St. Michaels Art Trail Closes

The outdoor gallery of five sculptures along the Rails to Trails bike path in St. Michaels has finished its show for 2017.  Conceived and sponsored by local author and environmental activist Ann Hymes, the Art Trail was enthusiastically received as an exciting addition to the well-used path that runs 1.5 miles through town.  Artists were chosen by an open competition, and their work was placed between Boundary Lane and W. Chew Avenue for six months.

“Two of the pieces were sold, and several commissions were generated, which is great,” explained Hymes, “but the real point was to add some fun and surprise to the bike path.  As the guidelines explained, we were looking for work that was ‘edgy, funky, teases the eye and delights the imagination.’  The other two judges, Suzanne Pittenger-Slear (President of Environmental Concern) and Sarah Abel (Planning and Zoning Officer for St. Michaels) and I were very pleased with the variety and creativity of the proposals.”

The winners were Mario Tama, with Leah Bell & Nick Frock for “Cosmic Energy, Earth’s Life Forces” (pictured here); Karen O’Dowd for “Seeking Refuge”; St. Michaels Family YMCA for “Y Recycle?”; Parker Herron for “Yarn Bombing”; and Cole Meyerhoff for “Fisher King.”  Each winner received $500 prize money.

“I’ve heard from a number of people who hoped the art would remain on the path, with more added each year,” said Hymes.  “One woman emailed me just this week that she walks the path often, and that by the end of summer, the sculptures felt like friends.”  That seems a nice addition to the community.

2018 Dining Out Card Helps Feed the Hungry

Four new restaurants will be participating in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 2018 Dining Out Card. They join 11 other dining favorites who all help feed the hungry in Talbot County.

“This is such a wonderful program, and we’re so pleased to have 15 restaurants this year,” said Alex Handy, president of St. Vincent de Paul in the Saints Peter & Paul Conference.

Participating area restaurants offer discounts to patrons who buy the card. All proceeds from card sales go directly to help feed Talbot County neighbors in need. “Use the card to enjoy a good meal at a discount and help feed the hungry too,” Handy said.

This year’s card, valid from 1/1/18 to 12/31/18,costs just $25, and can be used all year.

The 2018 Dining Out Card partner restaurants are 208 Talbot, Ava’s, Banning’s Tavern, Blackthorn Irish Pub, Brasserie Brightwell, Harrison’s Restaurant, Hot Off the Coals, Hunter’s Tavern, Lighthouse Oyster Bar & Grill, Limoncello Italian Restaurant, Peacock Restaurant & Lounge, Pope’s Tavern, Robert Morris Inn, Roberto’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant and Scossa.

“St. Vincent de Paul is the largest all-volunteer organization feeding the hungry in Talbot County,” Handy said. “From our own food pantry, we’re providing food for over 25,000 meals each month. In addition, we now work with more than a dozen local churches and organizations. So we’ve become a ‘food hub’ for other organizations helping the hungry,” he added.

From their building at 29533 Canvasback Drive in Easton, volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Center give groceries to the needy every Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Volunteers also collect and distribute clothing, furniture and housewares. Proceeds from items for sale at the Thrift Center are used to feed the hungry.

“We help people. That’s our mission,” said Handy. “We like to say our Dining Out Card is a gift that gives back all year.”

For more information or to order a Dining Out Card, call 410-770-4505 and leave a Dining Out Card request, along with your name and phone number. People can also order online at www.SvdpEastonmd.org Be sure to include your name, phone number, address and the number of cards you want. A volunteer will respond promptly, Handy said.

Final Program Session Held for Shore Leadership Class of 2017

The final program session for the Shore Leadership Class of 2017 was held at Dixon Valve and Coupling Center, Inc., Center for Innovation in Kent County on November 15.  Leadership Facilitators, Carol Graser and Joe Thomas, focused the leadership session on Adaptive Leadership and Managing Energies.  The class learned the importance of managing our energy instead of time to maximize productivity.

Shore Leadership Class of 2017 Visits Dixon Valve and Coupling Center, Inc.

The afternoon session focused on Manufacturing in Kent County.  Dan Lessard, Assistant V.P. of Human Resources – Training & Safety, took the class on a tour of the Dixon Valve and Coupling Company manufacturing facility.  Following the tour, the class heard from a panel on the challenges of finding the right skilled workforce and recruiting young people to move to Kent County, Maryland.  The panel explained how they are partnering with Kent County Public Schools to help educate students and parents on manufacturing careers and internship opportunities. The panel members were:  Marty Rodriguez, Dixon Valve and Coupling; Jamie Williams, Kent County Economic Development Coordinator; and, Jonathan Mabe, Eastman.  Dan McDermott, Executive Director of the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board was the facilitator for the panel discussion.

The class completed their day with a presentation and Engineering Challenge by Jim Shifrin, Director of New Product Development and Innovation.  Mr. Shifrin explained how new products are created and developed with his team of engineers using the Two Week Dixon Innovative Creativity Process.  The class was then divided into small groups and challenged to create a bridge from 10 sheets of paper and a roll of masking tape.  The bridge had to span a 14-inch gap, could not be taped to the table, and had to hold as much weight as possible.  By the end of the day, one class member shared, “This program was much more than I ever expected! I learned so much about myself and leadership skills to help me.  But, I also learned from classmates in a learning environment that challenged me to grow.”

Shore Leadership is now accepting applications for the Class of 2018.  The program begins in April and runs through November.  For more information contact, info@shoreleadership.org or complete the application online at www.shoreleadership.org. Click on Program for more information and the application.

Film Screenings and Narcan Trainings with TCHD

Three events in Talbot County this month and next offer trainings and free doses of Naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The community trainings are part of the recently launched ‘Talbot’s Got Heart’ campaign from the Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office. The next events are set for Nov. 27 at Oxford Volunteer Fire Department; Nov. 29 at Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Company and Dec. 14 at the Talbot County Free Library, St. Michaels Branch.

Each event includes a screening of the powerful film ‘Written Off,’ which is a powerful documentary that details the life of Matt Edwards, who lost his battle with heroin dependency. The film runs 117 minutes, with training immediately following. Each household trained gets a free overdose response kit that includes a box of Naloxone, which is commonly sold under the brand name Narcan.

“Maryland is on pace for more than 2,000 opioid overdose deaths this year – we’re doing everything we can to slow down those numbers,” said Alexandra Duff, prevention specialist with the health department.

Since June, Duff and her team have trained more than 500 people – 75 of those were in the first month of the campaign.

“Narcan isn’t just for people who have a drug use disorder,” said Duff.“We’re seeing senior citizens overdose after accidentally taking more painkillers than they intended. We’re also hearing about Narcan saving pets that accidentally ingest medications.”

Anyone can get trained and carry the medicine, which is now available in Maryland without a prescription.

The events are free and registration is requested and available at www.TalbotsGotHeart.org.

‘Talbot’s Got Heart’ is in partnership with Mariah’s Mission Fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation and the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, and in coordination with Maryland Heroin Awareness Advocates, Talbot Chapter.

In addition to the community trainings, a ‘Lunch and Learn’ training is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the chamber. Registration is available online at www.talbotchamber.org or by calling the chamber at 410-822-4653.

Training certificates are good for two years. Renewal certificates do require a refresher course.

The Talbot County Health Department Prevention Office helps community groups, agencies and individuals in providing programs and activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, and to build a healthier community. Resources include parenting skills, video and resource loan library, awareness campaigns and educational workshops.

 Established in 2014, Mariah’s Mission Fun of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation is a non-profit that provides support groups and resources to empower families and individuals struggling with the effects of substance use disorder. Valerie Albee founded the fund in honor of her daughter, Mariah, who lost her life to heroin.

Photographer Steve Lingeman at Tidewater Camera Club December 4

Photographer Steve Lingeman will address the Tidewater Camera Club on Monday, December 4th, 2017 from 7 to 9 PM in the Talbot County Community Center’s Wye Oak Room.  The Public is invited to attend.

Mr. Lingeman’s talk is entitled – “Creating your own Personal Project”.  Photographers and artists who have a desire to extend their collection of individual images into a unified collection will be interested in this presentation.  Mr. Lingeman will cover a range of topics such as the preliminary work of assembling and curating images into a group, sequencing the images and creating a text of the story.”

The presentation will cover various ways of presenting the photographer’s or artist’s work in printed form including self-printed publications or portfolios of images within a formal box.  He will give advice regarding sending images to an outside internet style company for printing.  A number of examples of Mr. Lingeman’s personal projects will be shown, including several projects he assembled, curated and printed for other photographers and artists.  Additional topics to be covered are the use of Photoshop to create such a self-printed publication, and the use of typefaces and layout.  Binding and the selection of a cover will also be addressed.

Mr. Lingeman has been a photographer since the 1960’s. Before moving to Easton several years ago, Mr. Lingeman was a large format printer for other photographers and artists in Westchester County, New York, utilizing large inkjet printers up to 64” wide. He developed a stretcher bar system for stretching photographs and art reproductions. That system is still used by several photographers here in Talbot County.In the past year Mr. Lingeman has printed the first two issues of “The Photographic MEGAZINE.” The first one featured landscape photographs that he captured in Iceland while traveling the “Ring Road”, an 880-mile highway that encircles the country. The issue tells the story of that trip in fine art photos and text. The second issue, titled: “Form and Texture” is a collection of Mr. Lingeman’s images dating back to the dawn of digital photography in year 2000 and others that were captured using Kodak film.

Founded in 1963, the Tidewater Camera Club strives to promote interest and participation in photography for all skill levels and ages.  For more information, go to www.tidewatercameraclub.org.

Scholarship Offered by The Woman’s Club of St. Michaels

The Woman’s Club of St. Michaels is pleased to announce that it will award $7,500 in scholarship funds to one or more students graduating from St. Michaels High School in 2018.  The successful candidate or candidates will exhibit outstanding academic performance, be active in their schools and communities, and be in need of financial assistance.

The application and information is now available From Mr. JR Burkhardt in the SMHS Guidance Department.   The information is also available online through the SMHS website. The award is open to both male and female students. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must plan to attend an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university, or a technical or vocational school during the semester following his or her high school graduation.

In addition to information regarding academic performance and volunteer activities, students are required to submit a personal essay and to interview with the Scholarship Committee in early spring. The deadline for applications is March 26, 2018.

Compass Regional Hospice hosts Hope & Healing for the Holidays Workshop

Compass Regional Hospice will host the workshop Hope & Healing for the Holidays on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. Come for conversation and creative activities designed to help those grieving the loss of a loved one during the holiday season. The workshop fee is $10 and is open to anyone 18 and older.

Hope & Healing for the Holidays will be led by staff of the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center. The workshop begins with a light breakfast and will include art projects and opportunities to talk about how to remember loves ones while facing the grief that accompanies their memory.

For more information and to register for Hope & Healing for the Holidays, contact Ann OConnor or Linda Turner, 443-262-4100, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.orglturner@compassregionalhospice.org.  Learn more about the Hope & Healing Center grief support programs at www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

About the Hope & Healing Center

The Hope & Healing Center is a collection of programs and services available for the family of patients who died under hospice care, as well as members of the community who are grieving the death of a loved one. Services available in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline Counties include, individual and family grief counseling, grief support groups, school‐based grief counseling, a grief retreat Camp New Dawn, and remembrance events and specialized workshops. Since most grief support programs are offered free of charge, Compass Regional Hospice depends on donations to cover the cost of operating the Hope & Healing Center.

Much like a compass, the priorities of the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign points the way toward the future of Compass Regional Hospice. In order to meet the unmet and growing needs of our community, the existing Hope & Healing Center located at 255 Comet Drive in Centreville needs to be renovated so that we can continue to expand our grief support services. The planned renovations will create the additional space needed to accommodate new support services and healing modalities. For more information about the Charting Our Course Together capital campaign or how you can donate, contact Kenda Leager, Development Officer, 443‐262-4106, kleager@compassregionalhospice.org or visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/otherwaystogive/campaign

Local Family Adopts Five Siblings and Named TCDSS Adoptive Parents of the Year

A dream came true for this year’s 2017 Adoptive Parents of the Year for Talbot County. Jeff and Jeanne Scharf, resource (foster) parents for the Talbot County Department of Social Services (TCDSS), when they recently adopted a group of five siblings on the Mid Shore between ages 5 through 14. The Scharfs initially became resource parents in 1998 with another agency and foster parents in 2013 with the Talbot County Department of Social Services. They were selected as Talbot County’s Resource Parents of the Year in 2016.  This year’s accolades reflect the hard work and dedication of the family in the adoption process which has brought their number of family members to an even dozen.

While the Scharf’s had four biological children of their own and one adopted son, they felt the tug to do more. Jeanne Scharf, who had been in challenging family situations as a child, recalls, “God allowed me to go through the trials in my own life when I was a child to prepare me for caring for children in situations like foster care.  We got the call about this sibling group of five children and said we would take them all.”

The Scharf extended family. Pictured back row, L-R are Shane Scharf, Clara Thornton, Sami Scharf, Jeanne Scharf, Jack Haley, and Jeff Scharf. Pictured front row, L-R, are Dandy Scharf, Daisy Scharf, Orlando Scharf, Santos Scharf, Leslie Scharf, and Karen Haley.

She adds, “When I see children in these situations, I remember what I said as a child, ‘Who will love me?’ I wanted to break that cycle in my own family and raise my children differently.”

The couple, who were school sweethearts before they married, attribute their faith, supportive church community, and extended family and friends to helping them keep things going. Jeanne quips, “God never has given me more than I can handle.”

The Scharfs felt it was important to keep the five children together. Their sibling bonds were even stronger because they had survived something together. Jeanne recalls the process of figuring out how to meet each child’s needs. She recalls, “We had to take a step back and reassess everything to give each child the tools that he or she needed to be successful. They began to trust us because they had security and consistency in their lives.”

Because of the language barrier, Jeanne and Jeff started with sign language with the youngest of the siblings. Jeanne had taken a Spanish class just before they arrived and was able to piece the language together from what she had learned, along with using Google Translate. In addition, there were cultural differences that needed to be addressed. Jeanne adds, “Having foster children before helped us to be more understanding of the children and more patient. We grow every day having them with us.”

Christine Abbatiello, LCSW-C, Foster Care and Adoptions Supervisor at the Talbot County Department of Social Services comments, “We were so honored to nominate the Scharf family for Adoption Family of the Year. They are so deserving of this award as they have dedicated the past several years to these five children. They encompass all that we would ask for in a foster and adoptive family. They are nurturing and advocate for each individual child.”

The Scharfs have enjoyed the support of families, friends, and their church in providing for the children. Jeanne states, “They came in with just the clothes on their backs, but God provided for them”.  She thanks Talbot County Department of Social Services, St. Martin’s Barn, The Good Shed, and everyone in the community who pulled together to help. “We only had a five-passenger car and a church member sold us a 15-passenger van for a reasonable price. It was an overwhelming blessing.”

The family stays busy with the children participating in 4-H, dance, band and student council. The Scharfs’ youngest biological daughter, who is in her freshman year of high school, is very bonded with the children and helps Jeanne with the tutoring. Jeanne quips, “It’s a very busy life!”

Jeanne says that while she keeps the children straight, her husband Jeff entertains them and is their biggest cheerleader, always saying to them, “You can DOOO it!”  Jeff adds, “When you take children in, there are so many obstacles you can face; but, one day you wake up and you’re just family! When you look back on life, you find when you lead with your heart, it’s all worth it!”

For further information about becoming a resource (foster) or adoptive parent, contact the Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371. An Information Session is being offered on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Social Services at 301 Bay Street in Easton, MD.

Willow Construction, LLC Welcomes New Employees

Dave Marsden

Willow Construction, LLC is pleased to welcome the following new employees to our team:

Sibil Holder joined Willow earlier this year as a Project Engineer. Her current projects at Willow include RE Michel in Easton, St. Michaels YMCA, Mid Atlantic Surgical, and the Point Pool Bar and Grill at Bayside in Selbyville, Delaware. Prior to joining Willow, Sibil served as a MEP Designer and Marketing Coordinator with MS Engineers in Columbia, Maryland. Sibil holds degrees in Construction Management and  Computer Drafting and Design.

Dave Marsden, CHC joined the team in October as a Project Manager.  Dave graduated from University of Maryland with a Masters of Engineering and Construction Management, and from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He brings with him 19 years of Commercial Construction Management experience and will provide overall administration and coordination for the construction of the new Shore Regional Health Medical Pavilion, two story office building located in Denton, Maryland.

Ahmed Eissa has also joined our team in October as a Project Engineer.  Ahmed is a graduate from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelor of Construction Management degree and has nine years’ experience in the construction field.  He will be providing overall administrative and technical support to the Project Management Team on the new Denton Medical Pavilion.

Myra McAdory has joined Willow as our Administrative Assistant. Myra is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she studied Anthropology. Myra’s past experiences include serving as a Marketing Representative for Crow Farm and Vineyard and as a Sales Project Manager for CDF Services in Chestertown, Maryland.

December Events at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

Here are two upcoming events happening at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 304 Talbot Street, St. Michaels.

Come to Midday Madness on December 2 for our Christmas Boutique and Used Jewelry Sale. Lovely jewelry and accessories, gifts and baked goods available from 2-8 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast as we celebrate “Christmas in St. Michaels.” From 7:30 AM to 10 AM on December 9, we will be serving home-cooked breakfasts at very affordable prices.

For more information, call the church office at 410-745-2534.