Motor Workshops at CBMM this Spring

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. has two spring workshops to help boaters get their outboard engines ready for boating season.

On Saturday, March 30, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor will lead participants through checking the engine’s running condition and temperature, understanding ignition and starting systems, and learning how to replace the engine’s fuel filter. A second workshop, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27, has a limited number of participants bringing questions or their own outboard motors for assessment during CBMM’s Bring Your Own Motor workshop.

Both workshops will be led by CBMM Marine Mechanic Josh Richardson, who has more than 15 years of experience working in marine mechanics, and is a graduate of the Marine Mechanics Institute of Orlando, Fla.

Recommissioning Your Outboard Motor is $45 per participant, and the Bring Your Own Motor workshop is $35 per participant, with a 20% discount for CBMM members for both workshops. Participation is limited, with registration taken at cbmm.org/outboardrecommission or cbmm.org/bringyourmotor.

Maryland May Raise Smoking Age to 21, Limit Vape Marketing

Several bills in the Maryland General Assembly could raise the age to purchase tobacco and vape products from 18 to 21 as well as prohibit certain types of “vape” packaging that target minors.

Usage of electronic nicotine delivery systems—known as vapes—has increased among among high school students nationwide from over 11 percent in 2017 to nearly 21 percent in 2018, according to the United States Surgeon General.

In addition to raising the legal age, House bill 1169—sponsored by Delegate Dereck E. Davis, D-Prince George’s—would change the definition of tobacco products to include vapor devices, parts and juices.

Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers had tried smoking by the age of 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This bill is intended to prevent more minors from trying cigarettes before they are of legal age, Davis said.

“The information about smoking is irrefutable. You can drink responsibly, you can gamble responsibly but you can’t smoke responsibly,” Davis said. “Those are carcinogens and anything else is just hype,” he said.

Another bill would prohibit the sale of vape products that feature cartoons, teen celebrities or the likeness of a person who appears to be younger than 27 on their packaging. Sponsored by Delegate Ned Carey, D-Anne Arundel, House bill 1185 would also require products to be sold in child-safe, tamper-evident packaging.

This bill was proposed by members of the vapor industry as a means of self-regulation, Carey said.

Lawmakers and industry professionals have criticized certain types of vape packaging as marketing targeted at minors. Various vape juices emulate the flavors of candies and breakfast cereals, and their labeling often bears a striking resemblance to their edible counterparts, according to Vapor Technology Association representative Rob Garagiola.

“There should not be Cocoa Puffs or Tony the Tiger-type marketing,” Garagiola said.

This bill would also require retailers to keep all vape products behind the counter and display signs that prohibit minors, as well as increase the maximum fine for the sale of these products to a minor from $1,000 to $2,500 for a second offense within two years of the first, according to Garagiola.

“Vape shops and vape shop owners like myself are in this business to get people off combustible cigarettes,” Maryland Vapor Alliance member Mary Yaeger said. “I don’t want (vapes) in the hands of children, not my grandchildren, not my friends’ children, not my own children,” she said.

Both measures have corresponding legislation in the Maryland Senate. On Thursday, Senate bill 708 was heard by a Senate committee; Senate bill 895 advanced with amendments in the chamber. House bills 1169 and 1185 were heard by a House of Delegates committee Feb. 27.

Talbot County Department of Social Services Receives Donation from Girl Scouts

Pictured back row is Christine Abbatiello, LCSW-C, Foster Care and Adoptions Supervisor with the Talbot County DSS, with Girl Scout Troop 323 of Easton.

Talbot County Department of Social Services (DSS) is working to get youth in foster care independent by age 21. The agency’s efforts focus on five strategies: financial stability, health care, education, lifelong connections, and housing. Businesses and civic organizations are assisting with needs associated with helping youth in foster care become independent.

Girl Scout Troop 323 of Easton recently sponsored a service project to gather household supplies for older youth in foster care, ages 18 to 21 who are living independently in Talbot County.  These supplies will help these youth as they learn the necessary skills of keeping their homes clean. For further information about how you can partner with Talbot County DSS, call the Talbot County Department of Social Services at 410-820-7371.

St. Michaels Faith Build Gets Underway

Shavonte Greene and her boys, Shawn and Nakhi.

Habitat for Humanity Choptank (Habitat Choptank) has kicked off its fundraising campaign for “The House that Faith Built,” the fourth of seven quality, durable and energy-efficient homes being built by Habitat Choptank in the Brooks Lane/Chester Park area of St. Michaels, Maryland.

“We are thrilled with the momentum of this project,” said Stephen Clineburg, Chair of the Faith Build Committee for Habitat Choptank. “The homebuyer has been selected, churches and their congregations have agreed to support the effort, and almost half of the necessary funds to complete the house have been raised. We are bringing to reality the Habitat principle that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to live.”

Infrastructure work in the Brooks Lane development began this past fall with contractors installing the storm water and waste water management systems along Brooks Lane. Currently, the county is working on widening the road. The Faith Build Committee has raised $54,000 of the $55,000 needed to begin house construction. Habitat Choptank hopes to begin work on the Faith Build house this month.

The Faith Build house is being supported by church congregations and people of faith in the Bay Hundred, Easton and Oxford areas, including: Christ Church in St. Michaels; St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Michaels; Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels; New St. John’s United Methodist Church in Wittman; the Royal Oak Community United Methodist Church; St Luke United Methodist Church in Royal Oak; Bozman United Methodist Church; Neavitt United Methodist Church; The Church of the Holy Trinity in Oxford; the Presbyterian Church of Easton; and Saints Peter and Paul Parish churches in Easton and St. Michaels. These churches and other individuals in the area will contribute prayers, construction volunteers, donations, and food for those working on the Faith Build house.

The Habitat Choptank homebuyer, Shavonte Greene has completed the requirements for home ownership with Habitat Choptank – “sweat equity” hours, savings and education courses – and will be able to call “The House that Faith Built” her home. Shavonte is a single mom to two active boys and works full time at Londonderry in Easton. She is looking forward to owning her first home in the town where she grew up.

For more information on the St. Michaels Faith Build, to volunteer, or to make a donation, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.habitatchoptank.org.

About Habitat Choptank

Since 1992, Habitat Choptank has made home ownership possible for 78 families and currently partners with 18 local home buyers. At present, 12 more homes are under construction in Dorchester and Talbot Counties, with plans to begin construction on three additional homes in St. Michaels in the coming weeks. Income qualifying home buyers are offered access to affordable mortgage financing in order to purchase a new construction or rehabbed home from the nonprofit’s project inventory. After completing “sweat equity” hours, attending pre-homeownership classes, and meeting debt reduction and savings goals, these individuals and families will purchase homes that they helped construct and assume the full responsibilities of home ownership including maintaining their home, paying property taxes and repaying their mortgage over 30 to 33 years. Habitat accepts applications for its home ownership program throughout the year. For more information, to make a donation that benefits our local community, or volunteer, call 410-476-3204 or visit www.HabitatChoptank.org.

Cabral, Macfarlane Join CBMM Shipyard

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Shipyard staff — Christian Cabral of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Duncan Macfarlane of Lexington, Ky.

Cabral joins CBMM in a new position as its Floating Fleet Captain. In this role, he’ll be responsible for facilitating on-the-water experiences for CBMM guests through drop-in cruises, educational programs, and private charters.

A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Cabral holds a bachelor’s degree in U.S. history, with a minor in philosophy. A majority of his professional career has been spent on the water, starting with an apprenticeship with boatbuilder, Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway. He later followed his father and brother and began working on sail training/charter vessels operated by Black Dog on Martha’s Vineyard. Since then, Cabral has worked onboard a variety of vessels both commercial and private, managed a charter business and, for the past five years, served as mate and captain onboard an 82’ schooner built by Gannon and Benjamin.

Christian Cabral and Duncan Macfarlane

Macfarlane is CBMM’s newest Shipwright and will serve as lead on the restoration of 1912 river tug Delaware. Built in Bethel, Del., by William H. Smith, Delaware once hauled scows on Broad Creek—often laden with lumber—and towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, Del. Occasionally, she carried parties of young people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River. Donated to CBMM by Bailey Marine Construction in 1991, Delaware is now a member of the floating fleet on display along CBMM’s waterfront campus. Her full stem-to-stern restoration is anticipated to take two years, with regular updates posted at cbmmshipyard.org.

Macfarlane completed a boatbuilding apprenticeship with The Apprenticeshop, an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community, and traditions of the sea. Prior to joining CBMM, he spent 18 years as a carpenter, 10 of which were dedicated exclusively to working with plank-on-frame wooden boats. Six of those years were spent at Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway.

“This is an exciting time for CBMM, thanks in large part of the flurry of activity in our Shipyard,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We’re dedicated to bringing in the best people possible to help us restore and operate the vessels in our floating fleet, and the addition of Christian and Duncan is another example of that.”

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Governor Hughes by Howard Freedlander

Governor Harry Hughes

The death of former Gov. Harry R. Hughes on Wednesday at 92 leaves a void in Maryland’s political landscape. He represented honor and humility. He was a gentleman who treasured his Eastern Shore roots.

I last saw Gov. Hughes on November 13 when I was invited to join his former staffers to celebrate his 92d birthday at a lunch at his home outside Denton overlooking the Choptank River. Though perhaps he didn’t hear all the chatter, he seemed to enjoy the good cheer and stories about past political battles. I was impressed by how loyal his former staffers remained to a person whom they clearly liked and greatly admired.

This Denton native served as governor from 1978 to 1986. He beat all odds and some derision to win the Democratic primary and then the gubernatorial election by 400,000 votes. He determined at the outset to restore integrity to the State House after his two predecessors, Spiro Agnew and Marvin Mandel, had faced legal charges for their behavior in office.

In recent years, I had seen more of Harry (as he was wont to be called) at lunches in Easton with former staffers and, not so happily, at Shore Medical Center in Easton. He grappled with pneumonia as he aged and found himself frequently sitting in a hospital bed awaiting friends bringing him unhealthy but welcomed food.

Whenever I visited Harry in the hospital, he was typically low-key and reserved. He expected no special treatment from the nursing staff. He was always friendly and down-to-earth.

As a member of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s board of directors, I learned how beloved the former governor was in the land preservation community. He was a longtime friend and former chair of ESLC.

A few years ago, the organization named its conference room in honor of Gov. Hughes. He was pleased and honored. He harbored no sense of entitlement.

During his two terms as governor, Harry Hughes became particularly known for his environmental record. He brought together the states of Pennsylvania and Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency’s administrator, to establish a regional program focused on the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. This compact still exists.

In a controversial but beneficial decision, he placed a moratorium in 1985 on the harvesting of rockfish. Commercial fishermen were furious. Science proved Harry right. The moratorium remained in place until 1990 when the species bounced back enough to allow a limited harvest.

Harry Hughes practiced politics with class and civility. He inspired a return of integrity to the Maryland State House.He extolled a workmanlike approach to governing our small but complicated state. He forswore showmanship.

You will be missed, Harry. You made a difference. You sought to build a legacy based on results and ethics.

And you did.

Columnist Howard Freedlander retired in 2011 as Deputy State Treasurer of the State of Maryland. Previously, he was the executive officer of the Maryland National Guard. He also served as community editor for Chesapeake Publishing, lastly at the Queen Anne’s Record-Observer. In retirement, Howard serves on the boards of several non-profits on the Eastern Shore, Annapolis and Philadelphia.

 

 

Bill would Give Some Md. Students Free Eyeglasses and Exams

Students in Maryland public schools who fail required vision screenings and do not receive recommended services would be provided free eye examinations and eyeglasses by a new Maryland Department of Health program, under legislation expected to be heard by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

Senate bill 915 and House bill 1242 would create the Vision for Maryland Program, which would coordinate with Johns Hopkins University, local boards of education and local health departments to carry out the eye exams for students and give glasses to them if necessary.

The Ways and Means committee had a hearing for the House bill on March 7, but it has yet to receive a committee vote.

Local boards of education or local health departments are mandated to screen vision and hearing for all public school students when they enter the school system, in first grade and in eighth or ninth grade under current law. This would remain largely unchanged under the legislation.

Students who have behavioral or learning problems would be given eye exams — regardless of their grade — when documentation of the problem begins, or when the school is notified of a medical change, according to a legislative analysis of the bill.

Parents and guardians of students are required to receive results of the screenings, and if a student fails, would be given additional information on how to follow up with an eye exam, under a 2017 state law.

The bill ensures students in the state who otherwise could not see the blackboard have access to success, lead sponsor Sen. Clarence Lam, D-Howard and Baltimore counties, told Capital News Service last week.

“Where learning is concerned … the ability to read and see is critical,” Delegate Terri Hill, D-Howard and Baltimore counties, also a lead sponsor, told legislators at a committee hearing on March 7.

Before passage of the 2017 legislation, 50 percent of students who failed the screening never got an eye exam, and a significant portion never got the glasses, Hill told legislators.

“Early diagnosis and treatment of children’s vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning,” Latisha Corey, president of the Maryland Parent Teacher Association, said in written testimony to a House committee. “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor.”

However, the government organization tasked with operating the program opposed the bill, because it would place a “substantial fiscal burden” on the Maryland Department of Health, and would put “logistical burdens” on school systems, according to written testimony from Robert Neall, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health.

“During the 2017-2018 school year, 38,638 students received a referral after vision screening,” Neall wrote. “The cost for the provision of an eye examination and glasses for these students could be approximately $5,449,688 annually.”

An estimated 9,349 students in special education programs and 5,000 students in different learning environments were reported by Anne Arundel County Public Schools, the Maryland Association of County Health Officers said in a written statement on March 7. “Extrapolating this to the population of the state, the annual cost to the local Board and Health Departments is estimated at over $20,000,000.”

But according to a legislative analysis, the bill would cost the Maryland Department of Health an estimated $231,889 to hire employees to coordinate the program.

The same analysis said it would cost local boards of education and local health departments an estimated $900,000 a year to provide eye exams to students who begin a special education program or notify their schools of a change in medical history. This estimate did not include local costs for students who need behavior or learning intervention, who would also be covered under the bill.

Some local boards of education and local health departments opposed the measure, saying it is overreaching and questioning the practicality of its mandates.

The “unfunded mandate,” would require “the hiring of ophthalmologists and a mobile van to travel between schools to provide services required by the bill,” the Montgomery Department of Health and Human Services said in a written statement on March 7.

“While this legislation is well-intentioned, (Anne Arundel County Public Schools) has concerns with the requirement that county boards of education coordinate with the Vision for Maryland Program,” Anne Arundel County schools attorney Jeanette Ortiz said in a written statement on March 7. “Such a responsibility does not fall on a county board of education.”

Congressman Harris to Host Town Hall Meeting in Queen Anne’s County March 20

Congressman Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) will host brick-and-mortar town hall meeting in Queen Anne’s County on Wednesday, March 20th. All residents of Maryland’s First District are welcome to attend the town halls to ask questions and voice their concerns about issues under consideration in Congress.

Queen Anne’s County Town Hall
Date: Wednesday, March 20th
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Location: Grasonville VFW
203 VFW Ave., Grasonville, MD 21638

MDOT MVA to Address REAL ID Customer Needs

With the October 1, 2020, deadline to get federally-required REAL ID driver’s licenses or ID cards, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) has added more than 2,700 extra appointments a week. MDOT MVA has permanently added more than 1,900 appointments to its weekly schedule to address the needs of customers statewide. In addition, on March 6, eight branches that handle a high volume of driver’s license transactions added more than 800 appointments during extended hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays through May 4. Customers with appointments are guaranteed to be seen within 15 minutes of their scheduled time.

“MDOT MVA is committed to providing premier customer service to the citizens of Maryland,” said Administrator Chrissy Nizer. “During high-volume periods, an appointment is a great way to ensure that you can complete your transaction quickly.  We understand how valuable our customers’ time is and our goal is to make your visit to MDOT MVA as simple as possible.”

Statewide, 1,915 appointments a week have been permanently added during extended hours on Thursdays when branches are open until 6:30 p.m. and during traditional hours Monday through Friday.

At the eight high-volume branches ­– Annapolis, Bel Air, Columbia, Glen Burnie, Largo, Parkville, Waldorf and Walnut Hill – 806 appointments a week have been added through May 4. These extra appointments are during extended hours on Tuesdays, when the branches will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and extended hours on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MDOT MVA has a 98 percent customer satisfaction rate for the professionalism, friendliness and helpfulness of employees. The agency is in the process of hiring up to 100 additional staff to ensure these high standards remain in place.

To make a REAL ID visit to MDOT MVA simple, customers are encouraged to visit the REAL ID webpage at www.mva.maryland.gov/realid.  In addition to a guide that allows customers to go through a checklist of common documents acceptable for REAL ID, the website contains a toolkit with videos, sample communication and more to help prepare family, friends, employees, constituents, students and many other groups for the October 1, 2020, REAL ID deadline. The website also walks people through making an online appointment. In another customer service effort, MDOT MVA recently began calling customers to remind them of their appointments and ensure they are well prepared for a REAL ID visit.

MDOT MVA is committed to communicating about REAL ID to all Marylanders. As part of this outreach effort, MDOT MVA is partnering with BWI Marshall Airport to advertise REAL ID at information kiosks, flight departure boards, baggage claim areas and more.

The federal REAL ID Act, created post 9/11, creates a security standard for driver’s licenses and identification cards nationwide. The federal REAL ID Act requires Maryland residents to bring in documentation of age and identity, social security, and two documents proving a Maryland residential address to meet federal security standards for state-issued licenses and identification cards. Effective October 1, 2020, Marylanders must have all official documents on file and be REAL ID compliant in order to use a state-issued driver’s license or identification card to board an airplane or visit federal government facilities.

Hopkinson, Mickey Join CBMM Board of Governors

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Board of Governors added two new members at its most recent meeting—Francis Hopkinson, Jr., who is re-joining the Board after a year’s absence, and new Governor Anne E. Mickey.

Hopkinson previously served on CBMM’s Board of Governors from 2011 to 2017, and as chair of its Shipyard Committee. He is retired from a career in information technology, specializing in telecommunications at AAA Mid-Atlantic, and moved from suburban Philadelphia to St. Michaels, Md., in 2007 with his wife, Jane.

Hopkinson served 12 years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. He has been involved with many non-profit organizations in both Philadelphia and St. Michaels, including the St. Michaels Fire Department, where he has been both a trustee and treasurer. His hobbies include boating, antique boat restoration, and woodworking. He has one son, Edward.

Francis Hopkinson, Jr. and Anne E. Mickey

Mickey is an attorney in Cozen O’Connor’s Washington, D.C. office, where she is a member of the firm and regularly advises foreign and U.S. companies on contract, corporate, ship financing, and transactional matters. She assists clients with contract disputes and with issues concerning cabotage laws, leases, charters, equipment acquisition, vessel construction, and citizenship. She also represents clients before the Maritime Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Defense, and other agencies. She joined the firm in 2010.

Mickey earned her undergraduate degree from Smith College in 1973, and her law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1976. She is ranked by Chambers & Partners USA in nationwide shipping regulatory and shipping finance. She and her husband, Frank, divide their time between homes in Bethesda and Royal Oak, Md.

At the same meeting, CBMM also recognized three retiring members of its Board of Governors—Frank C. Marshall, Lelde Schmitz, and Richard W. Snowdon, who most recently served as the Board’s secretary.

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all.

Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

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