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.

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.

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.

Third Haven’s Tiny SPICES 2.0 Tot-and-Caregiver Program

Looking for a special opportunity to bond with your youngsters?

Look no further. Third Haven Friends Meeting (the Quakers) and instructor Katelin Frase are teaming up once again to bring mindfulness and nature play to you and your kids. Third Haven’s Tiny SPICES 2.0 tot-and-caregiver program is especially designed for children 3 and under and their parents and caregivers. Sessions will be held on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30.

SPICES Forest Play offers a mindful exploration of the six key tenets of Quakerism, Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship (SPICES) while immersing you and your child in the joys of nature on eight consecutive Fridays.

Young children will explore nature with friends as it was meant to be explored: in a full-body, hands-on, messy-play way. You’ll be guided in how to play with your little one(s) in the forest. Better still, you’ll learn how to create similar play experiences at home!Guided by our talented instructor, you and your tot will embrace the wild side by running, adventuring and immersing in the outdoors. Our weekly topics include three sessions on mindfulness in nature, three sessions on building in nature, and two as nature investigators. Every session includes story books; shared snacks with tea/hot chocolate; laid-back discussions on key topics about kids, mindfulness and nature; and lots and lots of play.

Tiny SPICES 2.0 Program Topics:
• March 15: Mindfulness March – Noticing and wondering in nature
• March 22: Mindfulness March – Meditation and the open sky
• March 29: Mindfulness March – Breathing in nature
• April 5: Nature Makers – Let’s build a mud kitchen!
• April 12: Nature Makers – Let’s build a music wall!
• April 19: Nature Makers – Let’s build a child’s sensory garden!
• April 26: Nature Investigators – Noticing signs of spring
• May 3: Nature Investigators – Creek explorations

This unique youth program will meet on the tranquil grounds of Third Haven Friends Meeting, at 405 South Washington Street. The cost is $20 per session, or $120 for the eight-week program. For more information or to register, e-mail Amy Owsley at amy.owsley@gmail.com, or telephone her at 410-200-2332.

Trinity Threaders Raffle Doggie Afghan

Trinity Threaders, an artisan fabric arts group, of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Easton, is holding a raffle for a doggie afghan, the majority of which was crafted by Kathy Garcia of Easton. Peggy Begor of Oxford and Jan Bohn of Easton finished the details of this twelve panel blanket, displaying ten dogs complete with their footprints and bones! This is a one-of-a-kind creation that will make a wonderful spring gift for that special dog lover in your life.

Tickets at $1.00 each or six for $5.00, are available in the Trinity Cathedral office at 314 North Street, just behind the church at 315 Goldsborough Street. The drawing will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Proceeds from the raffle will be used by the Trinity Threaders for community outreach.

Third Haven Friends Meeting Announce Spring Calendar for Children

Third Haven Friends Meeting (the Quakers) has released its Spring 2019 Calendar of First Day School activities.

For those of you unfamiliar with Quakerspeak, First Day School is called Sunday School at most churches.

From now through June 9, Third Haven will host a special program for children every Sunday morning. Three different programs will be featured:

NATURE SEEKERS
These sessions focus on helping kids build their toolbox of mindfulness techniques through immersion in nature. They will be led by Third Haven’s talented summer camp teachers, Cherie Baron and Kristen Hanlon.

FAITH & PLAY STORIES
These are beautiful stories about the roots of Quakerism and Quaker values, told by teachers trained in a Montessori-inspired manner. Susan Claggett will be the program leader.

PHILOSOPHY CLUB
Based on the curriculum of Little Big Minds, this monthly dialogue taps into the natural wisdom, curiosity and wonder of young children to explore how to think clearly about life’s biggest queries – e.g., What is philosophy?Friendship? Happiness? Justice? Love? Peace? And what role do we play in the world? The program leaders will be Dee Rein, Jeanne Halpin and Candace Shattuck.

For more information, please e-mail amy.owsley@gmail.com. Or feel free to bring your children to First Day School any Sunday at 10 a.m. Third Haven Friends Meeting is located at 405 South Washington Street in Easton.

Holocaust Survivor Eva Kor to Commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 1

Eventful Giving and Mid Shore Community Fund are proud to present Holocaust survivor and forgiveness advocate Eva Kor to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day. Eva will be speaking Wednesday evening, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Avalon Theater. Admission is free, and doors open at 6:00 p.m. She will be selling signed copies of her books, Echoes of Auschwitz and Surviving the Angel of Death, after the presentation. The lead sponsors of this event are Paul and Joanne Prager.

For the past 40 years, Holocaust survivor Eva Kor has shared her story with students, teachers, medical professionals, senators, administrators, historians, university groups, graduating classes, and civic groups, both nationally and internationally. Eva is one of the few surviving twins sharing her personal account of the medical experiments supervised by Nazi doctor Josef Mengele at Auschwitz. Eva’s account of her survival of the Holocaust offers many relevant lessons on the dangers of hate and prejudice, and the consequences of allowing prejudice to persist, unchecked, in others.

In addition to the importance of her account from a historical perspective, Eva’s life lessons and message of forgiveness have touched the lives of millions of people. In 1995, Eva chose to forgive the Nazis, after deciding that they should no longer have power over her life. She describes forgiving the Nazis as an act of self-healing, self-liberation, and self-empowerment; forgiveness is not about the perpetrator, not about forgetting. It is one step toward repairing the world by helping victims free themselves from perpetrators and remove anger and hatred. Eva shares her own discovery of the power to forgive so that others may see the possibility to heal themselves through forgiveness. Forgiveness provides a way for people to free themselves from hurt, anger, and hatred, from the pain of victimhood. If people find peace with themselves, the world may also find peace.

Recipient of the 2017 Sachem award, Eva’s message of healing reaches around the globe and across social, economic, cultural boundaries.

The Eventful Giving Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. A copy of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s financial statement is available at www.mscf.org or by calling 410-820-8175. Information about Mid-Shore submitted under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act can be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.

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