Making it Work on the Shore: Ace Moritz and Eastern Shore Brewing

The craft beer business was in its infancy when Adrian (Ace) Moritz started to work in the industry during the early 1990s in one of Vermont’s earliest local breweries, the Long Trail Brewing Company. It was hard to tell then that the local brew industry would become the booming business it has become, but it started a lifetime passion for Ace.

After leaving Long Trail, and deciding to leave a lucrative private sector career in New York, Ace and his wife decided to risk everything when they started Eastern Shore Brewing Company in St. Michaels in 2009 to follow his passion.

And over the course of the last nine years, Ace has learned a great deal about moving from the love of a home brewery to the complications and challenges that come with a full retail and wholesale operation. Those lessons have continuously change the business model as he continues to find the sweet spot between maintaining a sustainable business and remain competitive as craft beer takes over some of the smallest towns on the Eastern Shore.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information about Eastern Shore Brewing please go here.

David Reager and John Seidel Join CBMM Board

David W. Reager, Esquire, and John L. Seidel, Ph.D., recently joined the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md.

David W. Reager, Esquire

John L. Seidel, Ph.D.

Reager is a founding and managing partner of the law firm Reager & Adler, PC, in Camp Hill, Pa., supervising the real estate, business law, and estate planning practice areas. He formed the firm in 1979 after serving as an assistant attorney general with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for five years. His education includes a BS and MBA from Pennsylvania State University and a JD from Temple University School of Law.

Reager was chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fredricksen Library and currently serves on the Board of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania and the Camp Hill Community Foundation. When not working, he enjoys sailing, painting and gardening.

Seidel is the Center for Environment & Society Director and the Lammot du Pont Copeland Associate Professor of Anthropology & Environmental Studies at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Prior to joining the faculty of Washington College in 1998, he worked in the private sector as the lead underwater archaeologist for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, one of the largest cultural resource management firms in the nation. He also taught at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland College Park, and his work has taken him from the U.S. to the Middle East and Central and South America. His current research focuses on the relationships between humans and their environments in the Chesapeake Bay region and the development of an environmental model for archaeological site locations on the Eastern Shore.

Seidel is a past president of the Maritime Archaeological & Historical Society, and has served on the Chestertown Historic District Commission and Maryland Historical Trust Board of Trustees. He lives in Chestertown with his wife, Liz, and enjoys boating, SCUBA diving, travel, reading, and music.

 

 

 

 

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Stagg appointed as new Easton Utilities Commissioner

Mayor Robert C. Willey swore in William B. Stagg as a new commissioner of the Easton Utilities Commission on May 1, 2017 for a six-year term. Mr. Stagg has 35 years of experience in the mid-Atlantic region providing private and public sector master planning, site planning and landscape architectural design services. He is currently a principal with Lane Engineering, LLC directing much of the firms land development planning, design and engineering efforts.

As a member of the Easton Utilities Commission, Mr. Stagg is charged with governance responsibilities for Easton Utilities. He succeeds David J. North who retired in April after serving for 12 years, including two years as Chairman of the Commission. “Bill’s experience, knowledge and commitment to environmental preservation will be an ideal complement to our strong commission,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities.

Mr. Stagg resides in Easton and is active in the community. He was the past President of the Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

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. Visit www.eastonutilities.com for more information.

David North completes Final Year as a Commissioner for Easton Utilities

David J. North has completed his twelfth and final year as a Commissioner for Easton Utilities. Since 2005, Mr. North has been providing strategic direction and oversight for both operations and management. In his last two years, he served as Chairman of the Commission. “I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Easton Utilities grow and succeed amidst the ever-changing economy and landscape in our community,” said North. “Above all, I cherished the opportunity to work with such an extraordinary organization that simply shines with pride and professionalism from top to bottom in all departments.”

David North and Hugh E. Grunden

Mr. North helped position Easton Utilities for a strong future by recognizing the importance of infrastructure investment and exceptional customer service. “As a lifelong resident of Talbot County, David’s sincere commitment to the success of our organization and this community has been unwavering,” stated Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities. “Both Easton Utilities and the Town of Easton thank him for his significant contributions.”
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. Visit www.eastonutilities.com for more information.

Oxford’s Scottish Highland Creamery to Change Ownership

Pictured from left are Victor and Susan Barlow, G.L. Fronk, Gordon Fronk and Michael Fronk.

After twelve years of owning and operating The Scottish Highland Creamery, Susan and Victor Barlow are pleased to share that the business will be passed on and sold to the Fronk Family at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The Barlows and the Fronks are fully committed to working together to ensure a smooth transition over the summer and beyond so customers will continue to enjoy the same delicious ice cream they have come to expect for years to come.

“It’s been a wonderful twelve years building this business, serving our community and being welcomed into the traditions and celebrations of our customers,” said the Barlows. “However, after 35 years of making ice cream, Victor has decided to ‘pass the scoop on’ as it was to him. We cannot put into words how much we appreciate the Town of Oxford for embracing us from the start and giving us the opportunity to do what we love. The familiar faces you have come to know at the window will not change, as our entire staff will be staying with the business.”

“The Scottish Highland Creamery will be our family business,” said GL and Michael Fronk, who will be running the day-to-day operations. “Customers can rest assured that we share the Barlows’ commitment to family, hard work and the Town of Oxford. We are honored that Victor has chosen us to carry on his recipes and techniques so that his ice cream will continue to be enjoyed by current and future generations. We are excited to lead the business into its next chapter.”

The Fronks are familiar faces around The Scottish Highland Creamery and have deep roots in Oxford and Talbot County. Gordon and Sally Fronk have been pillars of our community for many years. Their sons, GL and Michael, who will be managing the day-to-day operations of the business, both have a strong background in the Food & Beverage industry. GL and his wife, Laura, a teacher at Saints Peter and Paul, live in Trappe with their two children. Michael is currently in the process of moving back to Talbot County with his wife, Allison, a flight attendant, and two daughters.

“While bittersweet, we are excited about our future and that of The Scottish Highland Creamery,” said the Barlows. “Now that we have secured the legacy of the business we’ve built, we are looking forward to spending time with family and figuring out what’s next. The fond memories from the years of establishing and growing our business and the thousands of people we’ve met and served along the way will remain with us always. We hope our patrons will continue to show The Scottish Highland Creamery and the Fronks the same loyalty and love you have bestowed on us for the past twelve years.”

Spy Moment: Talbot County Toasts Four Companies and One Special Saloon Owner

It was a pretty special morning over at the Milestone Event Center near the Easton Airport today. The Talbot County Economic Development Commission handed out their Community Impact Awards to some of the region’s most entrepreneurial and dynamic corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals. All part of the annual Commission’s Business Appreciation Breakfast hosted by the County’s Economic Development and Tourism office.

While program was highlighted by a keynote address of Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, as well as brief remarks from Clay Railey, Chesapeake College’s vice president for workforce and academic programs, the real spotlight was placed on four companies and one individual who have made a making significant impact in Talbot County over the last year.

The Easton-based companies Caloris Engineering, Inquiries, Inc. and The Whalen Company, as well as the nonprofit, For All Seasons, focused on outpatient mental health services, all took a bow for their contributions to the region’s growth, but the largest round of applause was reserved for Diana Mautz, the community’s beloved sailing champion, philanthropist, and owner of the Carpenter Street Saloon in St. Michaels.

The Spy was there with our iPhone camera in hand to capture some of the highlights.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information about the County’s Economic Development and Tourism Office please go here

 

 

Talbot County Biz Love Fest: Business Appreciation Breakfast April 21

The 9th Annual Talbot County Business Appreciation Breakfast will be held Friday, April 21 at 8 a.m. at the Milestone Event Center located at 9630 Technology Drive in Easton. The cost to attend is $25 per person.

Hosted by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, together with the Talbot County Economic Development Commission, the breakfast annually celebrates the contributions made by businesses throughout the county. Awards will also be presented to those businesses and individuals who have exhibited a significant impact in the community in the past year.

“It’s important that we take time to celebrate the successes of our business community,” says Tim Jones, chairman of the Talbot County Economic Development Commission. “We recognize that our businesses provide jobs for our residents, but we often overlook the other important roles businesses play in our communities.

“Businesses help employ our volunteer firefighters, support local community organizations such as Scouts and Rotary, and provide resources to our schools,” he continues. “I hope others will join me in saying a collective ‘thank you’ to our business community for all they do for us and our families.”

The keynote address for the breakfast will be provided by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. He will share insights from his career as an accomplished attorney with experience in both the public and private sectors.

The breakfast receives support from breakfast sponsors, including 1880 Bank, Easton Airport, Easton Utilities, M&T Bank, Provident State Bank, Shore United Bank, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

PRS Guitars’ Founder Receives Honorary Doctorate from Washington College

Paul Reed Smith, founder and Managing General Partner of PRS Guitars, has received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from Maryland’s Washington College. The degree, which was in recognition of Paul’s significant achievements as an innovative and creative thinker, was presented to Smith by Washington College President Sheila Bair during a public ceremony on Thursday, April 13.

Paul was recognized for both PRS Guitars, his successful business that has been designing and manufacturing electric guitars and basses, acoustic guitars, and amplifiers for some of the world’s most prestigious musicians for more than 30 years, and also his new cutting-edge company: Digital Harmonic, LLC, which marries art and science with developed image and waveform technology.
“Paul is a remarkable example of entrepreneurial spirit; a kid builds a guitar in high school woodshop and ends up as Managing Partner and Founder of the third largest guitar manufacturer in the US. Many would tell you that the company makes the best electric guitars that have ever been made,” said George Spilich, a professor of psychology and director of the Cromwell Center for Teaching and Learning at Washington College who treasures his own PRS guitar. “Now Paul is taking his expertise in signal processing and pivoting that knowledge into the creation of a signal processing company that has the promise of greatly improving medical imaging. If all that does not merit recognition in the business world, I don’t know what does.”

“I am very appreciative to be recognized by the Department of Business Management at Washington College,” said Paul Reed Smith. “I hope it serves as inspiration to the students, that regardless of where you start, things are possible with determination, a plan and great work ethics.”

Paul joins a prestigious circle of honorary degree recipients that includes U.S. Presidents (including George Washington) and nationally renowned scientists, writers, artists, historians, and statesmen. Paul has visited Washington College on several occasions, offering master classes in music, and performing with the Paul Reed Smith Band.

Aside from Smith’s professional success, he is also dedicated to giving back to the community through PRS Guitars’ fundraising efforts for the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Living with Cancer program and his mentorship program, which he personally has delivered at dozens of area secondary schools and colleges including Washington College. The mentorship program, which is largely funded by Smith himself, focuses on achieving goals and dreams through positive work ethics and responsibility. Paul is convinced that if he can reach even one student at each program that it is worth his time and effort.

April is National Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month and Easton Utilities reminds contractors and homeowners to call 811, which begins the process of marking underground utility lines. To prevent injuries, property damage and outages, residents should call 811 approximately 48 – 72 hours prior to work beginning. The hotline is a free service that notifies affected utilities of a person’s intent to dig. Within a few days, Easton Utilities will mark the approximate locations of the utility-owned lines with paint or flags. Natural gas pipelines, electric power lines and other underground facilities can sometimes be buried only a few inches, making them easy to strike even during shallow digging projects. Call before you dig. It’s the law.

To learn more about Easton Utilities, call the Customer Service Center at 410-822-6110 or visit www.eastonutilities.com.

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Announces Five Star Rating

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce its recent five star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc. Chesapeake Bank’s five star rating, up from four stars last year, is an impressive achievement making it the highest rated Community Bank headquartered in the Chestertown area.

“We are certainly proud to receive this recognition of strength.” – Glenn L. Wilson, President & CEO

BauerFinancial, Inc. has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983. Through the years BauerFinancial has earned the reputation of “the nation’s bank rating service”. BauerFinancial is the source for unbiased, independent bank and credit union star-ratings. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they avoid a rating.

Founded in 1986, Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, Chestertown’s Truly Local Banking Experience, has roots in Kent County dating back more than 100 years. Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is a well-known pillar in the community, helping residents and businesses with their banking and investments needs. For more information please visit www.chesapeaketrust.com or call (410) 778-1600.