Joins bank

Raymond M. Thompson, president and chief executive officer of Calvin B. Taylor Bank has announced that Shannon Lewis has joined the bank as assistant vice president, relationship officer.

Lewis will be responsible for business development and client relationship management in the Onley, Virginia market. After her rotational training concludes she will initially be located at the bank’s Pocomoke branch.

Lewis comes to Taylor Bank with over 24 years of banking experience in the Eastern Shore of Virginia Market. During her banking career, Lewis has served as teller supervisor with PNC Bank and most recently, assistant vice president, senior branch manager with Union Bank (formerly Xenith Bank).

She has experience with loan production, business development, deposit growth, and staff development.

Lewis is very active in the community and acts as a committee member for the Eastern Shore March of Dimes, and is the District Committee Finance chairperson for the Delmarva Council of Boy Scouts.

She also headed the Financial Literacy program, putting together presentations and lessons for all aged students. Her dedication to community banking and her community makes her a great fit for Taylor Bank.

Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, the bank subsidiary of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc., founded in 1890, offers a wide range of loan, deposit, and ancillary banking services through both physical and digital delivery channels.

The company has 11 banking locations within the eastern coastal area of the Delmarva Peninsula including Worcester County, Maryland, Sussex County, Delaware and Accomack County, Virginia. There is also a loan production office located in Onley, Virginia.

Women of Berlin

Approximately 80 percent of the businesses in downtown Berlin are owned and operated by women. On Sept. 14 many of these women will be celebrating as part of the Women of Berlin events that have been held in town since June.

Balloons will be placed in front of these stores to help identify the women-owned businesses. Each participating business will hold an open house from noon to 8 p.m. in conjunction with September’s second Friday Art Stroll.


Merrill Lynch announced that Zachary Newton of its Ocean City office has earned the Certified Financial Planner certification awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board), and is allowed to use the CFP certification mark as an educational credential.

The CFP designation is awarded to individuals who meet rigorous education, examination, experience, ethics and other requirements set by the CFP Board.

Newton, a resident of Berlin, received a bachelor’s degree from Salisbury University and joined Merrill Lynch in 2016. Newton is located in the Ocean City Merrill Lynch office at 11724 Ocean Gateway, Suite 5 and can be reached at 410-213-9086 or by visiting

New director

The Snow Hill Area Chamber of Commerce announces LuAnn Johnson as its new executive director.

Her strong background in customer service and visitor information reflects her past work experience with Treasure Valley YMCA, Boise, Idaho, US Forest Service and the Sun Valley Idaho Chamber of Commerce.

A resident of Snow Hill, Johnson also works part-time for the Worcester County Board of Education at Cedar Chapel School.

Some of her favorite childhood memories include picnics at Milburn Landing, the Delmarva Chicken Festival, homecoming and auctions in Byrd Park.

Her local roots give her an appreciation and love of the area. She looks forward to using her collective skills to promote awareness of the area’s natural beauty, being an advocate for local business owners and finding new ways to showcase the town.

On any given day residents and visitors can fine pedaling, paddling or participating in community events.

She can be reached at or 410-632-0809.

Top agents

The Mark Fritschle Group at Condominium Realty, LTD., announces its listing and sales leaders for August.

Top listing agents by units and volume are: Kevin Decker, Wayne Phillips and Eric Cropper.

Top settled units are: Decker; Jon Barker, Joy Snyder, Tracy Zell and Richie DiFilippo; and Sheri Smith and Mia McCarthy.

Top settled by volume are: DiFilippo, Decker and Barker.

Field organizer

The Maryland Democratic Party has appointed Laurie Brittingham of Berlin, as the Lower Shore field organizer.

Brittingham will engage local stakeholders and manage volunteer teams. To reach her, email

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