Archives for April 2013

Talbot County Free Library (St. Michaels) Sat. Speaker: Vicki Cappa, May 11

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will present a discussion on ‘Living Life with Purpose; Leaving a Legacy’  The speaker will be Mrs. Vicki Cappa, educator and author of The Promise Kept.

Mrs. Cappa resides in Easton with Jay, her husband of 35 years.  The couple have three grown children and several grandchildren.  Mrs. Cappa attained her certification in Religious Education from Loyola University and is currently pursuing a degree in Organization and Leadership, with a certification in Life Coaching, from Duquesne University.  Vicki Cappa is a Campus Minister and teaches Theology at Saints Peter and Paul High School in Easton.

The Promise Kept is a true story, inspired by the author’s grandmother, and was written to provide comfort for children coping with the loss of a loved one.  The essence of the book focuses on traditions, family bonds and a small miracle.  The Promise Kept is a celebration of the life of a very special person and is used as one of many tools by Talbot Hospice as a gentle approach in assisting children with grief and loss.  For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visitwww.tcfl.org.

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Free Skin Cancer Screenings May 15

Begin your summer by getting a free skin cancer screening on Wednesday, May 15. This service for adults 18 and older is being offered by Shore Health System and the Talbot County Health Department. Appointments are available between 5pm and 8pm at the Talbot County Health Department, 100 S. Hanson Street in Easton.

To schedule an appointment for the May 16 skin cancer screening, call Shore Regional Cancer Center, 410-820-6800.

Discover Caroline County’s Native Gardens

On May 11, when the vibrant blue false indigo and subtle pinxter azaleas are in bloom, Adkins Arboretum will host “Celebrating Natives,” its first garden tour featuring native gardens in Caroline County.

 Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is among the plants that will be in bloom during “Celebrating Natives,”

Blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is among the plants that will be in bloom during “Celebrating Natives,”

“Celebrating Natives” is a different kind of garden tour, one that focuses on sustainable approaches to Eastern Shore gardening. The Arboretum is the hub of this self-guided driving tour of seven outstanding gardens spread over a 20-mile circuit. The tour not only will highlight the beauty of the gardens but will emphasize the importance of their role in a bio-diverse landscape.

“The tour features seven unique gardens, each demonstrating varying commitments to native plantings and uses of sustainable practices such as rain barrels and composting,” said Native Plant Nursery Manager Joanne Healey, co-chair along with landscape architect and Arboretum Trustee Barbara McClinton. The gardens range from brand-new designs, to town gardens packed with plants, to established gardens that have been works in progress for 30 years. “It is a special tour because it highlights the work of homeowners who care deeply about what they are doing and the kinds of gardens they are creating.”

“Celebrating Natives,” the first garden tour of its kind on the Eastern Shore, exemplifies the Arboretum’s mission of teaching about and showing by example the importance of using native plants in restoring balance to the ecosystem and fostering community relationships. Native plants are those that grew and thrived on the Eastern Shore before the introduction of European settlers. Because these plants have adapted naturally to the region’s ecology of climate, insects and wildlife, they are a better choice than non-native plants.

“I believe in the science of native plantings, but this tour is to highlight the beauty of these plants,” said Healey. “We can surround ourselves with beautiful plants knowing all the while that what we have in our gardens is feeding the birds and native pollinators, controlling erosion, and not invasively choking our wetlands. It’s gardening with a conscience.”

“Celebrating Natives” will take place Sat., May 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.adkinsgardentour.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

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Critical Decisions Could Threaten Maryland Jobs

Maryland’s Health Services Cost Review Commission, which sets the rates hospitals can charge for their services, has an opportunity to preserve thousands of Maryland jobs as it decides how to implement a 2 percent cut in Medicare payments as part of the federal budget sequester, and then determines hospital rate increases for the next fiscal year. Hospitals in Maryland employ nearly 100,000 people and are responsible for an additional 206,000 jobs through the “ripple effect” of employee and hospital spending. However, according to a report from the Maryland Hospital Association, every 1 percent drop in hospital revenues translates into 1,450 jobs lost across the state, as hospitals struggle to cope with dwindling resources and a fieldwide operating margin of just 0.8 percent. That number includes hospital jobs as well as jobs that
exist because of the more than $26 billion in economic activity across the state generated by hospital spending for goods and services in Maryland’s communities.

“Hospitals have already received, for the past four years, rate updates that have been far below the rate of inflation,” said MHA President & CEO Carmela Coyle. “We’re simply at the point where hospitals have no place else to cut but jobs and services.”

Maryland’s hospital rate-setting system is unique in the country; where in other states hospitals can pass on the costs of the 2 percent cut, in Maryland those decisions are made by the Commission. The hospital field is strongly urging the Commission to protect hospitals from the additional
financial burden of the cut by placing its total impact into hospital rates, which would result in a temporary increase in hospital rates of just 0.83 percent. And its subsequent decision on hospital rate increases for the upcoming fiscal year must take into account the financial fragility of the
hospital field.

“Hospitals are all about people taking care of people,” said Carmela Coyle, President & CEO of the Maryland Hospital Association. “At a time when we’re working with state leaders to implement health care reform and provide care more efficiently, it’s important to remember that hospitals are
also, in their unique way, helping take care of local economies. The jobs we provide are good jobs, and the money we pump into the state’s economy is the result of the state’s investment in us.”

About the Maryland Hospital Association
The Maryland Hospital Association is the advocate for Maryland’s hospitals, health systems, and their patients before legislative and regulatory bodies. Its membership is comprised of community and teaching hospitals, health systems, specialty hospitals, veterans’ hospitals, and long-term care facilities. For more information, visit www.mhaonline.org.

Analysis: Who Gives a Dam About Conowingo?

The answer should be: we all do.

Everyone, from the EPA to Eastern Shore county governments and a wide spectrum of environmental organizations, agree that the sediment buildup at the Conowingo Dam at the head of the Chesapeake Bay is an immense and imminent threat to the Bay’s health. Phosphorus and nitrogen laden sediment pouring over the Conowingo during an extreme weather event could severely impact any gains in Bay cleanup efforts.

Evaluating its rank on a list of Bay region environmental issues—how to fix it, and how to pay for it—is another matter. While environmental organizations clash with a seven county alliance formed to define their responsibility and role to meet Watershed Implementation Plan mandates, the DNR may have the last word on the dam’s overhaul by requiring Exelon to meet strict water quality requirements.

Online in 1928, the Conowingo was the largest run-of-the river hydroelectric stations ever built and is the last in line of more than 20 dams along the Susquehanna River flowing from Cooperstown, NY, to the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay delivering to the estuary more than 60% of the Bay’s fresh water. Aside from providing power and cooling water for the Peach Bottom Nuclear Plant, three million tons of sediment arrive to the dam each year and one million tons spill over the gates. 83 years later, the sediment buildup, estimated by a US Geological Survey at 160 million tons, may be close to critical mass and a sediment spill-over driven by an extreme weather event could have catastrophic consequences for the Bay

Even without an extreme weather event like Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 that poured four years of sediment into the Bay in one day, the dam at full sediment buildup capacity could pour three million tons of oxygen depleting phosphorus and nitrogen into the Chesapeake Bay on a yearly basis.

But there are two contending evaluations about how to prioritize the growing sediment crisis at the dam.

Seven Eastern Shore counties, represented by Funk and Bolton attorney Charles “Chip” McCleod in Chestertown, have created an alliance of counties—The Clean Chesapeake Coalition— to make sure their concerns for fiscal responsibility are protected against what they consider to be an unfair burden of costs mandated by the Maryland Dept. of the Environment to meet the EPA pollution limits.  The counties also believe that the various upgrade requirements for storm water and wastewater treatment plants, septic system overhauls and other controls are ‘busy work’ programs adding little to Bay cleanup efforts while avoiding the true crisis at hand—the Conowingo.

In fact, the dam is often cast as being completely off the radar as far as any “official” concern for a solution to the sediment buildup crisis. But currently the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Maryland’s environmental agencies are undertaking a $1.4 million study seeking a solution.

The Conowingo has also not gone unnoticed by the EPA who have included calculations of the dam and its relationship to Bay pollution in its original Bay study, and agreed to revisit the dam issue during the EPA’s 2017 mid-point reevaluation.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation points out that, while the Conowingo poses significant challenges to the Bay region’s health—specifically the northern part— sediment over the dam is not responsible for severe upriver and tributary pollution caused by phosphorus runoff above tidal zones, highlighting that fact that there are two fundamentally different issues requiring different funding mechanisms.

CBF says that the EPA mandates absolutely need to be continued and that the 2010 TDML (Total Daily Maximum Load) target of phosphorus, nitrogen and sediment should not be lost in a contest of prioritizations.  They do not see the sediment issue at the Conowingo and implementing the local WIP requirements as an either/or set of priorities.

Part of the answer lies in the relicensing of the dam to Exelon, its management company.  Currently, their operational license expires in 2014 and management contracts can last as long as 47 years. Everyone would like to get the sediment issue right for the Bay’s health to be locked into a 47-year contract.

Bruce Michael, Director of the DNR Resource Assessment Service, at a presentation given to the Democratic Club of Kent County on Saturday April 20, said that, “it behooves everybody to have [Exelon] relicense the facility. They’re generating power for the State, and it’s basically what we call green power, because it’s not producing a lot of carbon into the atmosphere. They want to get it done. We want to get it done.”

Michael also emphasized that sediment management is the highest priority in the DNR and MDE’s negotiations with Exelon, and that Exelon is aware of their priorities.

“There are a lot of issues that have to be addressed with relicensing, but I can tell you, and we have let the applicant and everybody know, that addressing the sediments behind Conowingo Dam is our single highest priority in the relicensing process,” Michael said.

After Exelon filed for their final license application in August of 2012, they will provide a “Ready for Environmental Assessment” in the next few months.

“Everything has to be addressed one year after they do that. Specifically, a water quality certification by the Department of the Environment, and that’s our trump card…if they do not get a water quality certification, that means that MDE will say that if your facility is negatively impacting water quality to the Chesapeake Bay, we can deny the license, we will not give you the water quality certification. We’ve let Exelon know this, and that addressing the sediments behind the dam is our highest priority. We want to make sure that Exelon is part of the process, and they certainly understand that, and we’ve made it perfectly clear.”

“Just because they’re requesting a 46-year license doesn’t mean they are going to get a 46-year license. We can put together our water quality certification and say, “okay, we’re going to renew this in one year, we’re going to renew this in three years, as we get more information, but during the meantime, we want you to do this, this, and this.” So, it’s not like it’s an endgame that they have a license and forty-six years from now we’re going to revisit this. We have the opportunity through the WQC process to address some of those particular issues,” Michael said.

Along with the DNR, MDE and Exelon, other interested parties at the negotiations will include Pennsylvania environmental programs, fishing and boating commission, US Fish & Wildlife, looking at fish passage prescriptions, the National Park Service, Susquehanna River Basin Commission, The Nature Conservancy and  The Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper.

Citing 2002 studies for the whole watershed implementation plan and the baywide TBL, Michael says that the combined efforts of Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York will reduce the sediment spill-over from three million tons to two million tons or less.

“This is what we’re using the models for — to help us forecast what the sediment loads might be, and what it means to the Chesapeake Bay. Even though it doesn’t mention the impacts in 2025 when it’s completely full, the model is using monitoring data over 1990 through 2000. We had some high-flow events in there and we’ve looked at the impact on water quality to the Chesapeake Bay with the high-flow events. We are doing a midpoint assessment in 2017 with the Chesapeake Bay Program and all of our partners, and we’re looking at what the impacts are to the Chesapeake when the dam is full, if it didn’t have the trapping capacity. We’re running those in the modeling scenarios that we’re looking at. Most of the impacts, and we’ve actually run some of those runs now, are in the upper bay. It doesn’t impact what’s happening in our tidal-fresh areas or portions of the Potomac, the Patuxent, the Choptank, the Chester, and what’s happening upsteam. It affects the mainstem of the Bay, but it doesn’t really impact the water quality at some of that local level upstream that everybody is responsible for.”

Michael’s overview of the Conowingo conveyed a need for a wider partnership when addressing all the issues facing the health of the Chesapeake.

“We all want clean water, and I know that the Clean Chesapeake Coalition — they want clean water as well. So we can’t just put it off and deal with the sediments behind the Conowingo Dam. There’s a lot of local impacts to water quality that we’re all responsible for, not just in MD, but in VA, WV, NY, PA, all the states. And all the states have committed at this point. We have a tracking system in place to monitor if they’re not meeting those. There are potential federal regulatory things that they can impose upon the states if they’re not making it. We have backstop plans.”

As US Army Corp of Engineers continue  their studies for a solution to sediment accumulation in the dam resevoir—including a look at a sluicing procedure that would deliver controlled amounts of sediment through the dam during winter months when Bay aquatic life is dormant—Federal and State partnerships will continue to develop plans for local Water Implementation Plans (WIPS). How the individual county WIP plans progress will depend on their interpretation of the benefits of the overall Bay restoration program, its costs per county, and the county’s ability to meet those costs.

Both the Chesapeake Bay Foundations and the Clean Chesapeake Coalition of counties believe the Conowingo Dam is of paramount importance and both feel that WIP plans are also strategically needed, but prioritizing the two appears to be the dam in the flow of dialogue.

For those wanting an in-depth understanding of this issue, here is a video of the April 17 meeting in Cambridge the Conowingo Dam panel discussion with Dr. William Dennison, Vice-President of Science Applications, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Ron Fithian,Chair, Clean Chesapeake Coalition and Kent County Commissioner, Charles D. “Chip” MacLeod, Attorney, Funk & Bolton P.A., and Dr. Beth McGee, Senior Water Quality Scientist, Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This video is an hour long.

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Wellness Coach Offers Free Introductory Seminar in Easton May 15

To provide an overview of the ways an apparent challenge or setback can be translated into an opportunity to create a more vibrant and satisfying life, Linda Mastro is offering a free seminar on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., at Shore Health System’s Center for Integrative Medicine in Easton.

“Hitting a ‘bump in the road’ of your life can become a detour to wellness,” explains Mastro, a wellness coach who is now affiliated with Shore Health System’s Center for Integrative Medicine.

“The end of a relationship, a medical diagnosis, a career or job issue, a change in finances, and issues with children or aging parents– these events in life can be very daunting,” notes Mastro. “Participants in this introductory seminar will assess their ‘life ride’ to identify what is slowing them down or side-tracking them from leading a satisfying life.”

The Center for Integrative Medicine is located at 605 Dutchman’s Lane in Easton. Due to limited space, advance registration for the seminar is requested and can be accomplished by calling The Center for Integrative Medicine, 410-770-9400.

 

Linda Mastro, MA, provides wellness coaching through the Center for Integrative Medicine. Wellness coaching, which focuses on relationships, health, spiritual fulfillment and rewarding work, can be of great benefit to anyone those facing significant life challenges, such as recovering from a traumatic event, dealing with health problems and/ the side-effects of treatment, or rehabbing from injury or disability. Coaching also supports people when they are ready to enhance an already satisfying life. Linda is known in Talbot County’s alternative healing community as a life wellness coach, yoga teacher, workshop leader and professional writer. A Kripalu certified yoga teacher, Linda earned a master’s degree in Applied Healing Arts and a graduate certificate in wellness coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. With Anna Harding, Linda is co-author of the book, Petite Retreats: Renewing Body, Mind, and Spirit without Leaving Home.  In her coaching practice, she uses humor, intuition and compassion to create a safe place in which her clients can learn new ways of being, doing and speaking.

 

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Startup Maryland Announces 2013 Dates for Pitch Bus Tour

Startup Maryland today announced dates (September 9 – 27) and the rough route for the Pitch Across Maryland 2.0, the second annual state-wide tour and celebration of entrepreneurship and startup companies.

Referred to by CBS News affiliate WBOC-TV 16 as “Opportunity on Wheels,” the inaugural Pitch Across Maryland tour was an overwhelming success last year. The bus traversed the state all in the name of celebrating entrepreneurship. A sampling of details, key data and results from last year’s tour follow:

25 tour stops around the state
6 months of active media coverage; more than 1 million press impressions
More than 30 “Rock Star” tour sponsors/partners including (universities, economic development agencies, angel/VC investors, incubators/accelerators, affinity brand owners, sponsors)
More than 225 startups attended; 168 startups “pitched” their idea/business
Video Pitch Competition winnowed field to Top 3 Fan Favorites and 8 Finalists as Best Candidates for Venture Investment
Governor Martin O’Malley got in on the action and on the bus rolling up his sleeves alongside Maryland startups. O’Malley pitched the Invest Maryland Challenge and MD Venture Fund
During the Tour Startup Maryland jumped from # 22 to # 4 in startup density (# of startups per million population) a key metric; Startup Maryland has since moved up to rank # 2 in U.S.
Startup Maryland was invited to the White House and Capitol Hill to brief President Obama’s OSTP team and testify to Congress on how to cultivate strong startup communities

“This year’s Pitch Across Maryland 2.0 will be bigger and better,” stated Julie Lenzer Kirk, Startup Maryland co-chair. “With 6 months to plan instead of 6 weeks we anticipate a much larger turn-out and many more mentors/partners at each Tour Stop.

Stakeholders from all categories are already lining up to co-host stops and herald the celebration. While Startup Maryland intends to remain true to it’s BY Entrepreneurs … FOR Entrepreneurs mission the simple fact is the wealth of resources available to startups in Maryland is relatively unequaled and more surprisingly … unknown.

“From research dollars flowing through federal labs (NIH; USDA; NASA; NIST) to cyber-security and defense hubs (Ft. Meade – NSA/DISA; Ft. Detrick; APG) to world leading academic institutions (Johns Hopkins; UMBC; University of Maryland) this confluence of resources gives Maryland startups an Unfair Advantage,” added Michael Binko, co-chair Startup Maryland. “This concept of resource wealth and the Unfair Advantage is a key theme identified by our Startup Maryland entrepreneur Champions as critical in their efforts to forge and inflect strong high-growth companies,” Binko continued.

At each stop, Startup Maryland and Tour Sponsors/Partners host rallies sharing information about the incredible entrepreneurial resources across the state. Additionally, entrepreneurs are provided coaching, guidance and support from business mentors and other leaders from TEDCO, DBED as well as active angel/VC investors.

Then, the entrepreneurs climb onto the bus and pitch their idea/business in the mobile UpStart Show™ video studio. Videos are uploaded to YouTube® and then open to public viewing/voting. This aspect of the competition allows the entrepreneurs, sponsors and tour hosts to activate social networks for even broader awareness and celebration.

For the blog from the road last year go to http://www.governor.maryland.gov/blog/?p=6848 . For more information as well as a complete schedule of tour stops see below and visit www.startupmd.org:

St. Michaels Celebrates WineFest in Style

The fourth annual WineFest at St. Michaels drew crowds all weekend long to Talbot County, with two full days of wine tasting, music and fun in St. Michaels on Saturday and Sunday. With a picture perfect spring weekend, the event couldn’t have taken place at a better time.

By Friday noon, the St. Michaels Marina was completely booked, and by late afternoon, yachts were lining up in the St. Michaels harbor. Visitors walked the streets and filled local inns and restaurants throughout the weekend.

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The event, winding through the entire commercial district in St. Michaels along Talbot St., introduced visitors to every business in the town. With various tents set up for tastings and food, visitors wandered every street of the town, shopping, eating and tasting. Pourings were held under tents in parking lots, in backyards, inside businesses, even on a Patriot Cruise.

Eighteen different St. Michaels venues offered a wide range of wines from far and wide – plenty of Maryland wines were represented, as were wines from around the world. Even Pol Roger Champagne, served at the wedding reception of Prince William and Katherine, was available for sale.

“This is my third year, and I’ve finally figured out how to do it”, said Christina Rummel from Frederick. She sat next to two large rolling crates filled with jackets, handbags, cameras and wine. “We get a two day pass and stay in town. Last year everybody made fun of my plastic rolling crate, until I carried their wine in it. This year I graduated to 2 carts. Each one can hold 18 bottles”. She smiled with the look of a woman who knows the value of never again carrying large bags with wine down the length of Talbot St.

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Each pouring venue offered specific information about the wines represented. There was something for everyone to learn – from the general public to collectors. Photographs of Tuscan hillsides, ancient caves, individual grapevines and generations of winemakers added a sense of the individuality of each vineyard, and their specific offerings were described in elaborate detail. Every wine enthusiast went away with new information and some new favorite wines.

“This is exhausting” said Rose Tayman from Laurel Md. Along with Cathy and Peter Kreyling from Washington, VA, Tayman was keeping notes about the 30 different wines at the Key Lime Café tent, which included sparkling varieties. Kreyling and his wife anchored out in the harbor for the weekend – “this is our first WineFest by boat”, he said.

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Peter Kreyling, Rose Tayman and Cathy Kreyling

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The Events at St. Michaels Charity holds the WineFest at St. Michaels event for the purpose of bringing visitors to the town of St. Michaels during the last weekend of April. In addition to bringing the community together during this event, WineFest at St Michaels also generates monies donated by event sponsors to be given out to local charities. The charities include the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, St. Michaels Community Food Pantry, Project Healing Waters and El Hogar Projects in Honduras.

Event sponsors included Pohanka Toyota and Automotive Group, The Jordan Group, Calico Toys and Games, The Inn at Perry Cabin, Chesapeake Bay Outfitters, WCEM-AM, Eastern Shore Vacation Rentals, 107.1 The Duck, Community Bank of Tri-County, St/ Michaels Running Festival, The Star Democrat, Town Dock Restaurant, Blackthorn Irish Pub, 106.3 the Heat, Keepers of St. Michaels, and 100.9 FM.










 

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ESLC Makes Progress on Rural Jobs Agenda

Although much more remains to be accomplished, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) made good progress on its Rural Jobs Agenda during Maryland General Assembly’s 2013 Legislative Session.

ESLC’s legislative agenda focused on specific state actions to help improve rural communities through strengthening towns as economic hubs, investing in rural lands, and growing rural opportunities through energy innovations. Some agenda items included support of the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit, the creation of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, the State Teleworking bill, the Community Renewable Energy Generation bill, and the offshore wind energy bill.

The passage of the offshore wind energy bill over the next 20 years could lead to the creation of more than 15,000 jobs, many of which will be based on the Eastern Shore. In addition to the items listed in the Rural Jobs Agenda, ESLC also supported and saw the passage of HB 797 — the Transportation Projects Water Access bill, which could increase the number of water access sites around bridges and other state infrastructure so people can take full advantage of Maryland’s waterways.

“The biggest challenges we faced during this legislative session were the millions of dollars in proposed cuts to Program Open Space, MALPF and Rural Legacy funds” said ESLC Executive Director Rob Etgen. “The Department of Legislative Services’ recommended cuts were overwhelmingly rejected by members of the General Assembly, and we were proud to hear the members’ enthusiasm when it came to protecting our farms, parks and rural lands.”

ESLC is in the process of securing funds to create the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, a nonprofit complex in neighboring vacant historic buildings in downtown Easton.

“We also are proud of the Governor’s support of the Eastern Shore through his capital budget appropriation of $1 million toward the creation of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in Easton.”

Not all of ESLC’s efforts moved forward. The Community Renewable Energy Generation bill did not pass. “It was sad to see the Community Renewable Energy Generation bill fail because it could be a game-changer for smaller neighboring farm operations that wish to dramatically bring down energy costs though a shared facility,” said ESLC Policy Manager Josh Hastings.

The Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 was passed into law, as was SB 27- the extension of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program, both of which ESLC counts as progress toward sustainability.

For the 2014 Legislative Session, ESLC looks forward to promoting more actions that could strengthen rural Maryland, including full funding of the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund, restored Rural Legacy Area funding, restored Maryland Heritage Area funding, and the passage of the Community Renewable Energy Generation bill.

Plein-Air—Easton! Launches New “Out of the Box” Exhibition

Plein Air–Easton! is pleased to announce a new event, the Out of the Box Exhibition & Sale. Out of the Box will be held on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, 2013, during the Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival, which will runs July 15-21, 2013.
This exhibit is designed for artists with a variety of media and styles to showcase their process as well as their completed works of art while enthusiastically interacting with visitors to the Plein Air–Easton! event.  Out of the Box will highlight artists whose work falls outside the constraints of traditional plein air painting.

Now in its first year, the Out of the Box Exhibition & Sale is an invitational event.  The Out of the Box prospectus is available at www.pleinaireaston.com. Artists interested in receiving an invitation to be a featured Out of the Box exhibition artist, should contact Jennifer Wagner via email at jwmosaics@ymail.com by May 24, 2013.  A committee comprised of notable, professional artists, and art collectors will invite the field of approximately eight featured artists.

Plein Air–Easton! is the work of the Avalon Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide diversified arts and educational programs that improve the quality of life in the Mid-Shore region. The Plein Air–Easton! Competition & Arts Festival is sponsored by the Friends of Plein Air–Easton!, the Talbot County Arts Council, corporate donors, and media sponsors. For full itinerary, artists’ information, ticket sales, and more, call 410.822.7297, email info@pleinaireaston.com or visit www.pleinaireaston.com.