Blackwater NWR Updated Deer Hunt Info Now Online; Permits Available Online July 2nd

Permits for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s deer hunt for the 2020/2021 season will be available only at Recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777 beginning July 2, 2020 at 10:00am ET. The regulations brochure for 2020/2021 is now available online at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge web site including FAQs, a downloadable Avenza map including new hunt units, and more.

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Oxford Community Center Announces July Programming

The Oxford Community Center is producing programming for virtual and outdoor audiences only. Currently, the guidelines restrict indoor activities and events that invite spectators to gather inside. Therefore, the OCC created a lineup of incredible concerts, and classes offered online and outdoors to keep us all connected and thriving. It is the mission of the Center to enrich community life by fostering educational, cultural, recreational, and social opportunities. OCC is adding activities often, so please keep checking the website.

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Talbot County Opens CARES Individual Assistance Program

The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $6.4 million to Talbot County. Guidelines state that one-half of these funds are to be spent on health-related expenditures related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the other half to be used for non-health related purposes such as expenditures of County departments and municipalities for COVID-19 work including the cost of running the Emergency Operations Center, providing sheltering for children of essential workers, enhanced food distribution, as well as assisting small businesses and individuals impacted by COVID-19. Talbot County is designating $1 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds through the CARES Act to assist individuals.

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Talbot Humane and COVID-19 By Terry Callahan

COVID-19 policies have affected those serving the animal community too. While Talbot Humane (TH), as an essential organization for animal control and community services, never fully shut down, some significant changes had to be made, including halting some of its programs for the greater part of three months, including the volunteer program, spay/neuter program and in-person community outreach and education. Though staff were in the building, access by the public was limited to a few hours a day, mainly to encourage the stay at home order and to keep exposure to the TH team limited, according to Patty Crankshaw-Quimby, Executive Director of Talbot Humane and Chief Animal Control Officer, Talbot County Animal Control.

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