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Queen Anne’s County Business & Home Expo

Screen-Shot-2015-08-26-at-4.27.41-PM The Queen Anne’s County Business & Home Expo has been a successful event since its inception in 2008.  We are excited about all of the changes for the 2015 Expo and hope you are too!

The Queen Anne’s County Business & Home Expo will be held on Thursday, October 22nd at the Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club beginning at 3:30 PM with an awards ceremony, followed by a reception (served with heavy hors’d oeuvre) from 4:00 PM -5:00 PM. The Business and Home Expo will run from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

 This is a ‘sell-out event’ & just in a week’s time we are already over half way full!  We encourage you to complete a contract as soon as possible.  You can click this link or contact us at to complete a contract. Spaces WILL go quickly, they always do, and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Completed contract and payment must be received to reserve booth space and to receive the Early Bird Special.

QAC Business & Home Expo

Thursday, October 22nd

The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

This is a must attend event and something you don’t want to miss.

Free to the Public!


QAC SealCENTREVILLE – The Queen Anne’s County Commissioners are very pleased that the University of Maryland Medical System and Shore Health System (“Shore Health”) have agreed to guarantee 24/7 operation of the Emergency Center at Nesbit Road until at least March, 2023- three years more than the present guarantee- and to open an outpatient surgery center at that site by the end of this year.  The surgery center will have three procedure rooms and a surgery suite available for procedures including cataract removal, hernia repair, colonoscopy, and knee arthroscopy. An amendment to a March 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the county and Shore Health evidences the agreement.

The original MOU envisioned seeking approval for a two-surgery suite facility, which is a more complicated undertaking than seeking approval for the single surgery suite.  In the best-case scenario, that two-suite facility would not be operational until March 2016.  If approval was not given, there was no obligation for a single suite facility until March 2017.  The County Commissioners felt getting the outpatient facility faster and by the end of year would be a great benefit to county residents, particularly since the agreement provides that the surgery center “…shall be staffed on a sufficient schedule to … accommodate the needs of Queen Anne’s County residents for outpatient surgical services.”

The amended MOU requires Shore Health to seek approval for a two-surgery suite facility by December 2016.  By then, the anticipated success of the single-surgery suite facility will assure that approval.  Transition to the two-surgery suite facility will be seamless, since the amended MOU requires the single-suite facility to be designed to accommodate the planned-for second surgery suite.

“The County Commissioners and the General Assembly Delegation have been engaged for several years now in this effort to partner with Shore Health, so that Queen Anne’s County residents enjoy better access to health care,” said County Commission President Phil Dumenil.  “Soon, through Shore Health, these agreements assure county residents better access to senior care, dialysis, and surgical procedures.”

Senator Steve Hershey noted his satisfaction with the County Commissioners and the county’s General Assembly representatives forcibly advocating in a coordinated manner to bring better health care to the county.  “I participated in this effort at first as a Delegate and am thrilled to continue in the effort as a Senator.  We should not forget that both MOU’s envision continued planning for Shore Health to bring even more services to the county.  This makes sense as the county is where the growth in Shore Health’s service area is projected to be.”

“Like Senator Hershey, I was involved in the negotiations with Shore Health from the beginning as the County Commission President,” added now Delegate Steve Arentz, “With this last round coming together just as I was transitioning to becoming a Delegate. Access to health care locally is an unmet need in our county.  Senator Hershey and I will continue to work with our County Commissioner partners to address this need.”

Guest Comment from QAC Board of Commissioners: Southern Kent Island Residents to be Surveyed About Septic and Sewer Systems

A survey commissioned by the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners was mailed the first week of December to residents of nine communities off Route 8 in South Kent Island where the County is contemplating extending public sewer. The public sewer extension’s purpose would be to relieve public health hazards arising from failing septic systems that have burdened these communities for decades.

The failures arose as construction of the homes in the communities occurred before meaningful septic system regulation existed. Studies show the only permanent solution is to provide public sewer to the 1518 existing homes.

The survey’s purposes are to gauge both community support for the County providing public sewer and the recognition of problems arising from septic system failures. Those problems include difficulty in selling homes and recent Health Department orders to replace failing septic systems with holding tanks that must be pumped out regularly at a great continuing cost.

The survey is being conducted by the Center for the Study of Local Issues at the Anne Arundel Community College, with whom the County has contracted. The Center has extensive experience in conducting and analyzing surveys.

Providing the public sewer is an expensive undertaking, estimated to cost around $50 million. The County envisions the cost to existing homeowners will not exceed $100 per month. This charge is not sufficient to cover ongoing payments for the bonds needed to finance the project. This funding shortfall would be backfilled by grants from the State’s Bay Restoration Fund, which is funded by flush fee revenues, and higher charges for development of vacant lots.

There are approximately 1,600 vacant lots in the communities, which might be able to access the public sewer. These lots cannot develop now, as septic systems cannot be approved.

To limit development and promote uniformity, County legislation has been introduced to require the vacant lots be consolidated, where possible, to conform to existing zoning. That zoning generally limits development to lots at least 20,000 square feet. This required consolidation would leave about 658 lots for development.

Past experience indicates that approximately 85% or 560 lots will ultimately develop. And, that development will occur over many years. The vacant lots would be assessed an economic benefit assessment, reflecting the increased value arising from the access to public sewer. This charge would be a component to addressing the funding shortfall and help reduce the costs charged to existing homeowners to $100 per month.

The needed access to Bay Restoration Funds will require State legislation. County officials have been meeting with State officials of the Departments of Environment and Planning, seeking support for such legislation. The conversations have been encouraging. The Maryland Association of Counties is also supporting the effort, making the legislation one of its priorities.

“The hard work and diligence of County Public Works, Planning, Health, and Finance staff has been critical to finally coming up with a doable plan to address this longstanding and complicated challenge,” said County Commission President Phil Dumenil. “I want to also recognize the efforts of former Commission President and now Delegate Steve Arentz and Commissioner Bob Simmons for staying engaged. The time has finally come to lay this problem to rest.”

Background on the project can be found on the Queen Anne’s County website at Not only will you find background documents on that site, but also nine short videos addressing components of the project.

Auxiliary’s Holiday Tree Aglow at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton

2013 Tree of Lights (339 x 400)The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton recently kicked off its 30th Annual Tree of Lights Campaign with the lighting of the holiday tree in front of University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. Contributions this year will support the funding of new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) equipment for emergency pediatric airway management.

For a contribution of $5 or more, a red or gold light can be purchased for the holiday tree. Red lights are tributes to family members and friends, living or deceased. Gold lights honor loved ones serving in the military. A donation of $100 or more will purchase a white Life Light, which will be illuminated every year. The name of each person recognized through the purchase of any light will appear on scrolls displayed in the Medical Center throughout the holiday season.

The Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton is a volunteer organization that raises funds to benefit programs and services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton. For additional information about the 30th Annual Tree of Lights, contact Nancy Espenhorst at 443-746-3338 or by e-mail at


Historic Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District to hold Holiday Events!

If you haven’t caught the holiday spirit yet come to Historic Stevensville on December 13th or 14th!

On Friday, December 13th, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm participating businesses throughout the District will have samplings of their best Chocolate Chip Cookies for you to try! If you think the cookie is the “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Historic Stevensville” you can vote for it. Each vote costs $1, the cookie that gets the most “votes” or money wins bragging rights and a trophy till next year’s competition! All the money raised will be used for future events in the Arts & Entertainment District.

Saturday, December 14th visit Santa at the Historic Christ Church from 11 am to noon. In the town square there will be free kids crafts and activities. At 3:00 pm the winners of the “Best Chocolate Chip in Historic Stevensville” and the Historic Stevensville A&E Logo Contest will be announced in the town square. Listen to the sounds of the holidays performed by the St. Paul’s Bell Choir from St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Crownsville in Historic Christ Church at 3:30 pm. Carolers will be strolling throughout the town. Visit the many shops and galleries for that unique gift that you still haven’t found!

For more information visit: or call (410)604-2100

Yes Virginia, There IS a Santa Clause!

~Exclusive Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Claus

While the New York Times may be busy covering national news or the latest celebrity, we at the Update know a real story when we see it. It was our pleasure to interview Santa Claus and his lovely wife Mrs. Claus, and get the latest news from the North Pole… an exclusive for the Shore Update.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus have a unique “in” with local residents Joe and Elaine Owen of Denton. For the past 19 years, Joe and Elaine have helped Santa and Mrs. Claus by making appearances for them at local functions at schools, parades, restaurants, holiday parties and daycares. They will travel anywhere where Santa might be needed to bring joy to kids of all ages. They also are happy to make an appearance at private parties. Thanks to Joe and Elaine, who act as Santa’s “booking agents,” we learned some inside secrets only Santa could possibly know.

Where are the reindeer? All-knowing as he is, Santa knows that on the Eastern Shore the only event more popular than Christmas Day is Opening Day… of hunting season that is. Having a very important job to do, the reindeer stay at the North Pole so that no one can make the mistake of thinking they are part of the local deer population.

How do the reindeer get here? Each state supplies Santa with a vehicle. Here in Maryland it’s a white F350 Ford Truck. Always the law abiding citizen, Santa must purchase tags for his vehicle and is provided a special tag reading “Mr. and Mrs. Claus” so everyone knows who they are. The twinkling lights help as well.

Two senior elves travel with the Clauses, and these happen to be the elves who report to the Elf on a Shelf as to who has been naughty or nice. If your elf has a tag on it, the tag is there to help Santa identify the elf and the family who adopted him when the call came in to the North Pole.

What resonated during this interview was that Mr. and Mrs. Claus have an absolute love and devotion to children… and adults as well. “There’s no greater feeling than having a child run across the room, put their arms around you and say I love you,” says Mrs. Claus. “It’s priceless,” adds Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus love spending time with kids and take time to talk to every child and make them feel special. While their days can stretch to 16 or 18 hours, it’s the “magic of Christmas” that enables them to do what they do and to love every minute. Always having candy and goodies to hand out, Mrs. Claus reveals a few secrets of her own, namely how Santa is able to be at so many places at once.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus love their special friends Joe and Elaine so much, they often visit throughout the year. It’s not uncommon to see them at events even in the “off season.” During warmer weather, Santa sheds his fur suit for some cooler, shorts and shirt.

Listen carefully; if your heart is set on that special gift this year, here are Santa’s Rules:
1. Do your homework
2. Clean up your toys
3. No fighting with siblings or parents
4. Be obedient… the FIRST time
5. No back talking to parents or teachers

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be appearing at several Kent Island holiday festivities.
• Sunday, December 14, 4pm at Fisherman’s Crab House
• Saturday, December 15, 12N at Big Bats
• Tuesday, December 17, 5:30pm at Cracker Barrel

Most importantly, don’t forget about Christmas by the Bay. You and your kids can greet and have your picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Wednesday, December 11 from 5:30-8:30pm at Annie’s Paramount Steak and Seafood House. There will be free treat bags for all the kids.

Come ready to shop that evening and then relax and enjoy a special dinner at Annie’s. You will find over 25 area vendors offering unique gifts and one stop holiday shopping. Annie’s will be offering a complimentary dessert station and two dinner specials. You can choose from a 1.5 pound lobster dinner for $19.95 or a fried chicken dinner for $12.95.

Remember!!! You can purchase discounted gift cards from 40 area merchants for those difficult-to-buy-for people on your shopping list. Visit or call 410-827-9312 through November 30.

Anyone wishing to find out Santa’s full schedule or to see if you can book him for your special event, call their booking agents, Joe and Elaine at 410-253-6560 or 301-642-0242. You also can also visit their website at

The Benefits of Insuring Locally

By Morgan Granger

When it comes to purchasing any form of insurance, many people have negative attitudes and beliefs about their companies. They worry if their company will fairly compensate them if there is a loss or if their monthly payments are unjustly high based on just one previous speeding ticket. Furthermore, when actually shopping for an insurance policy, people often blindly choose a company based on a catchy commercial or an approximate quote generated online. While this approach may work for some, there is a high level of risk in choosing a policy this way because of the lack of a personal connection generated between you and your agent. A simple solution to this problem is choosing to be insured by a local agent. This week, we are here to update you on just a few of the many advantages of insuring your home, car or other investment at a local agency, such as Nationwide Insurance in Chester, Maryland.

Having a local agent helps divert you from the possibility of using a misleading online or over the phone insurance service. With a local agent you have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with an agent who can assist you in setting up an insurance policy and help give you balanced coverage while at the same time giving you pricing based upon your individual situation and status. Each customer is unique in what types of coverage and how much coverage they need, so meeting in-person allows the customer the opportunity to explain their individual situations and needs. Additionally, a local agent may be willing to meet with you after hours if you are unable to come speak to them during regular office hours. Lee Granger, owner of the Chester Nationwide office understands that “often people’s lives are very busy and they have to work 9-5 during our scheduled office hours. Being able to meet after-hours to discuss policies with people allows the client to take full-advantage of the benefits of a local agent so they do not feel pressured to switch to a larger, less personalized insurance agency.”

Moreover, speaking to an agent face-to-face can help you learn about the various ways to save money, such as by getting multiple policy discounts. Living on the Eastern Shore many people own boats, trailers, motorcycles or even small businesses, that when bundled together can save large sums of money. There are over 5,000 boat owners is Maryland with over 800 of the owners being from Queen Anne’s County alone! That is a very large number of boat owners who could be bundling their boat insurance with homeowner’s or car insurance for massive discounts annually. Owning these types of items or businesses are unique to the slow paced lives we often lead living on the Chesapeake Bay and in a small town.

Another advantage of using a local agent is the advice you receive about your area’s specific ratings that only someone who lives and works in the area would have extensive knowledge and insight. Having someone who knows the risks and possible coverages you need specific to your area should always be considered. For instance, a local agent would know if your home is located in a flood area and if it would be advisable to purchase flood insurance along with your general homeowner’s insurance. A larger corporation would not have as extensive knowledge about your local areas associated risks.

When an accident happens, such as a large tree falling on your home (unfortunately, an especially prevalent accident during summer storms in our area), you want answers immediately. A local agent can help you get to these solutions quickly because of their accessibility and opportunity to come to your home and take photographs right away, offer other local vendors for repairs, and even write claim checks right on the spot. Being able to talk to the same person each time you call with a question or need to change something in your insurance policy is a comforting feeling whether after an accident or because of basic inquiry. Local agents such as those at Nationwide, have the time to talk to you on the phone and answer your questions whereas a larger company with many clients would not have the opportunity to do so as extensively. Nationwide Insurance in Chester has a small staff of 4 agents and a customer service representative who handle all client needs. Your calls and concerns do not get lost on an answering machine or between representatives. Often you connect right to your agent on your first call who can immediately pull up your policy to answer all of your questions and service your needs.

Lastly, when you chose to insure your property or investments locally you support your community by supporting a local business. Your homeowner, car, boat or any other type of insurance policy is too important of a purchase not to discuss with an agent. Wouldn’t having a local agent who you may see out a nearby restaurant or at your child’s little league game make you feel more confident in your coverage?

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Chicken Necker Or Not, Lance Richardson Is Homegrown

Most people may see the name Lance Richardson and recognize he is our Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney. Most often he is recognized as a local resident, dad, husband, coach and volunteer. While it may be debatable whether he should be considered a Chicken Necker, the majority of Lance’s memories are about his life in Queen Anne’s County, which he considers his home.

Lance moved to Kent Island at age nine from Louisville Kentucky and quickly absorbed all the area had to offer. His most vivid memories of Kent Island include oyster shell roads and the stop light at Routes 8 and 50 that would take hours to cross on a Sunday, if you dared. He says, “Who could forget the Kent Narrows drawbridge and life before the overpass. Or that Pizza Hut and Hardees were the first fast food establishments on the island.”

Like most youth of Queen Anne’s County, Lance grew up crabbing, fishing and playing in row boats in creeks on the southern half of Kent Island located near Kent Island Estates. He attended Queen Anne’s County High School with most of the area teens. He spent his summers working on crab boats for local watermen and pulling crab pots. His other interests included soccer, wrestling and lacrosse.

After a brief hiatus from the county and after attending the University Maryland and receiving his law degree, Lance and his wife Denise decided to make Queen Anne’s County their home. Lance remembers growing up here and recognizing everyone’s faces, selling raffle tickets door to door without concern and not worrying about locking doors. He couldn’t imagine a safer place to raise his family.

Today Lance and Denise live in Church Hill with their daughter Paige, age 13, and son, Garrhett, age 10. He says, “I still can’t think of a better place to raise a family after all these years. We have great public schools, lots of parks and open recreational areas and are surrounded by good people and friends.”

Lance says that like most young families his kids keep him busy. He spends a great deal of time coaching their lacrosse and other sporting teams including his daughter’s travel soccer team known as the Bay Shore Atomics. He does admit to getting in a little “guy time” by participating in an over-30 indoor soccer league at ISA on Kent Island.

Lance spends much of his time volunteering for organizations that work to keep Queen Anne’s County a safe and great place to live. He has been a Character Counts Coach for Church Hill Elementary for the past five years. He is a member of the Anti-Bullying Committee, which focuses on teaching children how to prevent bullying and teaches older youth about the dangers of cyber bullying and sexting. He also works with the Youth Suicide Hotline and Suicide Prevention. Lance is a member of the Drug and Alcohol Council Drug Free Coalition and a member of the Child Advocacy Board (CARE), which sponsors a child advocacy center for children who have been sexually and physically abused.

With involvement in so many local activities, you may run into Lance at a local event or meeting. Be sure to say hello to Lance and his family as they support local charities such as Hospice of Queen Anne’s and Bosom Buddies Charities. Now that we all know Lance, let him know why you are proud to be a resident of Queen Anne’s County, your fondest memories of living here, and the hopes you have for your children.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation

Mid-Shore Community Foundation (179 x 85)The Mid-Shore Community Foundation connects private resources with public needs in order to expand human services and enhance the quality of life for all citizens, of all ages, on the Mid-Shore – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that helps individuals, families, businesses and private foundations accomplish their charitable giving objectives. It manages donor’s financial gifts according to their wishes and distributes investment proceeds through grants that support of the community.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation was established on December 8, 1992 by the United Fund of Talbot County. Some $236,000 in assets had been left to the United Fund of Talbot County through the wills of Col. Edgar Linthicum his wife Catherine. Traditionally, the management of charitable endowments is handled by a community foundation. Recognizing the formation of such a foundation would facilitate additional charitable assets for the region, the directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted to use the Linthicum Bequest as the nucleus gift for the foundation.

The foundation is located in the Bullitt House, in Easton, Maryland. This historic residence was donated to the Mid-Shore Community Foundation in 2002 by Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Brady, Mr. & Mrs. A. James Clark and Mr. & Mrs. William Hunter. The additional space in the Bullitt House is leased to nonprofit organizations.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is one of the largest grantmakers in the region. Through it’s many types of funds, it supports a variety of programs.

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation awards over 100 scholarships each year. Each scholarship is unique and supports students with a variety of backgrounds, educational goals and economic circumstances.

Nonprofit Services
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation is committed to the support of nonprofits so that these critical community resources can strengthen their services and expand their capacity to serve the Mid-Shore Community. By partnering (establishing a Fund) with the foundation, nonprofits have access to the following.

Endowment Management – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation advocates the formation of operational endowments and offers “turnkey” solutions to nonprofits seeking a steady stream of permanent endowment support.

Training & Educational Opportunities – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation sponsors workshops and hosts various educational opportunities.

Nonprofit Resource Center – Thanks to a generous grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation hosts a nonprofit resource center. The center is located in the Bullitt House and provides visitors with access to computers, books, meeting space and the Foundation Center’s database.

Charitable Gift Annuity Programs – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation offers a CGA Program that can be tailored to your organization. The foundation handles all administrative details.

Fiscal Sponsorship – The Mid-Shore Community Foundation can support a special project or sponsor an unincorporated association.

Donor Services
The Mid-Shore Community Foundation makes giving easy.

Donate to an Existing Fund – Donors may make a gift, at any level, to an existing fund.

Establish a Fund – Funds can be established, minimum of $10,000, by individuals or by organizations. The name of the fund is determined by the donor and this may include naming the fund as a memorial. The foundation invests your gift along with those of other donors. Investment returns are added to your fund and a percentage is set aside for grantmaking. The foundation manages the assets and handles all administrative requirements.

Create a Legacy – A charitable bequest is a simple way to make a lasting gift to your community. The foundation can accept a wide range of assets: cash, securities, life insurance and real estate. When you make a gift through the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, we establish a special fund that benefits the community forever and becomes your personal legacy of giving.

Create a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) – Giving through a Charitable Gift Annuity allows you to arrange a gift to your community, while providing yourself a new income source your can count on for life.

Smart Aging Program At Chesapeake College

“Smart Aging on the Eastern Shore”, a free program organized by the United Seniors of Maryland Education Foundation, will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, corner of Route 50 and Route 213 in Wye Mills. Presentations will be given from 1-4 pm, with light refreshments and information tables from noon to 1 pm.

Carolyn A. Quattrocki, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Health Care Reform, will open the program with “ Getting Smart About Healthcare”, what Maryland is doing to improve health care for Marylanders and how the Affordable Health Care Act will affect seniors. Prior to her appointment, Quattrocki served as Deputy Legislative Officer and health policy advisor in the Governor’s Legislative Office, with primary responsibility for health care, insurance, and labor issues. She also worked as a Special Assistant to Maryland Attorney General, J. Joseph Curran, Jr., was a litigation associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter in D.C., and a law clerk for the Honorable Frank A. Kaufman, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

“Getting Smart About Senior Services” will the addressed by: Bernice Hutchinson, Chief of Client & Consumer Services, Maryland Department of Aging. She will describe the types of services available, qualifications for obtaining services, and ways to obtain detailed information.

What are the options to help make it possible to remain living at home? Steve Gurney, Publisher of the Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook and UMBC Erickson School of Aging Studies Adjunct Professor, will discuss “Getting Smart about Aging in Place”.

United Seniors of Maryland (USM) is a non-profit consortium of organizations and individuals who advocate for preserving and enhancing the mental, physical, and financial well being of older adults in Maryland. Taken together, the member organizations reach out to more than 2.5 million Marylanders. Member organizations include State and local governments, non-profits, associations, area agencies on aging, unions, provider groups interested in the welfare of seniors, retirement communities, and other consumer groups. The key USM event is an all-day Legislative Forum in Annapolis every winter at which the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House and other dignitaries speak.

The mission of United Seniors of Maryland Education Foundation is to provide reliable, factual, non-partisan information to older adults, people approaching older adulthood, and others interested in older adults’ issues. USMEF was formed in 2010 as an educational extension of the United Seniors of Maryland, a grassroots lobbying organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the mental, physical and financial well being of Maryland seniors. The Foundation emphasizes bringing information to rural areas of Maryland.

The program is co-sponsored by Area Agencies on Aging in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot Counties and Commissions on Aging in Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties.