Community Life

Chester jewelry store celebrates fifth anniversary; gives back to two local groups

            Five years ago Paula A. Warner of Chester opened Paula’s Fine Jewelry with the goal of becoming the region’s family jewelry store where customers could find jewelry and keepsakes to mark special occasions as well provide “me-gifts” for customers to treat themselves. Her vision also included becoming part of the fabric of the community by supporting local charities.

            This tradition of giving back continued as Ms. Warner celebrated the fifth anniversary of the store’s opening with her customers and local business groups: Chesapeake Women’s Network, Queen Anne’s County Chapter; Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce; and Business Queen Anne’s, as well as two local organizations, Cancer Comfort Angels, Chester, Md., and Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, Md.

"Best of the Eastern Shore" recognizes Cambridge businesses

A record eight businesses in downtown Cambridge businesses received honors in the 2012 "Best of the Eastern Shore" awards issued by What's Up Eastern Shore magazine. That brings to 17 the number of "Best of the Eastern Shore" awards bestowed on downtown businesses over the past three years.

The winning businesses are:


Bistro Poplar: Best French Restaurant

The High Spot: Best Gastropub

Leaky Pete's Oyster & Wine Bar: Best Bar Food



Crabi Gras: Best Gift Shop

Dragonfly: Best Women's Clothing Boutique

Evergreen Cove Announces “Play Local” Benefit Raffle

Tickets are on sale now for Evergreen Cove’s “Play Local” benefit raffle.  Proceeds from this raffle support Evergreen Cove’s programs and services, including the non-profit learning center’s new Veterans Project designed to support our local heroes.

In addition to its regular schedule of classes and workshops, Evergreen Cove has offered special programs, such as a day-long retreat for breast cancer survivors, yoga classes for people with autoimmune disorders and other physical challenges, and weight loss and smoking cessation programs.  Ongoing programs address stress, pain, osteoporosis, injury recovery, and depression.  The upcoming Veterans Project is designed to assist veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Evergreen Cove will be offering yoga classes and mindfulness for stress reduction beginning this fall and  intends for these to be the first in a series of programs designed especially for Veterans.

Talbot County Jeweler Gives Strand of Pearls to Every High School Female Graduate

Silver Linings Continues “Pearls of Promise” Tradition

Silver Linings of Talbot County recently recognized each female graduate of Easton and St. Michaels High Schools with a beautiful strand of hand-strung freshwater pearls. Silver Linings is the only known jeweler in the United States to give a gift to every young woman in a graduating high school class.

This initiative, entitled "Pearls of Promise", was developed in 2011 by Silver Linings' owner, Aida Leisure. This year, Silver Linings staff members volunteered their time to hand string and knot almost 200 strands of pearls. Each necklace is finished with a traditional sterling silver filigree clasp and takes about one hour to complete. The necklaces are valued at $75.

The 2012 Easton and St. Michaels High School graduates received their pearls prior to graduation, giving them the opportunity to wear their pearls to the ceremony if they so choose.

Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in June of 2012

Children’s Programs (Note: Pre-registration is requested for all programs except those requiring tickets.)

Summer Reading Program

All branches of the Talbot County Free Library will be participating in the national collaborative summer reading programs: Dream Big: Read! (for children) and Own the Night (for teens). Throughout the summer, readers will be invited to explore the variety of multicultural books and DVDs that are available at the library.  These programs feature great prizes!

Homeless Pets Supply Drive in June

Stevensville, Maryland:   Chesapeake Cats and Dogs (CCAD) is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Centreville Shipping & Services, Inc. and Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack to help homeless pets this summer. 

“The economy has contributed to many people giving up their pets and kitten season is in full swing.  At the end of the supply drive, CCAD plans to share the donations with Queen Anne’s County Animal Services and Caroline County Humane Society”, said a CCAD Volunteer.

From June 1st to June 15th, you can donate pet supplies at the following locations:  Centreville Shipping, 631 Railroad Ave.; MSP Centreville Barrack, 311 Safety Dr.; or CCAD Center, 300A Island Professional Park, Stevensville.  Suggested items include: cat food (canned or dry), dog food (canned or dry), clumping cat litter, cat and dog treats/biscuits, paper towels, bleach and kitchen trash bags.

Lee Named Vice President of Philanthropy for Shore Health

Graham Lee has joined the senior leadership team of Shore Health System as Vice President of Philanthropy.

A fundraising professional for 36 years, Lee has 25 years of experience in hospital philanthropy. From 1989 to 2002, he was Vice President of Development for the Memorial Hospital Foundation and Shore Health System. During this time he significantly increased the assets in the Memorial Hospital Foundation, enhanced the Foundation’s planned giving program, and created and established relationships with donors, staff and volunteers.

Lee’s other development experience includes leadership positions at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania, Baptist Health System in Tennessee, St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson and Mid Shore Community Foundation in Easton.

Lee began his professional career in development with the Boy Scouts of America. Most recently, he has been the Chief Development Officer at YMCA of the Chesapeake in Easton, where he led volunteers and donors in a successful capital campaign.

“We are enthusiastic in welcoming Graham back to Shore Health at a time when we are planning for a capital campaign to build the new Regional Medical Center while continuing our work on healthcare services and facilities throughout the Mid-Shore region,” comments Kenneth Kozel, MBA, FACHE, President and CEO for Shore Health System. “This is an exciting time as we reach out to our current donors and build relationships with new friends to our health system.”

Lee and his wife, Brenda, live in Easton. They have three grown children. He is an active member of the boards of Character Counts Mid Shore, the Mental Health Association in Talbot County and Easton Rotary Club.

“My family and I have enjoyed living in Talbot County for 23 years,” Lee says. “I have learned so much from volunteers and donors who support Memorial Hospital, Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the YMCA, and members of the community in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot Counties. I look forward to the opportunity to return to Shore Health, where I will work with members of the leadership team and with volunteers to launch what I expect will be the system’s most successful capital campaign. I plan to do this with support from the Foundation staff and leaders as we continue the growth of philanthropy at Shore Health System and its hospitals.”

Curiosities and Art Back in Sherwood Village

Aesthetic Alternatives Art Studio in Sherwood will re-open its art and curiosity shop on the north end of the Sherwood Road commercial space on May 26. This unique annex opens as an outlet for not only the art studio’s creations, but also unusual antiques. Shoppers will find an eclectic variety as well as many amusing surprises within the store’s rustic walls. Items such as old medicine bottles from the store’s pharmacy days, children’s toys from long-gone eras,garden art,the studio’s highly collected gargoyle bells, face pots, one-of- a kind jewelry, hand-painted furniture, imported antiques, one-of-a kind creations, antique what-knots and much more can be found in the Shoppe of Curiosities. There will be a little something for everybody, with items ranging from a few dollars on up.

Tresentes Named 2012 Talbot County Foster Parents of the Year

Tragedy has turned to joy for foster parents, Guy Tresente and Martha Reyes-Tresente of Easton, who were named as the 2012 Talbot County Foster Parents of the Year by the Talbot County Department of Social Services.  The Tresentes, who lost their only child, Grace Edyta, at 11 days old and could not have any more children, became licensed as foster parents in 2010.  Guy Tresente, who was exposed to foster care through a high school friend, comments, “We view it as a ministry. I see children as the future.”

Over the last two years, the Tresentes have provided foster care and respite to 10 children.  According to Christine Abbatiello, LGSW, foster care worker for Talbot County Department of Social Services, “They have been instrumental in working with three different sibling groups to keep the siblings together, even when it might mean driving long distances to keep the children in their schools.” She adds, “In addition, Guy and Martha have gone above and beyond to connect with the biological families of their foster children. They have also worked with some of the sibling groups to incorporate as much of their family of origin culture into their foster home.”

Hearthstone Health and Fitness

Hearthstone Health and Fitness, Inc., the new fitness and wellness center in Easton, announces that it opened for business on May 21.

Hearthstone Health and Fitness has taken up residence at 102 Marlboro Avenue in Easton. Hearthstone's owners, Dave and Martha Tuthill of Oxford, have transformed the former Blockbuster Video location into a state-of-the-art facility that will bring together the very best in exercise and nutritional science, fitness equipment and highly qualified expert staff. First and foremost, Hearthstone will provide a superior client commitment to deliver an integrated and complete wellness experience for the individual just starting his wellness journey to the elite athlete looking to improve their performance.

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