Vet­er­ans re­treat to open near Tay­lors Is­land

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — On Thurs­day, April 14, the DC Bowl Com­mit­tee an­nounced the pur­chase of a 290-acre prop­erty near Tay­lors Is­land to be used as a re­treat for vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. The re­treat will be named Pa­triot Point.

“We are grate­ful to our found­ing part­ners in this en­deavor, Stu­art Plank and the Taish off Fam­ily Foun­da­tion,” said DC Bowl Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Steve Beck. “We learned about this prop­erty

from Stu­art, who had vis­ited when its for­mer owner, James Bugg, the chair­man of the Yel­low Rib­bon Fund, used it to host wounded ser­vice mem­bers. Pa­triot Point will fur­ther de­velop and for­mal­ize Mr. Bugg’s con­cept.”

Bugg was a well-known and ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity in Dorch­ester County. He was a founder of the Grand Na­tional Wa­ter­fowl As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Jim Bugg was such a con­trib­u­tor to the county,” said Dorch­ester County Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ricky Travers. “I’m re­ally pleased that some­body is go­ing to con­tinue the ef­forts that he and his fam­ily were mak­ing through the Wounded War­riors Project, be­cause they need to have that. For all they’ve been through, I’m glad it helps them.”

The re­treat will fea­ture many ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing hunt­ing, fish­ing, crab­bing, wa­ter sports, and art ther­apy. The prop­erty fea­tures 2.3 miles of water­front along Par­sons Creek, Slaugh­ter Creek and the Lit­tle Chop­tank River.

“This will be a place for vet­er­ans to come re­lax, recharge, what­ever they need,” said Beck. “We look for­ward to wel­com­ing th­ese brave men and women to the East­ern Shore and al­low­ing them to en­joy them­selves and re­lax.”

There are two houses on the prop­erty to ac­com­mo­date guests, one with four bed­rooms and one with six. Up­dates will be made to im­prove the lodg­ing over­all, but specif­i­cally to in­crease ac­ces­si­bil­ity for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The com­mit­tee is work­ing on a de­tailed five-year plan that will in­clude a new barn, an im­proved drive­way and more up­grades.

In ad­di­tion, the project will in­clude restora­tion and con­ser­va­tion ef­forts along the water­front.

“Mr. Bugg en­ter­tained vet­er­ans for ther­apy and re­lax­ation. We de­cided we could come here and build some­thing spe­cial on the East­ern Shore. There’s noth­ing like it around,” said Stu­art Plank, found­ing part­ner of Pa­triot Point.

To help with up­dat­ing the prop­erty and im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity, the Mar yland Gen­eral Assem­bly granted $500,000 in state cap­i­tal fund­ing for the project.

State Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, said, “The ef­fort is sup­ported by the vet­er­ans cau­cus and to me is quite a trib­ute to the orig­i­nal prop­erty owner. This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity and take ad­van­tage of our unique land­scape, ge­og­ra­phy, cul­ture and hos­pi­tal­ity.”

The USO will be in­volved in the project as well.

“Pa­triot Point def­i­nitely fills a need in our lo­cal mil­i­tary com­mu­nity,” said Elaine Rogers, pres­i­dent and CEO of USO-Metropoli­tan Wash­ing­ton-Bal­ti­more. “We look for­ward to work­ing to­gether to de­liver crit­i­cally needed pro­grams and ser­vices that will pro­vide great ben­e­fit to our ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies.”

Pa­triot Point will be a year-round re­treat fa­cil­ity. The ten­ta­tive open­ing date is Sept. 1.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The DC Bowl Com­mit­tee an­nounced their plan to pur­chase this 290 acre prop­erty near Cam­bridge and trans­form it into a re­treat for vet­er­ans and their fam­i­lies. The views are pos­i­tively gor­geous.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

An aerial view of the Pa­triot Point prop­erty.

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