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Bonds for the county’s public facilities taken out in 2009 can now be refinanced

CENTREVILLE – Bonds for the county’s public facilities taken out in 2009 can now be refinanced creating a savings of $1.7 over 10 years.

Director of Finance Jonathan Seeman explained that the bonds could not be refinanced until after the 10th year of the 20 year term. The new bonds carry the same payoff date as the old ones, which is in another 10 years.

United Fund of Talbot County Earmarks $230,000 for 2019-20 Member Agencies

The Board of Directors of the United Fund of Talbot County voted to allocate $230,000 to 14 member agencies for its 2019-20 campaign, an 8% increase over the prior year. These agencies qualified by demonstrating how their requests for funds would be used to meet the health and human services needs of the underserved in Talbot County. The original amount requested by the 14 applicant agencies was $256,000.

 

“Due diligence was again exercised this year by the Agency Review Committee volunteers during each agency application review. Thanks to their stellar efforts, the committee’s reviews and recommendations facilitated the allocation deliberations,” said Agency Review Committee chair, Leslie Stevenson. “In addition to myself, this year’s committee members included Joe Anthony, Ron Lee, Adrienne Rudge, Butch Townsend, JoRhea Wright and Jim Vermilye,” she concluded. The United Fund of Talbot County is the only local philanthropic organization that for over half a century of fundraising has successfully raised over $14 million to assist non-profit health and human services charities in Talbot County.

 

The agencies selected for the 2019-20 campaign are

 

Boy Scouts in Talbot County. $3,000 to deliver scouting programs to both existing scouting troop units and at-risk youth through its outreach efforts.

Chesapeake Center. $5,000 to fund an awareness building campaign and event that promotes the importance of full community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Delmarva Community Services. $18,000 to fund general transportation resources with a more comprehensive program that services more rural Talbot County areas.

Foundation of Hope. $10,000 to help young girls lead productive lives in their communities by providing cultural, social and educational development programs.

Girl Scouts. $3,000 to provide a host of programs for local girls to build character and skills for success.

Imagination Library of Talbot County. $10,000 to expose children birth to age 5 with a literature and vocabulary rich environment, promoting reading readiness through the monthly provision of high quality, age-appropriate books.

Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence. $20,000 to provide advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence.

Neighborhood Service Center. $60,000 to serve the total family, addressing housing, food, utilities, eviction and parent/child life skill workshops to enhance financial learning among local low-income residents.

Partners in Care. $15,000 to empower older adults to remain independent in their homes using the concept of service exchange to provide transportation and handyman services.

Positive Strides. $20,000 to provide a year-round therapeutic horseback-riding program for children and adults with learning and physical limitations.

St. Martin’s Ministries. $15,000 to help to feed, clothe and financially assist impoverished clients, building their self-esteem and self-sufficiency.

St. Michaels Community Center. $30,000 to provide programs and services to the Bay Hundred Community, from toddlers to seniors.

Tilghman Area Youth Association. $15,000 to provide quality afterschool enrichment programs for the Island’s youth, inclusive of scholarships for those in need.

United Needs & Abilities. $6,000 to provide counseling, resources and advocacy for adults with development disabilities.

Mid-Atlantic Tire Pros to Service Hybrid Vehicles and Batteries

Mid-Atlantic TirePros in Easton, an independently owned and operated automotive repair shop, has joined The Hybrid Shop (THS), a growing international network of dealers committed to providing expert care for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Through its partnership and training with THS, Mid-Atlantic TirePros will now offer hybrid services on the Mid Shore. A cornerstone of The Hybrid Shop’s service offerings is its hybrid battery replacement service, which includes the installation of hybrid batteries that are reconditioned in THS’ own California manufacturing facility. Using proprietary processes and technology, this green service restores up to 95 percent of the battery pack’s original power and energy and saves customers thousands of dollars. The ability to restore, as opposed to replacing, the batteries is a critical element in the environmental sustainability of these services.

Terry John, the owner of Mid-Atlantic TirePros, said the business is thrilled to join THS and to be able to take their commitment to both customers and the environment to the next level. He stated, “We look forward to putting THS’ proven technical process to work and expanding our services. This will be a less expensive option for hybrid owners, as they will not have return to the car dealerships for non-warranty maintenance, battery replacement, and repairs.”

He added, “We will also continue to provide service and repairs to all other makes and models as we have for the past fifteen years.”

Dave Crawford, President of The Hybrid Shop, said the organization welcomed Mid-Atlantic TirePros as THS’ newest Dealer Partner.

“Their leadership and dedication to the future of hybrid vehicles, as well as their commitment to the education of their customers and the public across their region, make them an ideal addition to our rapidly-increasing network of experts,” Crawford said.

Easton Middle School Musicians Benefit from Artist-in-Residence Program Returning

This past school year, band students from Easton Middle School (EMS) enjoyed having the University of Maryland’s Mid-Atlantic Brass visit them as part of the Talbot County Art’s Council’s ongoing Artist-in-Residence Program. The brass quintet made four visits to EMS, providing master classes with EMS band students. This year students in four sixth-grade band classes experienced World History with World Music in an effort to show the importance of the arts in societies around the world.  Each visit involved a 45-minute presentation by the quintet, as well as class time to help develop a meaningful relationship between quintet members and the students they mentored. In addition, seventh and eighth-grade band classes received master classes from the visiting artists.

According to Nancy Larson, representing the Talbot County Arts Council, “This latest project was initiated by members of the board of directors of the Talbot County Arts Council who were dismayed by the near total absence of young people attending Mid-Shore Area performances of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, and Chesapeake Music.  A study group concluded that younger people might begin attending if they could be introduced to classical music in various appealing forms at the secondary school level.”

Don Buxton adds, “This opportunity enabled Chesapeake Music, who is a partner in the program, to enhance what our organization is already doing in the schools. Chesapeake Music’s YouthReach Program has introduced students to music through school assemblies and one-on-one residencies provided through the organization’s First Strings Program in Talbot County schools for many years. This year, through a generous donor we have been able to offer free tickets to come to concerts which was very well received.”

The objective of the program is to provide the student body a rare opportunity to learn from the skill and experience of graduate-level musicians, to both inspire a lifelong love of classical music among the general student body and allow music students to benefit from the skill and enthusiasm of young professional-level musicians, who are qualified as music teachers and who are participating as volunteers.

Donna Ewing, Band Instructor at EMS, comments, “The University of MD graduate students greatly enhanced our program, giving students a chance to hear and learn from accomplished musicians.  Having four sessions allowed The Mid-Atlantic Brass to get to know the students and the students eagerly looked forward to their return.  It was a joy to watch the interaction between our students and the Mid-Atlantic Brass and to hear the musical growth made over the four sessions!”

 

The Mid-Atlantic Brass asked students about which popular arrangements they would like to hear performed. Among the songs selected included “Star Wars March of the Resistance,” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

 

Lauren Patin, the French horn player with Mid-Atlantic Brass comments, “We have definitely seen improvement being here all year. It’s been cool to be out of the University of Maryland bubble and be with students who don’t have access to something like this.”

 

Dylan Rye, trumpet player with Mid-Atlantic Brass, states, “The most rewarding thing was the one-on-one interactions with the kids.”

 

Trombonist Matthew Larson, adds, “It was fun when they didn’t know the trombone could do some of the things it did musically.”

 

Mid-Atlantic Brass, comprised of students from the University of Maryland (UMD) School of Music, has been performing around the DC metro area for the past two years. Last spring, they were recognized and invited to be a part of the UMD School of Music Honors Chamber Showcase. The University of Maryland portion of the initiative is being managed by Dr. Robert DiLutis, Professor of Clarinet and Director of the Community Engagement Office at the School of Music.

 

Talbot County Public Schools has been involved through the encouragement of former fine arts supervisor Dr. Marcia Sprankle and her successor, James Redman. The EMS component is managed by band director Donna Ewing with the assistance of chorus director CJ Freeman.  Chesapeake Music has been represented by executive director Donald Buxton and Hanna Woicke, chair of the YouthReach Committee. Participating Talbot County Arts Council board members are Nancy Larson and Bill Peak. Housing during the quintet’s overnight stays in Talbot County has been organized by Chesapeake Music president Courtney Kane, with generous hospitality provided by Hanna and Peter Woicke and Liz Koprowski.

 

If the pilot program proves successful, it is hoped funding will be found to continue the initiative in future years at Easton Middle School and possibly expand the project to include other local schools. The program is made possible by a grant from the Artistic Insights Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, with funds from an Arts-in-Education grant from the Talbot County Arts Council, using revenues provided by the Maryland State Arts Council. Carpe Diem Arts also supported the program.

ShoreRivers Announces Tour the Shore Public Paddle Series

ShoreRivers’ Tour the Shore summer kayak series begins this month, with a monthly paddle on one of four rivers through September. Tour the Shore gives novice and experienced paddlers alike an opportunity to explore creeks and rivers with small groups led by ShoreRivers’ experienced, certified staff. Paddle routes are chosen to highlight the Eastern Shore’s most scenic riverscapes and natural features, including great blue heron roosts, underwater grasses, and flooded forests.

Director of Education and Outreach Suzanne Sullivan, describes how the paddles serve ShoreRivers’ vision of health waterways across the Eastern Shore. “The Tour the Shore paddle series provides an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to get to know our rivers intimately. The more that individuals connect with a waterway and experience its value firsthand, the more they are going to want to protect that natural resource.”

Paddlers may bring their own kayaks or rent one from ShoreRivers’. Space is limited. Contact Suzanne at 443-385-0511 or ssullivan@shorerivers.org to reserve seats. Tours are $20 for ShoreRivers members, $30 for non-members; kayak rentals are an additional $30. Bring your lunch!

2019 Tour the Shore Dates and Locations

Friday, July 12, 10am to 1pm – Robbins Creek (Choptank River)
Departs from Two Johns Landing in Preston. This paddle helps beat the heat as it meanders alongside the forested Lynch Preserve, property that was donated to Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. Paddlers might just flush some wood ducks!

Friday, August 23, 10am to 2pm – Wye Island (Wye River)
Join the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper for a paddle that explores the peaceful coves around Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area. With over 85% of the island managed by Maryland State Park Service, this paddle-plus-hike showcases old growth trees and brightly colored song bird species.

Thursday, September 13, 10am to 1pm – Turner’s Creek (Sassafras River)
Join the Sassafras Riverkeeper for a paddle on Turner’s Creek in Kennedyville. Explore the famous tidal pond, see the magnificent lotus blooms, and witness one of the last working waterfronts on the river; a quintessential day on the Sassafras!

Friday, September 27, 10am to 1pm – Chester River
Late September is prime paddle time as the air cools and marshes and forest edges change colors on the upper Chester. For the final paddle of the season, kayakers will be joined by the Chester Riverkeeper, launching from Shadding Reach Landing in Crumpton, and exploring the narrow upper reaches of the Chester.

Choral Arts Society Holding Auditions for its 42nd Season

If you have a great desire: to sing… to improve your singing quality… to learn new techniques and compositions…  to share your voice with others… and to enjoy the thrill of entertaining…consider becoming a member of Easton Choral Arts Society!

 

Comprised of members throughout the Delmarva region, the choral society performs a variety of music ranging from classical compositions to works by living composers. Auditions are scheduled by appointment, and interested singers may contact ECAS through the website EastonChoralArts.org or by email at eastonchoralarts@gmail.com. Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 9:00, at Christ Church in Easton beginning late August.

 

The Easton Choral Arts Society, under the baton of Wes Lockfaw, announces its offerings for the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

 

Look for a surprising and thrilling concert season as the Society presents a wide span of choral works from a rich array of music, spanning several hundred years up to present times. Inaugurating the new season, Easton Choral Arts will present “A Singable Feast”. From appetizers and ale to cakes and coffee, this concert will leave you hungry, with songs about food from the classics, Broadway and jazz. Featured will be the hilarious PDQ Bach work, “The Seasonings,” written by Peter Schickele and accompanied by an unusual group of instruments. It’s a tongue-in-cheek take-off on Haydn’s oratorio “The Seasons”. Jacque Offenbach’s, “The Recipe” may entice you to bake a cake, while “Coffee in a Cardboard Cup” by the composers of Cabaret will tickle your funny bone.

 

For the Christmas season, the chorus will perform “A Candlelight Christmas”. The beautiful music of Christmas and winter presented in a candlelit setting will jump-start the holiday season for you. A brass quintet will join Easton Choral Arts for Daniel Pinkham’s exciting Christmas Cantata. An arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” as performed by Boston’s Christmas Revels and more favorites of the season will fill out the program.

Tracing the footsteps of Vienna’s world renown musical heritage, the spring concert will feature the chorus performing music from “The Four Gems of Vienna”, composers Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, all of whom did the bulk of their composing in Vienna. The concert will feature vibrant solos, piano and orchestral numbers and of course stirring choruses from such works as Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Haydn’s The Creation, Beethoven’s The Mount of Olives, Schubert’s The Omnipotence and more.

 

Easton Choral Arts is under the direction of Wes Lockfaw, who is also music director at Christ Church in Easton. Mr. Lockfaw, whose choirs were featured in 2014 at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Va., is also director of the Christ Church Concert Series and the Dean of the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

 

The Easton Choral Arts Society is supported by grants from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Talbot County Arts Council, and the Maryland State Arts Council.

 

Officials help celebrate start of Maryland Dove construction

State officials, members of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Board of Governors, staff from both HSMC and CBMM, and members of the public all gathered in St. Michaels, Md., in June to help celebrate the beginning of construction of the new Maryland Dove.

 

As part of CBMM’s Maritime Day festivities, a keel laying ceremony for the new ship—a reproduction of the 17th-century trading ship that in 1634 accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland—dignitaries from both sides of the Chesapeake Bay offered remarks and congratulations on the start of the historic project.

 

Remarks were given by Pete Lesher, CBMM’s Chief Curator; Regina Faden, Executive Director of HSMC; and Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, on behalf of Governor Larry Hogan.

 

“We are absolutely committed to preserving the heritage and the history of our state, and especially our maritime heritage,” Haddaway-Riccio said. “We are really pleased that this new Dove is going to be more authentic and more like the original Dove—I think that is something that is really to be commended.”

 

Also in attendance were State Senator Addie Eckardt, from District 37; State Senator Jack Bailey, from District 29; State Delegate Johnny Mautz, from District 37B; Michael Bibb, Commissioner for the Town of St. Michaels; Father William George, Chair of the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission; and Melissa Kelly, Eastern Shore Liaison for Senator Chris Van Hollen.

 

All of the day’s attendees were invited to sign their name on Maryland Dove’s new keel, to see the lofting of its new design, and to help make trunnels, or large wooden nails, that will be used during its construction.

 

Maryland Dove is owned by the State of Maryland and maintained and operated by Historic St. Mary’s City. CBMM’s construction of its successor will take place in full public view through 2021. To learn more about the existing Maryland Dove and CBMM’s construction of the new ship, visit marylanddove.org, a recently launched website dedicated to Maryland Dove’s past, present, and future.

ShoreRivers Announces Tour the Shore Public Paddle Series

ShoreRivers’ Tour the Shore summer kayak series begins this month, with a monthly paddle on one of four rivers through September. Tour the Shore gives novice and experienced paddlers alike an opportunity to explore creeks and rivers with small groups led by ShoreRivers’ experienced, certified staff.  Paddle routes are chosen to highlight the Eastern Shore’s most scenic riverscapes and natural features, including great blue heron roosts, underwater grasses, and flooded forests.

Director of Education and Outreach Suzanne Sullivan, describes how the paddles serve ShoreRivers’ vision of health waterways across the Eastern Shore. “The Tour the Shore paddle series provides an opportunity for residents and visitors alike to get to know our rivers intimately. The more that individuals connect with a waterway and experience its value firsthand, the more they are going to want to protect that natural resource.”

 

Paddlers may bring their own kayaks or rent one from ShoreRivers’. Space is limited. Contact Suzanne at 443-385-0511 or ssullivan@shorerivers.org to reserve seats. Tours are $20 for ShoreRivers members, $30 for non-members; kayak rentals are an additional $30. Bring your lunch!

 

2019 Tour the Shore Dates and Locations

 

Friday, July 12, 10am to 1pm – Robbins Creek (Choptank River)
Departs from Two Johns Landing in Preston. This paddle helps beat the heat as it meanders alongside the forested Lynch Preserve, property that was donated to Eastern Shore Land Conservancy.  Paddlers might just flush some wood ducks!

 

Friday, August 23, 10am to 2pm – Wye Island (Wye River)
Join the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper for a paddle that explores the peaceful coves around Wye Island Natural Resource Management Area. With over 85% of the island managed by Maryland State Park Service, this paddle-plus-hike showcases old growth trees and brightly colored song bird species.

 

Thursday, September 13, 10am to 1pm – Turner’s Creek (Sassafras River)
Join the Sassafras Riverkeeper for a paddle on Turner’s Creek in Kennedyville. Explore the famous tidal pond, see the magnificent lotus blooms, and witness one of the last working waterfronts on the river; a quintessential day on the Sassafras!

 

Friday, September 27, 10am to 1pm – Chester River
Late September is prime paddle time as the air cools and marshes and forest edges change colors on the upper Chester. For the final paddle of the season, kayakers will be joined by the Chester Riverkeeper, launching from Shadding Reach Landing in Crumpton, and exploring the narrow upper reaches of the Chester.

5th Annual Sporting Clays Raises More than $77,000 for Breast Imaging and Biopsy

 

The recent 5th annual Sporting Clays Classic was a great success, netting $77,227 to benefit the breast imaging and biopsy equipment and program needs of the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Offered by UM Memorial Hospital Foundation at The Point at Pintail in Queenstown on June 9, 2019, the Sporting Clays Classic attracted 226 registered shooters who enjoyed morning competition, lunch for participants, various prizes, raffles and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses and community members.

“It was really a perfect day, sunny and breezy, and we had a great group of competitors,” said F. Graham Lee, vice president for philanthropy at UM SRH. “I am very grateful to this year’s Sporting Clays Committee and to our sponsors, both the businesses and the individuals who stepped up to support the event.”

Sponsorships from community members and businesses played a vital role in the success of the event. Key sponsors included Auxiliary of the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Paul and Joanne Prager, Preston Automotive Group, Jack and Susan Stoltz, Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Doug James Real Estate Services, Attraction Magazine, The Point at Pintail, APG Chesapeake, Willow Construction, Bullock Construction, Inc., CBIZ MHM, LLC and BSC Group, LLC, Chaney Enterprises, Gillis Gilkerson, Roberta Lilly, MD, Nancy Morton, R. Scott and Courtney Clark Pastrick, Shore Radiology, Shore United Bank and Tidewater Anesthesia Associates, PA.

Last year, the Clark Comprehensive Breast Center team provided breast care to more than 2,100 patients, diagnosing more than 100 new cases of breast cancer and performing 452 breast biopsies. These numbers reflect a significant increase in patient volumes over previous years.

 

The goal of the 2019 Sporting Clays Classic was to raise $85,000 for an MRI Breast Coil, which will be used to fully image breast patients and perform MRI-guided breast biopsy. The $77,227 raised during the event means the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is well on the way to reaching that $85,000 goal.

“All of us at The Clark Comprehensive Breast Center appreciate the continued support of our local community,” says Roberta J. Lilly, MD, medical director, Clark Comprehensive Breast Center. “Diagnostic and treatment technologies in cancer care are continually evolving, and we are very grateful to the Foundation, the volunteers and participants in the Sporting Clays Classic for their help in ensuring that we have state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

Prizes were given to each of the winners of the highest overall (HOA) score in their category, as follows:  Mike Parkhurst (men’s), Diane Sorantino (women’s), Jackson Eschelman (juniors’) and Team Jack Stoltz #1 (team). The top three of each Lewis class also received prizes, as follows: Lewis Class One, 1st place – David Collins, Sr., 2nd place – Bruce Jones, and 3rd place – Joseph Carroll; Lewis Class Two, 1st place – Mark Helmick, 2nd place – Daniel Carroll and 3rd place – Richard Blanchard; Lewis Class Three, 1st place – Carter Stanton, 2nd place – Lee Hurd, and 3rd place – Chris Wright.

Other winners were Ferris Butler, gun raffle winner; Jesse Hammett, game prize winner; and Dennis Green, Clay Conservation Award winner.

Haven Ministries Kicks Off #FoundHope Campaign with Hope Rocks

 

Do you need an idea about what to do with your children to pass away the lazy days of summer? Just like the modern-day treasure hunt, “geocaching,” that was popular a few years ago, there is a new activity being sponsored by Haven Ministries that families can do this summer while also spreading hope in Queen Anne’s County.

With the help of Queen Anne’s County residents and Kent Island Rocks, Haven Ministries is expanding their #FoundHope Campaign to include “hope rocks” to raise awareness about their ministries in Queen Anne’s County. In the month of June, Haven Ministries Hope Warehouse shoppers and volunteers, along with Kent Island Rocks, the Grasonville Senior Center, and Centreville United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, painted hundreds of rocks with messages of hope which are hidden throughout the county to be discovered by the public this summer. From July 1 through July 31, anyone who finds one of the painted rocks can photograph it with a cell phone and post it on Haven Ministries Facebook page: havenministriesshelter with #foundhope and the location where they found it. People can also bring the photo of the rock they found to Hope Warehouse in Queenstown for a prize. Finders should then re-hide the painted rock for others to find it. Hope Warehouse is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Susan Phillips, Manager of Hope Warehouse, “Hope is what Haven Ministries provides. It’s great for the community to come to share their hope through this campaign.”

Karla Horton, owner of Dragonfly Paddle and Fitness in Stevensville and founder of Kent Island Rocks, started painting “kindness rocks” three years ago. The project initially was as a kid’s project but grew as adults enjoyed painting the rocks as well. The rocks had encouraging messages on them. Once people found the rocks, they could either keep them for encouragement or hide them again for someone else to find. Horton has joined forces with Haven Ministries to help with its campaign.

Horton comments, “Haven Ministries does a ton of good work in the community and is one of the few groups serving people who are homeless in the county. It is great to partner with them on this project.”

According to Horton, the Grasonville Senior Center, which supports several social projects in Queen Anne’s County, was excited to also help with the project and clients painted nearly 100 rocks for the campaign.

For further information on the #FoundHope Campaign or Haven Ministries, call 410-739-4363 or visit Haven-minsitries.org or the Facebook page: havenministriesshelter.

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a seasonal Homeless Shelter located at the Kent Island United Methodist Church in Stevensville, a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, the Haven Ministries Food Pantries at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville and Centreville United Methodist Church in Centreville, Our Daily Thread Thrift Store in Stevensville and Hope Warehouse in Queenstown.

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