Maria Reichart Celebrates 20 Years with Shore United Bank

Maria Reichart

Shore United Bank is proud to recognize Maria Reichart for 20 years of service. Maria began her career with the bank in 1999 where she has held several positions in the loan department. Currently, Maria is the Loan Administration Officer and is responsible for overseeing loan operations, consumer documentation and credit administration. Ms. Reichart is a graduate of the Maryland Banking School in 2008 and Shore Leadership in 2017.

“Maria is instrumental to the success of the loan and administrative support departments. She fosters team collaboration and embraces technology to help us reach our goals,” says Charlie Ruch, Chief Credit Officer for Shore United Bank.

Maria resides in Greensboro, Maryland with her husband, Kevin and their three children Larry, Mark and Morgan. She enjoys reading and being on the beach. Ms. Reichart is the treasurer at Bethel Wesleyan Church, an Executive Committee Member for Shore Leadership and is heavily involved with Thirty-One Gifts. Maria also facilitates a financial literacy and life skills course at His Hope Haven Ministries, a homeless shelter in Denton, MD.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com

Easton Utilities Honored for Worksite Wellness Achievements

On Friday, June 7, Easton Utilities was recognized by Healthiest Maryland Businesses as a Gold level recipient of the Wellness at Work awards. The Wellness at Work awards took place at the 10th annual Maryland Workplace Health & Wellness Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland. “We are thrilled with this gold level award for the second year in a row as we work hard to incorporate health and wellness into our daily work,” said Melissa Book, Human Resources Generalist for Easton Utilities.

The Wellness at Work awards are sponsored by Healthiest Maryland Businesses, the State’s initiative to support healthy workplaces.  Any Maryland employer who is a member of Healthiest Maryland Businesses is eligible to apply, and there is no cost to be a member. Recognition criteria are based on the CDC’s Workplace Health Model and applicants are asked to describe activities and share examples of policies and tools developed and utilized in the four areas of assessment, planning and management, implementation, and evaluation. Employers may earn a Gold, Silver, Bronze, or On the Path award based on their activities to establish leadership support for wellness, create wellness committees, survey the needs and interests of their employees, set health improvement goals, and develop monitoring tools to track their outcomes over time. A complete list of businesses recognized at this year’s Wellness at Work awards can be found at https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/awards19.

Launched in 2010 and based at the Maryland Department of Health, Healthiest Maryland Businesses helps businesses create customized wellness plans, set wellness goals, and monitor progress. To learn more about Healthiest Maryland Businesses services or membership, visit https://www.healthiestmdbusinesses.org/.

For more information on Easton Utilities, please visit www.eastonutilities.com.

Mid-Atlantic Tire Pros to Service Hybrid Vehicles and Batteries

L-R: Cody Cahall, Lead Technician with Mid-Atlantic TirePros owner Terry John.

Mid-Atlantic TirePros in Easton, an independently owned and operated automotive repair shop, has joined The Hybrid Shop (THS), a growing international network of dealers committed to providing expert care for hybrid and electric vehicles.

Through its partnership and training with THS, Mid-Atlantic TirePros will now offer hybrid services on the Mid Shore. A cornerstone of The Hybrid Shop’s service offerings is its hybrid battery replacement service, which includes the installation of hybrid batteries that are reconditioned in THS’ own California manufacturing facility. Using proprietary processes and technology, this green service restores up to 95 percent of the battery pack’s original power and energy and saves customers thousands of dollars. The ability to restore, as opposed to replacing, the batteries is a critical element in the environmental sustainability of these services.

Terry John, the owner of Mid-Atlantic TirePros, said the business is thrilled to join THS and to be able to take their commitment to both customers and the environment to the next level. He stated, “We look forward to putting THS’ proven technical process to work and expanding our services. This will be a less expensive option for hybrid owners, as they will not have return to the car dealerships for non-warranty maintenance, battery replacement, and repairs.”

He added, “We will also continue to provide service and repairs to all other makes and models as we have for the past fifteen years.”

Dave Crawford, President of The Hybrid Shop, said the organization welcomed Mid-Atlantic TirePros as THS’ newest Dealer Partner.

“Their leadership and dedication to the future of hybrid vehicles, as well as their commitment to the education of their customers and the public across their region, make them an ideal addition to our rapidly-increasing network of experts,” Crawford said.

For further information, contact Terry John at Mid-Atlantic TirePros at 410-770-3337 or visit midatlantictire.com.

Lorrie Twilley Celebrates 30 Years with Shore United Bank

Lorrie Twilley

Shore United Bank is honored to recognize Lorrie Twilley for 30 years of dedicated service.  Twilley began her career with the bank in 1989. She has held various leadership positions over the years as Operations Supervisor and Chief Banking Operations Manager.  In her current position as Vice President, Senior Deposit Operations Officer, Twilley is responsible for the overall operations of Shore United Bank Deposit Operations and Electronic Banking departments in Easton, MD.

Lorrie has completed coursework at Chesapeake College, American Bankers Association, Dale Carnegie and 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 and we are pleased to celebrate her tenure with the company,” said Donna Stevens, Chief Operating Officer at Shore United Bank.

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 passionate about rescuing dogs and giving back to the local dog shelters.

Lorrie resides in Centreville, Maryland with her husband, Ralph.

For more information about Shore United Bank, visit ShoreUnitedBank.com.

Easton Utilities Welcomes Summer Interns

Easton Utilities welcomed six interns to participate in the summer-long internship program, now in its tenth year. The internship program is a formal, comprehensive experience consisting of tours, learning workshops, projects and presentations. The tours and workshops educate the interns on the various services, infrastructure, and demands of each department at Easton Utilities.

The most recent group of interns includes:

• Julie Andrew, Business Administration Major from Salisbury University
• Octavia Doughty, Information Systems Major from Salisbury University
• Dylan Nepert, Mathematics Major from Washington College
• Will Peerman, Geography & Business Administration Major from Salisbury University
• Luca Tondin, Electrical Engineering Major from University of Maryland
• Sienna Wroten, Accounting & Information Systems Major from Salisbury University

Front row, L to R: Octavia Doughty, Julie Andrew, Sienna Wroten. Back row, L to R: Luca Tondin, Dylan Nepert, Will Peerman.

Upon completing this in-depth orientation, the interns are fully submerged in their respective departments for a true hands-on experience. In the first few weeks, they each select a specific project to focus on during the internship and are required to give a presentation at the culmination of the program. “Our goal is to provide an environment conducive to learning by assigning skill-based tasks and promoting leadership in a professional setting,” said Melissa Book, Human Resources Generalist for Easton Utilities.

The internship program, led by Book, has helped many students secure full-time positions with both Easton Utilities and elsewhere upon graduating.

For more information about the internship program at Easton Utilities, please call 410-822-6110.

Long & Foster’s Linda Wilson Returns from Kenya

Linda Wilson, an agent in Long & Foster’s Easton’s office recently returned from Kenya, where she worked with orphans and underprivileged children.

Wilson founded Caring for Kids of Kenya (CFKK), a non-profit organization that sponsors children to go to school.  She travels to Kenya yearly to work with the children and the schools they attend.  Wilson also spends time in the orphanage where CFKK holds an annual Christmas party for children who would otherwise not have a Christmas celebration.

In addition to her work with CFKK, Wilson sells customized safaris.  While in the bush, she explored nearly 20 lodges, so she can make informed recommendations to her safari clients. “We were all amazed when Linda sent photos of lions right beside her vehicle,” said Martha Suss, manager of Long & Foster’s Easton office. Wilson commented that she has been to Kenya and Tanzania so often, that for her, it’s just another lion.

“Now that the spring real estate market is in full swing and simmering along quite nicely, it’s time to get back into real estate to help clients here on the shore,” said Wilson and Suss.

To learn more about Wilson’s work or safaris go to caringforkidsofkenya.org  or untamedexpeditions.com.

 

Rising Tide Partners Awarded State Funded County Campaign

Russell Granger

The Talbot County Health Department (TCHD) Prevention Office has awarded the development of its new and expansive media campaigns to Easton-based marketing communications firm Rising Tide Partners.

With specific focus on responsible alcohol and drug abuse issues, the TCHD projects are partially funded by the Maryland state Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) program. “We are honored to be bringing important life-affirming messaging to a community that has been so welcoming and supportive, both personally and professionally,” said Russell Granger, CEO of Rising Tide.

Granger moved his digital marketing agency to the Eastern Shore from Brooklyn several years ago when he inherited his father’s sales training business, then based in Easton. Using the methodology from his father’s critically acclaimed book, The 7 Triggers to Yes, the combined company now covers the full scope of customer communication through consulting, training, and creative services.

“It’s great for the area that media and technology firms like Granger’s are finding success here,” offered Dan Watson, who engaged Rising Tide to produce campaigns for the Bipartisan Coalition for New Council Leadership last year. “These kinds of businesses have a low carbon footprint, attract highcaliber talent, and contribute to both the cultural and commercial life of the region,” he said.

One of Rising Tide’s largest local accounts is Qlarant. Head of marketing for the Easton-based data science and technology firm, Pat Boos, echoed the enthusiasm for media communications proficiency so close to home. “We have clients and vendors nationwide,” she explained. “But to have the caliber of talent and experience Rising Tide offers right here in town is fantastic.” Rising Tide has produced print, digital, and video programming for Qlarant, as well as consulting on marketing and media strategy.

“Rising Tide did really wonderful work for Talbot County Empty Bowls,” added Naomi Hyman, the chair of the organization’s steering committee. “The TV spot they produced for airtime donated by Easton Utilities was even more than we’d hoped for. It was emotional. And it really helped us to get our message out.”

In addition to its growing regional client roster, which also includes Chesapeake Treatment Centers and the Chesapeake Film Festival, Rising Tide has both agency and training accounts nationwide, including top companies in pharmaceuticals, financial services, and technology.

Rising Tide specializes in customer strategy and brand, marketing, and media communications for commercial, political, and community campaigns. Design, production, and training to connect and engage people in more meaningful and profitable ways. Visit RisingTidePartners.com for more information.

Carolyn Fuss Thompson joins Heck & Company

Carolyn Fuss Thompson, an experienced non-profit professional, has been named an associate with Heck & Company, the fundraising consulting firm announced this week.

Fuss Thompson specializes in volunteer management, communications, marketing, program development and event planning and has worked with the Humane Society of Kent County, Washington College, and the American Red Cross of Central Maryland. She also performed two years of national service with Volunteer Maryland!, an AmeriCorps program, and served as a volunteer management consultant for YouthBuild U.S.A.

A graduate of Washington College, Carolyn holds a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame University in Baltimore, where she earned the top Academic Achievement Award in 2006.  A recipient of the Governor’s Citation in 1999 and 2000 for her accomplishments in AmeriCorps, she also was honored with the George M. Elsey Award for youth programs she developed at the American Red Cross.

“Carolyn is an enormous asset and we are very fortunate to have recruited her,” Principal Barbara Heck said. “We are delighted to be able to offer her many talents to our clients.”

Heck & Company provides on-site fundraising expertise to non-profits on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and beyond. The firm helps organizations with campaign planning and implementation, major gift strategy, annual giving, stewardship, prospect research and management, grant writing, corporate and foundation relations, marketing and graphic design, special events, and social media. For more information contact: Barbara Heck at Heck & Company or visit their website.

Easton, Maryland Receives 2019 National Main Street Accreditation

Easton, Maryland has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™. Organized and maintained by Discover Easton, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, Easton, Maryland is one of the longest-accredited Main Street communities in the State of Maryland.

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities,”said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history.Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.”

In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146 historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.

Easton’s performance is annually evaluated by Main Street Maryland through the Department of Housing and Community Development, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

“We are excited to continue our work with Main Street Maryland and the National Main Street Center,” Discover Easton director Ross Benincasa said. “To be nationally-accredited is a highly sought-after recognition, and we are excited to continue to engage our Easton community over the next year in new events and initiatives throughout our Main Street.”

In addition to Easton’s Main Street designation, Discover Easton manages marketing and event promotions for the Town of Easton and serves as the independent business association for the town. They have recently submitted plans to create an Easton Arts District to the State of Maryland and a proposal to extend the town’s Main Street district, which would offer more incentives to the growing business community.

ABOUT DISCOVER EASTON

Discover Easton is a marketing, promotion and events 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 independent merchants which benefit business owners, residents and visitors; and to bring awareness to the Town’s historical roots and lifestyles. To learn more about our organization, businesses, and upcoming events, head to www.discovereaston.com.

ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated 640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings.Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

APG Media Supports Education Foundation Fundraiser

The Star Democrat/APG Media has joined other local businesses in supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation’s second annual “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” fundraising event as a Principal’s Honor Roll Sponsor.

Photo: L to R – Juanita Hopkins & Becky Firth, Education Foundation Advisory Board; Betsy Griffin, Advertising & Marketing Sales Director and Paul Hagood, Chief Revenue Officer, APG Chesapeake and The Star Democrat; Pam Clay, Laura Heikes and Mike Fisher, Education Foundation Advisory Board.

All proceeds from “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader” benefit the Education Foundation’s Grants for Teachers program. To date, the Education Foundation has awarded $33,000 in grants to TCPS teachers for programs at the elementary and secondary level in nearly every academic discipline. “At APG Media we understand how important it is to support public education in our communities and are thrilled to be part of this outstanding event,” said Betsy Griffin, Advertising & Marketing Sales Director, APG Chesapeake and The Star Democrat.

To learn more about supporting the Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation, please contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at dgardner@talbotschools.org or by calling 410-822-0330.

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