Profiles in Spirituality: St. Peter and Paul’s Father James Nash

The idea of being the leader of Saints Peter & Paul Parish could easily strike urbanites as the equivalent of being the classic country priest, whose time is spent leisurely ministering to a small flock of the faithful in a beautiful rural setting. But it didn’t take long for Father James Nash to dispel that myth very quickly from his modest office on Route 50 in Easton when the Spy caught up with him a few weeks ago.

In fact, Father Nash oversees an enterprise that is counted as one of the largest employers in Talbot County and includes an elementary school, high school, and three churches with membership in the thousands. And each week, he not only faces the normal challenges that come with any man of the cloth, but must manage over one hundred employees, fundraise for substantial building projects, and administer a $6 million annual budget during his spare time.

And yet none of this seems to weigh too heavily on the priest who left a successful accounting practice to find his real vocation within the Catholic Church. In our Spy interview, Father Nash talks about the business of St. Peter and Paul, but also about the timeless beauty of his faith, the teachings of Pope Francis, and his humble philosophy of leadership in caring for his parish.

This video is approximately six minutes in length. For more information about Saints Peter and Paul Church and School, please go here.


Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Gets to the Church in Time

Maybe you can help us identify the date or children in this Talbot Historical Society collections photo of the Ebenezer Methodist Episcopal Church junior choir? The only person named in the database is Mrs. Dudrow top row far right. The source of the photo is given as Anne Rieken. Are you ,or a relative of your’s, in this photo??

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Spy Moment: A Classic Locomobile Arrives on North Street

One of the incredible joys of living in Easton is to walk by the North Street Garage, one of a handful of rare automobile restoration companies on the East Coast, just a few hundred yards from downtown. It seems like every week some remarkable artifact of the car’s Golden Era sits temporarily outside the Garage’s workshop for the public to admire from a distance. This has included beautifully maintained historic Jags, MGs and most recently a classic Essex Coach from the 1920s.

But even by North Street’s standards, yesterday was a landmark moment when a 1916 Locomobile was delivered to the shop for restoration. With District of Columbia license tags dating from 1930, this one-hundred-year-old rare specimen of the early driving days of the country arrived with the engine working and original tires in place.

The Spy took a moment to record this grand old lady before its rehabilitation.

This video is approximately one minute in length. For more information about the history of the Locomobile please go here

Good Shots: 4H Teens Head off to National Championships

Two Eastern Shore teens are going to the National 4H Shooting Championships in June, thanks in part to members of the Talbot Rod and Gun Club. On May 10, the Club presented a check for $2500 to Megan Watts and Brock Harris, who won places on the Maryland 4-H shotgun team. They will join P J Hinch from Frederick County and Gavin LaSalla from Cecil County to form the Maryland 4-H shotgun team and fly together to Grand Island, Nebraska at the end of June. The Talbot Rod and Gun Club’s contribution will cover part of their travel expenses.

Club President Joe Cappozoli explained the Club’s support, saying “It is really important that we encourage and support youth in shooting sports. Megan and Brock have been shooting at our club since they were little kids. Young shooters like Megan and Brock represent not only the future of our sport but will also help propagate the longevity of this club.”

Megan and Brock are true natives of the Eastern Shore, being descended from early settlers.

Megan lives in St Michaels and is the 9th generation of her family to live on the Eastern Shore, descended from John Watts to came to Oxford as an indentured servant. She graduated from Saint Michaels High School last year and is attending Chesapeake College intending to study in their Allied Health program. Megan’s mother, Roxane Watts, said that Megan started shooting at age 8, and that she encouraged Megan to shoot with the 4-H because knew that the 4-H’s intensive safety training would keep her from getting hurt. According to Don Proctor, a Talbot Rod and Gun Club member who has helped Megan with her shooting, “Megan is totally committed to the shooting sports, and her dedication paid off when she was the only female invited to compete for a place on the state team.”

Brock lives with his parents on Harris Farms in Caroline County, which has been in their family since 1832. He attributes his interest in shooting to being an avid hunter. Brock is a senior at Colonel Richardson High School in Caroline County and intends to join the Army Medical Corps to train as a combat medic after he graduates. Club member Scott Patrick said that “Brock shows that on the Eastern Shore it is still possible to grow up learning the skills that made American citizen-soldiers the best riflemen in the world.”

The four members of the Maryland team were chosen based on their scores in shooting trap, skeet and sporting clays, on interviews with a panel from the University of Maryland, and on a written resume that they submitted after being chosen as finalists for the team. To be eligible, they had to shoot a cumulative percentage of 82% or better in the three disciplines of trap, skeet and sporting clays. They will compete individually and as a team in the national championships, where they will shoot 100 targets each day against teams from 25 other states. Jack Kemp, the 4-H team coach, says that the qualifiers for the team have been shooting all over the state for practice since October, so that they will be ready for the unfamiliar surroundings of Nebraska. From now on, he will keep them all practicing three times a week getting ready for the event.


Frederick Douglass Honor Society May 21 Event

A fundraiser to support the Frederick Douglass Honor Society Scholarship Fund and Frederick Douglass Day will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 2-5 p.m. at the Wye House, formerly the home of a young, enslaved Frederick Douglass. The Society is dedicated to developing programs that continue the Frederick Douglass legacy of human rights, personal growth, and involvement of citizens in their communities. Douglass, an American hero, abolitionist, orator, author, statesman, and reformer was a firm believer in equality for all people.

The event “From Frederick Douglass to Barack Obama, Why the Struggle Continues,” includes a round-table discussion focusing on the vision and ideals of Frederick Douglass and their relevance today. World-class Frederick Douglass scholars participating are David Blight, Yale University professor and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Hari Jones, assistant director and curator, African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, Clara Small, emeritus professor, Salisbury University, expert on African Americans living on the Delmarva peninsula  and John Stauffer, professor of English, African and African-American Studies, History of American Civilization at Harvard University.

“Frederick Douglass is an American hero, and his vision and willingness to fight for his ideals through reason, consensus-building and peaceful advocacy are vital messages for all of us, especially our youth, and couldn’t be more relevant right now” said Eric Lowery, President of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society annual scholarship program provides financial assistance to two high school graduates, selected for their leadership skills, who want to attend college. The purpose of this event is to increase the size of the scholarship fund to include more student-leaders, offer a higher level of financial assistanceto students and expand and enhance mentorship efforts to support these student leaders throughout their college experience.

Every year the Society celebrates Frederick Douglass Day as a way to honor this American hero and his great legacy by sharing his story here in Talbot County, the county of his birthplace. Free and open to the public, this inspirational event is an important vehicle to reach our community and visitors through education and entertainment.

Program hosts for the fundraiser are the Frederick Douglass Honor Society and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tilghman. Program committee members include Ms. Amy Haines, Rabbi Peter Hyman, Mr. Richard Marks,Dr. Lois McCoy, Mr. Bruce Ragsdale, Mr. Richard Scobey and Dr. Willie Wood. Tickets are $100 per person and available online @ https//

For more information about this event or to learn more about the Frederick Douglass Honor Society visit or Facebook page at Frederick Douglass Honor Society.

An Architect Looks at Easton’s Future with Ward Bucher

As the town of Easton prepares for a significant investment from private and public sources over the next 20 years for housing, infrastructure, and commercial development for a Port Street plan as well as the space presumably being made available with the hospital relocation, it seemed like a good time to check in with an architect about such things. And one person, in particular, struck the Spy as a terrific resource to talk about design, historic preservation and commerce, and that was Talbot County’s, Ward Bucher.

It would be hard to find someone that has been looking harder at downtown Easton than Ward, whose architectural firm has worked on and invested in projects in this core part of town. And he also recently accepted a position on the Eastern Development Corporation board.

The Spy caught up with Ward at the Bullet House a few weeks ago to talk about Easton as it begins to take necessary steps in planning its future.

This video is approximately five minutes in length. For more information about Easton Economic Development Corporation and the Port Street Project please go here

The Way We Were (in St. Michaels) Presentation set for May 19

THE WAY WE WERE is a slide presentation of photos of St Michaels and the surrounding areas dating back to the 1880 and stretching into the 1970s. and some of the stories that go along with them as told by local native, Pam O’Brien. On Friday, May 19th from 5 to 8 pm THE WAY WE WERE will be presented at Christ Church Parish Hall in St. Michaels, following a wine and cheese event. Sparkling water and fresh fruit will also be served.

St. Michaels and the Bay Hundred area have long been favorite place for tourists and retirees looking to enjoy the laid back atmosphere of a quaint village. While they may understand the historical significance of the area few newcomers know much about the area before it was ‘discovered’ by those who came to visit and decided to call it home.

THE WAY WE WERE is a benefit for Partners In Care, a neighbor helping neighbor group of volunteers who help adults 50 and over with a wide variety of issues from transportation needs to minor home repairs and advocacy. Partners In Care is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit in the state of Maryland and the event specifically benefits Partners In Care Upper Shore which is based at Brookletts Place, Talbot Senior Center in Easton. The cost of $50 per person, with ALL of the proceeds going to Partners In Care Upper Shore and those wishing to receive a receipt for their tax deductible donation need only give their name and mailing address.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Casts off from Claiborne

Enjoy this newly scanned photo of the ferry’s departure from Claiborne! The first Claiborne to Annapolis ferry boat run was June 19, 1919 on the 1901 side wheeler ferry Gov. Emerson C. Harrington! This 1938 Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection photo is of the Gov. Emerson C. Harrington II which made the last Claiborne to Romancoke run on December 31, 1952. The first Gov. Emerson C. Harrington ferry left Service in 1938 and became a floating restaurant in Pocomoke City, Md and the 1913 steam and coal fired boiler run Gov. Emerson C. Harrington II took it’s place. Facts: Wikipedia “Claiborne -Annapolis Ferry Company”

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Make a May Basket Workshop

April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes.  Use those flowers to make a beautiful May basket.  Learn more about May baskets at the May 11 meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Herb Society from member Mary Jo.

She will discuss the history of such baskets and give a demonstration and workshop on decorating of your own basket.  If you are interested in making your own, bring a basket or container filled with wet floral foam.  (If your container doesn’t have a liner, lay a piece of plastic on the bottom and wrap your foam in Saran wrap or something that you can poke holes into.)  Any other means that you usually use to anchor flowers is fine, too.  Bring flowers, herbs, plants — whatever you would like to decorate with and whatever is available in your yard and garden or at your favorite floral shop.  Remember to bring enough to fill the container that you are using.  A pair of plant shears will be helpful.  She will bring extra boxwood if anyone needs filler.

Kubeluis moved to the Eastern Shore in 1999 along with 100 of her favorite plants and herbs from her Bowie garden.  An amateur gardener for several years, she found many kindred spirits here on the shore and joined the Greenthumb Garden Club in St. Michaels, took the Master Gardening Class in 2003 and has continued to volunteer and garden in the area and her own home.

“I have always loved mixing herbs in my perennial gardens for their beauty and aroma.  Since joining the CBHS in 2004, I have discovered the enjoyment of cooking with herbs as well as learning of their medicinal and restorative value,” she says.

The society usually meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Christ Church, 111 S. Harrison Street, Easton.  Meetings include an herbal potluck dinner, a short business meeting and a presentation on an herb-related topic.  The theme for the May meeting is herbs for the zodiac sign Taurus (mint, thyme, violet and lavender).

CBHS was formed in 2002 to share knowledge of herbs with the local community.  The group maintains the herb garden at Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

For more information, call (410) 827-5434 or visit

Talbot Mentors Awards Its 2017 Scholarship to Michael McCormack

One morning, not too long ago, Michael McCormack—recipient of Talbot Mentors’ $2,000 scholarship—woke up to these words. They came in the form of a text message from his mentor, Brian Cotter, who writes to him daily. The morning motivational texts are in addition to regular get-togethers, church attendance, and evening phone calls. “The most we’ve ever gone without being in touch was when I was at Boy Scout camp, and even then I snuck in a phone call,” says Michael.

Michael and “Mr.” Brian have been a mentor/mentee pair for ten years. To see the two of them together is to immediately appreciate that this is a deeply engaged, respectful, and fun relationship. For Michael, Brian is like a father—especially over the past five years, in light of the death of Michael’s dad. “Michael is family,” says Brian. “That’s just the way it is.”

TM Brian Cotter and a young Michael McCormack.

This year’s Talbot Mentors scholarship is offered in recognition of Michael’s values, sense of purpose, and achievements in and out of school. He graduates from Saint Peters and Paul School —where his mom teaches third grade—at the end of May. His favorite subjects have been religion, history, computers, and gym.

Now, as his high school tenure winds down, Michael is playing a waiting game. The 18-year-old was accepted into all eight schools to which he applied, and now he has to choose. Which school will enjoy the honor of having this thoughtful, mature, dedicated, compassionate, pragmatics, and bright young man as a student depends on which institution will best come through for him with financial assistance.

“I do not want to totally finance school with loans and want to be financially responsible,” Michael says. One of the options he’s considering is Maryland’s 2+2 Transfer Scholarship program—two years at Chesapeake College and then two years at a state university.

What are Michael’s thoughts regarding career? “I am thinking about arts and entertainment management, or maybe something with sports,” he says, adding that he knows he’ll be studying business along the way. As he noted in his Talbot Mentors Scholarship application, “I would attend college in order to fully develop my talents and skills, as well as to grow as a person.”

TM Brian Cotter and Michael McCormack today.

Michael is an expert in time management. Throughout his student years he has juggled school, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and part-time jobs. Theater—on the stage but primarily behind the scenes—has been a staple in his life. As a veteran of several sports activities, Michael says he enjoys basketball the most. “I like the people, and my dad liked the sport, so there is a connection there,” says Michael. Adding to his fondness for the basketball is that fact that his mentor has coached the Saint Peter and Paul team for more than a decade.

“Michael played for two years and since has managed the team for 10 years,” says Brian, pointing out that in this role Michael touches every aspect of team life, from keeping track of team member stats and releasing this information to the Star Democrat to acting as a liaison between the coaches and the players. “He’s like a junior assistant coach,” says Brian, “doing everything imaginable to help the team.”

Making a difference matters to Michael, who has been an active member of many high school clubs, including Key Club. “We always do something to help people,” he says. Indeed, the club’s activities include a Special Olympics program.

“You are on the 18th hole and you have one putt left. Don’t miss it.”  That’s another of Brian’s morning messages to Michael.

For all his involvement, however, Brian doesn’t specifically steer his mentee. “Michael should do what he’s interested in doing. I am there to support him,” says Brian. “My only stipulation is that he works hard at what he does and that he keeps his grades up.”

Michael, whose grade point average is 3.32, has racked up accomplishments beyond the school environment. For more than six years he worked part-time on a farm, doing everything from “mowing the lawn to power washing the dock to grading the driveway,” he explains. Now he’s working at the new car wash in Easton—Gander’s—where you will see him directing the outside area. He directs drivers to the car-detail base, makes sure the customers are happy when the wash is complete, and sees to it that any problems are handled in a timely fashion.

Michael is currently providing technical support for the Tred Avon Players show Lend Me a Tenor, at the Oxford Community Center. He is rehearsing as Shenzi, the lead hyena, in the Chesapeake Children’s Theatre, Lion King, at the Prager Family Auditorium in Easton, June 9th  and 10th.

Michael, who is a member of Easton’s Boy Scout Troop 190, has recently received his Eagle Scout. Michael’s project was for Old Saint Joseph’s Church in Cordova in which he painted and repaired two outside buildings as well as planting trees in the cemetry. The church, which is a part of his parish, is special to Michael since his father is buried there and he wanted to spruce up the area, while completing his project.

In the realm of entertainment, NCIS is one of his favorite shows, and Mark Harmon is an actor who has his respect. Why Harmon?

“As a character, you know who he is,” Michael says, adding that “he always keeps the audience wanting more.”

Well, the same can be said for the Talbot Mentors 2017 scholarship recipient. Michael, you leave us wanting more, and clearly there’s lots more to come.

Where does he see himself 10 years from now? “Just enjoying whatever I’m doing.”

Go Michael!