Easton Utilities Welcomes Summer Interns

Six fresh faces have arrived at Easton Utilities eager to begin participating in the summer-long internship program, now in its eighth year. The company welcomed Morgan Kearney, Mining and Civil Engineering Majors from West Virginia University; Erin Sauter, Computer Science and Engineering Majors from Washington College; and Susanna Shaffer, Graphic Design Major from Liberty University, plus three Salisbury University students – Christopher Bounds, Environmental Studies Major; Nicholas Marshall, Accounting Major; and Will Peerman, Business Administration Major.

Back row, L to R: Christopher Bounds, Nicholas Marshall, Will Peerman; Front row, L to R: Morgan Kearney, Erin Sauter, Susanna Shaffer

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. While 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. Hugh E. Grunden, President and CEO of Easton Utilities, stated, “An internship with Easton Utilities is an ideal opportunity to apply lessons learned in the classroom and acquire firsthand knowledge in an active business environment.”

The program is led by Melissa Book, Human Resources Assistant and Athena Mellis, Systems Analyst in IT, who was also an intern in 2015. The internship experience has helped many interns 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.

Minority Business Enterprise Workshop June 9

Maryland Capital Enterprises/Women’s Business Center will host the next Minority Business Enterprise workshop on Friday, June 9, 2017. The workshop will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, 104 Tech Park Drive, Cambridge, Maryland.

This workshop will cover your “how to” questions regarding the application process of becoming a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), or Small Business Enterprise (SBE); how to complete an application, and certification process.

The workshop will be taught by Pamela R. Gregory, Intake Operations Manager, Certification, Office of Minority Business Enterprise, Maryland Department of Transportation.

Register at www.marylandcapital.org/services/education/eastern-shore-events, or call Lisa Twilley, Administrative manager at 410-546-1900.

Adkins Arboretum to Offer Maryland Master Naturalist Training

This fall, Adkins Arboretum will offer Maryland Master Naturalist training in partnership with Pickering Creek Audubon Center and Phillips Wharf Environmental Center. Geared toward study of the coastal plain, the program provides training for volunteers to learn and share knowledge of the natural world in Maryland and engages citizens as stewards of Maryland’s natural ecosystems and resources through science-based education and volunteer service in their communities.

Individuals accepted into Master Naturalist training receive 60 hours of instruction, including hands-on outdoors experience. All classes are taught by experts in the subject. The curriculum includes sessions on Maryland’s natural history, flora and fauna, principles of ecology, human interaction with the landscape, and teaching and interpretation. Following training, participants serve in their communities as University of Maryland Extension volunteers. 

Training sessions will be held monthly from October to July. The program fee is $250. For more information or to apply for the Master Naturalist program, contact Robyn Affron at 410-634-2847, ext. 25 or raffron@adkinsarboretum.org, or visit extension.umd.edu/ masternaturalist. 

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS Awards High School Essay Contest Recipients

For the past five years Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS has invited high school students from Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties to participate in an essay contest, with a property rights or real estate related theme.   For 2017, the essay theme was the Fair Housing Act and its effect on discrimination in rentals and homeownership.  First place was awarded to Tristan Atwell; second place, Ben Morris and third place, Will Rieck.  Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS was excited to receive 17 essays this year and thanks the teachers who encouraged their students to participate.

“This year’s goal was to get the younger generation to begin thinking about housing and how it has evolved over the years for different groups, noted Martha Witte Suss, MSBR President. As REALTORS, we believe in high standards of fair housing; as indicated by the REALTOR Code of Ethics.  This year’s theme allowed the students to understand that housing opportunities were not always equal.”

Pictured are Cheryl Krebeck, MSBR Fair & Affordable Housing Co-Chair, Ben Morris, second-place recipient; Tristan Atwell, first-place recipient; Will Rieck, the third-place recipient and Martha Witte Suss, MSBR President.

Receiving the highest score from the judges and a check for $500.00 was Tristan Atwell, a 9th grader at Easton High School.  His essay entitled, “Housing and the American Dream” noted how the Fair Housing Act changed home ownership, integrated communities, giving all people the ability to invest in their future through the purchase of real estate.   Tristan is on the lacrosse, soccer and wrestling teams, is a freshman in the Student Government Assoc. and has volunteered with Hospice and the VFW.  His parents are Ryan and Julieann Atwell.

Ben Morris, a 9th grader at St. Michaels High School was the second-place recipient and received a check for $200.00.  His essay entitled, “The Fair Housing Act Effective/Ineffective?” discusses that there is still work to be done to insure fair housing for everyone. Ben is on the J.V. baseball team for St. Michaels, on a travel ball team.  Ben has volunteered at the Pines and his parents are Jeff and Kerrie Morris.

Will Rieck, the third-place recipient received $100.00 for his essay titled; “The Fair Housing Act: Extending the American Dream to All”. This essay documents the history of the fair housing act and its notes its implications.

Will is a senior from St. Michaels High School and is on the varsity team for golf and tennis.  He tutors math and volunteers with Destination Imagination. Rieck will be attending University of Michigan this fall, his parents are Harry and Sharon Rieck.

The judging was done by independent community members. Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS thanks them for their time and participation. Judging the 17 essays were:  Dr. Theresa Stafford, Retired School Teacher and Supervisor of College and Career Readiness; Holly Gilpin, Director of Human Resources, Hyatt Regency-Chesapeake Bay; Patti McMahon, Victim Witness Coordinator, Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office; Tamu Davis, Literacy Specialist, Hurlock Elementary School and Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley, Mayor Cambridge/Dorchester County.

The Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS® is comprised of over 480 REALTORS® and affiliates from Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot Counties. The mission of the Mid-Shore Board of REALTORS® (MSBR) is to advocate for its members and the public to preserve the right to own, transfer and utilize real property. MSBR provides its members with resources to conduct business professionally in accordance with the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.

New People Bring Fresh Perspectives to Waterfowl Chesapeake and Festival

Waterfowl Chesapeake (WC), the parent organization of the annual Waterfowl Festival, is thrilled announce two new staff joining its team. 

Leslie Milby of Cordova comes on board as WC’s new Festival and Events Manager.  Milby will be coordinating and managing the annual Waterfowl Festival and helping with new events as Waterfowl Chesapeake works to expand its community and conservation outreach.

As part of a family who goose hunts together even before presents on Christmas morning, Milby is excited to be a part of an organization focused on preserving both the land and traditions of the Eastern Shore.  As a Waterfowl Festival-goer for many years, she’s excited about seeing how all the and volunteer committees bring all “nooks and crannies” together to orchestrate this big-time, small-town event.  She also is thrilled to have the chance to help build out future programs in support of local communities and waterfowl conservation.

“Our family loves strolling together around the Festival, eating oysters for breakfast and supporting our cousin in the Dock Dogs competition. When we can leave the kids at home, my husband and I come back to try the sweet and local wines in the wine tent, catch up with friends around town, and take in all the amazing paintings we’d like to buy when our kids are less expensive,” she says with a laugh. Milby and her husband, Logan, who works for Maryland Environmental Service, reside on “Puddle Jump Farm” with their children, Landon (3) and Lucy (3 months).

Milby is looking forward to working with staff and volunteers to enhance the current offerings of the Festival and its appeal to both locals and guests, as well as growing the event as it nears its 50th year in 2020. “The Festival’s exposure to the Eastern Shore lifestyle is excellent, and I always tell my friends and family that it’s a great time to come in for a visit!”

In addition, Easton resident Heather Grant has joined the staff as the part-time Waterfowl Festival Marketing Manager. In this position, Grant is responsible for the development and execution of all marketing and communication campaigns, including print and digital advertising, web development, marketing collateral, social media, and public relations relating to the Festival.

Grant, who is originally from Connecticut, has been a resident of the Eastern Shore and a Festival-goer since 2003. She has a Masters in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore and a BA in Journalism from the University of New Hampshire. With over 20 years of marketing, communications graphic and web design experience, she brings experience and talent to the WF promotional team. With social media and the web at the forefront of current marketing practices, Grant will look to increase the Festival’s presence in those realms, while continuing to work with traditional media outlets like print, TV and radio.

“I’ve been attending the Festival regularly since I moved here,” Grant explains.  “It’s the highlight of the Fall in Easton. Since the kids are off from school, we’ve enjoyed attending the retrieving and Dock Dogs competitions and just wandering around town enjoying all the Festival has to offer. When we first started coming, we used to spend a lot of time at the middle school where my father-in-law was a carving exhibitor. I really gained an appreciation for the time it took him to create his decoys and that they were truly works of art. It’s part of the fabric of the Eastern Shore and I am excited to be involved in promoting it to a new generation of fans.”

“We couldn’t be happier to find such great professionals right her in our local area who also support our community and conservation mission,” says Executive Director Margaret Enloe.

With a focus on communities, stewardship and the waterfowl-related resources and heritage on Delmarva, Waterfowl Chesapeake: connects financial resources from the Festival and environmental needs in communities, serves as a neutral convener for events, forums and discussions leading to solutions, and engages and educates communities about the benefits of healthy waterfowl populations and habitats.

Best Care Ambulance Inc. Donates $10,000 to UM Memorial Hospital Foundation

Best Care Ambulance Inc. recently made a donation of $10,000 to the University of Maryland Memorial Hospital Foundation to help benefit the ongoing renovations for the Birthing Center at UM Shore Regional Health.

“We are excited to be able to help the Birthing Center and the current renovations to their patient care areas,” says Wayne L. Gardner, Sr., president, Best Care Ambulance Inc. and UM Shore Regional Health Board Member. “The Birthing Center is very important to this community and it is important that we invest in it so that it can continue to benefit so many.”

L-R: F. Graham Lee, vice president of philanthropy, Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health, Bob Frank, senior vice president of operations, UM Shore Regional Health, Luanne Satchell, manager, Women’s and Children’s Services at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, Dan Jewell, executive vice president and part owner, Best Care Ambulance Inc, Wayne L. Gardner, Sr., president, Best Care Ambulance Inc, Shirley Garnder, general manager, Best Care Ambulance Inc, Lori Jester-Childers, advanced life support coordinator, Best Care Ambulance Inc.

“We appreciate Best Care Ambulance for stepping up and helping the Birthing Center to fund these renovations,” says Luanne Satchell, manager of Women’s and Children’s Services at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton. “We believe that once completed, the renovated patient care areas will greatly enhance the overall patient experience, for mother and baby.”

To learn more about the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton or the educational opportunities and support groups available to expectant and new mothers, visit umshoreregional.org/birthing.

About UM Shore Regional Health: As part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS), University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. UM Shore Regional Health’s team of more than 2,600 employees, medical staff, board members and volunteers work with various community partners to fulfill the organization’s mission of Creating Healthier Communities Together.

Konsyl Pharmaceuticals Investing in Affordable Home Ownership

Konsyl Pharmaceuticals is investing in affordable home ownership in Talbot County through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Choptank. The Easton-based company has been making high-quality health care products for over 80 years. Konsyl manufactures natural dietary products for Over the Counter pharmaceuticals and supplements, plus the SITZMARKS® medical device. These products are supplied all over the world to support daily health and wellness.

Konsyl Phamaceuticals company representatives. Front row: Patti Brittingham, Jamie Campbell, Diane Elliott, Frank Gunsallus, Sean Tilghman, and Marie Teat. Back row: Rick Moser, Carroll Wilson, Rick Lutes, John Miller, and Ron Flohr who volunteers on Habitat’s corporate advisory committee.

Recognizing the importance of affordable home ownership for both it’s employees and the community as a whole, Konsyl has generously stepped forward with a contribution for Habitat’s new corporate giving program. “The longevity of this company has a lot to do with our people,” says Frank Gunsallus, general manager. “We live here and work here and want to give back to this community.”

As of July 1, 2015, Habitat Choptank is moving forward with a new strategic plan to expand its mission. The plan, which was developed over a period of two years with input from over 100 citizens, identifies quality, energy efficient, affordable housing as a fundamental matter for residents and for neighborhoods. It will run through 2019 and is aimed at expanding the organization’s impact through increased home production. The goal is to grow from four homes built or rehabbed a year to eight.

“Increasing the numbers of homes completed each year means increasing every resource: more volunteers, home buyers, land, and funding,” explains Nancy Andrew, executive director for Habitat Choptank. The nonprofit home builder has launched a corporate sponsor program in order to give business partners a way to actively participate in the Habitat mission and be recognized for their investment in this revitalization work around the Choptank region. Benefits of corporate sponsorship include alignment with a strong, trusted non-profit brand, recognition in marketing materials and on construction sites, employee team building opportunities with volunteer build days, and participation in home dedications and other key Habitat events.  Konsyl has also hosted on-site educational opportunities for employees to learn about Habitat Choptank’s affordable home purchasing program.

For information about Konsyl Pharmaceuticals, visit www.konsyl.com. To learn more about Habitat Choptank’s corporate sponsor program, to inquire about buying a home, to volunteer with Habitat Choptank or to make a donation, visit www.habitatchoptank.org or call 410-476-3204.

Talbot County Biz Love Fest: Business Appreciation Breakfast April 21

The 9th Annual Talbot County Business Appreciation Breakfast will be held Friday, April 21 at 8 a.m. at the Milestone Event Center located at 9630 Technology Drive in Easton. The cost to attend is $25 per person.

Hosted by the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism, together with the Talbot County Economic Development Commission, the breakfast annually celebrates the contributions made by businesses throughout the county. Awards will also be presented to those businesses and individuals who have exhibited a significant impact in the community in the past year.

“It’s important that we take time to celebrate the successes of our business community,” says Tim Jones, chairman of the Talbot County Economic Development Commission. “We recognize that our businesses provide jobs for our residents, but we often overlook the other important roles businesses play in our communities.

“Businesses help employ our volunteer firefighters, support local community organizations such as Scouts and Rotary, and provide resources to our schools,” he continues. “I hope others will join me in saying a collective ‘thank you’ to our business community for all they do for us and our families.”

The keynote address for the breakfast will be provided by Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. He will share insights from his career as an accomplished attorney with experience in both the public and private sectors.

The breakfast receives support from breakfast sponsors, including 1880 Bank, Easton Airport, Easton Utilities, M&T Bank, Provident State Bank, Shore United Bank, and University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

April is National Safe Digging Month

April is National Safe Digging Month and Easton Utilities reminds contractors and homeowners to call 811, which begins the process of marking underground utility lines. To prevent injuries, property damage and outages, residents should call 811 approximately 48 – 72 hours prior to work beginning. The hotline is a free service that notifies affected utilities of a person’s intent to dig. Within a few days, Easton Utilities will mark the approximate locations of the utility-owned lines with paint or flags. Natural gas pipelines, electric power lines and other underground facilities can sometimes be buried only a few inches, making them easy to strike even during shallow digging projects. Call before you dig. It’s the law.

To learn more about Easton Utilities, call the Customer Service Center at 410-822-6110 or visit www.eastonutilities.com.

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Announces Five Star Rating

Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is pleased to announce its recent five star rating from BauerFinancial, Inc. Chesapeake Bank’s five star rating, up from four stars last year, is an impressive achievement making it the highest rated Community Bank headquartered in the Chestertown area.

“We are certainly proud to receive this recognition of strength.” – Glenn L. Wilson, President & CEO

BauerFinancial, Inc. has been analyzing and reporting on the financial condition of the nation’s banking industry since 1983. Through the years BauerFinancial has earned the reputation of “the nation’s bank rating service”. BauerFinancial is the source for unbiased, independent bank and credit union star-ratings. No institution pays for its rating, nor can they avoid a rating.

Founded in 1986, Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company, Chestertown’s Truly Local Banking Experience, has roots in Kent County dating back more than 100 years. Chesapeake Bank and Trust Company is a well-known pillar in the community, helping residents and businesses with their banking and investments needs. For more information please visit www.chesapeaketrust.com or call (410) 778-1600.