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Talbot County Announces Business Academy Graduates

The Talbot County Council awarded graduation certificates to 15 participants in the inaugural Talbot Works Business Academy on Tuesday, April 9, at their regular meeting. The cohort of business owners recently completed an 8-week entrepreneurship course that was sponsored by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

The program was made possible by a grant from the Maryland Rural Economic Development Fund through the Mid-Shore Regional Council and developed by consulting firm WHC, a Baltimore-based consulting company that offers business capital, coaching, and operational solutions to emerging companies.

The 15-member cohort was required to meet the program’s guidelines for inclusion in the class, including having the ability to scale their operations, hire people, and have a positive impact on their community.

“These graduates now have a better understanding of their financial reports, a budget for their growth, and a plan to pursue opportunities to attract new clients and access capital from lenders and investors,” says Talbot County Councilwoman Keasha Haythe. “They serve as positive examples to other individuals seeking to grow their businesses in Talbot County and are fine examples of how our collective investments pay high dividends in the way of more jobs and empowered businesses.

“We know that this program works. It does expand businesses, and it does produce jobs,” she says. “Certainly, economic development is one of my priorities and I am happy to have been part of initiating the program. I commend my County Council colleagues for supporting this initiative. I am elated to see this program come to fruition and for the first cohort to complete this program.”

Participants were required to attend and participate in each class; submit weekly homework assignments; meet with senior advisors; meet two times each with the program’s law, accounting, and human resources mentors; present cash flow projections; and give a final 15-minute PowerPoint presentation detailing their plans for business growth.

“I am proud of the work this class of business owners put into the Talbot Works Business Academy,” says Cassandra Vanhooser, director of Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism. “This program links the latest ideas with timeless business principles to show participants how to increase revenue and sales, manage expenses, add jobs, create a sustainable business model, and prepare to access capital.”

The Academy’s inaugural graduates are Dr. James Bell Jr., Bell Education Solutions, LLC; Tamara Foote, Total Body Wellness; Kimberly Hardesty, Salon Inspire; Gregory Harris, Harris Event Security; Amy and Dave Keller, Aging at Home Solution; Andre Gibson Jr., Shore Awareness Self-Defense; Tyvon Horsey and Tina Skinner, Royal “T” Catering; Alan Lynch, Portside Grille Caterers; Michelle Moaney, Every Voice Counts Rehabilitation Services; Brandon Morgan, East Coast Poly Solutions; Anna Miller, Trade Whims; Dontele Pinder, Helen and Rae’s Kitchen for the Soul; Barbara Ranson, Oxford Vintage & Trade; Tam Vu, Helen’s Nail Salon; and Jaime Windon, Windon Distilling // Lyon Rum.

Each graduate also will receive a $2,000 grant to reinvest in their business, with the funding coming from an anonymous donor. They’ll report on their business growth over the coming years, including increased revenue and the number of jobs they’ve added.

A second cohort will begin in the fall starting on Tuesday, September 10, with up to 15 candidates chosen. Session topics include building sustainable organizational infrastructure; leading people and planning for growth; marketing and selling B2G, B2B, and B2C; accounting, human resources, legal, taxes, and insurance; and preparing for capital and essential financial documentation.

Talbot County business owners who are selected for the second cohort will be invited to a 15-minute interview via Zoom, with registration to be announced at www.talbotworks.org.

The Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s mission is to enhance and promote a business-friendly environment for current and prospective enterprises and to advocate for policies that support and strengthen the economic vitality of Talbot County. The department’s vision for Talbot County is built on the principles of strong communities, empowered businesses, and innovative solutions.

Business owners and managers are encouraged to receive the department’s Talbot Works newsletter and breaking business news by subscribing at www.talbotworks.org. The department can also be reached at 410-770-8058 or by visiting their office at 215 Bay Street, Easton, Md

Queen Anne’s Chorale Presents the Choral-Accompanied by String Quintet Classics

The days are definitely getting longer, and the chance of snow is getting less. It must be SPRING
in DelMarVa. Queen Anne’s Chorale, accompanied by a string quintet, presents a program of
choral masterworks with selections by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, Mozart,
Mendelssohn and more!
Centreville Methodist Church will once again host the concerts on the weekend of April 20th at
7pm and April 21st at 3pm. The theme is Chorale Classsics and this concert will feature
stunningly beautiful music, with a few fun selections added to delight the audience. Each concert
includes the Select Ensemble, a traditional audience sing-along, and other special music.
Following the concert, singers will greet audience members during a light reception.
Tickets will be available online on February 23 at www.qachorale.org and are:
Adults: $25.00
Students (ages 13-17): $15.00
Children (12 and under): Free.
Tickets are limited so please, do not hesitate to reserve a spot.
There are also always opportunities to support to QAC with donations or sponsorships. For more
information visit www.qachorale.org.
Queen Anne’s Chorale is an all-volunteer, non-auditioned community chorus with the motto
“Entertaining, Engaging, Educating since 1989”. The ability to read music is helpful, but not
required. We always welcome new singers!
Queen Anne’s Chorale is supported in part through grants from the United Way of Queen
Anne’s County, the Queen Anne’s County Centre for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts
Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.

Best Dog Training, Genesis K9,Helps Your Pet Be on His Best Behavior

Voting for your favorite local business and organizations in our Golden Anchor Awards is just a few months away, so we’re highlighting the winners you voted for last year! Our readers voted Genesis K9 Best Dog Training, so we talked to Mike Iglio, founder and owner of Genesis K9. Mike has had a bond with dogs starting at a young age. He went on to volunteer at a Delaware Police K9 unit before starting his own K9 training company and studying at the Animal Behavior College.

What kind of dogs do you most often work with? What kind of goals do you set?

Goals and objectives are set by the client. It also depends a lot on age. In puppies it’s nipping a majority of the time. Jumping, bolting, rushing the doorbell when the doorbell rings, all types of home management issues that cause disharmony. To a lesser degree issues like leash reactivity and sometimes aggression towards humans.

Why do dogs misbehave?

Communication is a big part of it. Setting boundaries and creating a structured environment is critical. Most people come to me at a point where they have disharmony in the house, where there’s no peace. That’s really what I focus on is bringing peace. I look at the relationship with the human because once we fix that and put a reward system in place with structure it becomes easier to put the obedience in place.

Any basic dog training tips?

Structure and boundaries. Dog training is not just setting up two or three training sessions; it should become a way of life. Once people treat it that way and follow through with a rewards system then the dog will understand “hey I can get rewarded.”

Do you do any work with the owners to ensure the behaviors stay?

That’s a big part of the initial process. I have people fill out a quick consultation form and then typically I observe the relationship between the dog and the owner. If you have a dysfunctional relationship with the dog everything else will suffer.

If you would like to learn more about Genesis K9 Training you can go to their website at https://genesisk9training.com/. There you can learn more about Mike’s dog training philosophy, read testimonials and more. Stay tuned to vote for your favorite

Queen Anne’s County Government Prepares for Fiscal Year 2025 Budget

As the fiscal year 2025 approaches, Queen Anne’s County Government gears up for the annual budgetary process. The County Administrator’s budget was presented to the County Commissioners during their meeting on March 26.

Following this initial presentation, the budget process will continue with active participation from the Commissioners in a series of budget work sessions. These sessions are designed to foster discussions and gather feedback on various aspects of the budget.

The schedule for the upcoming budget work sessions is as follows:
March 28, 5:00 pm: Budget Work Session 1 – Board of Education, Library, Department of Emergency Services, and Office of the Sheriff.
April 2, 5:00 pm: Budget Work Session 2 –Parks and Recreation, and Public Works.
April 11, 5:00 pm: Budget Work Session 3 – Outside Agency Grants and Capital Budget.

The Municipal Tax Set Off hearing is scheduled to take place on April 9 during the regular County Commissioners meeting.

Residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to engage with the budget process as all work sessions will be broadcasted live, akin to County Commissioners meetings. These sessions will be accessible on Breezeline Channel 7 and 507, QACTV’s YouTube and Facebook channels, as well as at qac.org/live for later viewing.

Subsequent to these work sessions, the proposed budget will be published on qac.org and distributed via mail to county residents on May 1. The public will have a chance to provide input on the county budget during a series of Public Hearings tentatively scheduled for May 20-22.
For further details regarding the county budget process, residents are encouraged to visit qac.org and search for “Budget and Finance”.

KIHS Visual Arts Teen of the Week—Jay Zimmerman

STEVENSVILLE —Jay Zimmerman, a senior at Kent Island High (KIHS), has taken nearly every art course the school has to offer, in both 2-D and 3-D. Currently enrolled in AP® 2-D Art & Design with Mrs. Andrea Schulte and Honors Level Studio Art 3: 3-D with Ms. Laquel Nenno, Jay is producing outstanding work in both arenas.

Driven by a profound love for animals, Jay draws inspiration from toucans, blue jays and horses. These subjects are frequently found within Jay’s artwork. Meticulous in craftsmanship, Jay frequently spends hours outside of regular class time perfecting every art piece. In AP® 2-D Jay is working on a body of work that will be scored by College Board this June which is focused on the integral role animals play in the emotional support of humans. One of Jay’s works from that portfolio recently earned a Regional Scholastic Art Honorable Mention award!

Jay said that their favorite thing about creating art is that it gives them a way to express themselves without using words.

“I knew Jay was going to be an amazing artist when our fridge looked like Picasso at three years old, and I had more framed art from them than space on the walls,” shared Jay’s mom, Kelly Zimmerman. “Jay’s passion for art and creativity has been in the forefront ever since then. Their spirit radiates sunshine and they bring joy to everyone around them. Jay’s smile lights up the room and her passion for art is contagious.”

“One of my favorite things about Jay is their deep sincere kindness towards everyone and willingness to help others. Jay spends a great deal of time interning and volunteering in our self-contained PACS classroom. Jay is an excellent teacher, mentor, and support system for those students,” shared Ms. Nenno. “The compassion Jay has is invaluable and their work ethic is truly admirable.”

Jay also invests time in all of the community art projects for Ms. Nenno and Mrs. Schulte, as an active three-year member of the KIHS National Art Honor Society. Most recently, Jay has contributed work to the Talisman Therapeutic Riding Center, the Small Works Art Auction to benefit QACAC arts programming, the temporary Alzheimer’s Awareness art installation at Queenstown Landing Assisted Living, and was a leader in our in-house interactive art installation QAC Goes Purple and Opioid Awareness week.

CBMM to host Chesapeake Bay Week Film Festival this month

ST. MICHAELS, Md., April 1, 2024 – The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is partnering with Maryland Public Television for a series of film screenings in the Van Lennep Auditorium next month in celebration of the 20th anniversary of MPT’s Chesapeake Bay Week.

The Chesapeake Bay Week Film Festival kicks off Saturday, April 13 at 2pm, with a showing of the new MPT film “Racing Rivals: Log Canoes of Chesapeake Bay.” Afterward, there will be a panel discussion, moderated by CBMM’s Chief Historian and log canoe racer Pete Lesher, featuring skippers, crew, and log canoe enthusiasts sharing stories of this unique Bay tradition. While this program has reached capacity, you can join a waitlist and get more information at cbmm.org/LogCanoeFilm.

On Thursday, April 18 at 5:30pm, the MPT documentary “Water’s Edge: Black Watermen of the Chesapeake” will be in the spotlight, highlighting stories of bravery and resilience in an industry packed with African American pioneers. Register and learn more at cbmm.org/WatersEdgeFilm.

There is a suggested donation of $10 per guest for these public screenings.

“We are proud to share these special previews of programming for Chesapeake Bay Week,” said Lesher, a regular contributor to MPT’s programming. “We supported MPT in the creation of both of these films on aspects of Chesapeake Bay culture with images from the CBMM archives and with our staff expertise.”

Both films will be featured on MPT during Chesapeake Bay Week, which this year runs April 21-27.

With its annual celebration of our nation’s largest estuary, MPT invites viewers to dive deep into the Bay’s rich history through the inspiring stories of the people who call it home. This edition features more than 22 hours of Bay-focused programming, with even more compelling content available for streaming through the free PBS App. More information, including a full schedule, is available at mpt.org/bayweek.

Premiering on MPT on Monday, April 22 at 8pm and repeating Saturday, April 27 at 8pm, “Racing Rivals: Log Canoes of Chesapeake Bay” introduces the sailors and racing enthusiasts keeping a centuries-old Eastern Shore tradition alive through exhilarating weekend regattas.

“Log canoe racing is a unique Maryland tradition,” Producer/Director Sarah Sampson said. “For those unfamiliar with the sport, the term may evoke an image of crude dugouts; a notion that couldn’t be further from the truth. Chesapeake Bay log canoes are elegant, fast, and–at times–perilous. Maryland Public Television is excited to introduce viewers to this historic fleet of racing sailboats and the people keeping the heritage alive through weekend regattas.”

First broadcast last spring during Chesapeake Bay Week, “Water’s Edge: Black Watermen of the Chesapeake” explores previously untold tales of industry trailblazers, including an ambitious steamboat captain who revolutionized recreation for Black Marylanders in the early 20th century, a pair of renowned sailmakers from Chestertown, and innovative present-day captains who are surviving by shifting their businesses to meet a changing market. This year, the film will air on MPT on Monday, April 22 at 8:30pm and Saturday, April 27 at 10pm.

In total, the Chesapeake Bay Week lineup features eight new programs, including “A Passion for Oysters,” which screened at CBMM, along with a discussion with the filmmakers, in January.

For the latest on upcoming CBMM programming, stay tuned to the calendar at cbmm.org/events.

Queen Anne’s County Pedestrian & Bicycle Master Plan Presentation

Thursday April 4, 2024, at 6:00 pm
Virtual – Microsoft Teams Meeting

Join with a video conferencing device
Video Conference ID: 114 158 665 2
Or call in (audio only)
+1 984-204-1608,,629453608# United States, Raleigh
Phone Conference ID: 629 453 608#

Queen Anne’s County Commissioners invite you to attend a virtual presentation of the Draft Queen Anne’s County Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.

The presentation will provide an overview of the Draft plan including:
The Public Process
Vision & Goals of the Plan
Process for Developing Recommendations
Recommended Routes
Project Prioritization

Following the presentation will be an opportunity to provide public comments on the proposed plan.

To review the Draft plan you may click Here https://www.qac.org/DocumentCenter/View/19864/Draft-Queen-Annes-County-Pedestrian-and-Bicycle-Master-Plan

If you would like to provide written comments please e-mail them to Steve Cohoon, Public Facilities Planner at scohoon@qac.org


More than three hundred classical music enthusiasts attending the MSO’s Elizabeth Loker International Concerto Competition – Final Round – gave standing ovations Sunday afternoon to performances by three very talented young artists from around the world at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Maryland. The finalists, selected from 155 applicants who entered the Competition from 12 countries and 24 states, performed with the full Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra – the only professional symphony orchestra performing a full season of concerts across the DelMarVa peninsula – a very rare opportunity for young classical musicians.

Rebekah Hou of Cleveland, Ohio emerged as the $5,000 first prize winner, delivering a rendition of Ginastera’s Harp Concerto that left the audience in awe. Alejandro Gomez Pareja of Madrid, Spain secured the $2,500 second prize in a performance of Shostakovitch’s Cello Concerto No. 1 that resonated deeply with listeners. Sophia Geng of Andover, Massachusetts was awarded the $1,000 third prize with her masterful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, captivating the audience with her skillful execution.

Adding an extra level of excitement, the audience voted for their favorite soloist, giving the Audience Prize of $500 to Alejadro Gomez Pareja, a testimony to his compelling performance for the live audience.

The winner, Rebekah Hou, is pursuing a Master’s Degree in harp performances at the Cleveland Institute of Music, She most recently was a prize winner of the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition and received the Anne Adams Award from the American Harp Society’s national competitions. She has appeared as guest principal harpists with the Akron Symphony, Firelands Symphony and Mansfield Orchestra.

The re-imagined competition was the brainchild of MSO Music Director and Conductor Michael Repper, who is one of the most sought-after young conductors worldwide with a reputation for engaging and exciting audiences of all ages and spectrums, and for promoting new and diverse musical talents. In March of 2023 the MSO Board of Directors elected to fast track the re-imagined competition, immediately setting forth to attract a diverse and international group of applicants from around the world.

“The success of this year’s Elizabeth Loker International Concerto Competition (ELICC) has confirmed the MSO’s commitment to providing live performance opportunities and mentoring for young classical musicians in the early stages of their careers. With this weekend’s success, we are confident that the ELICC will quickly evolve into one of the important competitions for young classical musicians held annually anywhere in the world – right here on Maryland’s eastern shore” says MSO Board President Jeffrey Parker.


CBMM welcomes ICMM Executive Council for annual meeting

ST. MICHAELS, Md., March 27, 2024 – The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum welcomed a group of special guests from around the globe last week, hosting the annual meeting of the Executive Council of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.

With nearly 150 members in 36 countries, ICMM brings together maritime museum professionals from all over the world for regular conferences to create a strong network of maritime museums and people.

ICMM is led by CBMM President & CEO Kristen L. Greenaway, who made history last fall when she became the first woman in ICMM’s 52 years to be appointed ICMM President. She was joined at the Executive Council meeting by museum leaders representing a wide variety of nations, including Australia, China, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, plus U.S.-based museums in Connecticut and Virginia.

Around a busy meeting schedule, the group’s itinerary included an introductory campus tour, a lunch cruise aboard PATRIOT, and a closing dinner in CBMM’s recently opened Welcome Center.

“It was an absolute honor to host such a distinguished group at CBMM,” Greenaway said. “We are proud to be a world-class maritime museum, and bringing together these industry leaders on our campus was a tremendous opportunity to showcase all the work that we are doing to advance our mission while sharing a taste of life on the Eastern Shore with my colleagues from around the world.”

Artificial Intelligence Conference Explores Advancements and Challenges

On Friday, April 5, the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board will host a highly anticipated Artificial Intelligence Conference at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College. This event promises a deep dive into the multifaceted landscape of artificial intelligence (AI) and its implications for government, business, and academia.

The conference, commencing at 8 a.m., will feature keynote speaker Dr. Jill Schiefelbein, esteemed AI researcher and president of The Dynamic Communicator, Inc. Dr. Schiefelbein’s extensive experience working with renowned organizations such as American Express, McGraw-Hill, and the U.S. Military, coupled with her insightful publications, positions her as a leading authority in the field. She also serves as chief experience officer and partner at Render, a Digital Likeness company.

“I’m thrilled to engage with this diverse community across business, government, and educational sectors,” expressed Dr. Schiefelbein. “Artificial intelligence, when used well, can be a tool to solve problems, overcome barriers, and create positive change, and I look forward to exploring those aspects of AI with our audience on April 5.”

Distinguished panelists include Kelly Schultz, CEO of Maryland Technology Council; Brian Cleary, CIO for Qlarant in Easton; Tim Kulp, chief innovation officer at Mind Over Machines; Joyce Hunter, former interim CIO for the USDA and current program director for F3Tech; Dr. Tara Downes and Renee Hesson, representing Caroline County Public Schools; Michael Harvey, John Toll associate professor of business management at Washington College; and Justin Malecki, radiologic sciences program director at Chesapeake College. Moderating the discussion will be Fred Christie, chief information officer with Easton Utilities.

“Artificial Intelligence is growing in both capability and its effects on the business community, workforce, government, and academia,” remarked Dan Schneckenburger, executive director of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board. “We all are starting to see the impacts, and this will continue into the future.

“The conference is designed to educate all on the current status of artificial intelligence so they will feel more comfortable with the options available to them,” he says. “As a workforce investment board, we are interested in the impacts on the workforce now and over time, and this change in labor needs will certainly impact economic development on the Upper Shore.”

Attendees can anticipate dynamic discussions encompassing government policies, educational strategies, workforce implications, and business innovations, culminating at noon. The conference is proudly sponsored by the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board, Chesapeake College, and the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism.

Registration and further details are available at www.uswib.org/ai-conference.

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