Plenty of children are growing up in poverty and often left to their own instead of being nurtured by parents.  Many of them are gifted in some way, but the neglect they suffer over time often leads them to make wrong choices.  It also contributes to them falling behind in school to the point where success later in life is not going to take place.  Horizons offers a Summer program which helps to reverse the common falling back of learning.  The added counseling and mentoring seems to succeed where many programs fail.
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Since Horizons is purely funded by private donations and grants, it needs your help to keep these programs alive and healthy.  It is way less costly to society to get people out of poverty by teaching them how to learn and thrive.  The presentation was touching and meaningful to attendees.  You should have been there.
 

Ed Minch, Head of Curriculum at WC-ALL 8-8-2019

On August 8, 2019, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

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Ed Minch gave us the full scoop on the current offerings of WC-All.  Nearly everyone in the audience has already taken WC-ALL courses, so we know just how great this program is.  This Fall sounds like yet another winning program.  We are indeed fortunate to be near Washington College, WC-All and the diverse and interesting folks who participate as students and instructors.

Registration at www.washcoll.edu/offices/wc-all/

 
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Right now the Chester River is getting a C+ for health.  It could be worse and has been. However, what can be done to make it improve further?  How far should efforts attempt to go in restricting agriculture and in regulations?  What is being done by common citizens to work to improve the water and the life is sustains?  How does a well run professional organization foster cooperation instead of becoming unreasonable and confrontational?

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The presentation made good scientific sense and appealed to the common sense of community members at the same time.  When it comes to ecological concerns, many of which may be out of human control, it was a welcome change from the doom and gloom presentation of the world gone out of control.  Here we have educated leadership working for reasonable change over a long term rather than the short term without regard for those who make their livings from the land and waters of our area.

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We suggest you investigate for yourselves and invest in an annual contribution to their efforts.   https://www.theswimguide.org/affiliates/shore-rivers/
 
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Ashley Herr and Paige brought a bunch of CBD and THC products for us to look at and understand.  It would appear that nearly anyone in their retirement years may well benefit from some medication derived from Cannabis plants.  Now legal for medicinal use in Maryland, their store is named Ash and Ember and is located in Centreville near the Food Lion.  Getting a recommendation and a client ID number from Maryland seems to be easy to obtain and very little roadblock or stigma is now associated with registration or use.  We need to overcome years of these products being illegal, but we ought to find out ourselves if there are benefits of importance to be had with use of CBD and THC products.
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The short term benefits appear to be reports of positive results.  There are not many long term usage results which could be found at this point.  For those of us who don’t have decades left to worry over, long term is less an issue.  Some of us remain skeptical of the effects for young users who rely on these products over extended periods of time.   
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The talk was informative and diverse.  We hope the store has much success and that the taxpayers will benefit from their highly taxed revenue.  Next we will have recreational use legalized, I suppose.  In the long run, the people decide on the norms of society.  The majority will rule and life will go on.  If CBD and THC truly offer benefit to many people, why not let them enjoy these benefits legally?
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We very much appreciated the presentation and the learning opportunity.
 

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Aleks Smolens is a real go to resource for anyone in our area who needs help or repairs for their computers and related tech items.  He has a vast working knowledge of troubleshooting, repairs, components and security when it comes to our favorite business tools and toys.  We covered a lot of ground and also had many questions of general interest voiced from the audience.

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Even in what seems like technology driven times, our area still suffers from many people who do not have good access to the Internet.  We heard some good suggestions about how to use cell phones as hot spots for some connectivity, but we are still years away from everyone having a good connection.  The infrastructure is being built, but not at a rapid pace.
 

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Ford Schumann has been heading up Infinity Recycling in Chestertown for many years.  He knows the ins and outs of this rather complex business as well as the small details of what can and cannot be recycled.  It isn’t a big money maker, but many folks are convinced of the ecological long term benefits of reusing products instead of endlessly making new items from fresh materials while rapidly filling up landfill sites.
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Ford gave us the scoop on the up and down market situation with our recyclable items.  How the sorting process works and even how to handle your pizza boxes once the pizza has been eaten.  My wife and I have signed up for the local recycle pick up Infinity offers.  Instead of going off to the muddy bins outside of town, we’ll take advantage of a bi-weekly pick up in Rock Hall.  Sounds like a winner.
 
jonesjones 2Dr. Katherine L.R. Jones is the Executive Director for the Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.  While they are headquartered in Salisbury, they serve residents in Kent County.  There is a long list of services, equipment and a good amount of private funds on top of the many government and grant programs that can be accessed.  We saw several great aids to communication that people with disability, regardless of how the disability arose, could be assisted to get around and especially to communicate and participate with family, friends, society and in the workplace.  Dr. Jones demonstrated a microphone a speaker can wear when addressing a room of people which increased their voice level without any sign of distortion or background noise.  Battery powered, potable and not expensive.  It will work for our own meetings when so many of us in attendance have some hearing loss.
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One of the best demonstrations was the Tommy Hilfiger “adaptive” line of clothing sponsored at greatly lower than normal retail selling prices of fashionable looking clothes for all ages in the Hilfiger design which have fasteners that are primarily hidden magnets.  It was an impressive and creative way to assist those who have problems with dressing.  It was a real eye opener moment.
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The progress of taking technology into helping people lead better and more fulfilling lives is impressive.  Those in attendance were impressed.  You should have been there, too.
 

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In layman’s terms and without taking us on a long journey of who is to blame for pollution problems in the Susquehanna River, the audience came to the general realization that the Conowingo dam really does not play a part in creating pollution in the Chesapeake.  The gradual filling of the retention lake behind the dam which is now full with silt and sediment could have always been anticipated to have filled up, but it was slow and not considered a risk when dams like this were made.  Now, the removal of the stored material would be a multi-billion dollar project.  It is not a direct fault of Excelon, but possibly they will be able to take on some of the problem in some form of a shared responsibility to the public.  It can’t be all on the dam owners and the remaining will be on the rate payers and all taxpayers.  The pollution comes down the Susquehanna from NY and PA.  What will their residents who do the polluting pay?  Who or what will force the issue?   Wait and see.

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Ultimately, when and if the USA decides to end pollution of this sort in our waterways, we will understand that it it will be very difficult and very costly.  One wonders if we will ever be willing to suffer the consequences of action versus non-action.  Both situations are full of risks, costs and problems.  Hopefully, we will make wise decisions.  Putting very bright, independent and knowledgeable folks in charge of this nationwide problem of filling dams must bey done.  Then we need to act to make it happen.  Sounds like a Congressional sort of issue.  Will be get leadership in Washington DC that can make it possible?  I suppose we’ll eventually see this play out.  Hope for the best!

 

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You have to be careful when you are a judge about what you say.  Judge Murphy does a great job educating the citizens participating at Kent CBG while staying clear of voicing personal opinions and giving any reason to think he is anything except unbiased.  Judges meet out justice according to the law and not their personal feelings.  We can have confidence that is what this judge does every time he is sitting behind his bench.  It was good to hear that there have been some benefits to shorter incarceration times for many offenses where the safety of the community is not being sacrificed.  We do save taxpayer money by getting justice without needless incarceration.  Those who come out of jail after years behind bars have little hope for a decent job or community acceptance.  We ought to believe there is better that might be done.  Our legislators have made many changes which the courts must adhere to.  In time, we will know how shorter sentences work.  We will find out eventually how removing minor offenses from those who have criminal history will work with employment.  Everyone needs a chance to get a job.  You can’t punish minor crimes on a forever basis and think society somehow wins.  It is a false dream to make a large segment of the population truly without hope.
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Drug treatment during incarceration, better opportunity to get into real treatment outside of jail.  These are goals that are now being achieved in some ways.  In other ways, fewer folks are in the system due to light sentences being imposed, so some who might require treatment are not in a situation where they can obtain it.  It is indeed a tricky system and full of unplanned consequences.  However, the hopeful thing is that there is a growing sympathy which encourages society to help those who need it.  We can’t give up trying for the sake of some errors in the effort.  Legislators will need to continue to revise and modify laws so that all of society gets a good chance at living normal lives.  It seems things are changing in some ways for the better.  We appreciate hearing from someone who is deeply involved with the process.

 

 

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There is a lot of history in the area of Chestertown that many white people do not know much about.  Since emancipation up until the mandated end of segregation in the mid 1960’s Chestertown had a vibrant black community which was not visible on the surface to the white community, but went on with great vigor even if not on the front page of the news.  There were many churches, black owned businesses, dance halls, bars, and performance venues which thrived and were supported.  Legacy days seeks to bring out this less known history and make it live for everyone to share and participate in. 

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All are welcomed and everyone can have a great time.  This year the main event is held on August 17th.  There will be a parade, food vendors, gospel music, live and recorded bands and performers and dancing in the streets of Chestertown.  A brochure with all the pertinent times of events is just coming out from the printer shortly, so be on the lookout for places and times.  It really is a large group effort which makes Chestertown into a world class leader of equal rights for all the people.  It is something to be really proud about our area.

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We will try to publish dates and times on our blog when they become available to us.  

 
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