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Londonderry breaks ground on new clubhouse

A rendering of the new clubhouse for Londonderry on the Tred Avon, created by Atelier 11 Architecture.
Londonderry celebrated the groundbreaking of the project on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, with more than 200 guests in attendance.


 More than 200 people showed up to  Londonderry on the Tred Avon in Easton on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the community’s new clubhouse.

Complete with food, drinks and a band ¾ all with a Jimmy Buffet theme ¾ the event was a party for both current and future residents. Priority List members, or those looking to move to Londonderry, were included in the celebration so they could get a glimpse of what they have to look forward to.

“I had not been to any social affairs there yet, but it was very nice,” said Ruth Dominick, a Londonderry Priority List member who attended the celebration with her husband, Walter. “They keep us in the loop with reports and their newsletter, so it’ll be easy to move over.”

As for the new clubhouse, it’s been designed by Easton architecture firm Atelier 11. It boasts a number of new amenities for residents, including rooms for meetings and lectures, a yoga studio, a workout room with fitness equipment, a spa area for residents to have their hair and nails done, an art studio, a shaded garden and larger outside deck, and a kitchen and living room area for residents who may want to entertain larger parties.

Lauren Dianich, principle architect from Atelier 11, said the goal was to make the space very flexible so it could meet a variety of needs for Londonderry’s very active residents.

“We thought what would serve them well was a more informal setting,” Dianich said. “The whole senior time of life is very cool when you live at a senior community ¾ there’s people around your age, with your interests. It’s great.”

The clubhouse, which will move forward with Willow Construction, LLC, also of Easton, will be built as a one story, but has been designed to hold a second floor in the future should the need arise. The design also features a tower as its focal point, tying the new structure into the existing landscape by mirroring a windmill near the water at Londonderry.

The hope is for the clubhouse to serve as the heart and center of the community, and the new tower will make it even easier for residents to find. Dianich said she thinks it even brings character to the building.

“This is going to be a really neat jump forward,” Dianich said. “I think it’s representative of how vital Londonderry has become to this area.”

Londonderry on the Tred Avon is an intimate residential cooperative community for adults ages 62 and up, 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

Eastern Shore Crisis Response Helpline: Helping Callers One Crisis at a Time

Caption: Pictured left to right are staff working with the Eastern Shore Crisis Responses and Resource Helpline: Brandy James, after-hours phone counselor; Brittany Crawford, phone counselor; Lynn Gurley, LCSW-C, Clinical Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Operation Center; Carol Masden, LCSW-C, Director of Eastern Shore Crisis Response; Lindsey Tolley, phone counselor; and Katherine Harrison, phone counselor. Absent from the photo are after-hours phone counselors Sheri Christopher, LCSW-C, Keonia Greene, Tina Morris, Sherone Thompson, Eboni Taylor-Tue, LCSW-C, and Ivy Garcia.

Quietly operating out of an unassuming building in Dorchester County, the Eastern Shore Operation Center of the Eastern Shore Crisis Response Service is saving lives. Phone counselors at the Center’s Eastern Shore Crisis Response and Resource Helpline work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help prevent suicides, homicides, unnecessary hospitalizations, arrests or detention, and to reduce dangerous or threatening situations involving individuals in need of behavioral health services.  

According Lynn Gurley, LCSW-C, Clinical Coordinator of the Eastern Shore Operation Center, “The program has grown progressively each year. This is in part due to people with chronic mental health issues using us instead of going to the hospital and the word is getting out and people now know what we do.”

Sponsored by The Eastern Shore Crisis Response Services of the Affiliated Santé Group, the crisis response helpline serves the nine counties of the Eastern Shore from Cecil to Worcester counties offering telephone support for individuals and family members in crisis.  The crisis response helpline has three daytime counselors who work from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All counselors are trained clinicians and must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Services, plus have five-year crisis response helpline experience. In addition, all phone counselors participate in a special training program which uses a curriculum developed by Gurley specific to the crisis response helpline services offered through the agency.

Through a grant from the Rural Maryland Council, the agency just added a new counselor position to cover 4 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday as evening call volume has been steadily increasing. The new evening position will replace after-hours staff who worked from home during the week. The position also allows the crisis response helpline to increase its response to incoming calls, as well as outgoing follow-up calls and client satisfaction surveys.

There are seven after-hours contractual phone counselors with the crisis response helpline who work on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to midnight. The Baltimore County Crisis Center provides crisis response helpline counselors from midnight to 8 a.m. daily.

According to Carol Masden, LCSW-C, Director of Eastern Shore Crisis Response, “The key to the crisis delivery system is the helpline. During fiscal year 2016, our Eastern Shore Operations Center, where the crisis response helpline operates, assisted 6,361 callers, up 25.8 percent from fiscal year 2014. Wicomico, Cecil, and Dorchester counties were the counties with the highest number of new calls in fiscal year 2016.”

She adds, “With our most recent changes there are no disruptions in services to the nine counties we serve. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester counties.”

According to Gurley, one of the key services that the crisis response helpline offers is counseling at the time of the call.  The phone counselors assess the situation using a six-step Crisis Intervention Model. The first step is to assess the situation and identify the problem, this includes assessing the person for safety issues, including suicidal feelings, whether the person is a danger to others, determining whether mental health issues are present, as well as whether there is a medication/alcohol or drug use issue. The phone counselor can also walk the caller through exercises and suggest supports that can help the caller with managing the crisis he or she is experiencing at that moment.

Gurley states, “We express empathy to the caller, brainstorm ideas for services which can benefit them, and make a plan with them for next steps. This includes getting a commitment from the caller that he or she will follow through with the plan we set up. Our model is person-centered, so each caller is a part of making the plan.”

Services provided through the crisis response helpline include connecting callers to behavioral health appointments in facilities across the Shore. Callers get an appointment to these providers with 24 to 48 hours of calling the crisis response helpline.  The crisis response helpline is also a source of information and referral to callers who may need to get a new mental health provider because they are new to the area or referral to a homeless shelter if the person is homeless. 

Each caller has an Electronic Case Record which enables phone counselors to follow up with callers on the same day for any unresolved issues. The phone counselors also follow up with callers to be sure they have gone to scheduled appointments with providers. Web-based scheduling interfaces with the Electronic Case Record to accomplish this tracking. Once a client is stable and has received services, the crisis response helpline case is closed.

Phone counselor Katherine Harrison states, “A significant percentage of our helpline calls come from parents and foster parents who are struggling with children suffering from severe behavioral health issues, which are oftentimes the result of past trauma. We can provide counseling on the phone, and assist with linking them to outpatient behavioral health treatment if needed. If we can’t be successful on the phone, we can then dispatch a Mobile Crisis Team to the home. The ultimate goal is to prevent hospitalization, but sometimes that is where the client needs to be.”

Harrison recalls, “There are success stories, however, every day. I was recently able to de-escalate a child who was experiencing a behavioral health crisis over the phone, and he was able to go to school and ended up having a good day.”

Lindsey Tolley, another phone counselor with the helpline, states, “We are seeing more and more clients struggling with the co-occurring issues of substance use disorder and a mental health issue. It is more common now for family members to call on behalf of a minor or on behalf of their adult children in regard to substance abuse.”

Additional services provided by the crisis response helpline include coordination with law enforcement and other emergency personnel when more serious mental health issues arise. Eastern Shore Crisis Response provides ongoing Crisis Intervention Team training for law enforcement about mental health and substance use issues. In some cases, when a call comes in that involves a dangerous situation, the phone counselor will dispatch the Mobile Crisis Team and law enforcement at the same time.

The Eastern Shore Crisis Response Mobile Crisis Teams are available between 9 a.m. and midnight seven days a week, 365 days a year. Approximately one half of the calls through the crisis response helpline require the Mobile Crisis Teams to be dispatched. Teams are available in all the Eastern Shore counties but Worcester County, which already has a mobile crisis team in place.

Masden comments, “In FY 2016 the Mobile Crisis Teams responded to 2743 dispatches to provide immediate crisis interventions, psychosocial assessments and referrals, helping individuals, families with mental health crises, substance abuse, and intellectual disabilities.”

According to Masden, most callers present with more than one behavioral health issue and the crisis response helpline deals with clients with chronic mental health issues. In fiscal year 2016, the top three focal issues for callers were chronic mental illness, depression, and situational crisis. The agency reported that 22.4 percent of new calls were related to substance abuse and/or co-occurring disorders. Services are provided to people across the lifespan, with ages ranging from age young children to adults aged 99, who may be suffering from a mental health issue such as dementia, now referred to as neurocognitive disorders.

The crisis response helpline cannot provide transportation assistance for callers or give medical or legal advice or ongoing therapy to callers. According to Gurley, “Our mission is to respond to crisis calls and ensure the safety and well-being of the person in crisis until such time as the individual has been stabilized, provided with needed support and information and referred to appropriate community resources for continuity of care.” She adds, “There has been positive feedback from our satisfaction surveys for the crisis response helpline and we are utilizing the feedback for continuous quality improvement.”

A number of agencies partner with Eastern Shore Crisis Response to provide care to crisis response Helpline callers, including Mid-Shore Behavioral Health Services, which provides referrals, shares cases and provides peer review for Eastern Shore Crisis Response. Mid-Shore Behavioral Health is also a pass through entity for funding the agency. Masden states, “Mid-Shore Behavioral Health is our champion. The staff advocated for us with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Behavioral Health Administration when our call volume increased exponentially and we needed to fund additional positions. They also secured funding for us to enhance our Call Center, creating a phone que system which is more consumer friendly. This enhancement helps us better serve our neighbors when they are most fragile.”

Masden adds, “In Cecil County, the Cecil County Core Service Agency helps to fund the Cecil County Mobile Crisis Team, as well as funds a portion of the Call Center staff.”

Through collaborative partnerships with hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, substance abuse services and peer support programming, Eastern Shore Crisis Response has built a strong community program. For immediate support, access the Eastern Shore Crisis Response and Resource Helpline at 888-407-8018.

The Affiliated Santé Group (Santé), a dynamic and leading provider of crisis psychiatric care and system management services to public and private entities, is the largest provider of crisis services in Maryland. Santé, a nonprofit entity, also manages mental health outreach and psychiatric recovery services. It has been delivering mental health care to individuals and families and pioneering new treatment modalities since 1974. As a nonprofit, the organization welcomes donations to assist with the growing operational expenses associated with the volume of calls that the crisis response helpline is experiencing. For further information about the Affiliated Santé Group, visit www.thesantegroup.org


Navy Point goes nautical June 16-18


The Arts at Navy Point comes to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the 30th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels, Md. this June 16-18. This year’s exhibitors include marine wildlife master carver Dave Newcomer of North Conway, N.H., who begins with interestingly shaped pieces of wood and turns them into dolphins, whales, mermaids, and entire schools of fish. Newcomer will be providing carving demonstrations throughout the three-day show, with advanced tickets and more information about this Father’s Day weekend event at bit.ly/boatfestival17, or by calling 410-745-2916.


More than 60 juried maritime artists and craftsman will be at the waterfront Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Antique & Classic Boat Festival June 16-18 when The Arts at Navy Point returns to St. Michaels, Md. In addition to traditional maritime artists and craftspeople from throughout the United States, a number of marine tradespeople will also be exhibiting at the event.

Now in its 30th year, the Antique & Classic Boat Festival is held by the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society and brings an era of by-gone days to Father’s Day weekend as wooden classics, vintage race boats, and other antique and Chesapeake Bay-related boats take to the Miles River and CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus.

The Arts at Navy Point features nautical- and maritime-related oil and watercolor paintings, sculptures created from various media, photographs, wildlife carvings, jewelry, boat models, furniture, books, and more.

This year’s exhibitors include marine wildlife master carver Dave Newcomer of North Conway, N.H., who begins with interestingly shaped pieces of wood and turns them into dolphins, whales, mermaids, and entire schools of fish. Newcomer will be providing carving demonstrations throughout the three-day show.

New Arts at Navy Point artists include carver Bob Bohannon; Chesapeake workboat model maker John Raeder; photographer John Ellsworth; author and regional paddling expert Jeff Lowman; ceramic artists Sonny Fletcher, Rowe House Tiles, and Bogan Pottery; painters, Jo Houtz, Trish Doty, and Edwin L. Cook; bag maker Kelley Gravenor; and sculptor Whimsical Creations.

Other marine artists include Chesapeake Bay native, carver, and author Don Parks; naval architect and author Jay Benford, who designed the Patriot as seen in St. Michaels; chrome plating marine artist Jim Wade of Philadelphia, Pa.; and Jim Torbert, of Felton, De., with his “Land Yacht,”—a bright yellow bus that is hard to miss, carrying an extensive array of special types and sizes of rope for marine, agricultural and industrial purposes, with knotting and splicing services performed on site. Fawcett’s Boat Supplies will also be on hand to help boaters with on-site sales of merchandise and boating advice.

Those returning to Arts at Navy Point include carvers William Veasey, Bill Hickson, Ed Jacobs and Ed Kuhn; painters Mary Lou Troutman, Dave Murphy, and Grover Cantwell; photographers Joan Orme, Ellis Underkoffler and Joe Gruver; blacksmith Nick Vincent, model-makers Chuck Willey, John Into, and Nancy Price; boatbuilders and restorers George Hazzard, Jerry LeCompte, Joe Reid, and Will Ruhland, and canvas and sail makers Scott & Shannon Simmons.

A complete and updated list of Arts at Navy Point marine artists and craftspeople is at bit.ly/artsnavypoint17.

“Boat owners love this show because they can often source supplies found nowhere else,” commented CBC-ACBS’s John Into. “Boats and art might seem like an odd mix, until you see the beautiful mahogany and chrome boats. As you learn about what was involved in restoring them to their original condition—sometimes from unrecognizable hulks—these boats, and their restorers, can also be viewed as art and artisans, respectively.”

The Arts at Navy Point will be open throughout the three-day Antique & Classic Boat Festival, with exhibitors located under the big tent on CBMM’s Navy Point, as well as in the Small Boat Shed exhibition building and throughout the 18-acre Mile River waterfront campus.

CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus is located on what has been referred to as “Navy Point” since the mid-19th century, before seafood packing houses, bugeyes, and buyboats lined the working waterfront of St. Michaels. St. Michaels native and U.S. Navy Veteran Purser Samuel Hambleton named the area in honor of his service under Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

Festival hours are Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Father’s Day, Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The festival includes two-day admission to all of CBMM’s special and permanent exhibitions, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, where guests can climb to the top for views of the Miles River and St. Michaels harbor. The event is $5 for CBMM adult members, or $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and students with ID; and $6 for children 6-17.

Scenic river cruises aboard CBMM’s 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle will be offered throughout the festival, with boat rides and food an additional cost. For safety reasons, non-service dogs are prohibited at CBMM festivals. Festival parking for all three days and a Saturday shuttle service are free, with CBMM a short walk to specialty shops, restaurants, inns, bed & breakfasts, and other attractions in St. Michaels’ historic district. For advanced tickets and more information, visit bit.ly/boatfestival17 or call 410-745-2916.

ESLC Puts Large Chunk of Kent County Land into Conservation Easement

Staff from the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy (ESLC) and Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) signed 678 acres of Oldfield Point Farms, LLC. into a permanent conservation easement, forever protecting what land conservationists consider a “keystone Eastern Shore property” – meaning a large, intact farm visible from the road, containing waterfront property, and home to wildlife. The Starkey family, owners of Oldfield Point Farms, worked with ESLC and its partner organizations to make the easement a reality.

The easement is a big win for preserving open space and prime agricultural land on the Eastern Shore. This success was made possible by the generosity of the Starkey family and the efforts of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, MET, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, MD State Highway Administration, and Kent County.

The keystone property has been considered a priority by ESLC for many years, as the number of large Eastern Shore farms that haven’t already been subdivided or preserved is relatively small. The conservation easement protects about one-half of Oldfield Point Farms from largescale development, and preserves the natural resources and prime farmland for the production of diversified grain and vegetable crops.

Also resulting from the easement, a portion of the property’s shoreline now provides public access on a scenic shoreline along one of the Eastern Shore’s most pristine waterways.

“Since 2007, MET, working in partnership with Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, has completed seven easements along the Byway protecting more than 2,500 acres of scenic lands”, adds Jared Parks, Conservation Easement Program Manager for Eastern Shore Land Conservancy. “In addition to protecting lands on the scenic byway, these efforts have also conserved important wildlife habitat and prime agricultural lands. We are very pleased to help protect this important property, further securing the scenic, rural, ecological and agricultural character of this landscape.”

 It should be noted that this easement would not have been possible without funding allocated from Program Open Space – the state’s financial and technical assistance provided for the planning, acquisition, and/or development of recreation land or open space areas. ESLC also notes that without the tireless work of former Congressman, now ESLC Environmental Education Director, Wayne Gilchrest, to have federal money earmarked for the preservation of land along the National Scenic Byway, this environmental win may have not happened.

For more information about this conservation easement and/or the work of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, please contact ESLC’s Communication Manager, David Ferraris, at dferraris@eslc.org or 410.690.4603 x165.

The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival


For some, Labor Day weekend can be a bittersweet occasion, symbolizing the unofficial end of summer, but for jazz enthusiasts across Maryland and beyond, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: The Monty Alexander Jazz Festival.

In its eighth year, the Easton-based festival, returns with the sensational and eponymous Monty Alexander, along with his hand-picked selection of musical companions—all newcomers, save for past festival favorite René Marie.

The festivities kick off in the evening of Friday, September 1st with trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg, described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” The Canadian songwriter’s musicianship frequently draws comparisons to the legendary Louis Armstrong.

The fun continues with Saturday’s jam-packed schedule, starting with a free community concert at 11 a.m., featuring the United States Navy Band Commodores. The 18-member group, recognized as the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, will perform an eclectic mix of traditional big band music and exciting jazz vocal arrangements.

Trumpeter Sean Jones and his band will delight festival goers during a Saturday afternoon performance. Since childhood, Jones’ musical vision—influenced by Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis—has been intertwined with spirituality. In addition to mastering the art form, Jones is heavily involved in education. Most recently, he was named Chair of the Brass Department at Berklee College of Music.

The day concludes with an 8 p.m. performance by jazz vocalist René Marie. With a style that borrows elements from folk, R&B, classical, and country genres, Marie’s body of work explores the human experience. Through her creative lyricism and sensual vocal delivery, Marie offers an enlightening experience for audience members.

Considered one of the top five jazz pianists ever, Monty Alexander closes out the festival weekend on Sunday, September 3rd. The Jamaican-born musician is renowned for his vibrant personality and musical expression that combines elements of the blues, gospel, calypso, and reggae into an energetic, swingin’ performance that’s not to be missed.

Jazz on the Chesapeake is a program of Chesapeake Music. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Jazzonthechesapeake.com or call 410-819-0380.


The Oxford Garden Club will hold their “Secret Gardens of Oxford” Tour, featuring eight exceptionally lovely gardens, June 3, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm; Rain or Shine. Pre-sale tickets are $15, purchased by mailing a check, made out to OGC, to Luann Madary, P.O. Box 657, Oxford, MD 21654 or by contacting Luann at treasureroxfordgardenclub@gmail.com; or call 410-226-5799 before May 29th. Tickets purchased after May 29th or the day of the tour are $20. All tickets may be picked up in the Town Park starting at 9 am on the day of the tour.
In conjunction with the tour, the OGC is sponsoring the Garden Shed Sale from 9 to 2 in the Town Park. Items for sale come from donations made to the Shed and include anything associated with gardening: tools, outdoor furniture, potted plants, soil, garden accessories and books, wind chimes, wheelbarrows, etc. To donate something or to request a pickup of items, contact one of the committee members: Pat Jessup at 410-226-0231, Linda Wilson, 410-226-1430, Cid Walker, 292-210-8383, or Paula Bell, 410-226-0005. Donations may be made after May 29th.
Directions to this event: Take Route 333, Oxford Road, into Oxford to Town Park on your left.
All proceeds from the Garden Shed Sale and the tour support the educational and civic programs of the Oxford Garden Club. Receipt of donated items can be given for tax purposes. The club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, Inc., a designated 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization.

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