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Rennie Gay of Gay’s Seafood sold his property to Paul Prager in 2020.

Talbot County Free Library rolls out extended loan WiFi hotspots

EASTON — Talbot County Free Library has recently announced that both branches will now be offering a limited number of WiFi hotspots with a longer loan period.

Library card holders will be able to borrow the extended loan hotspot for four weeks and renew it once if needed. The WiFi Hotspot is a small portable device that enables users to connect their laptops, Chromebooks, smartphones, tablets and other WiFi-enabled devices to the internet through local cellular networks.

Thanks to funding from the Emergency Connectivity Fund, internet connectivity will now be available to those in the community who otherwise would have to go without access to equipment or services.

“The Emergency Connectivity Fund made it possible for the library to purchase 50 WiFi hotspots to circulate to patrons that do not have a reliable internet connection so that they will be able to access vital government and community information, library resources, employment opportunities, and current health information,” said Talbot County Free Library Director Dana Newman. “The library has a long history of providing the community with equitable access and training on the use of the internet.”

Each WiFi hotspot uses the Verizon cellular network; and each kit contains a hotspot device, Micro USB cable, adapter, and instructions on how to set it up. Kajeet is the vendor providing the hotspots, and the Talbot County Free Library staff will assist patrons who need help placing a hold on one of the hotspots.

“The pandemic has made it even more clear that access to the internet is not a luxury, but is essential for all to have regular and reliable access to complete everyday tasks such as applying for a job, paying bills, making a doctor’s appointment, completing work assignments and research, doing homework, and communicating with family and friends,” Newman said. “The library will continue to look for ways to help residents have easily available access to information on the Internet, and through library eResources.”

For more information about the WiFi Hotspots, schedule an appointment through email at, or call the Easton branch at (410) 822-1626 or St. Michaels branch at (410) 745-5877.

Three things

1Today’s Birthdays: Actor Russ Tamblyn is 87. Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax is 86. Folk singer Noel Paul Stookey is 84. TV director James Burrows is 81. Actor Fred Ward is 79. Actor Concetta Tomei (toh-MAY’) is 76. Singer Patti Smith is 75. Rock singer-musician Jeff Lynne is 74. TV personality Meredith Vieira is 68. Actor Sheryl Lee Ralph is 66. Actor Patricia Kalember is 65. Country singer Suzy Bogguss is 65. Actor-comedian Tracey Ullman is 62.

2Dr. Rena Sukhdeo-Singh has been named Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. A member of the UM Shore Regional Health medical staff since August 2021, Sukhdeo-Singh sees patients at UM Shore Medical Group-Neurology and Sleep Medicine as well as in the Primary Stroke Center at Easton. (Page A2)

3Harry Reid, the former U.S. Senate majority leader and Nevada’s longest-serving member of Congress, has died. He was 82. Reid died Tuesday, “peacefully” and surrounded by friends at home in suburban Henderson, “following a courageous, four-year battle with pancreatic cancer,” according to family members and a statement from Landra Reid, his wife of 62 years. (Page A6)

Easton mayor appoints interim police chief

EASTON — Mayor Robert Willey today appointed Captain Gregory S. Wright as interim chief of the Easton Police Department, replacing Chief David Spencer. Wright currently serves as deputy chief of police, a position he’s held since 2019. Spencer, who announced his retirement in October of this year, will remain in the post until Jan. 4, 2022.

Interim Chief Wright has been a member of the Easton Police Department for 34 years, holding various positions including patrol officer, bicycle officer, evidence collection technician, community outreach officer, public information officer, and a commander of the Patrol Division and Special Operations. In 1990, Wright created and co-organized the department’s first annual toy drive, a program that continues to this day with great success. He’s also a talented artist responsible for designing police patches for Easton, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and the former Trappe Police Department.

Wright graduated from Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy. Both programs are intended for upper management and command leadership, skills he’s been able to put to good use. During his time at the police force, he was the first officer trained and assigned to the department’s Evidence Collection Unit. This unit was created to process all major crime scenes within Easton without relying on the assistance of larger departments.

Wright also became the first supervisor assigned to oversee the department’s newest initiative to combat street crimes while fostering a greater community relationship with Easton’s citizens. Known as both the Community Oriented Policing Patrol and later Community Outreach, this group began with three bicycle officers, growing to five bicycle officers and three foot patrol officers. During this tenure, HotSpot and CSafe grants were received to improve quality of life concerns in targeted neighborhoods. Easton was considered a “modeled program” by the State of Maryland, and the efforts put forth by these officers created positive changes that remain today.

“Just as I was honored and grateful to accept Chief Spencer’s appointment as his Deputy Chief,” said Wright, “I am just as proud and humbled to accept Mayor Willey’s request to be Interim Chief of Police. I have always been a proud member of this police department and have always seen the expectations of this police department and community when working together. When the time comes for me to hand over the police department to its newest Chief of Police, that person will inherit an agency full of dedicated professionals eager to serve.”

In appointing Wright, Mayor Willey said, “Captain Wright’s duties will include personnel issues, daily operations and emergency issues. Please join me in congratulating Captain Wright and assisting him during this time of transition.”