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 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,

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 or call 410-822-6110.

Marilyn Russell Celebrates 25 Years with Shore United Bank

marilynrussell_crop_2016Shore United Bank is proud to recognize Marilyn Russell for 25 years of dedicated service. Ms. Russell joined Shore United Bank (formerly The Talbot Bank), a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, in September 1991 as a floating teller. Ms. Russell moved into her current position as a Customer Service Representative in 1994. She enjoys meeting with customers and takes pride in assisting them and finding the right solutions for their banking needs.

“Marilyn is an essential part of the Shore United Bank team,” says Laura Heikes, Community & Government Relations Officer. “She brings a high level of professionalism and dedication to our company. Her commitment to her fellow associates and assisting her customers is exceptional. We appreciate her many years of service.”

Ms. Russell resides in Easton with her husband, Bill Russell. They have two sons, Bill Russell IV and Rob Russell. Ms. Russell shows her commitment to the community through volunteering at Candy Cane Lane to support Talbot Hospice and Habitat for Humanity by donating food for staff working at build sites. Ms. Russell enjoys reading, backyard birdwatching, Pilates classes for exercise and just recently started biking.

Medicare 101: Know your benefits

avery-jpegPerhaps you are nearing retirement age, over age 65 and still working, or you simply want to understand how Medicare works. Read on to learn more about each part of Medicare from our licensed insurance agents at Avery Hall Benefit Solutions.

What is Medicare? Medicare is a federal program that provides health insurance for citizens and certain permanent legal residents. Eligible recipients include those who are age 65 or older, younger than 65 with certain disabilities, or any age with End-Stage Renal Disease. There are four types of Medicare.

Medicare Part A helps cover inpatient care in hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice. Generally, there is no monthly premium if you qualify and have paid Medicare taxes while working.

Medicare Part B helps cover medical services like doctors’ services, outpatient care, and other medically necessary services that Part A does not cover. Medicare Part B has a monthly premium associated with it; the premium is determined by your income.

Many individuals choose to purchase a Medicare Supplement insurance policy, such as a Medigap plan, to help cover Part A and B deductibles, copayments, and coinsurance. These policies are sold by private insurance companies and are secondary to Original Medicare.

Medicare Advantage Plans, also known as Medicare Part C, are combination plans managed by private insurance companies approved by Medicare. They typically are a combination of Part A, B and sometimes D coverage, but mostly cover medically necessary services. These plans replace Medicare and are able to set their own copays, deductibles, coinsurances, and out-of-pocket maximums.

Medicare Part D is prescription drug coverage and is available to anyone with Medicare. It is a federal program that subsidizes the costs for prescription drugs. These plans are offered by private insurance companies and will involve a monthly premium.

When can you sign up? There are three enrollment periods in which you may sign up for Medicare. Initial Enrollment Period is when you first turn age 65. You have three months before and three months after the month you turn 65 to enroll. If you are collecting Social Security, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare. If you are not collecting Social Security, you will have to enroll in Medicare yourself; you can do this online, by phone, or by visiting your local Social Security office.

General Enrollment Period: If you didn’t sign up when you were first eligible, you can sign up starting January 1st – March 31st. However, you may incur a penalty by signing up late.

Special Enrollment Period: If you work past age 65, once you are ready to enroll in Medicare, you will have to prove that you had employer coverage in order to be enrolled and to avoid the late enrollment penalty..

The first step in choosing any health insurance plan is to determine what you need. Let a licensed insurance agent at Avery Hall Benefit Solutions walk you through the parts of Medicare and help you choose a benefit plan that suits your needs.

Avery Hall Benefits Employees Top Selling Medicare Supplement Agents for Mutual of Omaha

Marti Wright and Alyssa C. Sinagra of Avery Hall Benefits Solutions were recently awarded the Mutual of Omaha Mutual Sales Leader Award. For the second year in a row both Marti and Alyssa were recognized for their Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in selling Medicare Supplements. This prestigious award recognizes top selling Mutual of Omaha agents in the United States. In 2015, Marti was ranked 35th and Alyssa was ranked 57th in the country. Both Marti and Alyssa are experts at adding benefits and saving premium for anyone in need of Medicare Supplements.

Marti Wright, CSA, CLTC is a senior account executive at our Easton office and has been employed by Avery Hall since 1994. Her focus is working closely with clients that have Medicare and helping them understand and choose an appropriate Medicare Supplement and Medicare Part D plan. Additionally, she has earned the designations of Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Certified Long Term Care (CLTC).

Alyssa Sinagra is a senior account executive at our Salisbury office and has been employed by Avery Hall since 2006. Her specialty is working with individuals, families, and Medicare beneficiaries where she helps them analyze and choose insurance benefits for medical, dental, and vision as well as Medicare Supplements and Medicare Part D prescription plans.

Avery Hall Insurance Group serves individuals, families, and businesses of all sizes throughout Delmarva and the Mid-Atlantic. Avery Hall is headquartered in Salisbury, with offices in Easton, Seaford, and Bridgeville.

Gina Paul Celebrates 30 Years with Shore Bancshares

GinaPaul_2016_cropShore Bancshares is proud to recognize Gina A. Paul for 30 years of dedicated service. Ms. Paul joined Shore United Bank (formerly CNB) in September 1986 as a Bookkeeping Clerk. She held various positions at Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies serving as a Customer Service Representative, Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President. In 2011, Ms. Paul began working at Shore Bancshares in the Audit Department until September 2012 at which time she transitioned to her present role as Systems Administrator and Support Specialist in the Information Technology Department. Ms. Paul is responsible for managing the IT support workflow and follow-up on resolutions. She provides first level problem determination, analysis and quick and efficient resolutions of all technical issues on supported platforms. She acts as the administrator for various systems serving Shore Bancshares and its subsidiaries.

In 1993, Ms. Paul received her Associates in Arts Degree in Business Administration. In 2008 she graduated from the Maryland Banking School and in 1993 she graduated from the Dale Carnegie course with perfect attendance. “Gina is an essential part of the Shore Bancshares IT team,” says Timothy Berrigan, Chief Information Officer, and Information Technology at Shore Bancshares. “She brings a high level of professionalism and dedication to our company. Her commitment to her fellow associates and assisting her customers is exceptional. We appreciate her many years of service.”

Ms. Paul resides in Queen Anne with her husband, Gregory Paul. In her spare time, Ms. Paul enjoys playing softball and scuba diving.

Shore United Bank Employees Participated in the Annual Community Health Fair & School Supply Giveaway

shore unitedBrenda Wooden and Tiffany Knight, employees of Shore United Bank, participated in the 9th Annual Community Health Fair & School Supply Giveaway held recently at the Idlewild Park in Easton, MD. Ms. Knight’s children, Weldon and Kiara, also participated. In addition to giving away schools supplies, Shore United Bank also had a drawing for a backpack filled with school supplies. Visit Shore United Bank at

Maryland Winners (included Dorchester County) in Medical Marijuana Permits

Maryland regulators announced which 15 companies can grow medical marijuana in Maryland. The commission also announced 15 companies received preliminary licenses to process marijuana.  The Washington Post show the people behind the companies that won and lost in bids for licenses.

Read the full story here

Shore United Bank Supported Caroline County Department of Social Services


L to R: Cheryl Satterfield of The Department of Social Services and Wanda Harmon of Shore United Bank.

Shore United Bank, a member of the Shore Bancshares community of companies, recently held a school supply drive to benefit local children in need.  Donations were collected at the Denton branch and received by Cheryl Satterfield of the Caroline County Department of Social Services to be distributed to children in the community.  Shore United Bank is proud to be a community partner and would like to thank its valued customers and employees for their support and dedication to the betterment of our community.  For more information or to make a contribution, please contact The Department of Social Services at 410-819-4500.