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QAC residents can get free trees

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Queen Anne’s County Forestry Board will hold their annual tree seedling giveaway program the week of April 22. These seedlings are available to the citizens of Queen Anne’s County as an educational effort promoting the planting of trees, in celebration of national Arbor Day on April 25.

County residents will receive a package containing bald cypress, common hackberry, redbud and white oak seedlings, which average 8 to 10 inches tall with bare roots. Trees are bagged and tagged by local high school students.

Quantities are limited and given out on a first-come, first serve basis. Seedlings will be available for pickup from Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26 at the following locations and times:

  • Barclay Town Office: 10 a.m. to noon
  • Centreville District Court (DNR office) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Centreville Town Office: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Church Hill Town Office: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
  • Queen Anne, 13501 Main St. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Kent Island Library Tu-Fri 10 a.m. – 4 p.m  
  •  Queenstown Town Office Tue – Fri 10 am – 4pm  
  • QA’s Soil & Water Conservation District Office Tu-Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p. m.   
  • Sudlersville Town Office Tu-Fri 1pm- 3 p.m.  

Apply for a Seat on the QAC Housing Authority


 

CENTREVILLE – The purpose of the Housing Authority is to provide decent, safe and affordable housing for the residents of Queen Anne’s County.

The Queen Anne’s County Housing Authority oversees the following five housing developments:

 

  • Fisher Manor: 25 unit large family housing
  • Foxxtown: 40 unit senior housing
  • Grasonville Terrace: 38 unit senior housing
  • Riverside Estates: 23 unit small family housing
  • Terrapin Grove: 92 unit senior housing

 

Meetings are held at 4 p.m. at 205. E. Water Street, Centreville. Copies of the board meeting agendas and minutes are available upon request in the management office.
The Housing Authority may acquire, own, lease and operate housing projects and provide for the construction, reconstruction, improvement, alteration or repair of any housing project; make rent subsidy payments to or on behalf of persons of eligible income, investigate into living, dwelling and housing conditions, and into the means and methods of improving such conditions, and other related tasks. You can find more information about the Housing Authority at https://www.qacha.org/.
The deadline to apply is May 10, 2019. Anyone interested in serving on the board is encouraged to send a letter of interest and brief resume tolthomas@qac.org or via mail to Lynda Thomas, 107 N. Liberty Street, Centreville, MD 21617. Those with questions may also reach Ms. Thomas at 410-758-4098.

Rural Small Business Finance & Speed Lending Workshop

 

 

Wye Mills – Need working capital to start or grow your small business? Looking to expand? If so, then plan to attend the free Rural Small Business Finance and Speed Lending event on May 8 from 11am-2pm at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md.

 

This workshop is your chance to meet with small business assistance organizations and lenders to learn more about the many opportunities available for entrepreneurial success. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be joined by representatives from various assistance and lending organizations, including:  U.S. Department of Agriculture – Rural Development MD/DE, Maryland Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC), SCORE and Maryland Capital Enterprises. Presentations will be followed by an information trade fair and speed lending opportunities. Registrants will sign-up in advance to meet directly with lenders regarding their financing needs. Similar to speed dating, Speed Lending participants will have four minutes to meet individually with a lender before moving on to meet with the next lender.

 

Given the personalized nature of this event, advance registration is required. Register online at: http://tinyurl.com/y2f55xrr. Additional information can be found online at www.sba.gov/md or by calling the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Baltimore District Office (410) 244-3337.

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About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start and grow their businesses. It delivers services to people through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.

Walbridge retires from UM Shore Regional Health

Diane Walbridge, director, Acute Care and Emergency Services, Shore Medical Centers at Dorchester and Easton, recently retired from UM Shore Regional Health after more than 43 years of service in the organization’s Nursing and Patient Care Services.

Senior leaders and scores of nurses, nursing assistants, techs, managers and team members from several departments turned out for Walbridge’s retirement celebration on Thursday, March 28. Ruth Ann Jones, senior vice president, Patient Care Services and CNO, and Ken Kozel, president and CEO, led an informal program that provided reminiscences and gratitude for Walbridge’s many contributions to UM SRH.

Describing Walbridge as a leader who “always had the answer and made herself available to provide it at any hour of the day or night,” many team members expressed their appreciation for her leadership, mentorship, high standards and unconditional support for their efforts in providing quality patient care.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to Offer Free Financial Seminar on May 14

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host a free, informative seminar, “Are Your Retirement Accounts, Beneficiary Designations and Asset Titling Correct?” on Tuesday, May 14, from 5:30 to to 7 p.m. at the Nick Rajacich Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington St., in Easton.

Facilitated by well-known local attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald of Charles T. Capute LLC and Elizabeth Spurry-Capute, president and owner, Tred Avon Family Wealth, they will discuss several topics, including titling of real property, planning and titling of retirement and financial accounts, life insurance planning and beneficiary designations, retirement account beneficiary designations and IRA rollover.

Fitzgerald is a junior partner at the Easton law firm of Charles T. Capute LLC, representing individuals and families in the areas of trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, and related taxation. He received his undergraduate degrees in business administration and economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Master of Laws in Taxation and Certificate in Estate Planning from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a lifelong resident of Talbot County

Spurry-Capute is the president and owner of Tred Avon Family Wealth Easton. She is a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She is actively involved with the Women and Girls Fund, For All Seasons, the May Foundation and the Planned Gifts Committee of UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.

This seminar is free and open to the public; registration in advance is recommended due to limited seating. For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, or janet@umm.edu.

Father’s Day weekend brings Antique & Classic Boat Festival to St. Michaels

 

Wooden and fiberglass classics, vintage racers, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum beginning Friday, June 14 for the 32nd annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival and the Arts at Navy Point in St. Michaels, Md.

Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, this Father’s Day weekend event brings a sense of nostalgia to the Miles River and CBMM’s docks and campus, drawing some of the area’s finest classic boats, nautical and maritime treasures, entertainment, food, and libations to this waterfront festival.

This year’s festival highlights racing on the Chesapeake, with some unique and high-powered racing boats expected to attend, along with land displays and seminars on the Bay’s association with power boat racing.

The show attracts the finest runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Chris-Craft, Trumpy, Gar Wood, Donzi, and Lyman are among some of the boats represented with sizes from a 9-foot hydroplane to 70-foot plus cruisers. A crowd favorite, several Jersey Speed Skiffs, will be displaying their aptly named strengths throughout the show.

“With a juried competition among entrants for best restored and preserved boats, this festival attracts the best of the best when it comes to classic and antique boats,” commented ACBS-Chesapeake Bay Chapter Festival Chairman Bob Hamilton. “Add CBMM’s beautiful waterfront, plus family activities, boat rides, great food and a rum bar, and this makes a nice day for everyone to enjoy.”

From Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings more than 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors to CBMM’s waterfront campus, offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.

Friday and Saturday are always the highlight of the weekend’s festivities, however Sunday will continue with several boats remaining for viewing as well as the full slate of vendors through mid-afternoon.

Workshops and seminars, building demonstrations, family activities, and a nautical flea market will be available throughout the weekend, along with a selection of regional and grilled foods, music, and a waterside bar and deck for libations and other drinks. Times and information on all seminars will be announced at a later date and will be in the Festival program given out at the event.

Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreams features an array of restorable classic boats and motors, along with other items in a nautical flea market sale.

While at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, guests can also watch the restoration of the 1912 tug Delaware, and the newest reproduction of the 17th century ship Maryland Dove. Special exhibitions include On Land and On Sea: A Century of Women in the Rosenfeld Collection, Beach Finds of the Chesapeake, and Deconstructing Decoys: The Culture of Collecting.

Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals.

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 am to 5:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, with the Arts at Navy Point and limited boat displays continuing on Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The festival includes two-day admission to all of CBMM’s special and permanent exhibitions, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, where guests can climb to the top for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. Friday and Saturday admission is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. Admission to the festival on Sunday is free for CBMM members or regular museum admission for non-members.

Festival parking and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For advanced tickets and more information about the festival, visit cbmm.org/acbf or call 410-745-2916. For information about CBMM, visit cbmm.org and for information on the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s Chesapeake Bay Chapter, visit chesapeakebayacbs.org.

Evidence of Meaning, Mixed Media Works on Paper by Wilmington Artist Susan Benarcik, on View through May at Adkins Arboretum

 

Plants are Wilmington artist Susan Benarcik’s first love. From childhood, she was captivated by the old-fashioned flowers her grandfather grew in his greenhouses, and now they fill her collages and encaustic paintings. In her show Evidence of Meaning, on view in Adkins Arboretum’s Visitor’s Center through May 31, her artworks offer compelling invitations to explore and imagine. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Sat., April 27 from 3 to 5 p.m.

 

Benarcik uses a baffling array of collage materials. There are vintage illustrations, photographs, maps, and text from many sources, especially old books on science and horticulture. She chose many of them for a certain dated charm that calls to mind the zeal with which Victorian botanists and biologists sought out, dissected and categorized their specimens, though without always understanding their role in their particular ecosystems.

 

In “Sabah,” a cluster of cymbidium orchid blossoms, skillfully and painstakingly trimmed from an illustration, lean across a curious striped background composed of strips cut from another illustration (perhaps a plant? perhaps some branches of coral?) and spliced across a colorful map. In the corner are two postage stamps bearing the name “Sabah,” a state in Malaysia.

 

It’s hard not to become engrossed in an image so full of such fascinating detail and not to wonder how its elements relate to one another. Each of Benarcik’s intricately crafted artworks is unique and evolves organically. Delicate and complex, they hold fragmented visual vocabularies that hint at the interconnections and living essence of plants, animals and their particular environments, but with a certain tension. Just as in life itself, art ultimately can’t define the vital mystery that lies behind their existence.

 

Explaining her method of working, Benarcik said, “I begin by collecting materials that enchant me. Then, working on several pieces at one time, I’ll move things around until the combination pleases my eye. It’s an intuitive behavior. There’s never a right and a wrong—just a good, better or best solution.”

 

Humming with playfulness and a sense of curiosity, her works brim with a deep affection for plants and all of the natural world.

 

“As a kid, I spent many a day in fields of flowers and in the warmth of my grandparents’ greenhouses,” she said. “My grandfather was a cut flower farmer. There is nothing quite as comforting to me as the warm, earthy scent of a greenhouse or the itchy, green scent of a crushed lantana leaf.”

 

For Benarcik, nature is both refuge and teacher. Long fascinated with the vitality of plants and animals and the beauty and universality of growth patterns, she uses the process of making art to explore what she sees as a metaphor for human experience— how vulnerable nature is to adversity, yet how tenaciously it adapts and flourishes.

 

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on view through May 31 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Rd. near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or info@adkinsarboretum.org for gallery hours.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation to Offer Free Financial Seminar on May 14

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host a free, informative seminar, “Are Your Retirement Accounts, Beneficiary Designations and Asset Titling Correct?” on Tuesday, May 14, from 5:30 to to 7 p.m. at the Nick Rajacich Education Center, UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 S. Washington St., in Easton.

Facilitated by well-known local attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald of Charles T. Capute LLC and Elizabeth Spurry-Capute, president and owner, Tred Avon Family Wealth, they will discuss several topics, including titling of real property, planning and titling of retirement and financial accounts, life insurance planning and beneficiary designations, retirement account beneficiary designations and IRA rollover.

Fitzgerald is a junior partner at the Easton law firm of Charles T. Capute LLC, representing individuals and families in the areas of trust and estate planning, trust and estate administration, and related taxation. He received his undergraduate degrees in business administration and economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Master of Laws in Taxation and Certificate in Estate Planning from the University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a lifelong resident of Talbot County

Spurry-Capute is the president and owner of Tred Avon Family Wealth Easton. She is a Certified Financial Planner and Certified Trust and Financial Advisor. She is actively involved with the Women and Girls Fund, For All Seasons, the May Foundation and the Planned Gifts Committee of UM Memorial Hospital Foundation.

This seminar is free and open to the public; registration in advance is recommended due to limited seating. For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Janet Andrews, 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, or janet@umm.edu.

VALLIANT WEALTH STRATEGIES ANNOUNCES NAUTICAL CPR CERTIFICATION AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS SEMINAR

GRASONVILLE — Valliant Wealth Strategies, an independent practice whose advisors offer full-service financial planning services, has announced sponsorship of an upcoming CPR Certification and Emergency Preparedness course designed especially for pleasure boat operators and passengers.  The course will be held Friday, May 17th from 3-5pm at the Oyster Cove Clubhouse in Grasonville. CPR Certification training, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and First Aid information will be administered by Ryan Killough, RN, owner of Heart Rescue, LLC.

Managing Partner and avid yachting enthusiast, Bruce Valliant, said the idea to sponsor a CPR and First Aid event tailored specifically for the water was inspired by discussions with friends and colleagues, who admitted they were unsure of what to do should they encounter a life-threatening emergency at sea. “Being on the water could delay the time it takes for First Responders to reach you. Spending time on the water led me to realize that members of the boating community, myself included, need training like this because it could potentially save lives.”  Valliant’s business partner, spouse and admiral, Mary Ellen added, “Bruce is a very knowledgeable and prepared captain. He owns much of the planning for our excursions and secures the necessary safety precautions every time we set sail. But it occurred to me that I should also know how to administer CPR and first aid because, God forbid, something should happen to him while we are out on the water.”

Heart Rescue owner and CPR instructor, Ryan Killough, is also an ER nurse with Shore Regional Health and agrees with the Valliant’s assessment that preparedness is everything. “I’m excited to partner with the Valliant team for this event because we will not only cover CPR and training but also injury emergencies such as how to stop-the-bleed and the benefits of having an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) on board your vessel. In the event of Cardiac Arrest caused by a heart attack, timing with CPR and AED use is everything. So, our goal is to offer captains and their crew this training so they can to equip themselves for any life-threatening emergency and enjoy a safe and happy summer on the water.”

The cost of the training is $25 and attendees will receive an American Heart Association certification card upon completion.  Space is limited and reservations are required to attend. Please visit www.valliantwealth.com to RSVP or call 410.810.0800 to get more information.  Valliant Wealth Strategies is located at 3033 Kent Narrows Way S., Suite 5, Grasonville, MD 21638 and 110 S. Queen Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620.

Adkins Arboretum Offers May 1 Day Trip to Mt. Cuba

Known for its gently rolling hills and spectacular wildflower displays, Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Del., inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants and a commitment to protect the habitats that sustain them. Join Adkins Arboretum on Wed., May 1 on a day trip for an in-depth look at the gardens and natural lands and to learn about notable native plants.

The former home and family estate of Lammot du Pont Copeland and his wife, Pamela Cunningham Copeland, Mt. Cuba features a stately Colonial Revival manor house built in 1935. Over time, the Copelands transformed the estate’s farmland into lush botanical gardens featuring some of the region’s most beautiful natives plants. In the 1960s, the couple became acutely aware of a changing ethic and thus became more concerned with ecology and the need for conservation. In response, noted landscape architect Seth Kelsey was hired to develop the woodland wildflower garden with native plants and to design the site’s ponds and many woodland garden paths. The site also includes formal gardens, trial gardens, a meadow and a dogwood path that radiates with spring blooms.

Trilliums, the star of the season, are expected to be in bloom. These rare and beautiful wildflowers grow in drifts at Mt. Cuba in early to midspring, producing a range of peculiar smells—from sweet to stinky—that attract many different pollinators. Trilliums have three petals, three sepals and three leaves and come in a wide range of colors, from pure white to lemony yellow to deep maroon. The gardens at Mt. Cuba Center include every trillium species native to the United States.

Tickets are $95 for Arboretum members and $120 for non-members. The fee includes transportation, driver gratuity, admission, a docent-led tour and a gourmet boxed lunch. The bus departs from Aurora Park Drive in Easton at 8 a.m. with additional stops near Wye Mills and Chestertown. Return time is approximately 5 p.m. Register at adkinsarboretum.org, or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 to reserve a seat.

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