Archives for October 2014

Talbot Historical Society Project Rewind: The Easton Airport

Easton Airport 1948. Aviation history: Malcolm Hathaway built the first Easton Airport before World War I in a field at Ratcliffe Manor, his parents home. He ran Tred Avon Flying Service there in the 1920’s. In 1933 and 1934 Hathaway & his associates ran Chesapeake Air Ferries at Webb Field on Dover Rd. .Another early Aviator Dorsey Webb had set up that commercial field. During World War II the federal government selected the present airport at Easton as the site for an emergency landing field because it was a point between Dover and Andrews Air Bases. When the war ended Easton and Talbot County joined together to buy it from the federal government for $1.00.

Facts from “the Easton Album” by Norman Harrington for HSTC 1986. Photo from the H. Robins Hollyday Collection at THS. Contact: Cathy Hill to share your old photos. Comment, Like our page and join THS!


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Op-Ed: Nothing to Fear but Fear, Itself by Rich Levy

Fear is an internal alarm – that beast chasing you is an immediate mortal threat! But fear is useless when dealing with the abstractions and nuances of modern life, where rationality is the survival skill.

· After 9/11, government fed our fear, railroading into a bloody foreign policy failure – without leaving a mark on 9/11’s true perpetrators.

· Splinter factions and fundamentalist shock troops are now equipped with tons of US ordinance we left behind.

· The ranks of ISIS are filled with Iraqi-military, after we pushed them into involuntary exile. This is lawless fundamentalism, armed and staffed by our intentionally groomed fear.

America stepped up from economic collapse to defeat history’s most advanced military and depraved political force, in World War II. Now we’re told to shudder before the “greatest threat since the Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich” – a band of desert sociopaths who, every last one of them, couldn’t fillCamden Yards.

Since 2010 (when DEFICIT!!! was the preferred panic of fearmongers)congress has cut Ebola vaccine research spending by half. They watched WallStreet loot your retirement, but *hooray!* less funding for science pimps. Political hacks will set public health policy on the fly, demanding dramatic travel boycotts that medical experts oppose, and theatrically harassing health workers; this fear response is from the fear of losing an election. Some gullible pols so fear their president, they boycott his nominations. When political grifters commandeer public health policy:

· We face the challenge of Ebola without a surgeon general.

· Vaccine research on Ebola is years behind where it could have been.

· Harassment of health workers becomes a political gimmick, and isolating the part of the world in most dire need of western expertise, as well as economic activity, hampers containment of this epidemic exactly where doing so is most critical: in western Africa.

From fear of a president’s nominees, fear of problems unaddressed by an empty office, to denial of educated expertise, so goes the nation that could once marshal resources, under a handicapped president, to defeat polio.

· We fear the virus from which one person has died in America.

· Flu kills as many as 49,000 annually, especially those without access to health care. Yet…

· The Tea-stained GOP House majority, rhetorically incontinent after the Affordable Care Act, barked through over 50 failed votes to repeal health care for tens of millions of people.

As firearms carnage mounts, our fearful/angry caucus breaks into the kindergarten bathroom dance, demanding more weapons everywhere.Elementary school shootings? Up-Arm the teachers! University slaughter? Concealed carry for campuses! Unhappy populace, jaywalking teens, you’ve watched too much“COPS”? Militarize the police! America no longer holds the lamp that lights the golden door; America twitches in fearful crouch, clutching so many guns wedon’t know which ways they’re all pointing.

Politicians sell fear because they think they’re selling to cowards. Whether telling epidemiologists to stay away (Thanks, Gov. Jindal!), birthing “democracy” in Iraq, “showing those thugs who’s in charge” our streets, or packing heat to buy a sandwich, when imagination extends only to fast, fearful responses, we hand our fate to Murphy’s bloody Law every time.

Food Friday: Apple and Sultana Crumble for Downrigging Weekend

This weekend is Downrigging Weekend in Chestertown, a busy time for everyone. And we have gone to the Way Back Machine for this week’s recipe because it will be fast and easy to prepare so we won’t miss out on any of the festivities. Plus it will use local, seasonal fruit (which helps to assuage our oh, so many guilts) and it will celebrate the Sultana. And look, the sultanas are almost the same color as the schooner! Who would have guessed?

We ran downtown to the Farmers’ Market last week to procure the ingredients for the crumble, and are laying in a good supply of craft beers and Prosecco, because Saturday night is Prosecco Night whether there are tall ships in the harbor or not!

Here is a link to all that is happening this weekend on Downrigging Weekend:

There is so much going on! Tall Ships, Halloween, Marc Castelli has an opening at the Massoni Gallery and there is music and the RiverArts studio tour and the Halloween Parade! Get cooking now so you can join in all the fun!
The National Weather Service warns that it will be cool and breezy, with a 40% chance of rain. Don your sou’wester, toss on a sweater, and don’t forget your Trick or Treat bags!

Apple and Sultana Crumble

6 cups peeled and cored apples, chopped
½ cup Sultanas
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons lemon juice

¾ cup flour
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
¼ pound chilled butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large mixing bowl, add the apple pieces and then scatter the sultanas like rosebuds. Mix the cinnamon and the sugar together, and sprinkle over the apples. Now sprinkle the lemon juice over everything. Toss briskly. Put the apple mixture into a deep pie pan, spreading it evenly.

Combine the dry topping ingredients in another bowl, adding the butter, and mixing it coarsely with a spoon or an electric mixer. Now spread the crumbling crumble mixture over the apple filling.

Bake for about 40 minutes, until the topping is golden brown. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream, or homemade Devon cream if you’ve a mind to. Personally, I can’t wait.

“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.”
-Jane Austen

Change Your Clock – Change your Smoke Alarm Battery

In anticipation of daylight savings time ending in the early morning hours of November 2nd Marylanders to “Change Your Clock – Change Your Battery” in both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes. Recognizing that working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or an unsafe carbon monoxide level, the State Fire Marshal says Daylight Savings Time is a great opportunity for families to change the batteries. “This simple procedure can help us avoid tragedies in the place we should feel the most secure – our homes.”

A new law became effective on July 1, 2013 involving “battery only” smoke alarms used in Maryland residential properties. When these “battery only” smoke alarms have reached their 10-year life span, they need to be replaced with new long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features. The silence/hush button feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations. The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10 year life of the alarm.

The new law also requires homeowners to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and outside each sleeping area, per National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommendations. It is recommended to install smoke alarms inside each bedroom as well. If your property is protected with 120 volt electric smoke alarms, they also should be replaced every 10 years with new 120 volt smoke alarms w/ battery back-up to ensure proper and timely operation in the event of a fire.

Along with working smoke alarms and CO detectors, home escape plans are another way Marylanders can avoid injury or death in their homes. By identifying at least two different escape routes, families can practice the plan together – before an emergency strikes. Practicing the plan helps educate younger children to the danger of hazardous situations and the importance of recognizing that the sound of a smoke alarm or CO detector signals a potential hazard in the home. “Changing the battery in your smoke alarms and CO detectors, along with developing and practicing a home escape plan, are three of the best ways to protect your loved ones and yourself from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning,” stated Fire Marshal Geraci. These life saving electronic devices have a life expectancy of ten years for smoke alarms and seven years for CO detectors. Please replace the units at these intervals to ensure optimal performance in the event an incident involving fire or a carbon monoxide leak was to

Please observe the overhead electronic signs as you travel throughout the State this weekend. The Office of the State Fire Marshal and all Marylanders thank the Maryland Department of Transportation and the State Highway Administration for assisting to spread the word about this life saving reminder.

MD Scholars Speaker Program Begins

Local business leaders are getting TCPS 9th graders thinking about college and careers! The Maryland Scholars Speakers Program began this week at St. Michaels Middle High. Through the program volunteers from our business community talk with 9th graders in their classrooms about where they want to go in life and how to get there. The program emphasizes: the more students achieve, the more opportunity and options they will have. The presentations are centered around the “Be What I Want To Be” Magazine, published by the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education.

Special thanks to our St. Michaels speakers:

Robert Thompson: Environmental Compliance and Emergency Response Manager Maryland Department of Transportation

Cyndi Slacum: Health Careers Coordinator

Laura Heikus: Talbot Bank

Cyndi Slacum (left) and Laura Heikus (right)

Cyndi Slacum (left) and Laura Heikus (right)


Academy Art Museum 2014 Craft Show Announces Award Winners

There were record crowds at the 17th annual Academy Art Museum Craft Show and Sale in Easton, MD.

This year’s show, “Get Back to Your Roots: Shop Early for An American-Made Holiday,” featured unusual and hand-made home accessories, furniture, wearable art and jewelry, and gifts from 60 juried exhibitors. Several area businesses, organizations, individuals, and even a National Financial Company partnered with the Show by sponsoring exhibitors this year. In addition, the Craft Show honored exhibitors with awards at the Annual Craft Show Preview Party. The Craft Show is one of the major fundraisers for the Museum and an easy way to support its many community-based programs for all ages. Visit or call 410-822-2787.

Pictured left to right are the winners of the 2014 Museum Craft Show Awards: Mark Sudduth, Best Single Piece of Work; Marne Ryan, First Place for Best Body of Work; Mary A. Jackson, Visionary Award; and Philip Weber, Second Place for Best Body of Work.

Pictured left to right are the winners of the 2014 Museum Craft Show Awards: Mark Sudduth, Best Single Piece of Work; Marne Ryan, First Place for Best Body of Work; Mary A. Jackson, Visionary Award; and Philip Weber, Second Place for Best Body of Work.


Pictured center with the microphone is Holly Fine, the 2014 Academy Art Museum Craft Show Chairperson addressing the crowd at this year’s Preview Party. Pictured to the right of Holly Fine is Will Callahan, Manager, Ben Franklin Crafts in Easton, sponsor of the Craft Show awards and Kay Perkins, Chairman of the Academy Art Museum Board of Trustees. Both the weekend show and preview party drew record crowds.

Pictured center with the microphone is Holly Fine, the 2014 Academy Art Museum Craft Show Chairperson addressing the crowd at this year’s Preview Party. Pictured to the right of Holly Fine is Will Callahan, Manager, Ben Franklin Crafts in Easton, sponsor of the Craft Show awards and Kay Perkins, Chairman of the Academy Art Museum Board of Trustees. Both the weekend show and preview party drew record crowds.


St. Michaels Unity Day

The entire St. Michaels Campus recently held a Unity Day to kick of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. Students from Pre-k to 12th grade wore SM Unity Day t-shirts and all students participated in a campus-wide assembly.

All Talbot County Public Schools use the Olweus (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) Bullying Prevention Program to (1) reduce and prevent bullying behaviors among students, (2) to prevent the development of new bullying behaviors and (3) to improve peer relations at school. The program is in place in all TCPS schools.

The Olweus Program involves every aspect of the school setting. Administrators, faculty and staff members at all TCPS schools have received program training. Students participate in the program throughout the year and have regular lessons, classroom meetings and activities.

The “Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is the most researched and best-known bullying prevention program available today. With over thirty-five years of research and successful implementation all over the world, Olweus is a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting.” (OWLEUS Bullying Prevention Program Schoolwide Guide, printed and distributed by Hazeldon, Center City, MN, copyright 2007)



LWV Forum SpyCam: Eckardt vs Robinson for Maryland Senate

Maryland Delegate Addie Eckardt and Cambridge lawyer Chris Robinson faced off at the League of Women Voters in Talbot County sponsored forum last night at the Quaker Meeting House in Easton.

Republican Eckardt and Democrat Robinson fielded ten questions from the audience.The Spy recorded their responses below.

What are your two or three legislative priorities if you are elected?

What can done to encourage business in Maryland?

Do you support UM’s Phosphorus Management Tool?

What have you learned from Hodson Farm lawsuit?

Should fracking should be extended or ended? How about solar and wind power?

Would you support expanding Maryland’s current gun laws?

Do you support a third Bay Bridge?

Do you favor changes in Maryland’s sentencing laws and parole system?

Opinion of Obamacare and Maryland’s rollout and program?

Do you support a change from minimum wage to a living wage?

Outlaw Gunner Stories Shared at CBMM Nov. 21

On Friday, November 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host Growing up Walsh: Stories from the Outlaw Gunner beginning at 5:30 p.m. in its Van Lennep Auditorium. Seating is limited, with pre-registration needed.

Leading the discussion will be Joe Walsh—the son of The Outlaw Gunner author Dr. Harry M. Walsh, as he shares stories about growing up in the Walsh family. Walsh will also share decoys, battery guns and images from his father’s collection, as well as some of his best family gunning stories about sneak skiffs and sink box shooting.

Known as an avid hunter and waterfowling collector, Dr. Walsh was one of the Waterfowl Festival’s founders and donated much of his waterfowling collection to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum prior to his death in 2009.

The cost for the November 21 program is $6 for CBMM members and $8 for non-members, with pre-registration needed by calling 410-745-4941 or emailing For more information, visit

Dr. Harry Walsh is shown here demonstrating gunning from a sinkbox formerly owned by Captain John Phillips of Hoopers Island, c. 1970. The sinkbox is now in the collection of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Photo: Dr. Harry M. Walsh collection, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Dr. Harry Walsh is shown here demonstrating gunning from a sinkbox formerly owned by Captain John Phillips of Hoopers Island, c. 1970. The sinkbox is now in the collection of Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Photo: Dr. Harry M. Walsh collection, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.


Bountiful & Talbot Hospice Foundation Team Up at 11th Annual Holiday Kickoff Event

For the last ten years, Bountiful, Talbot County’s award-winning home furnishings store, has launched the holiday season with a party benefiting a local non-profit organization. For the second year in a row, the Talbot Hospice Foundation has been designated as Bountiful’s partner organization.

The party, which has become a Talbot County tradition, will kick-off the holiday season on Thursday, November 6th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. It takes place at the store, which each year is completely transformed by owner Jamie Merida and his staff into an extravagant display of holiday decorations, accessories, toys, and gifts.

Every year, Bountiful imports tons of holiday ornaments and decorations and offers hard to find, unique gifts and décor to holiday shoppers. The selection is enormous, creative and always personally curated by Merida.

“Our plans for this year’s event are still evolving, but don’t be surprised by the life-sized Polar Bears and wildlife of all kinds on parade around the shop,” Merida says. “Because children of all ages have told us how much they love the mechanical toys and villages that we’ve had in the past, we’ve decided to make them a centerpiece of our holiday presentation as well.”

Bountiful’s Holiday Kick-Off Event is a festive night that includes music, great food, and camaraderie. Hundreds of community members turn out to shop for a good cause and have a great time doing it. Because Merida will be donating 20 percent of all sales made during the party to the Talbot Hospice Foundation, attendees know that they are shopping for a good cause. Because of the generous support of so many community members, Bountiful was able to contribute$3,402.97 to Talbot Hospice last year.”

Kate Cox, Director of Development of the Talbot Hospice Foundation, says: “We are so grateful to Jamie Merida for designating Talbot Hospice as the beneficiary of this wonderful event. Over the years, he and his staff have demonstrated their commitment to our community over and over. On behalf of our patients and their families, we thank them for their generosity.”

Previous Holiday Kickoffs have benefitted The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore, The Humane Society of Talbot County, The Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, the Mental Heath Association of Talbot County, and the Community Alliance for the Performing Arts. “My staff and I feel privileged to be able to provide an opportunity each year for the community to come out and support the work of these very important non-profit organizations,” Merida says.

For additional information about the party, which is free and open to the public, please call 410-763-8500 or visit the store’s website, For additional information about Hospice, please visit their website,