Archives for March 2015

UM Shore Regional Health April Calendar

Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – Offered by appointment, Mon-Fri, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Contact: 410-770-9400.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Every Mon & Tues, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Tues & Fri, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays).

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Transition to Wellness Workshops – Ongoing workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Mid Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 4/2, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: Exercise after a Stroke. Presenter: Barbara Jarrell, personal trainer & group fitness instructor. Open to stroke survivors, caregivers and interested parties. Light refreshments served. Contact: 410-822-9962,

Labor and Delivery Class I, II, III – Sat, 4/4, 9am-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Carb Counting Class – Tues, 4/7, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral  and advance registration required. Contact:   410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Tues, 4/7, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Denton. Topic: Diabetes and Hearing Loss, led by Doris Allen, BSN, RN, CDE. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tues, 4/7 & 4/21, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tues, 4/7-14-21, 9am-12pm; Weds, 4/8-15-22, 1:30-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

CARES Cancer Patient Support Group/Easton – Tues, 4/7 & 4/21, 5-7pm, Cancer Center. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thurs, 4/9-16-23, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Fri, 4/10 & 4/24, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Seminar: The Importance of Advance Directives and the MOLST – Sat, 4/11, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Sponsored by the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. To register,
call 410-822-1000, ext. 5792, or e-mail

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture – Mon & Thurs, 4/13-5/7, 12-1pm, Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Four-week (8 sessions) tobacco cessation class based on Acu Detox, a five-point ear acupuncture treatment supporting addiction recovery. Led by Marie Nuthall, L.Ac, M.Ac. For cost/registration: 410-770-9400,

Live on WCTR 1530AM: What You Need to Know About Advanced Directives and MOLST – Mon, 4/13, 1pm. Tune in to hear UM Shore Regional Palliative Care team members Sharon Stagg, DNP and Kim Fogle, MSW, discuss how to make and document important health care decisions.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tues, 4/14, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 4/16, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, RN. Contact: 410-778-4550.

New Mom/New Baby: Safety & CPR – Sat, 4/18, 9am-1:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Learn about post-partum care, pain management, nutrition and more. Free. To register, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5200.

Safe Sitter Class –1st session: Sat, 4/25, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Easton. 2nd session: Sat, 4/25, 9am-4:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown. For youth ages 11-13. Pediatric nurses teach babysitting basics, including first aid, CPR, etc. Cost: $40; scholarships available. Pre-registration required: Easton class, 410-822-1000, ext. 5231; Chestertown class, 410-770-7668, ext. 2175.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 4/20, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to take their self-care to the next level. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Look Good … Feel Better – Mon, 4/20, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton – Mon, 4/20, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Topic: Getting Active and Preventing Diabetes. Presenter: Steven Stubbs, Dorchester YMCA. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Big Brother, Big Sister: Sibling Preparation – Sat, 4/25, 9:30-11am, UM SMC at Easton, Health Education Center. Designed to help parents prepare their children for the arrival of a new baby. Free. Registration: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Cancer Support Group/Chestertown – Mon, 4/27, 7pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

Breast Cancer Support Group – Tues, 4/28, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Provides information and support to breast cancer patients at any stage – diagnosis, treatment, recover and survivorship. Contact: 410-820-6800.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tues, 4/28, 12-2pm, UM Shore Medical  Pavilion at Queenstown. Support and information for stroke survivors and their families and caregivers regarding stroke recovery and caregiving. Bring lunch; light snacks provided. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 4/28, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

The Art of Erin Murphy Set for Adkins

Erin Murphy finds worlds within a patch of sunlight or shadow. On view through May 29 at the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center, Quoting Nature, her show of paintings, drawings and monoprints, draws the viewer into deep, atmospheric space.There will be a reception on Sat., April 4 from 3 to 5 p.m. to meet the artist.

“The Field” by Erin Murphy

“The Field” by Erin Murphy

Murphy’s works are full of sensuous, subtle colors and rich textures. Inspired by landscapes from Baltimore to South Africa, her poetic abstractions often hint at vast swaths of sky and earth but might just as easily be intimate close-ups. Mysteriously shining through velvety shades of darkest blue, the luminous radiance of “The Field,” a large monoprint, suggests a twilight sky above a meadow and distant tree line, but it could be many other things.

A young artist who graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2011 with a BFA in painting, Murphy is an avid hiker and traveler with a fascination for varied landscapes. She studied at MICA’s Summer Study in Sorrento, Italy, and atCentral Saint Martin’s College, University of the Arts London and has had artist residencies at Salem Art Works in Salem, N.Y., and the Bijou Studio in Cape Town, South Africa.

While studying at MICA, Murphy made copies of Old Masters paintings, a practice she sometimes still uses when she’s looking for inspiration. In working on these close studies of major works of art by artists such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, J. M. W. Turner and John Singer Sargent, she would often find herself fascinated by a small area of a painting and use it as a jumping off point for creating her own painting. This is the same process she uses when working from nature.

“I take in bits of sky or patches of light streaming through the trees or filtering onto a crumbling rock face into darkness,” she explained. “I try to isolate that moment, which is abstract but very alive. I’m an extreme editor of nature.”

Murphy’s works imply thresholds into subtle worlds of changing shadow and light. These are images of possibility and revelation. A brushy streak of bright yellow flashes across the lush brown surface of “Glimmer,” a small oil painting created while Murphy lived in Baltimore. It is as if in a moment, a sunbeam, an open door or a huge mountain will come into focus.

Occasionally, Murphy’s titles refer to specific places. In “Mist on Table Mountain,” a raw pigment drawing made during her residency in Cape Town, a curl of blue-white edges over the top of a dark triangle in a reference to the mist that can often be seen flowing over the dramatic horizontal peak of the mountain that soars up behind the city.

“There wouldn’t be any cloud cover,” Murphy said, “and it would literally be the mist pouring over the mountain. They say that’s how you can tell a storm is coming.”

Currently living in Nashville, Tenn., Murphy uses her artistic skills in her day job creating window displays for Anthropologie while pursuing her studio work at Fort Houston, a communal creative work space for artists and craftsmen that features a print shop, wood shop, photography studio and other facilities. Adding to her skills in painting and printmaking, she is learning woodworking techniques there and constructed her own frames for the works in the show.

“I feel like it hones my observation skills to take on a new project in a new space,” she said, “And I’m excited to think about what my work will look like in a year!”

This show is part of Adkins Arboretum’s ongoing exhibition series of work on natural themes by regional artists. It is on viewthrough May 29 at the Arboretum Visitor’s Center located at 12610 Eveland Road near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. Contact the Arboretum at 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or for gallery hours


Sweet: Historical Society Moves Ahead with New Museum

With so many capital campaigns going on in Talbot County, it was good news to hear that the Talbot Historical Society had hit its fundraising goal for a new museum within the Mary Jenkins House at 30 South Washington Street in Easton, MD. The Society has committed itself to a major, multi-stage transformation of the organization. This achievement represents the successful completion of the first phase of this effort.

Screen Shot 2015-03-31 at 7.20.44 AMUnder the leadership of Talbot Historical Society’s board president, Larry Denton, fundraising was completed in record time. Denton commented, “It was truly gratifying to see eight members of our Board of Directors and two past presidents step forward to become benefactors of the new Museum.” He went on to say, “Opening this new Museum is our way of demonstrating our commitment to transforming the Society to be a meaningful and integral part of this community with exhibits, collections and programs that will attract Talbot County residents and visitors to our region.”

The project includes total renovation of the Mary Jenkins House structure, installation of climate control throughout the house, and the development of new exhibition space. The Mary Jenkins House (circa 1790) is one of the oldest frame buildings in Easton, and was purchased by the Society in 1983.

Museum designer and builder, Patrick Rogan, led the Museum Project Advisory Group, consisting of current and past board presidents and current board members, through the decision making and selection process. The new Museum is designed to capture the spirit of Talbot County. Notable Talbot County residents to be featured include Edward Lloyd and Henrietta Marie Neall Bennett Lloyd, Samuel Hambleton, Frederick Douglass, Frank ‘Home Run’ Baker, and Ruth Starr Rose. Rogan commented, “The challenge is telling the Talbot County story in a way that engages the museum visitor.” In addition to traditional displays and exhibits, Rogan’s plan uses a touch screen and multimedia displays to provide visitors with an interactive experience.

The Society plans to dedicate the new Museum at the annual meeting on May 29.


Gunston Cuts Ribbon on Renovated Academic Center

On March 18, Gunston cut the ribbon to open its newly renovated academic complex, renamed Everdell Hall, named in honor of two long-serving Gunston faculty members. The $5 million renovation, designed by Rubeling and Associates architects and constructed by the Whiting-Turner Corporation, includes upgraded classrooms and a new Fine Arts center with large areas dedicated for art, photography, and digital media; the new Susan Konkel Atrium and Student Center provides a light-filled multi-use space for various student activities; finally, the newly added Alice Ryan Library and The Shoemaker Family Center provide a panoramic view of Gunston’s waterfront campus, and is equipped with 21st Century learning technologies.

The ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by current Gunston students, families, and board members, began with remarks from Gunston’s Board Chair, Susan Dillon, followed by remarks from Headmaster John Lewis and Student Council President Annabelle Fichtner.
“The renovation of Everdell Hall is a wonderful and remarkable achievement for the Gunston community,” said Headmaster John Lewis, “and although we still have some final touches to put on this new academic and artistic space, we are pleased to have it available for our students to use during the current academic year.  We cannot thank our school’s supporters enough”

The ribbon cutting is the first a series of events to celebrate Gunston’s new academic facilities, and the Everdell Hall building will be formally dedicated in early September in an event that will bring alumni, parents, and donors to campus.  

Pictured Left to Right Emily Jackson '16, Clare Ingersoll '15, Abigail Barcus '16, Aggie Raymond '16 and Headmaster John Lewis.

Pictured Left to Right Emily Jackson ’16, Clare Ingersoll ’15, Abigail Barcus ’16, Aggie Raymond ’16 and Headmaster John Lewis.


Cars, Coffee and Couture in St. Michaels April 4

The Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels will host a classic car parade through the town of St. Michaels on Saturday, April 4th, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to wear Easter Bonnets and could win a “Best in Show” prize at the end.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 4.49.15 PMThe cars will start on Talbot St. north of the Inn at Perry Cabin and will parade through town to the site of the Classic Motor Museum on East Marengo St. The public is invited to view the parade and the cars on site and for refreshments after the parade.

The Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels is a nonprofit organization that is building a new Museum on East Marengo St. in St. Michaels. Presently under construction on the site is the historic St. Michaels Pinkett House, set to become the Museum’s ticket office and welcome center. A 4800 sq. ft. Amish barn will be built later this year and will house rotating exhibits of classic motors of all kinds – cars, boats, motorcycles, trucks, and trains.

For more information about the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels, see the Museum’s website at or their facebook page at

For more information email or call 410-745-8979


Maryland 3.0: The Yarn Way of Life on the Eastern Shore

The surprisingly consistent characteristic with many  successful entrepreneurs is the simple fact that they are not motivated by money. Financial compensation normally does arrive in some form with a successful business, but the driving force can only be described as a way of life.

And in the case of Gryphon Corpus, founder of the Easton-based The Verdant Gryphon, and her business partner Jamie Campbell, that way of life goes well beyond the manufacturing of some of the most sought after yarns in North America.

One clue that may suggest a more holistic approach to entrepreneurship is the extraordinary background of both women. Austrian-born Gryphon majored in philosophy and later spent the first four years of her professional life as a molecular biologist. Jamie, on the other end of the spectrum, studied classical ballet and worked in professional dance organizations.

Known for yarns of exquisite colors and the best material, the company grew to twenty-four employees  as a result of their hard-earned popularity. But that was the wrong direction they wanted to go.

Over the last few years, both Gryphon and Jamie have used their significantly different skill sets to scale back their business to make it more personally sustainable. In their interview with the Spy, they describe their approach to work and how they define entrepreneurial success.

Talbot Mentors Unites Artists and Students In new Program

Talbot Mentors invites the public to view artwork created by its students in partnership with local artists. The organization’s Partners In Art program matches artists with students to create works of art in a variety of media. The artists donate their time and talents to introduce students to new experiences in art, while the children’s mentors participate by providing transportation and encouragement.

Artist Jen Wagner, left, shares her skills with mentee Dre’Ona Dawson

Artist Jen Wagner, left, shares her skills with mentee Dre’Ona Dawson

The artwork will be displayed at a reception for the artists, students and mentors on Friday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Ouvert, the gallery of artist Jen Wagner, located at 207 South Talbot Street in St. Michaels. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

This is the seventh year for the Partners In Art program, which is sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council, with funds from the Talbot County Council.

Artists participating this year include Peg Papa, Tom Ryan, Jen Wagner, Heidi Wetzel and Bronwyn Whaley. The artists offered seven students the opportunity to learn new skills such as painting, basket weaving, photography and mosaics.

For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer as a mentor, call Talbot Mentors at 410-770-5999 or visit


Osprey Tracking Project Shows Birds On the Move

The annual migration of osprey from their wintering grounds in South America is now underway. While some have already arrived in the Chesapeake Bay region, others have not yet begun their trek.

You can track the movements of four Chesapeake Bay osprey at One of the birds, named Quinn, is now in Florida on his journey to Tangier Sound. Nick, who also nests in Tangier Sound; Woody, who will take up residence in Whitehall Bay, in Anne Arundel County; and Crabby, who will be nesting near Kent Island, are still in South America.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Osprey Tracking Project was designed to enhance understanding of this iconic species, and the four birds were chosen because they are frequently seen by students participating in CBF’s Education Programs. Tracking devices enable students to see the birds in the wild and study their daily travels from the classroom.

“Using this technology, not only can we track migration, we can also monitor the daily activities of these birds both here and in South America,” said Tom Ackerman, CBF’s Vice President for Education. “Osprey are fascinating birds, and through this program we can engage students and citizens and help them understand the epic migration and life cycle of these part-time residents of the Chesapeake Bay region.”

The return of osprey to the Chesapeake Bay, generally in March, is a traditional sign of spring. The Chesapeake Bay has the most concentrated population of osprey in the world, but they can also be found in places as far away as Siberia, the Red Sea, and Canada. While here in the Chesapeake, osprey, also called fish hawks, dine primarily on menhaden.

The tracking devices were donated by Microwave Telemetry, Inc., and were installed by professional ornithologists.

“We are pleased to participate in this effort with CBF, and hope that it will help raise awareness and public support for conservation of our national treasure,” said Dr. Lance Jordan, Operations Manager at Microwave Telemetry, Inc.

Health: Let People Know Your Wishes – An Advance Directives Seminar

University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation will host an informative seminar, “The Importance of Advance Directives and the Maryland MOLST Form,” on Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. until noon at the Nick Rajacich Health Education Center, located at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, 219 South Washington Street.

SeminarPresentersGuest presenters will be Charyl (Sam) Ricketts, BSN, RNC, CHPN, regional community educator, Post-Acute/Transitional Care Services, UM Shore Regional Health; Maddie Steffens, BSN, RN, CHPN, program coordinator, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care; Sharon Stagg, DNP, MPH, RN, FNP-BC, COHN-S, nurse practitioner, UM Shore Regional Health Palliative Care; and Elizabeth Todd, BSN, RN I-V, CRRN, nurse navigator, UM Shore Regional Health Comprehensive Rehabilitation.

This informational seminar will explore how health care providers will care for patients based on their Advance Directive selections and how those directives are translated at the bedside. Additionally, the new Maryland MOLST (Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) form will be discussed and an explanation offered of who needs a MOLST form and why, and how it differs from traditional advance directives. Ample agenda time is planned for questions and answers.

For more information or to register for the seminar, please contact Janet Andrews at (410) 822-1000, ext. 5792 or by email at This event is free and open to the public. However, seating is limited and therefore pre-registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

UM Memorial Hospital Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization serving the fundraising needs of UM Shore Medical Center at Easton and UM Shore Regional Health. Through its philanthropic efforts, the Foundation supports UM Shore Regional Health’s ability to provide quality healthcare to the local community by contributing to hospital programs and services.


Op-Ed: The Republican Dilemma by Fletcher Hall

The old saying, “Too many cooks spoil the broth,” may well apply to the number of candidates and potential candidates for the Republican nomination for President in 2016.

The only announced candidate is Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. There is a large cast of characters waiting in the wings who are, as of now, unannounced. After eight years of the current administration, Republicans are most desirous of capturing the White House in 2016, but it is questionable if this deluge of candidates will be helpful and healthy for the GOP.

With the presidential primary season just beginning to become active, the Democrats appear to have already settled on former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. However, Emailgate and other troubles may have at present thrown her campaign off-track or perhaps given it a fatal blow.

There appear to not be any truly viable candidates in the wings for the Democrats. Former Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland is running around the country attempting to drum up support for his potential candidacy. It appears he has forgotten the recent rejection of his administration by Maryland voters. That and his very liberal philosophy should be a warning to voters throughout the United States. Can he convince voters that he is presidential timber? That could be a tall order.

Republicans need to better enunciate their plans to revive the nation’s economy and to create and sustain a viable foreign policy. The new President must improve U.S. relations between many nations, especially Israel. The Republicans need to remember that you run to win and win to govern. This challenge makes it imperative that the political party that wins the White House in 2016 must communicate effectively with the American electorate.

At this point in American history, both political parties seem to be regurgitating old ideas and concepts. Obviously, new ideas and outlooks are needed in the world of today, with so many issues and problems abounding.

It is interesting to note that three of the potential candidates for the Presidency were elected Senators in close races and have had very limited service in the U.S. Senate. These candidates reflect the experience of the current occupant of the White House. While articulate, these potential candidates are not seasoned executives with the administrative experience that comes from serving as a governor.

There are a number of governors or former governors seeking the Republican nomination. The strength of the Republican may lie within this group. These people have had to make hard decisions, compromise when possible, balance budgets, and face the results of natural disasters. Governor John Kasich of Ohio may be a prime example of this type of state executive.

The dilemma facing the Republican Party is selecting a candidate who has the qualities of winnability, sincerity, vision, and honesty. Where is Abe Lincoln when his party needs him?

The battle for the Republican nomination for President will be full of twists and turns. Candidates will rise and fall as the primary season develops. The real challenge for the Republican Party will be to choose a candidate who can win and lead the nation toward progress, prosperity, and safety.