The Nature Conservancy to Release Report on the Deployment of New Solar Energy

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The Nature Conservancy in Maryland and DC today announced that it will release a new series of analyses on the deployment of new solar energy infrastructure in Maryland to help lawmakers and the public make socially and environmentally sound decisions on ideal locations for solar development.  The first of those reports was released today, which synthesizes stakeholder feedback from a series of community meetings focused on solar energy in Maryland’s future that The Nature Conservancy held across the state in 2018.

Following the recent passage of the 2019 Clean Energy Jobs Act by the Maryland state legislature, Maryland has a new goal of achieving 50% from renewable energy by 2030 with a significant focus on solar energy.  With that higher goal now in place, the timeline for making decisions on where to construct new solar infrastructure is accelerating as well.

“Maryland’s Clean Energy Jobs Act is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our state to secure clean air, green jobs, and sustainable energy for the future, but it’s critical that we make informed decisions about the best places for new solar infrastructure,” said Tim Purinton, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maryland and DC.  “Unfettered development in the wrong places could cause permanent damage to Maryland’s natural resources, so it’s vital that we bring the best available science and land management experience to the decision-making process.”

“Largescale solar expansion is crucial to meeting the state’s clean energy goals and driving down emissions required under the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Act,” said Maryland Senator Paul Pinsky. “We have to be aggressive and thoughtful in plotting locations for expanding solar and other clean energy. Protecting the planet from climate change while protecting our natural resources should direct our efforts.”

The planned analyses are intended to accelerate deployment in the “right places,” which are usually marginal and low-conflict lands where the construction of new solar infrastructure will benefit people, nature, and the economy, rather than negatively impact them.

Following conversations with partners and stakeholders studying solar development in Maryland, The Nature Conservancy set out to talk to as many people as possible with a role or active interest in renewable energy development to better understand the existing problems and help identify a better path forward.  Listening sessions were convened across the state – in Frederick, Annapolis, and Salisbury – at unique locations with the assistance of a professional facilitator.  The results of those listening sessions have been summarized in the first report, which includes three key takeaways.

• A shared focus on developing renewable energy in marginal and low-conflict lands will allow Marylanders to take advantage of the many benefits of renewable energy while avoiding potential negative impacts.

• Significant hurdles currently prohibit or disincentivize renewable energy development in desired locations (i.e., low-conflict lands), but these hurdles provide opportunities to revise or create incentives and development drivers focused towards these types of lands.

• State and local governments play a critical role in assuring success and fostering continued innovation. Working to coalesce around a common goal of increasing renewable energy development focused on marginal and low-conflict lands will get the best outcome for the State.

“Identifying the areas where we can maximize the benefit of renewable energy is just the beginning for solar deployment,” said Josh Kurtz, policy director for The Nature Conservancy in Maryland and DC. “We now have a much better idea of where we’ll find potential areas for deployment that protect forests and healthy farm soils while maximizing benefits for the State and individual landowners. For the next steps, the leadership of state and local governments and private utilities will be critical as Maryland looks for opportunities to streamline the deployment process and get these new solar projects on the grid.”

These findings and others will be presented by The Nature Conservancy on a panel with Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles and Senator Paul G. Pinsky at the Maryland Clean Energy Center in October 22, 2019.

The Nature Conservancy will also be conducting a mapping exercise to identify and evaluate marginal land areas all across the state as potential sites for development.  This will result in a compilation of areas and locations that contain the most elements for success and a better understand of how much real potential there is for widespread solar development in Maryland.  The data will be made publicly accessible online.

The spatial analysis and data portal are scheduled to go live later this year.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.  Learn more about The Nature Conservancy’s work in Washington DC and Maryland at nature.org/maryland and follow us @Nature_DCMDVA on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Legendary Singer-Songwriter John Gorka at The Mainstay July 26

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Legendary singer-songwriter John Gorka returns to The Mainstay for an evening of original song Friday July 26 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 online or $30 by phone reservation or at the door.Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website at www.mainstayrockhall.org

From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter who got his start at a neighborhood coffeehouse in eastern Pennsylvania. Though small, Godfrey Daniels was and is one of the oldest and most venerable music institutions and has long been a hangout for music lovers and aspiring musicians. In the late 1970’s, John was was one of these aspiring musicians. Although his academic coursework at Moravian College lay in Philosophy and History, music began to offer paramount enticements. Soon he found himself living in the club’s basement and acting as resident MC and sound man, encountering legendary folk troubadours like Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers, Eric Andersen, Tom Paxton and Claudia Schmidt. Their brand of folk-inspired acoustic music inspired him, and before long he was performing his own songs – mostly as an opener for visiting acts. Soon he started traveling to New York City, where Jack Hardy’s legendary Fast Folk circle (a breeding ground for many a major singer-songwriter) became a powerful source of education and encouragement. Folk meccas like Texas’ Kerrville Folk Festival (where he won the New Folk Award in 1984) and Boston followed, and his stunningly soulful baritone voice and original songwriting began turning heads. Those who had at one time inspired him – Suzanne Vega, Bill Morrissey, Nanci Griffith, Christine Lavin, Shawn Colvin – had become his peers.

John Gorka

In addition to his 11 critically acclaimed albums, John released a collector’s edition box featuring a hi-definition DVD and companion CD called The Gypsy Life. Windham Hill also released a collection of John’s greatest hits from the label called Pure John Gorka. In 2010, he also released an album with his friends and Red House label-mates Lucy Kaplansky and Eliza Gilkyson under the name Red Horse. Getting high praise from critics and fans alike, it landed on the Billboard Folk Charts and was one of the most played albums on folk radio.

Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, etown and has appeared on CNN. His new song “Where No Monuments Stand” is featured in the upcoming documentary Every War Has Two Losers, about activist and Oregon Poet Laureate William Stafford (1914-1993).

John Gorka lives in Minnesota and when not on the road, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children. He continues to tour, playing festivals, theaters and clubs all over North America and Europe.

The Mainstay (Home of Musical Magic) is the friendly informal storefront performing arts center on Rock Hall’s old time Main Street. It is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit dedicated to the arts, serving Rock Hall, MD and the surrounding region and is committed to presenting local, regional and national level talent, at a reasonable price, in an almost perfect acoustic setting. Information and advance ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website http://www.mainstayrockhall.org.

Upcoming Mainstay performances include:

July 29 Joe Holt Welcomes Libby York
August 3 Bluegrass Supergroup Blue Highway!
August 5 Joe Holt welcomes Fred Hughes
August 9 Sue Matthews and the American Jazz Trio
August 12 Joe Holt welcomes Alex Lacquement
August 19 Joe Holt welcomes Pat Mercuri
August 26 Joe Holt SOLO SHOW
August 31 Kathy Kallick Band
September 2 Joe Holt welcomes Beth McDonald
September 7 The Mainstay Blues Series: Eleanor Ellis
September 9 Chestertown Jazz Fest Kickoff with Larry McKenna Quartet

“Off the Axis” Gallery Exhibit by Master Knitter Sue Wright

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The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) is pleased to announce the opening of “Off the Axis,” an exhibit of knitted wearable pieces by Sue Wright. The exhibit features original knitted wearable art. Employing variations of basic knit and purl stitches, Sue uses different styles of knitting including diagonal, stockinette stitch and more. She even brings in mathematical concepts including the Fibonacci sequence to create unique and intricate masterpieces. The pieces in the show are available for sale as noted on each garment. The exhibit can be viewed at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore through August 31, 2019.

Sue Wright is a Master Knitter, certified by the Knitting Guild of America, and a certified Knitting Instructor. Her interest in Fiber Arts is of long duration, completing her first hand knit sweater at age eleven. She has been taught by world class instructors and designers, including Evie Rosen, Sally Melville, Lily Chin, Nancie Wiseman, Katharine Cobey and Ginger Luters. She also has attended training conferences sponsored by Knitter’s magazine and The Knitting Guild of America. She was director of and participated in Fiber Shows at the Friend Memorial Library, Brooklin, Maine January, 2000 through 2013 and had a one woman show there August, 2011. She also was instrumental in the Fiber Shows at Chester River Artworks, Chestertown, Maryland 2002 – 2011 and Chestertown RiverArts 2012-2015. Sue has been teaching beginning and experienced knitters for twenty years in Maryland and in Maine.

Sue’s higher education was received from Johns Hopkins University, where she won a Master of Administrative Science degree. She is retired from her faculty position at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she was Technical Director of the Hemapheresis Unit for the Oncology Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

The Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore is the region’s premier resource for fiber artists and fiber enthusiasts. It is located at 7 North 4th Street in the Arts & Entertainment District of historic downtown Denton. The gallery is open weekly Thursday through Saturday from noon to 4:00 pm. For more information, visit fiberartscenter.com or call 410-479-0009.

Kristen Owen Promoted to Vice President of Chesapeake Bank and Trust

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Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce that Kristen Owen, CFP® has been promoted to Vice President. Kristen was hired as a teller/customer service representative in December 2005, and during her time working with Chesapeake has served in various roles including loan administrator, executive assistant and marketing coordinator, and loan officer. Kristen has managed Chesapeake Investment Services, a division of Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, as Investment Adviser Representative since April 2015.

“This promotion recognizes Kristen’s many valuable contributions to our bank over the years and her recent completion of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certification, which is a career milestone,” remarked Glenn Wilson, President and CEO of Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company.

Kristen is a graduate of McDaniel College with a B.A. in History. Originally from Kingstown, she now lives in Fairlee with her husband, Chris. Kristen currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Garfield Center for the Arts and Main Street Historic Chestertown, and previously served as President of Downtown Chestertown Association.

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is committed to providing area residents and business owners a full suite of financial products and an unparalleled level of individual service. The office of Chesapeake Investment Services is located inside Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company’s main branch at 245 High Street, Chestertown, Maryland. Kristen can be reached at 410‐778‐1600 or kowen@chesapeakeinvest.com.

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Lekeisha Mosely Television Show at Sumner Hall July 21

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Sumner Hall is pleased to announce that the Lekeisha Mosely Television Show will be taped at Sumner Hall on Sunday, July 21st from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.   A limited number of free tickets will be offered for those who would like to be in the audience for this event.

Multi Award-Winning Television and Radio Producer, Jerry Royce, will be producing his 7th cable television show in Chestertown before a live studio audience with live Gospel Entertainment by Independent Gospel Artists, Sermonic Praise and Karlessa Beach.

The shows / episodes will air on DEKALB 25 Comcast Channel 23 on Thursday nights from 10:00 to 10:30 PM EST in DEKALB County, Georgia and on-demand on Music Vision Television Station, MVTV-21.com.

Reserve your tickets on Eventbrite or by contacting Sumner by phone (443-282-0023) or email Gordon Wallace (gwallace@sumnerhall.org). There is no charge for the tickets, but you must reserve a space!

Auditions:  If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Jerry Royce by phone:  410-733-8438.

ShoreRivers Seeks Development & Events Coordinator

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ShoreRivers seeks a Development & Events Coordinator to join our team and help fulfill our mission to protect and restore Maryland’s Eastern Shore waterways. The position manages all ShoreRivers events and assists with development and communications activities. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, outwardly social self-starter who is organized, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic about the environment and the communities we serve.

The position reports to the Director of Development and works primarily out of Easton, MDat the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, with frequent work out of our Chestertown and Galena offices. This is a full-time position; the employee must be flexible to work weekends, evenings, and longer hours, and to travel when necessary. The employee must be willing to live in the communities we serve. Salary is commensurate with experience; competitive benefits package included.

To apply, send cover letter and resume to Rebekah Hock, Director of Development, at rhock@shorerivers.org

RESPONSIBILITIES

Events (50%) – manage ShoreRivers’ more than 15 annual fundraising and outreach events, including staff and board coordination, event logistics and budget, volunteer coordination, partner liaison, vendor coordination, and event promotion.

Development (25%) – assist the Director of Development in implementing ShoreRivers’ annual fundraising strategy, including coordinating with the Governing Board, Advisory Boards, and Development Committee, working with our membership database, conducting grant research, and coordinating events and stewardship activities.

Communications (25%) – assist with planning and logistics for our suite of communications, including print, web, social media, press, annual appeal, and branded merchandise.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

• A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree and 2+ years’ work experience in a relevant field of event coordination and/or development.
• Belief in our mission to achieve clean local waters.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
• Experience with donor database; Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge preferred.
• Experience with managing budgets preferred.
• Experience with managing volunteers preferred.

SHORERIVERS

ShoreRivers seeks to protect and restore Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromising voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.

We have a dedicated staff of educators, scientists, restoration specialists, and advocates focused on policies and projects that will improve the health of our rivers. Our staff includes four Waterkeepers who regularly patrol and monitor our waters and serve as key spokespersons. Our staff also includes a team of environmental educators and a team of agricultural restoration specialists.

Read more about ShoreRivers at shorerivers.org.

18th Annual Chrome City Ride scheduled for Sunday, July 28th

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The Benedictine campus in Ridgely, Md., welcomes motorcycles, street rods, classic and custom cars to campus Sunday, July 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the organization’s 18th Annual Chrome City Ride to benefit kids with disabilities.

The $35 per-person fee includes an official ride t-shirt, a BBQ lunch and a day of fun for a great cause. Participants may register online before the event or at registration and rally starting point locations including: Outback Steakhouse in Annapolis, Md., CPR Porsche Restoration (next to Paul T. Ewing, Inc.) in Easton, Md., Old Glory Harley Davidson in Laurel, Md., Hitchcock Autoworks in Owings, Md., or on campus in Ridgely, Md.

Bikes roared onto the Benedictine campus in Ridgely, Md., during last year’s Chrome City Ride. (Photo by Devon Bistarkey)

As one of the state’s largest rides, the annual car and motorcycle event draws more than 1,000 riders and raises much-needed funds each year to expand educational resources for children and with developmental disabilities as well as autism and support opportunities for adults with disabilities to work and live in the community.

This year, a donated signed Paul Reed Smith guitar will be sold through an online auction with all proceeds going to support Benedictine. Returning event favorites include “Rockin’ Elvis” and Big Daddy P with DJ Chris, motorcycle demonstrators, door prizes and auction items. For more information join the Facebook event page @ChromeCityRideforBenedictine or visit https://www.benschool.org/support-benedictine/special-events/chrome-city-ride/

Channel Marker Presents the Kevin Hines Story

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‘Channel Marker presents the Kevin Hines Story’, an evidenced based suicide prevention, free speaking engagement open to the public.  Kevin Hines is a national suicide survivor, public speaker, award winning documentary filmmaker, and best-selling author. In the Year 2000, Kevin attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Many factors contributed to his miraculous survival including a sea lion which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness and the ability to survive pain with true resilience.

The event will be held at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, on Thursday September 19, as a two-part speaking engagement. The Suicide Prevention Education for Professionals session begins at 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.  CEUs will be provided by Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. Mid Shore Behavioral Health, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. This session is ideal for school professionals, first responders, veterans, healthcare and human service professionals.

The ‘Kevin Hines Story’ concludes the second session with a FREE Public event from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm.

Channel Marker welcomes you to partner with us as an event sponsor to help increase awareness of the importance of suicide prevention and education, encourage the community to start talking about the topic of suicide, and to promote healthy healing as well as shining a light on hope for individuals and their communities.

Our Mission

Channel Marker creates a healthy Mid-Shore community through mental illness prevention programs, wellness support, and adaptive community services to individuals and their families.

For more information about this event or to register for the Suicide Prevention Education for professionals session visit www.channelmarker.org.

ShoreRivers Announces Tour the Shore Public Paddle Series

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Tour the Shore paddlers explore Cambridge Creek. Photo credit: George Norberg

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 ShoreRivers’ kayaks. 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.

ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education.

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