Oxford Community Center Appoints Liza Ledford as Executive Director

The Oxford Community Center has appointed Liza Ledford as the center’s Executive Director. Ledford grew up on the Miles River in Marengo Farms and attended the Country School. She traveled to Boston for High School and spent the majority of her career in Los Angeles. Upon her return to Talbot County six years ago, Ledford worked with various regional non-profit organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, The Chesapeake Film Festival and The Avalon Foundation. She assumed the position officially on October 31st.

Joseph Fischer, OCC Board President and Liza Ledford

Hiring Ledford was the result of an extensive search by a search committee appointed by the OCC Board of Trustees. The search was headed by Joseph Fischer, OCC Board President.

“We are very pleased to have Liza join OCC as the Executive Director,” said Fischer. “Liza is the perfect match for OCC and will be able to lead us to accomplish our strategic objectives during this period of growth. Her background is ideal to meet the challenges ahead in bringing the most exciting programming to our Community in Talbot County.”

Ledford is familiar with Talbot County non-profit and cultural organizations. Her private marketing company Northstar Consulting Services, LLC served multiple non-profits and small businesses in the area supporting their event production, programming, facility rentals, marketing strategy and public relations. Ledford’s focus on branding and telling the “story” of each organization created engagement with the public and grew awareness about the various organizations. Ledford built strong relationships with media outlets to grow her client’s presence in the competitive non-profit arena.

Prior to Northstar Consulting Services, Ledford honed her producing and marketing skills in the entertainment industry. She was an executive at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, Associate Producer for Universal Pictures then finished her Hollywood career at Sony Studios. Her skills producing “experiences” and creating buzz translate well for growing OCC.

“The quality of the programs and events offered at OCC are fantastic! I am also inspired by the commitment the board made to continue new initiatives and invite more people and partners to enjoy this incredible space,” said Ledford.

Ledford married an “Oxford Boy” in The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church with reception at Pope’s and enjoys time with the many Ledford’s in the area, especially her father-in-law “Big Al” with the Oxford Fire Department. She lives in Easton with husband Mark and their two children, Mason, 17, and Alice, 14. Ledford is a member of the Rotary, an adjunct professor at JHU/MICA Film Center and serves on the Advisory Board for AEMS, Arts Education in Maryland Schools and the Interactive Media Production Department for Talbot County Public School System.

Located in the town of Oxford, the OCC is housed in a former schoolhouse built in 1928 and designed by Annapolis-born architect Henry Powell Hopkins. Hopkins designed notable public buildings throughout Maryland and the OCC is the last surviving example of his school projects. OCC completed a successful capital campaign and renovation of the building. The facility is now an award-winning LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold certified building with state of the art HVAC, sound and lighting systems, large auditorium, commercial kitchen and several classrooms. OCC hosts programs, performances, and classes throughout the year, and is available for rental.

For more information, please contact the Oxford Community Center at 410-226-5904, email oxfordcc@verizon.net, visit their website at www.oxfordcc.org or their Facebook page at Oxford Community Center, Inc.


Shore United Bank Celebrated Opening of New Loan Production Office

Ribbon cutting ceremony for the Shore United Bank Loan Production Office in Ocean City, MD.

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, celebrated the opening of their new Loan Production Office in Ocean City, Maryland, with the assistance of the Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce during their ribbon cutting ceremony on September 7, 2017. They are now open to serve the Ocean City business community and its surrounding area.

“We are excited to expand our presence and lending capabilities to the lower Delmarva Peninsula market”, said W. Thomas Mears, Market Executive of Shore United Bank. “We are pleased to offer small business lending and deposit solutions for the Ocean City business community. We have an experienced and professional staff to help our clients achieve their personal and business financial goals”.

For more information about Shore United Bank visit www.shoreunitedbank.com

Bayleigh Chase Promotes Fountain to Director of Marketing & Community Partnerships

Integrace Bayleigh Chase, a forward-thinking life plan community based in Easton, announced that Amy Fountain has been promoted to Director of Marketing and Community Partnerships. In this position, she will be responsible for introducing prospective families to the amenities, services and lifestyle that make Bayleigh Chase a leading retirement destination in Maryland, as well as identifying and developing strategic partnerships to continue to grow and strengthen Bayleigh Chase’s ties in the local community.

Fountain is a licensed social worker, and has worked for Bayleigh Chase since 2011, helping to guide residents and their families on their journeys through the community’s levels of supportive living. Prior to joining Bayleigh Chase, she served as a social worker at both Medical Management and Rehabilitation Services and the Caroline County Health Department. She holds a degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Born and raised in Centreville in Queen Anne’s County, Fountain is a life-long resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Located on a 35-acre campus in historic Easton, Bayleigh Chase is a not-for-profit life plan community that affords residents a lifestyle of flexibility and choice to live life on their own terms. Bayleigh Chase offers independent living options in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, as well as a continuum of supportive living services, including assisted living, memory support, outpatient and short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and diagnostic and treatment support through the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Memory Clinic. For more information, please call 410-763-7167 or visit www.bayleighchase.org.

About Integrace

Integrace is a forward-thinking non-profit organization that strives to ignite in all people the passion for meaningful living. Integrace oversees a family of vibrant retirement communities throughout Maryland, including Bayleigh Chase in Easton, Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown, and Fairhaven in Sykesville. Integrace is also a nationally-recognized leader in the art of dementia care, with the Sykesville-based Copper Ridge community and Integrace Institute, as well as two memory clinics in Easton and Sykesville, serving as catalysts to a profound shift in how we perceive, and relate to, those living with dementia. Integrace communities provide a continuum of services to support both residents and the greater community, including assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and more. Each of these innovative programs focuses on person-centered living, honoring the abilities, possibilities and authenticity of each individual. For more information, please visit Integrace.org.

William (Bill) Lane, Jr. Celebrates 35 years with Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Bill Lane, Jr. for 35 years of dedicated service. Mr. Lane began his career with Avon-Dixon in 1982 as an insurance sales and service representative for personal and commercial insurance products. Mr. Lane is currently a Senior Executive Vice-President and works with insurance products that assist clients with asset protection and wealth management. Mr. Lane is certified in insurance counseling and risk management.

“Avon-Dixon is pleased to celebrate 35 years with Bill. His commitment to his customers and his continuing drive to learn something new every day speaks volumes to his clients and co-workers. It is always a pleasure to work with him” says Rich Trippe, President and CEO of Avon-Dixon.

Mr. Lane resides in Easton with his wife, Barbara. He enjoys small boat sailing and woodworking. Mr. Lane currently serves on committees for multiple organizations, such as Mid-Shore Community Foundation, Critchlow Adkins Children’s Centers, Talbot Historical Society and more.

Winners Announced for 2017 Talbot Chamber of Commerce Business Awards Program

The Talbot County Chamber is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Business Awards Program.  Each year the Talbot Chamber asks its members to nominate individuals and organizations to be recognized for outstanding service to our community.  The Chamber Board of Directors reviews the nominations and votes for a winner in each category.

2017 winners:

Business Man of the Year – Robert D. Rauch Owner, RAUCH inc.

Business Woman of the Year – Marie Teat, Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Small Business of the Year – Dwelling & Design, Owners Fiona Weeks and Don Wooters

Large Business of the Year – AXIS Geospatial, LLC,  Owner Justin Lehman

Not-For-Profit Business of the Year – Channel Marker, Inc.

Young Professional of the Year – Kristin Lockerman, Avery Hall Benefit Solutions

Community Service Award – Joseph Peters, Chairman & CEO of JR Management Corporation

Join us on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond, when we recognize these outstanding award winners.  Registration is $60 per person online at www.talbotchamber.org, or contact the Talbot Chamber at (410) 822-4653 or info@talbotchamber.org.

Judy Crow New Maryland Wineries President

Judy Crow

The Maryland Wineries Association announced May 1 that Judy Crow, owner and operator of Crow Vineyards, is the new President of the Board of Directors. Crow will preside over all Maryland Wineries Association meetings, assist with membership initiatives and guide major policy discussions at this critical time of industry growth.

“Judy has been an industry leader since the winery’s inception and we look forward to her dedication in the role of president of the association,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Maryland Wineries Association.

Crow was raised on a dairy farm and spent almost thirty years teaching college and creating early childhood programs in Maryland and Delaware before she met Roy Crow, her husband. In 2008, Judy and Roy married and began the transformation of Crow Farm, a third generation family farm located in Kennedyville on the Eastern Shore. Together Roy and Judy focused on diversifying the farm from the traditional farm of corn and soy beans to include a farmstay B&B, a vineyard, and a winery along with an impressive herd of grass fed Angus cattle. Committed to creating the best products in the region, Judy, her son Brandon, and Roy continue to be very hands-on with the management of winemaking, the tasting room and wholesale distribution.

“In the short time I have been in the wine business, I have seen growth in the Maryland industry and believe that, with a strong winery association, the opportunities are endless. I believe that Maryland’s diverse wine growing regions allow consumers and tourist alike to experience a full portfolio of interesting wines,” said Judy Crow.

Maryland Wineries Association, a non-profit, member based, trade association, represents more than 80 wineries across the state. MWA’s mission is to cultivate a sustainable wine-growing community by expanding agricultural products and by increasing awareness through special events, industry education, advocacy, promotions and tourism. MWA is represented by the management group, Grow & Fortify. For more information, please visit the MWA website

Allegra Publishing Kicks Off in St. Michaels

Would you like to go beyond the dusty family album? Allegria Publishing, a new company on the Eastern Shore, can help. Its motto is, “We bring the past to life.” With an array of talents, its founders have experience in writing, editing, research, and videography. They have produced biographies, folios, and personal videos, using family archives. Would you like to self-publish the book you have always dreamed of writing, or produce a Ken Burns type short video of your family history? Allegra Publishing can help.

Carl Widell, who studied history at Princeton, and reality in Vietnam, heads up the firm. He has self-published two books and is putting the final touches on a biography of a prominent attorney on the shore. Due to his military background, Carl understands how to research old military service records. He is assisted by Pamela Heyne Widell who has published three books, including her latest on Julia Child and kitchen design. She also is an experienced videographer.

In researching their own family archive, the Widells produced a short video about Carl’s grandfather, E.D. Johnston, who served with Canadian forces in WWI.

Johnston’s war diary describes experiencing the first mustard gas attack on April 22, 1915. His photo album contains pictures from the trenches, as well as happier occasions. One picture depicts two laughing WWI officers holding a mirror, in which the photographer, Carl’s grandfather, was reflected. Could this be the first selfie?

Carl’s siblings were surprised and delighted with the video, and sent it on to other friends and relations. According to Carl, “Our families are so spread around now, that our oral histories are lost. With so many images flooding the internet, it is particularly meaningful to celebrate original images from our own archives.”

Pamela Heyne Widell, also known as Pamela Heyne, is an architect and continues to practice. However, she likes the “sleuthing” aspect of writing. Years ago she wrote a book on the architectural mirror. In the rare book room at the Library of Congress, she read an old French 17th century account from a visitor to the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. “He was dazzled, and I was fascinated to relive his emotion, hundreds of years later,” Pam says.

Contact information: allegriapublishing.com 23901 Mount Misery Road, Saint Michaels, Md. 21663 410-714-9555

Easton Utilities Welcomes Summer Interns

Six fresh faces have arrived at Easton Utilities eager to begin participating in the summer-long internship program, now in its eighth year. The company welcomed Morgan Kearney, Mining and Civil Engineering Majors from West Virginia University; Erin Sauter, Computer Science and Engineering Majors from Washington College; and Susanna Shaffer, Graphic Design Major from Liberty University, plus three Salisbury University students – Christopher Bounds, Environmental Studies Major; Nicholas Marshall, Accounting Major; and Will Peerman, Business Administration Major.

Back row, L to R: Christopher Bounds, Nicholas Marshall, Will Peerman; Front row, L to R: Morgan Kearney, Erin Sauter, Susanna Shaffer

The internship program is a formal, comprehensive experience consisting of tours, learning workshops, projects and presentations. The tours and workshops educate the interns on the various services, infrastructure, and demands of each department at Easton Utilities. While completing this in-depth orientation, the interns are fully submerged in their respective departments for a true hands-on experience. In the first few weeks, they each select a specific project to focus on during the internship and are required to give a presentation at the culmination of the program. Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities, stated, “An internship with Easton Utilities is an ideal opportunity to apply lessons learned in the classroom and acquire firsthand knowledge in an active business environment.”

The program is led by Melissa Book, Human Resources Assistant and Athena Mellis, Systems Analyst in IT, who was also an intern in 2015. The internship experience has helped many interns secure full time positions with both Easton Utilities and elsewhere upon graduating.

For more information about the internship program at Easton Utilities, please call 410-822-6110.

Minority Business Enterprise Workshop June 9

Maryland Capital Enterprises/Women’s Business Center will host the next Minority Business Enterprise workshop on Friday, June 9, 2017. The workshop will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, 104 Tech Park Drive, Cambridge, Maryland.

This workshop will cover your “how to” questions regarding the application process of becoming a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), or Small Business Enterprise (SBE); how to complete an application, and certification process.

The workshop will be taught by Pamela R. Gregory, Intake Operations Manager, Certification, Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Maryland Department of Transportation.

Register at www.marylandcapital.org/services/education/eastern-shore-events, or call Lisa Twilley, Administrative manager at 410-546-1900.

Adkins Arboretum to Offer Maryland Master Naturalist Training

This fall, Adkins Arboretum will offer Maryland Master Naturalist training in partnership with Pickering Creek Audubon Center and Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. Geared toward study of the coastal plain, the program provides training for volunteers to learn and share knowledge of the natural world in Maryland and engages citizens as stewards of Maryland’s natural ecosystems and resources through science-based education and volunteer service in their communities.

Individuals accepted into Master Naturalist training receive 60 hours of instruction, including hands-on outdoors experience. All classes are taught by experts in the subject. The curriculum includes sessions on Maryland’s natural history, flora and fauna, principles of ecology, human interaction with the landscape, and teaching and interpretation. Following training, participants serve in their communities as University of Maryland Extension volunteers. 

Training sessions will be held monthly from October to July. The program fee is $250. For more information or to apply for the Master Naturalist program, contact Robyn Affron at 410-634-2847, ext. 25 or raffron@adkinsarboretum.org, or visit extension.umd.edu/ masternaturalist. 

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.