SUDLERSVILLE — It has taken longer and cost millions of dollars more than initially projected, but a new wastewater treatment facility in Sudlersville could go online before summer's end. The town is getting a boost from the federal government — $700,000 in grant funding and a $250,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development — to complete the project, which will connect the Town of Barclay to Sudlersville's new sewer system.
The Sudlersville commissioners were scheduled to sign the loan resolution and documents needed to secure the grant at their regular meeting Wednesday, June 1.
Sudlersville Town Manager Jo Manning said the project's tentative completion date is mid-July.
Maryland Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski announced the federal aid last week.
“Water infrastructure may sound like a technical term for far-off pipes and storage tanks. In reality, it is an important part of our daily lives that helps grow our economy, protect our environment and promote public health,” Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said in a statement May 24. “We know that in many big cities and small towns across America, quality of life suffers because of either insufficient or nonexistent water infrastructure.”
Cardin applauded the towns of Sudlersville and Barclay for their “proactive approach to meeting the current and future demands of residents and businesses.” He pledged the federal government's support to towns on the Eastern Shore as they upgrade their infrastructure.
In December, the Barclay town commissioners unanimously approved the annexation of 34 properties into town limits to eventually receive sewer service
The estimated cost was $3 million when the project started in 2008, said Manning. The cost has spiked to $8.6 million, when the federal aid is added, she said.
Manning said the project became more expensive after initial funding was approved.
The money from USDA will be used for engineering costs related to inspections; changes to the initial plan; the final construction costs as well as fees associated with the project halt during the winter months; and the remobilization of equipment back to the property for job completion.
In Other Headlines:
• Cinda Anthony, a volunteer at Sudlersville Middle School, is a semifinalist for this year's Parent Involvement Matters Award. Five finalists and a state winner — from a pool of 25 nominees — will be announced Friday, June 3.
• The Queen Anne’s County Maryland Access Point office will offer eye health and eyeglasses seminars at each of the senior centers with the organization Eyeglasses2you. Seminars will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on the following dates: June 8, Grasonville Senior Center; June 20, Sudlersville Senior Center; and June 27, Kent Island Senior Center.
Free glasses repairs will be available at the conclusion of each seminar.
To reserve your spot and learn how to improve your vision and be fashionable while doing it, contact Shelby Clark at 410-758-1040 ext. 2702.
• Church Hill Elementary School's jump rope club — the Pouncing Cubs — held its annual spring showcase May 13. Students demonstrated their skills in a variety of styles, including single, partner, long jump rope and double dutch. The venue was Queen Anne's County High School to accommodate the large number of performers; the club has nearly 140 students in grades 1-4. The theme was “Our Jumpers are the Jam!”
April Quigley, a CHES physical education teacher, founded the club eight years ago as a way to positively impact youngsters at no cost. Students come before school to learn jump rope skills, teamwork, confidence and improve health and wellness.
Quigley attributes the club's success to the students' enthusiasm and the 12 staff and parents who volunteer their time. The Women and Girls Fund of Easton also provides support for the program.
“Not only did we have over 100 current students from CHES perform, we have a large number of alumni who return each year to perform one routine. Every year the alumni truly touch my heart as they bring their pride and enthusiasm for this program,” said Quigley, “They practice on their own outside of school hours creating a routine that surprises me and impresses me every year.”
• Centreville Main Street volunteers will host the Centreville Head to Toe Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the farmers market and the courthouse square. There is no cost.
The goal is to increase health awareness through activities, information, demonstrations and health screenings.
The health fair will include a visit from the Anne Arundel Medical Center Bloodmobile; instructor-led exercise/movement demonstrations; children’s activities; cooking demonstrations; interactive medical and wellness presentations; and booths representing local medical and health businesses and nonprofit agencies.
For event and vendor information, or to volunteer, contact Carol D’Agostino at 410-758-1180, ext. 17, or firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by town hall. For updates, find Centreville Main Street or the Centreville Farmers Market on Facebook.
• Centreville residents Lindsay Gilbert (Salisbury University) and Katherine Goldberg (University of Maryland) have been inducted into the all-discipline Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter.
Only the top 10 percent of college seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees also may qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
• Swarthmore College has named Queen Anne's County High School senior Shelby Billups as a McCabe Scholar. The Ingleside teenager will receive four tuition-free years.
The McCabe Scholarship is available to two students from the Delmarva Peninsula, two students from southeastern Pennsylvania (Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties) and two students from the rest of the United States, according to the college's website.
Billups is a member of the All State Mixed Chorus and holds two leadership positions at the high school.