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WRUS Plans for MakerSpace

Wye River Upper School Plans for a MakerSpace

A $100,000 grant from Baltimore’s Middendorf Foundation is making a new MakerSpace project possible for Wye River Upper School students at the Centreville school.  The Middendorf MakerSpace will be located at 318 S. Commerce Street in Centreville adjacent to the School’s main facility.  The new space will further WRUS’s mission to serve bright high school students with learning differences and will inspire creativity, hands-on instruction, and innovation which are hallmarks of the School’s program.

“I compare a MakerSpace to what we used to call shop years ago, ” explains WRUS Executive Director, Chrissy Aull.  “It was largely woodworking for the boys and home economics for the girls.  But today, a MakerSpace is a gender-neutral space for both low-tech and high-tech production skills including 3D printing and cutting, garment design, woodworking, and culinary skills.  The emphasis is on developing students’ ability to identify a need or an opportunity, then design and develop a solution through the collaborative process.”

The motivation for the MakerSpace project comes from the School’s commitment to continue offering hands-on opportunities for students. An example of a recent school project which gave students a real-life learning platform was the construction of a storage space on campus. Led by social studies instructor, Leon Schwartz, the project began in September with design, permitting, estimating and purchasing of lumber and materials. “The students collaborated to fulfill a school-wide need for more storage. In the process, they used Math skills and learned about town regulations. A MakerSpace will give us the ability to do more projects like this,” said Schwartz.

WRUS Chair, Alexa Seip gives all the credit for the Middendorf MakerSpace to the Middendorf Foundation, whose grant will fund the renovation of the new space.  “Without Middendorf’s generosity, we would not have been able to provide this exciting opportunity for our students.  Middendorf Foundation is enabling WRUS to continue to provide a responsive and relevant high school experience for very deserving kids,” said Seip.

Middendorf President, Craig Lewis shared enthusiasm for the project. “We are proud to partner with the WRUS and congratulate them for the work they are doing for young men and women of the school.”

WRUS Art and Technology Instructor, James Martinez will lead the students and faculty through the initial design process to determine what tools and equipment will be installed.   One piece of equipment they know will occupy the new space is a 3D printer which WRUS students have built themselves. Martinez is particularly looking forward to the woodworking options.  “The students were heavily involved in the creation of our props and set for our school play, The Wizard of Oz,” said Martinez. “This year we had to contract out the wood cutting, next year we will be cutting the backdrops ourselves.”

Wye River Upper School is an independent high school for bright students with learning differences such as ADHD or dyslexia. For more information, please contact:

Katie Theeke, Director of Admissions and Communications

Tel: 410-758-2922

Dog Park Improvements

Island Dog Park’s Improvements Completed

Island Dog Park recently celebrated its 12th year of popularity and intense use, said the park’s designer Nancy Scozzari, with Queen Anne’s County. “We’ve been working with the Friends of Island Dog Park for a few years to maintain the area and keep it safe, but funding and lack of resources have made things difficult,” Scozzari said. “I am thrilled that resources finally allowed for our parks crews to knock out all the good work they’ve recently done to bring the dog park into ADA compliance and address issues that were of environment impact such as severe erosion/runoff.

Parks staff spread wood chips, ground stumps, refilled the sandbox which serves as a doggie digging area, and constructed an ADA path from a spur of the Cross Island Trail to the double gated entrance and on the pavilion.

“I’ve been in touch with one of the dog park’s frequent users who brings her wheelchair bound clients and their pups to the park, said Scozzari. “She had emailed me and said she was concerned when she heard of the wood chips being placed over the dirt as she thought it would prove difficult for the power wheelchairs; however, when they tried them out they had no difficulty at all.

Memorial Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Whitby Memorial Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Prostate Cancer Treatment

The 10th annual David Whitby Memorial Golf Tournament, held at the River Marsh Golf Club in Cambridge on May 14, benefited programs and patients of the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

Founded by Gary and Janet Wright 10 years ago after Janet’s brother, David Whitby, died from prostate cancer, the tournament is an important source of funding for prostate cancer awareness and screening programs as well as patient care. Brian Leutner, executive director, Oncology Services, describes the value of the tournament proceeds as immensely important.

“The tournament proceeds have funded our prostate screening events that are offered every year in September where we partner with the local urologists,” says Leutner. “These funds benefit our UM SRH ‘US TOO’ prostate cancer support group, which features guest speakers who are experts on the latest clinical trials, treatment protocols and strategies for managing prostate cancer and the effects of treatment. The David Whitby Memorial Fund at UM Memorial Hospital Foundation also has supported recent technology upgrades allowing for more precise treatments for our prostate cancer patients receiving radiation therapy. The entire staff of our Shore Regional Cancer Program would like to thank the Wrights, the tournament committee and Memorial Hospital Foundation for their continued support of our prostate cancer patients in our community.”

Thomas Sisca, clinical pharmacist and anti-thrombosis specialist, Gary Bigelow, regional director, Radiology and Kevin Chapple, regional director, Pharmacy were among the UM Shore Regional Health team members who participated in the tournament.

Adds F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy for UM SRH, “Cancer of the prostate is one of the most commonly occurring cancers in men in the United States. The funds raised by those who organize and participate in the Whitby Tournament over the years have helped to purchase equipment, provide screenings and ultimately, to save lives.”

To support the David Whitby Memorial Prostate Cancer Fund, please call 410-822-1000, extension 5763.

Queenstown Bancorp-Financial Results

Queenstown Bancorp of Maryland, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2018 Financial Results

QUEENSTOWN, Md., April 27, 2018 / Company Release / — Queenstown Bancorp of Maryland, Inc. reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Net income at the end of the first quarter of 2018 was $1.695 million, an increase of $428 thousand from the same period in 2017, a 33.8% increase. These earnings resulted in a 1.48% Return on Average Assets and 11.66% Return on Average Equity. Net income per share increased from $1.01 to $1.38 per share in 2018. Net interest income increased $192 thousand to $4.565 million for the first quarter of 2018. The provision for loan losses was $150 thousand for the first quarter of 2018 and 2017.  The Company continues to maintain a very attractive Efficiency Ratio, the industry standard for effective expense control, at 49.2%. Stockholders’ equity at March 31, 2018 increased by $2.8 million to $59.6 million from March 31, 2017. The Bank remains very well capitalized with the ratio of common equity to assets increasing from 12.15% at March 31, 2017 to 12.81% at March 31, 2018. Book value per share was $48.63 at March 31, 2018, up $3.55 from March 31, 2017, representing an increase of 7.9%. During the first quarter of 2018, the Company returned $42 thousand of capital to stockholders as stock repurchases.

“The Bank continues to show very positive trends and we are pleased with the Bank’s performance in the first quarter. We continue to watch the actions of the Federal Reserve Bank closely and monitor interest rates on both loans and deposits. Loan growth has still been limited but we are looking to expand our staffing to further penetrate the market. We are very pleased with our overall capital position with very strong capital ratios relative to the market”, stated Kevin B. Cashen, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our focus of the balance of the year will be continued improvement in asset quality and smart loan growth across our footprint.”

About Queenstown Bank of Maryland: Queenstown Bank of Maryland (“Bank”) is the sole subsidiary of Queenstown Bancorp of Maryland Inc. (“Company”). Founded in 1899, Queenstown Bank is a full-service community bank offering a wide array of personal and commercial banking loan and deposit products. The Bank is active in both the residential and commercial mortgage lending markets and has developed a robust on-line banking suite of products for both individuals and businesses. The Bank has total assets of $479 million and eight branches located in Queenstown, Easton, Grasonville, Chester, Stevensville, Centreville, Church Hill and Ridgely, Maryland. The Bank is well known for its outstanding customer service and responsiveness to its community. For more information on the Bank or if you are interested in buying or selling stock, please visit us at www.queenstownbank.com or contact us at 410-827-8881.

Forward Looking Statements
In addition to the historical information contained herein, this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties that may be affected by various factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those in any forward-looking statements.

Molly Bernish Joins UM CMG

University of Maryland Community Medical Group – Women’s Health Announces Addition of Molly Bernish, MSN, CNM

BALTIMORE – University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG), announces the addition of Easton-based nurse-midwife Molly Bernish, MSN, CNM.

Molly’s specialties include the full scope of midwifery care, including gynecological, contraceptive, prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care.  Molly is seeing patients at UM CMG – Women’s Health at 522 Idlewild Avenue. Patients may make an appointment with Molly by calling 410-820-4888.

UM CMG is a University of Maryland Medical System-­­­­owned network of more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists- and advanced practice clinicians. As part of this UM CMG, Molly is affiliated with UM Shore Regional Health.

Molly is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, where she received both her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing. She received her Post-Master’s Certificate in Midwifery at Shenandoah University.

“We are very pleased Molly has chosen to join the University of Maryland Community Medical Group in our Women’s Health practice,” comments Michele Wilson, Chief Operating Officer for UM CMG. “Our Women’s Health patients on the Eastern Shore will benefit from Molly’s dedicated and compassionate nature.”

UM CMG consists of community-based provider practices affiliated with UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center, UM Charles Regional Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus and UM Shore Regional Health.  A list of UM CMG providers is available at http://docfind.umms.org/cmg.

About the University of Maryland Community Medical Group – The University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) is a multi-hospital, multi-specialty, community-based physician-led group, and part of the University of Maryland Medical System. With more than 300 primary care physicians, specialists, and advanced practice clinicians in more than 65 locations across the state, UM CMG offers patients a vast network of highly experienced providers, delivering care right in their neighborhood. For more information, visit www.umcmg.org.

Hospice Provides Counseling

Compass Regional Hospice staff provided counseling at Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall in Easton

EASTON — Compass Regional Hospice’s Grief and Support Services staff were invited to be present during the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall’s stay in Easton, which took place from Thursday, May 31, to Wednesday, June 6. Compass Regional Hospice’s trained grief counselors, as well as a social worker and a chaplain, were on hand to provide counseling services from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, June 4, through Wednesday, June 6.

Grief Services staff  included Rhonda Knotts, grief counselor and supervisor of Grief Services with Compass Regional Hospice, who is certified in level-two advanced trauma treatment through The Ferentz Institute; Wayne Larrimore, a grief counselor with Compass Regional Hospice, who served with the U.S. Air Force for 21 years; Ann OConnor, a grief counselor with Compass Regional Hospice; social worker Sharon Loving; and Compass chaplain Nancy Greenwell.

“Ultimately, what our counselors offered, was a compassionate ear,” Knotts said. “We definitely were not there to think that we could fix anything or to erase what has already been seen and felt, but just to be a source of comfort. We owe it to our veterans for what they have done for us.”

Jackie Davis, executive director of the Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore, said the planning committee bringing the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to Easton anticipated thousands of visitors. She said because of the strong and often still raw emotional reactions the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., can evoke, she knew there might be times where visitors to the traveling wall may need someone to talk with. She said the most important criteria was that those people be trained to provide that listening ear. The MHAMDES coordinated the efforts to bring that trained staff to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall during its visit in Easton.

“It adds another level of support,” Davis said. “I just want to emphasize how thankful we are to Compass Regional Hospice, whose staff took up almost half of the hours (of the counseling needs). We didn’t know what to expect (when planning the event), but we’d rather be over-prepared than under-prepared.”

Davis said Compass Regional Hospice is one of the only Mid-Shore nonprofit agencies that provided trained grief counseling services during the event. Other agencies providing counseling services include the Salisbury Outstation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which will be providing its mobile crisis van that includes counseling rooms, a full-time counselor and several support staff, which will be available 24/7; Eastern Shore Mobile Crisis Services, which will provide overnight on-call services; Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps; and several trained individual counselors who have volunteered their time.

According to a news release from E.E. Streets Memorial Post 5118, the mission of the Vietnam Traveling Wall is to honor United States service men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War, by bringing a 3/5 replica of the original monument in Washington, D.C., to VFW Post 5118, 355 Glebe Road, Easton.

“This is so that the family and friends of those memorialized on the Wall, along with everyone on the Eastern Shore, can experience the overwhelming impact of this memorial,” the news release stated. “The event is a solemn presentation of the Vietnam Wall Memorial, and as such will have an air of reverence, honor, and respect.”

The Wall was open 24-hours a day durng its time in Easton. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall stands as a reminder of the more than nine million military personnel who served on active duty during the Vietnam Era, the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice — those who lost their lives serving the United States during the war.

There are 58,315 names on the Wall. Of those names, 208 listed their hometowns as being on the Delmarva Peninsula. Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, less than 850,000 are estimated to be alive today.

Throughout the Wall’s stay in Easton, volunteers read the 58, 315 names aloud. The wall was escorted into Easton via motorcycle motorcade on May 31. Opening ceremonies began at 6 p.m. June 1. During the Wall’s time in Easton, each Mid-Shore county was represented during special recognition ceremonies to honor those service men and women who lost their lives.

For more information about grief services provided by Compass Regional Hospice, call 443-262-4100. For more information about counseling services provided at the Wall, call Jackie Davis at the Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore at 410-822-0444 or email her atjdavis@mhamdes.org.

For more information about the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall’s stay in Easton, contact VFW 5118 board members Kenley Timms atkenleyt@goeaston.net, Royce Ball at royceball@mac.com or Gene Feher at genejfeher@gmail.com.

Historic Funding

RECENTLY PASSED FISCAL YEAR 2019 MARYLAND OPERATING BUDGET INCLUDES HISTORIC FUNDING FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES

Annapolis, MD – On April 10, 2018, the Maryland Legislature adjourned. Among the session’s many accomplishments, the Legislature approved the Fiscal Year 2019 State Operating Budget that includes funds to support the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF), a key step forward in addressing disparities in the State’s rural areas. The Rural Maryland Council thanks Governor Hogan for budgeting funds to support RMPIF, the Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland Senate for their strong support, and the numerous individuals and organizations that voiced their concerns for increased rural investment.

“We want to express our sincere gratitude for these important and necessary funds that will be used to reinvigorate Maryland’s rural economies and communities” said RMC Board Chair, Josh Hastings, “What happens in rural Maryland reverberates through the entire state and these critically needed funds will improve the quality of life in rural communities through focusing on entrepreneurship, infrastructure, health care and more.”

The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund will receive $6,000,000 in funding for targeted investment to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s traditionally disadvantaged and underserved rural communities. These funds will sustain efforts to promote rural regional cooperation, facilitate entrepreneurial activities, and support key community colleges and nonprofit providers. For Fiscal Year 2018, 27 grants were distributed to 27 organizations throughout the State. Information on grantees may be found at www.rural.maryland.gov.

The Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund will support the Rural Maryland Council’s activities and the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF), which provides capacity-building funds to rural nonprofit service providers. It will also support the states’ five regional councils, regional infrastructure projects, rural entrepreneurship development, rural community development, and rural health care organizations. Applications for the MAERDAF and RMPIF program are open for proposals until Friday, May 25, 2018, 11:59pm. The online application form and guidelines are available here: http://rural.maryland.gov/maerdaf_rmpif/

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) operates under the direction of a 40-member executive board in a nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory manner. It serves as the state’s federally designated rural development council and functions as the official voice for rural Maryland. The RMC advocates for rural communities across the state to flourish and to gain parity to their suburban and urban counterparts. The RMC envisions a future where rural communities are achieving success in education and employment, have access to affordable, quality health care and vital public services, and live in an environment where natural and cultural resources are sustained for future generations.

Log Canoe Races

Watch log canoe races aboard Winnie Estelle this summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is once again offering the opportunity to view Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoe races along the Miles River while aboard its 1920 buyboat, Winnie Estelle.

The two-hour scenic cruises depart from CBMM at 9:30am on Sundays, June 24, July 29, and Sept. 16; at both 9:30am and 1:30pm on Saturdays, July 28, Sept. 8, and Sept. 15; and at 1:30pm only on Saturday, June 23.

Regular drop-in cruises aboard Winnie Estelle are otherwise offered at CBMM Fridays through Mondays, May to October.

These iconic Chesapeake Bay sailing log canoes only race along the Chester, Miles, Choptank, and Tred Avon rivers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. With long masts and large sails, these boats keep upright as they accelerate to speeds of 10 knots or more, thanks to crew members climbing to the ends of 15-foot boards that hang off the side of the canoe.

These two-hour special cruises aboard Winnie Estelle offer scenic views and photo opportunities, along with commentary from CBMM’s docents and crew. The cost is $28 for CBMM members, or $35 for non-members, with boarding limited and advanced registration needed at cbmm.org/onthewater.

Students Launch Skiffs

Rising Tide students launched skiffs at Community Day

As part of the festivities during the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Community Day on Sunday, May 20, student participants in CBMM’s Rising Tide Program launched two newly built Smith Island outboard skiffs.

Rising Tide offers free boatbuilding classes, workshops, camps, and events throughout the year for students in grades six to nine. Students in the program have been constructing the two skiffs, named Mary and Susan for Maryland flag and blacked-eyed Susan designs painted on them, since last September.

The boats were launched from the dock on CBMM’s Fogg’s Cove. Additional highlights from Community Day included live music from The Skylarks and Front Porch Orchestra, free boat rides and access to CBMM’s small craft, and a Bay Explorer’s scavenger hunt and build-a-boat activity for children.

Community Day coincided with the second day of the 12th Maritime Model Expo, hosted by CBMM’s Model Guild. Model Expo activities will include a radio-controlled skipjack regatta from the Steamboat Building’s docks, pond demonstrations & races, model races, special exhibits, and more.

Community Day is generously sponsored by Choptank Electric Cooperative and Ewing, Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. CBMM offers free and reduced admission programs throughout the year, including its Free in February program, and as a Blue Star Museum and Museums for All participant. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Lighthouse Overnights

Lighthouse overnights offered in St. Michaels this fall

Youth groups can now reserve fall dates for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Lighthouse Overnight Adventures program. Dates include select Fridays and Saturdays, Aug. 31 through Oct. 27, with advanced reservations needed.

Under the guidance of a museum educator, adventure participants can travel back in time to explore the life of a late-19th-century lighthouse keeper, all while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, situated on CBMM’s 18-acre campus on the Miles River and St. Michaels Harbor in St. Michaels, Md.

The program shares the stories of the keepers who lived and worked in Chesapeake lighthouses. From lighthouse engineering to the daily task of maintaining the great lamp, the overnight adventure uses games, costumes, and historic objects to explore the Bay’s lighthouses. The experience can also be used toward earning badges for Brownie, Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts, or just for fun among all groups and their chaperones.

The 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, now standing at CBMM’s Navy Point, was originally built to light the way for boats passing through the shallow, dangerous shoals of Hooper Strait, a thoroughfare for boats bound from the Chesapeake Bay across Tangier Sound to Deal Island, or places along the Nanticoke and Wicomico rivers. The Chesapeake’s iconic “screwpile” lighthouse is built on special iron pilings, which were tipped with a screw that could be turned into the muddy bottom for a depth of 10 feet or more. CBMM’s lighthouse is the second lighthouse constructed at Hooper Strait, with the first one destroyed by ice in 1877.

The adventure program is for children ages 8 to 12 and their chaperones and is $40 per person, with a 12-person minimum, 18-person maximum. The fee includes one overnight stay in the lighthouse with a dedicated museum facilitator, the cost of program activities, two day admission to CBMM’s exhibitions and campus, and a souvenir patch. Groups may choose to add-on a drop-in scenic river cruise aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle at the member rate, subject to seasonal availability. Overnights are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, with a $100 deposit needed. For inquiries or to make a reservation, visit cbmm.org/lighthouseovernights.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Charitable gifts to CBMM’s Annual Fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate.

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