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2013 Peeps Contest

This year's theme: PEEPSTERN SHORE CONSERVATION CENTER Create a diorama using Peeps, depicting what you would like to see at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. Do you have a great idea for office space; the courtyard; art installations; community garden, lunch or meeting spaces? Conference rooms? Living roof spaces? Maybe you envision outdoor picnics in the community garden, outdoor classrooms in the courtyard, meetings on the living roof. Maybe you have a great idea for converting a conference room into a classroom for a multi-functional space. Use your marshmallow creatures to create your dream for the Peepstern Shore Conservation Center. The First Place winner will receive a basket of Eastern Shore goodies (including a guided ESLC bird walk or canoeing at our Sassafras Environmental Education Center). Second and Third place winners will receive a certificate and some Eastern Shore Land Conservancy swag (including a guided ESLC bird walk or canoeing at our Sassafras Environmental Education Center). All three will receive a one-year membership to Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, which offers discounts on bird walks and other events, as well as complimentary passes to our Walk and Talk series and invitations to special events. (Team entries are welcome, and we can tailor prizes to accommodate.) Drop off your diorama at one of the following times and locations: 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, Community Meeting about the Eastern Shore Conservation Center at the Talbot County Free Library 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the former McCord building in Easton, where ESLC will be hosting an Open House 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at the former McCord building in Easton, just before judging Live far away? Going to be out of town? We will award another first prize only to the best of the photo entries. Photo entries should be submitted to spearce@eslc.org no later than

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McCord Building Photo Gallery

View photos of the McCord building by Dave Harp, photographer and president of the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Board of Directors. Check our events calendar for opportunities to tour the building that we hope will become the heart of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. Come see schematic designs Friday, March 1, at the South Street Gallery in Easton on First Friday, or come to a community meeting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

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Eastern Shore Conservation Center Deadline Approaches

Eastern Shore Conservation Center Deadline Approaches $2.6 Million Must Be Raised by March 31, 2013 Eastern Shore Land Conservancy is pleased to release schematic drawings of the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. All drawings are courtesy of Atelier 11, the Easton architecture firm working on the project. ESLC hopes to turn the former McCord building and the neighboring office building (damaged by fire in September 2012) into a green campus that brings new vitality to both the neighborhood and the town. Called the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, this facility will create a working home for conservation organizations and businesses.  This hub of activity will spark collaboration and innovation around conservation at a new scale for the Eastern Shore. (Rear view) In order to achieve this dream at the proposed site, ESLC must raise a total of $6.3 million -- $5.5 million for the purchase and renovation of the former McCord building and an additional $800,000 for the renovation of the office building. Toward this goal, ESLC already has raised $3.7 million, leaving $2.6 million to raise before March 31, 2013. In December, ESLC deepened its commitment to bringing an Eastern Shore Conservation Center to Easton by putting $650,000 toward the former McCord building in a process known as dry settlement, after which such a payment is held in escrow. Formal settlement on the building, should ESLC raise the necessary funds, will occur in April. Gov. Martin O’Malley included $1 million in his FY14 capital budget for the project, for which ESLC is required to raise matching funds. The office building at 130 South Washington Street, which was donated to ESLC by Helaine White, in September was damaged by fire. Currently, the building has a temporary roof, and a permanent roof must be installed quickly to avoid further damage to the structure. Estimates for a new roof are about

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ESLC Takes Ownership of White Building

Donated to ESLC by Helaine White Eastern Shore Land Conservancy now owns the building at 130 South Washington Street, next to the former McCord building, which ESLC hopes to purchase to create the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. The building at 130 South Washington Street, which was donated to ESLC by Helaine White, was damaged in September in a fire. Currently, the building has a temporary roof, and a permanent roof must be installed quickly to avoid further damage to the structure. Estimates for a new roof are about $35,000. Eastern Shore Land Conservancy in December deepened its commitment to building an Eastern Shore Conservation Center to Easton by putting $650,000 toward the former McCord building in a process known as dry settlement, after which such a payment is held in escrow. This accelerates the need for fundraising for the building, the purchase and renovation of which will cost about $5.5 million. Formal settlement on the building, should ESLC raise the necessary funds, will occur in April. Gov. Martin O’Malley included $1 million in his FY14 capital budget for the project, for which ESLC is required to raise matching funds. ESLC is committed to farm and habitat protection in our rural areas, and revitalization in our towns and communities. As the organization commits to this project, it will look to state and local governments and our communities to help raise the funds needed to develop the Eastern Shore Conservation Center in the long-vacant building and its fire-damaged neighbor building. In the coming year ESLC hopes to transform this vacant Easton warehouse and the office building next door into a charismatic green building that brings new vitality to both the neighborhood and the town. Called the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, this facility will create a working home for conservation organizations and businesses.  This hub of activity will

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Call for Submissions for Kids’ Essay and Art Contests

Eastern Shore Land Conservancy has announced a call for entries for the sixth annual Kids’ Essay and Art Contests. The contests are open to all students in grades pre-kindergarten through eight in the six Upper and Mid-Shore Counties including Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester. Essay Contest Rules and Entry Form Art Contest Rules and Entry Form Students entering the contests should demonstrate through writing or visual art where and how they like to play and spend time on the Shore. Essays and artwork might illustrate favorite parks, events or activities, or visions and dreams they have for future parks and open spaces. Art entries are open to students from pre-K through eighth grade. Essay entries are open to students in grades five through eight. Prizes will be given to the first- and second-place posters and essays. Art submissions will be judged in categories of pre-K through second grade, grades three to five, and grades six through eight. Full details, contest rules, and an application form can be found on ESLC’s website at www.eslc.org. Completed essays and posters can be mailed to the Sassafras Environmental Education Center, Kids Essay/Art Contests, 13761 Turners Creek Rd, Kennedyville, MD 21645. Deadline for submissions is April 1, 2013.

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