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Maryland READS Introduces the READ Strong Network To Queen Anne’s County

On Thursday, June 27, 2024, Maryland READS launched the READ Strong Network in Queen Anne’s County. Education and community leaders across the county united to address Maryland’s reading challenges and collaborate on establishing a robust reading ecosystem to ensure all children achieve proficiency. More than twenty stakeholders, including school board members, educators, and nonprofit leaders, gathered at the Centreville Public Library for an event aimed at mapping out and initiating the development of a vibrant reading environment for the youth of Queen Anne’s County. Shannon Bent, Vice-President of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, opened the session with a heartfelt personal story and words of encouragement for all attendees. This event marks the first of several planned Read Strong Maryland gatherings statewide and the beginning of a transformative initiative in Queen Anne’s

Mid Shore Behavioral Health Team Strengthens Bonds While Serving the Community During Annual Volunteer Day

Easton, MD – On May 30th, 2024, the Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. (MSBH) team participated in their annual volunteer day. This year’s volunteer day was hosted by Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center in Preston, MD, a nonprofit organization committed to empowering individuals through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center’s mission is to “…strive to build confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment for individuals with physical, cognitive, and emotional needs…” Since 1981, they have provided transformative equine-assisted services that foster personal growth and rehabilitation.
The MSBH team engaged in a range of activities during the volunteer day. They assisted with grooming the horses, maintaining, and cleaning the property, and supporting riders as side-walkers during therapeutic horse-riding sessions. These efforts were particularly meaningful as they helped prepare for the annual Jaime Lee Hutchison Memorial Spring Horse Show & Festival, showcasing the remarkable progress, skill, and achievements of the riders.
“The MSBH team was proud to contribute to such a worthy cause,” said Jon Qvarnstrom, Communications Manager of Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. “Our team not only strengthened their bonds but also supported an organization that profoundly impacts our community. This experience underscored the importance of community service and the positive effects it has on both the recipients and the volunteers.”
Positive Strides CEO Kimberly Thomas added, “our riders were thrilled to have new faces to showcase their improved riding skills. We were so grateful for this amazing group that came in with great energy and a willingness to tackle any task that was asked of them. The farm was so pretty for the show and our riders brought their best for the show, and we have Mid Shore Behavioral Health to thank for that.”
For more information about Positive Strides Therapeutic Riding Center and ways to get involved, please visit their website
As the Core Service Agency for the mid-shore region, MSBH’s mission is to continually improve the provision of behavioral health services for residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties through effective coordination of care in collaboration with consumers, their natural support systems, providers, and the community at large. For more information about MSBH,

A Favorite Local Business Owner- A Lovely Little Coffee House

In our annual Golden Anchor Awards our readers vote for their favorite local businesses, and we’re highlighting unique winners who won last year! This month we talked to Samantha Zippilli, founder and owner of A Little Lovely Coffee House, who you voted a favorite local business owner. We had the chance to talk to her to learn more about coming up with unique drink recipes, tips for other local business owners and more!

     Samantha’s Husband, Anthony, has been a store manager at Under Armor for 13 years. He saw firsthand the need for more food and beverage options for customers at the outlets. Samantha, a stay-at-home mom, wanted work that would give everyone in her family the opportunity to work together. As a lover of coffee, a coffee shop in the outlets was the perfect fit for the Zippilli family.  “We love coffee for the connection,” Samantha explained to me, “A coffee shop is a great place to make, share and come together… everyone is so busy these days and coffee presents an opportunity to slow down and connect with people around you.”

     A standout feature at A Lovely Little Coffee House is their unique drinks. They are launching a brunch inspired coffee flight with quirky breakfast inspired items like a chocolate chip pancake latte and a cinnamon roll pop tart cold brew. One of their most popular items right now is a cookie dough cold brew. Samantha says that coming up with such unique items is “very much a team effort” with Samantha, her husband, and their baristas coming together to brainstorm creations you can’t find at most coffee shops.

     For other new or potential entrepreneurs Samantha offered some words of encouragement. “Don’t give up,” Samantha told me. “It’s been one of the most difficult experiences of our lives, but also one of the most rewarding… Look in the mirror and see where you need to grow. Keep looking at yourself and your heart.”

     A Lovely Little Coffee House is open from 9am to 7pm in the outlets. You can stay up to date on what delicious and unique drinks they are serving up on their Facebook page at

     2024 Golden Anchor voting is now live and the perfect opportunity to lift up our local businesses and organizations. You can vote for your favorites and honor those who give so much to our community in this year’s 80’s themed Golden Anchor awards! Just visit or scan the QR code to vote online or download a printable ballot.

MMS Performing Arts Teen of the Week— Ronan Diederichs

Matapeake Middle School (MMS) proudly announces Ronan Diederichs as the QACPS Performing Arts ‘Teen of the Week’.

Ronan was nominated for this honor by Mr. Chris Flaherty, Band Director at MMS as an 8th grader, and is now an incoming 9th grader at Kent Island High.

“Ronan played in the Matapeake Band, the Marching Stingrays Band, and in a new PFY Strings afterschool ensemble at MMS. Ronan has a love of music and learning and is currently studying percussion, saxophone, and violin,” said Mr. Flaherty, who has been Ronan’s music teacher for the past two years and cited his “tremendous talent and dedication”. Mr. Flaherty further states, “Ronan excels in his academics and his extracurricular activities. He is a kind, young man who has a bright future ahead of him”.

Ronan became inspired to join the Band in 6th grade by a friend who played percussion at MMS. He said he wasn’t sure which instrument to try, but chose percussion because it gave him the opportunity to play many different instruments.

Ronan has continued his interest in instruments by adding the saxophone to his skill set in 7th grade and the violin in 8th grade. He is excited about joining the band at KIHS. Ronan is looking forward to, “being able to work with a larger group” and, “playing longer and more complex pieces of music,” said Mr. Flaherty.

Ronan’s most memorable event in the band so far has been his performance in the Centreville Christmas Parade in 2022. It was his second parade and according to Ronan it was “when I really knew that I loved marching.”

Ronan states that he believes he has made most of his friends in the band and that it, “gives people an opportunity to play instruments they probably wouldn’t be able to play”, and to, “meet people they wouldn’t normally meet”. Recently Ronan stated he enjoyed playing at the MMS Spaghetti Night Fundraiser with his friends Jackie and Wesley.

Wesley Cahall, another 8th grade percussionist from the 2023 – 2024 school year, stated that Ronan is, “very good at the instruments.” Wesley also plans on joining the band at KIHS next year.

According to Ronan’s mom, Marya, “Ronan has always been the music lover in our household. He was calling out favorite songs on the radio and on TV nearly as soon as he could talk. ‘Rio’ by Duran Duran was a favorite of his as a child. When he joined the band in 6th grade, Ronan found his people, and a way to channel his talent and interest. Since then, he has jumped at opportunities to try new instruments. Ronan prides himself on not only accumulating various instruments, but also sharing them with other students. This summer, Ronan will attend the Terrapin Music Camp at UMD for the second year in a row. Our family is so proud of Ronan, not only for his musical ability and his hard work, but for the conscientious, smart, and kind person he has become.”

Ronan enjoys reading, writing, and studying history and geography. He enjoys camping and his summer plans include camping at Cherry Hill in Washington, D.C.

Chesterwye Plans 45th Annual Gala

Grasonville, MD – The dog days of summer may just be getting started, but the volunteers at the Chesterwye Center are busy preparing for their 45th annual fundraising event, in support of the Chesterwye Foundation.
Planning Committee Co-Chairs, Wheeler Baker and Kathy Dubel lead an all-star cast of volunteers working to assemble the event, held Saturday, September 21st at the Kent Island Fire House, beginning at 5pm.
The committee is now seeking sponsors interested in supporting the event. Sponsorships include event tickets and recognition. Donated items are also being sought for the live and silent auction. Interested members of the community can contact the Chesterwye Center directly for more information or visit
The Chesterwye Center, Inc. has been serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Queen Anne’s County since 1967. The organization assists individuals in pursuing community employment, independent living, and meaningful relationships in their community.
Chesterwye Center is dedicated to a client-centered approach. They are a licensed provider of the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality and the Maryland Department of Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA). For more information about the Chesterwye Center, Inc. visit them online at or call 410-827-7048.

Treasure Cove Thrift Shop volunteers Millie Talbott and Joanne Cooper recognized by DAR

Members of the General Perry Benson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recognized longtime Treasure Cove Thrift Shop volunteers Millie Talbott of St. Michaels, Maryland, and Joanne Cooper of Easton, Maryland at their recent 59th-anniversary luncheon at the Miles River Yacht Club.

The chapter honored both women for their community service to the broader community through their volunteering with the St. Michaels Community Center’s Treasure Cove Thrift Shop. Talbott was recognized for 30 years of service and Cooper was recognized for 20 years of service.

“These delightful women greet customers at the shop, help with their selections and purchases, and enjoy what they do,’” said St. Michaels Community Center Executive Director Patrick Rofe. “They are friendly and helpful and serve at the heart of our Treasure Cove Thrift Shop. And on a broader scale, everything they do helps raise vital funds to ensure we can help more of our neighbors in need.”

Rofe says Cooper, Talbott, and SMCC additionally were awarded certificates of appreciation at the Maryland State Society of the DAR Conference held in Ellicott City, Maryland.

“Millie and Joanne exhibit the spirit of volunteerism,” said General Perry Benson DAR Chapter Regent Jerry Seiler. “We’re grateful to have the opportunity to help recognize their work and that of the St. Michaels Community Center.”

Treasure Cove Thrift Shop is conveniently located in the heart of St. Michaels on the corner of Railroad Ave. and Fremont St., with ample parking and an outdoor area for shopping. The shop includes gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, household items, furniture, and more, with proceeds from every sale helping to feed neighbors in need through the food distribution and Community Café programs of the nonprofit St. Michaels Community Center.

Treasure Cove is run in part by volunteers and partners with other local non-profits and Talbot County’s Department of Social Services to provide emergency assistance to people in need, including those suffering from the effects of fire, flood, eviction, job loss, or other special circumstances.

The St. Michaels Community Center recently returned operations to its newly renovated building across from Treasure Cove Thrift Shop at 103 Railroad Ave., with expanded youth and adult programs and services. Donations to SMCC and proceeds from its Treasure Cove Thrift Shop help the nonprofit ensure children and adults from the Newcomb Bridge to Tilghman Island have the resources they need. More is at

UM Shore Medical Group – Urology Welcomes Robert McDonough, III, MD, FACS

University of Maryland Shore Medical Group (UM SMG) – Urology recently welcomed Robert McDonough, III, MD, FACS. Most recently, Dr. McDonough served as the Residency Director at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. McDonough earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia and his Doctorate of Medicine from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed an internship in general surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; a residency in Urology at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium (SAUSHEC) in San Antonio, Texas; and a fellowship in reconstruction/urodynamics/female urology at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

He is widely published on male and female urologic conditions and treatments and has held teaching appointments at St. Louis University Hospital, Maine Medical Center in Portland Maine, SAUSHEC, and Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He is board certified by the American Board of Urology.

“Dr. McDonough’s expertise in both male and female urologic conditions is an asset to our community,” said Timothy Shanahan, Medical Director, UM SMG. “He is an exceptional physician, and fully dedicated to the exceptional care of his patients.”

To make an appointment with Dr. McDonough, call 410-820-0560.

UM SMG is part of University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, which is a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System.

QACPS Students Earn National Medals and New York Life Award at 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

CENTREVILLE— Queen Anne’s County High School (QACHS) and Kent Island High School (KIHS) have set new records at both the Regional and National levels in this year’s Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition is the longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens, celebrating students with exceptional artistic and literary talents. Many colleges consider Scholastic Art awards when determining admissions and scholarships.

With a total of 139 entries (45 from QACHS and 94 from KIHS), QACHS saw 13 students win 13 Honorable Mentions, 4 Silver Keys, and 8 Gold Keys. At KIHS, 30 students earned 34 Honorable Mentions, 13 Silver Keys, and 16 Gold Keys. All Regional Gold Keys compete against other student works from throughout the northeast to advance to the national competition.

Building on the success of QACHS’ Art Department Chair Stephanie Zeiler’s first National Gold Medalist in 2022, Casey Johnson, a junior at QACHS, has won a Scholastic National Silver Medal and the New York Life Award in the Ceramic and Glass category for her work entitled “Vulnerability.” The New York Life Award offers $2,500 in scholarships / travel stipends to just ten selected students nationwide. Casey is the first student in the history of QACPS to earn both a Silver Medal and the New York Life Award.

Casey described her national award-winning work as a piece about being vulnerable and opening up about the grief surrounding her father’s death. “After sculpting a bowl, I attached thirty-two handmade petals. The number 32 was my dad’s lucky number throughout his life, and my family uses that number as a symbol for his memory, so that is why I used it in this piece,” shared Casey.

She further described her work: “The petals represent peeling back the layers and blossoming growth, the skull in the middle represents the death of my father and my previously suppressed emotions surrounding grief. I created a contrast with the petals’ bright color and the achromatic skull to show how someone seemingly happy on the outside can be hiding pain on the inside.”

At KIHS, Art Department Chair Andrea Schulte’s senior student artist Jackson Powell won a National Gold Medal in the Drawing and Illustration category for his piece entitled “Waiting in the Garage.” This makes Powell just the second student in the history of QACPS to win a National Scholastic Gold Medal.

Jackson described his work: “Even in a suburban neighborhood, you never really know your neighbors. Seemingly all cookie-cutter, there are strong personalities that might remain hidden and take you off guard when you least expect it.”

National Medalists and their educators are honored annually with medals, and by special celebrity guests, including past guests Alec Baldwin, Amy Schumer, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Posen, Nick Cannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tina Fey, and Rose Byrne. Notable Scholastic Art alumni include Amanda Gorman, Ken Burns, Robert Redford, Kay WalkingStick, Cy Twombly, Richard Avedon, and Andy Warhol, so these students are now in the company of some of the greatest artists of our time.

Michael Bell, QACPS Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts, expressed his pride in the students’ achievements: “This is a tremendous, record-breaking national accomplishment for our district. Our students’ creativity and hard work keep earning them national acclaim, and I couldn’t be prouder of our art students, and their art teachers for their dedication to get to such a prestigious platform.”

View the 2024 Scholastic Awards National Celebration online via YouTube.

Studio B Art Gallery Announces Exciting Summer Events Lineup

Studio B Art Gallery is delighted to announce a series of captivating events this summer, beginning with the fan-favorite First Friday Gallery Walk on July 5, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. This month’s gallery walk will feature an “Art Salon” style open house, showcasing new paintings from previous Plein Air Easton winners and 2024 participants. Artists Bernard Dellario and Betty Huang will be in the studio, fresh from their trip to Provence, France, where they painted the beautiful lavender fields and villages. This is an excellent opportunity for art enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the latest works from talented artists and engage with award-winning creators.

“We are incredibly excited to bring such a diverse range of artistic experiences to our community this summer,” said Betty Huang, owner of Studio B Art Gallery. “The First Friday Gallery Walk is a wonderful tradition, and this month’s Art Salon promises to be an exceptional event with extraordinary art and inspiring dialogues.”

Furthermore, we are pleased to invite you to a live painting demonstration by the esteemed artist Bernard Dellario. On Tuesday, July 16, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., Bernie will be creating an “alla prima” floral still life painting from life. This session offers a rare glimpse into his creative process and the opportunity to hear his thoughts as the painting progresses. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and gain valuable insights into Bernie’s artistic approach.

Studio B will host a free Portrait Sculpture Demonstration in clay by Maryland artist Rick Casali on Wednesday, July 17. Casali is internationally known for his fine portraits in oils and bronze. This event provides a unique opportunity to observe the sculpture process and participate in a Q&A session with Rick as he works. The demonstration will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17, at Studio B, located at 7B Goldsborough St. All are welcome, but early arrival is suggested as space is limited.

Looking ahead, Studio B Art Gallery is proud to host a Plein Air Workshop with Master Jove Wang from September 26 to September 30. Signups are currently open, and we encourage early registration to ensure participation in this unique opportunity. Master Jove Wang, who served as the Plein Air Easton Juror in 2022 and Judge in 2023, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. His guidance has significantly contributed to the success of Plein Air Easton, where he presided over the event’s largest sale, amounting to over half a million dollars.

“Our workshop with Master Jove Wang is a highlight of our annual programming,” added Huang. “It offers participants an unparalleled chance to learn from one of the foremost figures in the plein air painting community. We anticipate a rewarding and enriching experience for all attendees.”

For more information about current exhibits and upcoming events, visit, @studiobartgallery on Facebook and Instagram, or contact Betty Huang at

Studio B Art Gallery is located at 7 B Goldsborough Street in historic downtown Easton, Maryland. The gallery represents nationally and internationally known painters Hiu Lai Chong, Bernard Dellario, Ken DeWaard, Betty Huang, Qiang Huang, Charles Newman, Daniel Robbins, Master Jove Wang, and sculptor Rick Casali.

For All Seasons Receives CARF Re-Accreditation

For All Seasons recently received the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Re-Accreditation. CARF® International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services organizations. Through accreditation, CARF assists service providers in demonstrating value by the quality of their services and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards.

For All Season was initially accredited by CARF in 2018 and re-accredited in 2021. Each year is a three-year accreditation. The first accreditation, the agency had 83 recommendations. This was the first year that For All Seasons received no recommendations – an achievement that less than 3% of the 80,000 CARF-accredited agencies across the globe receive. 

CARF surveyors observed that For All Seasons has fostered a remarkable culture of community network and support designed to engage members of the community and provide services to every client who seeks services. In addition, they noted that external stakeholders are proud of the services offered, stating that the organization is forward-thinking and innovative, providing a benchmark for others.

“Services are provided by a cadre of passionate, caring, competent, proud, and committed team members who take tremendous pride in their work and the many accomplishments of the clients they serve,” stated Mary Lynn Logsdon, CARF Program Surveyor.

Kari Klinski, CARF Administrative Surveyor added, “Leadership throughout the organization placed a high value on client satisfaction, strong communication between departments, and continuous quality improvement.”

“I am extremely proud of our leadership team, clinicians, and staff for their dedication to excellence and for establishing a pattern of conformance to standards. Receiving the highest level of accreditation from CARF is a very rare accomplishment and confirms For All Seasons Behavioral Health and Rape Crisis Center’s innovative approach and commitment to providing quality services and reducing barriers people face to receiving care,” stated Melissa Kelly, President, For All Seasons Board of Directors.

“By successfully achieving and maintaining CARF accreditation, For All Seasons has been able to enhance its credibility, reputation, compliance, and success, and access new opportunities, collaborations, partnerships, and resources. It has been a pleasure to work with For All Seasons over the past three years and assist them in achieving its accreditation goals. With less than 3% of accredited organizations receiving perfect survey outcomes, the team at For All Seasons worked diligently to achieve this distinction and continues to strive towards maintaining quality client-centered care,” commented Kaci Madison, MA, CAADC, CAC-AD, For All Seasons CARF Coordinator.

“We are proud of the entire For All Seasons team and particularly Kaci Madison, our CARF Coordinator, for all her support and guidance in completing our CARF re-accreditation process. Our CARF surveyors Mary Lynn and Kari were thorough and wonderful to work with and we thank them for the time and detailed attention they provided as they reviewed our organization,” shared Beth Anne Dorman, President and CEO of For All Seasons.

“Obtaining continued accreditation from CARF and obtaining such an excellent assessment of our operations means a great deal to For All Seasons. The comprehensive effort to assess the effectiveness of our programs and the efficiency of our operations is much appreciated. The excellent findings of the accreditation review are a source of pride for the organization. We plan to continue to achieve excellence in all that we do, and how we do it,” added Leonard Wolf, For All Seasons Board of Directors.

For All Seasons provides the highest quality mental health and victim services to children, adults, and families across Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Services are offered in both English and Spanish and include therapy, psychiatry, victim advocacy, 24-hour crisis hotlines, outreach, and community education. For information about For All Seasons walk-in hours, contact For All Seasons at 410-822-1018 or visit

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