2017 Flags for Heroes Recipients Receive $48,796 in Support

The sixth year of the Easton Rotary’s moving Flags for Heroes project was celebrated last week in Talbot County when the I have attached the picture of the recipients of Flags funds. I have also attached the program from that meeting
and it lists major sponsors and the recipients of the funds.

Starting with John Flohr bringing his idea to then Rotary president Jackie Wilson in 2011, Flags for Heroes displayed over 1,000 flags this year showing how popular the project has become.

Here are some of those sponsors and grant recipients:

Acknowledge $1,000 Sponsors
Aqua Pools & Spa
Dawkins Management, Inc.
Lewis Auto Body Shop, LLC
Londonderry on the Tred Avon
Pixel Print & Post
Preston Automotive Group

Acknowledge $500 Sponsors
Ewing Dietz Fountain & Kaludis
Provident State Bank
Morgan Stanley- Wilford Nagel Group
Invincible Investment LLC
Nagel Farms

Acknowledge od Founding Partners
Town of Easton, The Star Democrat and Easton Utilities

Fund Recipients 
Spring Hill Cemetery, Civil Air Patrol, Talbot Hospice, Mental Health Association of the Eastern Shore, Easton Police Department, Easton Volunteer Fire Department, Talbot Paramedic Foundation, Mid-Shore Recovering Veterans, NJROTC at Easton High School, For All Seasons, Inc., Richards Memorial Park, Operation Open Arms, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Tidewater Rotary Club – Talbot Goes Purple,  Lady Patriots of the Eastern Shore, Widows of Warriors, VFW Post 5118.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Looking for a House on Dover Street

Whatever happened to this home probably did not go as planned! Perhaps a fire but more likely a demolition? The Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection data states the photo was taken of a house next to the Sunoco Station at the intersection of Dover and Aurora Streets in Easton. Wonder if that home is still there?

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Author C. Nicole Mason at Fundraiser for Talbot After School Program

C. Nicole Mason

The Foundation of HOPE, a non-profit organization in Talbot County established to help women and young girls through economic development and empowerment initiatives, will host nationally renowned author C. Nicole Mason at their annual fundraiser December 9 at the Milestone Conference Center. The $60 tax deductible donation includes lunch and an autographed copy of Mason’s best-selling book, Born Bright: A young girls journey from nothing to something in America.

“Your zip code or the neighborhood you live in should not determine how far you will go in life, said Mason. “Grit and hard work are not enough. We must – as a society – do all that we can to ensure the most vulnerable among us have what they need to reach their full potential and access opportunity.”

Haythe launched the Foundation of HOPE, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 2016 to help Talbot County girls reach their potential. She started the Economic Development and Empowerment Program for sixth grade girls at Easton Middle School that year to cover such topics as: Building self-esteem, bullying, social media, workforce development, economic and community development, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.

“Our mission is to help young girls lead productive lives in their communities by providing cultural, social and educational development. We believe children are our future and we must prepare them early to be great future leaders,” said President and Founder Keasha Haythe.

Mason’s participation was made possible thanks to the support of the Dock Street Foundation’s president Richard Marks.

“If just being born bright was all one needed to succeed, then very few people would fail. Against all odds and obstacles, Nicole Mason finds success, and tells her story powerfully and poignantly, “said Richard Marks. “To rise above fear, poverty and shame takes determination and hope. It would be very easy to expect an ending quite different than what we learn as we cheer her on through every setback, most of which would stop others cold and does so all too often.”

The event also includes a silent auction items featuring items donated by Talbot County businesses including: Doc’s Grill, The Barn Restaurant, Captain Ketch Seafood, Pizazzzz!, Higgins and Spencer, Shearer the Jeweler, Silver Linings, La De Da, Swank and St. Vincent De Paul Society.

To register or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.foundationofhopemaryland.org or contact Haythe at Keasha@foundationofhopemaryland.orgor by calling 410-443-9936.

37th Annual Firemen’s Auction a Huge Success!

The committee for the 37th Annual Firemen’s Auction is pleased to announce the conclusion of another fantastic event. This year’s event raised over $81,000, surpassing last year’s total of $73,000.

The Auction was held Sunday, October 15th, 2017 at Awful Arthur’s St. Michaels to benefit the St. Michaels & Tilghman Volunteer Fire Departments.

In its 37th year, the auction is a key fundraiser for both departments who rely heavily on public support to maintain equipment and provide training to their all-volunteer organizations.

“We are very thankful to the auction committee for their time and effort in putting the event together,” says Jessica Kastel, President of the St.

Michaels Volunteer Fire Department. “It’s wonderful to have a such a great community who are willing to come and support the men and women of the fire departments who volunteer their time.”

The committee has already started planning next year’s event and hopes to have a date and event details in the coming months. Any persons interested in supporting the upcoming event, please contact Arthur Webb at 410.463.0531.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Conferring with the Coach

It’s basketball season! Enjoy this Talbot Historical Society Laird Wise Collection photo of an Easton High School Basketball team sometime in the 1950-60s! The coach is identified as Emerson Smith. Can you help us identify these team members?

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Spy Minute: Christmas in Easton Arts and Crafts Market Place Starts Friday

It seems like every time the Spy bumps into artist Jen Wagner she has become involved with another exciting project and She did not disappoint us when we last saw her at the Bullett House a couple of days ago.

It turns out that Jen and her friend, Susan Langfitt, have yet another project up their sleeve when they take over the Waterfowl Festival building this coming Friday night for two days as part of the Christmas in Easton Arts and Crafts Market Place.

In short, Jen and Susan, with the help of the Easton Business Alliance, and thirty other artists, performers and singers will have the equivalent of a “pop up store” on Harrison Street where the words “buy local” means some of the best arts and crafts are there for holiday shoppers to find some unique gifts for friends and family.

We chatted with Jen, along with artists Maggii Sarfaty and Josepha Price, about what could be the birth of a new tradition for downtown.

This video is approximately two minutes in length. For more information about the Christmas in Easton Arts and Crafts Market Place please go here

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Checking Out a Skipjack

This Talbot Historical Society H. Robins Hollyday Collection photo identifies this as the “William Wesley”. A google search site, R. C. Groups.com, states this is a Chesapeake Bay round bottomed oyster boat. Maybe our Facebook Skipjack experts can confirm that this is a forerunner to the Chesapeake Bay Skipjack or if it is a Skipjack?

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5th Annual Model Boat Show Was a Success

The Oxford Community Center was thrilled to see many attendees enjoying the model boats and activities at the 5th annual model boat show this year!

The model boat show at the OCC began in 2012 when Ed Thieler brought his models in for display and visitors began to flock. Each year Ed continued to bring in more modelers and work with excellent committee leadership to grow the event from 13 modelers in 2013 to 42 modelers in 2017. The previous attendance high was in 2015, when 602 visitors came. In 2016, the attendance dropped off a bit to 550. So, this year was up almost 24% from last year and 13% from the previous high in 2015.

“Our 5th annual MBS had its best year yet!” exclaimed Jon Lillard, co-chair. “Attendance was higher than last year.” Jon continued, “The modelers said that not only was it the best show where they exhibited, but better than any other show they have been to.”

Photo Credit: Norman Bell

The exhibitors came from all over Maryland, plus Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. The show is popular with modelers because it is the only one in the area where the ship models are the main attraction. Not only do the modelers enjoy displaying their craft, it is an opportunity for them to share the camaraderie of talking amongst themselves, discussing models and differing approaches to solving problems.

Co-chair Ray Munsch said, “OCC’s free Model Boat Show has also proven popular with the public. This year, attendance set a new record over the previous high. The attendees not only enjoyed seeing the models and talking to the modelers, but they also viewed full size boats built by the YMCA’a “Take the Helm” and CBMM’s “Rising Tide” after school programs.”

The event utilized two additional locations where visitors could see boat building in action. The historic Cutts & Case Shipyard opened their boat yard highlighting the history and current trends. Across the street at Bruce Beglin’s Wooden Boat Workshop people saw his current project, a 26 foot American FolkBoat sailboat in mid-build.

Ed Thieler shared that he was happy to see a member of the Nautical Research Guild attending.

Jon Lillard added, “We are indebted to our sponsors and volunteers for making this the largest one-day event for the OCC. They are a major part of its success.”

The event is sponsored in part by the Talbot County Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as Community Sponsors Cutts & Case Shipyard, Miles River Marine, Brewer Oxford Boatyard & Marina, Campbell’s Boatyards, Mathews Brothers, LLC, The Oxford Market, Beth Trujillo, Ken & Wendy Gibson, Ron & Sandy Kaufman.

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.

Local Family Adopts Five Siblings and Named TCDSS Adoptive Parents of the Year

A dream came true for this year’s 2017 Adoptive Parents of the Year for Talbot County. Jeff and Jeanne Scharf, resource (foster) parents for the Talbot County Department of Social Services (TCDSS), when they recently adopted a group of five siblings on the Mid Shore between ages 5 through 14. The Scharfs initially became resource parents in 1998 with another agency and foster parents in 2013 with the Talbot County Department of Social Services. They were selected as Talbot County’s Resource Parents of the Year in 2016.  This year’s accolades reflect the hard work and dedication of the family in the adoption process which has brought their number of family members to an even dozen.

While the Scharf’s had four biological children of their own and one adopted son, they felt the tug to do more. Jeanne Scharf, who had been in challenging family situations as a child, recalls, “God allowed me to go through the trials in my own life when I was a child to prepare me for caring for children in situations like foster care.  We got the call about this sibling group of five children and said we would take them all.”

The Scharf extended family. Pictured back row, L-R are Shane Scharf, Clara Thornton, Sami Scharf, Jeanne Scharf, Jack Haley, and Jeff Scharf. Pictured front row, L-R, are Dandy Scharf, Daisy Scharf, Orlando Scharf, Santos Scharf, Leslie Scharf, and Karen Haley.

She adds, “When I see children in these situations, I remember what I said as a child, ‘Who will love me?’ I wanted to break that cycle in my own family and raise my children differently.”

The couple, who were school sweethearts before they married, attribute their faith, supportive church community, and extended family and friends to helping them keep things going. Jeanne quips, “God never has given me more than I can handle.”

The Scharfs felt it was important to keep the five children together. Their sibling bonds were even stronger because they had survived something together. Jeanne recalls the process of figuring out how to meet each child’s needs. She recalls, “We had to take a step back and reassess everything to give each child the tools that he or she needed to be successful. They began to trust us because they had security and consistency in their lives.”

Because of the language barrier, Jeanne and Jeff started with sign language with the youngest of the siblings. Jeanne had taken a Spanish class just before they arrived and was able to piece the language together from what she had learned, along with using Google Translate. In addition, there were cultural differences that needed to be addressed. Jeanne adds, “Having foster children before helped us to be more understanding of the children and more patient. We grow every day having them with us.”

Christine Abbatiello, LCSW-C, Foster Care and Adoptions Supervisor at the Talbot County Department of Social Services comments, “We were so honored to nominate the Scharf family for Adoption Family of the Year. They are so deserving of this award as they have dedicated the past several years to these five children. They encompass all that we would ask for in a foster and adoptive family. They are nurturing and advocate for each individual child.”

The Scharfs have enjoyed the support of families, friends, and their church in providing for the children. Jeanne states, “They came in with just the clothes on their backs, but God provided for them”.  She thanks Talbot County Department of Social Services, St. Martin’s Barn, The Good Shed, and everyone in the community who pulled together to help. “We only had a five-passenger car and a church member sold us a 15-passenger van for a reasonable price. It was an overwhelming blessing.”

The family stays busy with the children participating in 4-H, dance, band and student council. The Scharfs’ youngest biological daughter, who is in her freshman year of high school, is very bonded with the children and helps Jeanne with the tutoring. Jeanne quips, “It’s a very busy life!”

Jeanne says that while she keeps the children straight, her husband Jeff entertains them and is their biggest cheerleader, always saying to them, “You can DOOO it!”  Jeff adds, “When you take children in, there are so many obstacles you can face; but, one day you wake up and you’re just family! When you look back on life, you find when you lead with your heart, it’s all worth it!”

For further information about becoming a resource (foster) or adoptive parent, contact the Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371. An Information Session is being offered on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Department of Social Services at 301 Bay Street in Easton, MD.

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: Taking Lunch at Mount Pleasant Elementary School



The Talbot Historical Society Past Perfect Museum database information states this Laird Wise Collection photo was taken c. 1959 at the Mount Pleasant Elementary School cafeteria! Can you help us confirm the location and identify any of the students? Contact: Cathy Hill cvhill@atlanticbb.net to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!