Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Meet the Members - The Rotary Club of St. Michaels

Location:                     P.O. Box 394 St. Michaels, MD 21663
Website:                     www.rotarystm.org
Facebook:                  Rotary Club of St. Michaels
Phone Number:          410-714-0466 (Michael Mabe, President 2015-16)
Hours of Operation:   Meet weekly at Miles River Yacht Club
                                  Tuesdays, 7:30AM (Wednesdays, November thru March)

What is The Rotary Club of St. Michaels? 

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels is a not-for-profit community service organization.  The Club is managed by a slate of officers which changes annually on July 1 and a Board of Directors.  The Club also owns the Rotary Club of St. Michaels Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  The Foundation is operated under a separate Board of Directors.

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels was chartered in 1939 and has provided continual service to the community.  See the website for a list of projects the Club and Foundation support.

How and why you start a chapter in St. Michaels?  

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels MD was formed by a group of local business professionals to promote fellowship and to serve the community through charitable projects. The Rotary Club of St. Michaels is one of 34,000 Rotary clubs that make up the largest service organization in the world. Rotary International is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service and help build goodwill and peace.

What does The Rotary Club of St. Michaels do?

 The Rotary Club of St. Michaels MD raises money from the public through various fund raisers and from its members to support worthy projects in the community.  The primary project is providing scholarships to St. Michaels MD High School graduating seniors each year.  

The Club and Foundation also support worthy projects initiated by other charitable organizations in St. Michaels and the surrounding area.  

One of the major fundraisers is the annual Mustang raffle.  This year's winner was announced late September.  Lucky guy!  

What strategy do you use to draw new members?

The Rotary Club of St. Michaels recruits new members from the community through personal contacts, referrals, contact with other charitable organizations through our speaker program series, and by promotion of the good works of the Club to the community. 

What is the strategy for growth in the next year?

Membership - We plan to grow our membership by letting the community know the good works that the Club and Foundation do.

Projects - We have an active Service Projects Working Group who are dedicated to identifying, selecting, initiating and operating new projects to serve the community. 

Fund Raising - We have a team responsible for developing new fund raising activities to support the additional projects the Club and Foundation will operate.

What is the best thing about running business here?

The St. Michaels community is very socially aware and community service oriented.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Meet the Members - Balanced Care Physical Therapy

Location: 1110 S. Talbot Street Saint Michael's
Phone number: 410-745-8025
Hours of operation: 
Open Monday - Thursday 8:00-5:00, Friday 8:00 - 2:00

Who are the owners?
Stacy Fox, PT, DPT

How and why you started your business?
I have been treating patients in an outpatient Physical Therapy practice for 24 of my 25 years of practicing Physical Therapy. I love what I do, helping people feel better, helping them get back to what they need to at home work and play. My way of saying: “Getting you back to you, with one on one personalized care.”  I take pride in treating each patient as a person and not a diagnosis or a body part. There is an indescribable satisfaction and feeling when I see the progress and I pride myself in being able to find out what individual path that person should take to help them reach their goals.
After working in the corporate Physical Therapy world for 25 years, where the process is driven by driving the most appointments possible, I found it became harder to offer the individual specialized treatment I take pride in. It was time for me to branch out on my own, so I opened Balanced CarePhysical Therapy.

My goal is to offer the community the specialty treatments I continue to learn through continuing education, keeping my practices up to date with the ever changing treatments as new research drives the Physical Therapy world. I believe each patient should receive the respect and personalized care they deserve.
I returned to school after 22 years practicing as a Physical Therapist to obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy, graduating in 2014.  I offer current, researched base Physical Therapy in line with the most recent medical advances. In doing so, my patients start healing faster and decrease the chance for limitations at home work and play. As Physical Therapy practices continue to change, finding more specific exercises and treatments has helped progress patients to heal faster with less cost for the patient and the health care system.

What do you sell/make/do?
What I like to think I do is improve people’s quality of life. I do that through Physical Therapy with techniques that are modern and specialized, allowing them to return to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Offering services:
Pain prevention, wellness programs, Geriatric Rehab, Manual Therapy, Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Total Joint Rehabilitation, Injury prevention, Neuromuscular Re-education, Individualized treatment programs, Pre/Post-Surgical Rehabilitation programs, Sports Medicine Rehab, Functional exercise programs, Spine Rehab.

Specializing in treating:
Arthritis pain /Discomfort, Auto injuries, Balance Disorders, Carpal Tunnel, Foot and Ankle Pain, Acute and Chronic pain, Lower back pain, Muscle and Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia, Lower Extremity Pain, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Neck, Shoulder and Arm Pain, Neurologic Problems, On-the-Job Injuries, Pre/Post-Operative Cases, Sports Injuries, Stiffness and Weakness, General Orthopedics.

Photos by Danny Douglas Photography

Where is your business located and why did you choose your location?
Balanced Care Physical Therapy is located in the Bay Hundred Shopping Center by Sam's Pizza. 1110 S. Talbot Street Saint Michael's
I supported myself and my studies while attending Daemen College in Amherst, New York, by Opening a jewelry kiosk called Rings andThings. During that time my mother, Ellaine Hering, had been sailing with a friend and was introduced to the beautiful Town of St. Michaels

After obtaining my Bachelors in Physical Therapy from Daemen, I began to establish my career first by focusing on being a traveling PT. My mom decided to relocate with Rings and Things to the town she fell in love with, St. Michaels, Maryland. That was over 23 years ago.
After a year or so of traveling, I decided to relocate to Maryland and began to establish myself as a local Physical Therapist while managing a clinic. 
In May of 2014, my husband Ken and I tied the knot, merging our families. We were both enamored with the Town of Saint Michaels, and when my mom asked us to get involved with Rings and Things (so she could start to wind down her career), we recognized that as the chance to work towards retirement dreams of spending our days here. We made plans regarding the store, which turned into the possibility of establishing my own clinic, where I could provide the level of care and personalization that had been lost in the corporate world.
Having been a part of the St. Michaels community for over 23 years with my mom, I was very familiar with the seasonal nature of the town. But I knew there is a thriving community when the tourists leave that could benefit from my style of treatment. Planning with the local business people was very comfortable, as I knew them most of my adult life.
I decided to try to be convenient to St. Michaels, Tilghman and all points in between, while still providing an additional option for those coming from Easton. I was able to find a convenient location near Sams Pizza, right off the main road. We began construction and opened our doors on June 22nd of 2015, at 1110 S Talbot St., Suite 5, Saint Michaels.

What strategy do you use to draw people to your establishment?
By offering researched based Physical Therapy and treating patients with the attention and respect they deserve to help them obtain their personal goals.
I work very closely with the local doctors to make sure they know their patients will receive personalized, one on one treatment with a focus on recovery.

What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
I will continue getting to know the community and what it needs; developing and expanding any specialty programs needed that are not already being offered. It will be important to meet local doctors and let them know what I have to offer their patients.

What is the best thing about running a business here?-

I like the feeling of community here. I have been a part of St Michael's for 23 years and we want to retire here.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall into St. Michaels, Maryland to be held October 17th - October 25th

The change of the season brings excitement and vibrant color to the Town of St. Michaels, as residents and businesses celebrate their annual harvest festival “Fall into St. Michaels” October 17th thru October 25th. 
The Fall into St. Michaels festivities begin with the town-wide scarecrow contest starting on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Participating area businesses are competing in the First Annual St. Michaels Scarecrow Contest, where each sponsoring business will have the chance to win first place in one of the following three categories: Traditional, Whimsical or Humorous and will seek the coveted People’s Choice award. Walk along the streets of St. Michaels, where you’ll find the scarecrows displayed in front of participating businesses and hung along the telephone poles on Talbot Street.

Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice award online from October 17th thru October 25th. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on Monday, October 26th and can be seen on the Visit St. Michaels Facebook page and www.stmichaelsmd.org.

On Sunday, October 18th, with the Annual Jack Russell Races which start at 11:00am and take place on the lawn in front of the Inn at Perry Cabin.

The following weekend, the Fall into St. Michaels festivities go into full swing, Saturday, October 24th with the start of the Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest held at the St. Michaels Community Center early Saturday morning. Participating businesses sponsor the pumpkins, which are carved by experienced and novice carvers alike, each striving for the top spot in one of the four pumpkin categories. 

The pumpkins are judged from 1:00pm – 1:30pm and then will remain on display until 7:00pm on Saturday and 10:00am thru 2:00pm on Sunday.

The Bay Hundred’s Annual Pumpkin Pie Competition will be held during the Pumpkin Carving Contest at the St. Michaels Community Center. The Pumpkin Pie Competition is open to professionals, home bakers and children. Each group will be judged on traditional or creative creations. Cash prizes will be awarded to top three winners in each category, and of course, bragging rights and a plaque go to the winners.

Each contestant must submit 2 – 3 pies of the same recipe. The St. Michaels Community Center will be selling pieces and whole pies of those entered. Judging will begin at 10:00 am on October 24th and sales will begin at 11:00am. Proceeds of the bake sale will benefit the programs and activities of the St. Michaels Community Center. Please contact Trish at the SMCC 410-745-6073 for more information or to register as an entrant. The St. Michaels Community Center is located on the corner of Railroad Street and Fremont Street.

The St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will offer one of their signature walking tours, “Frederick Douglass, a slave, in St. Michaels 1833-36”, at 10:00am on Saturday, October 24th . The 90-minute tour gives a more detailed view of the early life of St. Michaels’ most famous 19th century resident and notably one of the most important African American Abolitionist in the Civil War Era. The walking tour is $10 per person and also includes admission to the museum. Please visit the museum’s website for more information and to reserve your space:www.stmichaelsmuseum.org

Children’s activities will be hosted by St. Michaels Events and held at St. Luke’s Church on Talbot Street on Saturday October 24th.
Lastly, as a way to give back during the harvest months, the St Michaels Business Association is combining their “Fall into St. Michaels” festivities with their First Annual Food Drive for the St. Michaels Food Pantry.

The St. Michaels Food Pantry, which is housed in Christ Church on Talbot Street, is supported through individual food and financial contributions as well as donations from area businesses and organizations.

It serves Talbot County residents requiring food assistance. A satellite program on Tilghman Island operates out of the Tilghman United Methodist Church. 

The St. Michaels Food Pantry also provides complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to those in need. “Many members of our community struggle with providing healthy, nutritious food for their families. We hope our first annual food drive is the first of many to come that will help fill the shelves of the St. Michaels Food Pantry and help Talbot County residents in need.” said Kim Hannon, Secretary of the St. Michaels Business Association.

While the St. Michaels Food Pantry appreciates every single food donation, they strive to offer a variety of food items that help balance nutritional intake, especially important to children, seniors, those with health challenges and those with culturally diverse diets. Drop off your donation items at the St. Michaels Community Center on Railroad Ave. during the hours of the Pumpkin Carving & Pie Baking contest on Saturday, October 24th 10:00 am until 7:00 pm and Sunday, October 25th 10am until 2:00 pm.
For a list of accommodations, please visit our website.

Shop. Eat. Play. Stay - Visit St. Michaels www.stmichaelsmd.org or call 410.745.0411.