Toasting Julia Child’s Brownies in St. Michaels December 1

Pamela Heyne will give a slide talk Dec. 1 at 5:30 at the Saint Michaels Library. The talk will revolve around her new book, In Julia’s Kitchen, Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child. Books will be available for purchase after the talk (and sold by the News Center). Since Julia Child emphasized the joy of sharing the wonderful food she prepared, Pamela feels we need to replicate some of that fun with wine and Julia Child’s recipe brownies.

Pamela, the only architect who ever interviewed Julia, will show how meaningful Julia Child’s ideas are today, from the standpoint of design as well as physical health and emotional well being. Some recent local designs are in the book, such as the Cottingham Farm kitchen and gallery.

Last month Pamela had a launch of the book in the Boston area at the Harvard Book Store and other venues. She writes a column for the Talbot Spy, “Design for You,” and has a studio in Saint Michaels, Heyne Design.

The Mid-Shore Community Band Christmas Concert Planned for December 4

The Mid-Shore Community Band will play its annual Christmas concert at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Easton, MD. The concert will take place on Sunday December 4, 2016 at 6:30pm and will include an array of Christmas songs to get you and the entire family in the holiday spirit. The band has prepared a variety of classic and festive pieces including White Christmas, Greensleeves, and the ever popular Sleigh Ride.

The band is under the direction of EJ Oesterle and will feature saxophone soloist Donna Ewing. This is one of the Mid-Shore Community Band’s biggest concerts of the season.

Donations are graciously accepted and will benefit the Star Democrat’s Brighter Christmas Fund. Seats fill quickly, so please come early and enjoy the MSCB’s sounds of the season. For more information, please visit

Recovery: Introducing the Bridge Clinic in Dorchester

What is the Bridge Clinic?

The Bridge Clinic at Shore Behavioral Health at University of Maryland Community Medical Group at Dorchester is a short term program (up to 3 months) with a goal to “bridge the gap” until a patient is able to establish permanent mental health care with a community provider.

It was established due to an increased number of patients returning to the Emergency room after having been recently hospitalized in our inpatient behavioral health unit and also for those individuals who use the Emergency room routinely due to lack of a timely appointment with their mental health provider.
We are located at 2 Aurora Street, Cambridge Maryland, across the driveway from Dorchester General Hospital. We can be contacted at 410-228-5511 extension 2140. We are open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8am-4:30pm and Tuesdays 9am-8pm.

Who is eligible for the Bridge Clinic?

Currently, patients eligible for this program are individuals being discharged from Shore Behavioral health impatient unit who do not have mental health counseling and psychiatry resources or are delayed in getting a first appointment.

The Bridge Clinic may also be utilized by individuals who are attending or are soon to be discharged from Mental Health IOP.
Patients who present at the Emergency room but do not reach the level of care for inpatient behavioral health can be referred by the Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT).

We also have a walk in clinic which can be used on an emergent basis by any patient referred from a University of Maryland Shore Health facility.
Other services offered at the Bridge Clinic

OPEN GROUP (support and education) at least once weekly for discharged patients, one family member and for anyone in the community; Tuesdays 6pm-730pm at hospital in IOP room. This has been a great success!

The Walk-in clinic is open every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am-12noon. This Walk-in clinic can be utilized by other University of Maryland Shore Medical services when a patient needs an assessment, medication evaluation or mental health counseling.

We strive to contact patients after discharge to ensure they remember appointments and understand their discharge plan; brainstorm solutions and offer face-to-face counseling if concerns needs more than a phone call.

We provide counseling for individuals in conjunction with injections given by nurse in Bridge Clinic when the doctor decides injections are needed given their mental health or substance use issues.

We do a Bridge Clinic Information group every Wednesday afternoon on the Shore Behavioral Health inpatient unit – field questions and talk about Bridge Clinic being one of several resources after discharge.

We collaborate with Shore Behavioral Health social workers, community mental health providers and other resources in the community to foster patient’s having continuity of care and safety.

What makes us unique is our flexibility and ability to get patients seen by a counselor within a day and psychiatrist within a few days thereafter. We also work hard to insure patients stay compliant with their prescribed medications and get appropriate referrals in the community to reduce the likelihood of returning to the emergency room.

As you see in the graph below, we started our program in January 2016 and have increased number of patient visits from 10 in January to 71 in November.


If you are interested in attending our open support and education group on Tuesday evenings or have any questions about the Bridge Clinic, please contact us a call at 410-228-5511 extension 2140.

YMCA Highlights Mid-Atlantic Tire Pro’s “Mattie Rewards Program”

Mid Atlantic Tire Pros continues to support the Easton Family YMCA through the Mattie Rewards Program.

Earn points at each visit to Mid Atlantic Tire Pros and then donate them to local charities including the Easton Family YMCA Strong Communities Campaign. What better way to help send children to summer camp or provide access to our facilities to someone who otherwise couldn’t afford it?

October-December deals include:

> 1 point for every $2 spent
> 350 points for joining Mattie Rewards with Promo Code: YMCA-2016
> 100 points on a transmission, coolant, or power steering flush
> 100 points with a synthetic oil change
> Double points when purchasing a set of 4 Michelin tires
> Double points on a brake service or pads
> Double points when you have your Toyota or Lexus serviced
> Double points when you spend $750 or Triple points when you spend $1,500

YMCA to Host Event to Thank Volunteers, December 1

YMCA of the Chesapeake will be hosting a Time, Talent and Treasure volunteer recognition event at the Easton YMCA on December 1 to honor the support that all of our volunteers provided us in 2016. This new event has a sole purpose of appreciating those that help us achieve the work that we set out to do each year.

Our YMCA could not survive without the help and hundreds of hours logged from our volunteers across all departments. From youth sports coaches, to learn to swim instructors, to welcome desk greeters, volunteers play a part in nearly everything we do in our YMCA.

If you are a volunteer, please RSVP to Megan Gladding to reserve your spot for the Time, Talent and Treasure dinner at 6 pm on December 1. If you are not currently a YMCA volunteer but would like to get involved then please also email Megan to start the process

Annual YMCA Turkey Trot Race is Just Around the Bend

Our 15th Annual YMCA Turkey Trot will be taking place on Friday, November 25 at 10 am. This Black Friday race has been a staple in our community for years and helps burn off those extra Thanksgiving calories.

This year, 100% of the proceeds from the race go towards supporting YMCA Camp Lazy Days, a six week camp for youth with special needs that is completely free for the parents and their children. This year, we’re excited to have youth from Camp Lazy Days participating in the official start of the race. We hope you will consider registering early, only the first 400 races are guaranteed a shirt. Register here!

Interested in learning more about YMCA Camp Lazy Days and the importance of this race and your support? Please check out this video!



YMCA Announces Volunteers of the Month for November

YMCA’s across the country would not function without the leadership of volunteers, whether serving on our boards or volunteering to coach, it’s important to us that we highlight these stories each month. We hope you enjoy.

This month we would like to recognize three volunteers that led a new program for our YMCA this past fall.

This past summer, the YMCA was approached about taking over the local middle school soccer program, the Junior Warriors. Feeling continued soccer development was a high area of need, the YMCA jumped in to make this project work. However, without three great volunteers, this program could not have been possible.

A special thank you to our boys coach Paul Spies, our girls coach Jim Fodrie, and parent volunteer for many years and the action behind the success of the program, Cathy Weems.

We’re ever grateful for the leadership of these three individuals and look forward to seeing this program continue to grow and develop.

Gardening in a Changing Climate

Climate change is our new reality. Increasing temperatures have led to longer, warmer winters and hotter summers, with significant impacts on both plants and animals. Spring now comes earlier, inducing changes in the timing of critical life stages in native plants and the species with which they interact.

Dr. Sara Via will share how these diverse effects of climate change also affect gardens and home landscapes and how adopting climate-friendly gardening strategies will improve success and help to reduce future change.

Adkins Arboretum, in partnership with the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore, presents:

Gardening in a Changing Climate
with Dr. Sara Via
Professor of biology and entomology at University of Maryland.

The event will be held Wednesday, November 9 at the Talbot County Free Library, 100 W. Dover St. in Easton at 11:15 AM.

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Discover Easton This Weekend: November 4-6

Come discover Easton, Maryland this weekend! Enjoy a preview of Waterfowl Festival artwork and special items before the crowds come next weekend. For more information on these and other events in Easton, please visit

Juliska Event
Friday, November 4 | 2-6 p.m.
Dwelling & Design

Experience this wonderful designers workshop at Dwelling & Design on Goldsborough St. Focused on table settings, they will have an in-store demonstration by specialist David Wunderlich, as well as special discounts and gift incentives.

Opening Reception: Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery
Friday, November 4 | 5-8 p.m.
The opening reception for the new exhibit, “The Land of Pleasant Living: Birds, Boats and Idyllic Landscapes,” will take place on Harrison St. at Trippe-Hilderbrandt Gallery this Friday. Enjoy artwork depicting the Eastern Shore’s many wonders during the Friday downtown gallery walk.

First Weekend
Friday-Saturday, November 4-5
Downtown Easton
Downtown Easton comes alive during our monthly First Weekend arts and shopping exploration! This weekend, enjoy previews of some of the Waterfowl Festival artwork and special items BEFORE the crowds descend next week!

Seamus Kennedy
Friday, November 4 | 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room
With a thorough knowledge of the traditional and contemporary songs of Ireland and Scotland, Seamus Kennedy is equally proficient with American music, whether it be folk, country, bluegrass or a little Western Swing.

Easton Farmers’ Market
Saturday, November 5 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Market House Parking Lot
Come by the Easton Farmers’ Market for fresh fruit and veggies, coffee, spirits, crafts, and live entertainment.

Saturday, November 5 | 8 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room
British singer-songwriter Georgina Callaghan, who simply goes by Callaghan professionally, will bring her poetic verses and genuine vocals to the stage of the Stoltz Listening Room this Saturday evening. Featured in Billboard Magazine and the Huffington Post, she’s one not to be missed!

Grant Lee Phillips
Sunday, November 6 | 7 p.m.
Stoltz Listening Room
The former frontman for Grant Lee Buffalo (opening for acts such as R.E.M. and Pearl Jam), Grant Lee Phillips took a new approach with his latest release, “The Narrows.”
Known to many as the town troubadour in Gilmore Girls, Phillips recent move to Nashville produced an album that is a well-received mix of folk and country. Hear Phillips this weekend in Easton!

Op-Ed: Vote Your Values by Johnny O’Brien

Vote your values and value your vote.

This is likely the most consequential election in our lifetimes. America’s challenges and opportunities are bigger and more complex than ever. So our country desperately needs effective leadership at this critical period.

All of us value our right to free speech. Voting for who leads this great nation is a priceless form of our freedom to express ourselves. It’s our most important way of being heard in the civic arena. Cherish it. Exercise it. Vote!

And make sure your values get heard through your vote. Beyond the election hype and spin, we each know what we value at our core. What we stand for deep down. Some of my core values are:

RESPECT and CIVILITY toward all.
SERVICE for the GREATER GOOD ( Country above self )
COMPASSION for those in NEED

When we pick our greatest U.S. presidents ( like Washington, Lincoln, FDR, etc.), we heavily weight their character — who they were not just what they did — in our ratings. They all scored heavily on these core principles. As did my hero, Milton S. Hershey, who saved my life and the lives of countless orphans. How do the candidates measure up to your heroes?

What are your core beliefs? I urge you to require candidates to meet your test of what truly counts. For sure, the character of our leaders in the Oval Office and Congress matters enormously.

You and your voice count. Your vote matters. Please vote and vote your cherished values.

Johnny O’Brien is the former President the the Hershey School in Hershey Pennsylvania.