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Adkins Arboretum Awarded Grant from PNC Foundation for Nature Preschool Programs

Adkins Arboretum has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the PNC Foundation to continue making nature-based education more accessible to local children through its Acorn Academy Nature Preschool program.

“The opportunity to welcome more Caroline County children to the Arboretum’s nature preschool is exciting,” said Adkins Youth Program Director Jenny Houghton. “Preschool is the perfect age to encourage imaginative outdoor play, and thanks to PNC, we’ll be able to provide our littlest explorers with hands-on nature fun and give back to the community at the same time.”

A grant in 2016 from the PNC Foundation, which receives it principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC), allowed the Arboretum to offer nature preschool programs at no cost to residents of Caroline County. These popular programs for children ages 3 to 5 engage children with nature and serve as an introduction to the outdoors, wildlife and principles of conservation. The most recent grant allows the Arboretum to expand its preschool offerings to two sessions per season.

Environmental education has been linked to improved academic achievement and encourages stewardship, pride and ownership. Adkins Arboretum’s Acorn Academy Nature Preschool puts students on the path toward cultivating a meaningful awareness of the human-environmental connection and instills basic tenets of critical thinking and investigation skills.

A second 10-week preschool series has been added to the Arboretum’s fall calendar. Classes are held Wednesday mornings beginning Sept. 20. Registration is underway at adkinsarboretum.org or by calling 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Shore United Bank Welcomes William “Bill” D. Hudson, Market Manager

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Bill Hudson, has joined the company as a Market Manager of the Greater Baltimore area.

Bill will be responsible for business development and leading the team in the Greater Baltimore market. His office will be located at our Owings Mills branch, where he can provide support to Baltimore and all surrounding counties.

Mr. Hudson is a 1984 graduate of University of Virginia earning a bachelor’s degree in Commerce with a concentration in finance and management information systems.

Prior to joining Shore United Bank, Mr. Hudson spent the last twenty-two years working for a local business in various capacities, including General Manger of an auction company.  Before that, Bill worked for several regional banks as a commercial lender.

“Bill is a great addition to the Shore United Bank team. His drive to help meet our customer’s needs is what we strive to offer the communities we serve” said Michael Cavey, Senior Lending Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I look forward to my new responsibility of promoting the bank and increasing our brand awareness in the Baltimore area. My goal is to assist growing businesses by engaging with the community and building an empowered team from within” said Mr. Hudson.

Mr. Hudson resides in Jarrettsville, Maryland with his wife, Wendy. In his free time, Bill enjoys hunting, exercising and reading.

New Physician Joins UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology

The University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at UM Shore Regional Health and University of Maryland Community Medical Group (UM CMG) recently welcomed Bayan Mesmar, MBBS, to its team.

A board-certified physician with the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Mesmar specializes in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. She brings expertise to the UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in the areas of insulin pump initiation and management; continuous glucose monitor interpretation; bone densitometry interpretation; and ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules.

Dr. Mesmar earned her medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. Upon coming to the U.S., she completed an internal medicine residency at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine and later a fellowship in the field of endocrinology, diabetes and nutrition at University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She joins a comprehensive team that includes certified registered nurse practitioners Anna Antwi, Bobbi Atkinson and Doris Allen Tate; and a diabetes education staff comprised of certified diabetes educators Karen Canter and Chrissy Nelson, and registered dieticians Karen Hollis and Mary King.

“Given the high rates of diabetes and endocrine disease in our region, Dr. Mesmar is a welcome addition to our physician community, says William H. Huffner, MD, senior vice president, Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for University of Maryland Shore Regional Health. “The UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology serves more than 600 patients every month and has earned an outstanding reputation for quality, patient-centered care and community education and outreach. We are very pleased to have Dr. Mesmar join the Center’s team of providers and diabetes educators.”

In addition to offering a full complement of services at the Center’s location in UM Shore Medical Center at Easton’s Edward B. and Mildred Freeman Outpatient Center, Dr. Mesmar and the nurse practitioners see patients on a rotating, weekly basis at UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown. Also offered in Chestertown and Easton are Diabetes Self-Management classes, which provide medical information and strategies for the management of diabetes. Providers in the Center are affiliated with University of Maryland Community Medical Group.

Other services offered by the Center include: medical nutrition therapy with individualized comprehensive nutrition plans; glucose meters; injectable medications; continuous glucose monitoring (CGM); insulin pump management; and carb counting and care for gestational diabetes. Diabetes educators conduct monthly diabetes support groups open to patients, family members and caregivers in Cambridge, Chestertown, Denton and Easton.

Shore Bancshares Inc. Employees Support Talbot Goes Purple and THP Project Purple

Employees from Shore Bancshares Inc., the Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, Shore United Bank and Wye Financial & Trust, all members of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, come together, wearing purple, to show their support for Talbot Goes Purple and THP Project Purple.

Talbot Goes Purple is an initiative from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools and Mid-Shore Community Foundation that empowers youth and the community to ‘Go Purple’ as a sign of taking a stand against substance abuse.

Talbot Goes Purple is based upon THP Project Purple, an initiative of The Herren Project that helps people struggling with drug dependencies. Former NBA player Chris Herren founded both projects after speaking to a high school about his struggles with drug dependency.

Herren is coming to Talbot County for a community event at 7 p.m. September 19th at Easton High School, with two in-school assemblies also set for all Talbot County students grades 8 through 12. Leading up to Herren’s visit and throughout September, local businesses and communities in Talbot County will ‘Go Purple’ to show support and solidarity in addressing our substance abuse program.

Shore Bancshares and its community of companies are proudly participating in Talbot Goes Purple and taking actions to promote education and awareness of this nationwide epidemic throughout Maryland and Delaware to benefit all of the communities they serve.  Employees are wearing a company branded “Purple” button every day of September, offices are “going purple” by decorating in purple and offering informational material for their customers, and there have been educational sessions arranged for employees and their families to learn more about the dangers of substance abuse.

A few things you can do to support Project Purple and take a stand against substance abuse; purchase Talbot Goes Purple materials from their website, distribute Project Purple posters and flyers found on their website, and have the “new conversation” – talk with your kids about the dangers of misusing prescription painkillers.

Dixon House Renovations: Inside and Outside

Dixon House in Easton is undergoing some updates both inside and out. As the independent and assisted living facility continues to create a “Boutique Style” residential setting, the board has decided to make some necessary upgrades to its décor on the first floor.  Linda Elben, Director at Dixon House, comments, “Recently I toured someone through Dixon House and she commented “this is like a home.” Maintaining the ‘just like home’ feeling is important to our organization’s mission. We want family members to feel like their loved ones are in a homelike environment as opposed to an institutional setting.”

Dixon House is working with Don Wooters, ASID, co-owner with Fiona Weeks of Dwelling and Design in Easton, to create the interior design changes for its foyer, hallways, and main stairwell, as well as its Day Room, Dining Room, Wellness Center, Beauty Salon and Business Office. The changes include painting, crown molding, new lighting, new wallpaper, new flooring and new window treatments.  The color scheme, porcelain blue, creams beiges, aquas, rose, and a soft green, will provide a much brighter environment.  Additions will include new chandeliers and sconces in the dining room and living room, as well as new re-upholstery, which will incorporate attractive heavy commercial fabrics which are soil resistant, stain resistant, and water repellent. All the renovations will be made keeping in mind comfort and ease for Dixon House’s aging population, clients ranging in age from 86 to 106.

A generous donation from Board member Mike Thielke and his partner Eric Horst will support the exterior landscaping improvements.  Eric’s mother, Natalie Horst has been a resident at Dixon House since October 2013. The exterior garden improvements are being done by Joe Weems with Eastern Shore Partners.  Plans include filling garden beds with colorful blooming perennials, such as phlox, black-eyed susans, and salvia, and fall blooming hydrangeas, asters and chrysanthemums.  The planter boxes near the pergola at Dixon House will have vining perennials such as wisteria or jasmine.  Annual flowers such as zinnias, vinca marigolds will supplement the plantings to provide plenty of color throughout summer season and can be used as cut flowers inside for the dining room tables and foyer, brightening up the interior of the house.

For further information about supporting Dixon House’s renovations, contact Linda Elben at the Dixon House at 410-822-6661 or visit dixonhouse.org.

No Matter What. . . You Matter Campaign Targets Suicide Prevention

Music touches everyone and words in songs can be particularly powerful. In the case of For All Seasons, hearing the soundtrack of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Dear Evan Hansen,” touched the core of the organization’s mission of “Restoring lives and transforming communities.”

This past spring, Amy Haines and Richard Marks’ Dock Street Foundation invited 40 representatives from several Talbot County service agencies and educational institutions to board a bus bound for NYC to see Ben Platt and the cast of “Dear Evan Hansen.” Both Haines and Marks had seen the play and felt it would be helpful if shared with our local providers of care. They noted, “We were moved and inspired by the relevance and impact of the show particularly as it incorporated social media’s influence on our society and youth. We appreciate For All Season’s leadership and coordination with all agencies in our community assisting our citizens facing mental and emotional challenges.”

Beth Anne Langrell, executive director of For All Seasons, adds, “It was an amazing opportunity to see a show and spend the day with so many people who are working day in and day out to better the lives of the youth in our community. The musical, which centers around the suicide of a high school student, really hits home about what it’s like to be a millennial or any person struggling to find their way.  One song in particular, ‘You Will Be Found’ had a lasting impact of several of us attending.  The song shares the life of young man who is watching life happen around him, but never finds a space where he believes he fits in…he struggles to see that he matters and that even at his darkest moments, someone is there to ‘find him’.”

Langrell shares that returning from the show she knew that Richard and Amy’s gift could last much more than just one day.  She thought it offered an opportunity to reach students and those in the community in the same way that the show reached everyone on the trip that day.  It was then that For All Seasons decided to begin a new campaign and start a conversation about suicide prevention. The agency’s new campaign will be called No Matter What . . . You Matter.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every 13 minutes someone dies by suicide. Suicide does not discriminate, affecting people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities. Many different factors may contribute to someone making a suicide attempt. For All Seasons hopes that by discussing the signs and symptoms associated with suicide that it can raise awareness about the issue in our community.  Because family and friends are often the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide, they can be critical to helping an individual find treatment with a provider who specializes in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions.

For All Seasons wants people to know that If they think a friend or family member is considering suicide, they should reach out and start a conversation. Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life. The following are three steps to help people begin the conversation:

  1. Ask directly – “Are you having suicidal thoughts?” – Let them know you care.
  2. Stay and Listen – Let them share their thoughts and feelings.
  3. Get help – Connect them with a friend, family member or crisis hotline. (For immediate crisis support call the Eastern Shore Crisis Response Hotline at 1-888-407-8018.)

Langrell adds, “The launch of our campaign, No Matter What . . . You Matter will create an ongoing dialogue with agencies and educators who attended the musical, as well as others who are interested in joining the conversation about this growing issue in our community.  The campaign will include dialogue circles, educational outreach and community events.  We want people to know that no matter what, they matter.

For All Seasons provides Trauma Certified Individual, Family and Group Therapy; Crisis and Advocacy Services for Adult, Child & Adolescent Victims of Sexual Assault, Rape & Trauma; Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry; Substance Use Disorder Services (in collaboration with Corsica River Substance Use Disorder Services).

Follow For All Seasons on Facebook, Twitter #nomatterwhatyoumatter, and Instagram in the coming weeks to find out how to get involved. For further information, call Beth Anne Langrell at 410-822-1018 or visit forallseasonsinc.org.

For All Seasons offers individual and group therapy, general, child and adolescent therapy, marriage and couples counseling, grief counseling, school-based mental health therapy, urgent care services, Rape Crisis Response, Rape Crisis Counseling and Support, 24-Hour English and Spanish Hotlines, and education and outreach programming. For further information about For All Seasons, call 410-822-1018. For the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline, call Toll-Free: 800-310-7273. 

The following behaviors may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide. If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible, particularly if the behavior is new or has increased recently. For immediate crisis support call the Eastern Shore Crisis Response Hotline at 1-888-407-8018.

  • Talking about wanting to die or wanting to kill themselves
  • Talking about feeling empty, hopeless, or having no reason to live
  • Feeling unbearable pain (emotional pain or physical pain)
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Feeling unusually confused or forgetful; on edge, angry or upset; or worried and scared
  • Unable to perform daily takes like getting to work or school

CBMM receives grant from Grayce B. Kerr Fund

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., recently received a $100,000 grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, an Easton-based philanthropy that supports educational achievement and growth.

“The Grayce B. Kerr Fund is pleased to support the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum,” said John R. Valliant, president of the fund. “Planning has always been a cornerstone of CBMM’s growth and we are happy to participate in this important effort.”

CBMM has recently commissioned a Master Plan to help guide the museum’s future growth. The grant will help underwrite the cost of the Master Plan process, an integral part of CBMM’s five-year comprehensive campaign to allow the development of a number of long-term campus enhancements, including the locations of four new buildings.

In 2015, CBMM launched its comprehensive campaign to support museum improvements and grow its endowment, with a goal of securing the future of CBMM, and thus the history and culture of the Chesapeake Bay. The campaign aims to solve challenges in dealing with older facilities while creating new opportunities to engage with its more than 80,000 yearly guests.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support of the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, which will allow us to commission a Master Plan to guide our long-term plans,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “It’s been almost 15 years since CBMM last held a campaign. In that time, a great deal has changed in the life of CBMM’s infrastructure, as well as expectations of the 21st century museum guest. We’re ecstatic about what the future holds for CBMM.”

Thanks to generous community and state support in these endeavors, CBMM has been able to install upgraded campus-wide alert systems, make improvements to many of its exhibition buildings, and support the historic two-year restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood. It has also allowed CBMM to expand its Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program, whose participants launched a boat of their own creation during this year’s Community Day celebration.

Upcoming priorities include expansion of CBMM’s shipwright apprentice program, the completion of various deferred maintenance projects, and a push to double the number of K-12 students visiting CBMM’s campus over the next five years.

To learn more about the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, visit gbkf.org. 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. To learn more or to support CBMM, visit cbmm.org.

Miltec UV Hires Senior Process Engineer

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle (www.miltec.com) welcomes Gene Shellenberger as the newest member of their engineering team. Gene joined Miltec UV on July 17, 2017 as a Senior Process Engineer. He brings over 20 years of experience in engineering, manufacturing and coating to Miltec UV. Prior to Miltec, Gene owned and operated Elkridge Coating Technologies. He resides in Essex with his wife.

Miltec UV’s President, Bob Blandford said, “Gene is very knowledgeable and we can already tell that his experience and technical expertise are going to be an asset to our engineering and service departments”.

About Miltec UV: Miltec UV has been servicing the UV industry for 27 Years and is a global leader and manufacturer of both arc and microwave ultraviolet curing systems. Miltec UV offers a wide range of quality UV parts, standard equipment and custom systems designed to interface with existing or new manufacturing production lines. These systems serve a broad diversity of industry-specific applications and market segments. Among the many applications supported are: optical fiber, wire, metal decorating, wood flooring, cabinets, automotive products and many other industries.

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Easton Cardiologist Places First MRI-Compatible Biventricular Pacemaker in Maryland

The five-mile drive across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is considered by some to be a terrifying experience and the iconic structure has even been coined the ‘scariest bridge in America’ in a number of news stories and on entertainment shows. Imagine experiencing a cardiac episode mid-way across the             Bridge – a bridge traveler’s worst nightmare. That very thing – a syncopal episode – happened to Cordova resident Tom Eason when he and his wife, Martha, were traveling across the west-bound span in March, 2015.

“We were headed out of town on vacation and while crossing the Bridge, Tom blacked out,” Martha recalls. With nowhere to pull over in the midst of traffic, she quickly grab the wheel, guiding the car until they could safely stop the car once across. She then dialed 911 and her husband was taken by ambulance to an area hospital. Tests in the emergency department revealed nothing significant; it was determined the episode was caused by low glucose levels and Tom was released.

Eason went about his normal activities, but several weeks later, experienced another episode. “I just knew that something wasn’t right – something felt off,” he says. This second go around, he sought treatment in the Emergency Department at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, where he was assessed by R. Bruce Helmly, MD, cardiologist with UM Community Medical Group – Cardiology.

Cardiac monitoring revealed that Eason was experiencing asystolic events – periods of no heart beats – lasting up to 30 seconds, caused by a condition called sick sinus syndrome (SSS). SSS occurs when the sinus node — the heart’s natural pacemaker — stops functioning properly. After making a diagnosis, Dr. Helmly contacted his partner, Benjamin Remo, MD, cardiologist and electrophysiologist, to perform an emergency pacemaker implantation.

A pacemaker is a small device implanted into a patient’s chest that stabilizes heart rhythms by using electrical pulses to simulate a normal heart rhythm. During Eason’s procedure, Dr. Remo placed an MRI-compatible dual chamber permanent pacemaker system. A dual chamber pacemaker system has one lead in the right atrium – the top right chamber of the heart that receives blood coming back to the heart – and one lead in the right ventricle – the bottom right chamber of the heart that pumps blood out of the heart.

“Left untreated, conditions like sick sinus syndrome result in the heart’s inability to function properly,” explains Dr. Remo. “As a result of this arrhythmia, the heart may not be able to pump adequate amounts of blood to the brain and body, causing symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath and fainting. In extreme cases, it can lead to loss of consciousness or even death.”

This past spring, an echocardiogram found that Eason’s ejection fraction – the amount of blood leaving the heart’s ventricles each time it contracts – was abnormal, demonstrating systolic heart failure – reduced pumping functionality of the heart.

While Eason did well with the original pacemaker system for two years, it was decided that his pacemaker system needed to be upgraded to a biventricular system, in which a third lead is added to the left side of the heart. “Biventricular pacemakers send small electrical impulses through the leads and behave more like the heart’s intrinsic electrical conduction system,” says Dr. Remo.

Dr. Remo and his team felt an MRI-compatible system would be the best device for Eason’s condition as it would not only improve the patient’s cardiac function, but would also best fit his lifestyle as an active man with a long life expectancy. “Given Mr. Eason’s young age, the likelihood of him needing an MRI scan at some point in his life is pretty high as they are used to diagnose a number of conditions affecting the brain, peripheral nervous system, and muscles,” says Dr. Remo.

Eason was a candidate for a biventricular device recently developed and released by Medtronic, a medical device company with expertise in technologies that manage cardiac arrhythmias and heart failure. The device selected for Eason is part of the first FDA-approved portfolio containing three models of MRI-compatible cardiac resynchronization therapy pacemakers (CRT-Ps). Unlike patients with traditional biventricular pacemakers, patients who receive the new MRI compatible CRT-Ps are also able to receive MRI scans, which can help diagnose other health conditions.

According to Dr. Remo, MRI scanners use large magnets that can interfere with a non-compatible system’s function. “These new CRT-P devices developed by Medtronic enable medical providers to better manage complex heart conditions while also making it possible for patients to receive MRI scans when necessary,” he says.

On July 20, Eason became the recipient of an MRI-compatible biventricular pacemaker with Dr. Remo performing the procedure. According to Medtronic, it was the first of its kind to be implanted in the state of Maryland.

“This new, state-of-the-art pacemaker will not only help Mr. Eason’s heart to pump more efficiently, sustaining adequate circulation to his body’s organs and tissues, it should greatly improve his quality of life and his overall health in years to come. It’s also a comfort that his device allows for any diagnostic MRI scanning that may be needed in the future,” comments Dr. Remo.

Neither Dr. Remo nor his team members had knowledge that they were implanting the first MRI-compatible biventricular pacemaker system in all of Maryland. As Remo explains, “Our number one priority was to provide our patient with the optimal system available. The fact that he was the first in the State to receive this device is an honor for my team and me, especially given the larger academic medical centers in Maryland. We take great pride in our ability to offer Eastern Shore residents such innovative technologies, right here in our community hospital.”

“I had no idea until after the procedure that I was the first person in all of Maryland to receive this type of cardiac device,” remarks Eason. “I cannot adequately express how grateful I am to have been able to receive such innovative health care so close to home, practically in my back yard.”

Martha adds, “It meant a lot to my family and me to be able to be at the hospital during the procedure and visit with him afterward, without having far to travel.”

Speaking about Dr. Remo and his team – nurse practitioner Patricia Lancaster, device nurse Dawn Ament, and electrophysiology lab nurses and technologists – Eason comments, “I have all the confidence in the world in this team – my home team. Thanks to them, I’m feeling fantastic and have returned to an active lifestyle at work, I’m boating and am simply enjoying life!”

Information about cardiovascular services offered at UM Shore Regional Health can be found at UMShoreRegional.org. Patients can learn more about cardiology and electrophysiology services provided by Dr. Remo and his team by calling the UM Community Medical Group – Cardiology practice at 410-822-5571.

 

As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,500 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers works with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

CBMM’s Fall Speaker Series begins October 18

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., begins its Fall Speaker Series on Oct. 18 and continues on select dates through Dec. 6, 2017. All of the sessions from the four-part series will explore topics related to CBMM’s latest exhibition, Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake, on display in CBMM’s Steamboat Building through April 8, 2018. All sessions take place in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium, with advanced registration needed, as seating is limited.

Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake includes 80 matted and framed exhibition prints principally drawn from his three books The Oystermen of the Chesapeake (1970), The Lighthouses of Chesapeake Bay (1973), and Western Wind, Eastern Shore: A Sailing Cruise around the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia (1975), and are shown in a manner that enhances the stark aesthetic, artistic perspective, and intimate familiarity of his work.

De Gast’s classic work, The Oystermen of the Chesapeake, documented scenes from the last days of the Chesapeake’s golden age of oystering. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5 pm, join Tom McHugh, director emeritus of the Mainstay in Rock Hall, and Ron Fithian, Rock Hall town manager, Kent County commissioner and former waterman, as they share their documentary, “Those Were the Days: Golden Age of Rock Hall Watermen, 1945-1972,” and the reflections of 18 watermen and women who worked on the water in the mid-20th century.

On Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5 pm, award-winning photographer Dave Harp will discuss the legacy of de Gast, whose evocative, understated photographic style and mastery of observation influenced generations of Chesapeake photographers, writers and artists.

“After de Gast: The Chesapeake Transformation Since 1972,” will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 29. Dr. Bill Dennison, professor of marine science and vice president for science applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, will discuss how the Chesapeake has changed since de Gast captured its landscapes and people in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the impacts on the Chesapeake’s fisheries, industry, and culture.

The final offering in the speaker series will be “The Life and Work of Robert de Gast” on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 2 pm. CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher, curator of Robert de Gast’s Chesapeake,will explore the remarkable life and work of de Gast as told through the museum’s extensive collections of his photography, writing, and oral histories.

Discounted online tickets for CBMM members are $6 per session, or $20 for all four sessions. Non-member rates are $8 per session, or $28 for all four sessions, with tickets at bit.ly/CBMM_FallSpeakerSeries17. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or email aspeight@cbmm.org.

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