The Garden Club of the Eastern Shore will be hosting an upscale resale event called the “She Shed” on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the old News Center location in Easton’s Talbot Town Shopping Center.
This indoor sale of upscale items will benefit the Club’s Scholarship Fund, which is a merit-based scholarship granted to a graduating senior who attends high school in Talbot County and plans to major in horticulture, landscape architecture or design, botany, environmental science, agriculture or a related field.
Garden Club members have been gathering all kinds of interesting and unique items to be sold, including Byers’ Choice Carolers, Limoges china, Italian pottery, Sur La Table, vases, yard art, furniture, beautiful glassware, decorative baskets, attractive flower pots, rugs, women’s accessories, collectable birdhouses and much more! Mark your calendar now to attend this wonderful sale and go home with irresistible treasures at amazing prices!
Crossroads Community Inc. announces the appointment of their newest board member Lt. John Dolgos. Dolgos recently retired from the Chestertown Police Department after 30 years of service. “This is the first time we have had a board member from law enforcement,” said Executive Director John Plaskon who is excited about the addition. Following the appointment of Dolgos the Board will comprises of 8 directors who are committed to empowering individuals of behavioral health needs in our community.
Dolgos is set to begin this month and will also serve on the Board of Governance and Development sub-committee. “It’s my honor to be on the board. I hope that my experience in law enforcement and EMS can help in whatever way possible. I look forward to working with everyone. Thanks for the opportunity,” said Dolgos who also volunteered for the Kent-Queen Anne’s Rescue Squad for 35 years.
Photo: L-R: Crossroad Community Board members Lt. John Dolgos and Cheryl Saunders and Executive Director John Plaskon.
For more information about Crossroads Community, Inc., and its subsidiary Corsica River Mental Health Services, Inc., contact the administrative office in Centreville at 410-758-3050 or visit www.ccinconline.com and www.crmhsinc.com.
This summer, ShoreRivers monitored bacteria levels at 32 sites around the region, providing a critical public health service for communities and identifying pollution hotspots for future restoration efforts. A team of citizen scientists called “SwimTesters” volunteered their time to test these sites weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and generous site sponsors covered a portion of the sampling costs.
SwimTesters monitor for enterococci bacteria at popular public access locations, marinas, yacht clubs, and town piers. The program follows EPA’s standard protocols for collecting and analyzing samples and uses a pass/fail system to determine if bacteria levels are safe or unsafe for swimming. View the results at theswimguide.org and get updates during swim season by following #SwimmableShoreRivers or your local Riverkeeper’s page on social media. By collecting, analyzing, and distributing data on bacteria levels in a river, ShoreRivers aims to provide the public with the information needed to make educated decisions about contact with the water.
The results from the 2021 SwimTester season show that bacteria levels vary based on location, land use, and weather; making systematic, scientific analysis vital. Major rain events are almost always connected to spikes in bacteria levels. Of the 32 sites monitored by ShoreRiversSwimTesters this year, seven sites failed to meet EPA’s threshold for safe water contact more than 50% of the time. These sites are located on the Choptank River: Crouse Park in Denton and Willis Street Beach in Cambridge; in Eastern Bay: Broad Cove near Claiborne; and on the Chester River: Millington Waterfront Park, Morgan Creek Landing, and Centreville Wharf.
Multiple years of consistent bacteria monitoring have highlighted those sites that frequently show elevated levels of bacteria, potentially indicating a chronic source of bacteria pollution. Potential chronic sources of bacteria include failing septic systems, overflows or leaks from wastewater treatment plants, waste from animal farms, or manure fertilizer. Acute sources of bacteria pollution include overflows from wastewater treatment plants and pet or wild animal waste.
ShoreRivers will next focus on discovering the source of bacteria pollution at sites that fail more than 50% of their tests in a season. Riverkeepers are currently exploring partnerships and innovative technologies to help identify specific sources of bacteria pollution, including DNA tracking, which would identify a specific animal group(human, bovine, avian, canine, etc.).
For the 2022 bacteria monitoring season, ShoreRivers still needs sponsors for 15 sites. Site sponsorship allows ShoreRivers to redirect general funds toward source tracking programs for impaired areas and to activate new sites from the waitlist. The cost to sponsor a site is $40 per week or $640 for an entire season is $640. Anyone can be a sponsor—individuals, families, organizations, or communities. The more bacterial data gathered on the Sassafras, Chester, Miles, Wye, and Choptank Rivers, the Bayside Creeks, and Eastern Bay, the clearer ShoreRivers’ path will be to targeted restoration efforts in our local watersheds.
Clean water is an essential right for everyone, and everyone deserves to know if the water is safe for them and their families to access. For more information, visit shorerivers.org/swim or email your local Riverkeeper to become a site sponsor today!
ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education.
It was a beautiful Saturday morning on October 3, 2021, with smoke billowing into the air across from the college on Washington Ave. This signaled another Lions Club chicken barbeque was in progress. Dinners went on sale around 10:30 amas cars began backing up early at the sales tables. Demand was so great again this year, that 700 dinners were sold in record time. Look for us in the Spring for another barbeque!
Kent Attainable Housing has announced additions to its Board of Directors. The local non-profit organization aims to create home ownership opportunities for local families in need of safe, decent, and affordable housing by building affordable homes. Construction on the first home, on College Avenue in Chestertown, was completed in 2020. The foundation has been completed for the second home, in Worton, and property is being purchased for a third home in Chestertown. New Board members over the last six months join the current members David Biehler, Carolyn Brooks, Jonathan Chace, Ronnie Edelman, Nivek Johnson, Pam Ortiz and Lani Seikaly.
Bob Altieri became President and CEO of Chesapeake Bank and Trust Co. in 2020. With over 35 years of banking experience, most recently, before joining Chesapeake Bank and Trust, he was the Chief Operating Officer for Baltimore Community Lending, LLC, a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) lending to minority businesses and developers in Baltimore City. He also serves as a Commissioner on the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.
Kathy Appel of Chestertown spent most of her career in the New York State Division of the Budget, focusing on the Medicaid program, affordable housing, transportation, and financing. In 1999, she became New York State’s Medicaid Director. After loving to Washington, D.C., she continued working in Medicaid policy and advocating for not-for-profit and government-operated health plans. She is a Board Member for Health Services for Children with Special Needs and a volunteer with the AARP Tax-Aide Program.
Terwana Brown of Worton, a certified pharmacy technician, is a COVID vaccine coordinator with the Kent County Health Department. A past owner of a printing business in Chestertown, Brown is also in the Leadership Ministry at Mt. Olive A.M.E Church., has extensive experience with the 4H Program, and has been a Board member of Kent Youth, Inc.
Taylor Frey recently relocated to Chestertown after graduating from Washington College in 2017 where he was student body president. He is employed by Tektronix, a subsidiary of Fortive, where he leads global talent management projects. He began his career as an intern with The Obama White House and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and has been a U.S. Council Representative with Habitat Humanity International.
Leon Frison of Millington recently retired as Director of Bands for Kent County Public Schools. Concerned about a lack of engagement of most minority boys while teaching General Music in Philadelphia, he became certified in Elementary Education in order to mentor and be a daily example for students. In Kent County he taught at the elementary level for 12 years and at the middle school level for 13 years. He is an ordained Bishop/Pastor in the Greater Highway Churches of Christ and has served on several local non-profit organization boards.
Xavier Jones, a recent Kent County High School graduate, is a licensed apprentice currently working with Henry Funeral Home. He previously worked as an apprentice with Bennie Smith Funeral Home. Xavier has volunteered with local conservation programs and is a leader in the National Funeral Directors Association.
“I am extremely pleased that these new Board members have agreed to serve as a director on our board. They each have expertise in some aspect that is critical to our mission, and their talents and involvement will definitely make us a stronger organization as we go forward,” said Lani Seikaly, President of the Board.
Over 40 families are now going through the process of qualifying to buy a KAH house. A typical family has two or three school-age or pre-school children.
“Each new board member brings a unique perspective and skillset to our organization. Their passion for community is vibrant and will translate well into our efforts to build a stronger community through homeownership. I look forward to learning and working with each of them,” said Darius Johnson, Executive Director of Kent Attainable Housing.
Kent Attainable Housing (KAH) believes that when homes are built for families in need, foundations are laid for healthier, happier, and more productive families and a stronger community. The further success of KAH depends on the support provided by the community. For information about Kent Attainable Housing, view their website at KentAttainableHousing.org or email email@example.com.
5Metis, an F3 Tech 2021 Accelerator portfolio company, has just raised $10 million from investors in an oversubscribed Series A Preferred Stock financing round. This marks the largest investment deal in the history of the Accelerator program, supported by the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, a non-profit, and the U.S. Economic Development Administration. 5Metis is a new pure-play discovery company for crop protection and plant health technologies.
“The companies we have invited to this year’s program are more mature than ever before and represent some of the best investment opportunities and talent our industrial partners desire,” said F3 Tech Program Director Chris Hlubb. “It’s the largest amount any company has raised during our program, and we are excited to work with the management team at 5Metis to begin commercializing their technology through partnerships.”
Founded in 2021, 5Metis uses the technology platforms of two leading agricultural technology companies, Boragen Inc. and AgriMetis, LLC to combine boron-based small molecule discovery and synthetic biology for discovering new modes of action for crop protection. Through the accelerator program, F3 Tech will now work with 5Metis to expedite commercial outreach and partnerships for the company.
Headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, 5Metis is led by agricultural industry veterans Steve Tuttle, Brian Green and Hannah Webb. Tuttle has held senior positions within Dow AgroSciences and the Dow Chemical Company, including serving as its global business director for the insecticides and fungicide portfolios. Green, a co-founder of AgriMetis – one of the parent legacy company of 5Metis – has led research programs at several chemical companies and Johns Hopkins University. Webb, a microbiologist, manages business development at Boragen, the other parent legacy company of 5Metis.
“There’s need in the market to bring new modes of action to the industry for crop protection and plant health,” Tuttle told WRAL TechWire in an exclusive interview. “If successful, the company will yield solutions for growers and farmers that could boost crop protection and crop health.”
About F3 Tech
The F3 Tech Accelerator Program provides funding and support for early-stage companies to prepare them for potential investment from the future F3 Tech Seed Fund, industry partners, and investors. For more information, please visit: https://f3tech.org/.
Choptank Community Health System has recently announced plans are underway for a new Federalsburg health center to open in 2024. Choptank Health has purchased land on Hayman Avenue for its new 15- to 20,000-square foot facility, and architectural plans are in progress.
“Our residents deserve the best access to quality care,” said Choptank Community Health CEO Sara Rich. “We have long outgrown our original facility in Federalsburg, and are eager to see patients for medical and dental care in our new state-of-the-art health center.”
An $829K one-time capital improvement grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration has been received as initial funding towards the facility. The HRSA funding supports construction, expansion, alteration, renovation, and other capital improvements to modify, enhance, and expand health care infrastructure.
“Meeting Marylanders’ health care needs regardless of where they live is one of our top priorities. The new Federalsburg health center will help Choptank Community Health System continue to provide quality health care to folks in Caroline County. I’m glad we were able to provide federal funding to support this project, and we will continue working to invest in health care resources across our state,” said U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen.
“Choptank Community Health is a great example of Maryland’s leaders in innovation and discovery,” said U. S. Senator Ben Cardin. “This funding will support the infrastructure needed to help Marylander’s with expanded health care services on the Eastern Shore.”
Architectural and engineering firm George, Miles & Buhr, LLC of Salisbury is charged with the new facilities’ design. The new Federalsburg facility will include expanded spaces for dental and medical services, more parking, and space for Choptank Health’s residency programs and behavioral health services for patients.
GMB serves local, national, and international clients with a team of more than 90 professionals working from a network of Mid-Atlantic region offices. The firm was founded in 1960, with local architectural projects including the Onley, Eastville, and Atlantic Community Health Centers in Virginia; the Denton Health Center and Caroline County EMS Facility in Denton, Md.; and the Salisbury University Center for Entrepreneurship in Salisbury, Md.
“We’re grateful to be a trusted advisor to Choptank Community Health,” says GMB President and Managing Member James H. Willey, Jr., P.E. “This is very purposeful and meaningful work as we collaborate with the Choptank Health team to provide an exceptional immersive designed facility that meets the health care needs of Federalsburg area residents.”
Choptank Community Health System provides medical and dental services in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot counties, with a mission to provide access to exceptional, comprehensive, and integrated health care for all. Choptank Community Health’s medical services include primary health care, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health, chronic health management, and care navigation, with new medical patients now being accepted. More information is at choptankhealth.org.
The Mainstay in Rock Hall MD welcomes renowned saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk and The Jazz Update Saturday October 16 at 8 pm. Tickets are $20 online/advance and $25 at the door or by phone. Information and ticket sales are available on the Mainstay’s website at www.facebook.com/mainstayrockhall and www.mainstayrockhall.org. The Mainstay is dedicated to the safety of its patrons, performers, volunteers, and employees. As such The Mainstay requires proof of full vaccination at the door with corresponding ID. Unvaccinated patrons may be admitted if they have documentation of a negative COVID test no greater than 72 hours before the show. Masks required for all patrons at indoor performances when not specifically eating or drinking. If you do not have one, The Mainstay will provide one at the door.
Saturday October 16 at 8 pm. $20 online/advance and $25 the door/ by phone.
Join us for a modern look at some of the most classic music from the past 80 years. Known for his probing interpretations of the jazz cannon, saxophonist Jeff Antoniuk and his band of like-minded players from across the Mid-Atlantic will leave you searching for more of their work. Armed with a program that ranges from Duke Ellington and Cannonball Adderley favorites to cutting-edge originals, Antoniuk and the band are poised for a memorable night in a rare Rock Hall appearance.
Among the evening’s highlights will be “Prelude To A Kiss, showcasing the special interaction between Antoniuk and his bassist, Tom Baldwin. This arrangement, which appears on Antoniuk’s highly acclaimed second album, Brotherhood, was praised recently by Ron Netsky of the Rochester City Paper.
Jeff Antoniuk, saxophone
Wade Beach, piano
Tom Baldwin, bass
Tony Martucci, drums
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 www.mainstayrockhall.org and information for supporting The Mainstay can be found at www.mainstayrockhall.org/sponsors.
Upcoming Mainstay performances include:
October 23 Alynn Johnson and Robert Redd Two Piano Show
October 24 Hedgelawn Classical Concert with Teodora Adzharova
November 6 Karen Somerville
November 8 Joe Holt and Dick Durham
November 13 Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo
November 20 Sue Matthews
November 22 Joe Holt with Barbara Parker and Bob Taylor
December 12 Harp and Soul Holiday Show
December 13 Mainstay Monday Finale Joe Holt with Sharon and Shawn
After last year’s cancellation of one of its biggest and most popular fundraising events due to Covid-19, Benedictine has announced the return of its annual Birdies for Benedictine Charity Golf Classic on Friday, October 29, 2021. Over the past 30 years, this event has successfully provided much-needed support for Benedictine’s school and adult day and residential programs, which serve developmentally disabled children and adults ages 5-70+. This year, the funds raised from Birdies for Benedictine will support urgent needs, including student and adult program funding, facility repairs, and staff development.
This year’s tournament will be held at the Talbot Country Club at 6142 Country Club Drive in Easton, Maryland. The tournament will follow a scramble format with 4-player teams and a minimum handicap of 40. Entries of less than four players will be paired by the tournament committee. Designed by Ed Ault, the Talbot Country Club course is enjoyable to play with ten par 4’s, four par 5’s, and four par 3’s, providing a challenge for all skill levels. The forward tees play from 5,200 yards and the back tees play from almost 7,000 yards.
Registration and lunch will begin at 10 AM, followed by a putting contest at 11:15 AM and a shotgun start at 11:30 AM. The entry fee is $175 per person, or $700 for a team of four. This includes a greens fee, a cart, lunch, beer & wine, and an invitation to the awards ceremony, which will begin at 4:30 PM and will offer hors d’oeuvres.
Benedictine is thankful to the following sponsors for enabling them to host this year’s event: PNC Bank, Brian Goff, St. Michaels Patriot Cruises, Marasun Roofing, Sandra Amato, Brian Hegarty, and John and Pat Krieger.
Additional sponsorship opportunities are available, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. To register for the tournament or to become a sponsor, please visit: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/BirdiesforBenedictine2021
About Benedictine: Benedictine is one of the most comprehensive providers of services for children and adults with developmental & intellectual disabilities and autism. We offer a year-round educational program and 365-day residential program for students ages 5-21. Our students come from throughout Maryland, as well as adjoining states. Benedictine’s adult program provides community living, meaningful day services, and employment opportunities on the Eastern Shore and Annapolis. Benedictine’s mission is to help each individual achieve their full potential. Our mission and values of Hospitality, Dignity of Work, and Compassionate Caring are rooted in our founding by the Sisters of St. Benedictine. Today, Benedictine is a non-denominational organization, but we continue to honor and celebrate these values.