Mary­land launches new tourism route high­light­ing seafood

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Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) an­nounced a new ini­tia­tive fo­cused on pro­mot­ing Mary­land’s seafood to do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers. The Mar yland Crab & Oys­ter Trail, which kicks off this month in cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tional Seafood Month, fea­tures a vir­tual tour high­light­ing more than 100 of the state’s seafood restau­rants, as well as seafood fes­ti­vals held through­out the state dur­ing Oc­to­ber.

The trail map is di­vided into five re­gional ex­cur­sions. More than 100 mark­ers de­note restau­rants across the state that serve steamed crabs, soft shell crabs, and fresh lo­cal oys­ters. The trail also fea­tures at­trac­tions that show­case the state’s her­itage and his­tory in con­nec­tion with the seafood of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and wa­ter­shed.

Seafood fans can also get their fill at a num­ber of fes­ti­vals tak­ing place dur­ing the month, in­clud­ing the Com­mu­nity Crab Feast at Wilmer Park in Ch­ester­town and the Oys­ter Stroll in West­min­ster, both on Oct. 14; Til­gh­man Is­land Day on Til­gh­man Is­land on Oct. 21; the U.S. Oys­ter Fes­ti­val in Leonard­town tak­ing place Oct. 21-22; and Oys­ter­Fest at Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mar­itime Mu­seum in St. Michaels on Oct. 28.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Mar yland Crab & Oys­ter Trail or seafood fes­ti­vals, go to www.vis­it­mar yland.org or call 1-800-719-5900.

Farm­ing 4 Hunger ap­points Wilk­er­son to the board of di­rec­tors

The Tri-County Coun­cil for South­ern Mary­land is proud to an­nounce that coun­cil em­ployee Pam Wilk­er­son has been ap­pointed to the board of di­rec­tors of Farm­ing 4 Hunger.

Pam is the work­force op­er­a­tions man­ager for the Tri-County Coun­cil for South­ern Mary­land/South­ern Mary­land JobSource.

She is rec­og­nized for de­vel­op­ing uni­fied, strate­gic plan­ning pro­cesses to co­or­di­nate var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, and em­ploy­ment pro­grams into in­te­grated work­force de­vel­op­ment de­liv­ery sys­tems that sup­port eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment on the lo­cal, state and fed­eral lev­els.

Pam holds a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence de­gree in busi­ness man­age­ment with an em­pha­sis on strate­gic plan­ning and or­ga­ni­za­tional de­vel­op­ment. She pre­vi­ously ser ved as Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South­ern Mary­land from 2004 – 2009. Pam is a na­tive of Calvert County and ma­tric­u­lated in the Calvert County Pub­lic Schools sys­tem. In ad­di­tion, she is an or­dained min­is­ter, owner of a con­sult­ing com­pany, and mother of two chil­dren. Pam was re­cently rec­og­nized and hon­ored dur­ing Women’s His­tory Month as a “2017 In­spir­ing African Amer­i­can Woman of Calvert County.” On a very per­sonal level, Pam is a sur­vivor of life’s many set­backs, which has played a ma­jor role in her pas­sion and com­mit­ment to Farm­ing 4 Hunger.

Farm­ing 4 Hunger is a 501(c)3 that grows food for the hunger com­mu­nity in the re­gion.

To date they have dis­trib­uted over 7.5 mil­lion pounds of food to those in need in part­ner­ship with the Mary­land Food Bank. Over the years Farm­ing 4 Hunger has learned that hunger comes in many forms — not just phys­i­cal but emo­tional, spir­i­tual, and ed­u­ca­tional. Farm­ing 4 Hunger has four ini­tia­tives that are at the core of their mis­sion; food, youth out­reach, com­mu­nity build­ing, and sec­ond chances. All four ini­tia­tives feed each other and help to build a health­ier com­mu­nity.

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