Women’s League announces Grand Raffle Winner


Mary Carlisle is presented the Grand Raffle Prize by Women’s League Scholarship Luncheon Co-Chairs Barbara Brown (L) and Ginette Corney (R) and President Darla Downer (2nd from R)

The Women’s League of Washington College announced the Grand Raffle winner of a Weekend at Great Oak Manor at the organization’s annual Spring Scholarship Luncheon.  Mary Carlisle, a Realtor at Coldwell Banker and a Chestertown resident, was the lucky winner.  Included in the luxury package is a two night stay at the bayside inn and a dinner at Barbara’s on the Bay in Betterton.

Funds raised through the luncheon are used to provide scholarships for a local female student at Washington College.  The winning ticket was drawn by Kathryn Nordhoff, one of the two Women’s League’s 2016 scholarship recipients.  Kathryn, a senior psychology major at the college, graciously thanked luncheon guests for their role in raising funds for scholarships such as hers.

Since its founding in 1951, the Women’s League of Washington College has contributed more than $350,000 to the College.  Its mission is to “foster closer relationships between the college and the community and to sponsor scholarships and other projects to benefit the college.”  The organization is open to all interested women; it is not necessary to be a graduate of the college to participate.

For further information please visit www.FaceBook.com/WLofWC.

Mary John Miller Speaks at Washington College on April 5


Mary John Miller, a former Under Secretary for Domestic Finance for the U.S. Treasury, on April 5 will give a talk at Washington College on “Toward an Equitable and Ethical Financial System.” Sponsored by the George Washington Leadership Series and the Holstein Program in Ethics, the free, public event starts at 4 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall. A reception will follow.

The U.S. Treasury’s Under Secretary for Domestic Finance from March 2012 to September 2014, Miller was responsible for Treasury debt management, fiscal operations, recovery from the financial crisis, and implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. From February 2010 to March 2012, she served as Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, where she was responsible for conducting Treasury auctions and monitoring all financial markets for the Treasury Secretary.

On her retirement from the Treasury she received the Alexander Hamilton Award for Distinguished Service.

Before her public service, Miller spent 26 years in the investment management industry with the T. Rowe Price Group in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the director of the Fixed Income Division from 2004 through 2009, and she also served on the firm’s management committee, asset allocation committee, and as a trustee of the T. Rowe Price Foundation.

Miller, who lives in Baltimore, earned a B.A. from Cornell University and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

History Happy Hour Labor Lecture Series


The Historical Society of Kent County is pleased to have Dr. Lucy Maddox present our latest installment of our four part labor lecture series. These lectures will explore the way Kent County worked beginning with indentured servitude and culminating with women’s work on the Eastern Shore during World War II. On April 7, Dr. Maddox will present her research regarding African American businesses in Chestertown – Against All Odds: African American Businesses in Chestertown before the Civil War.

Dr. Maddox is professor Emerita of English and American Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of four books, her most recent The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping was published by Temple University in 2016. Currently, Lucy is working on a book about Rose Hill Plantation in Cecil County.

Please join us at the Bordley Building for our second installment of a fascinating and exciting lecture series! It all starts at 4 p.m. 301 High St.

Women & Girls Fund’s 15th Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon


Representatives from sixteen Mid-Shore non-profits will accept checks totaling $43,259 at the Women & Girls Fund’s 15th Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon on April 24. That will bring the Fund’s overall grant total to $507,021.51, awarded to 82 organizations whose programs benefit women and girls in one or more of the five Mid-Shore counties of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.

The grants will go to 2 new applicants and 14 non-profits that have been awarded Women & Girls Fund grants at least once before.

New this year are Compass Regional Hospice and Rising Above Disease (RAD). Repeat recipients are Chesapeake College Foundation, Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, Destined to Rise, Echo Hill Outdoor Leadership School, For All Seasons, Horizons Kent and Queen Anne’s, Imagination Library of Talbot County, Ladies of Nia, Partners in Care, Rebuilding Together – Caroline County, Rebuilding Together – Kent County, Talbot Mentors, Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Drug Awareness, and Tilghman Area Youth Association.

“The programs offered by our grant recipients address serious, wide-ranging needs facing women and girls, from the oldest to the youngest”, said Emily Lynn, board member and Grants Committee co-chair along with Beth Spurry and Susan Wilford. “From literacy and education to emergency services to social engagement and critical home repairs, they have the potential to make significant differences in our community and we are proud to be able to support their efforts.”

In addition to handing out grant checks at the luncheon, the Fund will present two annual awards. The “Women & Girls Fund Award” for 2017 will be presented to Ellen Rajacich of Easton. Since 1959, Mrs. Rajacich has been a tireless volunteer fitness instructor at the YMCA of the Chesapeake. Always with a smile on her face, she has taught several generations of women – and more than a few men – to get fit, whether on an exercise mat or in the swimming pool. Her dedication, integrity, compassion, and generosity of time and talent demonstrate her commitment to improving the lives and opportunities for women, girls, and families, the hallmark of this annual award.

Previous recipients of this award are the following women of distinction: the late Lois S. Duffey, Harriet S. Critchlow, Sandra W. King, Maria Boria, M.D., Sister Patricia Gamgort, OSB, Tracy Davenport, Sandra Redd, Sara Jane Davidson, The Hon. Karen Murphy Jensen, Kathleen Francis, Maureen Jacobs, Janet Pfeffer, Joy Price, Nancy Wilson, Mary Lou McAllister, Diana Mautz, and Kathy Weaver.

The 2017 recipient of the Sheryl V. Kerr Award is Cheryl Hughes of Hurlock, founder of “Saving Second Base”, an annual breast cancer fundraiser in Cambridge. With the intention of doing something to support friends with breast cancer diagnoses, Mrs. Hughes put her determination and long list of friends to work and created a hugely popular and successful fundraiser. Since 2011, the one-day event has raised more than $150,000 for local breast cancer-related agencies. Her efforts exemplify our mission – the “power of pooled resources” – in working together to improve the lives of women and children in our community.

Previous recipients of the Sheryl V. Kerr Award are Maria D’Arcy and Estela Ramirez.

“The Women & Girls Fund Annual Grants & Awards Luncheon brings together an extraordinary group of supporters and those we support through our grant programs. It celebrates the importance of improving the lives of women and girls every day on the MidShore. We are excited each year to showcase those organizations and community leaders that truly make a difference!,” said board president Talli Oxnam.

The Women & Girls Fund Spring Luncheon will be held on Monday, April 24, 11:30am, at The Milestone in Easton. Ticket price is $50 and the event is open to the public. Reservation deadline is April 14. For more information about the luncheon and the Women & Girls Fund, call 410-770-8347, email info@womenandgirlsfund.org or visit www.womenandgirlsfund.org.

Saint Martin’s Authors’ Post Luncheon 2017


Authors Claudia Kalb and John A. O’Brien entertained guests at Saint Martin’s Ministries’ 20th anniversary author’s luncheon on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at the Prospect Bay Country Club.

L-R Author – Johnny O’Brien, Emcee – Ben Tilghman, SMM CEO – Jean Austin, Author – Claudia Kalb and SMM Chair of the Board of Directors – Mark Freestate.

Claudia Kalb, whose book Andy Warhol was a Hoarder, shared stories about eccentricities of such famous persons as Marilyn Monroe and George Gershwin, in addition to Warhol. A question about whether Gershwin would have written Rhapsody in Blue if he had been medicated for attention deficit disorder provided an opportunity for the enthusiastic audience to offer their input.

Author John A. O’Brien’s story of his childhood at the Hershey School and journey through adulthood engaged the audience completely. His work, Semisweet: An Orphan’s journey Through the School the Hershey’s Built, details many twists and turns in his life including the discovery that he is not truly an orphan. O’Brien’s keen insight into how individuals react to institutional settings was clearly illustrated by the examples he shared.

SMM 20th Anniversary Luncheon Committee and Volunteers from L-R Renee Waldron, Mary Helen Friel, Betty Barbe, Deborah Hudson Vornbrock, Jean Austin, Maggie Lewis, Sister Catherine Higley, OSB, Margie Callahan Palazzola, Ellen Foster and Diane Pappas.

Guests bid on a variety of silent auction items including an original wooden sculpture by Baltimore artist H. Lee Hirsche and a vacation rental in Naples, Florida. Books were available for purchase and signing by the authors.  The event occurs the first Saturday in March each year.

The 2oth Anniversary celebration featured books and memories from the prior nineteen years and also featured remarks from Sister Patricia Gamgort, Executive Director Emerita of Saint Martin’s.

The event benefits Saint Martin’s Ministries in Ridgely Maryland. Saint Martin’s helps low income families facing the trauma of hunger and homelessness. Providing services to more than 300 families each month the organization has acted as a safety net for low income families in the mid-shore region for more than 30 years. Each year the Book and Authors’ Luncheon raises funds to support Saint Martin’s House program for homeless women and children and the Emergency Food Pantry. For more information please contact Deborah Hudson Vornbrock at devdirector@stmartinsministries.org or at 410.634.2537 x 102.

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center Welcomes New Board Members


In the continued effort to strengthen our community by bringing peace and resolution to situations with conflict, the Mid Shore Community Mediation Center recently welcomed four new Board Members – Steven Doehler; The Honorable Karen Murphy Jensen; Donald K. Reedy, Esq; and Kelly Simonsen. “We are grateful to add such diverse talents and look forward to the fresh perspective this group will bring to support our mission and strengthen our impact,” said Linda Webb, LSCW, Mid Shore Mediation’s Board President. The new members join Webb, The Honorable Broughton “Bo” Earnest, Deborah Halvis, Jan Hardin, Cynthia Jurrius, Rob Ketcham, Kisha Petticolas and Kason Washington.

L to R: Steven Doehler; The Honorable Karen Murphy Jensen; Kelly Simonsen, Donald K. Reedy, Esq.

The 13-member board is focused on strategic planning and possibly establishing an independent location to accommodate the growth of the organization. In 2016, the Mid Shore Mediation Center conducted over 600 mediation and group facilitation sessions in Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline Counties. “The goal is to facilitate conversations and collaboration, outside of the court system when possible. When people are able to make their own decisions in mediation, they are able to increase understanding between them, and reach solutions that work for them,” said Cynthia Jurrius, Executive Director of Mid Shore Mediation Center. Additionally, approximately 70% of the cases reach agreement.

The Youth and School-based Program is a partnership with the Dorchester County Public Schools, which has expanded to five schools and now annually serves over 500 students, parents and teachers. “Our mediators, staff and board are committed to working together as we create a unique framework for conflict resolution to benefit our entire community,” added Jurrius.

The Mid Shore Community Mediation Center is a non-profit resource for productive dialogue. The Center provides mediation and conflict resolution for a wide range of situations, including parenting plan mediations (child access), parent-teen, elder, workplace, landlord-tenant, neighborhoods, youth and school-related, re-entry from rehabilitation and incarceration, small claims, and public policy matters. To learn more, please visit midshoremediation.org.

Kent County Public Library Seeking Teens with Ideas


Kent County Public Library is looking for curious, motivated, creative teens in grades 8-12 to be part of creating a Teen Advisory Board.  TAB members will help create teen programs at the library and have input into how KCPL can better meet the needs of teens in Kent County. Monthly meetings will start in Spring 2017 and teens can earn service learning hours by participating.

Interested teens should call 410.778.3636, email childrens@kent.lib.md.us, or stop by the Chestertown Branch at 408 High Street for more information.

Unitarians Explore the Role of Song in Promoting Peace


On Sunday, March 12, at 10 a.m., Dr. Jim Curtis will give a sermon entitled “Does Your Life Flow On in Endless Song?” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. Singing is a wonderful way to create wholeness in our lives and in our spiritual community. We can also create wholeness by understanding the way Unitarian Universalism grew out of the movement known as the Second Great Awakening. The effects of that movement continue in the way our great popular singers bring us together, and in the way singing and chanting promote peace.

Jim Curtis has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia for 31 years. He is now an art educator. He and his wife Donna live in the Kendal Retirement Community in Kennett Square, PA.
Special music for this service will be performed by vocalist Karen Somerville.

Childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service. Join us for this thoughtful discussion; all are welcome. For more information call 410-778-3440, or visit us on Facebook.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Court Liaison Program Celebrates One Year Anniversary


Mid-Shore Pro Bono is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Court Liaison Program. Introduced in 2016, this initiative places a liaison from Mid-Shore Pro Bono at area courthouses to support the region’s overburdened courts, and provide direct services to clients including intake and applications, and referrals to other community resources. The program has been extremely successful in its first year and a second liaison was hired to meet the community and court system’s demand. In addition, Spanish interpreter services were added in October 2016.

Court Liaisons

The Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Court Liaisons are on site at area courthouses to connect clients with legal services and other community resources. Pictured are Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s two Court Liaisons, Ivette Salarich and Cappy Callahan.

“The Mid-Shore’s rural character and expansive land area present unique challenges to citizens looking for legal advice,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “The Court Liaison program is our way of bringing legal services to the public and giving them access to advice through local volunteer attorneys and referrals near their homes or work.  Connecting those in need with vital legal resources truly makes us a community-based service provider.”

Mid-Shore Pro Bono currently has Court Liaisons in Kent, Dorchester, Caroline Counties and Queen Anne’s County and in the process of expanding services to Talbot County to ensure access in each county the organization serves. This program is supported by the Administrative Office of the Courts, Department of Family Administration. For the Court Liaisons’ schedule, please visit the Mid-Shore Pro Bono website at www.midshoreprobono.org, or by calling the main office at 410-690-8218.

To reach more citizens in need and to expedite the intake process, Mid-Shore Pro Bono now offers their application process online at www.midshoreprobono.org. Staff members are also available to give presentations on all of Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s services to area businesses, churches, state agencies and all other community programs to help raise awareness and connect low-income individuals with the services they need.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information, to apply for services or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.