Judy Crow New Maryland Wineries President


Judy Crow

The Maryland Wineries Association announced May 1 that Judy Crow, owner and operator of Crow Vineyards, is the new President of the Board of Directors. Crow will preside over all Maryland Wineries Association meetings, assist with membership initiatives and guide major policy discussions at this critical time of industry growth.

“Judy has been an industry leader since the winery’s inception and we look forward to her dedication in the role of president of the association,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association.

Crow was raised on a dairy farm and spent almost thirty years teaching college and creating early childhood programs in Maryland and Delaware before she met Roy Crow, her husband. In 2008, Judy and Roy married and began the transformation of Crow Farm, a third generation family farm located in Kennedyville on the Eastern Shore. Together Roy and Judy focused on diversifying the farm from the traditional farm of corn and soy beans to include a farmstay B&B, a vineyard, and a winery along with an impressive herd of grass fed Angus cattle. Committed to creating the best products in the region, Judy, her son Brandon, and Roy continue to be very hands-on with the management of winemaking, the tasting room and wholesale distribution.

“In the short time I have been in the wine business, I have seen growth in the Maryland industry and believe that, with a strong winery association, the opportunities are endless. I believe that Maryland’s diverse wine growing regions allow consumers and tourist alike to experience a full portfolio of interesting wines,” said Judy Crow.

Maryland Wineries Association, a non-profit, member based, trade association, represents more than 80 wineries across the state. MWA’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable wine-growing community by expanding agricultural products and by increasing awareness through special events, industry education, advocacy, promotions and tourism. MWA is represented by the management group, Grow & Fortify. For more information, please visit the MWA website

Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate Earns the Premier Office Bronze Award




The Chestertown Real Estate Varsity Team

This year, the prestigious 2016 Premier Office Bronze Award goes to the Chestertown Office of Coldwell Banker Chesapeake Real Estate. This is the second year this office has received this distinguished award. The Bronze level Coldwell Banker® Premier Office is the highest honor Coldwell Banker offices can earn.  The Chestertown office is located at 114 B Cross Street, Chestertown, MD.  It can be reached at 410-778–0330.  Chesapeake Real Estate has been an affiliate of the Coldwell Banker® system for 7 years.


J.R.’s Expanding to Smyrna


The Lemon Leaf and J.R.’s Past Time Pup will soon be entertaining customers in Smyrna, Del. J.R. Alfree, who owns and operates the popular Chestertown restaurant and bar will be expanding his operation to the Inn at Duck Creek in Smyrna, according to a story in Delaware Online today.

Governor Signs Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017


Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 717/ House Bill 1169 – Connecting Rural Maryland Act of 2017. The legislation establishes the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless, and Cellular Service. The 22-member task force, which includes four members of the Senate and four members of the House of Delegates, must study and make recommendations regarding how Western Maryland counties; Southern Maryland counties; Eastern Shore counties; and Frederick, Carroll, and Harford counties can work together to obtain federal assistance to improve internet, broadband, wireless, and cellular services and accessibility in the affected counties. By November 30, 2017, the task force must report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly.

Rural Maryland Council Executive Director, Charlotte Davis, has been named as the Chair of the task force. “The lower population density of rural areas presents unique challenges in the deployment of broadband. The greater the geographical distances among customers, the larger the cost to providers looking to serve those customers. There is less of an incentive for companies to invest in broadband in a rural region than in an area where there is more demand, more customers with higher incomes, and less cost to the service provider,” said Charlotte Davis, “The task force will also examine the various types of cellular service available and assess which type of cellular service would be most effective for Rural Maryland communities.”

“Studies show that for every household that can access the internet, wages go up. For a myriad of reasons, from the ability to seek better jobs to access education and skills necessary to compete in today’s workforce, broadband is incredibly important,” said Josh Hastings, Chair of the Rural Maryland Council. “Broadband expansion also immediately impacts the economy through important construction jobs.”

According to the Congressional Research Service, over 324,000 rural Maryland residents lack access to highspeed internet. In a study published in July 2013, 3.2% of Maryland’s population lacks access to fixed broadband. However, of that figure almost 20% (19.2%) of that population resides in our State’s rural areas.

For more information about the Task Force on Rural Internet, Broadband, Wireless and Cellular Service, visit the Rural Maryland Council at rural.maryland.gov.

Founded in 1994, the Rural Maryland Council (RMC) is an independent state agency that brings together rural leaders, government officials at all levels, and the representatives of the non-profit and for-profit sectors to develop public policy solutions to the challenges unique to rural Maryland. RMC operates under the direction of a 40-member executive board in a nonpartisan and nondiscriminatory manner. It serves as the state’s federally designated rural development council and functions as a voice for rural Maryland, advocating for and helping rural communities and businesses across the state to flourish and to gain equity to its suburban and urban counterparts.

The 22nd Spring Career & Job Expo April 11


Save the Date for the 22nd Spring Career & Job Expo on April 11, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m., at Chesapeake College, HPAC.

It has been 22 years since we began coordinating the largest job match opportunity for job seekers and employers in the Upper Shore region!  We are again celebrating the best prospect for facilitating this event for meeting one another with our upcoming, five-county 22nd Annual Spring Career & Job Expo!  This free event represents the best place to meet the most employers in one single afternoon in our five-county area – employers who are interested in what you can do!  Competition will be fierce again this year as more and more job seekers flood the employment market.  You will need to articulate your skills, knowledge, talents, experience and abilities with your best effort for this local area network of employers who are all in recruitment and hiring mode!

This is your homework assignment:  prepare yourself to meet with employers by practicing with one of our local American Job Center staff to update your resume, practice your introduction and research the businesses in our area.  Dress for success and bring several copies of your resume with you.  Keep an eye out for the list of employers who are coming so you can look them up and understand their product and the jobs for which they recruit – everyone has a website!  Have you applied on-line recently for any jobs?  The local American Job Center can help you!  Do you have a short script ready to talk about your skills and experience?  Practice!  What about job applications?  How about that handshake?  Eye contact?  You’re going to shine!

Practice makes perfect – come to the American Job Center and let us assist you.  Follow us on facebook to get the most current job listings in our area.

Looking for work is a hard job…let us help! www.uswib.org

Sponsored by Chesapeake College, the Upper Shore WIOA & American Job Center Network, including Adult Ed, DORS, DWDAL & DSS Organizations

WC Lecture Re-Examines Famous Indian Captivity Narrative from the 17th Century


One of the most famous, the most studied, the most reprinted, and the most anthologized of all early American texts is Mary Rowlandson’s story. Her narrative is the earliest surviving account of Indian captivity written by a European colonist in the British Colonies of North America.

DeProspoRichard De Prospo, professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, questions whether this well-known account is really a narrative at all. Indeed, have we been overselling Mary Rowlandson’s seventeenth-century account of Indian captivity to our 21st-century undergraduates?

De Prospo’s presentation,sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, starts at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in the Sophie Kerr Room, Miller Library, Washington College. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a light reception.

A highly successful author, De Prospo’s books include The Latest Early American Literature (2015), The Stowe DebateRhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, with Mason Lowance and Ellen Westbrook (1994), and Theism in the Discourse of Jonathan Edwards (1985). He has published numerous articles that can be found on his Washington College profile. De Prospo began teaching at Washington College in 1975; he has also been visiting professor of literary theory at the University of New Hampshire and of early American literature at the University of London.

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Hires New Lender


Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company has announced its newest Lender, Justin Varga to the bank.

Screen Shot 2017-03-07 at 10.39.01 AM“Given our success in helping clients and growing market share, we’re glad to add a great local guy like Justin to our team,” said Glenn L. Wilson, President & CEO.

Justin Varga brings nine years of professional financial experience from J.P. Morgan Chase Private Bank to us. Beginning as an account officer, Justin progressed assuming roles as Portfolio Manager, before becoming a Senior Account Officer in 2013.

A graduate of University of Delaware, with a B.S. in Finance, Varga is a Kent County resident residing in Galena, MD. With a true passion for helping the community, Varga’s experience with relationship management and financial strategy, will further complement Chesapeake Bank and Trust’s exceptional lending department.

“Justin’s relationship banking experience will help us assist those in our community who have borrowing needs, particularly those in northern Kent County and Southern Cecil County'” said Rob Thompson, Senior Lender at the Bank.

Founded in 1986, Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, Chestertown’s Truly Local Banking Experience, has roots in Kent County dating back more than 100 years. Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is a well-known pillar in the community, helping residents and businesses with their banking and investments needs. For more information please visit www.chesapeaketrust.com or call (410) 778-1600.

Adkins Arboretum Names New Trustees


Adkins Arboretum announces the appointment of four members to its Board of Trustees. Joyce Anderson, Mikaela Boley, Margot McConnel and Kate Rattie joined the Arboretum Board for its January meeting.

Anderson, of Centreville, is a retired therapist. She has served as a volunteer with the Arboretum’s youth programs and is an enthusiastic ambassador for its conservation mission. She also trained as a Maryland Master Naturalist through the Arboretum’s partnership with Pickering Creek Audubon Center and Phillips Wharf Environmental Center.

Adkins board

Adkins Arboretum recently added four new members to its Board of Trustees. Margot McConnel, Joyce Anderson, Kate Rattie and Mikayla Boley (L-R) joined the Board for its January meeting.

Boley works as a senior agent associate and urban horticulture/Master Gardener coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension Service in Talbot County. She holds a degree in environmental horticulture from the University of Minnesota and interned at the Arboretum before moving to Easton from her home state of Wisconsin.

McConnel, of Easton, earned a degree in landscape design from Temple University and is a longtime volunteer for the Arboretum and numerous organizations on the Mid-Shore. She has served as president of the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore.

Rattie, of Ridgely, has held fundraising, marketing and communications management positions with Chester River Health System, Shore Health System, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and Adkins Arboretum. She currently serves as associate director of the Benedictine Foundation. Rattie is a 2014 graduate of Shore Leadership and currently serves as president of the board of directors of the Caroline County Humane Society.

Located adjacent to Tuckahoe State Park in Caroline County, Adkins Arboretum is a private partnership between the nonprofit Adkins Arboretum and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facilities are owned by the state but are operated and financed by the Arboretum under a 50-year lease. The Arboretum serves residents and travelers in the region with leadership provided by a 13-member Board of Trustees representing Caroline, Dorchester, Talbot and Queen Anne’s counties.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

LaCorte joins CBMM as Director of Development


LaCorteLiz LaCorte of Cordova, Md. has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. as Director of Development. LaCorte is responsible for helping to further CBMM’s mission through management of CBMM’s membership and various giving programs.

LaCorte brings more than fifteen years’ experience working for private foundations and other non-profits to CBMM, with a focus on major gifts, along with planned and annual giving. LaCorte most recently served as Director of Development at Wye River Upper School in Centreville, Md. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director at the Key Biscayne Community Foundation and in multiple positions at the American Cancer Society in Florida, among others. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

“We are very excited to welcome Liz on board,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “All of the great achievements of CBMM are made possible through our generous supporters. With Liz on board, we’ll be able to match donors and grantors with programs that fulfill their philanthropic goals while forwarding our mission in very meaningful ways.”

LaCorte’s connection to the Chesapeake Bay began with visiting extended family in Annapolis more than a decade ago, moving to the area with her husband five years ago. They are members of the Miles River Yacht Club, with plans for their sons to learn to sail–they have already participated in the Sink or Swim program.

“I am thrilled to join the team at CBMM,” LaCorte said. “This place has been part of my family’s introduction to Eastern Shore life, and one we truly enjoy. I love the idea of helping CBMM continue to impact our community through our educational programs and the philanthropy of our generous donors.”

LaCorte’s volunteer work includes serving on the boards of Talbot Mentors and Temple B’nai Israel, and as a previous grant reader for the Women and Girls Fund. She is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Maryland, a year-long program for state leaders that presents and discusses the current issues, challenges, and opportunities facing the state and its diverse regions.

Through donor support, CBMM provides affordable or free educational programming for K-12 school children, college students, and adults, including CBMM’s curriculum-based Crab Cakes program and Rising Tide after-school youth boatbuilding program.