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"I am beautiful; a project against bullying" begins in Cecil County, but touches everyone!

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Heroes turn up in unlikely places - but by standing up and speaking out they become the voice of thousands. If you haven't seen the Facebook event "I am beautiful; a project against bullying" you need to check it out as soon as you finish reading this article. Bohemia Manor High School student Emilie Hancharick began this Facebook event to gather photos and information to make a video about the effects of bullying - but it's taken on a life of its own. She has become the champion of thousands, and that number will only continue to grow. 

What strikes me is the creativity and strength of the pictures teens are posting - I am in awe of their voice, their power, their love. They inspire me - and they are inspiring each other. And throughout all of the posts is the clear championing of Emilie for having the courage to begin such a heart wrenching project.  

Bohemia Manor Jr/Sr High School is a small school in Chesapeake City, MD - and my alma mater. My children go there now. So it hits close to home for me. Bullying, teasing, and cyber-stabbing are topics that cause every parent pain - but our words and support can only do so much. Emilie is getting the masses to bond and stand up to the predators. And she's doing it by simply saying - "You are beautiful - and you matter."

Silver Linings Donates Over $4,000 to Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery

Local Jeweler donates portion of oyster and crab pendant sales to support a healthier Chesapeake Bay

Silver Linings, a sterling silver and gemstone jewelry storewith locations in St. Michaels and Easton, donatedover $4,000 to the Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery in Cambridge Maryland. The contribution was generated by sales of the silver sterling and 14k Oyster & Crab Pendant from April through October.

As one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Horn Point Laboratory Oyster Hatchery produces oyster larvae to be used for research, restoration, and educational projects. As a result of the hatchery’s spawning efforts, over 3.5 billion oyster spat (essentially “baby oysters”) have been deployed to the Chesapeake Bay over the last decade.

“We were overwhelmed and thrilled by the community’s response to this initiative,” commented Aida Leisure, owner of Silver Linings. Our customers were excited to have a way to support the real-life inspiration for this beautiful piece of jewelry.”

Oysters are crucial to the health and cleanliness of the Chesapeake Bay. These filter feeders serve as “vacuum cleaners” for the Bay’s entire aquatic ecosystem — a single oyster can filter over 50 gallons of water per day. The abundance of oysters in local bodies of water is important to both the ecological and economic systems we rely on. Crassostreavirginica (the Eastern Oyster) is native to the Bay. Each year, Horn Point Oyster Hatchery begins spawning these oysters in April.

Bay Hundred Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Seeks Donations

The Bay Hundred Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort, founded by local business, nonprofit and community leaders throughout Talbot County, will support NY and NJ victims of Hurricane Sandy with a clothing and supply drive. Due to difficulty with transportation within NJ and NY, monetary contributions are preferred. You can give financial support by sending a check to:

 SMCC/Hurricane Relief

PO Box 354

St. Michaels, MD 21663

*Contributions are tax deductible

 The group seeks local donations of warm clothing, blankets, cleaning and other supplies for distribution in New Jersey and New York communities that were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. The most needed items are:

  • Heavy coats, hats, gloves
  • Blankets
  • New underwear, socks, t-shirts (packaged new items only)
  • Cleaning products, shovels, garbage bags
  • C&D batteries, latex gloves, facemasks and goggles for clean-up efforts
  • Diapers

Donations can be dropped off at the St. Michaels Community Center and the St. Michaels YMCA. The effort is expected to last as long as necessary – trucks are expected to leave from Bay Hundred each week for the rest of the year, or as long as needed. The first delivery is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 8th.

Gift Wrapping Fundraiser for the Elkton Boys and Girls Club

 The Palette & The Page – 120 E. Main St. Elkton

Are you all thumbs when it comes to wrapping your holiday gifts?

Don’t you wish you knew a creative elf who could manage the task of wrapping all those packages for you?

Your wish has come true!  Margie Blystone will be thrilled to wrap your gifts in the grand fashion they richly deserve, in exchange for your generous donation by cash or check to the Elkton Boys & Girls Club.  Simply bring your gifts for wrapping to The Palette & The Page any time between the hours of 11:00am to 6:00pm from Monday, November 26th thru Thursday, December 20th.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the Elkton Boys & Girls Club.  

For further information please call The Palette & The Page - (410) 398-3636

Nana Sophie Gathers Support and Supplies for Hurricane Sandy Victims - Get Involved!

I love it when ordinary people do extraordinary things! Hurricane Sandy has brought us many heart rending stories of survival and rebuilding. Now a local celebrity and her family are gathering supplies and items for the hard hit folks of Staten Island, NY. 

I speak of Chesapeake City's own Nana Sophie Ferrara, who spent her 102nd year becoming the Nation's Nana and gathering more than 5,000 Facebook friends. For her 103rd birthday in October she was featured on a New York morning show (she's from Staten Island), and now she's gathering clothes, wipes, toiletries, shoes, blankets, diapers and more to send to her hometown. 

Sophie's granddaughter, Diane Scuderi, will be making as many trips as are needed to transport necessities to NY. Diane asks that everything be neatly placed in boxes or bags and dropped off at her home at 119 Manor Circle, Elkton MD.  Her number is 302 593 2016 if you need to coordinate things with her.  Please be respectful, and only call during daytime hours!

Let's pull together, Mid Shore, and help Nana help others! Contact your churches, civic groups, youth groups, etc. and get people collecting needed items! I know gas cans are in desperately short supply - Wal-Mart is selling out daily to folks driving south to find supplies. 

I know we all want to help but don't always know how.  We can do this! 

Let's work with Nana Sophie and make a difference! 

PS - I can help bring supplies from the lower counties to Cecil - email me! cyndi@midshorelife.com 

Dr. Vaidyanathan wins 2012 Cecil Award

Lakshmi Vaidyanathan, MD, is the winner of the 2012 Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement. Dr. Vaidyanathan was chosen from among five nominees for her work in developing a palliative care program for Shore Health System. Palliative care is a coordinated approach of physical, emotional and spiritual care with the goal to relieve suffering for patients with advanced illnesses.

The Cecil Award for Excellence in Healthcare Improvement is named for Arthur B. Cecil, Jr., MD, a surgeon who practiced at Memorial Hospital from 1950 until 1988. The award was established to recognize Dr. Cecil’s commitment to using grand rounds to share the latest developments in the field of medicine.

“Physicians are lifelong learners and they want to share what they learn with their colleagues,” says Michael Tooke, MD, chief medical officer for Shore Health. “Today, the Cecil Award recognizes physician leaders for their contributions to educating and engaging physicians and other members of the healthcare team in quality improvement initiatives that continuously enhance the care available to our patients.”

Dr. Cecil’s son, Arthur Cecil, III, presented the award to Dr. Vaidyanathan on October 18 at a special ceremony at the Tidewater Inn in Easton. Mr. Cecil, who serves on the Shore Health Patient Quality and Safety Committee, says, “Tonight we pay tribute to everyone who provides patient care at Shore Health. This award is one of many ways that Shore Health recognizes the teams of people who are committed to caring for patients.”

Rosa Mateo, MD, and Paul Monte, MD, were finalists for the Cecil Award along with Dr. Vaidyanathan. Dr. Mateo, an infectious disease specialist, was cited for her role in eliminating healthcare associated infections through the Target Zero initiative. Dr. Monte, a specialist in hospital medicine, was cited for leading the venous thromboembolism risk assessment and prophylaxis initiative.

New venture capital fund seeks entrepreneurs for downtown Cambridge

Local businesspeople offer entrepreneurs up to $50,000 in start-up capital

Dreaming of starting a business? Now may be just the time to do it, thanks to the new Cambridge Venture Capital Fund I, LLC, which is offering entrepreneurs up to $50,000 each in assistance in downtown Cambridge on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The $250,000 fund has been established by local business people who want to invest in the core of downtown Cambridge.

“We want to give entrepreneurs some powerful incentives to open in Cambridge, Maryland,” said Brett Summers, Cambridge resident and developer of several downtown buildings, who spearheaded the creation of the venture capital fund. “If you have time, talent, and desire—but not enough capital—this is a great opportunity.”

The fund is limited to new retail businesses opening on certain blocks in the downtown core—the 300 block of High Street, the 500 block of Poplar Street, and the 400 or 500 blocks of Race Street.

Shore Health Welcomes Interns to Clinical Pastoral Education Program

Shore Health System’s fall session of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program includes five chaplain interns. This advanced clinical and pastoral education program prepares clergy and lay ministers for their work with the sick and their families.

Rev. David G. Berg of Annapolis is the program supervisor. Interns include Vinton Fisher, Stevensville; Emanuel Johnson, St. Michaels; Maggie Mayo, Easton; Ray Rogers (chief intern), Delmar; and Holly Wright, St. Michaels.

The national standard for certification as a hospital chaplain requires a minimum of four units of clinical pastoral education. A unit consists of 400 hours of supervised ministry, didactic education and group process. The chaplain interns consult with patients and their families at all Shore Health facilities, including the Memorial Hospital at Easton, Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge and Shore Regional Cancer Center in Easton. The trainees apply their learning in religious congregations out in the community.

Ordained ministers and lay people who participate in clinical pastoral education receive specialized training that augments their general education in ministry. The program is scheduled so that local clergy may study while still serving their own congregations.

Walk, Run And Fun At Expanded Bark In The Park

Talbot Humane’s third annual Bark in the Park family festival will feature even more activities for people and pets as it continues to grow in popularity as a community event. The free festival takes place on Saturday, October 20th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Idlewild Park in Easton.

New this year, Annapolis Volvo is sponsoring a 10K run and a 5K fun run/walk for human participants, starting at 9 and 9:15 a.m., respectively, from Easton Middle School, one block from Idlewild Park. Registration for the races opens there at 8 a.m.

The Dog Walk returns for the canines, along with the Fun Dog Show, which allows owners an opportunity to match their dogs against others in ten categories including talent, looks, size and costumes. L.P. Palmer and his Yorkshire Terrier, Jake, won both Best Look Alike and Best in Show at last year’s Bark in the Park Dog Show.

Registration fees apply for the runs, Dog Walk and Dog Show, with registration available in advance through the Talbot Humane website, www.talbothumane.org. Registration for the 10K and 5K also is available through Active.com.

Mason Recognized as Everyday Hero

Richard Mason, MD, was recently recognized as an Everyday Hero. A grateful patient made a donation to Shore Health System after receiving a joint replacement from Dr. Mason.

The Everyday Hero Program gives patients and their families an opportunity to thank a Shore Health physician, employee or volunteer by making a financial donation in their name. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5915.

Cutline: Michael Tooke, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Shore Health, congratulates Richard Mason, MD, (center) for his Everyday Hero recognition. Also pictured (right) is Pat O’Shea, Director of Development for Shore Health.

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