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Learn electronic navigation at CBMM January 19

From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, January 19, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., is offering an Electronic Navigation for Non-Technical People workshop, with class size limited and registration needed.


Participants will join Capt. Jerry Friedman, a USCG-licensed Master, as he provides short non-technical descriptions of how GPS, GPS chart plotters, radar, depth sounders, and automated identification systems work.


A retired electrical engineering executive, Friedman has held a USCG captain’s license for 60 years. During that time, he also operated an emergency service towboat for BoatUS, assisting boaters along the Chesapeake Bay in distress, delivering boats around the Chesapeake and from Florida and Long Island to Annapolis, teaching navigation courses, editing a monthly professional captains’ publication, and providing instruction to boat owners in the operation of their boats. He currently holds a 100-ton Master’s license and serves as the volunteer lead captain of CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.


Friedman will also be leading a Boating Essentials class February 9-10, and a Chart Navigation class March 2-3 at CBMM, with more information at cbmm.org/shipyardprograms.


CBMM’s 18-acre campus is situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor, and is within walking distance to the shops, restaurants, inns, and other attractions within St. Michaels’ historic district.


The Jan. 19 Electronic Navigation workshop will be held in CBMM’s Van Lennep Auditorium and is $20 per participant, with a 20% discount to CBMM members and pre-registration at bit.ly/navigation19.

CBMM launches single-use plastic free initiative

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently announced an initiative that will work toward eliminating single-use plastics at its Miles River campus in St. Michaels, Md.

The initiative is being implemented in collaboration with Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Ct., with a goal to provide a benchmark for other maritime museums and their communities to replicate.

CBMM’s Sustainability Committee began planning for the project in early 2018, when CBMM President Kristen Greenaway asked the committee to prioritize eliminating single-use plastics on CBMM’s campus.

“CBMM is committed to the stewardship of the environment, particularly that of the Chesapeake Bay,” commented Greenaway. “This is a ground-breaking initiative for maritime museums, and it positions CBMM and Mystic Seaport Museum in a national conversation around plastics and, particularly, our waterways.”

CBMM is hosting two informational sessions about the initiative on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 5:30 p.m. and Thurs. Jan. 17th at 3:00 p.m. in its Van Lennep Auditorium, with reservations taken at bit.ly/cbmmsustain.  

Single-use plastic is any item that is meant to be disposed of or recycled after one use. Examples include drinking straws, water bottles, Styrofoam containers, and more.

“Awareness is the first step towards informed action,” said CBMM Director of Education Jill Ferris, who heads the Sustainability Committee. “We’ve spent a considerable amount of time assessing the current uses of plastics on campus and educating our employees and volunteers on ways to reduce plastic and overall waste.

“While our ultimate goal focuses on eliminating single-use plastics, alternatives should be as sustainable as possible—a wasteful alternative is not a better alternative to plastic.”

CBMM is maximizing its resources by using existing supplies before replacing with more sustainable alternatives, which means CBMM guests and members may still see plastic in use on campus as the museum transitions to single-use plastic free alternatives.

“We’ve offered tips for employees and volunteers that others can also implement very easily,” continued Ferris. “Is a plastic item necessary? What waste comes with this product? Can a plastic item be refused or replaced? If a plastic item cannot be eliminated, can it be repurposed, reused, or bought in bulk?”

CBMM will be presenting their initiative at the Small Museum Association Conference in College Park, Md. this February, and at the Council of American Maritime Museum’s Annual Conference in Manitowoc, Wis. this April.

“We see this as part of our commitment to be a vital community partner,” said Greenaway. “And it’s our hope for CBMM to be fully single-use plastic free.”

Frequently asked questions and more about the initiative are at cbmm.org/sustainability.

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. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.


Paul Comfort Publishes New Book

A new self-help business book has been published that specifically focuses on CEO successes and failures in the public transit industry. The book “Full Throttle – Living Life and Your Career to the Max with No Regrets” features 30 stories from 10 Transit CEOs including Paul Comfort (former MTA Baltimore CEO – primary author), Brad Thomas (First Transit CEO), Robbie Makinen (Kansas City Transit CEO), Mark Miller (Volaris CEO), Peter Schneck (Trapeze CEO), Matt Cole (Cubic CEO), Edward Johson (LYNX Orlando Transit CEO), Kevin Jones (MV Transportation CEO), Mark Joseph (former Transdev CEO) and Gary Rosenfeld (Memphis Transit CEO).


Have you ever wondered what the secrets to CEOs success are? Open this book to read their stories, first-hand and unplugged. Find out how they made key decisions for their lives and careers that led to great success.  Learn how CEOs think and evaluate options in a crisis situation.  What decision making processes do CEOs use?   How can you learn from their successes and failures to create better outcomes for your life and career?

This book reveals the answers.

USDA Invests in Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in 46 States (Eastern Shore Investments Highlighted)

 Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced that USDA is investing $1.2 billion to help rebuild and improve rural water infrastructure for 936,000 rural Americans living in 46 states.

   “Access to water is a key driver for economic opportunity and quality of life in rural communities,” Hazlett said. “Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to being a strong partner to rural communities in building prosperity through modern water infrastructure.”  

  “Investing in infrastructure benefits the rural economy and the well-being of our environment for future generations to enjoy,” said USDA Rural Development State Director for Maryland and Delaware Denise Lovelady. “Rural Development’s programs are designed to help rural communities address their infrastructure needs and forge a path towards greater prosperity.”

   USDA is providing financing for 234 water and environmental infrastructure projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. The funding can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.      

   Eligible communities and water districts can apply online on the interactive RD Apply tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

   Below are some examples of the investments USDA is making in Maryland:

The Somerset County Sanitary District, Inc. will receive a $83,000 loan and $2,970,000 grant to construct a wastewater treatment plant for the Smith Island communities of Ewell, Rhodes Point and Tylerton. The new plant will be better suited to the island’s environmental conditions. Additional funding for this project includes an existing $30,000 USDA SEARCH Grant, a $6,117,341 investment from the State of Maryland, and an applicant contribution of $61,941.

Worcester County will use a $170,000 loan and $80,000 grant to cover a cost over-run to construct a pipeline from the recently upgraded Mystic Harbor wastewater treatment facility. The project will connect the system to the West Ocean City wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) for excess disposal during the summer and in the winter months when spray is not available.

Crisfield, Maryland will receive a $1,293,000 loan to upgrade and repair wastewater facilities at the Cove Street Pump Station, the Rubberset Pump Station, and a portion of the Route 413 sewer main.

Queenstown, Maryland is receiving a $1,828,000 loan and $1,358,000 grant to make improvements to its water system. Funds will help construct a new water tower and new water main lines. The existing water tower will be replaced, the disinfection system will be upgraded, and a new well and treatment facility will be built.

The Town of Trappe will use a $1,376,000 loan and $599,500 grant to repair two pump stations, replace three pump stations, abandon two pump stations, and reroute gravity lines associated with their wastewater treatment facility.

The Town of Oxford use a $493,000 loan and $1,735,000 grant to cover additional costs related to upgrading their wastewater treatment plant.   

   USDA is making investments in rural communities in: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia. 

    In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.

   To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).

   USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.


Integrace Bayleigh Chase Named “Best Nursing Home” for 2018-2019 by U.S. News & World Report

Easton, MD (December 18, 2018) – Integrace Bayleigh Chase has earned the designation of “Best Nursing Home” for 2018-2019 from U.S. News & World Report.


To compile the 2018-2019 rankings, U.S. News researchers evaluated nearly 13,000 nursing homes nationwide. Now in its ninth year, the overall ratings methodology was updated to emphasize staffing quality. U.S. News also added a Short-Stay Rehabilitation rating this year to provide a clearer view of the quality of care provided to short-stay patients in need of intensive rehabilitation or nursing services before they return home after a surgery, stroke, accident or illness.


To earn the Best Nursing Homes recognition, nursing homes must receive a high-performance rating in either the Short-Stay Rehabilitation or Overall ratings and must rank at least Average in the other.


The full list of the 2018-2019 Best Nursing Homes is available at U.S. News & World Report’s Nursing Home Finder (https://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes).


About Integrace Bayleigh Chase

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, neurocognitive support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.


Nanny’s Daycare families donate to Compass Regional Hospice

  Nanny’s Daycare children and their families gathered on Thursday, Dec. 20, to deliver donations, requested through a “Wish List” of items, to Compass Regional Hospice representatives. Daycare provider Nancy Shortall said, rather than a traditional Christmas gift exchange, the daycare families decided to focus their efforts on those in need this year. From left, back row, are Taylor Conley, Cooper Niesz, Payton Collier, CT Powell, Shortall and Trey Palmatary. From left, front row, are Ella Rosebrock, Grayson Niesz, Owen Clough, Myles Roskam, Emma Powell and Brett Powell. For more information about donating to Compass Regional Hospice to support hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties or to inquire about the organization’s “Wish List” items, please contact Kenda Leager, development officer, Compass Regional Hospice, at 443-262-4106 or kleager@compassregionalhospice.org.


Cole Meyerhoff joins Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Cole Meyerhoff of St. Michaels, Md., has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum as a shipwright apprentice.


Meyerhoff comes to CBMM having spent the past two years doing wooden boat restoration and repair in Wittman, Md. He has experience as both a welder and sculptor, and previously worked at the Franconia Sculpture Park and Horn Point Oyster Hatchery. Meyerhoff holds a bachelor’s degree in both art and environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. 


“I’ve across the river from CBMM my entire life, so it feels very comfortable to be here,” said Meyerhoff, who’s been on and around boats since he was just a few weeks old. “I’m really happy to join the team.”


Meyerhoff will take the lead on CBMM’s construction of Caroline, a new sailing log canoe. This Tilghman Island style, five-log canoe will be built from the excess loblolly pine logs used in the historic restoration of Edna E. Lockwood. The building process kicked off in September with milling of the logs, and will continue with shaping the hull into early 2019. Now that major components of building the hull are complete, the project has be moved to the corn crib, where the rest of construction will take place.


Beyond restoration and public programming, CBMM’s Shipyard is working to pass fading maritime skills on to a new generation of wooden boatbuilders. CBMM’s Shipwright Apprentice Program is on-the-job training in the form of a professional apprenticeship which gives apprentices the opportunity to work on a wide variety of Chesapeake Bay indigenous watercraft. To learn more and to read updates on current Shipyard projects, including Caroline, visit cbmmshipyard.org.

Miltec UV Partners with UMD

Stevensville, MD – Miltec UV, 146 Log Canoe Circle (www.miltec.com) partnered with the University of Maryland QUEST Capstone Consulting Project this past fall. Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) is a multidisciplinary engineering, technology, and management program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Honors students from the A. James Clark School of Engineering, College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences and the Robert H. Smith School of Business participate in a challenging course of study that focuses on quality management, process improvement, and system design. The QV Consulting team consisted of five individuals: Catie Den, Accounting, Jill Gelinas, Supply Chain, Government & Politics, Liam Mercer, Finance, Operations, & Business Analytics, DJ Sharma, Computer Science, and Noah Vernick, Mechanical Engineering.  The distinguished students analyzed Miltec UV’s current manufacturing processes and spaces in order to create an idealized design for the next 25 years. The goal was to optimize the flow of people and materials and recommend ways to reduce waste in their processes. These diversified students created manufacturing maps and flow charts to demonstrate efficient opportunities available through layout planning, restraint understanding, and projected production growth. The team completed their project by introducing ways to minimize distances travelled between various manufacturing areas, maximize flexible growth space, and advance production. “The program has given us a new perspective on how to layout our facility as we continue to grow. It has helped us identify the relationship of the flow and manufacturing processes here and we look forward to incorporating these new techniques” stated Max Gallade, Manufacturing Engineer at Miltec UV.


Museum offers reduced winter admission

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is offering a reduced daily admission fee of $5 per guest from Jan. 2, 2019 through March 31, 2019. CBMM members enjoy free general admission all year long, as well as Museum Store discounts, reduced festival admission and program fees, and more.

The new one-day admission rate is offered to encourage guests to explore CBMM’s many indoor exhibitions and numerous boat restoration programs currently underway in the Shipyard.

Special exhibitions include Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay, in display in the Steamboat Building through March 17, and Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunner and Co-Ops, on exhibition in the Waterfowling Building through March 31.

Exploring the Chesapeake: Mapping the Bay includes an over-sized, interactive map of the Chesapeake Bay and looks at the different ways the Chesapeake Bay has been portrayed through mapping and charting over time. The exhibition presents changes in maps as an expression of what people were seeking in the Chesapeake: natural resources, transportation, and more, and is generously sponsored by Ellen and Norman Plummer, and the Maryland State Arts Council, and is funded in part by a grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, with revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County, and the towns of Easton, Oxford and St Michaels.

Kent’s Carvers and Clubs: Guides, Gunner and Co-Ops shares the stories of Maryland’s Kent County carvers and hunting clubs through a collection of decoys, oral histories, historic photographs, and other artifacts. The exhibition is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter.

Shipyard programs include the restoration of 1912 river tug Delaware, and the construction of five-log sailing canoe Caroline, all done in full public view. CBMM’s Rising Tide Program and Apprentice for a Day Shipyard programs will also be underway over the winter months. Daily progress updates and more about CBMM’s Shipyard programs can be found at cbmmshipyard.org.

From April through December, general admission to CBMM is good for two days, excluding festivals, and is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, students, and retired military; and $6 for children ages 6–17. Active military, CBMM members, and children ages 5 and under receive free general admission all year long.

Located along the Miles River in historic St. Michaels, Md., CBMM’s campus is a short walk or drive to area restaurants, shops, inns, hotels, and other attractions. Free admission covers access to CBMM’s numerous indoor and outdoor spaces, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, a working Shipyard, and numerous permanent and changing exhibitions focused on the traditions, environment, and history of the entire Chesapeake Bay region.

 CBMM is open daily from 10am–4pm, with a snow closure policy that follows that of Talbot County Public Schools.

 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. Charitable gifts to the CBMM’s annual fund enable CBMM to educate and inspire the next generation of Chesapeake Bay stewards, and can be made online at cbmm.org/donate

Academy Art Museum Offers Only East Coast Richard Diebenkorn Exhibition

Audiences today generally know the career of Richard Diebenkorn (1922–1993) in three periods: the Sausalito, Albuquerque, Urbana, and “early Berkeley” periods of Abstract Expressionism; the Berkeley figurative/representational period; and lastly the famous Ocean Park and Healdsburg series of abstractions. Yet Diebenkorn’s earliest work remains very little known. The exhibition, Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955, will be on view at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD from April 26 to July 14, 2019 — the only venue on the East Coast. A reception on Friday, April 26, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. is free and the public are invited to attend.

The exhibition and its accompanying catalogue aim to present a comprehensive view of Diebenkorn’s evolution to maturity, focusing solely on the paintings and drawings that precede his 1955 shift to figuration at age 33. Included in the exhibition are 100 paintings and drawings from the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, offering a full picture of the young artist’s achievements.

Certainly, many of the elements that came to define Diebenkorn’s mature work are present in his earliest paintings and drawings, which evolved rapidly from representational landscape scenes and portraits of military colleagues, to semi-abstract and Surrealist-inspired depictions of topography and the human form, to mature Abstract Expressionist paintings that he made while living in California, New Mexico, and Illinois. The exhibition reveals the forces that shaped Diebenkorn as a young artist, including his teachers and mentors, most notably painter David Park, whose artistic and paternal guidance lasted until Park’s early death in 1960. It also evidences the influence of artists he admired, including Arshile Gorky, Joan Miró, and Willem de Kooning; as well as the writings of art critic Clement Greenberg.

In 1955, the artist abandoned the non-objective purity of Abstract Expressionism and, while keeping its painterly language, made a return to representational painting. He reversed course yet again in 1967, after moving to Santa Monica, California, where he produced a new, highly acclaimed series that he called Ocean Park. Some of the works in Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955 have not been seen by the public nor reproduced, except in the context of the artist’s recent catalogue raisonné (Yale University Press, 2016). Together these drawings and paintings offer a fuller picture of Diebenkorn’s precocious achievements.

Dorsey Waxter, partner at Van Doren Waxter, New York, whose gallery represents the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation states, “This exhibition is an exceptional opportunity to see the nascent work of an artist who became a giant in American art. For anyone who admires Richard Diebenkorn, the paintings and works on paper in this exhibition will offer a window into the artist’s early explorations that are so important to understanding what became his mature period. This is a must-see exhibition for all ages and audiences who want to understand how an artist becomes one.”

The exhibition is organized by the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation in conjunction with the Crocker Art Museum, and curated by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator of the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA. The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation expands knowledge and fosters appreciation of the artist and his role in central artistic developments of the 20th century. The Foundation increases public access to Diebenkorn’s work and understanding of his legacy and times through support of exhibitions, loan of artworks, research, publications, archival services, and digital initiatives. The new diebenkorn.org provides unprecedented public access to the artist’s work and archives.

The exhibition opened in 2017, traveling from the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; to the David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie, IN; the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; and The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu, prior to coming to the Academy Art Museum, the sole East Coast venue of the show.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Maryland State Arts Council, Talbot County Arts Council, and the Star Democrat.

The Academy Art Museum will offer associated programs, including a lecture and book signing by Scott Shields, Associate Director and Chief Curator, Crocker Museum of Art, author of the exhibition catalogue Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, 1942–1955, on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Dorsey Waxter and John Van Doren of Van Doren Waxter, New York, whose gallery exclusively represents Richard Diebenkorn Foundation, will present an exhibition walkthrough in June.

The Museum is located at 106 South Street is one of Easton’s historic landmarks – deeply tied to the educational community in Easton since 1800. Its permanent collection includes important paintings by Gene Davis and Anne Truitt among others and is especially strong on works paper by modern American and European masters. The Museum holds drawings, photographs, and prints by artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Robert Rauschenberg, and Martin Puryear. Welcoming over 50,000 visitors and participants annually to experience national and regional exhibitions, the Museum also offers concerts, lectures, educational programs, and visual and performing arts classes for adults and children.

Museum hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. On Wednesdays, admission is free. For further information, visit academyartmuseum.org or call 410-822-2787.

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