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Wye River Upper School Welcomes New Board Members

Wye River Upper School (WRUS) is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to their Board of Trustees – Dr. Clayton A. Railey, III and Mrs. Darby Hewes. Both members joined the WRUS Board on July 1, 2017. Their diverse experiences in a variety of educational settings brings new knowledge and perspective to the team.


Railey currently serves as Vice President for Workforce and Academic Programs at the Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD. His professional background encompasses many areas including teaching, conflict resolution, museum studies, school administration, theology, and counseling. He has spent years in academia earning several degrees, teaching undergrads, and learning many languages. Most notably he obtained a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University.


Hewes brings strengths in graphic and fine arts, business management, and teaching. Over the years, she has studied fine arts, architecture, graphics, and education. She earned a B.A. from University of Florida, and a B.F.A. from Washington College. She has also taught photography at Washington College and currently specializes in developing marketing materials for various non-profits. Hewes serves on several boards throughout Kent County. Her past work experience in construction management and engineering also adds an important skill set as Wye River continues to maintain and care for their newly renovated building in Centreville.


“Our Board is fortunate to be welcoming these two talented individuals with extensive and relevant backgrounds. Their combined experience encompasses education, the arts, school administration, and marketing – just to name a few. I could not be more delighted to have their help as we continue to enhance and grow the Wye River program,” said Board Chair, Alexa Seip.


Wye River Upper School serves bright high school students with learning differences such as ADHD and dyslexia. Darby Hewes has been getting to the school over the past few years and she explains, “WRUS is a unique environment where students with learning challenges find their frustration turn into excitement and motivation. Strength based learning with an emphasis on areas of organization, time management and self-monitoring prepare students to succeed in college and future careers.  WRUS is one of these unique places where teens can explore their passions, create goals and build a solid educational foundation for their future.”


The School is located in Centreville, MD, and WRUS students come from several surrounding counties. Transportation is provided to both Eastern and Western Shores. For more information, call (410) 758-2922 or visit

Lego Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, August 5th

STEVENSVILLE – The Kent Island Library is partnering with the Historic Stevensville Art & Entertainment District to sponsor a LEGO® Scavenger Hunt on Saturday August 5, noon to 4 p.m.

Librarian Julie Ranelli said, “Visit the library to pick up your scavenger hunt passport. While you’re here, build with our LEGO® collection. Then visit the participating shops and sites in Stevensville’s Historic Arts and Entertainment District to find a LEGO® letter. Once you’ve found enough to spell a word, bring the completed form back to the library to be entered to win a LEGO® prize. The participating businesses/sites are Salvage Sisters, Paris Grey, My Little Studio, Stevensville Antiques, Trade Winds Exchange, Historic Christ Church, Old Stevensville Post Office, Old Stevensville Bank, Train Depot, Cray House and D’Alessio’s Wood-Fired Pizza.

Free Outdoor Movie Night in Historic Stevensville Aug. 5th

STEVENSVILLE – Grab your blankets and lawn chairs to watch a free children’s movie outside of the Cray House, on Cockey Lane, in Historic Stevensville. The food vendor

Ivy Ice will be there selling snowballs. This event is sponsored by Historic Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District and Davy Dance Academy. Seating begins at 7:45 p.m. and the movie rolls at 8:15 p.m.

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy’s Ride for Clean Rivers

Early Bird Registration Deadline July 31


On Sunday, September 17, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will hold the 13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. MRC is excited to partner with Chesapeake College for the third year in a row to bring this cycling event to the Midshore region. Chesapeake College aligns with MRC’s mission by being proactive in campus environmental initiatives, including wind and solar power, native grass plantings, car charging stations, and stormwater projects being implemented in partnership with MRC.

Riders can enjoy Maryland’s scenic Eastern Shore along three routes—62 miles (metric century), 35 miles, and 20 miles. Routes follow the flat, picturesque backroads of Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot Counties, with rest stops exploring Tuckahoe State Park, Tuckahoe Creek, and the banks of the Choptank River. All routes start and finish at Chesapeake College, and have rest stops and SAG (support and gear) support. There will be morning snacks and coffee at the registration tables, and an outdoor barbeque and live music when riders return to campus. Registration includes food, drinks, barbeque, and event tee-shirt.

Last year, over 400 registered riders of all abilities helped to raise over $55,000. Come out and help reach this year’s goal of 500+ riders. This is a great opportunity to create a bike team with friends, family, bike clubs, or officemates.

Discounted early bird registration ends July 31. Riders may register, raise funds, procure rider sponsors, and win prizes at the event website,

Ride for Clean Rivers supports the work of MRC to protect and restore the Miles, Wye, and Choptank Rivers and Eastern Bay. For more information, visit or contact Sarah at or 443.385.0511.


Thank you to our 2017 sponsors Agency of Record, Bicycling magazine, The Brewer’s Art, Chesapeake College, C-Jam Yacht Sales, Dock Street Foundation, S.E.W. Friel, KELLY Benefit Strategies, Sprout, and Solar Energy Services.

For more information about becoming a sponsor or supporter of Ride for Clean Rivers, contact Sarah at or call 443.385.0511.

Chesapeake Real Estate Associates LLC Welcomes New Agent

Chesapeake Real Estate Associates LLC proudly welcomes Erin Anderson to their team of knowledgeable real estate professionals. Erin is a lifelong resident of the Eastern Shore, growing up outside of Sudlersville during her childhood and attending the local schools, and then having lived in Grasonville and Church Hill, as an adult where she now resides with her family. Her vast knowledge of Queen Anne’s County and the Eastern Shore will afford you the inside scoop on the area. Erin attended Chesapeake College in Wye Mills and graduated with her Associates of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. She comes from a career in real estate, having worked the last 13 years as a paralegal and settlement agent, handling hundreds, maybe thousands of settlements. Her past experience and knowledge of a variety of real estate transactions includes purchases and sales of complex, multi-million dollar commercial and agricultural properties, church transfers, both small and large farms, vacant lots and construction loans, short sales, REO and foreclosure transactions, 1031 exchanges, residential settlements, including condos and townhomes, and just about everything in between. Erin’s knowledge and background in the real estate industry, and understanding of the settlement and loan process sets her apart from other agents and makes her an asset for your home purchase or sale. She has spent the last 13 years reviewing and/or preparing legal documents, loan packages, title work and title insurance policies on a daily basis. She’s also thoroughly familiar with preparing the HUD-1 Settlement Statements, Closing Disclosures (CDs), deeds and settlement documents, having worked on those daily for her entire career. She understands the process, the fee calculations and knows the lenders, title companies, lawyers, and realtors in this business, which is why you want her on your side, to help you move through this process smoothly and professionally. Erin currently enjoys her life here on the Shore with her husband and son, who are actively involved in the local youth baseball league, school volunteering and enjoy being on the water as much as possible. They are also avid animal lovers, and have 3 dogs and a small herd of goats on their property. Chris Haddaway, Broker of Chesapeake Real Estate Associates is excited to have such an experienced team member on board. Erin is dedicated to helping you find the home of your dreams here on the Shore and has the knowledge and skills to list and sell your residential, waterfront or farm property. Erin is excited to help you with your real estate goals and truly enjoys working with buyers and sellers. She looks forward to helping you and is always available to assist with your home buying or selling needs. She serves the Queen Anne’s, Kent, Caroline and Talbot County areas. You can reach Erin by calling the office at 410-643-4663 or on her cell at 410-490-6645.

United Fund of Talbot County Earmarks $236,500 for 2017-18 Member Agencies

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted at their June meeting to allocate $236,500 to 16 member agencies for its 2017-18 campaign. These agencies qualified by demonstrating how their requests for funds would be used to meet the health and human services needs of the underserved in Talbot County. The original amount requested by the 16 applicant agencies was $325,500.

“This year’s Agency Review Committee continued to exercise due diligence when reviewing each agency application. The stellar job they did in their reviews and recommendations facilitated the allocation deliberations,” said Chuck Mangold and Leslie Stevenson, Agency Review Committee Co-Chairs. Stevenson noted that “Through a rigorous and comprehensive agency review process, United Fund committee volunteers are able to analyze where funding will have the greatest impact and award grant funding accordingly”. For the just concluded 2016-17 campaign, the United Fund reached only 87% of its goal. The upcoming campaign has again set a goal of $400,000. “It’s unfortunate we could not satisfy total grant requests due to budget constraints, but we continue to strive toward that goal every year,” noted Mangold. He went on to note, “This year also saw the retirement of three agencies with whom we have had long-term relationships – CASA of Talbot County, Talbot Mentors, and Upper Shore Aging. We wish them continued success in the years to come.” The United Fund of Talbot County is the only local philanthropic organization that for over half a century of fundraising has successfully raised over $14 million to assist non-profit charities in Talbot County.

The agencies selected for the 2017-18 campaign are

BAAM (Building African American Minds). $10,000 to provide programs that enrich the academic and social development of young African American boys.

Boy Scouts in Talbot County. $3,000 to deliver scouting programs to both existing scouting troop units and at-risk youth through its outreach efforts.

Character Counts!. $15,000 to promote character development in the county’s public schools as well as conducting workplace ethics classes in the business community.

Delmarva Community Services. $15,500 to fund adult medical daycare and intervention and travel expenses for medically dependent and frail Talbot County clients as well as general transportation services.

For All Seasons. $15,000 to provide advocacy, therapy and education for those needing low cost, easily accessible mental health services.

Girl Scouts. $3,000 to provide a host of programs for local girls to build character and skills for success.

Imagination Library of Talbot County. $10,000 to expose children birth to age 5 with a literature and vocabulary rich environment, promoting reading readiness through the monthly provision of high quality, age-appropriate books.

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. $20,000 to provide advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence.

Neighborhood Service Center. $55,000 to serve the total family, addressing housing, food, utilities, eviction and learning needs of local low-income residents.

Partners in Care. $10,000 to empower older adults to remain independent in their homes using the concept of service exchange to provide transportation and handyman services.

St. Martin’s Ministries. $15,000 to help to feed, clothe and financially assist impoverished clients, building their self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

St. Michaels Community Center. $23,000 to provide services to the Bay Hundred Community, including after-school enrichment programs for local youth and teens.

Talbot Special Riders. $20,000 to provide a year-round therapeutic horseback-riding

program for children and adults with learning and physical limitations.

Talbot Village Connections. $1,000 to provide seed money to support senior citizens with programs and services that enable them to age in place.

Tilghman Area Youth Association. $15,000 to cover scholarship costs for children unable to pay for afterschool programs.

United Needs & Abilities. $6,000 to provide counseling, resources and advocacy for adults with development disabilities.


Legend for picture of 2016 United Fund Agency Review Committee

Left to right, standing: Steve Slack, Kate Mansfield, Butch Townsend, JoRhea Wright, Glenn Klakring

Seated:            Leslie Stevenson

Not pictured:            Chuck Mangold, Ron Lee


Chesapeake Charities names event committee for 2nd annual gala

STEVENSVILLE, MD–Chesapeake Charities will host its second annual awards luncheon, “A Celebration of Charity” on Thursday, November 16, 2017, at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville.

The Event Committee, led by Audrey Scott, includes Salena Barrett, Kathy Deoudes, Jodie Gray, Carllene Hurd, Jami Kirkwood, Paula Warner, Diana Waterman and Deidre Wilson.

“Last year’s event honored Governor Larry Hogan for the courageous leadership he displayed while battling cancer,” said Scott, “and the event committee is now planning another wonderful tribute to our community heroes.”

At the luncheon, the first Governor Larry Hogan Scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a degree in medical research. Awards for Philanthropist, Nonprofit and Volunteer of the Year will also be given. Nominations for these awards are now open and the forms can be found on the Chesapeake Charities website at or request a form at

Sponsorships for the awards luncheon are available and tickets to the event will go on sale in September at $100 each. For more information, send an email to

Chesapeake Charities serves nonprofits in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.

As a community foundation, Chesapeake Charities supports a wide range of charitable causes including arts, education, health and human services, animal welfare, and the environment. All of its 85 component funds have a common cause – a passion for making a difference in their communities. They have invested more than $9 million in the Chesapeake Bay region since 2005.

For more information, contact Chesapeake Charities at (410) 643-4020 or, or visit Chesapeake Charities is accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations.

Photo : A Celebration of Charity 2017 Event Committee, Top L-R: Linda Kohler, Chesapeake Charities Executive Director, Salena Barrett, Diana Waterman, Carllene Hurd, Meg Gallagher.
Bottom L-R: Jami Kirkwood, Audrey Scott, Event Committee Chair, Deidre Wilson. Missing from photo: Jodie Gray, Kathy Deoudes.


Church Hill, Maryland – June 22, 2017 At its annual meeting on June 20, members of Church Hill Theatre discussed results of the current season, elected a new board of directors, recognized significant volunteer contributions and made plans for the 2018 season.

CHT Executive Manager Nina Sharp presented a report on the past year’s successes and announced the theatre’s “Throw Us a Bone” fundraising campaign, the goal of which is to raise money to support the theatre’s exterior Stucco Restoration project. The $19,000 repair work will be partially funded by Preservation Maryland’s Heritage Fund. Chairman Charles “Pat” Patterson and volunteer coordinator Rachel Goss thanked retiring members Shelagh Grasso, Juanita Wieczoreck, John Beck, and Howard Mesick (in absentia) for their years of dedicated service as Board Members. Goss also presented the Volunteer of the Year Award to the Christopher family for their outstanding dedication to all volunteer aspects of CHT such as working backstage, Front of House, special events, and much more.

Newly elected members Thad Bench, Robert Bryan, Jennifer Moore, Kendall Davis, and Julie Bedell will join the currently existing CHT Board of Directors: David Bowering, Patrick Fee, Michelle Christopher, Laura Van Wie McGrory, Rachel Goss, Sylvia Maloney, Charles “Pat” Patterson, Christopher Wallace, Becca Van Aken, and Michael Whitehill. At an organizational meeting following the election, the Board determined officers would remain the same: Patterson will continue as CHT Board Chairman, David Bowering as Vice Chairman, Sylvia Maloney as Treasurer and Becca Van Aken as Secretary.

During the meeting, Program Committee Chair John Haas shared the list of projected plays for CHT’s 2018 season. The committee has proposed a mix of plays and styles for next year, including Neil Simon’s unforgettable comedy Biloxi Blues; Earnest Thompson’s heartfelt On Golden Pond; the colorful musical Pippin with Book by: Roger O. Hirson Music and Lyrics by: Stephen Schwartz; Wendy Wasserstein’s comedy/drama The Sisters Rosensweig; and Brenden Behan’s black comedy The Hostage. In addition, Church Hill Theatre will produce its annual Green Room Gang summer musicals performed by GRG Juniors and Seniors, and the Education committee hopes to add a youth winter holiday production.

Coming up at Church Hill Theatre are the Green Room Gang final performances of Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka KIDS and Seussical JR., which will play July 20th through 23rd, Thursday and Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Local playwright Earl Lewin’s production of his newest play Orlando Rising will open one week later, and will run two weekends: July 28th through August 6th, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. In September, Director Michael Whitehill will bring John Patrick Shanley’s award-winning Doubt, a Parable to the CHT stage, which will play September 8th – 24th. The CHT 2017 season will close with a collaborative production of Carrie the Musical, based on the novel by Stephen King. This musical, directed by Chesapeake College’s Robert Thompson, will run October 27th – November 12th. The first weekend of performances will run at the Cadby Theatre at Chesapeake College, and then travel to the Church Hill Stage for the final two weekends.

For more information on the Church Hill Theatre, visit the website at, follow CHT on Facebook, or call the CHT Office at 410-556-6003.

CBMM Board holds annual fiscal review meeting

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum recently hosted its annual Board of Governors’ fiscal review meeting, which included a reception along CBMM’s waterfront campus in St. Michaels, Md. The June 26 meeting included presentations from CBMM President Kristen Greenaway and Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman.

Updates were given on CBMM’s Boatyard and its major programming components, a look at CBMM’s finances for the prior fiscal year, progress on its comprehensive campaign, and information about the annual Boating Party Fundraising Gala.

Board of Governors, Friends Board, Board alumni, staff members, and their partners were invited, with a post-meeting reception held waterside on Fogg’s Landing and catered by Garden & Garnish of Trappe, Md.

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 values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. For more information, visit

Chesapeake Hearing Centers Helps Give the Gift of Hearing With Starkey Hearing Foundation in Mexico

(Stevensville, MD, June 2017)Tyler Raup and Amy Mayo of Chesapeake Hearing Centers recently joined Starkey Hearing Foundation on a hearing mission in Queretaro and Morelia, Mexico to help serve over 900 children and adults with hearing loss.

“We were so humbled to be able to be part of Starkey Hearing Foundation’s incredible work in Mexico,” Raup said. “Giving back to the global community is so important, and there is no better way to do so than to help provide the gift of better hearing. Hearing plays such a vital role in helping families to communicate, in education and building connections. And that’s what’s so amazing about this experience, it’s experiencing first-hand just how the gift of hearing can bring families and communities together.”

“Seeing the way people’s faces light up when the hearing aids are turned on, it changes your life,” Mayo said. “We work with patients every day in the office, but to be part of a mission, to fit hundreds who often go without hearing healthcare, it’s a one of a kind experience.”

Starkey Hearing Foundation works tirelessly to bring caring and hearing healthcare to communities around the world. To learn more about their global efforts please visit

About Chesapeake Hearing Centers

Chesapeake Hearing Centers is the oldest private practice of audiology in the state of Maryland. As a preeminent regional center for the evaluation of hearing and balance disorders, we were one of the first practices in this state to offer computer-programmable hearing aids in 1991, and remain a leader in dispensing a variety of programmable and wireless instruments. Educated, credentialed, experienced, and with professional competence, we evaluate, treat, and serve exactly the way we would want to be treated…with courtesy, and respect. We provide services in several offices located in Anne Arundel County, Howard County, and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. We accept self-referred patients, as well as referrals from physicians, educators, rehabilitation professionals, psychologists, insurance, and other organizations. For more information visit

About Starkey Hearing Foundation

Starkey Hearing Foundation, a public charity founded by William F. Austin, gives the gift of hearing to people in need in the U.S. and around the world. Disabling hearing loss affects more than 360 million people, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that improve lives and promote understanding. The Foundation focuses on hearing health missions, education, and recycling, as well as grants to mission-aligned organizations. The Foundation has cared for more than 1.1 million patients and provided 1.9 million hearing devices in more than 100 countries. Connect with Starkey Hearing Foundation on Facebook and Twitter, or visit

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