Archives for April 2014

Site of the Week: Warwick Manor Behavioral Health

Warwick Manor Behavioral Health (WMBH) provides inpatient addiction and co-occurring disorder treatment, in East New Market, Maryland. They also provide a sheltered living program for persons who are in the partial hospitalization or intensive outpatient programs.In service of its mission, Warwick Manor Behavioral Health, Inc. provides high quality, effective addiction treatment services to residents of Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C., and portions of Virginia. These services shall include a continuum of treatment components that provide specialized care to meet the needs of various consumer groups. WMBH will provide leadership to meet the challenges in treating addicted individuals today and will foster continuous improvement in the quality of addiction education.

Visit the site here.

Save the Date: Antique & Classic Boat Festival at CBMM June 13-15

Wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats are coming to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) this June 13-15 for the 27th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels, MD. Hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society (ACBS), this Father’s Day weekend event brings an era of by-gone days to the Miles River and CBMM’s waterfront campus.

This year, the festival features a selection of Chesapeake Bay-built workboats, including the Chesapeake deadrise and buyboat, which can be seen dockside during the weekend festival. Boat rides on a traditional Chesapeake workboat will be offered by CBMM throughout the three-day festival.

More than 100 wooden classics and vintage boats will be on land and in the water for this ACBS-judged boat show, including a selection of Chris Craft, Owens, Century, Donzi, Glaspar, Whirlwind, Shepherd, Trumpy, Lyman, and more. Boats range from runabouts to yachts, including race boats, work boats, launches, hydroplanes, and utilities. Owners of some of the restored yachts and cabin cruisers will offer boarding along CBMM’s docks, with Saturday noted as the best day for walk-on tours.


Along with the East Coast’s largest collection of antique and classic boats, the festival’s signature Arts at Navy Point pavilion brings 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors to St. Michaels, offering nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home.

Along the Fogg’s Landing side of CBMM’s campus, the festival’s Field of Dreams features a selection of pre-1976 classic boats for sale, along with other items in a nautical flea market. A selection of regional and grilled foods, music, and a Pyrat rum bar will round out the event for festival-goers. Children’s activities will also be available throughout the event.

Festival admission includes entrance to CBMM’s new special exhibits, Carvers at the Crossroads in the Waterfowling Building, and Navigating Freedom: The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay in the Steamboat Building. During the festival, visitors will have full access to CBMM’s 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

Festival hours are Friday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival includes admission to all museum exhibits where authentic Chesapeake boats, cultures, and traditions are highlighted. The event is free for CBMM members and children under six, or $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17. Boat rides and food are an additional cost. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit


St. Michaels to Host First Brew Festival, May 31

Eastern Shore Brewing (longest continually operating brewery on the Eastern Shore of MD), Foxy’s, Town Dock & The Crab Claw will be hosting the fist brewfest to come to St. Michaels MD. St. Michaels Brewfest will be held on May 31st from noon until 5pm.

The brewfest will have over 50 beers and 30 breweries, including one-offs, seasonal’s, firkins and rarities. Ticket prices are $30 + fees & taxes. The ticket price will include unlimited samples of some of the best beers available in the region, a branded pint glass and live music.

The event will cover 3 different tented locations (all within walking distance): the rear parking lot of Easter Shore Brewing Co., the parking lot in front of Foxy’s & Town Dock and the front parking area of The Crab Claw. Shuttle buses will be available at all three locations.

This is an unlimited sampling event where you will be able to meet brewmasters, brewery owners and brewery representatives. Along with beer there will be live music and vendors at each location including oyster slurping contests, crab races, local artist’s, beer gear raffles and more. will also be attending and handing out complimentary bottled water and Gatorade. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the St. Michaels Community Center. Tickets go on sale 3/3/14 and can be purchased at and at Eastern Shore Brewing Co.

Females More Vulnerable To Alcohol’s Effects

A recent report from the Drug Free Action Alliance advises that when it comes to problem drinking, many people assume it mostly involves males. That assumption however, is false. In fact, when it comes to young females, girls have not only caught up to boys when it comes to drinking, but in many cases have surpassed them.

According to results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, among youth aged 12 to 17, the percentage of females who were current drinkers (13.2 percent) was higher than their male counterparts (12.6 percent). When it comes to women and alcohol, 60% of U.S. women report having used alcohol over the past year. Among those women, 13 percent said they had more than seven drinks per week (which goes beyond the recommended limits published in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

Females are more vulnerable to alcohol’s effects than males, and here’s why:

  • Females have less water in their bodies to help dilute the alcohol in the bloodstream;
  • Females absorb alcohol at a slower rate;
  • Females naturally produce less “alcohol dehydrogenase” (a gastric enzyme that breaks down ethanol in the stomach – that otherwise is toxic).
  • What this means is that a female and male of the same size and weight can drink the same amount of alcohol and yet the female will have a higher concentration of alcohol in her blood. It also means that females who go “drink-for-drink” with males are likely to become intoxicated more quickly and are more susceptible to alcohol poisoning.

According to Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, women and girls are the fastest growing segment of the population impacted by the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, representing a generally unrecognized serious issue for the women and girls of Talbot County and our country.

Underage drinking is damaging and dangerous. Parents are encouraged to talk early and often, sharing clear anti-use messages with daughters and sons alike; including in your talks, especially with our daughters, the fact that that drinking impacts females more intensely.

For further information on the dangers of alcohol and other drugs, contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067. Please also visit our website at or find us on Facebook.

St. Michaels Running Festival Set for May 17

Race organizers have announced that the third annual St. Michaels Running Festival will be the largest one yet. With more than 30 percent of participants coming from more than 31 states, the event will have a tremendous economic impact on area businesses.

In addition to the business impact of the event, this has become a meaningful fundraising event for local charities. Last year’s race raised more than $45,000 for participating charities including the St. Michaels Community Center, Lilabean Foundation for Pediatric Brain Cancer Research, Talbot Humane Society and St. Martin’s Ministries.

This year’s event will feature a kids 1k fun run for the first time, sponsored by Justine’s Ice Cream in St. Michaels. Proceeds benefit the St. Michaels Community Center and St. Michaels Youth and Law Enforcement (SMYLE).

“What a great way to get young people involved in exercise and running at an early age,” said Kathy Lash, owner of the popular St. Michaels ice cream parlor. “Grab your running shoes and join us!”

Trish Payne, executive director for the St. Michaels Community Center, said she’s excited to participate in the kids run this year. “Our kids are pumped up and more than ready to go!” Payne said.

St. Michaels Police Chief Anthony Smith said the success of SYMLE is possible because of community-oriented organizations like St. Michaels Running Festival.

“St. Michaels Running Festival is graciously donating proceeds to programs like SMYLE, the community center and other quality of life focused organizations,” Smith said.

Registration for all race distances, including the kids fun run, is open online at until May 11 and available at the race expo on Friday, May 16.

Expo spaces and virtual race bag coupons for St. Michaels Running Festival are still available for interested businesses. For more information visit the race website at or contact

For those who missed registration for the sold out inaugural Across the Bay 10k, a race that will take 20,000 runners across the iconic Chesapeake Bay Bridge on Nov. 9, St. Michaels Running Festival sponsors will have a limited amount of race entries available at the expo on May 16 at the St. Michaels Community Center.

St. Michaels Running Festival is a Maryland-based partnership founded by Peter Paris and Sparrow Rogers, both of St. Michaels. More information is available online at and on (

Sheriff’s Report for April 29

On January 27, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 100 block of Bonfield Avenue for a reported burglary in progress. The Sheriff’s Office originally responded to assist Oxford Police Department; however upon their request assumed the lead on the investigation.

Information was obtained from the occupants that at approximately 4:00 am they were awakened by noise in the residence and upon inspection discovered their television had been removed from the residence. The occupants observed a maroon in color passenger vehicle fleeing the residence and one of the occupants followed the vehicle out of Oxford. The occupants were able to obtain a partial registration number from the vehicle and a partial description of three occupants in the vehicle.

Follow up investigation revealed the suspects as Debonaire Devalle Stewart, 20 of Ridgley, MD, Kevin Mackenzie Fields, 20 of Cordova, MD and Jorian Travon Edwards, 18 of Snellville, GA. Arrest warrants were obtained for all three suspects on March 26th with Fields and Stewart being located locally. Edwards had returned to Georgia and with local police assistance, Edwards was located and taken into custody. The Talbot County Sheriff’s Office responded to Gwinnett County, GA and took possession of Edwards who had signed a waiver of extradition and agreed to return to Talbot County, MD to face charges.

Stewart, Fields and Edwards were each charged with burglary in the first, third and fourth degree; theft, less than $1,000; malicious destruction of property; conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to commit theft. Upon his return from Georgia, Edwards was ordered held at the Talbot County Detention Center pending further court action. The Talbot County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to serving all issued arrest warrants and routinely travels to other parts of the country to bring fugitives back to Talbot County to face criminal charges brought by this Office and the citizens of Talbot County.

On April 23, Deputies from the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office stopped a motor vehicle on Ocean Gateway near the intersection of Hiners Lane for an equipment violation. The Deputy concluded the stop with a probable cause search of the vehicle locating suspected marijuana in the passenger compartment. None of the three occupants claimed ownership of the marijuana and as a result, Bradley James Cole 18, Brooke Renee Hoyt 32 and Kevin Eugene Michaels 51 all of Easton, MD were charged on criminal citation with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia. Cole was additionally charged with driving a motor vehicle on a revoked license. All were released upon their signature on the criminal citations.

Spy Profile: Dr. Buck Guthrie on Public Health and Talbot Hospice

There are many great reasons to live in Talbot County, not the least of which is getting to know some really impressive people.

We were fortunate recently to have the opportunity to sit and talk with Dr. Eugene Guthrie, better known as “Buck”, and his wife, Betts, at their home in William Hill Manor.

They’re both originally from the Washington area and met through mutual friends while at Woodrow Wilson HS.

The video is approximately eight minutes in length

Dr. Guthrie, as many of you know, was a co-founder of the Talbot Hospice Foundation more than 30 years ago and continues to serve the Foundation as a Board Member “Emeritus”.

Betts also was actively involved with Hospice from the beginning. There were no paid staff at that time and she coordinated the 100-percent volunteer effort. They invited friends and neighbors to join in the task of building what is so successful today.

The long road to the local Hospice’ success began when Dr. Guthrie chose the public health service over clinical work. He reached that decision following studies at Haverford, Duke, University of North Carolina and medical school at George Washington University. He acquired his Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan and completed his residency in California. It was there that Buck and Betts met and best-friended Dr. Davey, a gentleman who shaped their thinking as well as many others’ thinking.

Dr. Guthrie served as an officer in the medical corps of the US Coast Guard during WWII and after medical school he entered the Commissioned Officers Association of the US Public Health Service with the Naval rank of Captain. He retired from the USPHS as Associate Surgeon General with the Naval rank of Rear Admiral.

He developed an interest in chronic disease while at the USPHS and headed the Division of Chronic Diseases, dealing with the prevention and control of them. He worked on controlling Polio, came to know Dr. Salk and was involved in the development of the Iron Lung to ease the breathing of those inflicted by the disease.

The highlight of his career was to help create and manage the Public Health Service’s anti- smoking campaign. His studies indicated that addiction was the problem and it would have a major impact on our nation’s overall public health. He took on the major advocates of smoking, the tobacco companies and the advertising industry, in an attempt to educate the public as to the hazards of smoking based on the use of nicotine.

He personally had stopped smoking a pack a day, prior to the campaign, once he understood the danger. However, Betts was slower to take the same action but eventually followed Bucks advice. Dr. Guthrie remembers having to regularly remind Dr. Luther Terry, US Surgeon General, not to smoke in public during the anti smoking campaign.

The assignment ended with the now famous “Surgeon General’s Advisory committee’s Report on Smoking & Health” in 1964. It earned Dr. Guthrie the PHS Meritorious Service Award as well as being recognized by the Associated Press Annual Poll as 1964’s “Newsmaker of the Year in Science”.

The most visible accomplishment of his long career was his participation in the historic Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health.  His own knowledge, based on research, indicated that nicotine addiction was the problem and it would have a major impact on our nation’s overall public health. In 1962, he was selected to lead the committee of scientists and researchers commissioned by President Kennedy and Surgeon General Luther Terry to produce a comprehensive report on the effects of cigarette smoking.

Dr. Guthrie’s PHS career had many successes including the expansion of the Cervical Cancer Detection Program; advancing the diagnostic use of the technique of x-ray mammography to detect breast cancer; a cooperative effort with the US Space Program that resulted in the transmission of vital health readings from the Astronauts while in space; expansion of the first Coronary Care Units in hospitals and installed a new PHS program to develop and support community, comprehensive services for the mentally challenged as well as a new program for the prevention of neurological disease and blindness.

Dr. Guthrie was Associate Surgeon General, third-ranking in-line officer of the USPHS, under the Surgeon General and Deputy Surgeon General from 1966-68. During that period the budget increased from $2 billion to more than $3 billion and the service personnel numbered more than 36,000 of which 5,000 were commissioned officers.

The Maryland Governor appointed Dr. Guthrie as the first Executive Director of the State’s new Comprehensive Health Planning Agency. He began a number of major activities during his time there. They included the nation’s first state funding program for local health planning agencies; development of a state health plan based on the concept of primary, secondary and tertiary systems for health care; implementation of one of the nation’s first comprehensive “certificate of need” laws, dealing with new and existing hospitals, nursing homes and related healthcare facilities and development of legislation creating a statewide Health Care Cost Review Commission.

He founded and was President of the Academy of Comprehensive Health Planning, a national organization of state health planning organizations. His last position prior to retirement was Deputy State Health Officer of Dorchester and Talbot Counties. It was while there that he co-founded the Talbot Hospice Foundation.

Dr. Guthrie summed up his prestigious career when he said, “I believe that I have accomplished far more by being a US Public Health Service doctor than I would have as a clinician”. That statement best describes Dr. Guthrie and his accomplishments.

Distinguished Guests to Grace the ‘Kudner Property’ for Derby Day Live

Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly pictured here with Prudence Kudner, first wife of Arthur II, at the couple’s wedding.

Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly pictured here with Prudence Kudner, first wife of Arthur II, at the couple’s wedding.

The ‘Kudner property’, as the locals call it, on May 3rd will again be the site for the annual Derby Day Live! event benefiting the Talisman Therapeutic Riding program. Again this year 175 guests will don big gorgeous hats and sip mint juleps as they watch rider demonstrations and view a live telecast of the Kentucky Derby. Dinner in the manor house will follow.

The original Kudner manor house was built in 1934 by Arthur Kudner Sr., a New York ad executive. Located on almost 1000 acres, the house is located down the lane from the airplane hangar and adjacent to what was once a triangular airstrip that accommodated an airplane’s approach from any direction.

Arthur H. Kudner, Sr.

Arthur H. Kudner, Sr.

Although many Queen Anne’s Countians recall spending time as kids on the property’s beach or in the fields, the Kudner home also saw some grand parties. Among the dignitaries that graced the farm were boxing great Gene Tunney and former New York Governor Averill Harriman. The family friends’ list was highlighted by their close friendship with actress and later Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly.

“We are especially excited that this year our special guests will include Mr. and Mrs. Art Kudner III,” said Anne Joyner President and founder of Talisman Therapeutic Riding. “We’re anxious for them to see the work we’re doing on their family farm, thanks to the legacy of Arthur II.

According to the wishes of the now-deceased Art Kudner II, the property is now an environmental preserve and under the management of the Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage. Over 200 species of birds migrate through the property annually while red foxes, turkeys, bald eagles, ground hogs, and deer make their homes on the land.

The tickets are $85 per person and include hors d’oeurves, dinner, mint juleps, bourbon tasting, rider demonstrations, and a live and silent auction. Some tickets are still available by calling 443-239-9400 or at


Juneteenth Event to Celebrate Local Heroes & Emancipation Through Art and Music

Bryan Collier, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. cared about all Americans,” from Martin’s Big Words, 2001, Water color and collage. Renowned children’s book illustrator, Bryan Collier’s exhibition, “Bryan Collier, Illustrator: Celebrating Juneteenth,” will be on display at the Academy Art Museum May 10 through July 20, 2014.

Bryan Collier, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. cared about all Americans,” from Martin’s Big Words, 2001, Water color and collage. Renowned children’s book illustrator, Bryan Collier’s exhibition, “Bryan Collier, Illustrator: Celebrating Juneteenth,” will be on display at the Academy Art Museum May 10 through July 20, 2014.

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Academy Art Museum are hosting the fourth annual Juneteenth event, Celebrating Heroes and Emancipation Day, which takes place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Academy Art Museum. Juneteenth commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation and the achievements of African- Americans.

Easton’s Juneteenth celebration started with the dedication of the Frederick Douglass statue on Talbot County’s courthouse lawn. Subsequent years, the Juneteenth event honored the remarkable achievements of World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen and the archeological finds of the Hill Project, highlighting the early local African American community heritage, and heroic forbearers like Buffalo Soldier William Gardner.

This year, the event will focus on Gospel music with performances by numerous choirs and musical groups from around our region. Local schools, college and community gospel choirs have all signed on to celebrate singers and songwriters from the past who have inspired people through song. In addition, Terron Quailes, who graduated from Easton High School and now attends Salisbury University, will sing at Friday’s opening reception at the Museum where local legends, Rev. Mary Sullivan and Rev. William F. Holt, will be honored.

The Museum is hosting an exhibition by renowned children’s book illustrator Bryan Collier, “Bryan Collier, Illustrator: Celebrating Juneteenth,” May 10 through July 20, 2014. Originally from Pocomoke on the lower Eastern Shore, Mr. Collier has won numerous awards for his work, including the prestigious Caldecott Honor Medal for Martin’s Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of our Juneteenth celebration, Mr. Collier will offer a book reading and will sign his works.

The Museum will also offer a fun family art project creating colorful silhouette art and student art work, which will be hung on the Museum’s fence (weather permitting). There will also be informational displays and vendors providing food at the event, which will be held rain or shine. For further information, visit or call 410-822-2787.


Rise In Suicidal Behavior At Waxter Girls’ Detention Center

Incidents involving suicidal behavior among girls significantly increased last year at Thomas J.S. Waxter Children’s Center, a female juvenile detention facility in Laurel.

The Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit’s 2013 annual report indicated a spike in suicide ideation and attempts from youth serving time at Waxter. The Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit is an independent organization in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office that conducts annual evaluations of the Department of Juvenile Services regulated facilities.

According to the report, the number of ideation – also called suicidal thoughts — and attempts increased from 75 in 2012 to 117 in 2013 – a 56 percent jump.

In the report, the Department of Juvenile Justice had the opportunity to respond to the findings.

“All youth expressing suicidal ideations and or gestures are immediately evaluated by behavioral health staff,” the Department of Juvenile Services wrote. “The youth may verbalize intent or gesture, but be at low lethality because of restricted access to instruments and close staff supervision.”

Eric Solomon, public information officer for the Department of Juvenile Services responded to questions in an email.

“The Department takes every ideation very seriously, “ wrote Solomon.

“The last thing we want to happen is for one of these youth to move forward with their statements. “ Solomon continued. “You will see our response in the … report that these ideations are youth making statements for secondary gain and to get attention from the staff. Many of these statements came from the same individual.”

Solomon wrote that 62 individual girls were responsible for the 117 incidents in 2013, and 51 girls were responsible for the 75 incidents in 2012.

Capital News Service’s requests for access to the Waxter facility, interviews with staff or youth and copies of the incident reports were denied.

Solomon responded to additional questions by referring to the content of the report issued Feb. 18 by the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit.

That response indicated: “While there was an increase in reported incidents of suicidal ideation, only two incidents involved gestures, and no youth required transfer to a hospital setting.”

The report continued: “The high frequency and low lethality pattern may be indicative of youth displaying this behavior seeking secondary gain in these verbalizations and gestures; either desiring one to one supervision by staff, attention from peers, or to receive other social reinforcers.”

In the response, the Department of Juvenile Services said, “Mental health clinicians and administrators will continue to closely monitor and evaluate interventions for this behavior at Waxter.”

Eliza Steele, Juvenile Justice Monitor for Waxter said that the facility is “not an appropriate place for mental health treatment.”

For Steele, the suicide ideation and attempts are part of a larger mental health issue – particularly among girls.

In the report, the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit states: “Data produced by the Department shows that, in 2010, 75 percent of girls in out-of-home placements had a moderate to high mental health need, compared to 57 percent of boys. However, the availability of mental health services at Waxter is inferior to that at comparable facilities for boys.”

Steele said, “There is a significant number of kids, particularly girls that come into the juvenile justice system with mental health problems.” She added that aside from suicidal behaviors, some girls have other mental problems that the detention centers are not equipped to properly address.

To solve this, Steele suggested an increase in the availability of evidence-based treatment programs for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Waxter formerly served as a detention and committed treatment facility for female youth. The treatment program has been discontinued and Waxter is now a secure detention center with the capacity for 42 girls. According to the Juvenile Justice Monitoring Unit’s report, the average population in 2013, was 26, which is a reduction of 16 percent from 2012.

Dr. Marilyn Benoit, a board certified child psychiatrist who is not affiliated with Waxter, said that “All behavior is a way of communicating.“

“It may be attention-getting, but look at why they want attention,” Benoit said, “Some of them have problems and don’t know how to communicate what they are feeling.”

Benoit, who has a practice in Kent Island, said that many of the emotional problems incarcerated teens have were developed before they were placed in the system and family problems could have lead them to getting in trouble.

Since Benoit has no direct relationship with Waxter, she couldn’t speak to specific concerns that may be causing the increase. She said that in order to understand why each teen is displaying suicidal behavior, the child’s environment should be evaluated.

“For kids to be in a detention center to begin with, something has gone awry.” Benoit said, and that many of the children in the system have a history of learning problems, mental illness, child and substance abuse issues.

Benoit said that adolescent years are generally a time of “emotional turmoil” for girls and that being in detention leads to more feelings of isolation. She said that for the girls, the incarceration itself is a risk factor for suicidal behavior and referenced incidents of teens around the country committing suicide while in custody.

“They feel that they are social outcasts and are angry,” she said.

By Tamieka Briscoe
Capital News Service