Bayleigh Chase cel­e­brates an­niver­sary

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By RICHARD POLK rpolk@ches­pub.com

Res­i­dents, staff, of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity joined to­gether Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, to cel­e­brate Bayleigh Chase’s 35th an­niver­sary.

— Res­i­dents, staff, of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity joined to­gether Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, to cel­e­brate Bayleigh Chase’s 35th an­niver­sary.

The cel­e­bra­tion was held in Tay­lor Au­di­to­rium of the main build­ing with light food and drinks, procla­ma­tions and a cer­e­mo­nial rib­bon cut­ting honor­ing the event.

The com­mu­nity re­ceived hon­ors from the gover­nor, the Gen­eral Assem­bly and Eas­ton for the oc­ca­sion. Mayor Bob Wil­ley pro­claimed the day to be Bayleigh Chase Day and joked all would get free park­ing that day.

It also fea­tured a selfie made by Del. Johnny Mautz as he pre­pared to present a procla­ma­tion to the gath­er­ing. Mautz held up his cell­phone and took a photo of him­self with the crowd be­hind him.

Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R37-Mid-Shore, re­called the many times she has vis­ited friends at the com­mu­nity for more than 25 years.

“I have been proude to be as­so­ci­ated with the Bayleigh Chase com­mu­nity for many years, not by liv­ing here but by visit­ing so many of my friends here over the years.”

“It has been good to see many of the changes. It has been good to see so many peo­ple be­ing able to re­tain all their in­ter­ests and also to take ad­van­tage so well grow­ing old to­gether grace­fully and with a lot of re­spect,” Eckardt said.

Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, took the podium. “This an­niver­sary is truly a mo­ment to cel­e­brate.” he said.

“As we trans­form and do things, I had an idea that I would try to do some­thing new. I thought I would do a selfie with my cell­phone. I won­der if you would be will­ing to do a selfie with me,” Mautz said.

He then held up his cam­era so he was in the pic­ture and the gath­er­ing was be­hind him in the au­di­to­rium. He took sev­eral im­ages to great laugh­ter. He read the ci­ta­tion from the House of Del­e­gates and re­ceived a round of ap­plause.

Fol­low­ing the in­door cer­e­mony, the ac­tiv­i­ties turned to the out­door pa­tio area, where the com­mu­nity lis­tened to clas­sic Big Band mu­sic.

In­te­grace has been a part of the Talbot County com­mu­nity since 1981. It orig­i­nally was a for-profit in­de­pen­dent liv­ing facilty called Wil­liam Hill Manor. In the late 1990s, the com­mu­nity grew as it added the

Gar­dens at Wil­liam Hill Manor to also ac­com­mo­date res­i­dents who re­quired the ad­di­tional sup­port of as­sisted liv­ing ser­vices.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion con­verted to a not-for-profit model in 2007 when it was pur­chased by In­te­grace (then known as Epis­co­pal Min­istries to the Ag­ing Inc.). The com­mu­nity opened the Samuel and Alexia Brat­ton Neu­rocog­ni­tive Clinic the same year, pro­vid­ing di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and care­giver sup­port re­sources for fam­i­lies liv­ing with cog­ni­tive dis­or­ders on both an out­pa­tient and res­i­den­tial ba­sis.

In De­cem­ber 2014, In­te­grace an­nounced the re­brand­ing of Wil­liam Hill Manor to Bayleigh Chase, “a name that points to the dis­tinc­tive qual­i­ties of the com­mu­nity’s warmth, tra­di­tion, elegance and con­nec­tion to the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay,” a flyer on the com­mu­nity said.

Now, In­te­grace Bayleigh Chase is home to in­de­pen­dent liv­ing res­i­dents in its vil­las, cot­tages and apart­ment homes, and serves peo­ple in the greater Talbot com­mu­nity through its re­ha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices and as­sisted liv­ing.

PHO­TOS BY RICHARD POLK

Shirlynn M Shafer, ad­min­is­tra­tor of Bayleigh Chase, helps Nancy Teller, long­est res­i­dent of the com­mu­nity, cut the rib­bon honor­ing the com­mu­nity’s an­niver­sary. Hold­ing the rib­bon are some of the dig­ni­taries present for the cer­e­mony. The dig­ni­aties in­clude Bob C. Wil­ley, Eas­ton mayor; Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; An­drea Lev, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Bayleigh Chase; Jean­nie Had­daway, di­rec­tor of in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal af­fairs for Gov. Larry Ho­gan; and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot.

Bob Wil­ley, Eas­ton mayor, presents a procla­ma­tion to Bayleigh Chase dur­ing the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion Wed­nes­day. At left is An­drea Lev, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, and Sherri Sump Brown.

PHOTO BY RICHARD POLK

Some of the res­i­dents of Bayleigh Chase gather in the Tay­lor Au­di­to­rium Wed­nes­day for the cer­e­mony.

PHOTO BY RICHARD POLK

Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, pre­pares to take a selfie with the gath­er­ing at the cel­e­bra­tion of the Beyleigh Chase an­niver­sary Wed­nes­day.

PHOTO BY JOHNNY MAUTZ

Del. Johnny Mautz posted his selfie with the gath­er­ing at Bayleight Chase on his Face­book page.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.