Greetings and Winter Happenings at the University of Maryland Charles County Extension!

Everyone, as we embark upon the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, surely, we are all thinking, “What a year it has been!” What can compare to what we each and collectively have experienced? While much has changed, both temporarily and permanently, we come to this time reflecting on the many lives lost, unprecedented economic challenges, lifestyle adaptations and other adjustments that are far too many to mention. The impacts have been significant and we trust in some way the work we do here in Extension has continued to support you personally and collectively during this most challenging of times.

We have adjusted and adapted to find ways that have been innovative and responsive in serving the community with the programs we deliver. The pandemic has strengthened us and kept us learning and developing on how to deliver programs in what will continue to be a growing virtual world because of technological advancements. While this is a reality we recognize, please know that we will continue to value and provide in person program opportunities and events as the pandemic lessens. 

Beginning in March, we are gradually resuming some of our in-person programming. This will be limited and advancement will depend on the continued reduction of COVID caseloads and increasing vaccine rates. 

We are welcoming a new Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Kaitlyn Baligush, starting on March 1, 2021, to provide overall leadership for the program and volunteers. We are now fully staffed with this new hire and I thank all our MG Volunteers for their ongoing patience during the Coordinator vacancy these past six months. 

In this issue, we continue to share progress and direction on our ongoing efforts, impacts of last year’s programming, acknowledgements of service and accomplishments by volunteers and our youth, along with resources from our various programs to support you and others in the community. 

As spring approaches my hope is that we each find a sense and hope for renewal and thank you for your continued support!

Stay well and stay safe!


Shelley T. King-Curry, MS
University of Maryland Extension
Area Extension Director - Southern Maryland Cluster
Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties 
9501 Crain Hwy, Box 1
Bel Alton, MD 20611
301-934-5403 Ext. 300