Community Life

A Quarter Auction for Family Support!

Family Support is alive and thriving though needing to conduct regular fundraising.
A Quarter Auction is being held on March 11, at Queen Anne’s County High School in Centreville.  Doors open at 1; auction starts at 2:00.  100% of proceeds benefit our center and the event is open to the community! Over 40 items will be up for bid. Questions? 410.438.3182

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Redefining Hospice: Early Intervention Improves Quality of Life

It is a journey we all take, but facing the end of life with the assistance of hospice can make that journey a more dignified and comfortable one.  Hospice is a philosophy of caring that assists a person nearing the end of life.  The goal is to improve the quality of life by providing care for the patient and family, rather than attempting to cure disease.  Initiating hospice care can extend a terminally-ill patient’s life, improve the quality of life and help families deepen relationships. By initiating hospice care early and addressing physical end emotional issues as they occur, patients also often avoid crisis Emergency Room and hospital visits, as well as the anxiety that these visits produce.  A study done in 2007 found patients who received hospice care lived one month longer than patients who did not.  

Here in Talbot and Caroline counties, residents experiencing a terminal illness or the end stages of a chronic illness can receive hospice care through Shore Home Care Hospice.  Shore Home Care Hospice is licensed by the State of Maryland, Medicare and Medicaid certified, accredited by the Joint Commission and is also a Magnet Recognized Program.  Hospice services can be provided in the home, as well as some nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and Hospice guest wings, such as Talbot Hospice House in Easton and the Caroline Hospice House in Denton.

Easton Native Brings Home Fight For Consumer Protection At Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Easton native Antonia Cuffee has joined Mid-Shore Pro Bono to help area residents facing debt and foreclosure crises. A six-month University of Maryland School of Law J.D. Fellowship is sponsoring her work with the local agency. Mid-Shore Pro Bono provides civil legal assistance to low-income individuals in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties.

Having graduated from the university last May, this new attorney already brings welcome consumer protection experience to the organization, according to Executive Director Sandy Brown. A member of the school’s Public Interest Law Project, Cuffee also has worked with Civil Justice on Maryland’s Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project, and with Baltimore’s Community Law Center and St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center.

Cuffee says that she is happy to be helping the low-income residents of her home town and the Mid Shore on debt and foreclosure issues that until recently have been addressed by few area resources. Her work will be part of an added focus for Mid-Shore Pro Bono. In conjunction with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, the agency has been participating in the Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project since 2009. Mid-Shore Pro Bono now will be partnering again with the Resource Center in its Consumer Protection Project, encouraging more local lawyers to receive the free training available to those willing to volunteer in defending individuals in debt-buyer cases.

“Around the world in 80 slides”

            Naval Architect and sailor, Ken Court will be the guest speaker at the April 2, 2012 Brown Bag Lunch at the St. Michaels Branch of the Talbot County Free Library at noon. 

Ken’s voyage covered 28,000 miles from Hawaii to the Chesapeake Bay via the Red Sea. His adventures along the way and in particular the people he met are the subject of his show. He has worked in a variety of jobs from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to Westinghouse Oceanic Div designing submersibles. His last big job was moving the Knapp’s Narrows Bridge to the CBMM parking lot.  In 2001-2002 he with other volunteers rebuilt the Byron House at Pickering Creek. Ken and his wife live in Easton.

Patrons are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy coffee and sweets provided by the library.  Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 410-745-5877, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Ice Cream for Peace!

Promoting peace in our world never tasted so sweet!

Enjoy lunch, dinner or an ice cream treat at Dairy Queen at 8438 Ocean Gateway in Easton, anytime from 11 AM to 9 PM on Thursday, February 23, and you will be helping local People to People International Student Ambassadors reach their goal of representing our community and country as they participate in international educational experiences this summer. In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded People to People International, a not-for-profit organization, to build cultural awareness and understanding.

Chris Sanders joins CBMM

Chris Sanders, of Newport, RI, has joined the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD as a journeyman shipwright. Sanders’ work begins on the three-year restoration project of the historic skipjack, Rosie Parks. He currently resides in St. Michaels, MD.  

Sanders previously served as a museum apprentice from 2008 to 2009, when he worked alongside CBMM’s Boat Yard Program Manager Dan Sutherland to build Vita, a 9-1/2’ tender for the 1888 classic racing yacht, Elf. Sanders also worked on the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood and assisted in the day-to-day preservation of the museum’s historic fleet of Chesapeake vessels.

After leaving CBMM in 2009, Sanders enrolled in the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, RI, receiving his proficiency in yacht restoration degree in June, 2011. He worked restoring mahogany runabouts in Bristol, CT prior to rejoining CBMM.

Job Search Assistance One-Stop Bus to Visit St. Michaels Library

On Tuesday, February 28, the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board’s Mobile One-Stop bus will be on-site at the St. Michaels branch of the Talbot County Free Library from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. to assist individuals looking for work, job training, and other employment-based resources. 

Funded by the state of Maryland, the Workforce Investment Board’s Mobile One-Stop is a modern Winnebago-type vehicle converted to the look and feel of one of the Board’s One-Stop Career Center offices.  The bus is fully staffed and equipped to connect people to resources that will help improve their job prospects.  It is the only one of its kind in the country.

Friends Poetry Contest at Library Now Underway

The Friends of the Library’s 22nd Annual Poetry Contest is now underway.  All Talbot County residents and all students attending Talbot County schools are eligible to enter.  Cash prizes will be awarded in each of four categories: Students in Grades 3 – 5, Students in Grades 6 – 8, Students in Grades 9 – 12, and Adults. 

Poems must be submitted to the library or postmarked by Thursday, April 12.  Winners will be announced and prizes presented at an Awards Ceremony on May 10, at 6:00 p.m., in the new Easton library.  Flyers outlining the rules and categories for entry can be found at all branches of the Talbot County Free Library and on the library website: www.tcfl.org.  

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Fights for Our Land and Our Farmers!

Our vision is an Eastern Shore where towns are vibrant and well-defined; where farms, forests and fisheries are thriving; where historic, scenic, and natural landscapes are maintained.

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is at the forefront of Maryland state policy decisions. Last week alone, ESLC testified in front of the Maryland Senate Budget and Tax Committee, and served as a host

for the "Taste of the Eastern Shore" legislative reception, interacting with hundreds of leaders from across the state. Join the ESLC policy advocates weekly email group and stay informed with our weekly policy update. 


This past Wednesday, ESLC testified in support of SB 294- Family Farm Preservation Act; a bill designed to help soften the financial burden for family farms and ensure the next generation inherits agricultural property without excessive costs. This bill would limit the estate (inheritance) tax on agricultural land and support Maryland family farms during a very vulnerable time.

Model tug Torrent restored

A model of the tug Torrent has recently been restored and will be unveiled to the public as part of the new Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Tugboats exhibit, opening at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD on April 21. The exhibit continues through 2014.

Torrent was used as a fireboat in the Baltimore harbor before later working as a tugboat. The city of Baltimore, with its port facilities sprawling around the shores of the Patapsco River, has long relied on a fleet of fireboats to protect valuable waterfront property. The largest vessel to serve the city was the appropriately-named Torrent, which served along with fireboats named Cataract, Deluge, and Cascade.

Built on the hull of a steam tug, Torrent was launched in 1921 and served until 1956 when she was replaced by a modern diesel fireboat. Carl T. Allison, an engineer on the Torrent in the 1930s and 1940s, used his leisure time to build this model of the boat he served aboard. The model was gifted to CBMM by Mildred T. Allison, in memory of Calvin F. Allison.

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