Cancer sur­vivors, care­givers to be hon­ored at Re­lay For Life

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Lo­cal cancer sur­vivors and their care­givers will take the cel­e­bra­tory first lap at the an­nual Amer­i­can Cancer So­ci­ety Re­lay For Life of Charles County event Fri­day, June 10, at the Charles County Fair­grounds in La Plata. A sur­vivor re­cep­tion, spon­sored by the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, will be held at 4 p.m. in Com­mer­cial Build­ing A and the sur­vivors lap will be­gin at 6:15 p.m. Any­one who has ever been di­ag­nosed with cancer may par­tic­i­pate and en­cour­aged to bring a guest. As the sur­vivors walk, other par­tic­i­pants will cheer them on in a demon­stra­tion of sup­port and cel­e­bra­tion. The five-year sur­vival rate for all can­cers has risen to 68 per­cent, and there are an es­ti­mated 14.5 mil­lion sur­vivors in Amer­ica.

The Re­lay For Life of Charles County is a com­mu­nity event where teams and in­di­vid­u­als set up camp­sites and take turns walk­ing or run­ning around a track or path. Last year, 4 mil­lion peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in more than 6,000 events world­wide. The money raised sup­ports ground­break­ing cancer re­search, ed­u­ca­tion and risk re­duc­tion ef­forts, and free in­for­ma­tion and crit­i­cal ser vices for peo­ple with cancer who need them.

Cancer sur­vivors or care­givers

Mary­land’s new­est her­itage trail just a hoof­beat away

Since the first set­tlers set foot here in the early 1600s, horses have been a part of South­ern Mary­land. “Hoof­beats Through His­tory: The South­ern Mary­land His­toric Horse Trail,” the re­gion’s new her­itage trail, is a net­work of des­ti­na­tions high­light­ing the im­por­tant role horses have played in the area’s cul­ture and her­itage.

The pro­ject en­com­passes sites where the cav­alry camped dur­ing the Civil War, stops along an early stage coach route and a path of the Pony Ex­press, plus plan­ta­tions and manor houses dat­ing back to colo­nial days, when horses pulled car­riages and plowed fields. Sev­eral sites ex­em­plify South­ern Mary­land’s role in the thor­ough­bred rac­ing in­dus­try, and oth­ers show­case Mary­land’s state sport (joust­ing) and the long tra­di­tion of the fox chase. At sev­eral des­ti­na­tions, vis­i­tors can even ex­am­ine cen­turies-old equine-re­lated ar­ti­facts un­earthed in the area.

The trail web­site, www. somd­horse­, in­cludes de­scrip­tions, sto­ries, photos, hours and directions for the key sites, on­line gal­leries of doc­u­ments and ar­ti­cles, and an in­ter­ac­tive map. In ad­di­tion to the his­tory com­po­nent, the web­site lists the area’s Horse Dis­cov­ery Cen­ters: care­fully se­lected, li­censed sta­bles that wel­come peo­ple of all ages and ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els into their barns to learn about horses in a friendly, knowl­edge­able en­vi­ron­ment. The web­site also lists horse­back rid­ing trails and a sum­mary of ac­tive work­ing horse farms, sta­bles and equine-re­lated events that en­cour­age vis­i­tors to en­joy some mod­ern-day horse fun.

“The South­ern Mary­land His­toric Horse Trail sup­ports SMADC’s on­go­ing mis­sion to pro­mote the horse in­dus­try in South­ern Mary­land, as well as all farms through­out the re­gion,” said Su­san McQuilkin, mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive with the South­ern Mary­land Agri­cul­tural Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, in a press re­lease. SMADC played a key role in cre­at­ing the South­ern Mary­land trail, with fund­ing from the Mary­land Horse In­dus­try Board (MHIB). The South­ern Mary­land Trail is the sec­ond re­gional trail to be com­pleted as part of MHIB’s larger Mary­land His­toric Horse Trail, a net­work of her­itage trails across the state. Photos, anec­dotes and other his­toric in­for­ma­tion col­lected for this re­gional trail will be­come part of a state-wide ar­chive of equine his­tory.

McQuilkin con­tacted po­ten­tial sites and in­ter­viewed lo­cals in horse-re­lated fields while col­lect­ing data for the trail, ac­cord­ing to the re­lease.

“It’s been so fas­ci­nat­ing to see these in­ter­est­ing anec­dotes and sto­ries un­fold, and to re­al­ize how much horse his­tory we have here,” said McQuilkin, who is also an en­thu­si­as­tic horse­woman. “We ex­pect that any­one with even a pass­ing in­ter­est in horses will en­joy see­ing South­ern Mary­land from this per­spec­tive, and I think many peo­ple who haven’t had much ex­pe­ri­ence with horses may be moved to go to one of our Horse Dis­cov­ery Cen­ters or cur­rent sta­bles and ac­tu­ally in­ter­act with horses, whether to ride or watch a demon­stra­tion or show.”

“We ex­pect this new­est His­toric Horse Trail will draw vis­i­tors from across the state and be­yond,” said Ross Ped­di­cord, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the MHIB, a pro­gram of the Mary­land De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture, in the re­lease. “Mary­land has this great horse his­tory, go­ing way back to the 1600s, and it was all just slip­ping away, dis­ap­pear­ing. The His­toric Horse Trail is an at­tempt to doc­u­ment that his­tory and make it easy for vis­i­tors to ac­cess it and en­joy it, and maybe in­tro­duce them to the ac­tive horse cul­ture we have to­day.”

While the South­ern Mary­land His­toric Horse Trail web­site is the key tool for nav­i­gat­ing the trail, SMADC’s next edi­tion of “For Your Horse: The South­ern Mary­land Equine Guide,” due out in late sum­mer, will fea­ture a sum­ma­rized ver­sion of the trail, plus a di­rec­tory of re­gional horse sta­bles and other equine-re­lated re­sources.

Bay com­mis­sion cel­e­brates Bay Aware­ness Week

Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Com­mis­sion mem­bers launched a se­ries of events this week in cel­e­bra­tion of the first Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Aware­ness Week.

This first Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Aware­ness Week is be­ing cel­e­brated June 4-12 in Mary­land, Penn­syl­va­nia and Vir­ginia.

CBC Chair­man Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles) and Com­mis­sion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Ann Swan­son ap­peared on Mary­land Pub­lic Tele­vi­sion’s pub­lic af­fairs pro­gram “Di­rect Con­nec­tion” on June 6.

Mary­land Del­e­ga­tion mem­bers Del. Tawanna Gaines (D-Prince Ge­orge’s) and Del. Bar­bara Frush (D-Prince Ge­orge’s) will fa­mil­iar­ize the Prince Ge­orge’s Ki­wa­nis Club with the role of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Com­mis­sion while on a boat tour of their lo­cal wa­ters led by the Ana­cos­tia Wa­ter­shed So­ci­ety.

Mid­dle­ton, Gaines and Frush will head to South­ern Mary­land later in the week to join com­mis­sion mem­ber Bernie Fowler at his iconic Patux­ent River Wade-In to mea­sure wa­ter clar­ity, an im­por­tant in­di­ca­tor of bay health. The 29th an­nual Wade-In will be held at 1 p.m. June 12 at Jef­fer­son Pat­ter­son Park in St. Leonard.

CBC mem­ber Sen. Em­mett W. Hanger Jr. (R) of Vir­ginia will join Shenan­doah Val­ley agri­cul­ture lead­ers at 2 p.m. June 8 to cel­e­brate Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Aware­ness Week by show­cas­ing a farm op­er­a­tion tak­ing ac­tion to re­store the bay. The farm re­cently in­stalled stream fenc­ing along trib­u­taries of Long Meadow un­der the com­mon­wealth’s suc­cess­ful live­stock stream ex­clu­sion pro­gram.

To be a part of the first Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Aware­ness Week, events can be found at www.chesa­peake­­ac­tion/events.

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