Hundreds Across Wicomico & Worcester March to Save Babies

Hurlock, Md. (April 17, 2014) — More than 600 people are expected at March for Babies in Salisbury/Wicomico and 300 in Assateague/Worcester. The March of Dimes fundraiser will unite families and businesses who support the nonprofit’s mission to prevent premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Held rain or shine, March for Babies will provide a memorable and rewarding day for the whole family. Participants will enjoy a stroller-friendly walk, lunch, music and children’s activities.

The Morris family, whose daughter, Mallory, was born prematurely with Spina Bifida serves as the 2014 March for Babies – Eastern Shore Ambassador Family. They will speak at the opening ceremonies. The Morris’ understand firsthand the importance of the March of Dimes mission and are dedicated to raising awareness and the important funding to help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.

March for Babies – Wicomico County

Sunday, April 27 at 10:00 am

Moose Family Center

Salisbury, Maryland

March for Babies – Worcester County

Saturday, May 3 at 10:00 am

Assateague State Park

Berlin, Maryland

Funds raised will support lifesaving research, education and advocacy for stronger, healthier babies. Donations will also fund local programs such as the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) family support program and the Storks Nest in Dorchester County. In 2013, the March for Babies in Wicomico County raised over $96,000 and Worcester County over $33,000 for babies.

“We are encouraged to see so many people walking to help babies,” said Jessica Hales, Eastern Shore Division Director of the March of Dimes Maryland – National Capital Area Chapter. “Each is committed to giving hope to the more than 400 babies on the Eastern Shore that will be born premature this year.”

Established in 1970, the event has raised more than $2 billion nationwide to benefit all babies. This year, March for Babies events will be held in nearly 700 locations nationwide and involves more than 20,000 companies and 3 million people, including celebrities, sports stars, community leaders and families of babies born prematurely who are involved as volunteers, sponsors and participants. For more information about March for Babies and to register and donate, visit or call 1-800-525-9255.

Local March for Babies sponsors include: WBOC, Preston Automotive Group

About March of Dimes

For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Find out how you can help raise funds to prevent premature birth and birth defects by walking in March for Babies at  Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. 2014 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, Macy’s, Famous Footwear, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, Mission Pharmacal, United Airlines and Actavis.

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Salisbury Area Chamber Annual Banquet Awards

The winners of the following annual Chamber awards were also announced.


- Member (Volunteer) of the Year Award – Melodie Carter of Hebron Savings Bank.
Presented by Chris Hall of Peninsula Regional Medical Center

- Recruiter of the Year Award – Bradley Gillis of Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate
Presented by Kevin Justice of Matice Interactive

- Small Business of the Year – Main Roots Coffee
Presented by Tony Nichols of BBSI

- Medium Business of the Year – APPI Energy
Presented by Fred Baker of Comcast Spotlight

- Large Business of the Year – Hebron Savings Bank
Presented by Stephen Franklin of Accurate Optical

- Businessman of the Year – Greg Johnson of Hebron Savings Bank
Presented by John Petito of Delmarva Power

- Businesswoman of the Year – Susan Purnell of Kuhn’s Jewelers
Presented by Bradley Gillis of Sperry Van-Ness Commercial Real Estate

- Young Professional of the Year – Heather Duma of Congressman Andy Harris’ Office
Presented by Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello of Pohanka Automotive

- Environmental Service Award – The Salisbury Zoo
Presented by Jane Seagraves of APPI Energy

- Agriculture Ambassador of the Year – Matt Holloway of the Wicomico County Council
Presented by Dr. James McNaughton of AHPharma

- Non-Profit Organization of the Year – Main Street Gym
Presented by Dwight Miller of Gillis Gilkerson

- Humanitarian Award – Sandy Fitzgerald-Angello of Pohanka Automotive
Presented by Susan Megargee of Remax Crossroads

- Chamber Award - Susan Purnell of Kuhn’s Jewelers
Presented by Memo Diriker of BEACON

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Delmarva Power Provides 19,000 Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs to Maryland Food Bank

Energy Efficient Bulbs Will Help Customers Save Energy and Money

SALISBURY, Md. –Many Maryland Eastern Shore families served by the Maryland Food Bank – Eastern Shore Branch will soon receive free ENERGY STAR® certified compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. The lightbulb giveaway is part of Delmarva Power’s residential energy efficiency Lighting Programwhich supports Gov. Martin O’Malley’s EmPOWER Maryland initiative to help the state reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by 2015.

Delmarva Power will provide 19,000 CFLsfor distribution to 4,750 food bank families to help them reduce their energy costs and free up limited resources for other necessities. This effort also allows more Maryland customers to benefit from the company’s Lighting Program.

“Installing CFLs is an easy way to help lower energy use since CFLs use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent lightbulbs and can save about $40 in electricity costs over the life of each bulb,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president. “That is a significant savings when dollars are tight, and it’s why we are pleased to help our customers better manage their energy use.”

Allen also noted that this announcement encouraging the use of energy efficient lightbulbs is symbolic since it occurs on Earth Day, which was established in 1970 as an annual event to educate people about protecting the earth.

“Household items are very popular among our food bank customers,” said Jennifer Small, Maryland Food Bank managing director. “To be able to provide these necessities, especially energy efficient lightbulbs, can make a real difference in helping people manage their monthly budgets and free up more financial resources for food.”

Find additional informationabout Delmarva Power’s energy saving programs, such as lighting discounts, home energy assessments, and rebates on appliances and heating and cooling systems by visiting or by calling 1-866-353-5799. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at Our mobile app is available at

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ALOC May Exhibits Reception

Join the Art League of Ocean City on Friday, May 2 from 5-7 p.m. at the OC Center for the Arts on 94th Street bayside for the opening reception of the May exhibits. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Guest artists from the Baltimore Watercolor Society will be featured in the Thaler Gallery.  The Baltimore Watercolor Society was founded in 1885 and is the third-oldest organization in the country focusing exclusively on the use of watercolor as a means of painting. Since 1885, the Society the society has worked to encourage and promote professional excellence in the creation and development of original works of art, executed in aqueous media, and to offer watercolor artists opportunities to exhibit their work and develop professionally.

Featured in the Galleria will be the “Views of the Eastern Shore” themed exhibit. Art League members and local artists will show their interpretations of the Eastern Shore in this all media 2D judged show.  David O. Bunting, a talented local artist, will be the judge of the exhibit.

Teri Edgeworth will be the artist in residence during the month of May.  Edgeworth, an artist born and raised in Lancaster County, worked for years in a studio in her home. Encouraged by the love and support of her family and friends, especially her late grandmother and mother in law, she began showing her art publicly 10 years ago in many wonderful venues in and around Lancaster, and has expanded her range into beautiful Ocean City, MD and its quaint surrounding towns.

Her vision for her work is that each viewer can recall a wonderful moment in time, with a sense of relaxation. And her most recent works are to raise an awareness of our bays and oceans and how we should all do our part to take care of them.

The Members’ Spotlight Gallery will highlight the work of artist, Paige Ruby.  Page is primarily a watercolor artist who paints local marine scenes, landscapes, florals, abstract and mixed media pieces.  Her work is painterly and realistic, but invites the viewer to define the details. Paige uses watercolor inks which are very intense & brilliant in color, in some of her more non-traditional work.  She is a signature artist with Delaware Watercolor Society and has been accepted in many juried exhibits, won many ribbons, and done commissioned pieces.

The Ocean City Center for the Arts is run by the Art League of OC which is a nonprofit 501c3 organization.  The galleries are open daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call the ALOC at 410-524-9433 for more information or visit

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Bradford Receives Two Distinguished Community Awards

MAC Inc., Area Agency on Aging’s Executive Director Margaret “Peggy” Bradford, has been recognized for her leadership role by two organizations.

Bradford received The Daily Record’s 2014 Top 100 Women Award. She was nominated by an outside panel of judges for her professional achievement, community leadership and mentoring. There were 370 nominations this year with two rounds of judging.  Bradford, who has been the Executive Director for agency since 1979 stood out from the crowd. Honorees will be recognized on stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on Monday,
May 5, 2014.

The United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore has also presented Bradford with the Jim Barrett Community Leadership Award during its annual meeting which was held on the campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Bradford, who was among a host of community leaders and volunteers recognized in eight categories, has committed 35 years to the local Area Agency on Aging of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which is supported by the United Way.

2014 Peggy Bradford Recognitions

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Delmarva Power Cosponsors Annual Ride to the Tide

Motorcycle Event to Benefit Special Olympics Delaware

NEWARK, Del.–Delaware Blue Knights –Chapter 1 will hold theirannual Ride to the Tide on Sunday, April 27. (Rain date is Sunday, May 4).

Delmarva Power is cosponsoring this fundraising event which involves hundreds of motorcyclists taking part in a police-escorted ride from Newark or Dover, to Rehoboth Beach, in support of Special Olympics Delaware.

Bikers will depart from the University of Delaware athletic complex in Newark at 10:30 a.m. or the DelDOT Administrative Building in Dover at noon. Pre-registration is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger ($25, $20 day-of). The ride will end around 1 p.m. at Jake’s Seafood House in Rehoboth, where bikers and passengers will receive a complimentary lunch.

For more information, participants should contact Lisa Smith at 302-831-3482 or

“We salute Special Olympics Delaware for all the outstanding work it has done in Delaware for 40 years,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “Special Olympics Delaware has helped more than 3,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities prove that, given the opportunity, no disability is too great to overcome. We are honored to cosponsor this event.”

Nearly 600 bikers and 200 passengers raised $27,000 in last year’s ride and more than $108,000 has been raised in the event’s seven-year history.

Delaware Blue Knights – Chapter 1 promote the sport of motorcycling as well as all safety aspects involved with it. The organization’s annual fundraising activities benefit local charities.

Other supporters of Ride to the Tide include Delaware Law Enforcement for Special Olympics, WBOC-TV and Gettier Security and Investigative Services.

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Event to be hosted at the waterfront home of Jim and Jan Perdue

 Berlin, Md. – To celebrate the hospital’s growth and the community support that has made it possible, the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation will be holding their 21st Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 15.

 Jim and Jan Perdue have graciously agreed to hold the event in their home on the Sinepuxent Bay, which affords a beautiful view of Assateague. The “coastal classy” event will offer a wide array of seafood and other coastal fare, a relaxing lounge area, and entertainment by the Nate Clendenen Duo.

Tickets are $125/person. Reservations are currently being taken. For more information about the event or available sponsorships, please call Laura Stearns, development coordinator, at 410-641-9671.

The Details

Atlantic General Hospital Foundation’s 21st Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, May 15, 2014
6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
At the home of Jim and Jan Perdue
Berlin, Md.

The title sponsors for the 21st Anniversary Celebration are 10-year title sponsor Kelly Foods, Jack Burbage, and Berlin Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  Other sponsors of the event include AGH Auxiliary, Harborside Bar and Grill, Silberstein Insurance Group, LLC, The M&T Charitable Foundation, Bank of Ocean City – OC, Calvin B. Taylor Banking Co., Coastal Style Magazine, Coastal Tented Events, Metropolitan Magazine, Michelle and John Fager, R. Charles Nichols and Raymond C. Nichols, and Sperry Van Ness — Bradley Gillis.

All proceeds benefit the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation.

Caption: The Atlantic General Hospital Foundation is finalizing details for the 21st Anniversary Celebration. From left: Donna Pellinger, Foundation director of development; homeowner Jan Perdue; and Kim Ruark Mihaly, the Foundation’s Anniversary Celebration Chair.

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Art League of Ocean City brings Salsa to the Beach!

The Town of Ocean City is Welcoming Latin Dancers and Latin Dance Enthusiasts to an Evening of Art In Motion at the Ocean

Ocean City, MD, April 4, 2014– The Art League of Ocean City is welcoming dancers and latin dance enthusiasts from all over to put Art in Motion at the Ocean by bringing the locally acclaimed dance collective the “Salisbury Salsa Socials” to host Salsa Socials at the Center for the Arts, located at 502 94th St., on April 19th.  The evening will begin with a 45 minute instructional on basic Latin dance steps before the dance floor opens up for social dancing. Salsa Socials attract people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels from the 23 year old beginner to the 45 year old retired professional. 

Our Socials have a reputation of providing a clean, respectful and fun-filled environment where people can come and learn what has been wildly popularized on television shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So you think you can dance”.  We have had entire families come out and enjoy an evening of dancing and smiles! Our events in Ocean City promise to be a blast as we hope to introduce our local dance community to the transient dancers that come to the beach on vacation and will also give our tourists the opportunity to experience the local social culture that our local community creates.  We anticipate that the dynamic nature of the beach traffic will add another bit of spice to our Salsa Scene!

~ Mimi Gedamu, Salisbury Salsa Social Chair

Salsa Socials provide a platform for the local dancers to learn and perfect the art of dance on the eastern shore.

Everyone was laughing and everyone was learning so there was no intimidation
~ Rebekah Twilley, Attendee in Salisbury, Beginner

We are just trying to bring Salsa to the Eastern Shore. I’m sure they will love it!
~ Diego Guzman, Attendee in Salisbury, Professional Dancer & Local Dance Instructor

The Salsa Socials started when a small group of dancers in Salisbury who travelled across the bridge almost weekly to go Salsa dancing, came to the conclusion that they would rather invest their money on the Eastern Shore developing the social dance culture here, than drive to DC and Baltimore.  So, the Salisbury Salsa Socials were born! The socials started with a once-monthly event on Sundays and to date have grown to a core group of approximately 35 local dancers and it continues to grow daily.  The Socials not only promote the art of dance, but have found a wonderful way of using the arts to drive local economies by hosting socials at various venues and generating thousands of dollars in new sales.

The Salisbury Salsa Socials are happy to partner with the Art League of Ocean City to provide this new and exciting service to the local and tourist community in Ocean City!


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mimi regarding the Art in Motion at the Ocean ~ Salsa Social at 443.880.7799 or email at

Salsa Socials in the News!

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The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the success of the inaugural Eastern Shore Business Forum.  The event, attended by over 50 participants, was hosted by the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce recently at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.  The goal of the forum was to engage the local community in identifying key business challenges.  Recommendations were made for the development of strategies to guide the chamber in assisting the local business community in addressing each industry related challenge.

Participants were grouped according to their industry, including health care, retail, construction, professional services, manufacturing and non-profit organizations.  Industry specific discussions addressed community engagement, regulations, advocacy, education, workforce development and economic development and growth.  Participants identified three primary issues to be presented to the Business & Economic Development Division and the Salisbury Area Chamber Board of Directors.  The intent is for these items to be included in the 2014 work plan for the chamber.

The three primary issues include the following:

1.      Need for education and training programs to develop skilled labor

2.      Creation of collaboration and communication across groups and organizations

3.      Fostering the development of entrepreneurship

“A lot of discussion circled around the deficiency in our local available skilled labor force,” said Ernie Colburn, Chamber CEO.  “Participants identified the root of the problem being primarily focused on the evolution of business needs in the community.  Team members addressed the challenge educational institutions face when attempting to offer programming that aligns with a constantly changing business environment.”

Other challenges presented during the forum included non-competitive salaries and the need for the re-tooling of workforce development focus areas.  For example, the transition from programs focused solely on construction skills to a well-rounded list of offerings including programs focused on technology and manufacturing skills.

As a result of these discussions at the Eastern Shore Business Forum, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce has developed the following action steps:

  • Focus on building a relationship with the Wicomico County Board of Education CTE (Career Technical Education) Program to ensure industry needs are met in the local community
  • Create synergies between the Chamber Visioning and Wicomico County Visioning plans
  • Foster relations with community organizations to build stronger relationships to move the community towards unity
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Rain Garden Workshop at the Delmarva Discovery Center Saturday, May 18th from 1-4

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