Community Life

Linda Elben Joins The Dixon House

Easton, Maryland -The Dixon House Independent and Assisted Living is pleased to announce that Linda Elben has been appointed as Administrator. In this leadership role, she is responsible for coordinating and managing the daily operations of The Dixon House, including the overall care of the residents, and support of their families and caregivers.

“We are delighted to welcome Linda and confident that her expertise, enthusiasm and dedication to improving the lives of seniors will allow her to effectively direct day-to-day operations, and guide the staff to success,” says John Atwood, president of The Dixon House board of directors.

Memorial Hospital Foundation Funds Life-Saving Equipment for Newborns and Infants at QAEC

Thanks to the generosity of the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the local community, the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center has the most up to date equipment to care for smallest patients.

The Memorial Hospital Foundation donated nearly $36,000 to the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center, a portion of which was used to purchase the Panda warmer, the most up to date technology available for warming, delivering oxygen to and monitoring newborns and infants.

“Loss of body temperature can be a major issue for newborns and infants and to have this here at the Center is a great thing for these patients and their parents,” said Mary Alice VanHoy, MSN, RN, CEN, CPEN, NREMT-P, Nurse Manager for the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center. “It is very efficient and easy to use and gives our staff great peace of mind to know that our littlest patients have access to the best technology out there. For patients this young, this can be lifesaving equipment.”

Funds for the purchase of the Panda were raised at the Memorial Hospital Foundation’s “Our Roots are Planted for a ‘Shore’ Future” fundraiser, held last Spring.

Join us for the 5th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament benefiting the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation.

The TK Sporting Clays Tournament will be held at the Hopkins Game Farm in Kennedyville, Maryland on Saturday, March 31st. Each entry into the tournament requires a fee of $40.00 with all proceeds benefiting the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation.  Hopkins Game Farm will be hosting the tournament again this year. The facility will be open all week for you to brush up on your skills in preparation for the 12:00 p.m. “shotgun” start. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. If you have any further questions, please contact the Hopkins Game Farm at (410) 348-5287.

Following the tournament, everyone is welcome to participate in the post-event party to be held at Sunset Bar and Grill in Betterton, Maryland. Beer and wings will be provided free of charge to all tournament participants. A $10 donation is required at the door for individuals that do not participate in the shoot. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, please contact the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation at (410) 778-4060 or by e-mail at chestertown3@gmail.com.

Antiques: Always in Style

Final preparations are underway for the 19th Annual Charity Antiques, Jewelry & Art Show which will be held March 23, 24 and 25 at the Waterfowl Festival Building on South Harrison Street in Easton. 

Twenty dealers will have exquisite 18th and 19th century English and American furniture, clocks, porcelains, and accessories for the home on display and available for purchase.  Among the dealers returning from last year’s show are Adair and Halligan, who will bring wonderful antique carpets and fine art; Crawford DePrince with beautiful antique and estate jewelry that is always a show favorite; Gallery at Summerhill with garden antiques and prints; At the Sign of the Sycamore with unusual Victorian silver, crystal and porcelain.  New this year are Blue Diamond (MI) with a wonderful selection of flow blue china, Guilford & Company with estate jewelry and The Old Board with English smalls.  

Cancer Comfort Angels Delivers Comfort Kits to Shore Health System

Shore Health System recently received a delivery of “comfort kits” from Cancer Comfort Angels. Each kit includes a handmade blanket and other inspirational items. The kits were created by volunteers from Cancer Comfort Angels in conjunction with 90 student volunteers at Kent Island High School.

Cancer Comfort Angels, a non-profit Christian-based group in Queen Anne’s County, was founded by Laurie Rasinski of Chester, who was diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer in 2008. According to Rasinski, it was her own gift of a blanket that started her on the mission to share that comfort with others going through the cancer journey.

“I was just so touched with how it made me feel and I wanted to make sure that other women and men knew that they were not alone,” says Rasinski,. “I was so overwhelmed and touched by the love that someone could give me in this simple gesture that I, in turn, wanted to do something for other people.”

Comfort bags were delivered to both Shore Regional Breast Center at Memorial Hospital and Shore Regional Cancer Center in Easton.

Flying Pig Roast Encore

Crossroads Community Preparing For Flying Pig Roast Encore

 Volunteers and staff of Crossroads Community are busy preparing for an encore of their Flying Pig Roast, which debuted last year as the organization’s signature fundraiser. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 5th, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Piney Point Farm in Centreville. Tickets are $55 each or $100 per couple.

The Flying Pig Roast’s theme is “Defying the Odds,” signifying the challenges often faced by Crossroads Community clients. The organization provides mental health recovery resources for residents of Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties.

Proceeds this year will support a special fund for its clients’ dental services, which often are not covered by other medical assistance. Dentists Neil Brayton of Chestertown and Thomas Downs of Centreville will be honored during the event for providing significant discounts on dental work for Crossroads Community clients.

Student Art Presented At Mentors Partners In Art Reception

A rainy evening did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of guests for the creativity of Talbot Mentors students, whose work was presented at the organization’s Partners In Art reception, held at the Academy Art Museum in Easton on March 2nd. The event has become an annual addition to the month’s First Friday Gallery Walk.

Ten area artists partnered with students in the Talbot Mentors program to share their skills and introduce the youngsters to a variety of artistic media, including painting and photography, fused and stained glass, jewelry, basketry and mosaics. More than twenty pieces of art were created for the exhibit.

Donating their time to this year’s project were artists Gwen Davis, Lin Layton, Tom McCall, Margot Miller, Peg Papa, Jackie Pfaff-Pratt, Tom Ryan, Jennifer Wagner, Heidi Wetzel and Paul Winters.

During the evening’s presentation, Talbot Mentors Executive Director Diana Trams expressed her appreciation to the artists and mentors for making the program possible for the students. “They thoroughly enjoyed an experience unlike any other,” she noted.

Talbot Mentors Program Coordinator Jessika Best and board member Margot Miller were recognized for their efforts in coordinating the Partners In Art activities and artists.

Dorchester Humane Society Becomes Baywater Animal Rescue - Open House

The Dorchester Humane Society in Cambridge will immediately begin operating under the new trade name Baywater Animal Rescue.  The change was created to reinforce what the organization actually is and what it offers.

In business since 1947, Baywater Animal Rescue is a No Kill animal shelter that assures a better life for companion animals by providing safe shelter, finding loving homes and promoting respect for their place in our lives.  The name change is the first step in achieving their vision of a regional, No Kill animal shelter within an environmentally friendly facility that offers multiple spaces for use by the community. 

The Board chose the new name to better reflect its No Kill mission, the regional rescues the organization is currently providing and to raise awareness that the organization is not county funded.  “One of the biggest misconceptions is that we receive financial support from our county government,” said Suzette Stitely, executive director.  “We have to raise every penny in our budget and that has been very challenging.  We’re hoping the name change will also boost donations from outside our area.”  Baywater Animal Rescue staff also note that animal shelters with set geographical areas are becoming a thing of the past.  The trend is now helping animals regionally by working together.  Their dream is to unite the entire Mid-Shore into a No Kill region.

Animal Lovers Run Unleashed for Talbot Humane

Easton, MD: Talbot Humane has formed a new partnership with local Marathon Coach Amy Eutsey to train interested runners, and especially novice runners, for the Baltimore Running Festival this fall. Participants fundraise for the Talbot Humane Society animal shelter while they train for either a marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), or marathon relay team (up to 7 miles each). Runners of all fitness levels from beginner to weekend warrior are welcome to participate in this noncompetitive and fully supportive 26-week program.

“This program is meant for busy people who want to get into shape, stay in shape, and achieve an extraordinary goal,” says Eutsey. “I have coached runners who said they couldn’t run to the mailbox and back to run a marathon in 6 months, and I have helped lifetime runners achieve that first marathon experience that would allude them when they trained on their own. Our training practices and support are for literally everyone!”

The program will also involve training for the first annual kickoff 10K for Talbot Humane’s fall Bark in the Park under the directorship of fellow marathoner Julie Fickes and Eutsey.

The Unleashed program officially begins Saturday, May 12, at 7 a.m., at Idlewild Park in Easton. Interested runners can register at the informational meeting on Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 p.m., at the Senior Center on Brooklets Ave in Easton or by contacting Eutsey at eutseyeditor@yahoo.com or 410-253-9791.

This Second Saturday, it’s all about being green … Irish green!

Come Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Downtown Cambridge.

You know that Spring is just around the corner when St Patrick’s Day rolls around! Spring doesn’t officially arrive yet, but downtown Cambridge is getting a jump on the season this Second Saturday, March 10, with stores staying open late to preview new seasonal merchandise and deliver fabulous deals on a wide range of fashion, accessories, home goods, food, and more.

And this month there is a brand new store in town to explore! Celebrating its Grand Opening this weekend, Choptank Cigar Company (402 Race Street) will feature premium tobacco products, cigar tastings, and outdoor seating as well as an indoor smoking lounge

Second Saturday festivities get under way at 5 pm, with stores generally staying open until at least 8 pm and some until 9 pm. Many stores will be offering snacks and refreshments to shoppers as well.

 “It’s wonderful to see all of the shops freshly dressed up for Spring and filled with great new merchandise,” said Mari Stanley, executive director of Cambridge Main Street, “And Second Saturday this month will have a little touch o’the green…. Irish green, that is!” 

Because it’s also the weekend before St Patrick’s Day, check out Leakey Pete’s Oyster and Wine Bar second annual Paddy in the Alley party! This outdoor event takes place in the alleyway behind Leaky Pete’s, 404 Race Street from 2 pm until 6 pm, with an after party inside the restaurant. Look for live music, great food, green beer, local shopping displays, and more. There is a $5 admission fee, a portion of which will be donated to charity.

The art galleries downtown will be showcasing new works as well, with free receptions open to all. This month’s exhibits downtown include:

Dorchester Center for the Arts (321 High Street): Tilghman Artists- 2012 plus a special exhibit by Photographer Coty Jones. The exhibit will feature the work of artists living and working on Tilghman Island and will include oil paintings, carved wooden bowls, photographs, and more. Reception is from 6-8 pm, with free refreshments and live music.

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