Delmarva Review Selects Cover For Tenth Anniversary

Regional photographer Calvin “Cal” Jackson’s color image “Recycle” was selected for the tenth anniversary cover of the Delmarva Review, to be published on November 1.

“We’re excited to feature cover art from the strong work of regional artists, including photography and paintings,” said Emily Rich, editor of the review. “The richness of regional art provides a compelling folio for the quality of stories and poetry we publish annually.”

Cal Jackson’s cover image “Recycle” shows shucked oyster shells, in rustic bushels, to be spread on bay oyster beds, providing a solid hold for oyster larvae to grow into the future.

The photographer, from Easton, is exhibiting at the BWI Airport gallery, by the International Terminal, and in a Maryland Federation of the Arts “Global Perspectives” online collection during August. His photos are among exhibits at galleries in Easton, Cambridge and Chestertown, Maryland, as well as Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Jackson is a retired accountant and former audit manager for information technology with the U.S. Army.

Freedom Rowers Accepting New Members

The Freedom Rowers will be hosting their information and registration for the upcoming fall season Thursday, August 24th from 7 – 8pm at the Evergreen Cove practice location.

Students and their parents will get an overview of the sport of rowing as well as a chance to see the boats in the water with current team members. Freedom Rowers is a coeducational rowing program open to all students ages 13 – 18 in schools from Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester and Queen Anne’s Counties.

The fall season will run from September through the beginning of November. Evergreen Cove is located at 770 Port Street in Easton.

For further information please visit the website at: or call Coach Gill at 410-253-6851.

Teachers Investigate Human Impacts by Land and Sea at Pickering Creek

“Every time I do a workshop with Pickering Creek it’s always diverse, interesting, and hands-on,” Cathy Bornhoeft, Environmental Science teacher at North Caroline High School, said after participating in the two-day Audubon Watershed Experience teacher professional development workshop this summer.

Now in it’s fifteenth year, the Audubon Watershed Experience (AWE) program, funded by Chesapeake Bay Trust, has connected thousands of high school biology and environmental science students to local conservation efforts on the Eastern Shore through hands-on and investigative in-class lessons and field experiences at Pickering Creek. Although the students are the focus of this successful program, another equally important and engaged group at the program’s center – teachers – experienced their own exciting and experiential AWE program this summer.

Environmental Science teachers from Talbot, Wicomico, and Caroline Counties look on as Dr. Dave Curson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon MD/DC, demonstrates a bird monitoring protocol

The theme of 2017’s summer workshop was “Investigating Human Impacts by Land and Sea.” Day One took place at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and focused on the impacts of rising seas on critical habitat for bird populations that rely on local salt marshes. Throughout the day, teachers from Wicomico, Caroline, and Talbot Counties played interactive games, practiced using data and scientific evidence to support arguments, and took home hands-on activities and resources to use in their classrooms.

Dr. Ariana Sutton-Grier, Director of Science for the Maryland/DC chapter of the Nature Conservancy and an Associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland, presented her research on “blue carbon” and salt marshes. In the afternoon, Dr. Dave Curson, Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon MD/DC, toured the teachers to several Refuge areas where Audubon is working closely with Refuge staff on projects to help local salt marshes adapt to a changing climate and rising seas.

With strong coffee in hand, the teachers started Day Two at 6:00 AM for a trip to the Chester River Field Research Station in Chestertown to experience bird banding up close. Maren Gimpel, Field Ecologist for Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society, toured the group around the 228-acre Chino Farms migration banding station; demonstrated how birds are caught, banded, and released; and shared research findings from the banding station’s records. Similar to Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Chino Farms has a long history of agriculture and a recent history of conservation and restoration efforts to improve and protect bird habitats.

Maren Gimpel shows teachers a recently banded Blue Jay at the Chester River Field Research Station

Using data collected from the banding station, teachers practiced a lesson investigating the impacts of weather, land management, and local habitat changes on Northern Bobwhite Quail and Grasshopper Sparrow populations. Following their morning at the banding station, the teachers boarded Washington College’s research vessel Callinectes for an afternoon on the Chester River. Emily Harris, Watershed Coordinator for the Chester River Association (CRA), demonstrated water sampling techniques for fresh and brackish water; discussed restoration, behavior change, and policy initiatives to reduce pollution; and introduced projects CRA works on with landowners, homeowners, and legislators to improve local water quality.

Teacher professional development workshops with Pickering Creek Audubon Center introduce teachers to new activities, resources, and lessons for their classrooms, and connect teachers directly with scientists working in the field. When asked what they found most valuable about the two-day workshop, one teacher commented, “Interacting with the scientists and hearing first hand the importance of the experiments they were conducting. This allows me to better explain these things to my students and show actual work.”

For more information on Pickering Audubon Center please go here


Senior Life: Dixon House on the Trail

It It doesn’t matter how old you are when it comes to enjoying a perfect summer day. The Spy found that to be true when spotting some of the residents of Dixon House on the Easton Rails to Trails the other day soaking in the sun.

While the average age at Dixon House is close to 95 years old,  the residents and staff don’t hold back when it comes to getting out for some fresh air and frequent trips to area restaurants for lunch.

For more information about Dixon House please go here.

Just So You Know… Sobriety Checkpoint Planned for August in Talbot County

Law enforcement agencies and Maryland State Highway Administration from throughout Talbot County will join forces to conduct a sobriety checkpoint.  The operation will be conducted with the five States and the District of Columbia campaign, “Checkpoint Strikeforce”.  The goal is to reduce the number of drunk and drugged drivers on Talbot County roadways.

Law enforcement agencies and Maryland State Highway Administration from throughout Talbot County will join forces to conduct a sobriety checkpoint.  The operation will be conducted with the five States and the District of Columbia campaign, “Checkpoint Strikeforce”.  The goal is to reduce the number of drunk and drugged drivers on Talbot County roadways.

From South of Left Field: Bandaids and Broomsticks by Jimmie Galbreath

So much has been put out about Health Care it seems a difficult subject to open any new ground. From the south side of left field, however, something is clearly amiss in all the articles, speeches, announcements and memes, something vital.

To begin with, Health Care in America is first, foremost and always a ‘for profit’ undertaking. Turning that around, if the Medical Industry/Insurance/Hospital/etc. can’t make a profit treating you then they don’t want to treat you. How would you feel seeing someone sick and unwanted? How would you feel if it was someone you knew? When I lived in Mississippi with a wife and two small children, I was confronted by a ‘medical’ decision, delivered by the family physician we had used for nearly 15 years. Our life had taken a bad turn, we had lost our medical insurance, and we were no longer welcome. Please find another doctor. Offering to pay in advance for my children wasn’t good enough, go away. This aspect of medical care in America is real; it was real 20 some odd years ago, it is more real today.

Over the years the cost of anything and everything medical, including profits, has risen faster than either inflation or general income. Medical treatment just like the cost of college is becoming unaffordable to an ever growing portion of the American public. Medicare and Medicaid were created to provide government help to those without any other hope of medical treatment, but the numbers left out in the cold continue to grow, and the coverage has not kept up.

Then the ACA, Obamacare, was created as a vehicle for the government to help the uninsured by providing government payment toward the medical insurance premiums. The ACA didn’t stop there; it added financial penalties for those who didn’t sign up for an insurance policy. Of course, the insurance companies continued to demand ever larger premiums while arguing to be allowed to offer fewer services for the premiums. When they couldn’t get enough money, they quit offering policies. Please understand, this is what a business does. It doesn’t have anything to do with humanity and never will.

We Americans have been taught by business to believe no one does anything and everything better than business does. In truth, the only thing business does make is profit, everything else is secondary – period. We have also been taught by the same pundits that Government can’t tie its own shoelaces and business can improve on everything government does. Let me repeat myself; the only thing business does make is a profit. If you can’t pay for it, you can’t have it.

Now we come to the crux of the matter. Today America stands for the sick and dying only getting the care they can pay for themselves. PERIOD. This is America today. We do not believe a life is worth saving if it is American and poor. This is the message from Washington; this is the message from Wall Street, this is the America others see every day as our politicians quibble and dither and accomplish nothing of worth.

Americans will donate to overseas disasters, politicians spill our blood, dollars, and lives all over the world every day for various causes. We ship food all around the world, but a poor American isn’t worth a Bandaid here at home. The vital piece that is missing is a sense that all Americans are worth caring for. The broomstick? The broomstick should be used to sweep away the politicians struggling mightily every day to protect the medical industry rather than us. So far it only gets used to sweep the suffering under the rug. If this truly is America, it is no wonder we aren’t Great. Greatness begins with the people. Where is our Greatness now?

Jimmie Galbreath is a retired engineer originally from a small family owned dairy farm in Jefferson County, MS. He earned a B.S in petroleum engineering from MS State University, accumulating 20 years Nuclear experience at Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station and Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Station. Along the way he worked as a roustabout on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, served 3 years active service as a Quartermaster Officer in the US Army, Supervised brick kilns first in MS and then in Atlanta GA and whatever else it took to skin the cat. He now lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Senior Nation: ‘Age Safely With Technology’ Workshop Planned

“Age Safely With Technology,” a presentation for those 50 & older who may have trouble adjusting to the latest technology available is planned for September. Learn how to keep in touch with your loved ones. Caregivers and families are invited to attend as well. A variety of vendors will be present to demonstrate their latest technology. This event to be hosted by Commission on Aging.

3-5 PM
Thursday, September 21, 2018
Brookletts Place , Easton, Maryland

P.E.A.C.E. To Hold Hiroshima Day Peace Vigil

The local P.E.A.C.E. will be gathering at Idlewild Park fountain on August 6 from 4pm to 5pm to support the prohibition of nuclear weapons on the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. The group will also be standing for Peace on Thursday, August 3 from 5-6p.m in front of the Talbot County Courthouse on Washington Street.

Eight Couples Vie for “Homecoming Court” to Benefit St. Michaels Community Center

Not everyone looks back on high school fondly, so when the St. Michaels Community Center (SMCC) went searching for volunteers to run for King and Queen of its upcoming Homecoming Dance fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 26 … well … let’s just say that hands didn’t shoot up into the air.

Soon and surely enough, though, eight couples stepped forward and throttled down into the fast lane of teenage nostalgia. This motley crew of now upstanding citizens represents a history of all kinds—the academics and valedictorians, the debate teamers, the cheerleaders, the sports team leaders, the newspaper editors, the band captains, the class clowns and more—and for the next four weeks, they are committed to doing whatever it takes to raise critical cash and in-kind donations for SMCC, now in its 26th year of serving kids, elders and other circles of neighbors across our Bay Hundred Area.

Even if it means tucking their egos into a drawer.

That’s right, the SMCC Homecoming Court will be donning tutus, washing cars, sharing throwback photographs of themselves from high school on Facebook, dressing up in the fashion of their graduation decade, and dancing the night away on Aug. 26—all in the name of charity.

Those competitors are Laura and Jason Chance, Crystal Foxwell and Derrick Richardson, Peter and Lucka Paris, Jen Shatwell and Jonathan Dietrich (JD), Karen and Langley Shook, Chief Anthony Smith and A’knea Smith, Kathy Lash and Joe Trippi, and Shawn and Marissa Carter.

You can follow the competition on Facebook at and vote for who you’d like to seen crowned King and Queen by visiting SMCC’s website at and clicking “Tickets.” (You can make a donation and vote even if you don’t want to attend the dance.) For more information please contact:Jen Shatwell, SMCC Board Member (202) 262-1488

Senior Nation: Brookletts Place to Host “Summer of Love” Fundraiser August 4

Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center will be hosting a fundraiser to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. The event will be held on August 4th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Easton Elks Lodge (#1622) in Easton, Md.

The Summer of Love was a famous and unique social event during the summer of 1967. Around 100,000 hippies – mostly youth – congregated in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood to live and celebrate hippie culture. Although hippies also converged in other major cities in the U.S, Canada, and Europe, San Francisco was the most publicized city for this social phenomenon.

Childlene Brooks, Center Manager remarked, “Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center’s fundraising committee wanted to organize a fundraiser that would commemorate a historical event that many senior citizens would remember.” Also, Brooks said, “We welcome anyone 21 and over to join us on August 4th!”

Guests are encouraged to wear their “grooviest” attire. The skills of local DJ Steve Moody playing popular era-music, a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, a cash bar, and “groovy” food will round out the evening. Various sponsorship opportunities varying from $250-$2,500 are available with more information at Individuals may register for the event by July 28, 2017 via buying tickets online at or mailing a check payable to “Mid Shore Community Foundation” to Attn: Brookletts Place Summer of Love, 102 E. Dover St, Easton, MD 21601.

The profits raised from this event will go towards Brookletts Place’s Fundraising Campaign that is currently underway to raise money for needed programs and services at the Center as well as developing a satellite senior center in St. Michaels.

About Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center
Brookletts Place is dedicated to serving residents 60 years of age and older from all walks of life in Talbot and surrounding counties. Brookletts Place strives to create an environment where individuals can create, thrive and participate in life-long learning that enhances their physical mental and emotional lives. To learn more, please visit or call 410.822.2869.