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Tidewater Trader April 28, 2021 Page 44 ShoreRivers proudly pres- ents its annu- al State of the Rivers online via Zoom on Friday, May 7 th , from 5pm- 6:15pm. Nan- cy Cordes, CBS News chief White House correspondent, will emcee the live presentation, which will include the official release of the 2020 River Report Card and a Q&A session with the Choptank, Miles- Wye, Chester, and Sassafras River- keepers. The evening will also fea- ture a presentation of the second annual Award for Environmental Stewardship to Nick Carter, who has been called the Druid of the Chesapeake. The event is free and does not require a Zoom account; register at www.shorerivers.org/ events. Maryland’s Eastern Shore water- ways are negatively impacted by excess nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment runoff from residen- tial, commercial, and agricultural properties. Seasonal flares of bac- terial contamination pose risks to human health. ShoreRivers con- ducts the only comprehensive wa- ter quality testing and monitoring of these and other pollutants in our local waterways. The 2020 Report Card reflects the results of these tests throughout four watersheds that span more than 1,650 square miles of the middle and upper Eastern Shore. With data collected by four professional Riverkeepers Compass, a hospice, palliative care, and grief support services organization, based in Centreville, MD honors it’s over 300 volun- teers this April in honor of Volun- teer Appreciation Month. Volunteers assist in many areas throughout the Compass organi- zation, including administrative assistance, patient care, vigil vol- unteers, grief support assistance, healing services volunteers, Camp New Dawn, maintenance, and running Estate Treasures. Estate Treasures, an upscale retail shop located in Chester, features gently worn or carefully used do- nated treasures. The shop is run entirely by volunteers who ensure the smooth day to day operations of the store. These individuals are skilled in retail sales, customer service, community partnerships, business operations, and of course, the latest fashions. Since opening 24 years ago, Estate Treasures has raised more than $2 million that has been used to pro- vide hospice and grief services to people of all ages. These monies A 1975 Marinette vessel docked at Goodhands Creek Landing in Chester has been partially sinking and citizen scientist volunteers, the Report Card provides a science- based approach to water quality analysis that fuels action. “The state of our rivers is in our hands,” says ShoreRivers Ex- ecutive Director Isabel Hardesty. “Good water quality and equi- table, easy access to our rivers de- pend on the actions of our commu- nities; the science tells us where to start. The State of the Rivers event is designed to welcome everyone to the conversation.” Headline topics for the event will include tributary and overall river grades, regional river health trends, strate- gies to clean local waterways, and a discussion of equitable accessi- bility. Participants will be able to ask questions of their Riverkeeper in breakout rooms. In a special highlight of the event this year, ShoreRivers is proud to honor Nick Carter with its Award for Environmental Stewardship in recognition of his transformational accomplishments. After 35 years of service to Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, Carter is re- nowned for his spectrum of influ- ence on Bay policies and his singu- lar, moral voice for all woodland and wildlife of the Chesapeake. ShoreRivers gratefully acknowl- edges scientific testing support from LaMotte Company. For more information, please visit the webpage www.ShoreRivers.org/ events or contact Connor Liu by emailing cliu@shorerivers.org o r call 443-385-0511 ext. 210. raised by Estate Treasures allow Compass to fulfill its mission to offer comprehensive, professional and compassionate care to every- one in our community, regardless of ability to pay. Estate Treasures is excited to an- nounce a return to regular business hours; Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 2 pm. Donations are accepted uesday through Friday, 10am to 3pm and Saturday, 10 am to 1pm. The shop is closed on Sunday and Monday for sales and donations. “We could not provide the sup- port to Compass through the Es- tate Treasures store without the incredible work of our volunteers and our community who supports us through fundraisers, shopping and donating to Estate Treasures”, says Robyn Affron, Volunteer Manager for Compass. Compass will be offering their three-day training session virtual- ly for any individuals interested in becoming a patient care volunteer. The training session is scheduled for 9am to 3pm May 14 th , 21 st , and 28 th . Due to COVID restrictions, the training will take place virtu- ally through Zoom. Registration is required and completing the entire class is necessary for volunteers who wish to provide companion- ship and support to Compass pa- tients and their loved ones. For more information about Es- tate Treasures, or other volun- teer opportunities, contact Com- pass at 443-262-4100 or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org and resting on the natural bottom since October of 2020. Because of- ficers were unable to locate the owners, the boat was declared abandoned and scheduled to be removed at the end of April. As part of a routine check, Natural Resources Police Cpl. Kim Austin noticed that it was now home to two ospreys building a nest. Aus- tin saw that there weren’t any eggs or young birds in the nest, mean- ing that the nest was inactive and could be removed per U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service guidelines. Because ospreys typically lay eggs in their nest in either April or May, GOOD NEWS PAGE Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers Nancy Cordes To Host Shorerivers “State Of The Rivers” Online Compass Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Month Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers Secure a Nest for Two Ospreys Estate Treasures, an upscale retail shop lo- cated in Chester, is run entirely by volunteers. Nancy Cordes Austin knew she needed to act quickly and enlisted the help of fellow Natural Resources Police officers John Butts and Simon Roe. “I knew that the boat was going to be moved and so would the nest; I also knew that I was running out of time,” Austin said. “While on patrol, I’ve watched the ospreys take the time to build their nest and we didn’t want any of their work to go to waste.” Austin purchased the materials to construct a new nest for the os- preys, and onApril 12 th , using their own tools, Butts and Roe built the ospreys a new and sturdy nest on a piling in the creek right near the abandoned boat. The next day, Austin and Butts used their patrol boat to drive to the abandoned ves- sel where the original nest was and secured the new nest to a piling nearby and moved the branches from the original nest into the new one. Working together, they were able to secure and fill the new nest. Once back on land, the officers saw that the ospreys landed in the nest and took to their new home. For more information about Mary- land Natural Resources Police visit www.news.maryland.gov/dnr. MD Natural Resources Police Officers with the newly constructed nest they built to re- locate two ospreys who nested on a partially submerged vessel in Chester. www.tidewatertrader.com