Londonderry Resident Profile: Margaret Sherman Bryan

Margaret Sherman Bryan

The opening of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in 1952 was the most significant event impacting the character, landscape and modern history of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  For locals and visitors alike, the Bay Bridge has become part of life on the Shore, and its presence is most felt during the summer months while we all contend with the associated traffic. As our local and state officials begin to more seriously ponder adding a second bay crossing in Maryland, we can’t help but wonder, what life was like on the Eastern Shore before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

To answer this question, we spoke with Margaret Sherman Bryan. Margaret was born in 1923 and grew up in the village of Claiborne, located near St. Michaels on the Eastern Bay.  Margaret’s father, B. Frank Sherman, was the General Manager of the Annapolis-Claiborne Ferry, which operated from 1919 – 1952 and carried as many as 1 million vehicles and 2 million passengers annually during its peak operation. Up until the opening of the Bay Bridge, the Ferry was the only way to cross the Bay in Maryland.

Claiborne was a ferry town and the majority of the residents worked for the ferry company. It was also home to one of the stops on the now defunct Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Railroad that would take passengers all the way to Ocean City. Claiborne was a hub of activity during Margaret’s youth. Visitors came from the Western Shore to vacation, and Eastern Shore residents took the ferry to travel to Annapolis and Baltimore for shopping in the big department stores and other outings. It was a one-and-a-half-hour ride to Annapolis and then another hour trip to Baltimore by car, trolley or bus. Margaret loved to ride the ferry with her father and keenly remembers being served the world’s best hot dogs and the world’s worst coffee on her trips across the Bay.

While not on today’s scale, Bay Hundred residents had to contend with “ferry traffic” and there was a time when two traffic lights were needed in St. Michaels to accommodate the influx of 75-80 cars each time the ferry docked.

The ferry boat named in honor of Margaret’s father, who served as General Manager of the Annapolis-Claiborne Ferry.

Like today, the Eastern Shore was a tourist destination and visitors would come for the summer season and stay in hotels and boarding houses like the Wade’s Point Inn in McDaniel which is still in operation. Some would stay in Talbot County, and others would go on to the Maryland and Delaware beaches.

While growing up in Claiborne, Margaret and her younger sister attended a one-room school house and were later bussed to St. Michaels for high school where there were just 45 students in her graduating class. The village of Claiborne was a close-knit community and the children “made their own fun,” and rode their bikes, went swimming in the river, boated, sailed and went to the movies in St. Michaels to enjoy the air conditioning during the summer heat. The Miles River Yacht Club was the primary social center for Bay Hundred families.

Margaret attended the University of Maryland College Park and then married a local boy, Phillip Beverly “Bev” Bryan who also graduated from St. Michaels High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard’s Beach Patrol during WWII. After the war, they lived in Baltimore for two years before moving back home to the Eastern Shore to raise their family.

On July 30, 1952, the ferry made its last crossing with Margaret’s father at the helm, and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened bringing more visitors and development to the Eastern Shore.

Margaret had a front row seat to evolution of the modern Eastern Shore while raising her sons and working at local banks in the St. Michaels area over the next 35years.

When asked about the biggest changes she witnessed, Margaret says, she’s been struck by the growth of Easton and how much easier it is to travel around the Eastern Shore. When she was growing up in the Bay Hundred, it was easier to take the ferry to Annapolis or Baltimore to shop rather than travel to Easton.

Margaret also points to the continued role agriculture, tourism and the seafood industry play in the Eastern Shore’s economy, although she notes there are fewer farms from as in the decades past. She is also pleased that Eastern Shore communities have stayed true to their small-town roots and neighbors continue to look after each other.

Margaret and Bev lived in McDaniel along Harris Creek for many years, and Margaret remained in their home for 12 years following his death. She relocated to Londonderry in 2004 where she is currently working on her memoir to share with her family.

When asked about how Londonderry has grown and changed, she shared a memory of driving by the property that would become Londonderry during the early stages of construction. She remembers looking around and commenting to a friend, “Who would ever want to live here?”

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and over, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information, visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Bay Hundred Senior Center August Calendar of Events

Friday, Aug, 2

Friday Aug 2 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 2 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 2 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 5

Monday Aug 5 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 8:30 am – Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 5 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady& Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Monday Aug 5 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games– Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 6

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 10:00 to 11:00 am Blood Pressure Clinic

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 11:00 am – Intro to Classic Car Museum with Anita Schneider, Learn about St. Michaels’ Classic Car Museum, receive free passes to visit, and hear about volunteer opportunities.

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith – Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 6 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Friday, Aug 9

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am – Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 9 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games –Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 12

Monday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 9:30 am Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Tuesday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center at noon Lunch & Music, Shelly Abbott – Enjoy lunch with songs from singer Shelly Abbott.

Monday Aug 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 13

Tuesday Aug 13 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 13 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith – Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 13 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with other interested people.

Friday, Aug 16

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games –Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 19

Monday Aug 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:00 Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Monday Aug 19, Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 20

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 10:00 to 11:00 am Blood Pressure Clinic

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith – Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 20 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games-Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Friday, Aug 23

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:30 to 11:30 am Positive Music with DJ Randy

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Monday, Aug 26

Monday Aug 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:00 Small Watercolor Abstracts with Abby Ober – Balance shapes and color to make unique compositions. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class.

Monday Aug 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 am Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work – all exercises are done in or around a chair.

Monday Aug 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Tuesday, Aug 27

Tuesday Aug 27 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday Aug 27 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00pm Basketball Games with Alex Smith Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday Aug 27 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Friday, Aug 30

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am Sketching Still Lifes with Abby Ober – Sketch still-life in pencil and charcoal. 2 hours. Take any class or all. Please register – call Abby Ober at 610-416-4238 or Ann DeMart at 410-745-4017. Materials included; $10 fee/class

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:30 to 11:30 am Positive Music with DJ Randy

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 10:45 Water Aerobics, Increases cardiovascular capacity, muscle tone, and flexibility. Time may be split between shallow and deep water. *Please call 410-745-5963 to verify that pool has opened.

Friday Aug 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center from 11:00 to 12:00 am and 1:00 to 3:00 pm Cards & Games –Play pinochle, bridge, Scrabble, or other games. Talk to Ann in Senior Center Office for sign-up and connecting with others.

Bay Hundred Senior Center Calendar of Events July 2019

Friday July 12

Friday July 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am – Creative Collages w/Abby Ober- Unleash your creativity by creating compositions with painted and torn papers, magazines and newspaper. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Friday July 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am– Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday July 12 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Monday July 15

Monday July 15, Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am – Water Color Class with Abby Ober – Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including color mixing and composition. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Monday July 15, Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:45 am – Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work, all exercises are done seated in or around a chair.

Monday July 15, Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games

Tuesday July 16

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 am– Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Basketball Games with Alex Smith –Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday July 16 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1:30 pm – Crochet & Knitting with Katie Cooper–Learn to crochet or knit, or bring your needlework project and join in.

Friday July 19

Friday July 19 (no Collage class today)

Friday July 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am– Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday July 19 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Monday July 22

Monday July 22, Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am – Water Color Class with Abby Ober – Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including color mixing and composition. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Monday July 22, Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:45 am – Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work, all exercises are done seated in or around a chair.

Monday July 22, Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 23

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 am– Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Basketball Games with Alex Smith –Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1 – 2:30 pm – Balance Strategies with Stacey Fox, PT – Learn strategies for better balance with Stacy Fox, a licensed physical therapist whose practice, Balanced Care Physical Therapy is in St. Michaels.

Tuesday July 23 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1:30 pm – Crochet & Knitting with Katie Cooper–Learn to crochet or knit, or bring your needlework project and join in.

Friday July 26

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 8:30 am – Creative Collages w/Abby Ober- Unleash your creativity by creating compositions with painted and torn papers, magazines and newspaper. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am– Stretch Class with Susan Irwin – Improves flexibility by stretching all major muscle groups. May be performed standing, seated on the floor or lying on a mat.

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:30 am – Positive Music w/DJ Randy– Relieve your stress and enjoy lively positive music with local DJ Randy Potter from Thirsty Soul Radio.

Friday July 26 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Monday July 29

Monday July 29, Bay Hundred Senior Center 9:30 am – Water Color Class with Abby Ober – Explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including color mixing and composition. Materials included, $10 fee/class.

Monday July 29, Bay Hundred Senior Center 10:45 am – Steady & Strong with Janet Pfeffer – Designed for older adults looking to develop better balance and enhance strength for daily living. No floor work, all exercises are done seated in or around a chair.

Monday July 29, Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 30

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center at 9:00 am– Chair Yoga with Sara Robbins – Yoga that improves range of motion for those who cannot comfortably go to the floor. Gentle poses are performed by either sitting in or standing next to a chair.

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am& 1:00 pm – Cards & Games – Play pinochle, bridge, dominoes or other games.

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Basketball Games with Alex Smith –Join in for casual basket shooting games.

Tuesday July 30 Bay Hundred Senior Center 1:30 pm – Crochet & Knitting with Katie Cooper–Learn to crochet or knit, or bring your needlework project and join in.

Bay Hundred Senior Center is located at 300 Seymour Avenue, St Michaels, MD. For more information, call at 410 745-5963.

Londonderry’s Toce & Smith Recognized as Face of Retirement on the Eastern Shore

Londonderry on the Tred Avon CEO Irma Toce and Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Smith were named the Face of Retirement on the Eastern Shore by Baltimore Magazine for the second consecutive year.

“Londonderry continues to shine as a premiere active retirement community,” said Irma Toce, Londonderry CEO. “The incredible relationships between our residents and staff, paired with our amenities and programs in a beautiful waterfront setting in Easton, create a truly special place to enjoy retirement. Rachel and I are proud of the Londonderry community and its growing reputation for excellence across the Eastern Shore and throughout the region.”

Toce and Smith were recognized for their success and contributions at Londonderry and in their respective fields. From Baltimore Magazine:

“CEO Irma Toce and Director of Sales and Marketing Rachel Smith each bring something special to the independent-living community, Londonderry on the Tred Avon. Irma, who has more than 25 years of executive experience in the senior-housing field, understands the importance of helping seniors after her grandmother’s dementia diagnosis. Rachel, who grew up on the Eastern Shore, has extensive experience in senior-housing sales and marketing, and enjoys sharing her love of the Shore with others. Irma and Rachel believe the key to a high quality of life for seniors is a robust and vibrant lifestyle…”

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information,visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Helen Crow Celebrates 100th Birthday at Dixon House

Born in rural Ohio, Helen Crow of Easton was always physically active. Her father, a builder, was also a physically active person. Helen recalls doing handstands and headstands when she was young. Today, she doesn’t miss an exercise class at The Dixon House. She recently celebrated her 100th birthday with a festive celebration with family, friends, and public officials at Dixon House, receiving citations from the President, Governor, Maryland Senate and House of Delegates, Talbot County Sheriff’s Department and Town of Easton.

Helen and her husband, Elmer, nicknamed “Amo” married after Amo served in the Army’s 17th Airborne Division as a paratrooper during World War II. The two had three children, and today she has three grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Amo had a career as a master craftsman, training many young men who entered the flooring trade, while Helen did office work for a law firm, then a refinery.

Photo: Back row, left to right, Matt Crow, Etta Crow, and Ben Crow. Middle row, left to right, Heather Crow, Helen Crow, Connie Crow, Philip Crow, and Roger Crow. Bottom row, left to right, Isaac Crow and Stella Crow.

Both Helen and Amo participated in an activities group for art in Cincinnati, where Helen enjoyed oils and watercolors and Amo enjoyed stained glass, caning, and pottery. The two also enjoyed music, attending Cincinnati Symphony concerts for 40 years. The couple retired to Florida and then to Easton, where their son, Roger and daughter-in-law Heather live. The two then came to live at The Dixon House in 2014.

Crow comments, “Easton is a nice town. We were amazed at the quality of friends we have made at Dixon House.” She adds, “I have had a good life.”

The mission of The Dixon House is to provide high quality and affordable residential care to seniors in an enriching home-like environment. For further information, contact Linda Elben, Executive Director at 410-822-6661 or visit dixonhouse.org.

Londonderry Hosts Community Hoe Down

On Thursday, May 9th, Londonderry on the Tred Avon hosted a Hoe Down for residents, guests and the community.

The western-themed event, welcomed over 100 guests who enjoyed square dancing with a square-dancing caller, line dancing, live music from The Jones Boys, and a special guest appearance by “John Wayne.”

“Our team loves hosting events such as these to bring our residents together and to show our family, friends, neighbors and community how much fun we have here,” said Rachel Smith Sales and Marketing Director.

Food for the event was provided by Blue Heron Catering and featured a hoe down menu of pulled pork BBQ with corn muffins, a chili bar, black eyed Susan cookies and strawberry shortcake shooters.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information,visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Comfort Keepers Centenarian Celebration May 14

Did you know that 100 years ago the speed limit was 10 miles per hour and there were only about 8000 cars on the roads? There are an estimated 254.4 million on the roads today! There were no cell phones and only eight percent of homes even had a phone at all. Today, nearly everyone is connected, on the go, and the average person spends 6-7 hours in front of some sort of “screen.” The way people commute and communicate has dramatically changed in the last century.

Studies show that seniors who have daily interaction with others live longer, healthier lives. Remembering birthdays, celebrating special moments and creating happy memories become important as your loved ones age. In person contact and sharing moments face-to-face remain important to human health.

If you have someone special that will be celebrating one hundred years (or more) in 2019, Eastern Shore Comfort Keepers invites you to a special birthday party for these special ladies and gentlemen. The Fifth Annual Centenarian Party will be at the Milestone event center in Easton, MD on May 14, 2019. Centenarians and one guest are invited to join us and share some more great memories of days gone by. Guests are welcome to bring photos and memorabilia to share with others at their table. There is no charge for this special birthday party. Please call Ashley Howe at 410-822-4414 or email AshleyHowe@comfortkeepers.com to register. You may also R.S.V.P. online by visiting www.EasternShore100.com.

Comfort Keepers provides home and facility care to seniors throughout the Eastern Shore. They provide services such as transportation, medication reminders, companionship, meal preparation and personal assistant services such as Alzheimer’s care, grooming assistance and incontinence care.

About Comfort Keepers ®

Comfort Keepers® is a leading franchise network in the in-home care market for seniors and other adults needing care. Since its founding in 1998, the network has grown to more than 700 franchised locations around the world by staying true to the founders’ goal of providing quality, caring in-home care services that allow clients the opportunity to age in place. In August of 2009, the brand was strengthened when the franchisor, CK Franchising, Inc was purchased by Sodexo, a global leader that delivers Quality of Life services to over 75 million consumers in 80 countries each day. In addition to providing services that focus on health care and senior markets, Sodexo’s integrated offerings encompass more than 45 years of experience in reception, safety, maintenance and cleaning, foodservices, facilities and equipment management, and concierge services. For more information, visit http://eastonmd.comfortkeepers.com.

Londonderry Welcomes New Executive Chef, Chelsea Coombs

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is pleased to announce Chelsea Coombs as its new Executive Chef. Coombs began her new position in January and is responsible for the community’s dining and kitchen operations.

“Chelsea has been an incredible addition to the Londonderry team,” said Irma Toce, Executive Director. “She brings incredible energy, leadership and creativity to our dining program. Her experience, education and culinary philosophy are a perfect fit to our holistic approach to wellness at Londonderry.”

Coombs strongly believes that “if you eat well, you feel well,” and her cooking is inspired by what is fresh and in season. She is an advocate for the health benefits of clean and wholesome eating and considers food to be a critical part of wellness.

“Being part of the Londonderry community has been a joy,” said Coombs. “The residents are open to trying new things and have allowed me to express my creativity on the menu. I have enjoyed working with them to reimagine their favorite dishes in a healthier way and have introduced simple changes to incorporate more fresh and seasonal ingredients into their diet.”

Prior to joining the Londonderry staff, Coombs served as the Sous Chef for Blue Heron Catering where she helped supervise a staff of 20 and managed all catering operations of all sizes ranging from small, in-home gatherings to large events of 400+ guests.

In addition to her experience in the kitchen, Coombs has also earned certifications in Food, Nutrition and Health as well as Nutrition, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion.

Coombs, an Eastern Shore native, lives in Trappe with her boyfriend, Paul, and Pug, Benny. When not in the kitchen, she enjoys being active and outdoors.

About Londonderry on the Tred Avon

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62+, offering a variety of housing options from convenient apartments to spacious cottages among 29 acres, including 1500 feet of waterfront shoreline. For more information,visit www.londonderrytredavon.com.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities and Integrace Complete Affiliation

Acts Retirement-Life Communities, one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit senior living organizations, has completed its affiliation with Integrace and its family of communities located throughout Maryland. The affiliation brings together two nationally recognized names in the senior living industry under shared governance and leadership.

Integrace is a not-for-profit system of retirement communities consisting of Bayleigh Chase in Easton; Buckingham’s Choice in Adamstown; and Fairhaven in Sykesville; along with Copper Ridge, a memory support residence, in Sykesville. Collectively, these communities are home to approximately 1,080 residents and provide a continuum of services including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and specialized programming for Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia and other types of neurocognitive disorders.

Photo: On April 1, residents, colleagues, and executives from Integrace and Acts Retirement-Life Communities gathered for a reception at Bayleigh Chase in Easton to celebrate the completion of the affiliation between the two senior living organizations. Pictured from L-R: Marianne Ell, Salena Cephas, Nicholas Shockley, Marty Chance, Joel Yacks, Andrea Lev, Danielle Adams, Bobbi Sweitzer, Sherri Brown, Kay Blessing, Brittni Conn, April Hauf, Nan Lambeth, Amy Fountain, Louise Montgomery, Susan Covey

“We are excited to be bringing Integrace into the Acts family, and building upon the success of these communities,” said Acts President and CEO Gerald T. Grant. “Our organizations share a similar mission and culture with consistent values and commitments to residents and employees. It’s exciting to contemplate the future of  our  organizations and what we can achieve as we work together to enrich the lives of our residents.”

With the affiliation, Acts is expanding its reach in Maryland, where it operates another senior living community, Heron Point of Chestertown. Acts is one of the strongest companies of its kind among not-for-profit senior living providers with combined assets in excess of $2 billion and its obligated group maintains an A- rating from Fitch Ratings. With the affiliation finalized, Acts will manage a network of 26 senior living campuses in nine states totaling 9,504 units, maintaining its status as the third largest multi-site senior living organization according to the LeadingAge Ziegler 200 listing of the nation’s largest not-for-profit aging services providers. The Acts communities are in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

About Acts
Headquartered in suburban Philadelphia, Acts Retirement-Life Communities is the nation’s largest not-for-profit owner, operator and developer of senior living continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), with a network of 26 campuses in nine states serving approximately 10,000 residents and employing more than 8,000 people. All of the Acts communities and its affiliates are accredited by CARF International for meeting the industry’s highest operational and financial standards. For more information, please visit: ActsRetirement.org.

Maryland Community for Life℠ – Talbot Hosted Innovations in Aging Presentation

By 2030, nearly 40 percent of Talbot County residents will be over the age of 60. To help address the growing concerns for services for this age group, Maryland Community for Life℠ – Talbot hosted a presentation, “Innovations in Aging” by Rona E. Kramer, Secretary for the Maryland Department of Aging to a full house at the Brookletts Place – Talbot Senior Center.

Kramer spoke of the Department of Aging’s role to “keep Maryland residents living at home or in the community – wherever they want to age.”

She commented, “Within two years of entering an assisted living or nursing home, the average citizen spends down all of their resources. With this huge population aging, we can’t afford not to find better ways to serve everyone.”

Kramer explained that this means backing up services earlier in life and offering them at a reasonable cost to everyone who can afford them. Her recent trip to Israel to learn how they handle services for their aging population was enlightening. She said that in Israel there are no nursing homes or assisted living facilities. The country brings non-medical services to people in their homes as they age.

Photo: From L-R – Rona E. Kramer, Secretary for the Maryland Department of Aging; Frank Divilio, Talbot County Council; Delegate Johnny Mautz, Senator Addie Eckardt, Gary Gunther, Executive Director, Upper Shore Aging; Mayor Robert Willey; Chuck Callahan, Talbot County Council; Ron Engle, Easton Town Council; Pete Lesher, Talbot County Council; and Michael Bibb, St. Michaels Commissioner.

Maryland’s Department of Aging researched the “Community for Life” concept and helped communities implement this model locally. To date, there are five “Community for Life” communities in Maryland, including Broadmead in Cockeysville, Keswick in Baltimore, Ocean Pines, Allegany,  and Talbot County. This creative and unique program provides a package of services for homeowners and renters. Developed for older adults living independently in their own homes, the Maryland Community for Life program delivers key services in a cost-effective and supportive manner. Specifically, for a monthly fee, members receive basic home repair and maintenance by a community “Handyman,” a list of vetted contractors and contract review, transportation trips, as well as regular contact with a “Service Navigator” to help coordinate access to services and to assist with any needs that may arise.

Before introducing Lee Newcomb, President of the Maryland Community for Life℠ – Talbot Board, to present how the program works in Talbot County, Kramer highlighted a few other innovations being rolled out by the Maryland Department of Aging. These include a statewide Durable Medical Re-Use Program and a Senior Call Check Pilot Program.

Newcomb introduced Maryland Community for Life℠ – Talbot program, explaining that currently there are 21 members of the community, with 24 vetted volunteers serving them. She stated, “A Service Navigator, Stacey Woodworth, is now on board to serve members. She works with members to create a program that fits needs now and can be adapted as needs and circumstances change.”

Membership  in Maryland Community for Life℠ – Talbot is open to individuals or households up to three people aged 65 and older who live in Talbot County. Core services are personalized to individual needs. Membership to the program costs $80 a month. While the program does not provide medical services, the Service Navigator can connect members to medical services.

Newcomb clarified that members can receive eight round trips per household per month for their transportation benefits and up to four hours of “handyman” services a month. Social and educational programs are also being offered to members and the public to address social isolation. The first program on preventing fraud will be offered on January 18 from 1 to 2:30 at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.

She added, “We also hope to offer supportive memberships for people who can’t afford the membership fee.”

Maryland Community for Life℠ – Talbot is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization operating as a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. MD Community for Life℠—Talbot is located at 10 S. Hanson Street, Ste 18, in Easton, Maryland. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To become a member or volunteer, email communityforlifetalbot@gmail.com or call 410-443-0760.  For further information, visit mdcommunityforlifetalbot.org. Contributions are tax deductible.

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