Governor Hogan Names Rolle to Talbot County Board of License Commissioners

Maryland Governor Laurence J. Hogan recently named St. Michaels resident William C. Rolle, Jr. (Bill) to the Talbot County Board of License Commissioners. The appointment is to fill a vacancy created, in the six-year term, by the recent death of Commissioner Gretchen Panuzio.

Rolle has been active in the Talbot County community, recently finishing a six-year term on the Talbot Hospice Board, where he served on the executive committee and chaired the communications and development committees. He continues to serve on the communications committee.

Rolle also serves on the Easton Airport Board, The Londonderry on the Tred Avon Board, the Talbot SPY Advisory Board and the Institute for Religion, Politics & Culture at Washington College.

He understands the small business environment, having worked as a marketing communications consultant for 50 years in the Washington Metropolitan area. He founded and managed his own communications firm there for 20 years, prior to selling it to a major New York advertising firm to manage its Washington office.

He has a BS degree from Georgetown University and a MA Degree from American University. He taught Branding, as an Adjunct Professor, at Georgetown University and Advertising and Marketing at Washington College.

Rolle and his wife Carol have lived in St. Michaels for 15-years, moving there after living in Bethesda, Maryland, for more than 50 years. They celebrated 60 years of marriage in February this year. They have four children, one daughter and three sons, ten grandchildren and one great grandson.

Floral Design and Competition Coming to QA County

Kent Island will be the site for an Eastern Shore-wide floral design and horticulture competition on September 21st from 1:30 to 5:30 at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department.  The competition, hosted by the Kent Island Garden Club, is open to all for entries, but all entries must comply with the guidelines of the National Federation of Garden Clubs.

Representatives from all 11 federated clubs on the Eastern Shore will interpret the theme “A Blast From the Past.” The era of LP’s, poodle skirts, and letter sweaters will be depicted in the floral arrangements, memorabilia, and photos submitted by participants. Ideal specimens of horticulture from participants’ yards and gardens will be in another competitive class.

“The Kent Island Garden Club is proud to be the host for this great event,” said Linda Elias, President of KIGC. “The show gives the members an opportunity to display their own talents and to appreciate the creativity of others.”

Judging will occur on the morning of September 21st. The public is invited and welcome to come to the show that same afternoon and meet the designers, club members, and judges. Admission is free. For further information call 410-827-6981.

Crashbox Theatre Company Announce Upcoming Fundraisers

The Crashbox Theatre Company of Easton, Md announce two upcoming fundraisers. The first will be a Spaghetti Dinner held at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday, September 7, from 5pm to 7:30pm. The dinner includes spaghetti with meat or marinara sauce, salad, bread, and your choice of dessert and beverage. Adults are $10, Kids 10 and under are $6, Kids 2 and under eat free (dine in only). Carryouts are available; dinners can also be donated to First Responders. Tickets can be bought at the door or by contacting Jen Wagner at 443-521-4084 or at jwmosaics@ymail.com.

On Sunday, September 17, the Crashbox Theatre Company will be hosting a Purse Plus Bingo at the Elk’s Lodge in Easton. The doors open at 1pm and the Bingo kicks off at 2pm. Designer Purses with brands like Vera Bradley, Calvin Klein, Kate Spade and Betsy Johnson will be Bingo prizes plus baskets with gift certificates for restaurants and dining and adventure experiences. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information contact Jen Wagner at 443-521-4084 or at jwmosaics@ymail.com.

Crashbox Theatre Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Easton, MD.  We are dedicated to the production of quality theatre, the continuing education of performing arts for youth, teens and adults, to provide opportunities for children, teens and adults in the performing arts, and to support the theatre programs at Easton Middle and Easton High School. Founder and executive director, Richard A. Vitanovec teaches theatre full time at Easton Middle School.

St. Michaels Rotary Joins Fight Against Deadly Epidemic

“We’re in the middle of the deadliest drug epidemic in our history,” said Talbot County Sheriff Joe Gamble. “Much of it starts with prescription painkillers.” The problem is so serious that, according to Gamble, “your child has a much higher chance of dying from an opioid overdose” than from any other cause.

September is Talbot Goes Purple month, a substance abuse awareness program to engage our community and youth to stand against the scourge of opioid and other substance abuse. An initiative of the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office and Tidewater Rotary, in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools and Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Talbot Goes Purple is an all-hands-on-deck effort that everyone in our community can support.

Custom-made Giampietro Rampini bowls.

As part of the month-long awareness campaign, the Rotary Club of St. Michaels will host a Gourmet Pasta Dinner on Saturday, September 16, at the Christ Church Parish Hall, 103 Willow Street, St. Michaels. Tickets are $65 per person. Contact Mike Mabe by email (michaelmabe@atlanticbb.net) or phone (410-714-0466) to make reservations.

The mouthwatering menu begins with assorted crostini, followed by capresi salad, pasta with marinara sauce (meatballs optional), and a polenta/olive oil cake. Complimentary beverages (sparkling water, wine, tea, coffee) will be served throughout the evening.

Each diner will take home their beautiful pasta bowl (see photo) custom-made for this event by Giampietro Rampini of Gubio, Italy. Additional bowls will be available for purchase at the event.

All proceeds from the dinner will support Project Purple. For those unable to attend on September 16 but wishing to help, please contact Mike Mabe. Your generous gift of $35 or more will entitle you to receive a Rampini bowl.

Compass Regional Hospice Hosts September Volunteer Training Sessions

Compass Regional Hospice will offer two training options for individuals interested in becoming a patient care volunteer. The first session will take place on Tuesday, September 12 and Thursday, September 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Hope & Healing Center, 255 Comet Drive in Centreville. The second session will also be held at the Hope & Healing Center on Monday, September 25 and Wednesday, September 27 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Attending each day of one of these sessions, as well as completing 10-hours of online learning before the start of class is required for volunteers who wish to work directly with hospice patients and their family members in Queen Anne’s, Kent and Caroline counties.

Pictured are Jean Kader (left) and Tom Brent, two of Compass Regional Hospice’s dedicated patient care volunteers.

In the past volunteers completed a 16-hour, strictly classroom learning training session that was spread out over the course of several days. This new format blends online learning with classroom time. By utilizing our web-based education portal it allows us to offer prospective volunteers the opportunity to complete their necessary coursework at their own pace. Wrapping up the training session with a shortened classroom portion where Compass Regional Hospice staff will facilitate discussions that will help volunteers put their knowledge to work.

“I am hopeful that this format will accommodate more individuals who would like to be involved in our program, like volunteers who still work full-time, but could not find the time to commit to several days of classroom learning,” says Courtney Williams, manager of volunteer and professional services.

“Hospice volunteers make a significant difference in the lives of our patients, their families, and our staff,” says Courtney. “Offering companionship and support to our patients and their loved ones play a tremendous role in making Compass Regional Hospice’s mission of “Care on your terms” possible.”

Compass Regional Hospice relies on more than 300 volunteers of all ages to lend a helping hand. These dedicated individuals volunteer their time in a variety of ways. Whether that is by providing patient care, administrative support or helping with community events and fundraising. This group also includes the more than 100 volunteers who operate Estate Treasures, an upscale resale shop in Chester that raises significant funds for Compass Regional Hospice every year.

Topics for the September 2017 volunteer training sessions include an overview of hospice; the process of dying; spiritual care and its place in hospice care; the stages of grief; effective communications techniques; family dynamics; stress management; and self-care for caregivers.

For more information about becoming a volunteer for Compass Regional Hospice, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/volunteers or contact Courtney Williams, 443-262-4112, cwilliams@compassregionalhospice.org.

Cinema Society Announces 2017-2018 Slate

The Talbot Cinema Society will lead off its 2017-2018 season with the Master of Suspense.

At its Sept. 11 meeting, TCS will screen The Lady Vanishes, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1938.  Travelers on a trans-European train are delayed for a night due to bad weather in an unidentified country. The passengers cram into the small village hotel, where socialite Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) meets an old governess, Miss Froy (Dame May Whitty). Shortly after the journey restarts, Miss Froy is nowhere to be found.  Also starring Michael Redgrave.  Critic Leonard Maltin gave The Lady Vanishes 4 out of a possible 4 stars, and Rotten Tomatoes rated it 98% Fresh.

Tension mounts among her fellow passengers following the mysterious disappearance of Miss Froy in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes.

As in years past, the season’s first meeting is the Cinema Society’s gift to the community. Everyone is invited to attend free of charge.

If Alfred Hitchcock is our most famous director, Steven Spielberg runs a close second. On Oct. 1, TCS will screen his Munich (2005), an historical crime drama starring Daniel Craig, Geoffrey Rush and Eric Bana. It is based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the terrorists who murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics. Munich was nominated for five Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. This meeting, and this meeting only, will begin at 3:30 p.m., and the doors will open at 3. All other TCS meetings will begin at 4 p.m., and the doors will open at 3:30.

On Nov. 5, the parade of silver screen icons continues with Daniel Day-Lewis, starring in My Beautiful Laundrette, directed by Stephen Frears, who also helmed The Queen and Dangerous Liaisons.  Released in 1985, this is the movie that put Day-Lewis on the map and started him on the road to four British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, three Academy Awards and two Golden Globes.  Hanif Kureishi’s screenplay was nominated for both an Oscar and a BAFTA Award.

Director Irvin Kershner mixes comedy, drama and romance into a delightful confection in A Fine Madness (1966), showing Dec. 3. In between Thunderball and You Only Live Twice, Sean Connery mesmerized as Samson Shillitoe, a mad genius of a poet irresistible to – and unable to resist –women. When plagued by writer’s block, he agrees to see a psychiatrist… and his beautiful wife.  Connery’s performance made it clear that there was life – and plenty of it –after James Bond.

Ring in the New Year with a film by three-time Oscar nominee Christopher Nolan, the man behind the Dark Knight trilogy and the current World War II spectacular Dunkirk. Memento, the story of an ex-insurance investigator searching for his wife’s murderer as he wrestles with short-term memory loss,is on tap for Jan. 7, 2018.  You’ll need to be on your toes to keep up with this neo-noir psychological thriller. As a result of a past trauma, Leonard (Guy Pearce) suffers from both anterograde amnesia, the inability to form new memories; and short-term memory loss that strikes approximately every five minutes. Memento tells two separate stories from Leonard’s recent past. One moves forward in time while the other tells the story backwards, revealing more each time Leonard revisits it. Nominated for two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe.  Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano co-star.

Be sure to wear your salsa dancing shoes on Feb. 11, when the Talbot Cinema Society presents Calle 54, a documentary featuring performances by 13 stars of the Latin Jazz music scene. Filmed in Mexico and all over Europe by Fernando Trueba, and released in 2000, Calle 54 chronicles his love affair with Latin Jazz as he follows a baker’s dozen musical giants into the studio. Winner of the Patron’s Award for Best Feature Film at the San Diego International Film Festival.

On March 4, TCS will take you back to the Golden Age of British Comedy, when the Boulting Brothers ruled the comic roost at England’s Shepperton Studios. Directed by John Boulting, this gleeful 1959 glimpse of class warfare, I’m All Right, Jack, stars Ian Carmichael, Peter Sellers, Richard Attenborough, Margaret Rutherford and the inimitable Terry-Thomas. Stanley Windrush (Carmichael), anaive aristocrat, returns from World War II, his mind set on a career in business and a corner office. Much to his dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up. Before long, he becomes an unwitting pawn in a power struggle between management (his uncle) and the labor union. Winner of two BAFTA Awards, and in America, it made the National Board of Review’s list of Top Foreign Films.

The season finale, Casino Jack and the United States of Money, is a seven-year-old documentary by Academy Award winner Alex Gibney. In government and politics in America, seven years is, if not a lifetime, at least a generation. But Gibney’s documentary tells a story that has been oft repeated before and since. For it chronicles the avarice and audacity of super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the high-rolling influence peddler who skated too close to the edge. He not only took down House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, an Ohio congressman and two White House officials, but also wound up doing time.  This movie was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

As in years past, the Talbot Cinema Society will meet monthly in one of the small theaters with the plush seats at Easton Premier Cinemas. To enhance your enjoyment, each movie will be introduced by one of TCS’s famous talking heads.If you’re hungry and thirsty, a mere $2 will buy you a small popcorn and a small soft drink. But wait!  There’s more! Cinema Society members will receive discount admission to Easton Premier Cinemas’ Encore Cinema movies on Thursdays. Meetings will be held on the first Sunday of each month, with the following exceptions:  Sept. 11 and Feb. 11, to avoid conflicts with Labor Day Weekend and the Super Bowl. Membership for the entire season costs $45 per person. To join, send your check to Talbot Cinema Society, P.O. Box 222, Easton, MD 21601. Or bring it to the Sept. 11 meeting.

Mid Shore Mediation Sponsors Volunteer Mediator Informational Seminar

Imagine a young couple, with a young child, who have decided to part ways. There are some issues which need to be addressed, and, for the benefit of their child, they have decided they would like to try to resolve things as peacefully and amicably as possible. If not for the availability of mediation, stress could set in, and the conflict could escalate, impacting their child, and the entire family. Costs could mount, as the conflict became more adversarial. Did you know that community members can help by becoming trained mediators with Mid Shore Mediation Center, bringing peace and resolution promptly to those who need it most? Mid Shore Mediation Center offers free mediation and conflict resolution services, provided by highly trained volunteer mediators.

The Center is in need of volunteer mediators from all backgrounds to help with the growing demand in the community for mediation services. The extensive training needed is provided by the Center through Community Mediation Maryland. Mid Shore Mediation helps resolve disputes of all kinds involving interpersonal conflicts, such as parenting plans for parents who live apart, parent and teen mediations, elder and family mediations, re-entry from incarceration discussions, neighbor conflicts, workplace disputes, as well as larger group community conversations.

On Monday, August 28, at 5 pm, Mid Shore Community Mediation Center (MSCMC) will host an Informational Seminar for prospective volunteer mediators. At this Information Session, MSCMC Executive Director Cynthia Jurrius, as well as other staff members and volunteers, will describe the function of the Center and the nature of its work. The next 50-hour basic training for new MSCMC mediators will take place three weekends in September 2017. Training is interactive and is free to all participants, with volunteer commitment.  Space is limited.

Mid Shore Community Mediation Center brings the community together by helping support productive conversations that increase understanding and transform relationships, between individuals and among groups. By overcoming the barriers to communication and understanding, families, organizations and communities are strengthened.

For more information about training to become a volunteer mediator, or to rsvp for the Informational Seminar, please contact Mid Shore Community Mediation Center at 410-820-5553, or mscmc@ goeaston.net.

Rally Set for Overdose Awareness Day on August 31 in Denton

A rally for Overdose Awareness Day is set from 3 until 7 p.m. on August 31 in Denton.

The rally location is 109 Market Street on the courthouse green and will include several speakers; resources and information; food, drinks and baked goods for sale. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

“This event is an effort to bring awareness to the opioid/heroin epidemic many in Caroline County are facing,” said Catherine Bowery, who organized the event. “This is a nationwide event and Caroline County’s second year – last year we had 150 people attend and we hope to reach many more this year.”

Scheduled speakers include: Glenn Fueston Jr., executive director, Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention; Ruth A. Colbourne, superintendent at Caroline County Department of Corrections; Judge Jonathan G. Newell, Caroline County administrative judge, Circuit Court; Brian Ebling, director of emergency services in Caroline County; John Darling, drug court coordinator; John R. Bounds, Caroline County sheriff; plus people recovering from drug use disorders and family members who have lost a child due to an overdose.

Overdose Awareness Day, a national observance, recognizes those who’ve died from overdoses, and spreads the message that overdose deaths are preventable. Attending offers a powerful way to stand together and remember those we’ve lost. The global events also help spread the message that the tragedy of overdose death IS preventable.

Melanie Rodriguez, drug and alcohol prevention specialist with the Caroline County Health Department, plans to attend the rally with a table full of resources.

“We’re working hard to help the community learn how to help prevent the use and misuse of alcohol, tobacco and drugs,” Rodriguez said. “Proper medication storage and disposal is one way the public can help prevent overdose deaths – Narcan training is another.”

The Denton rally is hosted by the local chapter of the national FED UP! Coalition, which is a grassroots coalition of people calling for an end to the epidemic of drug dependency and overdose deaths attributed to opioids. Rallies are scheduled for August 31 across the country, including Washington, D.C.

Bowrey said the goals of the event include showing that recovery is possible and showing local government the community needs help in the fight.

For more information on the event, please contact Bowrey at ccmdhaa@gmail.com. More information on the Fed Up! Coalition is available at www.feduprally.org.

For information on substance use and misuse prevention services, contact Rodriguez at 410-479-8164. Information also is available on Facebook @CarolineCountyPrevention.

Senior Nation: Talbot Senior Center Fundraising Event is a Success

Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center announces the success of their Summer of Love event. The event was held on August 4th from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Easton Elks Lodge (#1622) in Easton, Md.

Almost 75 people registered for and attended this high-energy event. Notable attendees included State Senator Adelaide (Addie) Eckardt and Delegate John (Johnny) Mautz IV. At the end of the evening,State Senator Eckardt presented Childlene Brooks, manager of Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center, with a resolution from the Senate of Maryland congratulating the Center on the fundraiser event. At the event, attendees enjoyed dancing to the music stylings of DJ Steve Moody, eating “groovy” foods, and bidding on silent auction items.

This event was made possible by local sponsors (listed in the order of amount of sponsorship) including Michael & Nancy Klein Foundation; The Henker Group; Dock Street Foundation; Bay Imprint; Flowers for the Tables; Talbot County Health Department; What’s Up? Eastern Shore; Cecil H. Gannon and Sons, Inc.; and Shore United Bank. In addition to these sponsors, four local donors provided generous donations.

Center Manager Childlene Brooks remarked, “Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center’s fundraising committee is thrilled with the success of the Summer of Love event. Everyone in attendance had a fantastic time and I cannot thank our sponsors, donors, staff members, volunteers, and Easton Elks Lodge enough for making this event possible.”

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 www.brooklettsplace.org or call 410.822.2869.

Monte Maxwell in Concert August 26

Monte Maxwell, Organist, will perform at The Church of the Holy Trinity (Oxford MD) on Saturday evening August 26, 2017 at 7 p.m.  Mr. Maxwell presently serves as Chapel Organist, Director of Chapel Music and the Midshipmen Symphony Orchestra at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis MD.  One of Mr. Maxwell’s annual events is the standing room only All Saints’ Day Organ Concert, a favorite of the USNA and greater Annapolis Community.  In addition, Mr. Maxwell performs during the year in concert during Commissioning Week, for Protestant and Catholic services, weddings, memorial services, funerals, and manages the Chapel Organ Concert Series, featuring guest organists from around the world.  Performing in numerous concert halls, churches, and cathedrals, Mr. Maxwell dazzles audiences with his ability to bring the audience and music together as one.  Innovative use of sound, superb technique, and amazing audience rapport leaves the audience spellbound.  Mr. Maxwell shares the highest level of music teachings from The Curtis Institute of Music (Philadelphia), The Juilliard School of Music (NYC), and Texas Christian University, Fort Worth.   During his performing career, Mr. Maxwell has performed throughout the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Canada as a concert artist and with Broadway artists, members of the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.Special venues have been Lincoln Center (NYC), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, The Kennedy Center (DC), St. Peter’s Basilica (Rome), and Spreckels Organ Pavilion (San Diego CA).  In his free time, Mr. Maxwell enjoys the world of rollercoasters!

The Church of the Holy Trinity is excited to present Monte Maxwell in concert.  Please come and experience this amazing musician.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  A free will offering will be taken to defray concert expenses.  All are welcome.  We are located at 502 South Morris Street, Oxford MD.  Please contact 410-226-5134 with any questions.