Archives for June 2014

Bummer: Tropical System Heading Our Way Next Weekend

A tropical system may affect our region later this week into the first part of the weekend. Rain is possible everywhere in our area, but the heaviest rain might occur closer to the coast. That’s where the strongest winds should be too. Rip currents are likely, and tidal flooding is also a possibility.

The Executive Summary is as follows:

• A series of cold frontal boundaries will move into the region Wednesday-Friday. Tropical moisture moving north is expected to intersect with these boundaries, producing showers and thunderstorms, mainly Thursday afternoon into Friday.

• Showers and thunderstorms could be slow moving with heavy rainfall. Some flash flooding is possible where thunderstorms stall or train over the same regions.

• An area of low pressure now forming off the southeast US coastline is likely to become a tropical system within the next 48 hours according to the National Hurricane Center. The interaction of this system with the aforementioned fronts could lead to an enhanced heavy rain threat.

• There is still some uncertainty with the track of this low pressure system. However, a majority of the data suggests an eventual northerly track to the Carolina coastline before curving northeast off the Mid-Atlantic coastline.

• Depending on the eventual track of this low, winds and tides may be of concern, especially Thursday and Friday.

• Rip currents will also be a major threat throughout most of the July 4th holiday weekend.

This is not Superstorm Sandy. No landfall is expected in New Jersey or Delaware. However…heavy rain, winds, tidal and freshwater flooding, rip currents, and heavy surf are possible as we head into a major holiday weekend. Stay tuned for the latest information at www.weather.gov/phi.

Cool Outdoor Stuff: Why We Love Bird Dogs

In this installment of Cool Outdoor Stuff, Andrew McCown of Echo Hill Outdoor School, is back in the field, but this time with his new bird dog Boone. In a case of “this dog can definitely hunt,” Andrew sets Boone off to show off his extraordinary hunting skills.

This video is approximately three minutes. Gibson Anthony is the videographer.

Saint Martin’s Ministries’ Hosts 5K Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty

On Saturday, June 7th, Saint Martin’s Ministries (SMM) hosted their first annual 5K and Family Fun Run to Chase Off Poverty. Over eighty runners participated and the money raised will help Saint Martin’s provide food, clothing and housing to local families when they can’t make ends meet.

Amy Amalfitano came in first place in the women’s division with a time of 20:10. First place in the men’s division was Trey Hill with with a time of 20:44. And the top youth finisher was Mason Ratecliff with a time of 30:17.

Top Male Finisher Trey Hill and his wife Cheryl take a breather after the 5K

Top Male Finisher Trey Hill and his wife Cheryl take a breather after the 5K

Saint Martin’s is grateful for the generosity of all of the businesses that sponsored this event including: Callahan’s Appliances, Fred Frederick, Tri Gas & Oil, Choptank Transport, Doug’s Tire, Nagel Farm Service, Towers Concrete Products, TriCycle and Run, Chesapeake Landing Restaurant, Foster’s Mini Mart, Freestate & Son Insurance, Impressive Printing, Lewis Auto Body, and St. Benedict/St. Elizabeth Catholic Community. Food and water for the runners was provided by Food Lion in Denton, TriMe Grocery Store in Ridgely, Kent Island Depot in Stevensville and the staff and volunteers of Saint Martin’s Ministries.

Dobson’s Dogs was on site to offer breakfast sandwiches, drinks and hot dogs. Michelle Meadows, author of children’s books such as “Piggies in Pajamas”, had a table set up, and read to the children. The event also offered face painting, and highlighted local agencies such Mid Shore Reading Council’s “Read for Shore” Program, the Pajama Program, a model train display, and the Eastern Shore Oral Health and Education Outreach Program. Saint Martin’s Barn was open for its regular Saturday Sale with great bargains on clothes, books, household items and furniture.

Caroline County ranks 7th in the state for overall poverty and on average more than 30% of the children living in Caroline County live below the poverty level. Seven of the nine counties in Maryland with the highest poverty rates are on the Eastern Shore. For over 30 years SMM has helped low income families on the Eastern Shore meet their basic needs of food, clothing and housing. Services offered by Saint Martin’s Ministries include an emergency food program, eviction assistance, a thrift store and a 2 year transitional housing program for women and their children.

To help Saint Martin’s in their efforts to end poverty on the Eastern Shore or for more information about Saint Martin’s Ministries please visit our website at www. stmartinsministries.org or contact Deborah Hudson Vornbrock at 410.634.2537 ext. 102.

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CBF Applauds EPA Milestone Assessment

(ANNAPOLIS, MD)  —  Chesapeake Bay Foundation President William C. Baker issued this statement following the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2012-13 milestone assessments and the actions it is taking to ensure progress.  EPA’s assessment closely tracked the assessment done by CBF and the Choose Clean Water Coalition, which found both progress and areas in need of improvement in all jurisdictions.

The two-year milestones, along with pollution limits and individual state plans to achieve those limits make up the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, which is the roadmap for Bay restoration and clean water throughout the region. The Blueprint calls for the states and federal government to implement 60 percent of the practices necessary to restore water quality by 2017 and to finish the job by 2025.

“The transparency and accountability that these milestones provide are crucial to meeting the goal of restoring water quality in local rivers, streams, and the Chesapeake Bay. EPA’s analysis and the actions it is taking represent the leadership the Bay and all the rivers and streams need, both strong and fair.
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“Each of the Bay jurisdictions must do better if they are to achieve their 2017 and 2025 goals. EPA has identified the strengths and weaknesses in each jurisdiction, as well as pointing out what each must do to improve its performance. We have seen progress, demonstrating that the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint is working, but the Bay jurisdictions clearly need to accelerate their efforts.

“But clearly, Pennsylvania has been given a failing grade.  The Commonwealth must demonstrate leadership immediately to improve its pollution reduction efforts.  People upstream and down will benefit.  In Pennsylvania, jobs will be created, streams and drinking water will be cleaner, fish stocks will be healthier, and the Bay will improve.

 

“Holding the states accountable for meeting their commitments is a historic event in Bay restoration efforts, one which will ensure that we leave a legacy of clean water to our children and future generations.”

 

Highlights of EPA’s analysis:

 

Pennsylvania, which is largest contributor of nitrogen pollution to the Chesapeake Bay, did not meet its 2013 nitrogen reduction goal, and is not on track to meet its 2017 goals. Because of shortfalls in agriculture and urban/suburban runoff, EPA will condition its grants to the Commonwealth to ensure the money goes to help accelerate implementation of key practices. EPA is also considering requiring additional pollution reduction from sewage treatment plants if progress continues to be insufficient. CBF calls on Pennsylvania to:

  •  Conduct comprehensive and meaningful inspections for compliance with existing laws in both the agricultural and urban sectors, and where necessary ensure consequential and timely enforcement;
  •  Develop specific and quantifiable permits for regulated urban/suburban stormwater; and
  •  Enact a severance tax on unconventional natural gas drilling, which prioritizes significant resources towards implementing pollution reduction practices.

Maryland met its 2013 pollution reduction goals. CBF calls on Maryland to:

  • Finalize and begin to implement the Phosphorus Management tool so that all fields are managed for phosphorus by 2017;
  • Promulgate Accounting for Growth regulations so that pollution from new development doesn’t undo the water quality progress already achieved; and
  • Ensure accountability and on-the-ground results from new urban/suburban polluted runoff permits.

 

Virginia met its 2013 pollution reduction goals, however EPA found that additional emphasis is needed to reduce pollution from agriculture and urban/suburban runoff. EPA will conduct enhanced oversight of efforts to reduce pollution from urban/suburban runoff. CBF calls on Virginia to:

  •  Fully and consistently fund the Natural Resources Commitment Fund to ensure farmers have the necessary cost-share resources for critical conservation practices;
  •  Finalize new permits for our urban centers by the end of 2014; and
  •  Invest $50 million a year in the Stormwater Local Assistance Fund to help Virginia localities better manage polluted runoff.

 

Shore Health July Events Calendar

shorejulyFree Blood Pressure Screenings/
Cambridge and Easton – Mondays,
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-12
noon, Diagnostic & Imaging Center,
10 Martin Court, Easton; Tuesday
and Fridays, 11am-1pm, UM SMC
at Dorchester, Main Lobby. Recurring
event (except holidays).

Breastfeeding Support Group –
Tuesday, July 1, UM SMC at Easton,
Requard Social Center. Led by UM Shore
Regional Health lactation consultants.
New and expectant mothers encouraged
to attend. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000
or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Carb Counting Class – Tuesday,
July 1, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at
Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology
Center. Overview of the most commonly
used method of meal planning for
diabetics. Referral required; contact:
410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

CARES Patient Support Group –
Tuesdays, July 1 and 15, 5-7pm,
Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional
Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.
Call 443-254-5940.

Gestational Diabetes Classes –
Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26,
10am-12pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM
Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.
Single-session class addressing care
during pregnancy and what to expect
afterward. Referral required. Contact:
410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group of
Caroline County – Tuesday, July 8,
6:30pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist
Church, Denton. Led by Doris Allen, RN,
CDE, lead diabetes educator, UM Center
for Diabetes & Endocrinology, UM Shore
Regional Health. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Diabetes Self- Management
Training – Two sessions: Tuesdays,
July 8, 15, 22, 9am-12pm;
and Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23,
1:30-4:30pm. UM SMC at Easton,
UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center.
Medical information and strategies enabling
patients to manage their diabetes
for optimal wellness. Referral required;
contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group
Meeting – Thursday, July 10,
1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, 617 N.
Washington Street, Easton. Separate,
open-forum discussions for survivors
and caregivers on the topic, “What
worked or didn’t work after my stroke/
my loved one’s stroke.” Open to all who
can beneft from support and information
supporting stroke recovery and
care-giving. Includes light refreshments;
RSVP to 410-822-1000, ext 5068,or
midshorestroke@gmail.com

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III
– Saturday, July 12, 8:30am-3pm, UM
SMC at Easton, Health Education Center.
Overview of pregnancy and birth for
expectant mothers, spouses and birthing
coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or
410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Traditional Reiki I Class: “Find
Wellness Within You” – Saturday,
July 12, 9am-6pm, Center for
Integrative Medicine. Learn Reiki, a
gentle touch therapy that accesses
universal life energy to promote physical,
emotional, mental and spiritual
healing and does not interfere with
conventional medical treatment or
alternative therapies. A useful tool for
personal wellness and for health care
professionals and caregivers. Persons
completing this class will be certifed
by the USUI School of Natural Healing
to give Reiki sessions on themselves
and others. Offers eight nursing
contact hours. Instructor: Dana Limpert.
Tuition: $170 (including book). Limited
space, advance reservation required:
410-770-9400.

Every Body Deserves a Massage:
Special Discount Week – Monday-
Friday, July 14-18, Center for Integrative
Medicine, 607B Dutchman’s Lane,
Easton. One-hour massages may be
scheduled during this week at $50 per
hour ($25 below the normal rate of
$75). To qualify for this special, be sure
to ask for the “Every Body Deserves a
Massage” discount when making the
appointment. Call soon as schedule
may fll quickly, 410-770-9400.

CARES Caregivers’ Support Group
– Wednesday, July 16, 5-7pm, Cancer
Center at UM Shore Regional Health,
509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton. Call 410-
822-1000, ext. 2257.

Breastfeeding Class – Saturday,
July 19, 9am-12:15pm, UM SMC at
Easton, Health Education Center. Led by
lactation consultants; expectant and new
mothers welcome. Free. Contact: 410-
822-1000; 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.
Look Good…Feel Better – Monday,
July 21, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center
509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.Free

ACS program for women with cancer
includes hair, skin and make-up tips,
samples and a visit to the Wig Room.
Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Women Supporting Women Breast
Cancer Group – Tuesday, July 22,
6:30pm, Christ Episcopal Church,
Cambridge. Call 410-463-0946 or
410-228-3161.

CARES Breast Cancer Support
Group – Tuesday, July 22, 6-7:30pm,
Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional
Health, 509 Idlewild Avenue, Easton.
Topic: “Bone Density and Bone Health.”
Call 410-822-1000, ext. 5387.

“Books are Fun” Sale – Tuesday,
July 22 and Wednesday, July 23, UM
Shore Medical Center at Dorchester.
Sponsored by the hospital Auxiliary.

Low Salties Support Group –
Wednesday, July 23, 4:30-6pm, Shore
Wound Care, 503A Dutchmans Lane,
Easton. Topic: “Low Sodium Diet – Back
to the Basics.” Contact: 410-820-6500.

Diabetes Self-Management
Refresher Class – Monday, July 28,
10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes
& Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at
Easton. For those who have completed
diabetes education classes but want
to take their self-care to the next level.
Referral required; call 410-822-1000,
ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group Annual
Indoor Picnic – Tuesday, July 29,
2014, 6pm, UM SMC at Chestertown,
Cafeteria. Contact: Chrissy Nelson,
RN, CDE, 410-778-7668, ext. 2175,
cnelson@chesterriverhealth.org.

Film Screening/Centreville: “
The Anonymous People”
Thursday, July 31, 6:00 pm, Queen
Anne’s County Library. Contact:
410-708-6577. This documentary flm
highlighting the 23 million Americans
in long-term recovery is a clarion call
for a new and enlightened awareness
of the promise of recovery from alcohol
and other drug abuse and addiction,
and for a new and better approach to
addressing the suffering caused by
addiction. Admission is free but due
to limited seating, advance ticketing
is recommended via www.eventbrite.
com. Questions may be directed to
recoveryforshore@gmail.com.

Everything $6.00 Sale – Thursday,
July 31, 7am-4pm, UM Shore Medical
Center at Chestertown. Sponsored by
the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary.

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Book Review: White Out by Michael W. Clune

whiteout“The most spectacular blackout of my long career as a drinker took place five years ago, during my last trip to Paris. I’m hazy on the details. I remember a huge fight with my second wife outside our rented apartment when I couldn’t remember the entry code. I half-remember being fished out of the Seine, without my glasses (I was later told I leapt from one of the bridges).”~from Clancy Martin’s review of White Out by Michael W. Clune appearing in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ed.Note: As one might expect from a journal of this nature, the exploration into addiction takes a decidedly philosophical bent. The review and especially the comment section seem to be as interesting as the book itself.

Read the review here.

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Food Friday: Endless Possibilities!

An embarrassment of riches barely describes what an extravagantly glorious place the Pike Place Market is! We crawled all over this 9-acre historic district for several days on our recent trip to the Pacific Northwest, and I feel like we could have spent another few of days of exploration there. It is huge, sprawling, varied, multi-cultural, multi-leveled, colorful, loud and bustling with myriad folks of every variety. People watching here was a unique pleasure. Sometimes we forgot to keep up our end of the conversation as we gawped with abandon. We stared a lot. More importantly, we ate a lot, and often.

On our first morning in Seattle, jet-lagged and creaky, we stumbled over to the Market and posed for the obligatory tourist selfies in front of the large red neon sign “PUBLIC MARKET CENTER” that towers over the brick street. As it was quite early we did not annoy too many of Seattle’s patient drivers when we were striking poses in the middle of the Pike Street and First Avenue intersection. Later in the day it might have been a different story, although we never saw a single traffic casualty for all the frenetic driving.

For the record – I could never drive in Seattle – at least not in a car with a standard transmission. The roads are San Francisco hilly, and I shudder to imagine stopping at a red light, at night, the road slick with wet, fallen leaves. The mind boggles and the spirit shrinks. Cars must yield to pedestrians in Seattle, and jaywalking is frowned upon. Seattle is not like New York City where gonzo pedestrians dive into the rivers of traffic with center-of-the-universe impunity. In Seattle, as long as you are within the safety zone of the cross walk, you are well and truly blessed. And then you can explain to me how Seattle drivers can back into diagonal parking spaces, on inclines!

After indulging our tourist egos we had that enormous breakfast I nattered on about a few weeks ago at the Athenian, with its broad swathe view of Elliott Bay. It is only one of dozens, DOZENS I say, of restaurants at Pike Place Market. There are sit down fancy places, sit down casual spots, and you can sit down on Tom Hank’s stool at the Athenian. There are market stalls with take away food. There are strolling musicians of varying degrees of professionalism and skill. There are cafés and stands and storefront bakeries. There is a Starbucks whenever you hear the siren song. I am amazed that we were even able to roll onto our plane for the return flight.

There are Korean, French, Persian, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Kastoori, Irish, Mediterranean, Turkish, German and Chinese as well as standard American foods represented here. In no particular order, we visited many of the eateries:

I had an excellent buttery salty shortbread cookie at Le Panier. Le cookie était délicieux! http://www.lepanier.com/

We watched cheese being made at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese. It explained once and for all the notion of “curds and whey”. Amazing! www.beecherscheese.com

We toured the Pike Brewery, had burgers and Dungeness crabs and revisited the Naughty Nelly. http://www.pikebrewing.com/
At the Shy Giant we had some locally made Snoqualmie gourmet ice cream. Not everyone can boast about that!

One of our best meals in Seattle was at the Virginia Inn: www.virginiainnseattle.com
I had an excellent bar burger. Good beer. Great wait staff. And a fab neon sign. Neon is something they do very well in Seattle. They are all very proud of the glassworks done by the artist Dale Chihuly and his workshop, but you’ve got to appreciate the abundance of great neon designs, which are cheerful beacons in the dark – when the sun finally goes down on these long summer evenings.

We queued up for Pike Place Chowder: http://www.pikeplacechowder.com/ A busker played his violin while we ate, with the sweetest saddest baroque piece I have ever heard, while we were watching the crowds swell and the line lengthen.
One memorable breakfast, later in our trip, was at Caffe Lieto, where we experienced the Biscuit Bitch. I stuck to my usual timid sausage biscuit, the Pescatarian had something healthy with veggies and eggs, but the Tall One out-ate us, as usual with his order for a Smokin’ Hot Bitch – biscuit and gravy smothered in cheese and topped with a grilled Louisiana Hot Link & jalapenos. You have to go there. The competition for an outdoor table with dueling mommies with double strollers was highly amusing. I guess the locals eat there, too! http://biscuitbitch.com/

We only had one grumpy indifferent meal in the Pike Place Market, when we were all surly, and feeling end-of-the-vacation-y with each other. It was not a reflection on the restaurant. But a few hot French fries and a Diet Coke later, I was my sweet middle-aged self again. You are never more than a step away from palliative food therapy here.

There is much to explore at Pike Place Market, and the prepared foods are just the beginning. I haven’t even mentioned the incredible displays of flowers, fruits, vegetables, Dungeness crabs and the amazing flying fish! Next week…

http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/

Here is a biscuit recipe from Food52 in case you want to make a nice big fat Seattle breakfast this weekend: https://food52.com/blog/7641-rosie-s-buttermilk-biscuits

“May I recommend three Maryland beaten biscuits, with water, for your breakfast? They are hard as a haul-seiner’s conscience and dry as a dredger’s tongue, and they sit for hours in your morning stomach like ballast on a tender ship’s keel. They cost little, are easily and crumblessly carried in your pockets, and if forgotten and gone stale, are neither harder nor less palatable than when fresh. What’s more, eaten first thing in the morning and followed by a cigar, they put a crabberman’s thirst on you, such that all the water in a deep neap tide can’t quench — and none, I think, denies the charms of water on the bowels of morning? ”
― John Barth, The Floating Opera

Local Leader Mike Menzies is Dead at 67

Robert Michael “Mike” Stewart Menzies, Sr., president and CEO of Easton Bank and Trust Co, and longtime civic leader, died of cancer in hospice care on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. A resident of Tred Avon Circle in Easton, he was 67.

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Robert Michael “Mike” Stewart Menzies

Born in Baltimore and raised on Broadway Road in the Worthington Valley, he was the son of John T. Menzies Jr. and Priscilla Fuller Menzies. Mr. Menzies attended Fox Lane High School in Mount Kisco, N.Y. In 1965 he went on to graduate from Trinity Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y. He attended Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA, where he graduated in 1969. Mike earned his CPA from what is now Loyola University, Maryland.

Prior to his association with Easton Bank and Trust, Mr. Menzies served in executive positions at several Maryland banking institutions, including The First Bank of Frederick, MD, The Talbot Bank of Easton and Maryland National Bank in Easton and in Annapolis.

He devoted many years to the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), where he served as chairman. The role allowed him to testify on Capitol Hill before the Senate and House Finance committees, the Judiciary and Small Business committees, the Senate Subcommittee on FDIC Insurance. He also testified before the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Mr. Menzies had a long history of community involvement, serving as chair of the Talbot Hospice Foundation; chair of the United Fund of Talbot County; a director of the Mid Shore Community Foundation; a member of the Rotary Club of Easton; a member of the Easton YMCA Investment Committee and a member of the Maryland Institute of CPAs. In addition, Mr. Menzies also was a 1999 graduate of Leadership Maryland, where he served as treasurer. He also was a member of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, the Tred Avon Yacht Club and the Talbot Country Club.

“When asked what gave him the greatest pride about his career, Mike, flashing his wonderful smile, talked proudly about his volunteer activities, giving back to the community,” Howard Freedlander, a longtime friend, said. “He loved helping customers and friends resolve their problems. He was a terrific adviser and friend.”

His passions included flying planes, boating and spending time with his family.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 28, 2014 at The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford, MD. A reception will follow at the church.

In 2010, Mr. Menzies married Marjorie M. (Midge) Fuller. In addition to his wife, Mr. Menzies is survived by his two sons, R. Michael S. Menzies Jr. and his wife Arika of Estacada, OR and Wade Callender Menzies and his wife Laura of Charlotte, NC; his mother, Priscilla Fuller Menzies; his brother, Scott Menzies of Upperco, MD; his sister, Priscilla Menzies Keller of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; stepson, Wade Perry Fuller and his wife, April, and step-granddaughter, Isabel, of West Chester, PA along with several nieces and nephews. Mike was predeceased by
his first wife, Marita, his older brother, Jock and his father, John.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Talbot Hospice Foundation, 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, MD 21601 or The Church of the Holy Trinity, 502 S. Morris Street, Oxford, MD 21654.

Funeral arrangements are by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, P.A. For online tributes, please visit www.fhnfuneralhome.com.

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Free Public Art Talks during August

 “Summer Delight, 48x48, ink, acrylic, resin on board” by Heidi Clark. Come join us at these free public talks and enjoy an expanded view of the arts.

“Summer Delight, 48×48, ink, acrylic, resin on board” by Heidi Clark. Come join us at these free public talks and enjoy an expanded view of the arts.

The St. Michaels Art League is sponsoring a series of free public Art Talks during the summer of 2014. During August, featured speakers will be Heidi Clark and Marie Martin.

On Thursday, August 7, Heidi Clark will present “A different Perspective – Abstract Art”, discussing how to achieve a feeling, mood or atmosphere with abstract paintings. Ms. Clark creates and exhibits at her gallery, the Clark Gallery of Fine Art in St. Michaels. Her free talk will be given at the St. Michaels library from 7-8 pm.

On Thursday, August 21, Marie Martin will discuss “Art Treasurers in Family Photographs” in a free talk at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Library from 7-8 pm. A professional photographic appraiser, Ms. Martin will provide insight into how you should view those old family photographs, passed down from generation to generation and stored in an old shoe box in the attic.

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TCAC Bids Farewell to Departing Board Members

The Talbot County Arts Council honored two retiring members of the board of directors for their years of dedicated service to the arts and to the community during a farewell party on June 14. The event was held near Easton at the home of Arts Council executive director Gerry Early and wife Michaela Carberry Early.

Completing the maximum allowable six continuous years of service during 2008-2014 were two Trappe area residents. They are Ann E. Frock, who has been the organization’s treasurer and most recently its vice president, and retired Army Major General Andrew H. Anderson, who during this period was successively chairman of the Mini-Grant Committee and the Nominating and Bylaws Committee.

In addition to his just-completed service, Anderson had two previous periods of board membership–during 1990-1998 while he was the Talbot County Council representative on the Arts Council, and a separate six-year term during 2001-2007 during which he was both vice president and president. In recognition of his extraordinary length of service and unfailing commitment to the mission and purposes of the Arts Council, he was unanimously elected as a president emeritus of the organization.

Arts Council president Stephanie Handy cited the faithful and distinguished service the retiring members have made to the quality of life and economic development in Talbot County. During the past six years the Arts Council has made grants totaling almost $400,000 for arts programs and projects of local nonprofit and government-related organizations and for arts education in the schools. She emphasized how the departing members contributed significantly to the wisdom of those grant-making decisions and the efficient operation of the board of directors.

For further information on the Talbot County Arts Council, visit website www.talbotarts.org or call 410-310-9812.