• June 2, 2015

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  1. Chesapeake nursing students inducted into national honor society

    Chesapeake nursing students inducted into national honor societyWYE MILLS — The Chesapeake College MGW Nursing program, for the first time, inducted students into Alpha Delta Nu, the national honor society for associate degree nursing students. Fifteen local students were inducted into the Gamma Iota chapter, which was chartered in the fall of 2014. To be considered for membership, students must have an overall GPA of 3.0 prior to entering the nursing program, and a 3.0 GPA in all nursing courses. Students must demonstrate professionalism and integrity at all times, and complete a capstone project. The 2015 Alpha Delta Nu inductees are pictured here. Front row, left to right, are: Samantha Stevenson, Ashley Nicholson, Emma Coleman, Laura Jackson, Diana Cox, Christy Anderson and Joyce Plummer. Back row, left to right, are: Jessica Pretzler, Chelsea Kayhoe, Ashley Higgs, Christina Seningen, Mandy Dulin, Christina Gardner, Heather Downes and Amy Loder-Crouch.
  2. BPOE 1622 75th anniversary

    Awards dinner honoring 75th anniversary of BPOE ELKS #1622. Pictured left to right: Grand Exaulted ruler James Amen, Mayor and ELK Robert Willey, Exaulted ruler Joe Langraf.
  3. BPOE 1622 75th anniversary

    Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 1622 of Easton, 75th anniversary awards. Left to right: Grand Exaulted Ruler James Amen, Exaulted Ruler Joe Langraf, Senator Addie Eckert, Delegate and ELK John Mautz.
  4. New Elks

    New members of Elks Lodge 1622 — Joe Langraf, Joseph Prud'Homme, Carroll Baize, Thomas Keepers.
  5. Greensboro Elementary School PTA hosting second Family Fun Day

    Principal Swann is looking forward to doing her part during the Splat the Teacher/Principal Contest during Family Fun Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 28. Event includes “splat the teacher/principal contest,” fire truck rides, book bingo, a raffle table, games and a bounce house. Grand prize drawing of a Serta Queen mattress, boxspring and frame at 2 p.m. Rain or shine. Admission is free. Raffle tickets: $5 per ticket. Info: greensboromdpta@yahoo.com.
  6. Happy Birthday!!

    Evie Darlin' is kind, sweet and funny too.  Yes, she's quite the Lady.  Here's hoping you will join family and friends to wish her a happy"80."  Much Love, Donna and Nancy
  7. Happy Birthday!!

    Evie Darlin' is kind, sweet and funny too.  Yes, she's quite the Lady.  Here's hoping you will join family and friends to wish her a happy"80."  Much Love, Donna and Nancy
  8. Cover Your Chin for Charity does it again

    EASTON — “What a party!” said Adam Theeke, one of the founding members of the Cover your Chin for Charity event held last month at the Waterfowl building in Easton. “We had double the number of competitors, a larger crowd, and brought in even more donations than last year to give to the selected charities.”The charities this year were Baywater Animal Rescue (a no kill pet shelter), Camp Possibilities (a summer camp for children with diabetes) and Mental Health of Talbot Veterans Fund (an emergency fund to support local veterans in need). Each charity will be receiving donations raised by individuals sponsoring the CYCC contestants along with funds from corporate sponsorships, ticket sales from the closing ceremony and items auctioned at the event. Representatives from each charity took a turn thanking the gathered patrons for their kind donations of time and money.“We have pretty easy rules,” explained co-founder and winner of the partial beard category, Andrew Southworth. “Everyone starts clean- shaven, and then raises money from friends, family and work associates. Three months later we put on a big party where the competing beards take the stage to be judged. It’s a really good time and well worth everybody’s efforts.”Winners of the various judged categories really brought their game this year. The mustache winner, Jon Grow, sported a timeless Fu Man Chu and the full beard category actually came down to a three man tie. The tie was broken by an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 150 people who cheered for their favorite. As the dust settled, the new champ was announced and the winner by popular vote was Henner Neff.“We wanted to put on a charity event that was a blast for everybody, affordable, and supported groups that could really use the donations, both effectively and efficiently,” said another co-founder Joel Shilliday. “This is everyone’s party,” he added.“The real overall purpose is the fundraising and the best part … is we get to give it all away,” said Theeke.The last man on stage received the highest honors of the night. Eric Milhollan stood proud as he was crowned and recognized as the number one fundraiser for the Cover your Chin for Charity 2015 event. Milhollan brought in over $1,600 toward the effort.“We’ll be back next year with the same goals of topping the money we give away and putting on an even better party. See you all there!” said Shilliday.“It’s amazing how our sponsors want to help,” said Southworth. “Two of them became judges this year and Roberto’s pizza has provided great food for our event both years. More sponsors gave this year and we are really grateful for the people who helped us out; I wish I could list them all. A host of sponsors new and returning provide the backbone of any good charity. We’re blessed with the best.” Southworth said.“Congratulations to Cover your Chin and of course their wives for another fine event. I know these guys really work hard, and put on quite a show. They do this on top of their careers and responsibilities as parents, all to provide money to organizations that help others. I’m really proud of these good boys,” said the mother of one of the bearded competitors.Coveryourchin.com and cover your chin information can be found on Facebook along with lots of photos from each year’s event as well as a full accounting of the sponsors who make it possible.
  9. Harmony on the Bay announces new meeting location

    Harmony on the Bay, Sweet Adelines in Centreville, practices every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Beginning on March 3, 2015, practice will be held at Our Mother of Sorrows Church at 301 Homewood Avenue in Centreville, Md. If you love to sing, make new friends and love to have fun, contact membership chair Claudia, at 410-924-0013.
  10. Boy Scout Troop 190 donates food

    Boy Scout Troop 190 of Easton collected food items for the BSA Scouting for Food program, which was donated to St. Mark’s Methodist Church food pantry. The Scouts collected over 45 bags of nonperishable food items (approximately 500 pounds of food). The scouts collected the food from neighbors for a three-week period. Boy Scout Troop 190 meets at 7 p.m. every Thursday night at St. Mark’s Church.
  11. Local 7-year-old donates to Locks of Love

    Seven-year-old Leigha Bosley’s selfless decision to cut her long hair that she has been growing since she was 2 years old helps Locks of Love. It is only the second time in her life that Leigha has had a haircut but she decided to cut all her hair off to donate to Locks of Love in hopes to make a difference in the lives of children who suffer rare diseases and lose their own hair. “Mommy, if I had to shave all my hair off for another kid, I would,” Leigha told her mother. She was so proud and her mother wanted Leigha to see how much what she did means to others.
  12. Logan (Dew) King Commissioned New Officer

    Logan King formerly of Federalsburg, and an alumni of North Caroline High School, has achieved the rank of Ensign in the United States Navy. Ensign King has met the criteria specified to transition from enlisted to officer. Ensign King is the daughter of Harold C. Dew from Federalsburg and Johann Reardon from Denton. She is stationed in Oak Harbor, Wa. with her husband Ryan King and her daughter Mia Findley. Her brother Howard Reardon III is currently serving as a Captain in the Army with four tours of duty in Afghanistan. She also has a brother Jason Dew who served in the United States Marine Corp.
  13. 2015 MACo Board of Directors installed

    On Thursday evening, Jan. 8, 2015, Majority Leader Senator Jim Robey installed the MACo Board of Directors for 2015. The installation took place at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland during the MACo Winter Conference at the Inaugural Ceremony and Awards Banquet. The 2015 slate of Members and Officers are as follows:Officers: Isiah “Ike” Leggett, County Executive, Montgomery County – President John Barr, Commissioner, Washington County – First Vice President Tari Moore, County Executive, Cecil County – Second Vice President Kevin Kamenetz, County Executive, Baltimore County – Secretary Jerry Walker, Council Chair, Anne Arundel County – Treasurer Jan Gardner, County Executive, Frederick County – Immediate Past President Members: Rushern Baker, III, County Executive, Prince George’s County Charles Fisher, Commissioner, Somerset County Barry Glassman, County Executive, Harford County Matthew Holloway, Council Vice President, Wicomico County Allan Kittleman, County Executive, Howard County William Pickrum, Commission President, Kent County Laura Price, Council Vice President, Talbot County Evan Slaughenhoupt, Jr., Calvert County Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, Council Member, Baltimore City William “Bill” Valentine, Commissioner, Allegany County
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  15. Be a Santa to a Senior

    Tidewater Gymnastics helped to deliver gifts to St Mark's Village in Easton for Home Instead Senior Care's "Be a Santa to a Senior" program. Home Instead Senior Care partners with nonprofit organizations and community merchants to help provide gifts to seniors who may not otherwise receive a gift this year. For more information about the program, visit www.beasantatoasenior.com or call 410-822-1230.
  16. Shop With a Cop

    On Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 the third Caroline County Shop With a Cop was held. Officers from Denton Police, Caroline County Sheriff’s Department, Ridgely Police Department, Department of Natural Resources police and Maryland State Police participated. There were 19 children included in this event who were picked up from a parent/guardian at Denton Elementary school and taken in a police vehicle to shop at Walmart. They were given $100 per child to shop for family members and themselves. After shopping, they were taken to lunch, which was provided by Pizza Empire. While the officers and children ate lunch, the presents were wrapped. After lunch and gift wrapping, the officers returned children to Denton Elementary School. Funds for this event were raised through local businesses and several other fundraisers. Talbot Optimist Club sponsored this event again this year.
  17. Angel tree for vets

    Easton Elks Lodge 1622 decorated a Christmas tree with angels suggesting gift items for patients at the Perry Point Veterans Administration hospital. The tree bore ‘fruit’ as evidenced in the photo. The items were carefully wrapped and several members took them to the hospital on December 15th, acting the part of Santa Claus for the patients. Pictured: Frank Tatman, George Shoener, Dick Palazzolo, Richard Van Slambrook, Jim Mason. Thanks to the Mautz family for use of the their van.
  18. LCA packs shoeboxes for needy children

    The students of Lighthouse Christian Academy in Stevensville were challenged this season to pack shoeboxes to be sent to needy children in developing countries worldwide through Operation Christmas Child. Students brought in hygiene items, small toys, school supplies, flashlights, batteries, notes of encouragement, and more and filled 45 shoeboxes for age- and gender-specific children in need throughout the world.Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse, then picks up the shoeboxes from hubs all over the world and delivers the gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents. Students were excited to prepare boxes for children on the other side of the world for whom this may be their only Christmas gift. Pastor Todd Williams of Safe Harbor Presbyterian Church blessed the boxes as they left the school, that they would minister to the children who would receive them.
  19. LCA supports Feed-A-Family Community Thanksgiving

    This November, Lighthouse Christian Academy supported Queen Anne County's Feed-A-Family Community Thanksgiving Food Program by supplying nonperishable food donations. Students brought in more than 300 food items that were packed and delivered to families in Queen Anne's County who requested assistance with food for Thanksgiving. LCA students enjoyed a friendly competition between classes to determine who could bring in the greatest amount of non-perishable food. Students in the fourth and fifth grades helped to load the food into the delivery truck, and all students were invited to help prepare the packages for distribution. The county's Feed-A-Family program assisted more than 300 families in need last year.
  20. Garden Club of the Eastern Shore Decorates for Dixon House

    On Dec. 11, the Garden Club of the Eastern Shore made Christmas a little brighter for the residence of Dixon House Independent and Assisted Living in Easton. L to R  Alice Ryan, Nanny Trippe, Nancy Shuck, Jill Meyerhoff and Cathy McCoy.

Your Articles

Thursday 04/23/2015
Local swimmer challenges record and raises funds
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 10:34 am

Nik Haynes, born and raised in Talbot County, enjoyed many of the benefits of small-town living, including sports coverage by The Star Democrat. He worked hard and played harder as a member of St. Michaels High School’s varsity soccer and baseball teams, and the Miles River Yacht Club and YMCA’s swim teams.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Kids on Campus
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 10:14 am

WYE MILLS — Registration is now open for Chesapeake College’s popular summer enrichment program for children and teens. The Kids on Campus program, scheduled for June 22 through Aug. 7, offers a variety of sessions designed for children in grades two through 11.

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Monday 04/20/2015
K-B Market and Kitchen School opens in Kennedyville
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 10:14 am

KENNEDYVILLE — After almost 30 years of cooking for the diners of Kent County, Chef Kevin McKinney is now teaching them how to cook for themselves.

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Friday 04/17/2015
'A Quilted Garden' comes to Oxford Community Center
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 8:52 am

OXFORD — Do you have family heirloom quilts or handmade beauties? Are you giving someone a beautiful quilt and want to know how much it is worth?

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Thursday 04/16/2015
Caritas Society holds 45th anniverssay gala
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 12:58 pm

ANNAPOLIS — The Caritas Society of St. John's College invites you to "Swing into the 1940s" at the 45th anniversary gala and fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6 at the Blue Heron Room at Quiet Waters Park.

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Better Books Sale at St. Michaels library
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 1:06 pm

ST. MICHAELS — Books often hold a special place in a person’s life. Now, a lifetime of collecting will benefit the St. Michaels Library.  Hundreds of better books go on sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 24 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 25, during the St. Michaels Winefest Weekend.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Eastern Shore students restore almost 20 acres of forest
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 10:12 am

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) was selected for the second round of former Gov. O’Malley’s Stream Restoration Challenge Grant to undertake 18.1 acres of stream restoration in the 2014-15 school year. This program will not only establish critical streamside forests in the Choptank, Wye and Eastern Bay watersheds, but also engage and educate over 500 Talbot, Queen Anne’s and Dorchester high school students in the MRC’s Students for Streams program.

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Justin Price earns Eagle Scout ranking
Updated: April 16, 2015 - 10:12 am

EASTON — A member of Boy Scout Troop 190, Justin Price, a senior at Easton High School, recently became Talbot County’s newest Eagle Scout.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
NCHS Drama Club presents A Night of One Acts
Updated: April 13, 2015 - 10:32 am

North Caroline High School proudly presents A Night of One Acts featuring Murder at the Ballet, 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview and Secrets.

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Friday 04/03/2015
Talbot Historical Society book signing
Posted: April 03, 2015 - 11:27 am

The Talbot Historical Society in Partnership with The Oxford Community Center Presents a discussion and book signing by author and Talbot Historical Society President Larry Denton on his latest book "Unionists in Virginia: Politics, Secession and Their Plan to Prevent Civil War," at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015, Oxford Community Center, 400 Oxford Rd. Free Admission. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Light refreshments will follow the discussion.

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