Fishing Tourney, Crab Feast to Raise Funds to Help Cancer Patients

Live music, crabs and pulled pork, cash bar and a silent auction are among the attractions planned for the upcoming 5th Annual Fishing Tournament to benefit the Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Peggy Bank Fund. The tournament is set for Sunday, September 13, 2-5 p.m. at Lowe’s Wharf.

“This is a great tournament for the boats and crews that participate, but also a great afternoon for those who enjoy good food & music and seeing boats bring in their catch for competition,” says Patty Plaskon, coordinator of oncology social work for the Cancer Center at UM Shore Regional Health. Those interested in attending as a spectator may reserve tickets ($20 per person in advance, $25 at the door) by calling Carol, 410-820-6800; those wishing to enter a boat and crew in the tournament should call 410-745-6684.

The Peggy Bank Fund was started in memory of Peggy Shaw Rosato by Peggy’s husband, Dr. Ed Rosato, and friend Shelley Abbott. In Peggy’s spirit of love and hope, the fund helps cancer patients in time of crisis; contributions are allocated to assist cancer patients on the Mid Shore who are in financial hardship with a variety of expenses, including utility bills, transportation costs, dental care and other care needs. The Peggy Bank Fund is an account of The Memorial Foundation.

First Maryland West Nile Mosquito Pool Detected

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announces the first detection of a West Nile virus (WNV) mosquito pool in Maryland in 2015.  On August 5, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) confirmed the presence of WNV in mosquitoes collected by MDA personnel in the City of Bowie (Prince George’s County).  ULV spraying to control adult mosquitoes in that section of Bowie occurred the night following trapping.  MDA mosquito control personnel continue to work aggressively to reduce mosquito populations in this community and across the State.


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Second Annual Channel Marker Golf Tournament Tees Off

I’m writing to you in hopes your readers will consider supporting the 2nd Annual Channel Marker Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 22nd, at the Easton Club.  Last year’s tournament was a great success and we’re excited for another big event.

Channel Marker is a phenomenal organization in Talbot, Dorchester, and Caroline Counties which supports and provides services to those with mental illness.  I am passionate about the importance of Channel Marker’s role in our community.

Hopefully, you can put a team together to play (scramble format) or perhaps be a hole sponsor for the tournament.  Two lucky players will take a shot from 165 yards for $1 Million!  There will also be a hole-in-one prize to win a NEW CAR along with other great prizes and contests.  All golfers get a FREE ticket to the evening crab feast (same day), which is also at the Easton Club from 5-8PM.  The evening Crab Feast also raises money for Channel Marker and is a great time and very family friendly!  The attached flyer has all pertinent info to sign up a team or to be a sponsor.

The crab feast will also have a live auction, and so another great way to support is to donate an auction item!

Chad Hill, 443.783.5119



For All Seasons Creates Real Mid-Shore Safety Net

When there are needs to be met for mental health services on the Mid-Shore, For All Seasons provides and does so generously and equitably. Thanks to a recent challenge grant from our foundation, For All Seasons will be able to expand their services even further.

Reflecting on the tragic event in Charleston, S.C., we are reminded again that all is not well in our society. Taking the perpetrator at his word means the act was a racially motivated hate crime intended to terrorize a community and our country. Looking past those words raises questions of possible mental illness unrecognized and untreated, but regardless of motivations and even while some of the victim’s families speak of forgiveness and we grieve for the losses and the pain felt by the families and friends of the victims, we try to comprehend how someone could have become so misguided and hateful. Did he not have a family or a home or a place of stability with an appropriate role model to follow? Would it have even made a difference? Should he have been receiving treatment and counseling?

Good questions to ask, particularly this weekend as we celebrate Father’s Day, a time when many of us celebrate our father’s love, and for others, well…it’s complicated. Let’s not forget that Father’s Day isn’t a happy day for everyone. Family isn’t always a safe refuge, and parents don’t all wrap their children in a warm, safe embrace. Consequently, support outside the family is often needed and not often available or affordable.

We are fortunate, however, here on the Shore to have an organization that does provide support and treatment and does so regardless of means of the person in need.

For All Seasons turns no one away that needs support.

FACT: One in four adults have a mental health need at some point in any given year.

Locally, that means that 42,500 of our neighbors in the five counties of the Mid-Shore need some kind of support for stress, anxiety, depression, or after the stress from trauma.

FACT: 25% of high school students in the five counties of the Mid-Shore at some point during the past 12 months felt so sad or hopeless every day for at least two weeks, that they stopped doing their everyday activities.

That’s one in four high school students, or 1,945 youth here in our community, so stressed, that they’ve been at a point where they didn’t see a way out. More than 1,322 students in the five counties on the Shore have considered suicide at some point during the past 12 months, and 778 of them admitted to having actually devised a suicide plan. *

Weave these facts together, and one has to wonder, are we doing enough as a community, a rural region, to support each other? What will it take to ensure that we are?

Did you know that For All Seasons is a Mid-Shore safety net, ready to match any of us at our most vulnerable moments with qualified professional counselors and psychiatrists? Offering mental health workers in Easton, Chestertown, Queenstown, Cambridge and Denton, For All Seasons has qualified professionals in place to listen, support, find solutions, make psychiatric referrals and be there with anyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

For All Seasons can be found inside of local schools, with counselors able to work one on one with students in the comfort of their familiar school building. For All Seasons is in local detention centers, providing mental health treatment to people who have already broken the law. For All Seasons can be found in hospital emergency rooms, helping rape and sexual assault victims cope with trauma and pain. For All Seasons is in the local homeless shelter, ready to assess and treat people who have reached their own personal bottom. For All Seasons is present with law enforcement, ready to help victims of violence heal and move on.

The need for the services For All Seasons provides continues to grow so the support and donations must grow as well. Fortunately, on April 27, Dock Street Foundation issued a challenge to the Board of Directors of For All Seasons, offering to match dollar for dollar, all donations received through June 30th, 2015. That means that any one of us can step up and become part of that safety net that keeps our community strong. Between now and June 30th, Dock Street Foundation and For All Seasons asks you to pledge your support.

Please contribute online here:  or mail your check to For All Seasons at 300 Talbot St., Easton, MD 21601. If you wish to make a private pledge, call Beth Anne Langrell, the Executive Director, at 410-822-1018.

Remember: For All Seasons exists because there are needs. Fulfilling those needs is vital so we maintain a strong and healthy community.

The Dock Street Foundation
Trappe, MD

*2013 Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, DHMH (The good news is that 86% of those same students said they have an adult outside of school that they can talk to. Yet only 40% of those students did in fact, talk to a teacher or adult about personal problems.)

Poem: The Boat My Father Built By Patrick Bushby

The Boat My Father Built

The boat my Father built

was shaped with six spruce planks,

bookmatched, and glued up with alternating endgrain,

laying them face to face.

Long as I was tall

he carved the hull wide and deep,

planing the sweeping sides and rails,

sheer and high.

Day by day

In the ringing autobody shop,

amongst the arclight of molten sparks and grinding acridity,

he hammered and ground twisted metal frames and crushed quarter panels;

shaping with vise and lathe, tortured steel

back to sleeker shapes.

By night,

sanding and finishing

the measured and perfumed spruce,

he greyprimed the buffed hull

and tiered topsides,

and let the enamels dry.

The hot lead he poured for ballast

hardened overnight.

When the vessel cured and dried,

he painted the broad hull

three coats of midnight black;

the topsides – a brilliant white.

Above the barreled smokestack,

and below the waterline,

he tipped his brush

in the richest reds he could find

and marked the depths by tens.

Then he set the booms and masts,

crossteed and braced,

and rigged the lines.

The flags and pennants

were fully dressed,

and flown up bright-finished spars.

Only the transom was bare;

no name, nor home port:

no destination and no port of call.

Early one lilac morning,

my Father came home late,

cradling in his bare arms

the broad draped load.

He laid it on the worn breakfast board with care,

unwrapping the winding cloth,

soft as a robe,

and said: “Here, Son; this is yours.”



Patrick Bushby
Father’s Day, June 16, 2013

Save the Date for Neavitt

It takes a village, as they say, and few put on a flea market better than Neavitt. The scenic waterfront town is hosting its annual flea market on June 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event features more than 20 tables of vendors with bargains galore. Unusual collectibles, tools, marine gear, antiques, books, furniture, sports items and housewares will be up for grabs in the Neavitt town park. As in past years, local nonprofits are expected with their mobile exhibits. Popular pottery, plus seconds, by local artists Martha and Forrest Bogan will also be for sale.

For those who shop until they’re hungry, breakfast and lunch food, plus beverages and baked goods, will be for sale in the Park Pavilion Café catered by the Neavitt United Methodist Church. For kids, the adjacent playground has swings and slides.

Neavitt is about 15 minutes west of St. Michaels. Take Route 33 west to Route 579 and turn left; Neavitt is eight miles down, near the end of the peninsula; just turn right at the sign for the Talbot County Park and follow signs for designated off-street parking.

This year marks the 17th flea market sponsored by the Neavitt Community Association and proceeds benefit the NCA. A space is $10; a table is provided for an additional $10. To reserve either, contact Carol Krasnowiecki at 410-745-9127.

Easton Utilities names Steve Ochs as new Chief Financial Officer

Easton Utilities named Steven “Steve” Ochse as its Chief Financial Officer. In this position, Mr. Ochse oversees all aspects of Easton Utilities’ financial management in an increasingly challenging financial and regulatory environment. Mr. Ochse previously held management positions with CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann, one of the largest accounting services firms in the country. Mr. Ochse has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Baltimore and is a CPA. Mr. Ochse resides in Easton with his wife Shari and daughter Isabel.

“Steve’s broad background and deep commitment to our community makes him an excellent addition to our team,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities.

Mr. Ochse is an active volunteer in the community having served a number of organizations including, MACPA, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, YMCA, Rotary Club of Easton and Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. He currently chairs the Chesapeake College Community Foundation and is a board member of the Memorial Hospital Foundation and Easton Economic Development Corporation.

First BAAM Festival is Community Event

Building African American Minds held its first BAAM Fest on Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD.  Over 700 people attended the event, enjoying informational booths, musical entertainment by the Baltimore/Washington-based reggae dance group Mama Jama and DJ Randy, dancing by Easton Elementary School Hot Tigerz, giveaways and door prizes, face painting, a clown show, fitness activities, a basketball tournament, and a rap contest. Free food was provided by Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC.

Pictured are the BAAM students giving their BAAM Pledge at the start of the BAAM Fest at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD.

Pictured are the BAAM students giving their BAAM Pledge at the start of the BAAM Fest at Idlewild Park in Easton, MD.

The Fest celebrated the partners BAAM has collaborated with in helping African American males become productive, confident citizens through positive academic, social, emotional, and spiritual experiences as children and young men.  Among the partners who participated were Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center, TriLife Christian Center, Easton Utilities, the Talbot County Department of Social Services, the Talbot County Health Department, Talbot County Free Library, Talbot County Sheriff’s Department, the Easton Police Department, YMCA of the Chesapeake, Academy Art Museum, Jazzercise, Talbot Mentors, Choices for Pregnancy, and the Town of Easton.  The following is a list of the many partners and businesses that made a contribution that made the event so successful:

  • Easton Elementary School
  • Tents 4 Rent
  • Jazzercise
  • Black Osgood
  • Freedom Rowers
  • Bay Imprints
  • Easton Utilities
  • Easton Bike Shop
  • Acme
  • Jeremy Joseph
  • Orion Safety Products
  • Frase’s Meat Shop
  • Hill’s Drug Store
  • Makema Grimes
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Olde Towne Creamery
  • Rue 21
  • Regina Limberry-Dawson
  • DJ Randy
  • Tim Dean/Pepsi Bottling Ventures, LLC
  • Talbot County Board of Education
  • Daly Family
  • Earth Origins
  • Spurry’s Tire Service
  • Talbot County Chamber of Commerce
  • Sandy Franz
  • Shearer the Jeweler
  • Fitness RX
  • United Fund of Talbot County
  • Town of Easton
  • Creative Cuts
  • Docs Downtown Grille
  • Triton Entertainment
  • Safeway
  • Giant
  • Miranda’s Shoes
  • Food Lion
  • Chesapeake Bowling Lanes
  • Swank
  • Wet Dog Car Wash
  • JoJo’s Cupcakes
  • Jiffy Lube
  • BJ’s Nail and Spa
  • Bob Evans
  • Auto Zone
  • What’s New Book Store in Denton
  • Staples
  • Shear Elegance Beauty Salon
  • Easton Movie Theater
  • Hair and Beauty Restoration by Lisa Wilson
  • Jennyz Nails
  • Joe’s Bagels
  • Fade 2 Black Express Hair/Barbershop
  • Crown By Pass Gas Station
  • Green Phoenix Store
  • Alice Palmer
  • Lenwood Hayman

Photo on front:Pictured are BAAM students, Keynon Jones and Robert Thompson enjoying homemade ice cream from the Highland Creamery of Oxford, MD.

BAAM is supported by many generous donors and by the United Fund of Talbot County. For information about how you can get involved with BAAM, contact Debbi Short at 410-714-3838 or visit BAAM’s Facebook page.



Elizabeth Claire Salon Adds New Staff and Services

A year after moving to its new location next to Easton’s Tidewater Inn, Elizabeth Claire Salon has expanded its services and hired two additional hair stylists, an aesthetician, and a nail technician. Elizabeth Claire, which is owned and operated by Dana Mangasarian, is the only salon in the Mid-Atlantic region to offer Milbon and Eugene Parma hair products and is also the exclusive provider of Pevonia International skincare products on the Mid-Shore.

“Although renovating a building in the heart of town to create a salon that was both purpose driven and aesthetically pleasing was a challenge, it turned out to be exactly the right decision for my business,” Mangasarian says. “Our client list has grown dramatically and now regularly includes many Tidewater Inn guests.”

Stylist Morgan Carusa comes to Elizabeth Claire after working at salons in New Jersey for eight years. She specializes in soft looks for long hair and in wedding hair.

Jessica Nanndorf previously worked as a stylist at the J. C. Penny’s. Her specialties include hair coloring and styling. She specializes in up-do’s.

All stylists at Elizabeth Claire are licensed cosmeticians. They are certified in all chemical services, Mangasarian says, and regularly attend continuing education programs in both hair styling and coloring.

She adds: “We are very proud to be the region’s only Eugene Parma salon outside of Washington DC and the Eastern Shore’s exclusive Milbon salon. We believe that both of these high end hair lines of hair care products provide benefits to our clients that can’t be found elsewhere.” Milbon is a hair care line that offers a variety of formulations that target specific types of hair. Eugene Parma is a hair color company based in Paris, France.

Mangasarian says: “Parma is a research-driven company that creates its products from natural pigments. They are very low in ammonia and cover grey beautifully.”

“We are also proud to be a Pevonia Skin Care Salon,” Mangasarian adds. “These high-end products are results-oriented and effective for all types of skin. The company itself is known for its science-driven use of natural ingredients and its commitment to environmental sensitivity.”

The salon’s new esthetician, Melissa Foxwell, uses the products in all of customized facials she offers. She also provides waxing services, including Brazilian waxing.

Foxwell attended the Von Lee International School of Aesthetics and has been a licensed aesthetician for eight years. She sees clients on Monday’s and Thursday’s at Elizabeth Claire. She also works four days a week at a local high-end resort.

Mangasarian has also added Dawn Sterling to her staff. Sterling is a nail technician who specializes in spa manicures and pedicures using both shellac and traditional polishes.

Elizabeth Claire Salon is located at 22 N. Harrison Street in Easton. To find out more about the salon please visit or salon.

Patricia Jones Celebrates 25 Years with The Talbot Bank

The Talbot Bank, a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Patricia Anne Jones for 25 years of dedicated service to the bank. Mrs. Jones began her career with The Talbot Bank in 1990 as a Teller at the Tred Avon Square branch in Easton. Pat has worked in the St. Michaels branch for 24 years as Head Teller. As a front line employee, Mrs. Jones welcomes each customer as they enter the branch with a friendly demeanor and is well known by many customers for her personable service. She works closely with the Tellers to ensure the front line functions efficiently and effectively.

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 12.38.53 PMMrs. Jones has taken many supervisory classes, completing the ABA Principles of Banking course, and becoming a certified Teller. “It is a terrific pleasure to work with Pat,” said Parker Spurry, Branch Manager at the St. Michaels branch of The Talbot Bank. “Her hard work and dedication is superior and greatly appreciated. We are proud to celebrate her 25th anniversary with The Talbot Bank.”

Pat resides in Bozman with her husband, Larry. They have three grown children, Bert, Christi and Alaina along with five grandchildren. She demonstrates her commitment to the betterment of our community by volunteering as a hostess for Christmas in St. Michaels, participating in Relay for Life, raising funds for the American Heart Association and participates as a Head Start volunteer reader. Mrs. Jones was just elected in 2015 to be the treasurer for the Talbot Watermen Association. Pat takes pleasure in spending time with her family. She can be seen at any sporting event in which her grandchildren participate. She also enjoys gardening.