precinct Office can be reached at 410-692-7880. The non-emergency or general business number is 410-838-6600. For emergencies dial 911.

News from the Health Department

State Health Officials Discuss New Influenza

Bel Air, MD – August 21, 2012 – Although the Harford County Farm Fair concluded at the end of last month without incident, last week’s identification by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) of the influenza A (H3N2v) virus strain in six Queen Anne’s County residents (five children and one adult, all of whom had direct contact with pigs), prompts precautions from the Harford County Health Department.

With the opening of the MD State Fair this Friday, August 24th through the Labor Day holiday on September 3rd , many who live and/or work in Harford County are expected to participate in the festivities in Timonium. Health Officer Susan Kelly encourages folks to attend and enjoy themselves, but wishes to remind the public of DHMH recommendations regarding possible contamination and prevention of influenza.

– Persons engaging in activities that may involve swine contact, such as attending agricultural events or exhibiting swine, should wash their hands frequently with soap and running water before and after exposure to animals;

– Avoid eating or drinking in animal areas to prevent passing germs from the hands to the mouth and nose;

– Persons who experience influenza-like symptoms following direct or close contact with pigs and who seek medical care should inform their health care provider about the exposure;

– Persons who are at high risk for influenza complications (e.g., underlying chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, or neurological conditions, or who are pregnant or younger than 5 years, older than 65 years of age or have weakened immune systems) should consider avoiding any exposure to pigs;

– Anyone with influenza-like illness who is at high risk for influenza complications should see their health care provider promptly to determine if treatment with antiviral medications is warranted.

Human cases of this influenza strain have been identified in eight other states, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The virus was first detected in humans in 2011. Since July 2012, CDC has reported 224 cases of. Nationally, all cases had classic influenza symptoms. There have been eight hospitalizations and no deaths or instances of sustained human-to-human transmission. Most cases have occurred in children, and almost all cases have involved contact with swine. With specific regard to the Queen Anne’s cases, none of the infected individuals developed serious illness or was hospitalized. In some rare cases, the H3N2v virus seems to have spread from person-to-person but, so far, spread has not continued beyond one or two people.

Influenza is an infection caused by the influenza virus. It can affect people and other animals, including pigs and birds. There are vaccines against some strains and there also is medication that can be used to treat an influenza infection. Most people recover from illness without receiving medication; however, those at higher risk for complications of influenza should exercise extra caution.

For more information on the H3N2v virus or influenza, generally, visit Harford County Health Department website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com, contact the Health Department at 410-612-1781, visit the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene at www.dhmh.maryland.gov/SitePages/Home.aspx or the National Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/swineflu/.

West Nile Virus Prompts Public Health Attention

Bel Air, MD – August 28, 2012 – Several weeks ago, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (MD DHMH) reported its first confirmed case of symptomatic West Nile virus (WNV) infection in 2012. At about the same time, the National Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention released a media advisory announcing that some areas of the country have experienced greater numbers of WNV infections in humans, birds, and mosquitoes. Although Maryland is not among those states reporting increased WNV activity, the first confirmed human case in Maryland serves as an important reminder to local residents to take steps to prevent WNV infection.

“West Nile Virus continues to threaten the health of Maryland residents,” said DHMH Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein. “These findings remind us that there are basic actions we can all take to reduce our risk of getting infected.”

Most people are at low risk for disease. However, people 50 years of age and older have the highest risk of developing severe illness if infected, while those who spend a lot of time outdoors have a greater risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito.
“Prevention is key and there are actions individuals can take to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infection,” states Harford County Health Officer Susan Kelly. “In addition to personal protection, prevention requires attention to your surroundings.” She encourages the public to “help reduce the number of mosquitoes in outdoor areas where they work or play by draining any sources of standing water, even small ones, where mosquitoes can lay their eggs and breed.” Specifically, she recommends:

– At least once or twice a week, empty water from flower pots, pet food and water dishes, birdbaths, swimming pool covers, buckets, barrels, cans, or from any other place where you find standing water.

– Check for clogged rain gutters and clean them out if necessary.

– Look for containers or trash in places that may be hard to see, such as under bushes or under your home.

– Fix dripping faucets.

– Aerate ornamental pools and water gardens or stock with fish and use a circulating filter system

– Install or repair window and door screens so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.

“Just as importantly,” continues Ms. Kelly, “there are measures people can take to effectively protect themselves from mosquito bites. These include avoiding areas of high mosquito activity as well as avoiding unnecessary outdoor activities at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long pants, longsleeved shirts and hats when concerned about mosquito exposure and use an EPA-registered insect repellent according to package directions. Also be sure to place mosquito netting over infant carriers when you are outdoors with infants.”

West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease that affects the nervous system. Although approximately eight out of ten of people infected with West Nile virus will not experience any symptoms or signs of illness at all, some people who develop illness may experience mild flu-like symptoms occasionally accompanied by a skin rash and swollen lymph glands. These symptoms may last a few days or as long as several weeks.

Fewer than 1% of persons infected with WNV develop more severe disease with symptoms such as high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis.
These symptoms may last several weeks, and effects on the nervous system may be permanent.

In Maryland, West Nile Virus first appeared in 1999 in a crow in Baltimore City. The first human West Nile cases were reported in 2001 and since that time WNV activity has been found in humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses and/or other mammals throughout all jurisdictions, reaching a peak of 73 human cases and over 230 infected horses in 2003. The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene collaborates with the Maryland Departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources and with the US Department of Defense to monitor WNV and other arboviruses in humans, mosquitoes, and wildlife throughout the state.

For more information on the West Nile Virus virus, visit Harford County Health Department website at www.harfordcountyhealth.com, contact the Health Department at 410-612-1781, visit the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene at http://ideha.dhmh.md.gov/OIDEOR/CZVBD/SitePages/west-nile.aspx or the National Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm.