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Spring Dance Concert

Continuum Dance Presents Spring Concert, All Connected

Continuum Dance will perform its spring concert All Connected at several Eastern Shore venues this March and April. All Connected will take the stage of the Garfield Center for the Arts at Prince Theatre in Chestertown on Saturday, March 24 at 3pm, and at the Oxford Community Center on Saturday, April 7 at 7pm and Sunday, April 8 at 3pm. The performance will feature original choreography performed by Continuum’s adult company and student apprentice dancers. The concert features live musical accompaniment by the Front Porch Orchestra, presenting Camille Saint-Saëns’ 1886 suite Carnival of the Animals, as well as excerpts from the soundtrack, Minecraft.

In a region where live artistic dance performances seldom occur, this show continues Continuum Dance’s core mission of providing residents of Delmarva the opportunity to experience professional-quality, artistic dance. Each performance is an invitation to audience members to open their hearts and minds to dance and to inspire self-expression through the arts.

Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check for $20 adults or $15 students and seniors. A reception will follow each performance, providing an opportunity to meet with Continuum dancers and board members.

All Connected has been made possible by the generous support of the Talbot County Arts Council and Alan Brock with the South Street Art Gallery.

Continuum Dance is committed to providing greater accessibility and knowledge of artistic dance in the Delmarva community. As an emerging professional performance company, Continuum Dance showcases accomplished professional artists of the region, provides training and experience to young dancers through an apprenticeship program, and celebrates the art of dance through master classes, open houses, and other public events. For more information or to get involved, visit or email

Children’s Summer Programs

Kent School to Offer Summer Programs for Children

Kent School will offer several summer programs for children from age 3 to 12.  For the youngest children, ages 3 to 5, Kent School is offering two week-long sessions of Little Camp. Little Camp is led by Kent School teachers, Julia Gross and Karen Schauber. The first session of Little Camp, Seuss on the Loose will be held June 18 – June 22. Campers will explore everything Seuss through art, literature, science and physical activity.  The second session, Beach Party, will run June 25 – June 29. In Beach Party campers will create, imagine, read about and investigate who and what can be found during a trip to the seashore. The camp day runs from 9:00 a to 4:00 pm. Extended day is available starting at 8:00 am. and is also available until 5:00 pm. The camp fee is $185 per week. Extended day care is $10 per hour. Visit for more information. Call 410-778-4100 ext. 110 to request a brochure or email

In addition to Little Camp, Kent School will also host YMCA summer programs for the second consecutive year. The YMCA will offer week-long Preschool camps for children ages 3 and a half to age 5 starting the week of June 18 and concluding the week of August 13. Themes will include Paw Patrol, Storybook Station, Petite Picasso and much more. Specialty camps, for children ages 5 – 12 will include sessions for children who want to cook, build, create and explore with session like Mad Scientist, Glee Camp, Nerf Madness, Sweet Shop and many other terrific choices. The full catalog of YMCA camp offerings will be available soon. Visit the YMCA of the Chesapeake website for more information at

Nancy Mugele, Head of School at Kent School said, “We are looking forward to having a busy summer with dozens of children enjoying our beautiful campus. In addition to Little Camp and the YMCA summer programs, Kent School will also be hosting Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne for six weeks.” Mugele continued, “It is a pleasure and an honor to host these wonderful programs that will keep children actively engaged in learning and fun during the summer months.”

For more information about Kent School visit Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.


Caregiver Retreat Day


Hillsboro, Maryland – The Retreat House at Hillsboro will host a half-day retreat, “Heart Strength for Care Givers,” on Friday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The retreat will include spiritual resiliency practices designed to help care givers, such as chaplains, medical staff, or family members who are dedicated to support those with disease, disabilities, and addictions. The Rev. Lisa Senuta will lead the program.

“For the caregiver, the daily demands can feel like an endless drain,” said Senuta, “but there is an inner spiritual capacity that can be used to meet those demands with clarity and compassion. This retreat will offer time and space to develop a strength of heart for this special group of people.” Senuta is an Episcopal priest and Rector, trained to teach contemplative and meditation practices. She is currently the Rector at St. James the Less in Northfield, Illinois.

The “Heart Strength for the Care Giver” program will include breakfast and lunch. There is no charge to attend but a suggested donation of $40 per person will be gratefully accepted. The program is the last of the Lenten season offerings at the Retreat House and new workshops are being added.

Francie Thayer, Retreat House Director said, “We are glad to see the great number of people who are attending our retreats and workshops. The Retreat House is such a special place, available to anyone who seeks a richer spiritual life or just some peaceful time to themselves.”

Weekly offerings at the Retreat House include Centering Prayer sessions on Mondays at 5:45, Yoga classes at 7:00pm on Thursdays, as well as weekend AA meetings.

Located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, the Retreat House is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, and anyone who seeks a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 364-7042, or visit us on

National Nutrition Month-Free Events

UM Shore Regional Health Announces Free Events for National Nutrition Month

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health dietitians and diabetes educators have planned a series of events for National Nutrition Month® which is observed annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s campaign, “Go Further with Food,” focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices as well as developing sound eating and physical activity habits, and also offers strategies to cut back on food waste.

“We are excited to help people in our region learn more about how to avoid health problems and maximize their quality of life through proper diet and nutrition,” says Katie Ewers, registered dietitian and nutrition associate manager for UM Shore Regional Health. “Simple changes in the way you shop for food and prepare meals and snacks can significantly reduce your risk – and your family’s risk — for chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The events we’re offering are designed to share nutrition information and dietary strategies that people of any age can employ to maintain their best health.”

“Food Shopping for Health” is a free, guided grocery store tour that teaches how to shop and plan meals for optimal health. Three tours are scheduled, as follows:

In Easton on Tuesday, March 13, 1:30 p.m., Giant Foods, 8223 Elliott Rd. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5188. Tour led by Karen Hollis, registered dietitian and diabetes educator, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology

In Chestertown on Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., at Redner’s Market, 17 Washington Avenue. RSVP: 410-778-7668, ext. 2295. Tour led by Mary King, registered dietitian, UM SMC at Chestertown

In Cambridge on Wednesday, March 21, 1 p.m., Walmart, 2775 Dorchester Square. RSVP: 410-822-1000, ext. 5351. Tour led by Katie Ewers, nutrition associate manager, Food and Nutrition Services, UM Shore Regional Health

In addition, the month-long observance will feature free nutrition education seminars in Cambridge and Chestertown, as

Friday, March 23, 10 am-12 pm, “Learn about Diabetes and Nutrition,” presented by BK Eshete and Karen Hollis, diabetes educators, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology, at the Food Pantry at Delmarva Community Services, 1000 Goodwill Avenue, Cambridge. Pre-registration required, call Brenda Fields, 410-901-2991, ext. 18.

Wednesday, March 28, 2 p.m. “The ‘Mind Diet’ and Healthy Weight Loss,” presented by Mary King, registered dietitian, in the Conference Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, 410-778-7668, ext. 2295.


Emergency Preparedness Seminars

QAC Emergency Preparedness Seminars Offered Free to Groups, Clubs and Neighborhoods

CENTREVILLE – Joseph Cichocki, of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Emergency Services, is reaching out to all county clubs, organizations, businesses and groups of any size to offer free emergency preparedness seminars.

“My primary goal as Emergency Management Associate is community outreach and educating the public on a wide variety of topics pertaining to emergency preparedness. In an effort to accomplish this goal, I have been creating Seasonal Preparedness Presentations. These presentations go over what to do before, during and after seasonal emergencies, i.e. thunderstorms, winter weather, earthquakes, and many others.,” said Cichocki. “The presentations are typically between 10-12 slides and take about 25-30 minutes. If this is something that may benefit your organization, and you would like to participate, please reach out to me either by emailing or by calling (410) 758-4500 ext.1119.

Woman of Distinction

Girl Scouts Celebrate Woman of Distinction

Lower Shore Woman of Distinction Dinner to honor Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach 

Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay has selected Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach, President of Salisbury University, as this year’s Lower Shore Woman of Distinction.  A dinner honoring Janet will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Salisbury University, Assembly Hall.  Dinner seats are available for $100 per person and sponsorship/ advertising opportunities are available.  To reserve a seat at the dinner or find out more about sponsorship and advertising opportunities please contact 410-742-5107 or go to no later than March 28, 2018.  This year’s event Honorary Chair is Melody Nelson and the Co-Chairs are Susan Purnell and Ashley Bosche.

Each year the event celebrates a woman who has made a difference in her community, inspired others and provided a positive role model for girls and young women.  The Woman of Distinction Celebration brings together leaders and outstanding young women to celebrate the significant contributions made by women and celebrates courage, confidence and character. The Woman of Distinction program is a wonderful leadership opportunity for teen Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts are invited to mix, mingle and make connections with elite business leaders and government officials at these signature events. Girls serve in leadership positions that make this event successful – including greeters, leading the pledge, and participating in the program.  Past recipients include the Karen Gordy, Debbie Abbott, Susan Purnell, Connie Strott, Paula Morris, Ginnie Malone, Jane Ellen Mengason, Gayle Widdowson, and Melody Nelson.

Janet Dudley-Eshbach was appointed the eighth president of Salisbury University in 2000, the first woman to hold the office. Today, she is the University System of Maryland’s longest-serving female president and is the second longest-tenured president in SU history. Her leadership has been transformational, with a strategic vision that has resulted in the institution’s growth in size, reputation and private support.

When Dudley-Eshbach arrived, the campus had a student population of 6,400. Now, the student body is over 8,700. She has been successful in getting more equitable state funding for SU, as well as private contributions, including several multi-million dollar gifts to foster dynamic changes, from new buildings to academic programs.

A Latin American literature and Spanish-language scholar who is fluent in Spanish, she was profoundly moved by study abroad experiences and exposure to different cultures and ethnicities. Under her leadership, the number of minority students has more than tripled and one in four now are from diverse backgrounds. She cut the ribbon on a Center for International Education and an English Language Institute. Today, SU’s campus attracts students from over 60 countries. She has joined students on spring break service trips to areas such as Aguascalientes, Mexico, and has served on educational delegations to Cuba. Her passion for international study and “Transformative Love of Hispanidad” have been showcased by The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.

Strategic partnerships and town-gown relationships also are part of Dudley-Eshbach’s vision. In 2015, the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore awarded her its prestigious Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award for exemplifying philanthropic leadership. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot also personally nominated and presented her with the 2015 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award for Wicomico County for her transformative impact on the University and city. The net assets of the SU Foundation have increased 175 percent to some $74.7 million. She is well-known for her support of shared governance.

During her tenure, nearly a third of SU’s current majors and the campus’ first doctorates, in nursing practice and education, have been developed. The University skyline has been transformed by state-of-the art facilities including Conway Hall, Perdue Hall, the Richard A. Henson Medical Simulation Center, the Sea Gull Square residence-retail high-rise, a new Sea Gull Stadium and major improvements to the athletics complex, and the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons. Altogether, the University has expanded with some $350 million in new facilities. A front-page Baltimore Sun feature highlighted SU’s growth in “size, reputation, ambition.” With almost 1,800 employees, it has become one of the region’s largest employers with an economic impact of nearly half a billion dollars annually.

Committed to sustainability, Dudley-Eshbach has fostered such campus initiatives as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification of 10 new and renovated buildings, a solar parking lot and a student Green Fund. SU’s beautiful grounds, a designated national arboretum, also has earned state and national honors.

Every year during her tenure, SU has been one of The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges and U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities in the North.”  The campus also is consistently named a “Best Value” by ForbesMoney and Washington Monthly. Her expertise and opinions have been featured in such national publications as Public PurposeUniversity Business and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has served on boards of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the American Council on Education, and is active in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

 The Daily Record three times named Dudley-Eshbach one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, inducting her into its Circle of Excellence. The newspaper twice named her an “Influential Marylander,” and she was the first university president honored as one of its “Most Admired CEOs” in 2012. Prior to her arrival at SU, she served as president of Fairmont State University in West Virginia, and she held faculty and administrative positions at three other private and public colleges and universities. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University Bloomington, she earned her Ph.D. from El Colegio de Mexico.

We’re Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Over one hundred years ago, the first Girl Scout troop was founded on the Delmarva Peninsula. With nearly 10,000 girls supported by 4,000 amazing adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay helps girls discover their strengths, passions and talents. Today, we continue the Girl Scout mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. And with programs for girls in 14 counties in Delaware and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia, Girl Scouts offers today’s girls a chance to do something amazing. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, visit or call 410-742-5107 or 1-800-374-9811.

Request for Purchase Proposals

Shore Regional Health Issues Request for Purchase Proposals for Poplar Hill Farm

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (UMSRH) has issued a Request for Purchase Proposals for land which it owns known as “Poplar Hill Farm” located south of Oxford Road and west of the Easton Parkway.  The RFP solicits proposals for the land purchase, the proceeds of which will be allocated by UMSRH to the replacement of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton.  The site comprising approximately 126 acres is one of the largest undeveloped parcels in the Town of Easton and has direct access to both State roads and public utilities.

Poplar Hill Farm was purchased by the hospital in February, 1979.  For years, it has been designated by the Town’s Comprehensive Plan as a potential site for a replacement hospital. However, UM Shore Regional Health is committed to its more recent plans to replace the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton on the large site it owns adjacent to the Talbot County Community Center.

A six-acre parcel of Poplar Hill Farm was subdivided from the farm last year and sold to the Temple B’Nai Israel Congregation of Easton, Maryland for construction of a new facility that is expected to open later this year.  The remainder of Poplar Hill Farm is no longer necessary for development of a UM Shore Regional Health facility and funds from its sale can be used to support the development of a replacement hospital north of the Easton Airport.

The deadline for responses to the RFP is April 30, 2018, after which UM Shore Regional Health will complete a thorough evaluation of all proposals.  UM Shore Regional Health reserves the right to accept or reject any or all proposals.  For information regarding Poplar Hill Farm, please contact Doug James or James Real Estate Services at (410) 310-1350 or

Family Over Everything

Second Annual Family Over Everything Run Scheduled for May 19

The Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation are teaming up to host the second annual Family Over Everything Run to be held on Saturday, May 19 in Chester, MD. Proceeds from the run will directly benefit the Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation.

The event will feature a scenic 7K run on the Cross Island Trail. Participants can run or walk. Race participants will begin at the Kent Narrows Center, turning around at the Shore United Bank, and returning to the finish line at the Kent Narrows Center. Following the race, attendees will enjoy an awards ceremony, refreshments, music, and other family friendly activities. People of all ages and agility are welcome.

Preregistration tickets are $35.00. Same day registration will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. These tickets will be $40, but be sure to register early to guarantee your Family Over Everything event t-shirt! Race start time is at 9:00 a.m.

The Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, Inc., was set up to honor the late Randy Drake Thrower of Queenstown, MD. Randy was killed on April 2, 2016, due to an automobile accident on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. He was 21.

Randy’s passions in life were his family, friends, sports, and health and fitness. He is remembered by most for his infectious smile and for the encouragement he showed to others. Randy’s motto was “family over everything,” and his family extended well beyond his own.

Through the Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, his family would like to carry on his passions by giving back the community.

We hope that you will join us and that we can count on your support to help us to continue to honor Randy and grow his “family.” To register, visit:

For additional information or for sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Melody Thrower, 410-490-6069, or Rachel Kellenbenz, 410-924-2027, To make a donation, make checks payable to Randy D. Thrower Scholarship Foundation, Inc., and mail to 200 Somerset Court, Queenstown, MD 21658.

Clubhouse Expansion

Clubhouse Expansion in Symphony Village

The Symphony Village Clubhouse Expansion Committee celebrated the Topping Out Ceremony (last roof truss put into place) of the expansion of the storage area and banquet area of the clubhouse on March 9.  Since the build-out and occupancy of the 395 homes in the village in Centreville was completed in 2017, the need for more clubhouse space became necessary.  Several residents exclaimed they will be happy when there is sufficient occupancy room for residents at meetings, banquets, and special occasions/activities.   Others stated they will be happy when they can return items and supplies to the clubhouse that they have been storing in their garages and basements!

The Expansion Committee has worked over the past months with Torchio Architects, Inc. of Centreville and Willow Construction Company of Easton.  Construction began in December 2017.   The banquet area is being doubled in size and the storage area is being expanded from virtually nothing to approximately 1000 square feet.  Bob Nilsson, Project Manager for the Expansion Committee, stated that “despite tough, cold, windy weather, the construction remains on budget and schedule for a completion date of 31 May 2018.”

Queenstown Bancorp of Maryland, Inc. Announces Year-End 2017 Financial Results

QUEENSTOWN, Md., January 29, 2018 / Company Release / Queenstown Bancorp of Maryland, Inc. reported its consolidated financial results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017.

Net income of $5.245 million included a charge of $400 thousand relating to the Tax Cut & Jobs Act (“Tax Act”) passed in December 2017. Prior to the charge, the Company’s net income was $5.645 million, an   increase of $429 thousand or 8.2% from the same period in 2016. After the Tax Cut charge, the Company’s net income increased $29 thousand from the same period in 2016. These earnings resulted in a 1.10% Return on Average Assets and 9.06% Return on Average Equity. Net income per share increased from $4.14 to $4.20 per share in 2017. Net interest income increased $164 thousand to $18.123 million for 2017. Continued improvement in credit performance and conditions resulted in a decrease in provisions for loan losses from $990 thousand for 2016 to $600 thousand for 2017. The Company continues to maintain a very attractive Efficiency Ratio, the industry standard for effective expense control, at 49.6%, excluding gains/losses on Other Real Estate Owned. Stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2017 increased by $2.6 million to $58 million from December 31, 2016. The Bank remains very well capitalized with the ratio of common equity to assets increasing from 11.76% at December 31, 2016 to 12.15% at December 31, 2017. Book value per share was $47.36 at December 31, 2017, up $3.32 from December 31, 2016, representing an increase of 7.5%. During 2017, the Company returned $2.7 million of capital to stockholders as dividends and stock repurchases.

“We are very pleased with the year we had in 2017. The Tax Act passed at the end of 2017 required that the Company take a charge of $400 thousand dollars in 2017 but we are very confident that the Tax Act will have a positive impact on our financial results in 2018. One of the biggest challenges we continue to face is loan growth without sacrificing credit quality. This is an issue not limited to Queenstown Bank. We are hopeful that the overall economy will show growth in 2018 which will spur activity here on the Eastern Shore. We are very pleased with our overall capital position as our capital ratios remain very high and provide us the room to grow as market opportunities present themselves. We have shown continued improvement in our asset quality which has enabled the Bank to reduce its provision in 2017”, stated Kevin B. Cashen, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We were also very pleased with how the Bank was positioned to reward its shareholders in 2017. The Dividend was increased from $1.15 per share in 2016 to $1.25 per share in 2017 and the Company increased its Stockholders’ Equity by $2.6 million. We look forward to 2018 and continue to be excited about the future of the Bank.”

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 $464 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 or contact us at 410-827-8881.

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