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New waterfowling exhibition to open at CBMM in April

A new exhibition in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Waterfowling building, Adze to Whittling Knife—Chesapeake Boatbuilders as Decoy Carvers, will open to the public on Saturday, April 18, 2020.


Chesapeake Bay-area craftsmen produced boats—and decoys—that were regionally distinctive. Boatbuilding was often a full-time occupation, and decoy carving was more typically a sideline. A few boatbuilders used the same carpentry skills to produce both boats and decoys. From the prolific decoy carvers of the Susquehanna Flats at the northern end of the Bay, to carvers whose production was much more limited, some of the Chesapeake’s most shapely decoys came from the hands of carvers who made their principal living building watercraft for fishermen, hunters, or boaters.


“The stories go back more than a century about craftsmen who built boats and had a sideline in decoys as well,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “This exhibition allows us to explore the links between these trades, which are important aspects of the living traditions our guests encounter every day.”

Adze to Whittling Knife is generously sponsored by Judy and Henry Stansbury, Gourmet By The Bay, and the world’s leading decoy auction firm, Guyette & Deeter. Entry to the exhibition is free for CBMM members or with general admission. The exhibition will travel to the Waterfowl Festival in Easton, Md., on Nov. 13–15 and return to CBMM’s Waterfowling Building through March 7, 2021. 

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevance, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.

Response To COVID-19

University of Maryland Medical System

Announces Visitor Policy Changes At All Facilities In Response To COVID-19


BALTIMORE (March 10, 2020) – As part of its ongoing preparedness and response effort regarding COVID-19 and in order to protect patients, staff and visitors, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) today announced changes to the visitor policy at all 13 System hospitals and other UMMS healthcare facilities. As this is a rapidly-evolving situation, these changes are in effect beginning Wednesday, March 11 at 7am until further notice.

Highlights of the Enhanced Patient Safety Policy include:

  • All visitors must check in at the front desk.
  • No one under age 18 (except the parent of a hospitalized patient) is permitted to visit the hospital including all waiting areas and common spaces. This also applies to ambulatory clinics and urgent care facilities.
  • Only one adult visitor is allowed per patient for all areas of the hospital.
  • Visitors may be screened for flu-like symptoms and are not permitted to visit the hospital if symptoms are present.
  • Visitors with international travel may not visit for 14 days after arrival into the United States.


“The coronavirus disease poses several challenges to an extended family presence at a patient’s bedside including potential spread of the virus to patients and staff by those with asymptomatic or mild infection,” said David Marcozzi, MD, COVID-19 Incident Commander for UMMS.  “Enacting these changes to visitation is consistent with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding response to the coronavirus.”

“These enhanced visitor limitations are designed to protect the health and safety of the public, our staff and our patients, now that there are confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland,” Dr. Marcozzi said, noting hospitals also implement visitor restrictions during the annual seasonal influenza season as needed.

“We understand this is a challenging time for many in our communities and we are continuing to remain vigilant and work with local, state and federal partners to keep patients and health care workers safe,” added Dr. Marcozzi, who is also Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Population Health within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the UM School of Medicine (SOM) and Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Certain exceptions to the policy may be made in particular circumstances and with prior approval by the Physician Administrative Officer, including:

  • For end-of-life care
  • Two parents/caregivers of pediatric patients will be permitted as long as neither adult is symptomatic
  • Two visitors will be permitted in Labor & Delivery units, inclusive of a professional support person or post-partum helper, as long as none of the adults are symptomatic

In addition to the changes outlined above, based on reports of canine COVID-19 transmission, under the recommendation of Infection Prevention experts, UMMS is also suspending all animal therapy indefinitely.  Service animals will continue to be permitted. Community education and outreach classes and events are being evaluated; as decisions are made regarding possible cancelations, announcements will be made on the UMMS website and social media channels.

UMMS experts urge the public to practice vigilant hand hygiene, follow respiratory etiquette (cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing), maintain social distances when possible and avoid shaking hands.  These strategies are fundamental to protecting our workforce, patients and the community.

More information about the Enhanced Patient Safety Policy including a Frequently Asked Questions document can be found on the UMMS dedicated COVID-19 information webpage, https://www.umms.org/covid.


About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is a university-based regional health care system focused on serving the health care needs of Maryland, bringing innovation, discovery and research to the care we provide and educating the state’s future physician and health care professionals through our partnership with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the UM Schools of Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Dentistry in Baltimore. As one of the largest private employers in the State, the health system’s 28,000 employees and 4,000 affiliated physicians provide primary and specialty care in more than 150 locations and at 13 hospitals. UMMS’ flagship academic campus, the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore is partnered with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is recognized regionally and nationally for excellence and innovation in specialized care.  Our acute care and specialty rehabilitation hospitals serve urban, suburban and rural communities and are located in 13 counties across the State. In addition, UMMS operates health insurance plans serving Medicare and Medicaid members. For more information, visit www.umms.org.

Chip Fleming… A Visionary Agro-Entrepreneur 


In the late 1970’s a group of farmers came together to form the American Agriculture Movement in an attempt to organize a strike to raise awareness of the importance of the American Farmer.  Some of these farmers drove their tractors all the way to Washington, D.C. to protest, blocking traffic, and creating significant tie-ups. Among this group was Edward Breckenridge “Breck” Fleming II, a Dorchester County farmer who inspired his son not only to be a farmer, but to continue to take a leadership role in his community.  


In childhood, Edward Breckenridge “Chip” Fleming III, was always his father’s shadow on the farm, which is how he got the nickname Chip, by being a chip off the ol’ block.  “I’ve been on the farm all my life.  Every time I had the chance, I was riding with my grandfather, my dad or my uncle, Bill Fleming, watching and paying attention to everything that was going on and why the equipment was doing what it did and why things were doing what they did as it was happening,” said Chip. “I didn’t have any interest in sports, I just wanted to be their shadow.”


The farm’s influence held Chip’s fascination as a child, and led him to farming in his adulthood. A newspaper clipping of his father holding a 14-month-old Chip on the day of the organized strike in the ‘70s is framed in his office today, commemorating his father’s desire to keep agriculture a driving economic force on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.


“One day when I was 7-years-old, dad said, ‘this doesn’t make any sense! I’m sitting here driving and you’re sitting on the fender watching me — you know how to do this,’” Chip said. He recalls his excitement, that his dad left him on a John Deere 4020 cultivator with an umbrella and fender-mounted radio, cultivating about 150 acres of soybeans that day. “I remember my mother being livid when she came to bring us lunch because she was expecting to see my dad on one tractor and my uncle on the other, but that’s not how it was! She was upset for a while!”


At his father’s insistence, who didn’t want farming to be the only thing Chip knew, he attended State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, and earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering.  


“I was fascinated by it, and just have a passion for it as well. You grow up into farming and don’t realize it’s what you want full time. Farming is a very gratifying lifestyle; it’s a rewarding and pride driven business,” said Chip.


Immediately after college Chip went right to work with a dealership as a service tech on combines and seeding and harvesting equipment, a skill that still comes in handy to this day on his own farm.


Today Chip farms approximately 1500 acres of corn, organic corn, soybeans and wheat; as well as serving as Vice-President of the Dorchester Farm Bureau, and is also a University of Maryland Extension LEAD Fellow.  “While dad was alive, I’d lean on him about some things to try; but as I got older I found he valued my opinion more towards the end of his life,” Chip said. “After Dad passed, I used to stop and think, ‘what would Dad do?’ But I had to get away from that because I’m a little more of a risk taker than he ever was. If I based all of my decisions on what he might do, I might not be where I am today.”


Chip is a bit of a visionary, as he’s always thinking ahead to what he can accomplish or undertake next. In 2008 with the purchase of 270 acres of farmland the vision of a family adventure park was born.  Not that he had extra time on his hands, as he implies, but because he wanted to provide an area for locals to go as a family to enjoy on-the-farm entertainment. “I want to offer my community simple entertainment, an alternative to electronics! To use your mind and enjoy yourself on a day trip.” 


It was then that he birthed Breckenridge Adventures, which offers activities like a 9-acre interactive corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, pedal cart racing, and even paintball amongst a variety of other things on the 25 acres of activity. 


“My wife, Jennifer pretty much handles all the aspects of Breckenridge Adventures,” he says, which includes Linkwood Landing a small mobile home park located at the back of this farm. Laughing he says, “All this started because I had a couple extra hours in the week.”


Much like his own father, Chip would like to see his son, who carries the family name as Edward Breckenridge “Breck” Fleming IV, go to college and experience more of what the world has to offer.  “I want Breck to go to college and get a degree, he needs to know more than just driving tractors and running equipment,” Chip said. “I’d be excited if he wants to pursue farming and take over the business, but if his passion is for something else, I don’t want to sway him.”


Chip Fleming is one of Dorchester County UMD Extension’s monthly featured farmers. For more information on Extension or our featured farmer campaign, find us on Facebook at University of Maryland Extension – Dorchester. If you’d like to experience all that Breckenridge Adventures has to offer, you can find them on Facebook at Breckenridge Adventures or online at shoremaze.com.

Top Rural and Community Hospital

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton named a 2020 Top Rural and Community Hospital

University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton has been named a 2020 Top Rural and Community Hospital by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Top 20 Rural Community Health winners were selected based on their high performance scores in the Hospital Strength Index compiled by iVantage Health Analytics.

iVantage’s Hospital Strength index utilizes publicly available datasets to quantify overall hospital performance in eight pillars: Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Share, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, Cost, Charge, and Financial Stability.

“Of the 6,000-plus hospitals in the United States, more than 1800 are classified as rural,” said Ken Kozel, UM SRH president and CEO. “Shore Medical Center at Easton’s selection as a Top 20 Rural and Community Hospital is an outstanding achievement and a testament to the strength of our team.”

The NRHA will present award certificates to the Top 20 RCH winners, along with the 2020 Rural Health Award individual and organizational winners at the organization’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit in San Diego, California, in May 2020.

For more information visit RuralHealthWeb.org.

Queen Anne’s Chorale

The Board of the Queen Anne’s Chorale met last night (March 10) and, after much thoughtful discussion on the coronavirus and its possible effects on the Chorale, audience, etc., voted to postpone the April 18 Spring concert. Rehearsals are suspended immediately. Needless to say, this was a discussion we were not expecting to take place. Fortunately, the Chorale has a set of contingency plans. These were reviewed last night.


By being pro-active and working quickly, a “Plan B” is already confirmed and implemented. Regular Monday night rehearsals will resume on June 1 and continue weekly through June 22. We will perform at TPAC on Saturday, June 27 and Thomas Beard will still be our guest artist. The only wrinkle is that we will need to hold our June 27 combined rehearsal in the early afternoon instead of the usual morning time frame.


If you have any questions or other concerns, please reply to this email, call me, or contact Board President Carlene Cooke (301-367-2942).

An Update for Candle Light Cove Residents, Family Members and Friends

An Update for Our Residents, Family Members and Friends


We wanted to provide you with a general overview and update of our steps as we move along our journey to do our part to contain the threat of COVID-19 at Candle Light Cove.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our state trade associations along with local health authorities have recommended a variety of steps that we are implementing to help reduce the potential for the virus to enter our building.  We appreciate your patience and assistance in the battle to contain COVID-19.  We are deeply mindful of the vulnerability of our population to this particular illness, and our decisions to intensify our social distancing is reflective of our determination to stem the outbreak.  We currently have no known illness in our community.


  • We continue to screen all visitors as to their potential exposures, including travel and symptoms of illness relative to themselves and others with whom they closely associate.
  • We are practicing active surveillance of our Residents for signs and symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • We are asking family and friends to avoid non-essential visits; We have technologies in place to visit using Skype/FaceTime or Go-To Meeting.
  • We have curtailed our planned outings to restaurants, Walmart and other stores – we will be creative to get Residents the items they need and want.
  • We are advising residents to avoid identified risks for exposure such as large gatherings, restaurants, non-essential appointments, etc.
  • We are practicing active surveillance of our team members for signs and symptoms and we are actively screening for potential exposures to include their own travel and family travel and illness.
  • We are reviewing signs, symptoms and standard precautions with our team during every shift.
  • We have cancelled or postponed programmatic events at the community.


Our community is following the recommendations of the CDC on prevention steps, including following strict hand washing procedures, and in many circumstances, wearing protective equipment and gloves when interacting with residents who are sick. We are cleaning high-touch, high-traffic areas with increased frequency.  We are staying informed with the CDC recommendations as they are updated.  In addition, our community is in close contact with the local and state health department and are following their guidance.  Please observe the signs on our entryway doors to notify visitors of the symptoms of COVID-19 and basic precautions and request that you not enter the building if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you have been in close contact with anyone who has traveled within the last two weeks to any of these five countries:  China, S. Korea, Japan, Iran, or Italy. 


We will notify you if any residents or staff are diagnosed with COVID-19. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact our community at: 410-770-9707.


For additional information, please visit the CDC’s coronavirus disease information page.


Bob Scheele

Executive Operations Officer / Candle Light Cove

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