Delmarva Power Brings Together Groups Essential to Connecting Customers With Energy Assistance

As part of its ongoing efforts to help customers access affordable energy service, Delmarva Power hosted two energy assistance summits for local organizations that work with customers who may struggle with their energy bills. The annual summits are an opportunity for Delmarva Power to share key updates on available assistance and introduce new programs that may be of interest to organizations that work in local communities.

“We are committed to ensuring all our customers have the ability to heat and cool their homes,” said Felecia Greer, director & customer advocate for Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. “To help our customers access the many energy assistance resources we provide, it’s important we collaborate with local partners that work with the most vulnerable customers across our service area. It’s one of the best ways to get the right resources and assistance into the hands of those who need it most.”

Non-profit organizations, along with state and governmental agencies that assist residents across Delmarva Power’s service area, attend the summits, which have been held annually in Delaware and Maryland since 2005. The events also include presentations from guest speakers, who offer unique insights on available resources and how to connect residents with available assistance.

“The work that Delmarva Power has done within the community to help its customers stay on top of their energy needs has been remarkable,” said Thomas Vanlandingham, director of the Office of Home Energy Programs for SHORE UP! Inc., a non-profit community action partnership focused on helping people reach economic self-sufficiency. “These summits empower local organizations like ours with the tools and information we need to connect our clients with the right energy assistance and resources that help them manage their energy bills through the winter months.”

Felecia Greer, director & customer advocate for Pepco Holdings

One important resource that is available to those who may have difficulty paying their winter energy bills is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). This federally-funded program offers up to $1,000 in grant support per customer, depending on a household’s income, size, and type of fuel, with no pay back required. Eligibility guidelines change annually, and these summits provide an excellent opportunity to review the newest regulations.

Delmarva Power also offers helpful payment options for customers such as Budget Billing, which averages payments over a 12-month period to help customers manage their monthly energy bills. The company also provides customers with tools and resources to manage energy more efficiently through My Account. My Account contains tools and detailed energy usage information that allow customers to track energy use, compare usage trends, and discover the results of energy-saving practices. Visit delmarva.com/waystosave to learn about these helpful tools and resources.

To find more ways to save money and energy, visit The Source, Delmarva Power’s online news room. Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at www.delmarva.com/mobileapp.

About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 520,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 132,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.

Leadership Maryland Class of 2019 Applications Due October 31

Leadership Maryland, the professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders, reminds potential applicants that all applications for the Class of 2019 must be submitted online at www.LeadershipMD.org by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Leadership Maryland’s selection committee will choose 52 applicants to complete an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The Class of 2019 will be announced in early February 2019.

Applications are open to senior-level executives with significant achievements in their careers and/or their communities. Ideal Leadership Maryland applicants will have a desire to learn more about Maryland’s most critical issues and a personal commitment to be a force for positive change in their organizations, their communities, and their state. The chosen class will reflect a cross-section of the state by including diversity of geographic location, profession, age, ethnicity and gender.

To be considered for the Class of 2019, application packages must include:

– Completed application, available online only at www.LeadershipMD.org;
– Paid application fee of $250;
– Two references;
– One letter of recommendation;
– Authorizing official statement from applicant’s supervisor or CEO (unless applicant is self-employed or are their own supervisor);
– Professional color photo

Full information regarding Leadership Maryland’s application instructions, selection process, tuition and financial assistance, 2018 program dates and locations, and attendance policy are available at www.LeadershipMD.org. Anyone with questions may contact Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or Info@LeadershipMD.org.

About Leadership Maryland

Leadership Maryland is a professional development program dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders. Each year, as many as 52 diverse and accomplished executives from Maryland’s public and private sectors are selected to come together as a class for an eight-month hands-on learning program focused on the state’s most vital social, economic and environmental issues. The first Leadership Maryland class graduated in 1993, and the organization’s alumni network now consists of more than 1,100 leaders from all industries and regions of the state. To learn more, please call Leadership Maryland at 410-841-2101 or visit www.LeadershipMD.org.

Talbot Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Amy Kreiner as Vice President

The Talbot County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Amy Kreiner has been named Vice President for Marketing, Communications and Special Events.

“We’re delighted to bring Amy on board. She has the talent, vision and energy to move our Chamber forward in the areas of communications and marketing. She has the ability to lead our Chamber into the future with while building upon the solid foundation put in place over the years. Our goal is to engage the business community and strengthen the Talbot community as a whole – Amy will help the Chamber do both,” Said Al Silverstein, President and CEO.

“I am honored to join the Talbot County Chamber of Commerce,” said Kreiner.  “The Chamber’s work is vital to the region’s business community and I look forward to working with the board, volunteers, and staff to grow the organization and to promote the interests and actions of local businesses. Reach out to me at 410-822-4653 or akreiner@talbotchamber.org.”

As the former Executive Director of the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Kreiner led several key initiatives including a modernized rebranding effort, redesigning the annual membership directory, and establishing a social media presence.

Kreiner lives in Caroline County with her husband David, a Lieutenant Paramedic with Howard County Fire and Rescue, and their three children.

Delmarva Power Donates Smoke Alarms to Delaware and Maryland

Delmarva Power is recognizing Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13) by donating 2,900 smoke alarms to local communities through its partners at the Delaware State and Maryland State Fire Marshals’ Offices, along with 200 carbon monoxide detectors to the Wilmington Fire Department. This is the 19th year Delmarva Power has donated these important life-saving devices.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers, communities and employees,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “With these donations, we are making an immediate difference in household and building safety for residents in both Delaware and Maryland. It’s great to be a part of a program that strengthens our partnership with local emergency service providers and delivers on our commitment to our communities.”

Since 2000, Delmarva Power has worked with local emergency service providers to donate more than 33,000 smoke alarms to communities across Delaware and Maryland. Delmarva Power maintains a close partnership with local fire departments and other first responders, who work alongside Delmarva Power employees during storms and other emergencies. In addition to the annual smoke alarm donation, the company’s Emergency Services Partnership Program helps coordinate trainings, share best practices, and sponsor other charitable giving and volunteer activities with area emergency response teams throughout the year.

Members of the Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Wilmington Fire Department, and Delmarva Power.

“We’re pleased to continue this long-standing partnership with Delmarva Power,” said Grover Ingle, Delaware State Fire Marshal. “These donations make a big impact to the community, strengthening the safety for all residents.”

Sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and established in 1925, Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to bring awareness to the risks of fire and provide educational resources to promote fire safety practices. A few important tips from the NFPA on smoke alarm safety include:

– Install smoke alarms in and outside of every bedroom of your home.
– Test all smoke alarms at least once per month. Press the “test” button to ensure the alarm is working properly.
– Replace all expired smoke alarms.

To learn more about Delmarva Power, visit The Source, Delmarva Power’s online news room. Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.

About Delmarva Power: Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 520,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 132,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.

Easton Utilities Employees Mark Career Milestones

Photo: (Front row left), Sean Guschke (20 yrs), Wallace Willey (10 yrs), Kim Harris (10 yrs), and Hugh Grunden, President & CEO. (Back row left) Ehren Hawks (10 yrs), Joshua Shortall (10 yrs), and Maria Pack (10 yrs). 

Easton Utilities recently celebrated ten and twenty year service milestones achieved by six staff members.  Sean Guschke, Senior Water and Wastewater Operator celebrated his 20-year anniversary during the past year. Ehren Hawks, Supervisor of Network Operations; Kim Harris, Accounting Assistant; Wallace Willey, Lab Technician/Water and Wastewater Operator; Joshua Shortall, Installer Technician; and Maria Pack, Credit and Collections Specialist, marked 10-year anniversaries with the company.

“It is always a highlight to celebrate the commitment our people have to our organization and our customers,” said Vicki L. Petro, Director of Human Resources for Easton Utilities.

Easton Utilities Completes Landscaping for Easton Point Park

With a master plan in place and a strong, enthusiastic crew, Easton Utilities completed a noteworthy landscaping project for the future Easton Point Park. For aesthetics and to create a natural barrier, the landscaping features a variety of 45 trees and 53 shrubs. “This project aligns our mission and service to the Town of Easton with our proud tradition of environmental stewardship,” said Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO for Easton Utilities.

The entire staff of Easton Utilities, along with Town Councilwoman Megan Cook, planted trees, shoveled dirt and mud, and spread mulch on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Easton Utilities Commissioner Bill Stagg, a recently retired Landscape Architect, created the design to run along the fence, which surrounds the substation. Mayor Willey’s proposal for the development of Easton Point Park features an open green space with a variety of park amenities along Easton’s only waterfront. The extension of Rails-to-Trails will weave through this space and across the new footbridge of the North Fork of the Tred Avon River.

The tree planting initiative is a tradition at Easton Utilities since it first began in 2008. Every employee is required to participate in some capacity following the annual employee meeting. Following a safety briefing, the teams embark on their mission to plant and mulch the pre-selected location. This year they planted almost 100 different trees and shrubs to include a variety of crepe myrtles, junipers, arborvitae, white pines, viburnums and maples.

Easton Utilities is a community-owned, not-for-profit utility and telecommunications company operating the Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, Cable Television, and Internet services for the Town of Easton and portions of the surrounding area. Please visit www.eastonutilities.com or call 410-822-6110 to learn more.

Avon-Dixon and Selective Provide Grants to Talbot Interfaith Shelter

Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency and The Selective Insurance Group Foundation joined forces to support the positive efforts of the Talbot Interfaith Shelter through a $1,000 grant. The Selective Insurance Group Foundation is a philanthropic affiliate of Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SIGI).

“We are honored to offer a donation to such a great local organization. The Shelter helps people in need throughout our communities and we are happy to have the opportunity to help them in their mission to help others” said Ned McDonald, Senior VP, Agent for Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency.

Photo: From L-R: Ned McDonald, Senior VP, Agent for Avon-Dixon Agency; Gail Benjamin, President of Talbot Interfaith Shelter, Julie Lowe, Executive Director of Talbot Interfaith Shelter and Bill Browning, Treasurer of Talbot Interfaith Shelter.

The grant represents a $500 donation from Avon-Dixon Agency, matched by a $500 grant from The Selective Insurance Group Foundation. The grant will help the Talbot Interfaith Shelter’s efforts to provide safe, temporary shelter to men, women, and children who lack adequate housing, and to raise awareness of the issues of homelessness in our community.

“At Selective, Response is everything®… and this includes responding to the communities where we live and work to give back and help those in need. Together with Avon-Dixon Agency, we are proud to support Talbot Interfaith Shelter and its efforts to make a difference in the community,” said Chuck Musilli, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, Distribution Strategies, Selective.

About Avon-Dixon Insurance Agency

Our full-service insurance agency began providing insurance solutions to residents and businesses in Talbot County in 1850. Today, our main office is still located in Easton, Maryland and our independent agents continue to provide families and businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region with financial security through quality insurance coverage. For more information about Avon-Dixon Agency, visit www.AvonDixon.com

About Selective

Selective Insurance Group, Inc. is a holding company for ten property and casualty insurance companies rated “A” (Excellent) by A.M. Best. Through independent agents, the insurance companies offer standard and specialty insurance for commercial and personal risks, and flood insurance underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. Selective maintains a website at www.Selective.com.

Kelly Distributors Supports Local Craft Breweries

America’s independent beer distributors are small businesses that deliver beer to store shelves and restaurants in communities across the country. They help brewers of all sizes and from all over the world to grow by bringing their product to retailers, who can provide consumers with unprecedented choice and variety, especially as new craft beers flood the market every day. Kelly Distributors of Easton, MD, which has a portfolio of 16 local craft breweries from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania, has been working with two local breweries since their starts, watching and enjoying the tremendous growth they have experienced over the last 10 years and working with them to promote their beer at local and regional community events.

Bobby Kelly, Sales Manager, Kelly Distributors, comments, “With the explosion of craft brew, beer drinkers have acquired educated palettes. Today, there is a good brewery in every town and there is town loyalty with hyper local support. Everyone wants to taste the local beer.”

Adrian “Ace” Moritz, Owner of Eastern Shore Brewing in St. Michaels, MD, the oldest brewery on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is celebrating his company’s 10th anniversary. In March 2008, Moritz met Clyde Kelly, owner of Kelly Distributors, at the Opening Day of the Crab Claw Restaurant before his brewery was even open. He recalls, “Originally, I had wanted to self-distribute my beer, but decided to talk to them and I am glad I did. The great thing about using Kelly is that they know everybody.” He adds, “Our relationship with them is huge. It was especially important in the early days when we only had draft beer. You had to wait for a spigot to open at a restaurant or bar for them to carry your beer.”

Pictured L-R are Adrian “Ace” Moritz, Owner of Eastern Shore Brewing in St. Michaels, MD, with Bobby Kelly, Sales Manager, Kelly Distributors.

Eastern Shore Brewing was the 13th brewery Kelly Distributors represented in Maryland. Today, they represent 25 breweries.  At the time Eastern Shore Brewing opened, there were 900 breweries nationally. Today, there are 7,000 breweries in the US. Moritz comments, “Clyde was a really down to earth person. It meant a lot to me to have another business owner partner with me in those early years. I put trust in Clyde as he offered his expertise to me as a start-up. We grew up together. He stood by us the entire time. I look at our relationship as a partnership. If I’m doing well, he’s doing well and vice versa.”

Approximately two thirds of Eastern Shore Brewery’s beer is sold by distributor. Approximately one third of its beer is sold at the brewery, where it offers between eight and nine beers on tap. Kelly Distributors helps promote local craft breweries at local and regional festivals and events, while also offering Tap Takeover events where brewery owners go to restaurants and pour beer in order to get to know the business owners and customers.

Moritz states, “We rely on the great relationships that Kelly has with its customers. Today, every can and keg is sold before it is made.”

In 2007, Eastern Shore Brewing started offering its beer in cans, which bear a vibrant Maryland flag, creating instant brand recognition for the beer.

Kelly adds, “As an Anheuser-Busch distributor, we work with other AB Distributors to distribute beer for Eastern Shore Brewing. Anheuser Busch has eight distributors in Maryland, Kelly helps distribute Eastern Shore Brewery’s beer to these other distributors. Today, restaurants rotate their craft beers through something they call ‘Rotation Nation’ – now committing to tapping more local beer full time.”

In 2008, Eastern Shore Brewery was brewing 150 barrels (31 gallons) of beer. In 2018, Eastern Shore Brewery is brewing 1200 barrels (cans and draft beer). This represents a 106 percent increase.   Eastern Shore Brewing is available in liquor stores all over the Eastern Shore from Cambridge to Annapolis to Washington, DC.

RAR Brewing in Cambridge, MD, another local brewery in Kelly Distributor’s portfolio, has exploded into the craft beer market since it was started in 2013 by Cambridge owners Chris Brohawn and J.T. Merriweather. Randy Mills, RAR’s head brewer, is now one of the company’s owners as well.

Shawn Smith, Director of Sales for RAR, explains that the owners turned to Kelly Distributors relationships with area restaurants, bars, and liquor stores to help sell its beer. Kelly Distributors is the beer maker’s distributor for the five Upper Shore counties, with eight representatives handling RAR’s package and draft beer, distributing 120,000 case-equivalent (cans and kegs) annually. He adds, “Kelly is a well-oiled machine for distribution. Bird Dog Wheeler, the Sales Manager at the time, was instrumental in developing the relationship with the brewery early on.”

Pictured L-R are RAR employees Devin Wheatley, Da’Mir Edwards, Shane Pennington, Craft Brand Manager of Kelly Distributors, Shawn Smith, Director of Sales, RAR, BJ Wheatley, and Toby Donovan.

When RAR began, they offered only draft beer on eight taps, which included their own Bucktown and Nectar brews, as well as other craft beers. Today, the brewery only features its own brews on tap, offering 12 beers daily. In 2014, RAR began canning its Nectar and Groove City brews. The brewery now offers four to eight special brew releases a month, pre-selling tickets for the releases and selling out well ahead of the release, with lines forming at the door for people wanting to purchase the beer. In 2017, RAR put in a new system and went from being a 10-barrel brew house to a 20-barrel brew house – doubling its capacity and doubling its fermentation space. Nectar is 70 percent of its business, followed by other RAR favorites, Groove City and Hefeweizen. The RAR brand has been popularized by BJ Wheatley, an artist and employee who illustrates all of the brands.

Shane Pennington, Craft Brand Manager at Kelly Distributors states, “The world of craft beer is hot now. You have to stay innovative with brews and branding to keep your beer selling in the marketplace. Kelly is honored to have RAR in our portfolio. They are putting out quality products. We work closely together on distribution and sales opportunities on the Shore.” He adds, “RAR has the highest rate of sales in our territory. We are selling 15 times more of RAR now than when we started distributing their products.”

At RAR’s recent 2018 Dank Day, the brewery hosted 49 breweries at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge – a highly successful event for the brewery. By 2019, RAR will have an expanded kitchen to offer its lite fare, shareables, and handhelds. The expansion will also include an expansion of its barrel-aging program for RAR’s specialty beers.

According to Smith, RAR’s tasting room offers “bar food well done.” The brewery’s crab cake won first prize in the Taste of Cambridge.

Because Kelly Distributors believes in supporting local craft breweries and the communities where it serves, the distributor is helping to support Easton Beer Fest on October 6 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department. Both RAR and Eastern Shore Brewery will be among the 45 brewers pouring 100 beers at the Festival which benefits the Easton Volunteer Fire Department. Now in its third year, the event expects to draw 900 to 1000 participants. The Festival will feature Kelly Distributors local craft beer portfolio, including craft beers from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The featured beers include Evolution Craft Brewing, RAR Brewing, Eastern Shore Brewing, Backshore Brewing, National Premium, Wild Goose Brewing, Fordham/Dominion Brewing, Mispillion River Brewing, Blue Earl Brewing, Troegs Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, Lancaster Brewing Company, Wyndridge Farm Brewing, Stone Brewing, Devils Backbone, and Bold Rock Cidery, as well as Guinness.

Chris Hash, Firefighter and Trustee on Easton Volunteer Fire Department Board of Trustees, recalls that The Fire Department has worked with Kelly Distributors for 18 years on its fundraisers, including its annual Bull Roast and Casino Night and Golf Tournament. He states, “They were our first call when we came up with our Beer Fest fundraiser. They have one of the largest portfolios of local breweries and have always helped us with marketing and logistics with our events. Their ‘can do’ attitude throughout the planning of this event has really helped us. They are great to work with.”

He adds, “Kelly Distributors likes to help its local fire department because it’s their community too.”

For further information about Kelly Distributors, contact then at 410-822-2175 or visit kellydistributors.com.

Diana Johnson Named 2018’s Person of the Year by ESAHU

Avon-Dixon Agency, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Diana Johnson for being chosen as Person of the Year by the Eastern Shore Association of Health Underwriters (ESAHU). The award is given to the individual who most consistently represents the life and health insurance industry in an outstanding manner. This is the third time Diana has been named Person of the Year throughout her career.

Diana is an Employee Benefits Broker / Consultant and Senior VP of Employee Benefits at Avon-Dixon Agency. She has earned several certifications in the insurance industry including, Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). She graduated from Shore Leadership in 2006 and served on their Board of Directors from 2007-2013.

“I am honored to be named 2018 Person of the Year by the Eastern Shore Association of Health Underwriters. It is an amazing award and inspires me to continue to serve my communities. I am passionate about Employee Benefits and making sure clients’ needs are met to the best of my ability.” says Diana Johnson.

For more information about Avon-Dixon Agency, visit AvonDixon.com. To contact Diana, call 410.822.0506 or email her at Diana.Johnson@avondixon.com.

Stephanie Dulin Celebrates 25 Years with Shore United Bank

Shore United Bank, a member of Shore Bancshares community of companies, is proud to recognize Stephanie Dulin for her 25 years of dedicated service. Ms. Dulin began her career as a part-time teller in 1993. and has held several positions with the bank, including teller, head teller and assistant branch manager. Currently, Ms. Dulin is the Manager of the Deposit Operations Department.

“Stephanie is an asset to the department, who uses her branch experiences to create efficiencies to better serve our customers and employees,” says Lorrie Twilley, Senior Deposit Operations Officer of Shore United Bank.

Ms. Dulin resides in Cordova, MD with her two daughters, Taylor and Cathryne. She enjoys working in her yard, spending time on the water with her family and shopping for shoes.  Stephanie is an active member at First Baptist Church in Easton and often gives back to the community by providing lunches for the volunteer builders of Habitat for Humanity Choptank.

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