Archives for May 2014

Moore Named Director of Mission Advancement for YMCA

Heather Moore

Heather Moore

The YMCA of the Chesapeake (YMCA) has announced Heather Moore of Easton, MD will serve as the new Director of Mission Advancement, effective August 1, 2014. Moore brings a wide range of professional experience to the position, including a core background in leading non-profits in the areas of financial stability and stewardship over the last 11 years.

“This is such an important addition to our team,” said YMCA CEO Robbie Gill. “The YMCA is embarking on multiple capital campaigns as well as developing a 3-5 year funding strategy for some of our most crucial youth programs. I first met Heather last year, as a Strong Kids Campaign volunteer, and was immediately impressed by her passion for the YMCA. She’s intelligent and genuine. With her leadership experience in non-profits, along with her energy and drive to serve others, she is a perfect fit for our organization.”

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Heather to the YMCA,” added YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer, Ken Mann. Heather was selected from a large field of highly qualified candidates.”

“The YMCA does exceptional work providing programming and support to all segments of the community. I have always held the YMCA’s mission very close to my heart and I am honored to be able to play a deeper role in getting our message out in the community.” commented Moore.

Moore currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Mid-Shore Community Foundation. Her experience also includes time as the Vice-President of Finance and Administration at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland. A true Eastern Shore-lifer, Moore was born and raised in Denton, Maryland. She currently resides in Easton with her husband of 16 years, Shane and their 3 children, Gabriel (15), Nate (12) and Lila (5). The Moores are active YMCA members and engaged in a variety of community programs and services.

For more information about the YMCA of the Chesapeake, visit

or call 410-822-0566.


Salisbury University Freshmen get to WERK

Werk, LLC, a part-time employment website was recently named the second place Bernstein Award and fourth place winner in the “Gull Cage,”Shark Tank-style entrepreneurship pitch event. The competitions were part of the 2014 Entrepreneurship Competitions hosted by the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business, Salisbury.

Werk students received a one-year membership to hotDesks, the Eastern Shore first co-working space by the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center (ESEC), as well as a total of $2,500 in cash and $3,500 in consulting services from Maryland Capital Enterprises. Students Aaron Wall, Matt Lange, Kyle Cooper, and Peter Baum are the creators of Werk, LLC.

In all, Salisbury University students earned nearly $60,000 in cash, services and prizes during the 2014 Entrepreneurship Competitions.

“Encouraging and advocating for entrepreneurship is at the heart of ESEC,” says Mike Thielke, ESEC executive director. “Creating an environment where our communities grow and nurture entrepreneurs is crucial to sustainable growth,” he adds.

hotDesks, Tri-County Council Multi-Purpose Center, 31901 Tri-County Way, Salisbury, is Maryland Eastern Shore’s first co-working space. Co-working is a new style of working because it blends the flexibility of working from home with the social and professional benefits of being in a vibrant office. Sponsored by the Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, hotDesks is designed to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship by providing a community for independent entrepreneurs.

To learn more about hotDesks or for membership information, contact ESEC at (410) 770-9330, or connect at

From left to right: William Burke, competition director and Perdue School professor; students and Werk, LLC team members Aaron Wall, Matt Lange, Kyle Cooper, Peter Baum; Stephen B. Adams, Ph.D., Perdue School associate professor; and Mike Thielke, ESEC executive director.

From left to right: William Burke, competition director and Perdue School professor; students and Werk, LLC team members Aaron Wall, Matt Lange, Kyle Cooper, Peter Baum; Stephen B. Adams, Ph.D., Perdue School associate professor; and Mike Thielke, ESEC executive director.



Lorrie Twilley Celebrates 25 Years with Shore Bancshares

LorrieTwilley_25Years_USEDShore Bancshares, Inc. is proud to recognize Lorrie S. Twilley for 25 years of dedicated service to the financial holding company, headquartered in Easton, MD. Ms. Twilley began her career with CNB (previously Centreville National Bank of Maryland), a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, in 1989 as a Bookkeeper. In 1994, she was named Supervisor of Bookkeeping at CNB, and when Shore Bancshares consolidated the CNB and The Talbot Bank bookkeeping departments in 2003, Ms. Twilley was named Operations Supervisor. Since 2008, she has served as Chief Banking Operations Manager at Shore Bancshares, Inc. In her current role, Ms. Twilley is responsible for the oversight of the deposit operations department at the company’s headquarters for CNB and The Talbot Bank.

Over the years Ms. Twilley has completed coursework at Chesapeake College and the American Bankers Association. She has also completed a number of Dale Carnegie courses and regularly participates in MACHA and Federal Reserve Seminars. “Lorrie’s extensive experience and comprehensive knowledge of deposit operations make her an invaluable member of our team,” said Donna Stevens, Chief Operations Officer at Shore Bancshares Inc. “We are pleased to celebrate her tenure with the company and grateful for her loyalty and contributions to our business.”

Ms. Twilley resides in Centreville with her husband, Ralph. She has two children, Tiffaney Palmatary and Dustin Greenwood; two step children, Alyssa Haldeman and Christopher Twilley; two grandchildren, Tara and Trey Palmatary; and a Labrador, Max. Ms. Twilley has been active in the community for many years and enjoys giving back through volunteering. She proudly participates in many fundraisers for Breast Cancer Awareness and is a member of the Ruthsburg Community Center. In her spare time, Ms. Twilley takes pleasure in spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys swimming, reading, boating, gardening, attending Raven’s games, and going to the beach.


A Benefit at the Headwaters of Pickering Creek

Pickering Creek Audubon Center will host the seventh Tour, Toast and Taste at Forrest Landing in Easton on June 14, 2014 beginning at 5:30 PM. 

According to the book, “History of Talbot County Maryland 1661-1861” by Oswald Tilghman written in 1915, “Pickering’s Creek” took its name from Francis Pickering, who owned a tract of land at the head of the creek, now known as Forrest Landing. However, in a deed from Francis Pickering to Edward Lloyd dated November 9, 1758, the creek was called Long Tom’s Creek.

Just a stones throw up the creek from the 400-acre wildlife sanctuary and nature education center, and the origin of its name, Forrest Landing makes a perfect fit for this year’s Tour, Toast and Taste event to benefit the education programs of Pickering Creek Audubon Center, the Mid-Shore’s premiere environmental center.

Now owned by the hosts, Cynthia Rickman and Joel Texler, Forrest Landing is a five-part brick mansion. Built in the early twentieth century, Forrest Landing is a synthesis of the great mid-Georgian mansions of Maryland and not a copy of any building of that style. The interior has woodwork from the mid-eighteenth-century Rudolph House in Cecil County. The grounds include a formal garden, glorious front yard with many flowering trees and lengthy lawn behind the home which stretches down to Pickering Creek. During the evening on June 14th, guests will get a feel for the natural beauty of the area that staff and volunteers of Pickering Creek work tirelessly to share with children ages 1 to 104 everyday.

The front of Cynthia Rickman’s Forrest Landing

The front of Cynthia Rickman’s Forrest Landing

The evening begins with a leisurely drive down a beautiful sycamore lined drive. After touring the first floor of the home, replete with numerous unique and impressive antique pieces, guests will be invited to enjoy formal garden features and beautiful views of the headwaters of Pickering Creek. Delectable wines, delicious hors d’ouevres, and light entertainment will be available under the tent, where guests will have the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of intriguing dinners, unique events and auction items offered by friends and neighbors who are strong supporters of the community-based education programs of Pickering Creek Audubon Center.

Dining events available for guests to enjoy throughout the year include a picnic lunch on the committee boat during the Oxford Regatta, dinner at Bill and Mary Griffin’s home with chef Andrew Evans, a special dinner with Chef Jordan Lloyd of Bartlett Pear, Charlie and Carolyn Thornton will team up with Holly from Chapel’s Creamery for a wine and cheese tasting at the Thornton’s home, a gourmet feast at the home of Richard and Ellen Bodorff with renowned wildlife photographer Middleton Evans. These are just a few of the unique dining events available for purchase.

A number of unique experiences and items will also be available including a personal tour with the Zoo Director and behind the scenes wildlife feeding at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, IL, Fishing the MD and DE surf with the Captain of “The Happy Hookers” Surf Fishing Team Extraordinaire Wayne Bell, a weekend birding trip to Kiptopeke and Virginia’s Barrier Islands, hand turned pepper and salt shakers, art, decoys, sports tickets and much, much more.

Unique statues dwell in the boxwood gardens

Unique statues dwell in the boxwood gardens

Event committee members have created an evening full of fun and surprises at one of Talbot County’s finest and rarely seen estate homes. The Tour, Toast & Taste committee consists of a group of loyal Pickering supporters including Tom Lane, Deirdre Kelly, Jo Storey, Steve Hershey, William Griffin, George Scallion, Steven Doehler, Colin Walsh, Wayne Shaner, Bill Barnes, Carolyn Thornton and Cemmy Peterson.

This year’s Tour, Toast and Taste is generously sponsored by the Bruce Wiltsie and Bill Davenport, Frederick Richmond Foundation, The Dock Street Foundation, the Tilghman Family, Bartlett, Griffin and Vermilye, Tom and Susan Lane, the Pickering Creek Board of Trustees, Wye Gardens LLC, Carolyn and Charles Thornton, the Chesapeake Audubon Society, William and Mary Griffin, Wayne and Jody Shaner, Avon Dixon Insurance, The Wilford Group at Morgan Stanley, Deirdre Kelly, Easton Utilities and many, many more!

Pickering Creek reaches Eastern Shore students throughout their academic careers with richly structured outdoor learning experiences that allow them to interact with the outdoors frequently. Since establishing a well-reputed elementary education program in partnership with Talbot County Public Schools over 18 years ago, in the last 9 years, Pickering Creek Audubon Center has also added meaningful watershed experiences for middle and high school students to its continuum of education, which include hands-on student drive habitat restoration projects in the community. Pickering’s programs are currently expanding significantly in Dorchester County. For over 30 years, Pickering Creek Audubon Center has provided environmental education and volunteer opportunities to students and adults of the Eastern Shore, moving them from awareness of their watershed to conservation action in their communities.

For more information about Tour, Toast & Taste, or the programs and activities it supports, please visit, Tickets to Tour Toast and Taste are available online, by mail, or by calling 410-822-4903.


Library to Offer Amnesty on Fines During Kaleidoscope Celebration

Upcoming at the Talbot County Free Library: Tot Time Story Hour, Stitching Time, and memoir writing. Also, the library is offering amnesty on fines during the Kaleidoscope Celebration on Saturday June 14!

St. Michaels Library to Offer Tot Time Story Hour

On Mondays, June 9 –23, July 7 –21, & August 4 –25, at 10:30 a.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer its popular Tot Time Story Hour program for children 5 and under accompanied by an adult. All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are asked to pre-register for this program. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit

Contact: Shauna Beulah, telephone: 410-745-5877

Easton Library to Offer Stitching Time

On Monday, June 9, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library will once again offer its popular Stitching Time program. Patrons are invited to bring projects in progress (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, what-have-you) and sew with a group. Limited instruction will be available for beginners. Newcomers are welcome. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit

Contact: Chris Eareckson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Memoir Writing at St. Michaels Library

Beginning on Thursday, June 12, and continuing on each Thursday through the summer (always excepting the first Thursday of each month), from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library will offer patrons the chance to record and share their memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people. Participants are invited to bring their lunch. All library programs are free and open to the public, but patrons are asked to pre-register for this program. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit

Contact: Shauna Beulah

Library to Offer Amnesty on Fines during Kaleidoscope Celebration

On Saturday, June 14, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Talbot County Free Library will present Kaleidoscope, a celebration of all that we make and enjoy in life. Prof. Dale Green of Morgan State University will present his latest assessment of—and a display of artifacts from—his students’ archaeological excavations in Easton’s historic Free Black neighborhood: The Hill. Geographer Cathy Cooper will teach you how to use GIS to find just about anything in the world. Diana Hastings will teach you the ancient art of making marbled paper (think of the beautifully colored endpapers you’ve seen in finely bound books). The Dolly Parton Imagination Library will sign children 5 and under up for free books. There will be displays on book-making, pottery painting, fiber art, and gardening. 4-H and Horn Point Lab will both have exciting presentations on display. There will be free music and free food: hot dogs, lemonade, popcorn, and sno-cones.

And there will be an amnesty on all over-due charges! If you have a book or DVD you’ve been embarrassed to return because it’s so late, this is the day when you can bring it back to the library and see your fines erased from your record at no cost to you! (Note: This amnesty does not apply to patrons who have lost items or patrons whose accounts are so far in arrears they have been sent to a collection agency.)

All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register to attend Kaleidoscope. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit

Contact: Scotti Oliver, telephone: 410-822-1626


Talbot Bank Adopts Easton Elementary School Kindergarten Class

The Talbot Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, adopted Ms. Carrico’s kindergarten class at the Easton Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year.

Throughout the year, Talbot Bank volunteers; Ryan Snow, Credit Analyst, and Laura Heikes, Senior Vice President and Branch Administration Officer, visited the class on many occasions providing fun and interactive financial lessons for the students. The children have learned the word income, what it means, and how to earn it. In addition, each child has been saving for special items that are important to them using their piggy bank provided by The Talbot Bank.

Recently, Mr. Snow read the students a book about bringing the money they have saved to the bank to safeguard it and gradually earn more.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the students in Ms. Carrico’s class,” said Laura Heikes. “We feel like we have really made an impact on the children and are excited to see their progress toward financial literacy at such a young age.”

For information on youth savings or other financial services, please visit your local Talbot Bank branch or

Ms. Lauren Carrico’s Kindergarten Class at Easton Elementary and Ryan Snow, Volunteer from The Talbot Bank.

Ms. Lauren Carrico’s Kindergarten Class at Easton Elementary and Ryan Snow, Volunteer from The Talbot Bank.


Maryland LCV Endorses Anthony Brown, Ken Ulman

The Maryland League of Conservation Voters (Maryland LCV) today endorsed Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown for governor, along with his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.

“The O’Malley-Brown administration has been a leader on environmental issues and we are confident that Anthony Brown will build on that record as governor,” said Karla Raettig, executive director of Maryland LCV. “The Brown-Ulman administration will make the environment a priority, with a focus on expanding our use of wind and solar energy, protecting our drinking water and restoring Maryland’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. We are pleased with the environmental commitments they have made – including a pledge to expand and strengthen the state’s renewable energy requirements and to create a publicly accessible database of pesticide use to better protect children’s health.”

“We believe Lt. Gov. Brown will expand the focus and reach of the environmental community in Maryland, ” Raettig continued. “He has articulated a vision for environmental justice that addresses a broad array of problems that disproportionately hurt Maryland’s disadvantaged citizens and communities, including higher rates of asthma and more prevalent exposure to toxics. He will work to ensure that low-income communities are not unfairly exposed to environmental hazards and challenges.”

“We applaud the O’Malley-Brown administration for its environmental achievements, especially on climate change and restoring the Chesapeake Bay for future generations,” said Tony Caligiuri, chair of Maryland LCV’s board. “We are also excited to work with Ken Ulman and continue his legacy of environmental achievement in Howard County.”

“We are fortunate to have three major candidates with strong records and visions for the environment. Although we feel Anthony Brown is best positioned to making meaningful progress on our core issues, we applaud Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Delegate Heather Mizeur for their past work on the environment and their records of service to Maryland,” said Marcia Verploegen Lewis, a member of the Maryland LCV Board.

In deciding on endorsements, Maryland LCV looks for proven leadership on the environment for incumbents and thoroughly evaluates new candidates’ background and commitment to the environment. Before each state election, the Maryland LCV Board of Directors and staff evaluate questionnaires and conduct interviews with dozens of candidates for statewide office as well as candidates for the Maryland General Assembly.

For a complete list of endorsements, please visit

For more than 35 years, the non-partisan Maryland League of Conservation Voters has served as the political voice of the environment. We advocate for sound conservation policies, promote environmentally responsible candidates, and hold individual elected officials accountable through our scorecards and reports.

Save the Date: Easton Studio Offers Special Event During Plein-Air Easton, July 19

AusterDetails~~element19Easton Studio, known for offering art workshops by nationally known professional artists, is hosting a special painting demonstration by plein air painter, Ken Auster, on Saturday, July 19th at the historic Inn at 202 Dover in Easton. Offered as a special event during Plein Air Easton’s 10th Year Anniversary, the demo will include an elegant wine reception. For a lucky few, there will be a separate 3-course dinner later that evening with the artist.

California artist Ken Auster is a top tier plein air painter and winner of many firsts at various competitions. A member of Plein Air Painters of America, Ken is known for his vibrant personality and bold approach to his paintings. This former surfer and graphic artist is at the forefront of the American contemporary impressionists and continues to draw hundreds of students who travel from around the world to attend his workshops. “Since Ken will be teaching a workshop at Easton Studio beginning July 20th and having an artist of Ken’s renown in town, we thought that an event like this would be the perfect tie-in with Plein-Air Easton,” says Easton Studio director Nancy Tankersley. “Having the opportunity to see a painter of Ken’s caliber work is a special treat. The Inn at 202 Dover offers the ideal venue and an elegant respite from the heat and crowds of the other Plein Air Easton events.”

The painting demonstration and reception is $25 per person and takes place from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Dinner will be at 5:30 pm. The cost for the dinner is $100 per person and is limited to 12 guests. Prepared by the Inn’s award-winning chef, this intimate dinner will be held in its own private room and includes wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

For reservations or more information, contact Easton Studio, 410-770-4421 or email

Easton Studio, formerly known as Easton Studio & School, is a multi-use arts facility. Primarily used for workshops, classes and artist’s studio, the space is also available for events.


Wow: Mid-Shore Community Foundation Hits $50 Million in Assets

The Mid-Shore Community Foundation reached a major milestone at the end of the first quarter of this year when it exceeded $50 million in assets. These assets benefit the five counties served by the Foundation – Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties — through grants and scholarships awarded each year.

The Foundation was established in 1992 through a generous bequest of $230,000 from Colonel Edgar and Catherine Linthicum. Through the vision of the five founders who led the community effort to establish a community foundation for the Mid-Shore, that initial gift has grown into a significant permanent asset that will benefit the region in

One of those founders and the current chair of the Board of Directors, W. Moorhead Vermilye, noted the significance of this achievement: “I don’t think anyone anticipated that we would reach this milestone in a little over 20 years and grow into the fourth largest community foundation in Maryland. It is a testament to the extraordinary generosity of this community and the exceptional commitment of the Board of Directors and the many volunteers who have supported the Foundation over the years.”

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Investment Committee L-R, Joe Anthony, chairman, Buck Duncan President (standing), David Nagel, Art Cecil

The permanent assets of the Foundation are managed by a six member Investment Committee chaired by Joseph Anthony, a partner in Anthony Walter Duncan LLP in Easton. “We have been very fortunate to have exceptionally knowledgeable and experienced members on our Investment Committee who take very seriously their responsibility to be good stewards of these critical community assets”, explained Anthony. The Committee meets quarterly to monitor the investment performance of the professional asset managers and to reevaluate investment policy to ensure that these assets will be available to benefit the community in perpetuity.

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MSCF President, Buck Duncan

W. W. “Buck” Duncan, President of the Foundation noted, “Bequests such as the Linthicum gift that led to the establishment of the Foundation are the Foundation’s primary source of assets. Our most recent bequest was a generous unrestricted gift of $200,000 from the Helen Frank Trust which was placed in endowments to support grant making in each of our counties. We are also fortunate that a number of individuals within the community have established significant funds at the Foundation to support grant making during their lifetime.”

The community foundation also benefits from ongoing community support of its annual Circle of Friends campaign, and from specific events such as those sponsored by the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance, the Chesapeake Classic Car Club, and the Mid-Shore and Bay Area boards of realtors this year. Duncan explained, “The support of our community is important not only because it provides additional assets to benefit the community but because it also engages the community in the important work of the Foundation.”

In the current fiscal year, the Mid-Shore Community Foundation expects to exceed $2 million in grants and scholarships through the application of both permanent and current assets. The Foundation is the largest provider of scholarships in the region, including a new initiative to support tuition and book expenses for high students from Caroline and Dorchester counties enrolled at Chesapeake College.

Duncan also emphasized the significant investment in the nonprofit infrastructure made possible by the Foundation’s assets: “This past year we have been able to make significant grants for community infrastructure to the Dorchester Center for the Arts, the Chesapeake Grove Project of Delmarva Community Services, the Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, and the new building for Wye River Upper School.”

One final area highlighted by Duncan was the use of the assets to help strengthen area nonprofits. The community foundation provides access to the Foundation Center, a major resource for nonprofits seeking grant funding, and it funds training and development seminars in partnership with Maryland Nonprofits. “This year,” explained Duncan “through a grant from the Grayce B. Kerr Fund, the Foundation is launching a major initiative with Maryland Nonprofits to make its Standards of Excellence program available to local nonprofits.


Church Alley Gallery Presents June Show

An exciting art show can be seen at the Church Alley Gallery during the month of June.  Opening on First Friday, June 6, oil paintings done by ten Brooklets Place art students will be on display.  There will be more than thirty works of art.

Initially offered as a class for beginners, the group has progressed over several years with students advancing to a high level of accomplishment.  Even students who have been in the class only a short time have produced some very nice paintings.  There is a tremendous variety of style, ranging from very precise detailed work to more impressionistic painting, more than thirty pieces in all.  Most work will be for sale, with a portion of the profit going to benefit the Senior Center at Brooklets Place.

After the show opens on June 6 between 5 and 7pm, the Church Alley Gallery hours are 9-5 Monday through Friday.  The Gallery is located at 32 South Washington Street.  For further information please contact Jane Bollman, 410-770-8611.

Magnolia on Discovery by Joi Pairo

Magnolia on Discovery by Joi Pairo