United Way of Kent County Planned Giving Kick-Off


United Way of Kent County (UWKC) is pleased to announce the establishment of an Endowment Fund with a goal of $2,500,000.  While they have been successful in our annual fundraising over their 62 year history of helping Kent County residents, the Board would like to supplement this with sustaining gifts. When achieved, the annual distributions from this endowment will both offset their operating expenses and provide greater allocations to their Member Agencies.

Glenn L. Wilson, UWKC President, states:

“Through major gifts, bequests, and charitable gift annuities, the generous people in Kent County can help us do even more to assist our many neighbors in need here. Our recent Community Needs Assessment points to Affordable Transportation and Generational Poverty need gaps that we would like to address beyond what we are doing today.  A Planned Gift to United Way of Kent County allows donors to perpetuate their support to the community, and to benefit generations to come.”

If you would like to learn more about UWKCs endowment options, please visit their website (www.unitedwayofkentcounty.org) or call Beth Everett, Executive Director (410-778-3195).

United Way of Kent County is a 501(c)3nonprofit organization in good standing with the State of Maryland.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation Announces New Board Members


Mid-Shore Community Foundation announces the election of six new members to its Board of Directors. The newly elected Board members are Bill Christopher, Joseph (Joe) Holt, John Lewis, Rebecca (Becky) Loukides, Jenny Rhodes and Tracey Tyler.

Mid-Shore Community Foundation President, Buck Duncan, announced, “I am pleased to welcome our new directors and I thank each of them for their time, support and guidance.”

Bill Christopher, President/CEO of the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, has led the Chamber since December 2015.  Prior to joining the Chamber Bill was a Senior Vice President at McKesson Corporation where he led multiple development divisions during his 17 years with the Company.  Before joining McKesson, he was the CIO for a large health care organization in the Mid-Atlantic region and before that a Consulting Manager for Arthur Andersen & Company. 

Joe Holt is the Director of Institutional Giving at Washington College.  Prior to Washington College, he served for five years in the Reagan Administration, serving in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House and as Special Assistant to the U.S. Commissioner of Social Security. After leaving government service, he served as Coordinator of Advising and Testing at Chesapeake College and then returned to his alma mater (Washington College).

Mr. Holt has served on the Boards of Chester River Craft and Art, the Schooner Sultana Project, and the Kent County United Way.  He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Artisans Committee for the annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival and as an appointee of Governor Larry Hogan to represent higher education on the P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland.

John Lewis, The Gunston School’s eighth Head of School, is committed to supporting and strengthening the educational infrastructure of the Mid-Shore.  Prior to Gunston, he served as English Department Chair, Director of Studies, and Head of Upper School at Ranney School in New Jersey. His experience also includes several years as a teacher and administrator working in international schools in Singapore and Ecuador, where he was one of the founding faculty members of the Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito.  

Mr. Lewis is a member of the Centreville Rotary and is on the boards of Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s County and the YMCA of Queen Anne’s County.  He is currently President of the board for the Association of Maryland and DC Schools, where he formerly served as chair of the Accreditation Committee. 

Becky Loukides had a long career with the Caroline County Health Department, serving as the Director of the Caroline Counseling Center (outpatient drug and alcohol program), before her retirement in 2012.

Ms. Loukides previously served on the Board of Care Health of Shore Health System and on the Board of Education.  She currently serves as President of the Local Management Board and serves on the boards of The Caroline Foundation, Choptank Health and Channel Marker.  Becky is also an active member of Denton Rotary.

Jenny Rhodes is the Senior Agent, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources for the University of Maryland Extension Queen Anne’s County.  She also owns and operates Deerfield Farms, LLC., a family poultry and irrigated grain farm with her two sons Chris and Ryan Rhodes.  

Ms. Rhodes serves as the past President of the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., past President of the Maryland Association of County Agriculture Agents and past member of the Maryland Agriculture Commission.  She currently holds leadership positions in the following organizations: State FSA Committee, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., Queen Anne’s County Farm Bureau, Queen Anne’s Soil Conservation District, Maryland Farm Bureau, Delmarva Land & Litter Challenge, Compass Regional Hospice and serves as the Governor’s appointee to the Regulatory Reform Commission.

Tracy Tyler is a value driven leader who is passionate about helping others succeed. In 2018, Tracy founded TiLT Business Advisors, LLC to help businesses, executives, and executive teams enhance their performance, accelerate growth, and successfully navigate transitions. Prior to founding TiLT, Tracy served as President/CEO of Cambridge International, leading a small metal conveyor belt producer into one of the world’s largest and most profitable.  

Mid-Shore Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of 30 individuals from throughout the Mid-Shore Region.  All members are volunteers and together they represent a diverse range of knowledge and experience. The Foundation’s Fiscal Year 2020 Officers and Directors are as follows.  Officers: Moorhead Vermilye (Board Chair), Alice Ryan (Vice Chair), David Nagel (Treasurer) and Brett Summers (Secretary); Caroline County Directors: Susan Chaffinch, Clem Hathaway, Becky Loukides, Fil Morrison; Dorchester County Directors:  Bill Brooks, Bill Christopher, David Deluca, Sandy McAllister, John McGinnis and Tracy Tyler; Kent County Directors: Jean Anthony, Kirk Helfenbein, Joe Holt, Charles Lerner and Arraminta Ware; Queen Anne’s County Directors: Kathleen Deoudes, Mark Freestate, Heather Guerieri, John Lewis and Jenny Rhodes; Talbot County Directors:  Ed Allen, Joe Anthony, Stuart Bounds, Ken Kozel, Peggy Rennels and Richard Scobey.


Crazy Days Ahead! July 25 Through July 27


Downtown Chestertown’s annual shopping bonanza, Crazy Days, is right around the corner. The sidewalk sale begins on Thursday, July 25 and runs through Saturday, July 27, with many stores carrying the specials into Sunday.  This mid summer tradition is sponsored by the Downtown Chestertown Association.

Great deals can be found on everything from men’s and women’s designer fashions, children’s clothing and toys, jewelry, home décor, kitchen must-haves, wine and cheese, books, art supplies, and even musical instruments.  There is plenty for the younger ones:  free face painting Thursday 10 am to noon, Friday 10 am – 1pm and Saturday 11 am to 2 pm.  Kent County Parks and Rec will be offering games in Fountain Park during the day on Friday.  The Lockbriar Ice Cream Cart will be in town Friday and Saturday.

Shops will be open Friday night until 7 pm. For those who wish to grab something to eat while perusing the bargains, downtown restaurants will be offering “Crazy” food and drink specials. Oyster lovers – Scott Budden of Oyster Point Farms will be in town Friday from 5 -7 pm with his ‘buck a shuck.“ Check out the Downtown Chestertown Facebook page for more deals https://www.facebook.com/pg/downtownchestertown/events/

Bring the whole family to Downtown Chestertown for a fun filled day – or weekend!

The parking is always free.

Retreat House at Hillsboro Sponsors Women’s Retreat


Linda Mastro

The Retreat House at Hillsboro is sponsoring its first overnight retreat program for women on Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29 at The Foehliage Retreat Center in Galena, Maryland. The theme of the retreat is “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart,” inspired by the book Lost in Wonder: Rediscovering the Spiritual Art of Attentiveness by Esther de Waal. The retreat will provide women the time and space to focus on their personal spiritual needs and would benefit all, including mothers, teachers, caretakers, healthcare or hospice workers, and business leaders.

“This retreat is an opportunity for women to step away from their daily routines to rest, reflect and awaken the spirit,” says retreat facilitator Linda Mastro. “Participants will ponder questions that spark their imaginations and listen for guidance from the practice of paying attention.”

Check-in begins at 3pm on Friday, September 27, and the retreat opens with dinner and a short session to set the tone for the weekend. Saturday’s program will flow in and out of silence, with time for journaling, walking on the grounds, reflection, and conversation. The retreat will conclude on Sunday, September 29 with a morning worship service and brunch.

“All that you need to bring is your whole self, all of your senses, and a willingness to see where God may be leading you,” Mastro says. “Dress for comfort and time outdoors. Women of all faith traditions are welcome.”

The Retreat House at Hillsboro was established in 2014 as a place to share God’s abundant love in the world by holding a sacred, compassionate and inclusive space.  “The Retreat House is a precious sanctuary for all kinds of people who want to experience more hope and joy through a deeper spiritual life,” says director Francie Thayer.“We recognize that coming to Hillsboro isn’t always an option and we are delighted to be able to offer our programs beyond the boundaries of our property. The women’s retreat will be a wonderful way to move out into the world.”

Thayer adds, “Linda Mastro has led several programs at the Retreat House and we are so pleased to have her facilitate our first overnight program for women. Linda’s ability to listen, laugh and engage others in meaningful conversation will make this a delightful experience for the women who attend this retreat.”

The Foehliage Retreat Center is located in Kent County, Maryland. In this intimate facility, participants can enjoy the beauty of nature, the flowing Sassafras River, and glorious sunrises and sunsets. Hosts Gene and Suzanne Foehl exemplify hospitality with homemade meals, comfortable sleeping rooms, and an assortment of inside and outside spaces in which to rest, reflect and explore the retreat themes.

Retreat participation is limited to 15 women. Costs are $375 per person for a single room and $325 for a shared room. The fee includes two nights of lodging, five homemade meals, snacks, and all retreat materials.

To reserve your space at “Seeing with the Eyes of the Heart,” send an email to meg@retreathousehillsboro.org with your name and phone number and send a $100 deposit by July 15, 2019 to The Retreat House, P.O. Box 3, Hillsboro, MD 21641. Final payment will be due by August 15. For more information, call the Retreat House at (410) 364-7069. For more information about the Foehliage Retreat Center, visit foehliageretreatcenter.org.

The Retreat House at Hillsboro is located on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church at 22005 Church Street, Hillsboro, Maryland, and is open for group retreats and meetings, individual hermitages, meditation and any who seek a spiritual connection. A traditional Chartres-style walking labyrinth is always open for walking and prayer. The Retreat House at Hillsboro is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Easton, MD. For more information, visit our website at http://retreathousehillsboro.org or contact Francie Thayer, Director, at (410) 364-7069 or info@retreathousehillsboro.org.

Haven Ministries Kicks Off #FoundHope Campaign with Hope Rocks


Do you need an idea about what to do with your children to pass away the lazy days of summer? Just like the modern-day treasure hunt, “geocaching,” that was popular a few years ago, there is a new activity being sponsored by Haven Ministries that families can do this summer while also spreading hope in Queen Anne’s County.

With the help of Queen Anne’s County residents and Kent Island Rocks, Haven Ministries is expanding their #FoundHope Campaign to include “hope rocks” to raise awareness about their ministries in Queen Anne’s County. In the month of June, Haven Ministries Hope Warehouse shoppers and volunteers, along with Kent Island Rocks, the Grasonville Senior Center, and Centreville United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School, painted hundreds of rocks with messages of hope which are hidden throughout the county to be discovered by the public this summer. From July 1 through July 31, anyone who finds one of the painted rocks can photograph it with a cell phone and post it on Haven Ministries Facebook page: havenministriesshelter with #foundhope and the location where they found it. People can also bring the photo of the rock they found to Hope Warehouse in Queenstown for a prize. Finders should then re-hide the painted rock for others to find it. Hope Warehouse is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to Susan Phillips, Manager of Hope Warehouse, “Hope is what Haven Ministries provides. It’s great for the community to come to share their hope through this campaign.”

Karla Horton, owner of Dragonfly Paddle and Fitness in Stevensville and founder of Kent Island Rocks, started painting “kindness rocks” three years ago. The project initially was as a kid’s project but grew as adults enjoyed painting the rocks as well. The rocks had encouraging messages on them. Once people found the rocks, they could either keep them for encouragement or hide them again for someone else to find. Horton has joined forces with Haven Ministries to help with its campaign.

Horton comments, “Haven Ministries does a ton of good work in the community and is one of the few groups serving people who are homeless in the county. It is great to partner with them on this project.”

According to Horton, the Grasonville Senior Center, which supports several social projects in Queen Anne’s County, was excited to also help with the project and clients painted nearly 100 rocks for the campaign.

For further information on the #FoundHope Campaign or Haven Ministries, call 410-739-4363 or visit Haven-minsitries.org or the Facebook page: havenministriesshelter.

Love shapes the ministry, love transforms people, and hope prevails at Haven Ministries.  Haven Ministries operates a seasonal Homeless Shelter located at the Kent Island United Methodist Church in Stevensville, a Resource Center at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Centreville, the Haven Ministries Food Pantries at Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church in Stevensville and Centreville United Methodist Church in Centreville, Our Daily Thread Thrift Store in Stevensville and Hope Warehouse in Queenstown.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Helps For All Seasons Clients Navigate Legal Matters


For All Seasons is partnering with Mid-Shore Pro Bono to provide free legal services to clients facing divorce, custody, foreclosure, consumer debt, and family law issues. Funded through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grant, these legal services are offered through local volunteer attorneys.

According to Sandy Brown, Executive Director of Mid Shore Pro Bono, “This collaborative program helps victims of crime with the civil and legal matters that have created barriers for them. It brings the best of our services together. It’s what we do best.”

Ivy Garcia, Director of Victim Services of For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center states, “We are excited about our partnership with Mid-Shore Pro Bono to assist our clients in civil matters that impact their quality of life.  The ability to have a warm hand-off to a great team of legal experts allows us to focus on our expertise of sexual assault, sexual abuse and trauma, all the while knowing that our clients are being served in a more robust way.”

Pictured are Sandy Brown, Executive Director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Beth Anne Langrell, Executive Director of For All Seasons, and Ivy Garcia, Director of Victim Services at For All Seasons.

Since starting in 2018, 16 For All Seasons clients have used the services of Mid-Shore Pro Bono. Clients may be victims of crimes such as sexual abuse or trauma. Victims of crime can also be identified as family members of those suffering from opioid addiction. The program, therefore, has also provided referrals to those who are experiencing third-party custody issues due to an opioid issue resulting in incarceration or death.

Brown adds, “Mid-Shore Pro Bono has seen an 82 percent increase in third-party custody cases due to the opioid crisis. The funds provided by this grant enable attorneys to take these complex cases at reduced fees.”

According to Brown, lawyers can also provide services for immigration and asylum cases if they are related to victims of a crime.

She concludes that both organizations have created a referral source to one another depending on where the victim of a crime first seeks assistance. She states, “We are proud to be working alongside For All Seasons, sharing funds to serve our common clients.”

For All Seasons serves Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, and Talbot counties. For All Seasons Rape Crisis Center offers certified sexual assault victim advocates; counseling and support groups, free and confidential services in English and Spanish, support in the hospital, police department, and court, and referrals to social and legal services. For All Seasons English Hotline is 1-800-310-RAPE (7273) and Spanish Hotline is 410-829-6143.

MSCF Annual Business Breakfast last June 14


On June 14, Mid-Shore Community Foundation hosted its Annual Business Breakfast at Chesapeake College.  MSCF President Buck Duncan thanked six retiring Directors for contributing their time and talent to the mission of the Foundation: Bill Boyd, Dick Barker, Janelle Buck, Sara Jane Davidson, Ann Jacobs, and Greg Meekins.  Most of them will continue to volunteer as committee members or scholarship readers.  He then welcomed five new Directors: Bill Christopher and Tracy Tyler from Dorchester County, Becky Loukides from Caroline County, Joe Holt from Kent County, and John Lewis and Jenny Rhodes from Queen Anne’s County.

The keynote speaker for the event was Clay B. Stamp, Assistant Manager & Emergency Services Director for Talbot County. Clay spoke about the opioid crisis, the unique challenges this social and health problem presents, and Governor Hogan’s approach to combatting it through the Opioid Operational Command Center, which Clay led. He thanked State Senator Addie Eckardt,who was in attendance, for her assistance in these efforts. He also thanked the many non-profit representatives in the room for their work supporting the individuals and their families affected by this crisis in so many different ways.

Grant recipients and Clay Stamp

The highlight of the meeting was the distribution of grant awards. In the past fiscal year, MSCF has disbursed more than $4,000,000 in grants and over $700,000 in scholarships to Mid-Shore organizations and students. Another $250,000 was awarded at the meeting from the following MSCF donor advised funds: Artistic Insights, Ferree, Fryling, Reade and Mary Corr, Reynolds/Cristiano and George B. Todd.  Twenty organizations received awards: CASA of the Mid-Shore, Chesapeake College Foundation, Church Hill Theatre, Compass Regional Hospice, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Delmarva Community Services, Dorchester County Public Library, Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center, Easton Choral Arts Society, Echo Hill Outdoor School, Historical Society of Talbot County, Maryland Food Bank, MidShore Meals til Monday, New Beginnings Youth and Family Services, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Radcliffe Creek School, ShoreRivers, Talbot Community Connections, Talbot Interfaith Shelter and Wye River Upper School.

Kent County Public Library Celebrates Summer Reading Kickoff


Kent County Public Library’s summer reading program is back!

This year’s theme, A Universe of Stories, creates the opportunity for kids to explore the galaxy through books, special events, and the ever-popular summer reading game.

The excitement kicks off on Monday, June 24th with three performances by David Darwin, One Man Sideshow.  From juggling to fire eating, plate spinning to unicycling, this not to be missed family-friendly performance will take place at all three KCPL locations –North County at 11am, Rock Hall at 2:30pm, and Chestertown at 6pm.

KCPL’s calendar is packed with programs all summer long, including making a spectroscope to explore the science of visible light, creating galactic pendants, several family films, special after-hours storytimes, and making space slime.  This summer’s featured performances include The Insane Science of Fairyland, “The Sky is Not the Limit” with Story Tapestries, “Aliens!” by Sciencetellers, and the legendary Mr. Sam’s Nursery Rhyme Rock Concert.

This year’s A Universe of Stories summer reading game is full of activities and reading adventures designed to keep young brains engaged and curious.  Players complete activities to earn points and redeem them for prizes, including books, art kits, Orioles and Shorebird baseball tickets, gift cards, and more.  At the end of the summer, all players who have redeemed at least 50 points will be entered in the grand prize raffle drawing!  Kids can vote for what the grand prize will be–a telescope or a Chromebook–when they sign up to play the game.  Registration is open at all KCPL locations and points can be redeemed through August 31st.

Kent County Public Library’s summer reading program is made possible in part by the 2019 Library Readers Reach for the Stars grant from the PNC Foundation.

For more information about the summer reading game and the many special events happening at KCPL this summer, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Dr. Barbara Paca to Deliver Keynote Address at Independence Day Celebration


Aspen Institute and Queen Anne’s County Historical Society have announced that the Keynote Address at their annual Independence Day Celebration will be delivered by Dr. Barbara Paca, O.B.E. Dr. Paca is a direct descendant of William Paca, one of four Marylanders to sign the Declaration of Independence.

The celebration will be held July 4, 2019 at 11am at Aspen Institute’s Houghton House on Carmichael Road near Queenstown. A Fourth of July tradition for more than fifty years, it will begin with a wreath laying at the William Paca Memorial. A color guard from the Sergeant Jason D. Mileo Marine Corps League from Centreville will be present. Music will be provided by the Chesapeake Bay Community Band. It will be held rain or shine and will last approximately 90 minutes.

Judy Price, the Director of Aspen Institute’s Wye River Campus, said, “On behalf of the Institute, I invite the community to join us on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. We promise our visitors a moving and meaningful ceremony to commemorate this treasured national holiday.”

Boy Scouts from Queenstown display historic flags as part of the Celebration.

Queen Anne’s County Historical Society President Jennifer Moore noted, “The annual Independence Day Celebration is an important moment for the Eastern Shore community to celebrate our nation’s independence. We look forward to hearing Dr. Paca’s address.”

Barbara Paca is based in Oxford, Maryland, Manhattan, and Paris, where she is the principal of Preservation Green LLC. With a professional degree in landscape architecture, Ph.D. from Princeton, Fulbright Scholarship, and post at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, Dr. Paca is the only American landscape architect to be awarded an Order of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth II appointed her as an Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.) for a lifetime achievement in historic preservation.

Today Paca’s work embraces creating beautiful, sustainable properties around the world. Her roster of clients includes noted philanthropists who value Paca’s requirement for design projects that pose an intellectual challenge. Her collaborative approach incorporates the aesthetic of timeless beauty, cutting edge environmental practices, accessibility, inclusion, and giving back.

Established in 1950, the Aspen Institute is a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. It has earned a reputation for gathering diverse and renowned thought leaders, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world’s most complex issues.

The Queen Anne’s County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and disseminating the history of Queen Anne’s County. The Society owns two museums in Centreville that are open to the public on the first Saturdays of each month.

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