CBMM Announces Education Staff Promotions

From left: Jill Ferris, Director of Education, Matthew Engel, Lead Educator, and Allison Speight, Volunteer & Education Programs Manager.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum has recently promoted three staff members in its education department. Jill Ferris of Stevensville, Md. is the new Director of Education; Allison Speight of Trappe, Md. is Volunteer & Education Programs Manager; and Matthew Engel of St. Michaels, Md. is Lead Educator.

“Expanding CBMM’s education programs is critical to our mission,” commented CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “These promotions help position CBMM for that growth, and with our role of helping children understand more clearly the history, environment and people​ ​of the Chesapeake Bay, ultimately more children will become stewards of the Bay.”

Jill Ferris is responsible for furthering CBMM’s mission by creating, evaluating, and managing innovative education programming of the highest caliber for diverse audiences of all ages. Ferris most recently served as CBMM’s School & Family Programs Manager, with prior experience as an eighth-grade teacher with Queen Anne’s County Public Schools, where she received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Technology Award, and the 2014 Maryland History Day District Teacher Award. She was selected as a Master Teacher with Maryland State Department of Education in 2014 and 2015, where she instructed teachers and administrators on the implementation of inquiry learning in the social studies classroom.

Ferris holds a master’s degree in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, an academic division of the State University of New York at Oneonta. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with distinction in the liberal arts core curriculum from Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., where she earned a bachelor’s degree and History and Secondary Education Teacher Certification. Ferris received Colgate University’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008, and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Taiwan from 2008-2009.

As the Volunteer & Education Programs Manager, Allison Speight creates, implements, and supervises programs and materials for families, students, and adults who use CBMM as a resource, including the CBMM Volunteer Program, and Lighthouse Overnight Adventures. Speight previously served as CBMM’s Education & Volunteer Coordinator, beginning her career at CBMM as an education intern in 2013. Speight graduated Magna Cum Laude from Washington College with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a concentration in Chesapeake regional studies.

Matt Engel has been promoted to Lead Educator, after serving for more than two years as CBMM’s Shipwright Educator. As Lead Educator, Engel will continue to develop the Rising Tide After-School Boatbuilding Program in addition to supporting school tours and programs.

Engel brings more than ten years’ experience in boatbuilding, project management, and training program development. In addition to founding his own construction company, Engel most recently served as Senior Programs Manager with All Hands Volunteers in Leyte, Philippines, where he managed and mentored program managers across multiple reconstruction projects. Engel learned the aspects of wooden boat construction at The Landing School in Arundel, Me.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving nearly 80,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and numerous indoor and outdoor exhibitions situated in a park-like setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Willow Construction Launches New Website

Willow Construction is inviting visitors to explore its new, improved and redesigned website at www.willowconstruction.com. The new website provides enhanced navigation and user experience, and aims at showcasing the company’s best practices, completed projects, and value-added services.

Willow Construction’s new website is designed with all stakeholders in mind, including architects, engineers, developers, and the communities we serve. Visitors seeking to find the best in construction solutions can now quickly locate information with ease of access to project delivery methods, types of construction services, completed projects in the region, as well as stay up-to-date with the latest news, press releases, and upcoming events. Willow Construction’s primary objective is to be an online resource center for customers and prospects looking to learn more about the industries advantages and best practices when considering a construction project.

About Willow Construction:

Willow Construction is one of the largest and most trusted commercial construction firms and residential builders on Delmarva. Headquartered in Easton, Maryland, we’ve completed hundreds of projects throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Virginia, and the state of Delaware. Willow construction delivers quality construction and trusted services.

Hair O’ The Dog Supports CBMM Restoration Efforts

Hair O’ The Dog Wine and Spirits of Easton, Md., recently made a generous donation to support the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna Lockwood. Through her re-launch at OysterFest on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, $3 of every bottle of Boatman Red Blend wine sold at Hair O’ The Dog will go directly to CBMM. To learn about the Edna Lockwood restoration, visit ednalockwood.org. For more on CBMM, visit cbmm.org. Pictured in front of Edna Lockwood, from left, are CBMM’s Director of Development Liz LaCorte and Shipyard Manager Michael Gorman, and Hair O’ The Dog Wine Buyer Devon Harvey and Owner Joe Petro.

Shore Leadership Class of 2017 Graduates 23 Participants

The 23 participants of the 2017 Shore Leadership Class completed their nine -month program with a final Graduation Dinner on November 28th at Suicide Bridge Restaurant.  The class members were from Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne’s, Wicomico and Dorchester Counties and represented education, non-profits, financial services, government, agriculture and business.

Members of the 2017 graduating class are: Leisl Ashby, Kathy Clark, Paul Hagood, Tom Hutchinson, Robert Kelly, Michael Kiko, Denise Lovelady, Kim Magaha, Beth Mathis, Gretchen Messick, Robin O’Brien, David Plotts, Maria Reichart, Candice Schroepfer,  Same Shoge, Lee Ann Shortall, Derek Simmons, Renee’ Stephens, Owen Sutherland, Sara Visintainer, Bob Weber, Tami Weber and Derek White.

During the nine month program the class learned and practiced a variety of leadership skills and visited different counties on the shore learning about agriculture, education, tourism, manufacturing, opioid epidemic and rural health, environment and legacy, and technology and workforce development.

Shore Leadership Chair, Debra Rich of Shore Bancshares, welcomed everyone to the graduation and stressed the importance of keeping in touch with fellow class members and connecting with other alumni.  In coming Chair, Jim Crowley of Easton Utilities, gave a toast to the class, congratulating them on their accomplishments and encouraging them to stay engaged with Shore Leadership by participating in alumni events.

Derek White made a presentation on behalf of the class, to highlight what each class member learned throughout the program and the impact that each of the sessions had made on their personal or professional growth.  Dr. Joe Thomas, Leadership Facilitator, gave the graduation address highlighting the lessons reviewed during the year.

Program Sponsors this past year included:  University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, Ms. Sue Simmons, Shore Bancshares, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Farm Credit, F3 Tech and Bob Rich, Advisor at SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate, Easton.

Upcoming Shore Leadership events include the Annual Breakfast Meeting on January 17th at the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center and LEADS (leadership development training) at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore on March 28, 2018.

For more information about Shore Leadership or to apply to the Class of 2018 visit www.shoreleadership.org or contact info@shoreleadership.org.

The Caroline Foundation Awards Grants

The Board of Directors for the Caroline Foundation: Terry Mead, Bob Jarrell, Berl Lovelace, JoAnn Staples, Becky Loukides, Harry Cole, Richard Wheatley, Charlie Davis, Wayne Cole, Glen Plutschak, Michele Wayman, Miki Phillips, Jerry Garey and Tony Gianninoto and Mid-Shore Community Foundation President, Buck Duncan presented $564,570 in grant funding to the following organizations.

Caroline County Emergency Services – Response Services and Automated External Defibrillators, Caroline County Family YMCA – Open Doors Program,Caroline County Health Department – Addiction Treatment, Caroline County Public Schools – LifeSkills Training Program, Caroline County Public Schools – Weekend Food Program, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office – Drug Dog, Caroline Hospice Foundation – Patient Services, Caroline Medical Adult Day Care – Financial Aid, Channel Marker – Transportation Improvements, For All Seasons – Patient Services, His Hope Haven – Homeless Shelter, Partners in Care – Outreach Coordinator, Rebuilding Together Caroline County – Home Repair Services, St. Martin’s Ministries – Healthy Seniors Program, Upper Shore Aging – Patient Services.

The Caroline Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide medical and/or health-related services to residents of Caroline County.  The Mid-Shore Community Foundation provides administrative services and manages the grantmaking process on behalf of the Caroline Foundation.  Grant applications are available online at mscf.org/caroline-foundation and the deadline for submission is July 1, 2018.  Contributions to the Caroline Foundations are tax-deductible and should be directed to the Caroline Foundation, P.O. Box 607, Denton, MD.  Planned giving options are available.  For additional information, visit https://www.mscf.org/.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Receives $10,000 Grant to Support Debtor Assistance Programs

Mid-Shore Pro Bono is pleased to announce the award of a $10,000 grant from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation to support their Debtor Assistance Project (DAP).  Since 2010, the DAP has provided free legal advice to more than 700 individuals and families facing bankruptcy or other consumer debt issues on the Eastern Shore.

This grant will fund Mid-Shore Pro-Bono’s monthly DAP clinics providing debtors with opportunities to meet with specially trained volunteer attorneys for cost-free half-hour consultations. Clinics are hosted in Easton and Centreville with plans to expand to other counties in 2018. Mid-Shore Pro Bono sustains this program independently with the support of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court who established this program.

In addition, the grant will support outreach efforts to reach potential clients facing consumer debt.

“The continued support of the American College of Bankruptcy will allow us to reach individuals and families struggling with consumer debt,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “The earlier we can reach clients and begin working with them, the easier it is to keep them in their homes and avoid bankruptcy. Many clients don’t know their rights and are reluctant to confront these issues, but we can help.”

Monthly DAP clinics are held in the Mid-Shore Pro Bono offices in Centreville at 108 Broadway and Easton at 8 South West Street. For more information about the DAP program, please call the office at 410-690-8128.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Easton Velocity Commencing Negotiations with Broadcasters

Easton Velocity is currently in negotiations with various broadcasters for the right to carry or “re-transmit” several television station signals.  Easton Velocity’s goal is to negotiate the lowest costs for programming and to provide customers with better service options; however, the fees to ensure access to popular channels like ours are only getting more expensive. “Easton Velocity is committed to signing deals for the programming our customers want at reasonable monthly fees and to avoid a situation where corporate broadcasters temporarily remove popular programs,” said Ted L. Book, Easton Velocity’s Director of Cable and Communications. “We negotiate in good faith, but this process has gotten harder over the years.”

This process, which occurs across the country, pits local cable businesses against national corporate conglomerates. Historically, broadcasters were locally owned businesses that worked side-by-side with cable companies in the communities where they operate. But as the broadcast industry has consolidated, local cable operators are forced to negotiate with regional and national entities whose owners and employees are outside the community.

Retransmission fees are projected to cost U.S. consumers and satellite and cable operators $11.6 billion annually by 2022, a 51 percent increase from 2016, according to SNL Kagan. Because broadcast retransmission fees are a growing source of income for corporations at a time when other revenue streams are shrinking, negotiations can sometimes be contentious making it more difficult to reach an agreement. “While broadcasters demand a sharp increase in fees and then potentially pull their channels from the air until their demands are met, Easton Velocity will be fighting on behalf of our customers to keep rates down and maintain uninterrupted programming,” added Book.

Easton Velocity, a service of Easton Utilities, is committed to keeping our community connected and current with a variety of service offerings designed to meet the needs of both residential and commercial customers. Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and telecommunications company operating the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, Cable Television, and Internet services for the Town of Easton and portions of the surrounding area.

 Please visit www.eastonutilities.com or call 410-822-6110 to learn more.

Shore United Bank Welcomes Heather L. Bacher, Market Manager

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is pleased to announce that Heather Bacher has joined the company as a Market Manager of our Queen Anne’s and Kent County branches.

Heather will be responsible for promoting and growing business while leading her team of commercial bankers and working with the branches within the northern region. Her office will be located at our Commerce Street branch in Centreville, Maryland.

Ms. Bacher is a graduate of Salisbury University earning a bachelor’s degree in communications.

Prior to joining Shore United Bank, Ms. Bacher spent the past twenty years working in both retail and commercial banking.

“We are very excited that Heather has joined our team. Her experience in banking will help us deliver products and services to the communities we serve”, says Michael Cavey, Senior Lending Officer of Shore United Bank.

“I am looking forward to serving our customers and being able to work in the same community where I live. Ensuring the success of our branches through a team of professionals will assist us in growing our local economy while meeting our customers financial needs,” says Ms. Bacher.

Heather is the Treasurer of United Way of Queen Anne’s County, a Board Member of Chesapeake College Foundation Board, a Board Member of the Chesapeake Women’s Network QAC and a Committee Member of the Bosom Buddies Ball.

Ms. Bacher resides in Stevensville, Maryland with her son, Ryan.

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.

Easton Utilities Employees Mark Career Milestones

(Front row left), Kenneth Marks (10 yrs), Ted Book (20 yrs), Samantha Jeter (10 yrs), Lynn Kline (30 yrs), Hugh Grunden, President & CEO, and Paul Moffett (10 yrs). (Back row left) Bryan Wilkins (10 yrs), Ron Haun (30 yrs), Allan Blessing (30 yrs) and Jeff Starkey (10 yrs). Not pictured Larry Smith (10 yrs).

Easton Utilities recently celebrated ten, twenty and thirty year service milestones achieved by ten staff members.  Allan Blessing, Operations & Maintenance Coordinator; Ron Haun, Operator; and Lynn Kline, Administrative Support, celebrated 30-year anniversaries during the past year.  Ted Book, Director of Cable & Communications, marked his 20-year anniversary. Samantha Jeter, Customer Service Representative; Kenneth Marks, Senior Water & Wastewater Operator; Paul Moffett, Engineering/Water & Wastewater Manager; Larry Smith, Assistant Operator; Jeff Starkey, Vehicle Maintenance; and Bryan Wilkins, Water Distribution & Wastewater Collection Operator, marked 10-year anniversaries with the company.

“These dedicated individuals have talent and experience which makes them an invaluable asset to our organization and our customers,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities.