Recovery For Shore Plans “Sweet” Celebration September 21


September is National Recovery Month, and Easton will celebrate with Recovery For Shore’s ice cream “Scoop Scoot” from 2 to 5 PM on Sunday, September 21 at Thompson Park, 30 W Dover St. between Washington and Harrison streets.

The “Scoop Scoot” will offer ice cream delights from Old Town Creamery, Rita’s, Julia’s, Scottish Highland Creamery and Squirrel Pit  and each will be in different locations within walking distance from Thompson Park

There will also be musical entertainment and children’s activities in addition to learning more about local resources available for recovery from drug and alcohol abuse and mental disorders. Treatment and prevention information will also be available.

The cost is $2 per person and registration should be made online at

Recovery For Shore is an advocacy group promoting prevention, treatment and recovery for all substance use and mental disorders.

In its 25th year, Recovery Month “promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help.” (

Recovery for Shore is an ad hoc advocacy group of healthcare professionals, community members and non-profit organizations promoting recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and mental disorders in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Dorchester and Caroline counties.

The Talbot Spy and Chestertown Spy have acted as a portal for recovery issues and have developed a series of video interviews of people in recovery and healthcare professionals in the addiction and recovery field. These interviews are located in the Recovery For Shore section on the front page of both publications.

To find out more about Recovery For Shore or to volunteer, contact them at or go to their Facebook page.

Fab Four Invades Eastern Shore For Crossroads Community


Crossroads Community is celebrating its 30th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ invasion of America by hosting the Fab Four for a one-night-only concert at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College, on Saturday, September 20, starting at 7 p.m. The event supports the organization’s provision of mental health recovery resources to a five-county Mid-Shore area.

“Each year we have a fundraiser to support Crossroads Community’s programs,” explained Dan Rosendale, fundraising chair. “However, this year is the 30th anniversary of our organization, so we wanted something special, and who is more universally enjoyed than The Beatles?”


Described as “The Ultimate Tribute” to The Beatles, the Emmy Award-winning Fab Four performance spans the entire Beatles repertoire. With three costume changes to match the song eras, the group is renowned for its attention to detail, including appearances by “Ed Sullivan.”

Doors will open early for guests to enjoy a cash bar and auction, where a guitar signed by Paul McCartney will be up for bid. Major sponsors will have an opportunity for photos with the band after the show.

Early sponsors include CNB, Triton Wealth Management, T.R. Klein & Company, Chesapeake Publishing and What’s Up? Media. Additional sponsors are welcome, and those interested may contact Suzanne Moore at 410-758-3050 ext. 126 for more information. Sponsorship and ticket sales benefit Crossroads Community services, such as its Dental Program and Transitional Age Youth Program.

Tickets are $100, $75 and $50, and are available by calling 410-827-5867.

For more information, to make a donation or to volunteer, contact Crossroads Community at 410-758-3050 or visit its website,

Rep. Andy Harris’ Wife Cookie Dies of Heart Attack

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WBAL-TV is reporting that Rep. Andy Harris’ wife has died. Sylvia “Cookie” Harris suffered a sudden heart attack Thursday, sources confirm with 11 News.

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Easton and Queenstown Stroke Support Groups Meet in September


The Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group will meet Thursday, September 4, at 1-2:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Washington Street in Easton, and a new stroke support group will meet on Tuesday, September, 23, 12-2 p.m. at UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown, Suite 320.

Both stroke support groups provide information and strategies supporting stroke recovery and care-giving. Their meetings are free and open to anyone whose life has been touched by stroke.

Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States. Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke, and the average time for recovery is two years.

The value of social support in stroke recovery has been validated in recent studies, according the American Stroke Association. Feelings of depression and isolation are eased by participating in a support group, and equally important, the support groups often challenge participants “to get beyond their doctor-imposed, therapist-imposed, family-imposed, and self-imposed limitations.”

The Mid-Shore Stroke Support Group meeting will feature two speakers. Melissa Mueller, director of The Presbyterian Church Preschool, will talk on how stroke support group members and their friends and families can help with the Church’s reading to pre-schoolers program; and Kathi Naumann, a caregiving educator, will discuss a video and website that she made to help caregivers and family members care for a stroke survivor safely and effectively. To RSVP, email or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

The Queenstown Stroke Support Group is led by Jessica Fluharty, RN, neuroscience specialist at UM Shore Regional Health. The inaugural meeting presents an opportunity for Queen Anne’s County stroke survivors and their family members and friends to learn about resources and strategies that support stroke recovery and care-giving. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch; light refreshments will be served. To RSVP, email or call 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.


Frederick Douglass Day Set for September 27


fred1The Town of Easton and the Frederick Douglass Honor Society invite you to celebrate F Douglass’ life and his powerful legacy during Frederick Douglass Day on Saturday, September 27. The celebration will feature a parade with bands, keynote address by renowned Douglass scholar, musical performances, children activities, food and retail vendors, a tour of “The Hill,” a historically-oriented scavenger hunt, oral history interviews and a free screening of “Twelve Years a Slave”.

Born into slavery in Talbot County, Maryland, Frederick Douglass became an eloquent author, human rights activist, teacher, and writer. His bronze statue, erected in front of the Talbot County Courthouse on June 18, 2011, continues to inspire thousands of visitors each year.

The day’s activities will begin with a parade. At 10:45 a.m., the Frederick Douglass Day parade will form on Glenwood Avenue, then march to West Street and Federal Street, ending at the Frederick Douglass statue at the Talbot County Courthouse lawn at about 11:15am. Eric Lowery, president of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, will welcome attendees, present musical peformances, and a reading by the winner of the Frederick Douglass Essay contest.

“Frederick Douglass and African American history is part of us all,” Mr. Lowery said. “We hope the community and visitors will enjoy this incredible day of learning, celebration, and entertainment. One of my favorite Douglass quotes is ‘… it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’”

Easont’s Mayor Robert Willey echoed those remarrks. “We hope Frederick Douglass Day will inspire young children as they learn about his life and his challenges.”

Afterward, participants will stroll to the event’s central location on Dover Street, in thr parking lot next to the Talbot County District Court building. There will be live entertainment, food and retail vendors, and a knowledge village, where exhibitors from various organizations will share information on their missions and their histories.

From 11 a.m. To 12:30 p.m., Professor Dale Green will lead a tour of “The Hill,” an area in Easton recently discovered to be the oldest African American community in the nation, populated by free blacks and some whites, all living in relative harmony. Professor Green, who is chairman of the Historic Preservation Program at Morgan State University in Baltimore, has played an active role in archaeological digs in “The Hill” neighborhood. At 3 p.m., he will present an update on “The Hill” and its latest archaeological findings at the Talbot County Free Library.

At the Dover Street location from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Kentavius Jones (“KJ”) and his band will perform live music. KJ, an Easton native and Washington College 2004 graduate, currently lives in Los Angeles but often is in his home territory. His icons are Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis, and his own musician father. His brand of soulful rock moves people to his beat and onto their feet.

Other musical performers will include the Bay Country Chorus (the Easton chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society); Gene Edwards, a master of the digital keyboard and a vocalist of a full array of favorite hits; and the SPAA Singers (Society for the Preservation of African American Singers), performing soulful sounds of gospel music from the past, while circulating throughout the site area.

At 1 p.m., keynote speaker, Professor David Blight will talk about material from his forthcoming book on Frederick Douglass’s life at the Talbot County Free Library. Blight, a respected Yale University historian, was at the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass statue on 2011. He is Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.

Hunting for answers during the scavenger hunt about intriguing places, times, and people can be accomplished by using your smart phone or the resources at the library. No previous knowledge is required; you just need a sharp mind and comfortable shoes. Participants can pick up the clues for the scavenger hunt at the Dover Street Scavenger Hunt booth.

Sanfoka Dance Theater will take center stage at 3:00 pm presenting world-class authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways. Sanfoka reaches back into the rich legacy of African culture and history to move forward in greater awareness and sensitivity to the world community. They have performed for antional and international locations entertaining, enriching, and connecting with people around the world.

A free screening of “Twelve Years a Slave” directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor will be held 6:30 p.m. at the Easton Premier Cinemas. The film, based on an incredible true story about one man’s fight for survival and freedom, earned three Academy Awards – Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o and the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for John Ridley.

On Friday, September 26, the Frederick Douglass Honor Society will host a fundraising event at the Avalon Theatre, with live music by the XPD’s. Their Motown, R&B, and funk tunes put people into the mood to clap and dance. Tickets are available on line by visiting Cost is $35 per person.

Except for the fundraiser, all Frederick Douglass Day events and the screening of “Twelve Years a Slave” are free and open to the public. Follow the upcoming event activities and postings on the Frederick Douglass Day Facebook page.

Support for Frederick Douglass Day has come from the Artistic Insight Fund of the Mid Shore Community Foundation, APG Media of Chesapeake, Kathleen Linehan and Ed Gabriel, Out of the Fire, Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Prager, Tim and Lisa Wyman, and other public and private partners.

For more information, please email or call 410-375-7879 or 410-463-5789.

Music at My Mother’s Funeral by Faith Shearin

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During the weeks when we all believed my mother
was likely to die she began to plan
her funeral and she wanted us, her children,
to consider the music we would play there. We remembered
the soundtrack of my mother’s life: the years when she swept
the floors to the tunes of an eight track cassette called Feelings,
the Christmas when she bought a Bing Crosby album
about a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day. She got Stravinsky’s
Rite of Spring stuck in the tape deck of her car and for months
each errand was accompanied by some kind
of dramatic movement. After my brother was born,
there was a period during which she wore a muumuu
and devoted herself to King Sunny Ade and his
African beats. She ironed and wept to Evita, painted
to Italian opera. Then, older and heavier, she refused
to fasten her seatbelt and there was the music
of an automated bell going off every few minutes,
which annoyed the rest of us but did not seem to matter
to my mother who ignored its relentless disapproval,
its insistence that someone was unsafe.

American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation (, publisher of Poetrymagazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2013 by the Alaska Quarterly Review. Faith Shearin’s most recent book of poems is Moving the Piano, Stephen F. Austin Univ. Press, 2011. Poem reprinted from the Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol. 30, No. 3 & 4, by permission of Faith Shearin and the publisher. Introduction copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction’s author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts.

Maryland Health Exchange Coverage: Renew or Lose


Meredith Cohn at The Baltimore Sun writes:


“Maryland health exchange officials plan to contact every person who bought one of their insurance plans last year to get them to re-enroll in November.

Most of the nearly 79,000 people who gained private coverage in the state under the Affordable Care Act were subsidized, and they will lose that benefit if they don’t sign back up manually.”

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“Shabbat in the Park” in Oxford Community Park Friday, Aug. 22


OXFORD MD – Temple B’nai Israel of Easton and Talbot Association of Clergy and Laity (TACL) are co-sponsoring an interfaith sabbath evening service, “Shabbat in the Park,” in Oxford Community Park this Friday, August 22 at 6 p.m. This free event is open to the public and to bring lawn chairs.

In case of rain, the service will be held at 7 p.m. in Temple B’nai Israel, 101 West Earle Avenue in Easton, adjacent to Shore Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Sub-titled “Together in Peace,” this informal service consists of sacred readings, prayers, hymns and poems read by members of Shore Abrahamic faith communities.

“We began to plan this service just after the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli boys and the Palestinian boy and the Christian girls’ kidnapping in Africa,” said Rabbi Peter E. Hyman, rabbi of Temple B’nai Israel.

“When the warfare began,” added TACL president Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson, “we recognized the opportunity to wage peace here at home by praying and worshiping together. We expect this will be a spiritually invigorating event.”

Temple B’nai Israel is the center for Jewish life on the Eastern Shore, and is a member of the Union for Reform Judaism.

TACL is Talbot County’s interfaith organization of religious bodies and social service agencies, supporting education, relationship building and networking among its members.

Op-Ed: Dave Brubeck, Game Changer by Al Sikes

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My first real experience with jazz was promoting a concert at Westminster College in Fulton,
Missouri. Yes, I did play an instrument, the trombone. I did play it in a dance band (1950s lingo), but my talent was modest at best. So when my friend Rush Moody asked me to start a
jazz program for Chesapeake Chamber Music, my initial reflection took me back to the 1960s
when I helped produce a jazz concert featuring Dave Brubeck and his quartet.

Dave Brubeck, encouraged by his wife Iola, toured college campuses with his band in the 1950s
and 60s. His band included the incomparable Paul Desmond on alto sax, Gene Wright on bass,
and Joe Morello on drums. I know that when I heard “Take Five” in person, my music world
changed. I listened to almost no rock music after that sublime moment.

Dave Brubeck lived to his 92nd the late 90s. On December 5, 2012 this is the way The New York Times began Dave Brubeck’s obituary:

“Dave Brubeck, the pianist and composer who helped make jazz popular again in the 1950s
and ’60s with recordings like “Time Out,” the first jazz album to sell a million copies, and “Take Five,” the still instantly recognizable hit single that was that album’s centerpiece, died on Wednesday in Norwalk, Conn. He would have turned 92 on Thursday.”

Early in Brubeck’s career he graced the cover of Time. It was 1954 and the inscription was “The joints are really flipping.”

At this year’s Monty Alexander Jazz Festival in Easton, MD, we will salute Dave Brubeck at the
Avalon Theatre on Saturday, August 30 at 2 p.m. The salute will be led by Bobby Militello who
became Brubeck’s alto saxophonist after Paul Desmond’s death. The joint will be flipping.

Time will pass but Dave Brubeck’s contributions will not be forgotten by jazz historians. For me there is something special about this salute. And for all of us there is something special about celebrating the life and music of an icon while our memories remain vivid.

We hope you will join us at this year’s Monty Alexander Jazz Festival at the historic Avalon
Theatre in Easton. In addition to the salute to Dave Brubeck, there will be performances by trumpeter Etienne Charles, Monty Alexander and his trio, along with Allan Harris, James
DeFrances, and tenor saxophonist Houston Person; and jazz/gospel vocalist Dee Daniels. Tickets
are going fast. Visit

Eastern Shore Regent Receives National Honor From DAR

Lynn Forney Young, President General; Sue Brenchley; Diane Brannum Hammill, Chairman, Volunteer Genealogy Committee
Lynn Forney Young, President General; Sue Brenchley; Diane Brannum Hammill, Chairman, Volunteer Genealogy Committee

Lynn Forney Young, President General; Sue Brenchley; Diane Brannum Hammill, Chairman, Volunteer Genealogy Committee

Sue Ann Brenchley, Regent of the General Perry Benson chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Easton, received the Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist award for her work involving the research and preparation of applications for membership to the Daughters of the American Revolution at the 2014 Continental Congress, the annual gathering for members from around the world.

The contest for the Outstanding Volunteer Genealogist is open to members who have completed genealogy training courses through the national society, and actively conduct lineage research workshops that open up new lines for membership in DAR by proving new patriots and proving lineages through different children of established patriots.

Listed among Sue’s DAR accomplishments for this award: she has proven 66 new lines, conducted 13 workshops during 2013, assists developing applications for 3 chapters in Maryland, has proven 17 of her own ancestor’s, both men and women, for patriot service during the American Revolution.

With a membership of over 170,000 ladies worldwide, being named for this honor seems a remarkable accomplishment, and requires research, organization and communication skills.

While based in Easton, the membership extends throughout the counties of the Mid-Shore region: Dorchester, Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, and Kent.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of DAR is encouraged to contact Dianna Betsch at or the national society at