Chuck Mangold, Jr. is Habitat Choptank’s Business Partner of the Year


Realtor Chuck Mangold, Jr. (left) with Executive Director Nancy Andrew.

Habitat Choptank has named local Realtor Chuck Mangold, Jr. as its Business Partner of the Year for 2016. An associate broker with Benson and Mangold Real Estate, Mangold has lent his time and service to help further the Habitat mission in Dorchester and Talbot Counties over the last 10 years.

“This award recognizes those businesses that are long-term partners and have provided significant support to our affordable home ownership program,” explained executive director Nancy Andrew at Habitat’s recent annual meeting.  “Chuck is just one of those people who are always willing to lend a hand plus his skills and contacts are especially meaningful for our mission.”  Mangold served two terms on the Habitat Choptank Board. “While he retired off the Board in 2013, his support and generosity toward the affiliate have not waivered.” He routinely offers his services to help Habitat acquire property for redevelopment, he has introduced the affiliate to possible home buyers and future Board members, he helped secure leases for the ReStore, and most recently, he joined Habitat’s Corporate Advisory group.

“Habitat Choptank is one organization in our community that truly helps people change their lives for the better,” Mangold said in explaining what motivates him to stay involved. “The quality houses they build are important and so is the support and education that the staff and volunteers provide to the home buyers.”

For information about buying a home through Habitat Choptank, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.  Chuck Mangold, Jr. can be reached by calling 410-822-6665 or going online to www.chuckmangold.com.

Willis Named to Maryland Rural Health Association Board of Directors


Patti Willis, senior vice president, Strategy and Communications

Patti Willis, senior vice president, Strategy and Communications, has been appointed to the Maryland Rural Health Association Board of Directors.

The Maryland Rural Health Association is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and advocate for the optimal health of rural communities and their residents and is made up of rural community members and organizations. Membership is comprised of local health departments, community and regional hospitals, community health centers, area health education centers, health professionals, and community members in rural areas throughout Maryland. Of Maryland’s 24 counties, 18 are considered rural by the state. With a population of over 1.6 million, these rural counties differ greatly from the state’s urban areas.

Willis is a 2000 graduate of Shore Leadership. Active in a variety of community organizations throughout her career, Willis is past president of Easton Rotary a past member of the Boards of Hospice Queen Anne’s (now Compass Regional Hospice) and Talbot Hospice Foundation. She served on the Boards of Directors of Caroline, Talbot and Kent Chambers of Commerce, and is a past chairman of the Board of Talbot County Chamber of Commerce. She is past president of the Maryland Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations and a senior member of the Society of Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. Willis was selected Business Woman of the Year by the Talbot Chamber of Commerce in 2004, was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2005 and was named the Mid Shore Woman of Distinction in 2011.

Other new Board members are: Mark Boucot, of Garrett Regional Medical Center; Andrea Mathias, of Worcester County Health Department; and Larry Polsky, of Calvert County Health Department.

Information about the Maryland Rural Health Association maybe found online at www.mdruralhealth.org.

EEDC Awarded USDA Grant to Support Chesapeake Harvest

The Easton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) was awarded $383,673.00 from USDA from its Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) for the implementation of “Chesapeake Harvest: Connecting Farmers to Markets” program. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more than $56 million in grants this week to strengthen local and regional food systems, support farmers markets, and fund organic research, including the LFPP grant for the Easton Economic Development Corporation. “Since this Administration launched the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative in 2009 to coordinate USDA efforts to support local and regional food systems, there has been a dramatic increase in consumer demand for buying local,” said Vilsack. “Over the years, we’ve seen how these new market opportunities are helping to drive job growth in agriculture, increase entrepreneurship in rural communities, and expand food access and choice. This latest round of grants will expand the capacity of farmers and businesses to serve this growing market, help revitalize local economies around the country, and support efforts around the country to provide fresh, healthy food to all Americans.”

Herb Miller, the Chairman of the Easton Economic Development Corporation stated, “This is a jobs machine for our Town. We are incubating several projects, which will bring more jobs to Easton. Our job is to create jobs. Chesapeake Harvest will do that by expanding market opportunities for our community.”

Chesapeake Harvest: Connecting Farmers to Markets will fund critical infrastructure and technical assistance to enable farmers on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia to expand market reach, increase the supply of healthy foods to the region, and create market opportunities for small and mid‐size farmers.

Anthony “Tony” Kern, Chairman of the Chesapeake Harvest Advisory Committee and member of the Easton Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors stated, “Many people and organizations from around the community, the region and State have contributed their time and expertise to make Chesapeake Harvest, and ultimately this USDA grant, come to fruition. Chesapeake Harvest looks forward to strengthening and growing these partnerships to advance a growing local food economy that will benefit the region and the Town of Easton and it’s citizens.”

The Easton Economic Development Corporation, formed in 2013, was created to drive economic vitality, smart redevelopment, and business formation in order to foster a healthy quality of life for all generations. The EEDC works towards maintaining Easton’s continued growth as a diverse, healthy and smart town, leading innovation where the land and water meet.

Leadership Maryland Class of 2017 Applications Due October 31

Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders, reminds potential applicants that the deadline to be considered for the Class of 2017 is rapidly approaching. All applications for the Class of 2017 must be submitted online at www.LeadershipMD.org by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, October 31.

Leadership Maryland’s selection committee will choose 52 applicants to complete an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues.

Applications are open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in either their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland applicants will have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. The chosen class will reflect a cross-section of the state by including diversity of geographic location, profession, ethnicity and gender.

To be considered for the Class of 2017, application packages must include:

  • Completed application, available online only at www.LeadershipMD.org;
  • Paid application fee of $250;
  • Two references;
  • One letter of recommendation;
  • Authorizing official statement from applicant’s supervisor or CEO (unless applicant is self-employed or are their own supervisor);
  • Professional color photo

Completed application packages and registration fee must be received by Leadership Maryland (134 Holiday Court, Suite 318, Annapolis, Md. 21401) by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016. Upon acceptance of the application, candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview with members of the Leadership Maryland selection committee. The selected Class of 2017 will be announced in early February 2017.

Full information regarding Leadership Maryland’s application instructions, selection process, tuition and financial assistance, 2017 program dates and locations, and attendance policy are available at www.LeadershipMD.org. Anyone with questions may contact Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or Info@LeadershipMD.org.

About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,000 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org.

Inn at Perry Cabin Welcomes New Catering Sales Manager

margaret-fullemInn at Perry Cabin is excited to welcome Margaret Fullem as the Catering Sales Manager. Margaret has over 20 years of event sales, hospitality and philanthropy experience. She started her career with MCI Communications as a Recognition and Events Manager, managing quarterly events and a budget of $745K per quarter! Margaret has also held positions with Hyatt, Hilton and Marriott as the Senior Catering Sales and Event Manager contracting and servicing groups up to 2,500 attendees and managing budgets up to $5M. She has a passion for the non-profit sector and was Race Director for Komen Maryland where she managed the Race for the Cure in Ocean City, Maryland securing over $150K in Sponsorship’s and increased registrations by 15%! Margaret has consistently exceeded sales goals set before her and is looking forward to exceeding sales expectations at the Inn at Perry Cabin!

Margaret enjoys volunteering and helping others, relaxing at the beach, riding her bike and spending time with family. Margaret is also a sports fan watching football on Sundays and following LeBron James her favorite NBA player!

Londonderry on the Tred Avon Manor House Reopens Offering Community Rentals

The Manor House at Londonderry on the Tred Avon recently had a grand reopening since a fire, caused by a lightning strike, closed its doors in April 2015. The 1867 Gothic Revival villa on the property, which was built at the end of the Civil War for a surgeon in the U.S. Navy, is listed on the Maryland Historical Trust’s (MHT) Historic Sites Inventory. The house was designed by prominent architect Richard Upjohn, a founding member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), who also designed Trinity Church and the Church of the Ascension in New York City. Locally, he designed the Christ Church Rectory and the Trippe-Beale House in Easton.


Photo: the recent ribbon cutting for the recently renovated Londonderry on the Tred Avon Manor House following its closing after a fire caused by a lightning strike occurred in April 2015.

The waterfront house, which has always provided space for meetings, small gatherings, and special events, has been completely renovated. The entire house has been repainted, its hardwood floors have been refinished, and a handicap-accessible bathroom has been added on the first floor and the kitchen has been updated for catering. The house has three comfortable designer guest rooms available for rent to accommodate overnight guests of Londonderry residents. The suites can also be used by bridal parties who have rented the entire facility for their weddings.

Resident Pat Lewers, who served on the Redecorating Committee for the Manor House, comments, “The whole place shines with fun! It’s a bright and cheerful space. In addition to it being available to our residents, we are thrilled to be able to offer it for rentals for special events, business gatherings, holiday parties, bridal and baby showers, and weddings.”

The downstairs of the Manor House consists of a large dining room, sitting room, breakfast room, kitchen and bathroom, as well as a large waterfront screened porch. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Events held at the Manor House may be catered by the Londonderry kitchen or outside caterers can use the kitchen for events.

For further information on rentals of Londonderry’s Manor House, call 410-820-8732 or email info@londonderrytredavon.com.

“The Talbot Bankers” Came in 1st Place as the Top Fundraising Team

Employees of Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, participated in the recent Talbot County’s Relay for Life event held on Saturday, September 17th at Easton High School. Their Relay for Life team, named “The Talbot Bankers”, came in first place as the top fundraising team with a record total of $10,131. Two team members were also the top individual fundraisers for the event, Robin O’Brien raising $3,030 and Dawn Henkel raising $2,338.70. The funds will benefit the American Cancer Society. In addition, the team was also awarded the 2016 Relay Spirit Award and won first place for their vehicle in the “Road to Recovery” lap.


Photo: Talbot Bankers show their spirit at the 2016 Talbot County Relay for Life. Team members at the event: Michael Loftus, Dawn Henckel, Robin O’Brien, Becky Candel, Laura Heikes, Darlene Jones, Lisa Rash, Taylor Rash, Lisa Marvel, Brenda Wooden, Bri Wooden and AnnMarie Carroll.

This year’s event theme was Lights, Camera, Relay…it’s all about Hollywood. The Talbot Bankers team selected the movie ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ and put a lot of energy and spirit into their site, decorations, costumes and vehicle. “Relay for Life is something special to all of us on the team,” said Michael Loftus, Shore Bancshares Training Manager. “Each of us have been touched by cancer in some way and this is our way of raising awareness and remembering those we’ve lost and honoring those that have won the battle. As Team Captain, I couldn’t be more proud of our accomplishments this year. We gained some new team members, raised the highest amount of money we have in the last 5 years and have renewed energy.”

A survivor luncheon was also held following with an opening ceremony. Survivors made the first lap to begin the relay event. Various games and activities were enjoyed by everyone throughout the day culminating with an extremely moving luminaria ceremony at dusk. Over a 400 lighted luminaria bags glowed in the dark in honor or memory of someone special.

St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa Names New Spa Director

laurie-tothSt. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa has named Laurie Toth, a licensed aesthetician and massage therapist, as the new director of the Spa at Harbour Inn. In this role, Toth will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the on-site spa’s operations as well as working directly with clients.

“Laurie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our spa and is a great addition to our team,” said Robert A.W. Pascal of the Pascal Family Group, which owns the property. “She has some great ideas for enhancing the services we provide to our guests and we are excited to have her here.”

Toth has more than 18 years of experience in the spa industry. The founder of Skin Sense in Annapolis, she practiced there for 11 years before selling her business to move to the Caribbean. She subsequently worked at some of the Virgin Islands’ finest resort spas including the Ritz Carlton and Marriott Frenchman’s Reef on St. Thomas. Most recently, she was the Spa Director at The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore.

Toth is designing a new spa menu to include unique massage and body treatments and a variety of skincare options focused on corrective care. In the retail boutique, she plans on offering a French aromatherapy-based skincare line called Decleor, as well as a variety of face, body and hair products and gift items made by local artisans.

“I look forward to not only working with the Inn’s guests, but also building relationships with members of the local community,” Toth said. “My goal is to ensure that the treatments my clients choose are the best options given their specific needs.” She also plans to start a membership program for residents of the area.

The services at the Spa at Harbour Inn are available to both men and women and include a variety of facials, body treatments and massages. The spa is open seven days a week by appointment. Appointments outside of regular business hours are accommodated on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa go to www.harbourinn.com. For more information about the Spa at Harbour Inn or to make an appointment, call 800-955-9001, extension 155.

The 2016 Upper Shore Regional Job Fair

Everybody works on Wednesday October 12, 2016, Upper Shore Regional Job Fair from 2 to 6pm, Talbot County Community Center.

Get yourself ready to network and meet employers at the upcoming Regional Job Fair at the Talbot Community Center in Easton. Free and open to the public, this annual fall event brings together an array of businesses ready to assist with information about available jobs and about career opportunities in the Upper Shore Region:

Unisite Design, Inc.                                                                Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond
Acme Markets                                                                          Maryland State Police
ALDI Inc.                                                                                  Medifast
Alphena Pharma Solutions                                                   Mid-Atlantic Waste Systems
APG Chesapeake                                                                     Olive Garden
Atlantic Broadband                                                                Paris Foods
Bayleigh Chase                                                                        Protemps Staffing Solutions
Benedictine                                                                              PRS Guitars
BesTemps                                                                                 Quality Staffing Services
Bright Star                                                                                Queen Anne’s County
Caloris                                                                                       RAUGH inc.
Candle Light Cove                                                                  Reeb
Caroline Center                                                                       Royal Farms
Chesapeake College                                                                Staples
Choptank Transport                                                               Sysco
Comfort Keepers                                                                     Target
Crystal Steel Fabricators, Inc.                                              The Arc Central Chesapeake Region
Dart Container Corporation                                                 The Heartfields at Easton
David A. Bramble                                                                    The Orthopedic Center
Dixon Valve                                                                              The Preston Automotive Group
Dress Barn                                                                                The Whalen Company
Express Employment Professionals                                    Tri-Gas & Oil, Inc
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott                                       University of Maryland Medical System
Federal Resources                                                                   UPS
Genesis Elder Care National Centers, Inc.                         Wagman, Inc.
Hardee’s                                                                                     Walgreen Co.
Home Instead Senior Care                                                     Warwick Fulfillment
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort

In addition to the business area, a resource area will be available to bring local supportive and organizational resources to the event. Many volunteers will be on-hand to offer tips for talking to employers, locating available transportation, adult educational courses and important career guidance services. The M1 mobile career center will be on hand for this event to assist with resume and on-line applications.

Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center                    DLLR
DORS                                                                                           Veterans Services
Talbot County Free Library                                                    Delmarva Community Services
American Legion                                                                       Adult Literacy

Sponsors for this job fair include the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce, Talbot County Council, the Star Democrat, 96.7 WCEI, MTS Broadcasting. the partners, organizations and resources of the American Job Center in the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Network, including the local libraries, Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), Division of Workforce Development and Chesapeake College Adult Learning, and the Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County and Queen Anne’s County Chambers of Commerce.

For more information, call Al Silverstein at the Talbot Chamber of Commerce at (410) 822-4653 or 410-253-9178 cell or email, asilver@talbotchamber.org

A USDOL Funded, Equal Employment Opportunity Event

Visit Easton Utilities during Public Power & Gas Week

Easton Utilities welcomes all customers and community members to visit the Customer Service Center (201 N. Washington Street) during Public Power & Gas Week on October 3 – 7. This event is part of a nationwide celebration of the critical role not-for-profit public electric and gas utilities play to support their communities.

“Easton Utilities celebrates this week by sharing the many benefits of public power and gas with our customers,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President & CEO of Easton Utilities. “We take the time to explain these advantages, share how we make a positive impact on the community, and provide tips on ways to conserve energy.”

Public Power & Gas Week is the local celebration of events supported by the American Public Power Association and the American Public Gas Association. Easton Utilities will be giving away a flowering pear tree valued at $50. Stop by during the week and enter your name in the drawing, which will take place on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 3 pm. The winner does not need to be present to win and will be notified.

For more information, visit www.eastonutilities.com or call 410-822-6110.