T idewater Trader November 18, 2020 Page 38 www.tidewatertrader.com Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Re-Opens Process The Maryland Department of Nat- ural Resources is pleased to an- nounce that the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park is once again welcoming guests with a new reservation-only pro- cess. The park and visitor center has reopened after a six-month clo- sure due to COVID-19 restrictions, and new protocols, developed by the Maryland Park Service and Dorchester County Health Depart- ment, ensure a healthy visit for guests and staff. Safety features now in place in- clude admittance by reservation and timed entry. In order to keep everyone safe, all visitors over the age of five are required towear face masks that cover the mouth and nose, use hand sanitizer upon en- tering and exiting the center, and remain with their own party, so- cially distanced from others. The capacity of the visitor center is re- duced and visitor traffic inside the building has been altered to limit interaction between groups. The park is openThursday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Ad- vance reservations are strongly recommended, as same-day reser- vations may not be accommodated due to capacity restrictions. Visitors can find more informa- tion by calling 410-221-2291, or re- serve a Tubman Experience time slot by completing an online form through the park’s website: www. dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/ Pages/eastern/tubman.aspx. Res- ervations are granted with a con- firmation email from the park. Hollis Leads Diabetes Education and Support at UM Shore Regional Health The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Welcomes 27 New Officers Karen Hollis, RDN, LDN, CDCES has joined the UM Shore Regional Health Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology as their lead diabe- tes educator. Hollis, who is a registered dietitian as well as a certified diabetes care and education specialist, has long been associated with the Dorches- ter and Easton hospitals and the di- abetes education program at both facilities. She has four decades of experience including outpatient nutrition education, clinical staff responsibilities and clinical man- agement. From 2006 to 2018, she served as nutrition consultant for Chesapeake Woods in Cambridge, and from 2006 to 2012, she ran a successful private practice busi- ness for several local physicians. As lead diabetes educator, Hollis oversees and provides group and individual diabetes self-manage- ment training (DSMT) and medi- cal nutrition therapy (MNT) for adults with pre-diabetes and dia- betes. She also educates patients in the use of a variety of diabetes care devices, conducts outreach and The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police is proud to welcome 27 new officers to our agency. In front of supporting family, friends, and officers, the former recruits raised their right hand and took an oath to protect Maryland’s citizens and natural resources. Governor Larry Hogan was on hand at Sandy Point State Park, with the ceremony held out- side for the first time ever due to COVID-19 safety protocols. “In a state as rich in natural re- sources as ours, the career today’s graduates are embarking on is absolutely vital,” said Governor Hogan. “You will be asked to put yourselves in danger to protect our citizens. You may not always be appreciated and sometimes you may be unfairly criticized. But to- day, I want each and every one of you to know that you will always have the full support of your gov- ernor, who will have your back and who will be an advocate fight- ing for you each and every day.” Maryland Department of Natu- ral Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio and Super- intendent Colonel G. Adrian Baker also took part in Satur- participation in community pro- grams, and manages the monthly diabetes support group in local counties that is currently conduct- ed via Zoom. Diabetes management classes are conducted monthly at Shore Medi- cal Center at Chestertown as well as at the Diabetes Center at Shore Medical Center at Easton. “We are holding in-person classes, but due to COVID-19, there is a limit of five students per class for social dis- tancing purposes, and of course, masks are required,” says Hollis. Each class is three sessions, one session per week. The Chester- town class is taught by diabetes nurse educator Chrissy Nelson, who also works with patients on an individual basis. Individual diabetes support and medical nutrition therapy are provided on-site, but Hollis and Nelson also work with patients via telehealth. “I’ve seen some pa- tients via Zoom, but manymore by phone,” she says. “In some areas of our region, internet access is un- reliable or not available, and many older patients are not computer savvy. So they can call from their smartphone, flip phone or landline to get the guidance they need.” For more information and de- tails, please call 410-822-1000, ext. 5757, or please visit the webpage www.umms.org/shore/he alth- services/diabetes-endocrinology. day’s ceremony. Speaker Pro Tempore Sheree Sample-Hughes and Assistant Secretary Phil Hager were also in attendance. The graduation was the culmina- tion of nine months of training and coursework at the Maryland Police and Corrections facility in Sykesville. Coursework included Maryland conservation law, crimi- nal procedure, vehicle and traffic laws, physical conditioning, fire- arms, wildlife identification, emer- gency vehicle operations, search and rescue, land navigation, and boating navigation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 27 can- didates adapted to remote learn- ing with quarantines and field training in small groups. The new officers will be assigned to patrol districts across the state and will complete their formal po- lice field training under the super- vision of experienced officers. The 27 new officers are: Officer McKenzie N Beauchamp of Poco- moke City, Maryland; Officer Da- vid T Deems of Street, Maryland; Officer Devin R Dieter of Trappe, Maryland; Officer Charles W Faith of Clear Spring, Maryland; Officer The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park is now open by reservation only. GOOD NEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers Karen Hollis (left) and Chrissy Nelson (right). Michael R. Goodison of Crowns- ville, Maryland; Officer Errick A. Goodman of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; Officer Connor A. Heavener of Frederick, Maryland; Officer Allison M. Higgs of St. Leonard, Maryland; Officer Jeffrey C. Holbrook of Millersville, Mary- land; Officer Billy G. Jackson of Salisbury, Maryland; Officer Riley P. Lazich of Clear Spring, Mary- land; Officer Albert D. H. Leavell of Annapolis, Maryland; Officer Collin T. Marney of Marriottsville, Maryland; Officer Travis A. Moats of Boonsboro, Maryland; Offi- cer Kylee R. Moore of Palm Bay, Florida; Officer Morgan E. Morris of Hagerstown, Maryland; Officer Robert L. Offenbacker of Greens- boro, Maryland; Officer Vernon L. Owens of Upper Marlboro, Mary- land; Officer Brennen T. Przy- wieczerski of Hagerstown, Mary- land; Officer William A. Ruffner of Ocean Slide, California; Officer Brendan A. Ryan of Ocean City, Maryland; Officer Sinjin G. Shoop of Williamsport, Maryland; Officer Brett L. Simon of Keyser, West Vir- ginia; Officer Nina A. Tomaselli of Berlin, Maryland; Officer Timothy D. Ward of Delmar, Maryland; Of- ficer Charles A. Wheatley of Wor- ton, Maryland; and Officer Tanner L. Williams of Crofton, Maryland. For more information, please visit thewebpage www.news.maryland. gov/dnr/2020/10/26/maryland- natural-resources-police-academy- graduates-27-new-officers/ or call MD DNR at 1-877-620-8367.