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Giant Clothing Sale at former McCord building

GIANT CLOTHING SALE! EASTERN SHORE CONSERVATION CENTER Clear Out the Cleaners As Long As the Clothes Last… Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 28, 29 &30 9 AM to 4 PM The former McCord Laundry building 120 S. Washington St., Easton $5 a Bag (Bags Provided - fill as full as you can) Women’s and Men’s Clothing and Household Items

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Curious about the Eastern Shore Conservation Center?

As we get closer to settlement on the McCord building in Easton, we are offering several opportunities to see the building this week. Come out and see the building, and don't forget to participate in our Peeps Contest! Community Meeting about the Eastern Shore Conservation Center at the Talbot County Free Library 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 Open House at the McCord building in Easton 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 22 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 23, at McCord (with doughnuts and coffee!) Participating in the Peeps contest? See official rules here. Drop off Peeps entries Thursday evening or Friday, or between 9 and 10 a.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the former McCord building in Easton, just before judging Judging will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the former McCord building. Winners will be announced at 11 a.m. Schematic designs for the Eastern Shore Conservation Center will be on display.

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A Critical Time for the Eastern Shore Conservation Center

This morning we raised the mercury on the thermometer at the McCord building in Easton, and the heat is on.With $4.175 million in the fund, we are about two-thirds of the way to our goal of $6.3 million. And we have limited time to raise these funds. We go to settlement on the McCord building in April, and although the neighboring building, "Brick Row," was donated to Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, we still need to renovate it. These two buildings have the potential to change the future for this part of Easton. With the Memorial Hospital at Easton slated to move in the next several years, what will become of the South Washington Street corridor? Our vision is for an Eastern Shore Conservation Center, a green campus that will serve as Eastern Shore Land Conservancy's headquarters, as well as a home for many other conservation organizations working on the Eastern Shore. The Nature Conservancy already has signed on to open an office at the ESCC, and we expect soon to announce it as the Eastern Shore home of other organizations, as well. It could have a cafe or other commercial businesses, a courtyard, community meeting space, and desk space for telecommuters. Now is the time. For the next several weeks, we will be working hard to raise enough money to purchase McCord and renovate both buildings to start a renaissance on South Washington Street. This a piece of Eastern Shore history, a landmark that can be an important part of the future of the Eastern Shore. Donate now or download a donor form (at bottom of this update). Tell your friends. Share the news on Facebook or Twitter. Forward this email. Grab a neighbor and come to the community meeting March 21 at the Easton library; tour the building on the 22nd; and come for the 2013

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Eastern Shore Conservation Center

Learning and Growing in Conservation   The Eastern Shore Conservation Center (ESCC) will transform an abandoned historic building and a neighboring fire-damaged historic building in Easton, Maryland, into a thriving hub of learning and collaboration for regional nonprofits. This green campus not only will be home to community-based and conservation nonprofits; it will be a place for community members to gather for classes and meetings, with open areas and conference rooms open for public use. Inspired by Millers Court and Union Mill in Baltimore, as well as other successful nonprofit projects, the Eastern Shore Conservation Center will create a working home and laboratory by cooperative effort of Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and partner organizations and businesses concerned with land conservation, land use, environmental stewardship and education for children, adults, and professionals on the Delmarva Peninsula. The historic McCord Laundry Building and Brick Row are part of Easton’s National Register Historic District. Though currently abandoned, they are beautiful examples of early 20th Century commercial architecture. The project is designed to have a catalytic effect on the South Washington Street corridor, where the renovation of these dilapidated buildings has the ability to reenergize an important connection between the northern and southern neighborhoods in Easton. What is now vacant and lifeless will be a vibrant hub of community, conservation and learning. It will bring approximately 50 jobs to downtown Easton and will serve as an example for conservationists, urban planning, community design and redevelopment experts of what can be done to retain healthy, walkable and economically sustainable rural towns. ESLC will relocate to the building, and nonprofit partners, including the Town Creek Foundation and The Nature Conservancy, are signing seven-year leases to be part of this collaborative environment. It will house public space for educational programming, forums, concerts and meetings about issues concerning Eastern Shore residents and organizations. It

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McCord: The Man and the Business

By Bill Thompson Historical Photos courtesy of the Historical Society of Talbot County. Editor's note: Eastern Shore Land Conservancy hopes to purchase and renovate the McCord building to become the main portion of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. When Walter Sharples McCord died at his home outside Oxford on Dec. 7, 1981, at age 78, there was no question that the news would break on the front page of the next day’s newspaper. McCord, better known as “Duke” to his many friends, was a respected pillar of the Talbot County business and civic communities. His influence was so in demand that he served as a director of three different banks, board president of Memorial Hospital in Easton, a trustee at Washington College in Chestertown, and in the vestries of two churches. McCord founded and presided over the local Rotary Club. He was a member of the Talbot Country Club, the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, and the Tred Avon Yacht Club. He belonged to Easton’s Elks Lodge and was a past master of Coates Lodge and a 32nd Degree Mason. He was named in the early 1940s to the board of Easton Publishing Company, which put out the then weekly Star-Democrat newspaper, and served as president from 1947 to 1963. But more than three decades after his death, McCord’s legacy is tied most directly to a decision he made in 1925 when he was 22 years old and hardly a candidate for any board or prized office. He started a laundry business. McCord, whose family moved from Radnor, Pa., to Talbot County when he was six, dropped out of high school in the ninth grade to take a job vacated by a brother bookkeeping for the Talbot Packing and Preserving Company, which canned fruits and vegetables under the Le Grande label. In the midst of his stint

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