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UM Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives $100,000 Pledge to Benefit Clark Comprehensive Breast Center

The Meoli Companies/McDonald’s® and local owner/operator Mike Meoli recently pledged $100,000 to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to provide assistance to cancer patients receiving treatment at the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at UM Shore Regional Health. Providing support to patients during their cancer journey is personal for Mr. Meoli as his wife of 24 years, Kelli, is a 15-year breast cancer survivor and registered nurse.

“We are very fortunate to operate restaurants in communities all across the Eastern Shore, and part of that means recognizing ways we can make the biggest impact in every one of them,” Mike Meoli said. “When we discovered the opportunity to fund a second 3-D tomosynthesis mammography machine for the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center, it was a no brainer for us. The dedicated medical staff, exceptional facilities and the level of care patients receive at the Breast Center is unmatched. We are proud to support a health care system that gives back to so many during their most difficult times.”

“I want to thank Mike Meoli, the Meoli companies and McDonald’s Restaurants for stepping forward and making an important difference in breast care through this very generous pledge,” commented Graham Lee, vice president, Philanthropy, for UM Shore Regional Health. “Their support goes a long way toward our goal of acquiring the additional equipment the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center needs to provide our patients the most timely and state-of-the-art testing and evaluation.”

Mike Meoli is a second-generation McDonald’s owner/operator who has spent much of his career within the McDonald’s system. The Meoli Companies own 18 McDonald’s restaurants across Delmarva, including those in the Maryland counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties.  His restaurants are consistently recognized for their outstanding achievements in customer satisfaction, superb operations, and great staff development. In 2012, Mr. Meoli was honored with McDonald’s Corporations most prestigious owner/operator award, the Golden Arch® Award, which recognizes the achievements of the top one percent of owner/operators worldwide.

Meoli is very active in his community, serving on the board of directors for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Beebe Medical Center. He is a past president of the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce as well as a former Chairman of the Board for the Sussex Family YMCA.  He also serves as vice president of The Dresher Foundation, a Maryland-based charitable foundation established by his grandfather in 1988. Within his business field, Mr. Meoli has served his fellow McDonald’s owner/operators in numerous local, regional and national positions.

Adkins Arboretum Announces 2019 Soup ’n Walk Program Schedule


Adkins Arboretum has announced the 2019 lineup for its popular Soup ’n Walk programs. Discover green plants in winter, early blooms and wildlife, ephemeral flowers, sure signs of spring, meadow grasses, fall color and plants that feed animals through winter. Following a guided walk through the Arboretum’s forest, meadows and wetland, enjoy a delicious and nutritious lunch along with a brief talk about nutrition. Copies of recipes are provided, and all gift shop purchases on these days receive a 20% discount. This year’s offerings include:

Winter Greens & Distinctive Bark

Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Look for green plants that seek the winter sun and trees with telltale bark. Plants of interest include mosses, cranefly orchid, magnolia and holly leaves, and the green stems of strawberry bush and greenbrier. Menu: red beet and cabbage soup, orange walnut bread with citrus, anadama bread with spinach dip, blueberry peach smoothies.

Early Blooms, Songbirds & Spring Frogs

Sat., March 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Listen for songbirds and spring frogs while searching for early purple, pink and white blooms. Plants of interest include skunk cabbage, paw paw, spring beauty and bloodroot. Menu: kale and chicken soup with lemon, sweet and tangy sauerkraut salad, wheat bread with raspberry jam, Black Forest cake with cherries.


Spring Ephemerals & Pollinators

Sat., April 20, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Look again! The blooms of ephemeral plants, trees and shrubs are here and gone in the blink of an eye. Look for pink white and yellow blooms and early pollinators. Plants of interest include pink spring beauty, may apple, dogwood, golden groundsel, spicebush, sassafras and white beech. Menu: carrot and ginger soup, black-eyed pea salad, ancient grain bread with jam, coconut almond cupcake.

Tuckahoe Creek & Beyond

Sat., May 18, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Observe the beautiful Tuckahoe Creek view and look for signs of beavers. Plants of interest include mountain laurel, beech, tulip tree, pink lady’s slipper, Solomon’s seal and may apple. Menu: kale, corn, black bean and parsnip soup, apple Waldorf salad, dill cottage cheese bread with apple butter, lemon apple tart bars.


Sunny Meadows, Bluebirds & Dragonflies

Sat., Sept. 21, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Walk the meadows in search of golden brown grasses and yellow and purple flowers while watching and listening for bluebirds and dragonflies. Plants of interest include milkweed, black-eyed Susan, goldenrod, Indian grass, big bluestem and sumac berries. Menu: minted cantaloupe soup, cauliflower, potatoes and peas Indian style, dill rye bread with cream cheese and jam, Pfefferneuse cookies.


Dazzling Fall Color

Sat., Oct. 19, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Fall colors dazzle the eye and pique the appetite. Listen for migrating birds and woodpeckers while watching for changing color on red and orange sweet gum, sassafras, tupelo, sumac, dogwood, yellow paw paw, hickory, beech and tulip trees. Menu: squash stew with beans and kale, potato salad with beets and carrots, double oat bread, pumpkin spice bars with lemon.


Nutritious Berries, Nuts & Seeds

Sat., Nov. 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Enjoy the autumn harvest as we hunt for nutritious berries, nuts and seeds and check for signs of beaver. Plants of interest include dogwood, hibiscus, partridge berry, oak, loblolly pine, juniper, verbena, ironwood and strawberry bush. Menu: spicy sweet potato soup, broccoli carrot raisin salad, pumpernickel bread, yellow cake with apple cranberry sauce.


Soup ’n Walk programs are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Early registration is recommended. Visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to register or for more information.

CUTLINE: Feb. 16 marks the launch of Adkins Arboretum’s popular Soup ‘n Walk programs for 2019. Participants enjoy a themed guided walk followed by a hearty and delicious lunch. 

Gunston Robotics Team Competes in Challenge

The Gunston School Robotics Team competed in the FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) qualifier at the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) STEM Action Center in Columbia, Maryland on Sunday, February 3. The team finished the first phase of the competition with a record of 4 wins and 1 loss ranking 4th out of 23 teams, the best performance to date for a Gunston robotics team. This is the fifth year that Gunston has participated in the FTC program.

The team of seventeen students, mentored by Dr. Ken Wilson and led by FTC veterans Brynne Kneeland and Drew Seaman, designed, built, and programmed a robot to meet the challenges posed by this year’s game. They created an engineering notebook that described their strategy, proposed designs, and described problems that the team overcame along the way. At the competition, the students had to describe and defend their design in front of a panel of engineers. Real world engineering challenges like FTC teach students to follow the engineering processes that they will use in their future careers.

The competition is divided into two parts: autonomous (the robot is controlled by a program) and driver controlled. This year the competition had a “Mars rover” theme. The robotic rovers start out hanging on to the side of a lander module. The rover must descend from the rover, sample minerals, drop a team marker into a depot, and park in a crater.

Gunston’s strong, consistent performance during the first phase allowed Kneeland, the team captain, to invite two other teams to form an alliance for the semi-final elimination rounds in the afternoon. She chose teams from Quince Orchard High School (Montgomery County Public Schools) and the Pasadena, Maryland Robotics organization. Although the alliance was eliminated during the semifinals, the team returned to Gunston proud of their effort and committed to improving their robot before the next tournament.

Gunston will compete again at Oakland Mills High School in Columbia, Maryland on February 17.

Photo attachment: Front row from left to right: Drew Seaman, Brynne Kneeland, Cedar Foster, Henry Shifrin, Will Newberg; back row from left to right: Sebastian Borland, Josh Sanford, Daniel Ye, Robert Crow, Jimmy Zhao and Allen Wang.

Join QAC in Celebrating Earth Days April 27-29

CENTREVILLE – One day isn’t enough to clean up the Earth and Queen Anne’s County residents are challenged to join us April 27-29 to surpass previous years’ roadside clean-up figures. Free gloves, reflective vests, recycling and trash bags are provided at sign up locations beginning April 7th.


It’s been a long, messy winter and Queen Anne’s County Commissioners invite all citizens to adopt a road and join in the effort of returning our scenic roadways to their former beauty.

 “I have participated in a couple of these Earth Day clean ups in the past with the Kent Island High School student athletes, it’s a great event, and it is always great to see our county’s youth getting involved,” said Commissioner Philip L. Dumenil.

Public Works Director Todd Mohn said, “We want to get everybody out there. Our motto is ‘Join the Fight, Do what’s Right.”

Connie Toulson, who leads the county’s recycling efforts and Earth Day, said, “Improve our Earth and Queen Anne’s County by selecting a road, school, park or community area. Individual, group and business participation is welcome.”

 Volunteers can select a road online or at the public works office. There is a tutorial video

and the interactive map to select a road to “adopt” and clean at


The county urges participants to mark which roads they are working on so the public works’ crews know where to collect the bags on Monday afternoon.


The free gloves, trash bags and reflective vests can be picked up at Queen Anne’s County Public Works, Finance Office, Planning and Zoning Office, Kent Island and Centreville libraries and the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center.


 For more information call the county’s Public Works Department at 410-758-0920 or check out or email CLEANUP@QAC.ORG.

March 12th QAC Commissioners’ Meeting Cancelled

CENTREVILLE – Members of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners and staff will be traveling to New York March 11 and 12 to present the county’s fiscal outlook to the municipal bond rating agencies of Fitch, S&P and Moody’s.  Queen Anne’s County currently has AAA bond ratings from Fitch and S&P and obtaining a AAA from Moody’s would give the county a rare “Triple AAA” rating.

County Commissioner meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. All meetings are held in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room on the second floor of the Liberty Building at 107 N. Liberty St., in Centreville.

Dize Celebrates 50 years in teaching

CENTREVILLE, MD—Surrounded by paintings, pottery, and wood carvings, Ben Dize helps students with landscape sketches of the Gunston campus. A few feet away, the whir of the pottery wheel and the buzz of wood-carving instruments hum in the background. For twenty years, Mr. Dize has been a fixture at Gunston as the Art Department Chair, but this month is special—Dize celebrates a career milestone of 50 years teaching art.

“I like to say that Ben is both the oldest and youngest teacher we have at Gunston,” shared Headmaster John Lewis, “he brings decades of experience to the classroom, but he still maintains the passion of an excited, newly-minted teacher.” Dize began his teaching career at Mount Hebron High School in Howard County on February 3, 1969. From there he taught for the Kent County Public School system for thirty years. Gunston was fortunate enough to have him share his creativity and passion for art beginning in 1999.

To celebrate Dize’s milestone, the entire student body, faculty, staff and past co-workers gathered to praise and honor Ben Dize. When asked what he enjoyed most about his career, Dize replied, “Seeing apprehensive students transform into artists”.

Former Gunston student and Emmy Award recipient, Rita Baghdadi summed it up best, “Ben Dize is an incredibly talented artist, and one of the most influential teachers in my life. I learned a lot of valuable lessons in Ben’s classroom, most importantly to not take things so seriously! We always had fun, no matter what. By showing me how to think critically about art, and encouraging me to experiment with my own creativity, Ben taught me how to embrace my own unique style, a reminder I hold very dear to this day. Thank you for being you, Ben!”

Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care, Compass Regional Hospice and Talbot Hospice recently teamed up to organize a free event for veterans —  Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which will take place March 30 in Easton.

 Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care, Compass Regional Hospice and Talbot Hospice recently teamed up to organize a free event for veterans —  Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which will take place March 30 in Easton.

The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Easton High School cafeteria, 723 Mecklenburg Ave. Event organizers said the day is a way to recognize and commemorate the sacrifices of Vietnam veterans and their families. It is part of a national effort to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home more than 40 years ago.

The special guest speaker will be Maj. Gen. James A. Adkins, who was born in Cambridge and grew up on the Eastern Shore. Adkins has nearly 40 years of military service with the U.S. Army. He is a retired senior military officer and former cabinet-level official in state government and served as Maryland’s Adjutant General and Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Adkins has received many military decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal. Among his many scholarly accomplishments, he has received senior military education at the U.S. Army Command; General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, where he received his master’s degree in history.

Adkins is a member of many veteran-centric organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

In addition to special guest speakers, the event will include special music; local, state and national resources for veterans; a pinning ceremony; and light refreshments. Trained grief counselors will be on hand from each hospice agency, in order to offer support to those who may wish to seek comfort during the day, as it is not uncommon for many veterans, their families and community members to experience a high degree of emotions when recalling times of war or military service.

Other special inclusions during the day will be a performance from the Easton High School Color Guard and a visit from the Hogs and Heroes Foundation MD-8 Salisbury, a community of motorcycle riders that support public safety, the U.S. military and Wounded Warriors.

The event is free and open to anyone who wishes to thank our Vietnam veterans for their service. To learn more about the event or to register, visit or call Katie Willis at 443-262-4100, ext. 177.

All three organizations are partners in the We Honor Veterans program, a campaign developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Through the We Honor Veterans program, Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care, Compass Regional Hospice and Talbot Hospice gratefully acknowledge their military and service men, women and families. The mission of the program is to serve the nation’s veterans, who have served their country so selflessly, during their end-of-life journey.

Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care serves Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester counties; Compass Regional Hospice serves Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties; and Talbot Hospice serves Talbot County.

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms


Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the state of Maryland and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a serious illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today, the organization is a regional provider of hospice care, palliative care, and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Chestertown. Grief support services are offered to children, adults, and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit

CBMM earns coveted Charity Navigator 4-star rating

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the non-profit museum a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the third consecutive year CBMM has earned this top distinction.


Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology. These accountability & transparency metrics—which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating—reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.


“The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Charity Navigator President & CEO Michael Thatcher. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds CBMM to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support CBMM.”


“It’s important our donors trust that their investment is used wisely to inspire and educate future stewards of the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Our 4-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our supporters our good governance and financial accountability.”


More-detailed information about CBMM’s rating is available to registered Charity Navigator users at


Charity Navigator is the largest charity evaluator in America and its website attracts more visitors than all other charity rating groups combined. The organization helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health and accountability & transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Charity Navigator accepts no advertising or donations from the organizations it evaluates, ensuring unbiased evaluations, nor does it charge the public for this trusted data. Information about charitable giving is available free of charge on

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. 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

Motor workshops at CBMM this spring

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. has two spring workshops to help boaters get their outboard engines ready for boating season.


On Saturday, March 30, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor will lead participants through checking the engine’s running condition and temperature, understanding ignition and starting systems, and learning how to replace the engine’s fuel filter. A second workshop, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, has a limited number of participants bringing questions or their own outboard motors for assessment during CBMM’s Bring Your Own Motor workshop.


Both workshops will be led by CBMM Marine Mechanic Josh Richardson, who has more than 15 years of experience working in marine mechanics, and is a graduate of the Marine Mechanics Institute of Orlando, Fla.


Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor is $45 per participant, and the Bring Your Own Motor workshop is $35 per participant, with a 20% discount for CBMM members for both workshops. Participation is limited, with registration taken at or  

Museum announces summer internships

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., has announced five summer internship opportunities in 2019 for current graduate and undergraduate college students. The internships are available in the curatorial, communications, development, and education departments, with applications due by Friday, March 1, 2019.

Over 10 to 13 weeks, these interns will have numerous opportunities to observe and engage in field-related projects and behind-the-scenes operations, led by CBMM’s professional staff. Full-time interns are paid a weekly stipend, with limited housing opportunities available.

Applicants need to send a resume, cover letter, recent transcript, and a letter of recommendation to Notice of acceptance for intern positions will be made by Friday, April 1, 2019, with terms beginning in June.

CBMM is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or sexual orientation. For more information regarding CBMM internships and employment, visit or call 410-745-2916.

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