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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Help Shape the Future of the Coastal Bays

The Maryland Coastal Bays Program is hosting workshops from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29th at the Snow Hill Middle School and again on Wednesday, April 30th at the Ocean Pines Country Club to seek community input on the updated Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) that addresses current and emerging issues impacting water quality and the health of the bays and waterways behind Ocean City and Assateague Island.

The workshops are set up to allow participants to arrive any time during the three-hour period and browse information stations that appeal to their interests.

The CCMP is a fifteen-year culmination of technical and community involvement to protect the future of our bays. It is a plan of action items created for MCBP by local individuals, community groups and government agencies.

The original plan was finished in 1999 and is being updated as a ten-year compilation of management recommendations from scientific studies, new local, state and federal initiatives and the continuation of older successful outreach efforts to watershed residents.

The new management plan includes four sections, Water Quality, Fish/Wildlife/Habitats, Recreation and Navigation, and Community and Economic Development. There are a total of 15 goals, 35 objectives and 216 action items that have been vetted by partners and the public.

Science serves as the foundation to the management of MCBP, but the community, the watershed stakeholders is the most impacted by this plan. MCBP encourages everyone to attend a workshop as the public’s attitudes, perceptions, beliefs and knowledge is crucial to protecting our bays. Input from farmers, developers, commercial and recreational fishermen serves as an integral part of the non-regulatory plan.

Please take five minutes to fill out the survey located on the MCBP website at and join us for one of the workshops. Both workshops are the same but held on different dates and places in an effort to accommodate as many attendees as we can.

For any questions please contact Sandi at 410-213-2297 ext 103 or

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Delmarva Discovery Center Summer Camps

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Worcester Health Hosts 5th Annual Public Health Conference

Snow Hill, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department will celebrate National Public Health Week 2014 by hosting its 5th Annual Public Health Conference for invited community partners on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carousel Hotel in Ocean City.

Community leaders from public health, local hospitals, nursing homes, government, business, law enforcement, education, nonprofits and other sectors will attend the conference to discuss and hear the latest news about a number of exciting public health topics. The agenda includes sessions about Worcester health system reform, rabies, and a community conversation about mental health.

In addition to the conference, Worcester County Health Department will offer a program to get families out and moving before Public Health Week. The 17th Annual Tortoise and Hare Dare 5k Walk/Run will beSaturday, April 5 at Pocomoke River State Park – Shad Landing. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. The event will also feature health and community exhibits from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Since 1995, communities throughout the country have celebrated National Public Health Week the first week of April to draw attention to the need to help protect and improve the nation’s health. For more information about National Public Health Week, visit

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New six-week session begins April 3.

Berlin, Md. – Do you have a chronic disease or condition or do you take care of someone with a chronic condition? If you do then you should consider making your life better by attending the Living Well workshop. The model for this program comes out of Stanford School of Medicine and is a chronic disease self-management course. The workshop is facilitated by two specially trained leaders, some of whom are healthcare professionals and some are not, one or both with chronic diseases themselves.  It teaches participants how to live a quality life even with a chronic disease.

Anyone who has any type of chronic condition or the caregiver of anyone with a chronic condition should attend.  Examples of chronic conditions may include diabetes, arthritis, migraine headaches, back pain, heart disease or any conditions that hinder you from living the life you desire.  If you have any condition which alters your daily living in any way you could benefit from this workshop. Topics covered include:

  • How to manage problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation
  • How to communicate effectively with family, friends and healthcare professionals
  • Nutrition and how it effects our quality of life
  • Exercise to improve strength, flexibility and endurance
  • How to make daily tasks easier
  • How to get more out of life!
  • Appropriate use of medications
  • How to evaluate new treatment options

The workshop is six classes of 2½ hours each. Participant feedback rates the classes as highly successful. Much of the success of the program lies in how it is taught. Classes are interactive and offer mutual support which leads to the success of the participants and builds confidence in their ability to manage their health.

Atlantic General Hospital is offering this workshop each Thursday beginning on April 3 through May 8, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, in Berlin, Md. The class is free and open to all. You must begin the class with Session 1 or 2. Pre-registration is required. To register call Laura at 410-629-6820.


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