At the Trippe this Weekend

As well as the feature exhibit for July, “The Art of the Plein Air Painter, The Trippe Gallery will be hosting several artist demonstrations and a reception where guests can meet the Plein Air Easton gallery artists. Beginning at 10 Am on Friday July 19, oil painter Len Mizerek will be demonstrating his marine painting techniques. Len had been juried into Plein Air Easton for 11 consecutive years. At 12 noon Friday, event favorite Elise Phillips will be demonstrating her oil techniques. Elsie is appearing in her 10th straight Plein Air Easton. The day rounds out with a demonstration by Charlie Hunter of his unique oil painting technique. Charlie has been a festival favorite for many years.
On Saturday at 4 pm, popular Plein Air Easton alum David Csont will be doing a watercolor painting in front of the gallery. All demonstration paintings will be available for purchase.

A reception will be held at the gallery from 5-7 pm Saturday with an opportunity to mingle with repeat and new Plein Air Easton artists and view paintings of Plein Air Easton artists that exhibit at the gallery year round. The Trippe Gallery is located at 23 N Harrison St.. For more information please call 410-310-8727.

QACA Hails Balloon Release Legislation

July 9, Centreville–Queen Anne’s Conservation Association (QACA), the oldest environmental group on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, today announced its strong support for pending legislation prohibiting the release of non-biodegradable helium balloons into the atmosphere.

“Deflated mylar and latex balloons, and the ribbons they’re attached to, are rapidly accumulating in the environment, maiming and killing wildlife, sea creatures, and farm animals,” said QACA’s Executive Director Jay Falstad. “We applaud the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners for taking the lead against this increasing, but readily preventable, form of environmental pollution.”

The balloon release ordinance, first in the State, was introduced by Commissioner Christopher M. Corchiarino before the Board of the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners on July 9. A hearing is expected for July 23rd. The bill provides for fines of up to $250 for deliberate violations of the prohibition on balloon releases.

“Intentionally releasing balloons into the atmosphere is nothing short of littering”, said Commissioner Corchiarino.  “This ordinance will allow us to protect a cross-section of interests in the County while furthering the stewardship of our waterways and rural landscapes”.

Kristin Weed of Kent Island Beach CleanUps said balloons are always part of the trash collected during the organization’s beach clean-up efforts.

“We find clusters of balloons during every single beach or road cleanup,” she said.  “They’re usually stuck in trees or bay grasses, on the beach, and in ditches along our county roads.”

On Unicorn Lake, in northern Queen Anne’s County, balloons were found that had been released in Dayton, Ohio, four days earlier and had traveled some 460 miles.

“Balloons are often mistaken for food by marine animals such as turtles and birds,” Falstad said. “These creatures then become tangled in the ribbons and are killed.  If balloons from the Midwest are reaching the East Coast, then balloons released from the East Coast are ending up in the Atlantic Ocean.”

Alerted to the balloon problem, Falstad reached out to sailors, boating enthusiasts, and off-shore fishing organizations and learned that they have spotted clusters of helium balloons floating miles off-shore along the Atlantic Coast.

Released helium balloons pose a problem for the agricultural community, as well.  In an online survey Falstad created, farmland owners reported deflated balloons in their fields, requiring farmers to retrieve the balloons in order to prevent them from being entangled in equipment.
 Queen Anne’s farm owner Clara Bramble said runaway balloons pose a risk to their animals.

“When balloons land in our pastures, the cows—and especially calves—can ingest them and the balloon strings can cause choking,” Bramble said.  “The horses and foals are also at risk, and I’ve witnessed horses being spooked by shiny balloons landing in our fields and seeing a horse run through a fence to get away from the balloons.”

Wye Mills farmer Jon Shaw says they recover at least 50 clusters of balloons a year.

“We find them almost every week,” Shaw said. “Balloons spook our horses, they get trapped in our hedgerows, and get wrapped in our equipment all the time.”

“The bill doesn’t apply to the six-year-old kid who accidentally releases a balloon at a birthday party,” Falstad said.  “What it does is raise awareness, and tell people to be thoughtful, because these colorful, non-biodegradable balloons are a serious form of environmental pollution. We’re one county, but this is a nationwide problem, and balloons in trees or farm-fields, or the Chesapeake Bay or any other waterway are a significant, if not widely realized, environmental threat.”

Contact: Jay Falstad, 410-739-6570 – jay.falstad@qaca.org

POV: A Message from Vivian Dodge, Executive Director of Talbot Hospice

As Executive Director of Talbot Hospice, I wish to respond to recent articles and reports on service failures within the Hospice Industry. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) published two reports this week based on recent investigations related to Hospice care across the nation. In summary, the OIG found that 20 percent of hospices have care deficiencies and the OIG was recommending greater scrutiny.

In addition, this prompted several news agencies to publish stories in the Washington Post, NBC News and NPR regarding care issues. It is unfortunate that a handful of Hospices across our nation have tainted the reputation and quality care most hospices provide. Greater scrutiny and actions should be taken against those hospices that are not meeting the quality standards or have adopted fraudulent billing practices.

I want to reassure all of you, our Talbot County community, that Talbot Hospice is providing high quality care. I have a longstanding solid background in regulatory compliance, and everything we do at Talbot Hospice meets all regulatory practices. Talbot Hospice is a stellar organization both in the care and services we provide, and in ethical behavior as well.

How unfortunate the actions by a small few become the impetus to paint the entire Hospice industry in a bad light, and the journalistic sensationalism of a few select stories erodes the confidence of the public. The overwhelming majority of hospice providers are doing wonderful work.

I am very proud of the care provided by Talbot Hospice and all our accomplishments. We are an ethical, regulatory compliant organization, and I stand behind our stellar reputation.

Yes, there are a few “bad apples,” and yes, those organizations should be closely monitored. As a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Regulatory Committee, we take these abuses seriously and will work with the OIG and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to assist in any way we are able.

I am proud of our organization and will stand behind our name and reputation. Rest assured Talbot Hospice is operating ethically. Thank you for your unwavering support and confidence in Talbot Hospice.

Vivian Dodge
Executive Director
Talbot Hospice

Organist Wesley Parrott to Play at Bill Wharton Memorial Service July 14

Wesley Parrott, a prominent Philadelphia organist and Easton native, will play at a memorial service for Dr. Bill Wharton on Sunday, July 14, at 4 pm.

The service and recital at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church will honor Dr. Wharton, who was the church’s organist for 52 years.

Dr. Wharton, who died May 19 at age 75, was beloved in the community. In addition to his long tenure at St. Mark’s, he also was a music teacher at Easton High School and Chesapeake College and participated in countless programs, workshops and performances throughout the community.

Parrott has served as organist in several Philadelphia churches, including St. Mark’s Episcopal and St. Mary’s Episcopal, where he collaborated on the design of the Patrick J. Murphy and Associates pipe organ.

Currently organist at Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, Parrott also is liturgical musician at St. Frances DeSales in West Philadelphia.

Parrott studied organ with prominent musicians at the Curtis Institute for Music, University of the South, the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester.

While a student, Parrott won three national level competitions in organ playing and was a finalist in the Grand Prix de Chartres in France. His recordings are available through the Organ Historical Society.

Parrott has performed at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, on the Wanamaker organ at Macy’s in Philadelphia and the National Cathedral in Washington and others. He has accompanied many choirs and soloists in the Philadelphia area and was accompanist for the Princeton Singers during their tour of England.

Parrott’s mother, Millie, is an Easton resident, and has been active member of St. Mark’s.

For further information, contact:
Scott Clausen, Director of Music & Worship
St. Mark’s UMC, 410-822-0001

In Memoriam: Karen Dixon Fuller

Karen Dixon Fuller, age 76, passed away peacefully at her home overlooking Trippe Creek in Easton, Maryland on July 4, 2019 from an advanced stage of dementia. She was born to Ballard Fulton Dixon and Margaret Barghausen Dixon in Washington, D.C.  She was married in 1985 to Craig Fuller having met when both worked at the White House.

Karen loved people, making and keeping friends throughout her life. Her last vacation was a road trip to see her friend of over 70 years in Florida which she made with Craig at the start of this year. And prior to that she traveled to California’s wine country to celebrate the significant birthday of a close friend with his friends and family. Trained as a teacher, she taught briefly before turning to a life of public service from Capitol Hill to the White House, serving on President Reagan’s staff through all eight years of his presidency.

Karen was active in the community having served as a board member in Washington, D.C. at the Museum of Women and the Arts; the Prevent Cancer Foundation and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

Her husband, Craig, says that if there is one theme from the hundreds of messages that are flowing in, it’s an expression of appreciation for the friendship and the help Karen constantly provided to people throughout her life.

Having resided in McLean, VA since 1989, Karen and Craig moved to Easton, Maryland in 2016 where they had just begun to enjoy their fourth summer on beautiful Trippe Creek with their beloved Weimaraner, Maggie.

Karen is survived by her husband Craig Fuller, step sisters Kiki Wheelock and Lisa Ellington along with step-brothers: Scott Dixon, Duncan Dixon and Craig Dixon, all of whom reside in the San Antonio, Texas area.

A memorial service will be scheduled later this month. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Talbot Hospice Foundation 586 Cynwood Drive, Easton, Maryland 21601, https://talbothospice.org.

Plein Air 2019: Award-winning Painter Jove Wang at Studio B

Master Jove Wang is a highly sought after World-renowned Artist, Award-winning Plein Air Painter, Professor and Author. His career spans more than three decades. During his impressive career, he has received exceptional recognition and won numerous awards.

Master Jove Wang’s theory in creating is that “A work of art Must Have Soul”. Jove’s paintings are a visual accumulation of experience and artistic integration that create a powerful and emotional visual effect that reflects the soul of what he paints, whether it is a character or a landscape or a still life. His spirit of freehand expression base on realism has achieved a level of mastery sought by many.

Plein Air Easton and Studio B Art Gallery are pleased to offer this exciting and rare opportunity during 2019 PAE’s 15th Anniversary at The Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St. Easton, Maryland.

For Information https://pleinaireaston.com/calendar – Jove Wang: www.jovewang.com or demonstration tickets: 410-822-7299 • https://tickets.avalontheatre.com/core/eventperformances.asp?evt=1120

Easton named Maryland’s newest Arts & Entertainment District

Maryland Secretary of Commerce Kelly M. Schulz recently announced Easton as one of two new Arts and Entertainment Districts in Maryland. Easton will join 26 existing Districts in the state in offering marketing and tax-related incentives to help current and prospective artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises, incentives that are aimed at developing and promoting community involvement, tourism, and revitalization. 

“Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment Districts serve an important role in revitalizing communities across the state,” Secretary Schultz said. “This designation helps attract artists and creative businesses and gives counties and municipalities the ability to develop unique arts experiences that engage residents and attract visitors.”

Easton, Maryland, one of the State’s preeminent arts destinations, has long been known for its vibrant mix of fine art galleries, performance venues, museums and artists’ studios, as well as a burgeoning artisan scene. Now, the town hopes to build upon its already longstanding history with more opportunities for artists and arts organizations within the town’s borders. 

“I think the destination of Easton as an Arts and Entertainment District further adds to our reputation as a center for a variety of art projects,” Easton Mayor Robert Willey said. “I would hope that people will take advantage of the opportunities that the designation provides and help to build on an already familiar label.”

The Easton Arts District will encompass over 110 acres including Easton’s Historic District, East End Neighborhood, and outlying residential and commercial neighborhoods. Within this district, developers and arts organizations will benefit from a property tax abatement for artistic-related improvements to their structures, and qualified residing artists will receive an income tax subtraction from the State of Maryland for all art created and sold within an Arts and Entertainment District. 

In addition to the tax incentives, the newly-designated district will feature existing and new arts-related events, from the world-class Waterfowl Festival and Plein Air Easton, to the new Easton Arts District Culture Crossing, a monthly artisans market along the Easton Rails-to-Trails beginning July 13. 

Spearheaded by Discover Easton, the Easton Arts District has been discussed over the years as an integral part of growing the arts economy in and around downtown Easton.

“The Easton arts community is one of the most robust in Maryland, and becoming a designated Arts and Entertainment District will allow us to continue to promote growth in one of the most successful industries in Talbot County,” Discover Easton Executive Director Ross Benincasa said. “This collaborative effort among our office, the Town of Easton, Talbot County and the Talbot County Arts Council will ensure that the arts do not stagnate in Easton, but instead continue to flourish and expand with new offerings and events.”

To learn more about the Easton Arts District and arts-related events in Easton, head to www.artsineaston.com.

About Discover Easton: Discover Easton is a marketing, promotion and events 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operating as a member of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.  The mission of Discover Easton is to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality of Easton’s business owners, residents and visitors; and to bring awareness to the Town’s historical roots and lifestyles.

For more information regarding Discover Easton and its events, please visit www.discovereaston.com or email welcome@discovereaston.com.

Image:  A Plein Air artist paints at the corner of Harrison and Dover Sts. in downtown Easton.
PDF: The newly-accredited Easton Arts District boundaries overlaid with the Historic District.

Letter to Editor: Rep. Andy Harris Response to Mueller Report Appalling

As members of a coalition of progressive groups on the Eastern Shore, we were appalled by Congressman Andy Harris’ response to the Mueller report.

In a statement on his website, Congressman Harris makes it clear that he believes Attorney General William Barr’s assertion that “there was no collusion between President Trump and the Russian government, and there was no obstruction of justice.”

Attorney General Barr’s statements on this matter are not credible. He claimed in a press conference that the Trump administration cooperated with the Mueller investigation. But the Mueller report shows otherwise, citing Trump’s public attacks on the investigation, behind-the-scenes attempts to control it, and public and private attempts to encourage witnesses not to cooperate. The report also finds Trump’s own answers inadequate.

Contrary to Congressman Harris’ assertion, the Mueller report lays out in detail incontrovertible facts proving Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to the benefit of the Trump campaign but finds insufficient evidence to establish a conspiracy between the campaign and the Russian government.

Further, Part II of the Mueller report establishes substantial evidence (eleven instances) for a charge of obstruction of justice but notes that Department of Justice policy prevents bringing charges against a sitting president. He clearly leaves the matter in the hands of Congress. Included in these instances are:

    • attempting to have the investigation stopped and Mueller fired,
    • attempting to have the purpose of the investigation shifted to future attempts at election interference and away from the actions of his own campaign,
    • attempting to prevent his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and White House Counsel Don McGahn, from cooperating with the investigation.
    • the appointment as Attorney General of William Barr, who had made clear his own disapproval of the investigation—and indeed who proceeded to lie about the content of the report after receiving it.

Robert Mueller has made it clear that it is up to Congress to take action, and that includes our Representative Andy Harris, who gives no indication that he understands or believes the content of the Mueller report. Constituent calls to Representative Harris’ office asking whether he has read the report do not yield answers. We call upon the Congressman to acknowledge the fact that it was not appropriate for the President and his campaign to welcome and exhort Russian interference in our elections. Nor was it appropriate or even legal to so blatantly obstruct the investigation. Read the report. Do your job, Congressman Harris.

Indivisible Worcester
Kent and Queen Anne’s Indivisible
Talbot Rising
Together We Will Delmarva

Eastern Shore Health Education Center and Dorchester Looking for Children with Asthma

The Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Dorchester County Health Department (DCHD) are looking for children with asthma.

Asthma attacks are a major reason many children miss school days and parents miss time from work. These attacks can happen because environmental issues in the home, such as dust, pets, mold and tobacco smoke just to name a few.

AHEC and DCHD are working together to identify families who have children with asthma, educate them about their disease, and how to avoid triggers that can cause an asthma attack.

This program offers at least 3 home visits, provides asthma education and how to decrease flare ups. Supplies such as a hepa filter vacuum cleaner, mattress cover, and cleaning supplies are provided free of charge. Visit can be made around the family’s schedule, including evenings and weekends.

If your child, 18 years old or under, has asthma, and resides in Dorchester County, please call Kate Price with Dorchester County Health Department at 410-901-8183 for more information.

Youth Fishing Derby Set for Saturday July 13

The Easton Elks Lodge will sponsor a free Youth Fishing derby at the Bay Street ponds on Saturday, July 13th from 8:00 AM to 12:30 (rain or shine). The event is open to all elementary and middle school youth in Caroline and Talbot counties. The ponds will be stocked with blue gills and sun fish by DNR before the event. Awards will be given for Largest and Most fish in 3 age groups. Rods and reels will be available for those not bringing their own.

All youth must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. In addition to fishing, there will be a number of exhibits and activities for all to enjoy, including metal detecting, Phillips Aquatic Bus, Exotic Animals Exhibit, face-painting, and more. A light lunch will be served around noon and there will be drawings for prizes and a half-day bay fishing trip.

Pre Registration will be greatly appreciated at the lodge’s website: www.elks1622.org . Choose Fishing Derby on the page index. Attendance is limited to the first 120 youth registered.

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