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Bob Jacob owns a growing and well respected small business in Kent County which produces high quality components on very modern and complex digital equipment.  He brought samples which to my trained eye, looked like jewelry.  They were so well done, so shiny and clean, and precise.  It is difficult to imagine how the programming for their creation has become so commonplace.  
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He does have a challenging issue in getting employees locally, but over time he has trained his staff and knows pretty much how every job in his plant operates.  For the right person, one with inherent math and visualization ability, such a job opportunity is a perfect fit.  He needs to find those individuals and we likely have several here locally who simply don’t understand they have a desired talent.  
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Bob is also one of our three County Commissioners.  He sees Kent County as a wonderful rural place to live and bring up a family while at the same time realizes that some lelements of progress are essntial for continued viability of our County and region.  
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Thank you Bob for joining us a Kent CBG and telling us your story.

 

 

Larry Dinoff, Safety Standards Expert. 9-5-2019

On September 7, 2019, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

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Safety Standards doesn’t sound like a subject which may be interesting and deep, but when someone has a truly great understanding of it speaks on the subject, it takes on a lot of meaning that you could readily appreciate.  Our resident safety expert, Larry Dinoff, knows how to express what the importance of these rules and regulations are.  He knows and clearly tells the history are on this topic from his decades of experience.  Without such standards in place we would be far more likely to get hurt on the job, in our homes or simply going from A to B.  It is complex and very detailed, but the goal is to keep it simple enough that logic prevails.  It turns out that we have a lot of standards working all the time and while we don’t see them, our lives are better for having them.  
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You missed a very good meeting if you didn’t attend.
 

Amethyst McNabb, Healthcare Navigator. 8-29-2019

On August 29, 2019, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas
Amethyst  covers the many people in Kent and Queen Anne’s counties who are able to access Medicaid and many varied subsidized Maryland state health insurance programs.  All of them have some connection with income limits.  Of course, where there are limits, there are rules and a few exceptions to rules.  Some rules are very firm while the exceptions carve out enhancements for a limited groups that might apply if properly advised.
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We don’t know all the regulations and rules.  Amethyst makes that her strength and she works with people who absolutely need help in obtaining health care coverage.  It is a subject of complexity while it surely still succeeds in helping many people get the care they need.   Society needs people to be willing to help one another.  Sometimes this help must come from a trained expert who has people skills and great patience.  We all left with a far greater appreciation of how many people in our county are now able to get medical care at a price that they can pay.
 
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Today we heard about the simplicity and elegance of green burial.  While somewhat less costly, it can be done in lavish style for those who wish it to be ecologically friendly, but still impressive.  For those seeking simplicity, low cost and remaining mindful of the environment, a green burial can be a great choice.  We also covered other options and there sure are a great number of possible choices.  What is clearly evident is that one should choose how they wish their body to be handled in advance of death.  Leaving it to a grieving and uninformed family to handle such decisions seems likely to be a large mistake, both financially and emotionally.  Planning ahead makes real sense.
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You can pre-pay including built in inflation of cost protection in a lump sum or with a series of payments.  You can simply pre-plan and your family can then know your exact wishes and be assured the costs and choices were your choice.  Even if you choose not to pay in advance, the selection process is pretty much taken care of.  Hopefully, you will have not been impulsive in your selections.
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We got very friendly and beneficial advice from an expert.  It was good to attend.  
 
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.
 
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