The Future of the Chestertown Hospital with Heron Point’s Garret Falcone


It is hard to think of anyone in Chestertown that is more worried about the future of its local hospital than Garret Falcone.

As the executive director of the Heron Point retirement community, located on the banks of the Chester River, Garret not only is tasked with keeping the first class facility in tip-top shape for the more than 300 adults who live there, but also spends a good amount of his time marketing the 66-acre campus for newcomers.

Since every similar retirement community in Maryland is located within 15 minutes of a general hospital, the idea that Chestertown’s health center might continue to downsize has made Falcone a leading activist to make sure that doesn’t happen.

In his Spy interview, Garret talks candidly about how important health services are to Heron Point residents as well as the dire consequences for the retirement community if Shore Health reduces services like inpatient care for his residents.

This video is approximately eight minutes in length

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Opens at Heron Point


On Tuesday, January 5th, Chesapeake Bank and Trust held the grand opening of their new branch located in the Heron Point retirement community. The new branch will be open to Heron Point residents and staff only.

“We are delighted to bring banking convenience back to Heron Point” remarked Glenn Wilson, President & CEO. “To be chosen to serve their fine residents and employees is an honor”.

“We are thrilled to have Chesapeake Bank and Trust come to our campus and are looking forward to a long partnership” said Garret Falcone, Heron Point Executive Director.

Chesapeake Bank and Trust is a full-service community bank founded in 1986, locally-owned and directed by area business and community leaders.

Battle of Britain After 75 Years at Heron Point


Mike Lavelle will be giving a talk about the 1940 Battle of Britain at 7:00 PM, January 8th at Wesley Hall, Heron Point, in Chestertown.

Nearly 75 years ago in the summer of 1940 the world saw the greatest air battle in history above the skies of England. It was referred to as the “Battle of Britain”. How did the Royal Air Force overcome what seem like overwhelming odds against Germany’s Luftwaffe? What stopped the German air offensive?  Was it British planning and leadership, command structure, aircraft, or was it the Luftwaffe’s aircraft capabilities, undefined mission objectives or lack of leadership?  Did the RAF win or did the Luftwaffe withdraw from their offensive?  Why was the out come so important to the Roosevelt Administration? These and other questions will be address as we reflect on the key leadership attributes of RAF Fighter Commander Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding.

Mike Lavelle is an aviation historian and author with 48 years of aviation/aerospace experience that includes Cessna and the Boeing Aircraft Companies. His assignments were primarily in flight crew and maintenance training organizations for both commercial and military programs. After retiring from Boeing he spent 7 years as a director at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. A Pilot, Flight Instructor and Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic, Mike has always had an interest in the people, events and aircraft that have make up the rich history of aviation. The Battle of Britain ranks high in all three of those categories.

While living in England from 1999 to 2002 Mike had the opportunity to visit many of the Battle of Britain sites and airfields. In addition, he talked with some of England’s leading aviation historian who wrote on the topic, he also met and interviewed a variety of Battle of Britain participants, and these connections he has integrated their stories into his presentation.



An interesting side note about the Spitfire planes used in the 1969 movie, “Battle for Britain.”


Lecture on Iconic Images at Heron Point


Screen Shot 2013-12-03 at 8.46.14 PMMarie Martin, fine arts expert and appraiser, will speak on “Iconic Images:  Pictures Worth 1,000 Words” at Heron Point on Thursday, December 5, 2013.  Photography is a universal language – its images speak across boundaries, cultures and time through their ability to preserve events that affected our lives, past and present.  Over the past 174 years, photographic images have come to define war, social conditions, celebrations, and disasters.  Martin will examine why some photographic images become iconic, why they were taken or how, and what measure of importance they hold in today’s world.

Martin’s appraisals have included photographs from the archives of former White House photographers, images by photojournalists, Hollywood stills, and historical and documentary work from the Matthew Brady/Levin Handy Studio.

The lecture, open to the public and sponsored by the Ad Hoc Committee at Heron Point, will be held at 7:00 P.M. in Wesley Hall, located at 501 East Campus Avenue.  Parking is available in front and at the side of the main building.


Buzz: Heron Point Folks in US News & World Report


What’s it really like to live in a retirement community? US News and World Report came to Chestertown’s Heron Point to answer the question.

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