Category: Community

Rising Sun – Celebrating the Past, Present, Future

May 16th, 2017 by

Howard Bank Rising Sun Bank BuildingChartered in 1880, the historic Rising Sun Bank was one of a few Maryland banks that survived the Depression. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this bank anchors the past of Rising Sun to the present and the future. No one is more in tuned to the history and meaning of the bank than Charles “Chip” Slaybaugh.

The bank became part of the Howard Bank family in 2014. As a special assets collection officer for Howard Bank, Chip is continuing the connection of the Slaybaugh family to this historic institution. Chip’s great grandfather was president of the National Bank of Rising Sun - Check PresentationRising Sun, one of the previous identities of this institution, from 1912 until 1950.

Because of the high standards of the bank’s procedures, not only did the bank survive the Depression, it was the first in Maryland to reopen after the historic 3-day closing called for by President Roosevelt.

Images of all of the past presidents adorn the walls of the board room, and other historical items are on display. The celebration honors the history and preservation of the beautiful historic building that sits in the center of this little town with a strong sense of community.Rising Sun CelebrationMary Ann - Rising Sun ReceptionRising Sun - historical artifacts

Dick Story – The Next Chapter

January 4th, 2017 by

“While I love the work, there’s not a lot of runway left out there, and I want to do some flying,” says Dick Story, Howard Bank’s Senior Vice President, Director of Community Relations & Government Affairs, and Business Development Liaison, of his retirement at the end of the year. The face (and instantly recognizable voice) of Howard Bank for the last several years, Dick’s deep ties to the community and nearly infinite economic development expertise have made him an invaluable member of the Howard Bank team.Dick Story

Committed to emcee at least 35 events in 2017, Dick will continue to serve as an ambassador for Howard Bank, working in a consultative capacity with the bank. With his wife also retiring at the end of 2016, there are home improvements, home repairs, and hometown duties looming large for Dick, who hopes to be a burden to his wife.

In addition to hometown requests to run for local political office and manage a county economic development committee, there are requests for economic development help from counties further away. He’s trying to avoid all the pitfalls, and craft a retirement that satisfies both familial and professional aspirations.

The community affairs duties that Dick has been managing will be delegated to an already formed committee, that can be acutely community-focused in a way that Dick cannot from his home on the eastern shore.

“We’re supporting roughly 100 non-profits; all of that [legwork] can be done by someone else. And I’m going to miss that,” but the needs of the non-profits served by this function are too important to discharge in any other way. “As a community bank, we want to grow the community because as it grows, we grow.” According to Dick, “All of these systems will be in place when I leave on December 30.”

As to pursuits that he has not been able to engage in with his full-time bank responsibilities, Dick says, “Right now in my new old hometown, I’m putting up an HO train set in the town hall for a Christmas garden. Wait ‘til I’m there full-time; I’ve been using the last four weekends to set up the garden.”

Dick Story Retirement PartyParting advice or commentary from Dick to his colleagues is thus: “I’m your worst recurring nightmare. I’m still going to be tripping through our offices in the region, disrupting whatever work they’re trying to get done, and then leaving. I’m still going to be around because of my rolodex. In fact, Mary Ann hired me, not because she was fond of me, but because I had an enormous rolodex. And that’s still valuable. So, I make introductions, and all of that can continue. So, the advice is – don’t write the obituary yet. The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

At 71, Dick Story is looking forward to “retirement,” in whatever form it finally takes.

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A Special Thank You From Mary Ann Scully

December 22nd, 2016 by

Mary Ann ScullyFor thousands of years, the world has turned to both celebration and sober reflection at this time of year.  We ponder the approaching long hours of darkness and cold associated with the winter solstice; we are awed by ancient stories of infant births and temple lamps; we are always deciding on the best way to give thanks, and we are constantly contemplating challenges and opportunities ahead.  It is a time of refection in part because of all these contrasts.  We at Howard Bank want to share our reflections with you – our customers, colleagues, and community members at this time of co-celebration.

We remain ever optimistic and hope that those who are feeling anxious about the changes that have occurred in the world, and that continue to occur, can themselves reflect on the tried and trues that transcend elections, interest rate uncertainty, stock market swings, and even civil wars.

We live in one of the most free, most open countries in the world and that freedom is, in the long term, worth our constant commitment.  We, in Greater Baltimore, live in a region with higher than average education levels, higher than average wealth, higher than average growth, and lower than average unemployment- we are among the luckiest people in a world still filled with pockets of intolerance, poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy.

Each of us gets to participate in community life with many of our friends, family, and neighbors who have big enough hearts to appreciate that, while on average, we are blessed.  There are significant inequities in freedom, wealth, education, and upward opportunity where each of us can do something – no matter how small- about that every day.

We thank you for always welcoming us into these communities we serve – for doing business with us, connecting us to others, making us aware of problems to be solved, and helping us solve them together.

And we commit to continue to serve you – to help you make your dreams come true – as that is our purpose in life as your community bank.

Mary Ann

Chairman, President and CEO
Howard Bank and Howard Bancorp

Ellicott City Main Street Tree Raffle

November 30th, 2016 by

Join Us for Midnight Madness in Ellicott City on Friday December 2, 2016. We will be raffling off the “Ellicott City Main Street Tree”. The tree is decorated with many unique decorations from shop owners and community members. Raffle Tickets are $5.00 for 1 or $20.00 for 5. Tickets will be sold outside of the Caplans on Main Street where the tree is on display on Friday. You can also purchase tickets at Howard Bank’s Rt 40/Centennial Lane or contact April Marasco at

All proceeds will go to The Ellicott City Partnership. Good Luck! (more…)

Main Street Ellicott City- Ready for the Holidays!

November 21st, 2016 by

Main Street Ellicott City is getting all decked out for the holidays. There’s an excitement and vibrancy on Main Street that marks the amazing recovery and rebuilding efforts and an incredible sense of community. The bonds formed up and down the street with people joining together to rebuild old Ellicott City have been key to these efforts. “Everyone just took a piece of the pie, and got to work,” says Maureen E.C. Smith of the Ellicott City Partnership

forget-me-not-village_4792Merchants agreed that this event presented an opportunity to rebuild Ellicott City better than it was before. Restauranteurs who had never met were holding meetings talking about restaurant business in Ellicott City. Merchants from different ends of the street who didn’t know each other before the flood have been working together post flood.

The team spirit and level of effort has been incredible. “We’re not stepping on each other’s toes. And it’s amazing how well things have been happening. And it happened organically. We’re not duplicating effort and we’re not stepping on each other’s toes,” notes Smith. She also points out how many partnerships and organizations have been working together to get things accomplished, including Howard County. Ms. Smith is quick to note what an outstanding job the county and the county executive have done.

After a disaster of this magnitude, “normally only 25% of people return. We’re expecting 75 – 80 % return. We are so (more…)

Howard Bank Continues its Support of Ellicott City Flood Victims and Rebuilding Main Street

November 18th, 2016 by

Bank employees will decorate and then donate Main Street-themed Christmas tree to Ellicott City Partnership at this year’s Festival of the Trees hosted by Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Baltimore, MD, November 18, 2016 —Howard Bank, a growth-focused community bank serving businesses, professionals and individuals in the Greater Baltimore area, today announced its participation in this year’s Festival of the Trees, a three-day holiday event hosted by Kennedy Krieger Institute.

The Festival of Trees, which will be held on November 25th to November 27th at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, benefits children and families who receive treatment at the Kennedy Krieger, the internationally regarded health care organization dedicated to treating children and young adults with a range of disabilities.

Howard Bank employees will collect ornaments donated by community members and local Main Street store-owners reflecting the history of Ellicott City and then decorate the tree, which will be displayed at the Festival. The tree will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership and then raffled to raise money to support of Ellicott City flood victims and raise awareness about rebuilding Main Street.

“We want to ensure the victims and business owners of the Ellicott City flood that their futures and the recovery of downtown are important to Howard Bank,” said President and CEO Mary Ann Scully. “The Festival of Trees is an incredible community event that spotlights Kennedy Krieger, a Baltimore institution that has transformed the lives of young people and their families.”The Festival showcases more than 700 holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses created by local designers. The three-day event will offer a number of holiday activities, including live music, holiday readings and pony rides.

Following The Festival of the Trees, Howard Bank’s tree will be donated to the Ellicott City Partnership and used in a raffle at Midnight Madness, an annual holiday (more…)

A Letter From Mary Ann Scully- #ECSTRONG Fundraiser Update

September 6th, 2016 by

I am very happy to share the excellent news that we have exceeded our goal of raising an additional $10,000 of donations, matching our initial $10,000 commitment for the Ellicott City Partnership to help rebuild Ellicott City!  As of this morning, we have raised $20,113!

 We remain committed to the recovery effort of Ellicott City’s Main Street and we will continue to collect donations in all of our branches through the month of September.  In addition to having the #ECSTRONG bracelets in our branches for the remainder of the month, we will be setup at the Howard County Police 5K run on September 11th at Centennial Lake and we will also have them available at our September Accelerent breakfast. 

 Thank you all for your generosity and support with this mission and let’s continue our hard work to help Main Street come back stronger than ever.


Mary Ann Scully

Hogan Administration Announces Programs Available for Ellicott City Recovery

August 5th, 2016 by

Hogan Administration Announces Programs Available for Ellicott City Recovery
Maryland Department of Housing Offers Revitalization Programs

ANNAPOLIS, MD – As part of Maryland’s comprehensive response to recent flooding in Howard County, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is offering a number of programs that will help impacted households and business owners, including increased funding or additional flexibility for previously submitted applications to assist the city. This action from the department follows a directive from Governor Larry Hogan earlier this week ordering all state agencies to assist Ellicott City residents and businesses in their recovery efforts from the historic flooding this past weekend.

“The flood waters have receded, but the real work has just begun, and we will continue to work with Howard County and Ellicott City officials (more…)

Bringing Back Ellicott City: Resource Page

August 5th, 2016 by

Below are some resources for how you can help flood victims on Main Street.  We will keep this current as updates become available. 

Ellicott City information and resources:

Ellicott City Partnership:

State of Maryland Website with links to all of the recent press releases related to Ellicott City:

Hogan Administration Announces Programs Available for Ellicott City Recovery:

Maryland Business Recovery Loan Program is an emergency loan program to assist small businesses affected by the flooding event in Ellicott City on July 30, 2016. Maryland Business Recovery/Loan Program Fact Sheet

Maryland Biz News Article with links to how people can help Ellicott City:

Howard County Government website with updated information for Ellicott City Residents and business owners:

Howard County Government’s Facebook Page:

Preservation Maryland:

The Red Cross will be accepting donations for residents impacted by the flood. Stay tuned for details.

The Community Action Council will be accepting food donations at the Howard County Food Bank

The Elkton Chamber & Alliance is collecting clean up materials

Howard Bank is Committed To Bringing Ellicott City’s Main Street Back. Hands On!

August 1st, 2016 by

A Message from Mary Ann Scully, President and CEO of Howard Bank

Ellicott City’s Main Street epitomizes everything that small towns have stood for over the years. It has always been a very important part of the larger county and regional economy for just that reason – a living demonstration of what small business owners, retailers, artists, entertainers, hospitality and professional service providers can accomplish working together. There are no big businesses on Main Street in Ellicott City. For this reason, among others, it successfully attracts local, regional, national and international visitors every day and night.EC-strong-FB-post-image (002)

So after the devastation of Saturday evening, Howard County’s heart is breaking. But Howard County’s heart is big and welcoming as well. As the flood ripped down Main Street, several people risked their own lives and formed a human chain to rescue a victim trapped by the ferocious currents.  Within hours of the devastation, neighbors began gathering in the streets offering their assistance to the recovery effort without delay.

The larger community as well has mobilized quickly to not only respond but to proactively rebuild better than ever.

At Howard Bank, we too are heart broken by the flooding that occurred in Ellicott City on Saturday night.  Many businesses and residents alike – some customers but all friends, lost everything. Our colleagues at Howard Bank are committed to the recovery effort.  We will partner with the Howard County Economic Development Authority, Ellicott City Partnership, the Red Cross and the Community Action Council to provide resources and assistance to the community at large and we are also committed to working with our individual clients who were impacted by the flood.  We will, as community banks always do and as Howard Bank has always done assume an advisory, a leadership and a “Hands On “role in bringing Main Street back.


Scully Signature

Mary Ann Scully, President and CEO of Howard Bank

 #ECStrong  #EllicottCity #HBCommunity


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