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Easton Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Draws Crowd

Easton’s 36th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast drew a sold-out crowd to the Tidewater Inn’s Gold Room in Easton.  The breakfast featured speakers Stephanie Saunders, First VP, Wealth Management, The Hill Group at Morgan Stanley, and Bruce Strazza, Manager, Gratitude House for Men and Christ Church Easton.  Special music was provided by singer Victoria (Tori) Gomez accompanist Krys Kozinski, both from Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church. Scripture readings were done by Wendy Cadell of St. Mark’s UMC and Eliud Reyes, Iglesia Bautista Camino de Fe. 

Easton Choral Arts Society Christmas Oratorio Tells the Christmas Story

Easton Choral Arts Society celebrates the Christmas season with “Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio,” on Friday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m. at Christ Church Easton. Late in 1858, the Church of the Madeleine commissioned 23-year-old Camille Saint-Saëns to write an oratorio for that year’s Christmas celebration. He set to work on December 4, and by December 15 had finished a 10-movement work telling the Christmas story, with additional commentaries upon that event. Christmas Oratorio is an intimate work that requires five soloists, a chorus, and small instrumental forces—an organ, a harp, and strings.

Maestro Wes Lockfaw, who directs the chorus, states, “In this work, Saint-Saëns blends a number of musical styles—narrative recitatives, folk-like melodies, passionate operatic solo passages, and simple choral writing.”

Soloists include Soprano Yulia Petrachuk, who sang with Easton Choral Arts Society last spring; Mezzo Soprano Katelyn Jackman; Contralto Alexandra Coburn; Tenor Joshua Baumgardner, also a returning soloist; and Bass William Meinert. Born in Russia, Petrachuk studied at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and is a graduate of Bern Opera Studio in Bern, Switzerland. She has performed at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, at the Vienna Music Festival in Vienna, Austria, and at Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic. As a bass, Meinert, who currently studies with William Sharp at Peabody Institute, has been praised for his “evenly produced, promising bass” (Opera News) and “charismatic [and] exhilarating comic flair” (Boston Musical Intelligencer). This season, he performed with Baltimore Concert Opera, with Opera North, and with Madison Opera. Alexandra Coburn, a contralto from Houston, Texas, is an undergraduate from Louisiana State University. She is currently studying in Washington D.C. at the Potomac Vocal Institute under Elizabeth Bishop. Jackman has performed at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Center, and Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar. This season, she will return to Baltimore Concert Opera, the Annapolis Opera, and the Kennedy Center. Baumgardner is a fresh new voice in the world of classical music. He teaches in Washington DC, where he also maintains an active performing career that spans works from Haydn and Mozart, to modern, 20th century operas written with the intent of bringing young, new audiences into the world of classical music.

“Saint-Saëns Christmas Oratorio,” opens with a pastoral instrumental prelude which sets the mood for the Christmas story, evoking images of a shepherd playing a flute, and a rustic manger, with the holy family and adoring animals. Although Saint-Saëns commented that this movement is in the style of Bach, it is pure 19th century Romanticism. His Quartet movement for two sopranos, alto, and baritone is crafted in Handelian style. At the end of the performance, the audience will join the chorus with additional seasonal selections.

Easton Choral Arts Society, Inc. is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization funded in part by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Tickets will be $30 at the door and are available online in advance at $25 at www.eastonchoralarts.org or at Ticket Hotline 410-200-0498.  Students will be admitted free (reservation required). Seating is limited, so advance ticket purchases are recommended.

ECAS was founded in 1977 by organist Florence Ruley of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, a group of caring singers was organized to commemorate the installation of a new bishop. The experience was so rewarding that they continued with the idea of singing two to three concerts a year. As public appreciation and awareness of the Easton Choral Arts Society was growing within the community. Its presence was marked by a new and thoughtful broadening of the repertoire, featuring guest soloists, and professional instrumentalists.

 

In 2010, Wes Lockfaw became Easton Choral Arts Society’s fifth Artistic Director. A very talented and accomplished organist, pianist, and choral director, Wes has led music ministries in seven states as well as having served as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and piano instructor in a college environment. In January of 2009, he accepted the position of Organist and Music Director at Christ Church Episcopal in Easton, Maryland where he directs ensembles ranging from children to adults.

 

Thanks to community support, Easton Choral Arts is keeping the spirit of its mission alive — to bring great choral masterworks programs to audiences of all ages on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

Queen Anne’s County Launches Multicultural Proficiency Subcommittee

Queen Anne’s County Local Management Board, also known as Community Partnerships for Children and Families, seeks new members for the Multicultural Proficiency Subcommittee.

 The Multicultural Proficiency Subcommittee is a coalition of educators, professionals, business owners, and community members dedicated to creating and improving equitable practices in all aspects of the community. 

 The subcommittee elicits creative ideas, plans meaningful events, advocates for students, influences change, and educates the community to ensure equity for all. If you want to make a change and you are an interested community member, business owner, or professional in Queen Anne’s County, please join us at the next meeting being held on November 28  at 1:15 p.m. at the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education, 202 Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville, MD 21617.

Meetings are typically held the third Wednesday of each month, unless there are holidays or school is cancelled. Please contact co-chairs Eric Daniels, mqftrenton@yahoo.com, and Brad Engel, bengel@qacps.org or 410-758-8216, for more information on how you can be of service to your community.

Sheriff Announces Law Enforcement Accreditation

Sheriff Gary Hofmann is proud to announce that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) has successfully completed the second annual review of the Law Enforcement accreditation program. 

The Office of the Sheriff showed compliance with the relevant standards that represent the “best professional practices” for law enforcement agencies nationwide.

CALEA states the Sheriff’s Office has fully demonstrated its voluntary commitment to law enforcement excellence by living up to a body of standards deemed essential to the protection of the life, health, safety and rights of the citizens it serves.

The compliance manager commented that, “…this is undoubtedly an agency-wide accomplishment.” He continued to praise the agency for a, “…demonstrated excellent understanding of the process, and an impressive willingness to listen to and give consideration to external observations.” He ended with, “I extend my thanks and appreciation for your outstanding preparedness and professionalism.”

The Sheriff firmly believes that CALEA compliance strengthens the agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.

The Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff has developed a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals while also providing direction to personnel.

Sheriff Hofmann has established standards that provide the necessary reports and analyses he needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.

CALEA accreditation can limit the Office of the Sheriff potential liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.

Sheriff Hofmann thanked all employees of the Office of the Sheriff for their roles in proving compliance with the many standards. “It is only with the cooperation and buy-in of every sworn officer and civilian employee that we are able to achieve and maintain this high-level professionalism,” the Sheriff stated with appreciation.

Compass Regional Hospice to host Survivor Day Nov. 17

CENTREVILLE Compass Regional Hospice will host Survivor Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Hope and Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive, Centreville.

 

International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. Survivor Day is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP.)

 

This year’s gathering will include a screening of an AFSP-produced documentary, which will be followed by presentations lead by Compass Regional Hospice grief counselors, small group discussions and a candlelight remembrance ceremony. A light lunch will be provided.

 

Compass Regional Hospice invites anyone in the community affected by suicide loss to join in the day. For many loss survivors, attending a Survivor Day event is an opportunity to discover that they are not alone in their experience of losing someone they know and love to suicide.

 

Typically, the event is an intimate gathering of those who are sharing in a similar loss. Our grief counselors welcome guests to bring photos and items of remembrance to share during the remembrance ceremony.

 

There is no cost to attend this event. For more information and to RSVP for Survivor Day, contact Compass Regional Hospice Grief Support Supervisor Rhonda Knotts at 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day, visit afsp.org/SurvivorDay.

 

The Hope and Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the families of patients who have died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties include individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, a grief retreat summer camp called Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating its grief support services.

 

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the state of Maryland and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today, the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Chestertown. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one, through The Hope and Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

Haven Ministries Golf Tournament 2018: Putting a Roof Over Homelessness

Haven Ministries hosted its 2nd Annual Haven Ministries Golf Tournament on September 21, 2018 at Prospect Bay Country Club. The sold-out event will net over $10,000 to benefit all of the Haven Ministries programs.

Janet Crutchley and Denise Klotzbucher were the Event Chairwomen for the event for the second year in a row. Employees of Lyon’s Distillery, Edward Jones/Liz Skibbie and The Ophiuroidea of St. Michaels were on Hole 12 giving out treats and taking the “Hole in One” picture of golfers.  Hole 12 was sponsored by Cranford Contractors, Inc. which provided a chance for golfers to win $5000 for a hole in one.

Gold Level sponsors of the Golf Tournament included Construction Services and Supplies, Beacon Roofing, and My Logo On It. Event sponsors included the American Legion Post 278 Kent Island, VFW Post 7464 Grasonville, MD, and Reedy Electric Services.

Haven Ministries Business Partners supporting the event include the following:

Diamond Level:  Increte and BAAR (Bay Area Association of Realtors)

Sapphire Level: Bay Times, Wye River Conference Center, A Dolce Property, and What’s Up Media.

Platinum Level: Safe at Home Senior Care, Prospect Bay Country Club, Roof Center, Construction Services and Supplies, Inc., Kate Spade, and My Logo On It.

Gold Level: Harris Crab House, Hemingways, The Narrows, Riley Custom Homes, Island Furniture Studios, The Shore Update, Range and Reef, Swan Cove Salon and Spa, and Tri Gas and Oil.

Silver Level: Lundberg Builders, Salon Atelier, Holiday Inn Express, Chesapeake Hearing Centers,       Miltec, Free State Insurance, McCrone, Realty Navigator, Hawk Marketing, Keller Williams/Chris.glover@kw.com, U.S. Health Care/jim.procaccini@ushadvisors.com, Shore United Bank, Island Floors, Kent Island Rotary, Details Group, Island Dental Studio, Refreshed Women, Cargo Direct, Shore Signs, The Ophiuroidea, KRM Development, Queenstown Bank, and Shaffer Ingenuity.

Bronze Level: Mary Kay/ Corbie Haas, Edward Jones/William Caughey, Splendid Consignment Shop/Avon, Legalshield/Joe Allegretti, Computer Island/Lolita Watkins, The Winery, Federal Resources, The Growth Coach, 1st Home Mortgage/driordan@firsthome.com, Comhar Helen Fitzgerald helen@comhar.biz, Premier Designs/Jenny Spencer, doTERRA/colminahan@gmail.com, doTERRA Wellness Advocate/dianaoiljourney@aol.com, Sara Taylor Coaching, Maid Healthy, Rodan and Fields, Cari Healy Hair, Carrie’s Cupcakery, Chesapeake Think Tank, Kent Island Minuteman Press, Linda Prochaska, and Bob Gosselin Photography.

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with job training, educational programming, and case management services.  The Haven Ministries Food Pantries are held on the third Friday monthly at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville and at a second location at Centreville United Methodist Church at 608 Church Hill Road in Centreville from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Our Daily Thread Thrift Store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hope Warehouse is open Thursday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Homeless Shelter is open October through April at Kent Island United Methodist Church. For further information about Haven Ministries, visit haven-ministries.org or call 410-739-4363.

 

Compass Regional Hospice’s Hope and Healing Center will host Candlelight Remembrance Services in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties, beginning in November.  

The centerpiece of the Candlelight Remembrance Service is the reading of the names of Compass Regional Hospice patients who have died in the past 13 months. Members of the community also are invited to bring the names of their loved ones whom they would like to be remembered during the holiday season.

 

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, a service will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 101 S. 5th Ave., Denton.

 

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, a candlelight remembrance ceremony will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 301 S. Liberty St., Centreville.

 

At 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, a ceremony will take place at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 101 N. Cross St., Chestertown.

 

During these special services, we will reflect on the precious lives of those who have passed away, and we invite you, your family and your friends to help us honor and remember your loved ones. All services are free and open to the public. A time of fellowship and light refreshments will follow the services.

 

For more information about the Candlelight Remembrance Services in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties, or if you are unable to attend a ceremony but wish to find out more information about individual or group counseling services that may fit your needs, please contact Rhonda Knotts, Grief Support Services supervisor, at 443-262-4109 or rknotts@compassregionalhospice.org.

 

The Hope and Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the families of patients who have died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one.

Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties include individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, a grief retreat summer camp called Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating its grief support services.

 

Compass Regional Hospice – Care on your terms

Compass Regional Hospice is a fully licensed, independent, community-based nonprofit organization certified by Medicare and the state of Maryland and accredited by the Joint Commission. Since 1985, Compass Regional Hospice has been dedicated to supporting people of all ages through the challenge of living with a life-limiting illness and learning to live following the death of a loved one. Today, the organization is a regional provider of hospice care and grief support in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties. “Care on your terms” is the promise that guides staff and volunteers as they care for patients in private residences, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the residential hospice centers in Centreville and Chestertown. Grief support services are offered to children, adults and families of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the loss of a loved one, through The Hope and Healing Center. For more information about Compass Regional Hospice, visit compassregionalhospice.org.

 

Womens Singing Group Moves to Easton – and Seeks Carolers

Women’s a cappella chorus Harmony on the Bay, the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is delighted to announce our move to Easton!  The group will practice on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:00pm at the Elks Lodge (502 Dutchman’s Lane, Easton).

Harmony on the Bay sings traditional and modern pop songs in the barbershop style, and performs around the Eastern Shore. We welcome experienced singers of all voice parts!!

Special caroling opportunity:  Beginning October 30, the group invites all women and girls interested in learning Christmas Carols in four-part harmony to join us on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Elks Lodge.  Participants will be welcome to join us for our holiday caroling performances.

Contact 301.512.3288 or harmonyonthebay@gmail.com for more information.

Regent Healthcare Announces Grand Opening of New Easton Office

Odenton, Md. (October 17, 2018) – Regent Healthcare, the largest, non-franchised Home Care Agency in Central Maryland, announced today that it has opened a new office in Easton, Md. to meet the growing demand for in-home healthcare on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Located at 218 North Washington St., this is Regent Healthcare’s fourth office, joining established locations in Odenton, Leonardtown, and Chestertown. The rapidly growing company announced its expansion to the Eastern Shore in September 2018 with the acquisition of Loving Touch Home Care in Chestertown. The grand opening of the Easton office further demonstrates the company’s commitment to establishing a presence in the communities it serves and creating job opportunities for residents.

Regent Healthcare hosted a grand opening celebration at its new Easton location on October 16th. Special guests at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Senator Addie Eckardt, a representative of Delegate Johnny Mautz’s office, representatives of Talbot County Economic Development, Easton Economic Development Corporation, the Talbot County Health Department, the Talbot Department of Social Services, and members of the Talbot County Council and Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. The event was also well-attended by an array of representatives from local businesses and the local healthcare community.

The office currently employs administrative staff and caregivers and has openings available for additional Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs), Certified Medication Technicians (CMTs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). Applications are currently being accepted at applyregent.com.

“We are excited to announce the official opening of our Easton location, and are grateful this wonderful community has welcomed us with open arms,” said Felton Magee, President and CEO of Regent Healthcare. “In addition to our goal of creating more than 100 new healthcare jobs in this region, we are committed to providing the highest level of in-home care and playing a key role in minimizing hospital re-admissions.”

Founded in 2008 and accredited by The Joint Commission, Regent Healthcare provides all levels of in-home medication administration, companion, personal and skilled nursing care throughout Central Maryland, Southern Maryland, and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

To learn more about Regent Healthcare’s new Easton office and employment opportunities, call 410-443-0788 or visit www.regenthealth.com.

Bay Cleaning Marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Chestertown, Maryland – October 10, 2018 Bay Cleaning celebrates Pinktober and Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit foundation that provides free house cleanings for women who are battling cancer. 

Charlotte Zang, owner of Bay Cleaning, explained that women who are battling cancer need support so they can focus on their health. “We help women and their families by cleaning their homes. I have been told many times that the service we provide is extremely helpful and appreciated. Some of the women we clean for live alone and don’t have family nearby to help them.”

Zang credits her team with providing exceptional custom house cleaning for these women and all of the company’s customers. “Bay Cleaning is fortunate to employ an amazing team of women who are dedicated, conscientious, and compassionate. They develop friendships with these strong, courageous women. Our cleaners understand that the work they perform is valuable and necessary. Their service and connection can be a special part of each woman’s recovery.”

Zang said that the affiliation with Cleaning For A Reason is a good fit for Bay Cleaning. “Our mission is to help women succeed,” she said. “We help women in three ways:

We clean for busy women who don’t have time or physical ability to clean

We partner with Cleaning for a Reason to help women who are battling cancer by cleaning their homes for free

We employ women to help them provide for their families.”

Headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland, Bay Cleaning was created to help families, cancer patients, realtors, landlords, and business owners by keeping their homes and businesses clean. For more information, visit www.bay-cleaning.com, visit them on Facebook, or call 443-566-0040.

About Cleaning For A Reason

Cleaning For A Reason strives to aid women who are undergoing treatment for cancer by teaming up with cleaning services across the United States and Canada. Together, these two forces offer free cleaning services to meet the needs of women during this most difficult time in their life. Since its founding in 2006 by Debbie Sardone, the nonprofit and its partners have donated more than $10 million in free services, helping more than 30,200 women. In 2017, Cleaning For A Reason was adopted by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, joining the fold under the ISSA Charities arm. It is now positioned to achieve its long-desired goal of outreach expansion. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,200 professional cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see www.cleaningforareason.org.

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