Wow!  What a large basket of services is offered for senior citizens.  All one needs to do is to become informed and make choices from a long list of provided services from more than 17 available agencies.  There are many opportunities for services and lots of volunteer positions to fill, if you are able and so inclined.  We discussed the problems with reliance on private transportation being endemic to rural communities like Kent County.  While we didn’t come up with solutions, the problem is becoming more recognized and focused.  Maybe we will eventually have a fleet of autonomous vehicles to pick up and deliver people who no longer can drive…  We don’t know what the near future will bring, but the needs of citizens are being kept on the radar by caring people.


If you need services or wish to become involved call 410-778-6000 or see


Trey Hill of Harborview Farm. 12-20-2018

On December 20, 2018, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

We asked Trey to address several topics.  He mentioned them all and spoke about all of them in a way that was professional and diplomatic.  What a refreshing way to get honest information.  Everyone in the audience now has a far better understanding of Trey’s 100% no-till method of farming.  We now know why he does it and how it works.  The science of farming is amazing and deep.  Thankfully we have professional farmers such as Trey Hill who are constantly mastering the changes and regulations.  We covered the effects of trade tariffs, carbon neutral policies, GMO’s, organic farming alternatives, blockchain sourcing, satellite linking of farming fields, reduction of pesticide and weed killer use, and a few more.  We are lucky to have such a well rounded professional in our midst who is willing to share, listen, learn and teach.  




The last time we hosted Scott Budden was in 2015.  He was then working on a long list of permits in order to start his dream of culturing oysters in the Chester River.  Since then he has progressed into the early stages of what looks like a successful commercial venture.  He has the knowledge and the desire combined with a strong work ethic.  To grow oysters takes not only a lot of knowledge, but the work attitude of traditional watermen combined with modern outlooks on making tradition and non-tradition work together.

Here is a link which gives more of the story and contact information.


Theresa Simmons is rather new at her job with The Resorts, but she brings years of experience at many levels of nursing and administration of care to her new role in Chestertown.  She made a presentation that truly stimulated a beneficial give and take with our audience.  You could tell how important the topic of long term care and rehabilitative care was to those who attended this morning.  We had questions, comments and recounting of experiences which were all beneficial.  Theresa did a good job interacting with us and gave us straight answers which put many of us at ease with her approach.

While the mystery of end of life issues are all around us, those in long term care facility management deal with the reality day in and day out.  It was good information to get from someone with vast experience who was willing to respond without a sales agenda.


Judges and attorneys get to see and hear many deeply interesting tales during their careers.  Over time, the best ones stand out as ones which not only are entertaining, but have potential to also be highly educational.  They are somewhat the equivalent of Aesop’s Tales.  A good story with an outcome that can be instructive.  We learned about Guidelines, Regulations and Laws.  How they differ and also how they work in unison with one another.  The stories of those plaintiffs who were too greedy to accept fair judgments, and the stories of juries who did great jobs as well as those which came up with nearly incredible awards.  That’s our system and in the overall, that’s our justice.  Imperfect, but free.  Better than many or most systems, but not above legitimate criticism from time to time.  It does make for great questions and even better discussions.  You missed a truly involving and good session if you were not there.



We need to be vigilant and vocal in order to make our case to the powers on the far side of the Bay.  It is a money thing.  We need to make the case that citizens on this side of the Bay are entitled to reasonable levels of care and the ongoing services of doctors to see patients without long trips and weeks of waiting.  It is going to take action in the House of Delegates and State Senate to make our situation turn out well.  We will need the Governor’s support, too.  Please take every opportunity you get to support keeping the hospital a working environment in Chestertown.



Our holiday Inn Express hotel owner, Sandeep Thakar visited CBG this week for an update on his firm’s favorite charity which we also have been supporting.   We had a large audience that had come to hear from Scott Burleson and it was really great o have so many folks hear the unusual and touching story of how Sandeep became interested in this particular charity.  His cancer surviving friend just competed in a 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents adventure.  That’s quite a recovery from brain cancer.  We appreciate all the support we get from the hotel during the year and hope to continue the relationship.


CBG Healing and Horses

People from all walks of life suffer from injuries and trauma which can be both physical and mental.  These afflictions can arise from instant events or over extended periods of time.  How they appear to health care givers is highly varied and not always easy to diagnose or to pinpoint.  It takes time, effort and insight to get to the bottom of problems before they can be treated.  With experience and long term understanding of these subjects, people in need of healing can be connected to these two associated professionals who connect those in need to horses that possess an uncanny sensitivity to what some people are in need of.  Horses don’t judge us, but apparently they have some energy or empathy with humans who are hurting and can help us relieve symptoms of trauma.  While we may not fully understand what is taking place, the improvement in patients is sufficient to warrant such holistic treatments that seem to work well for many who have given it a chance.

This service is readily available in Kent County, so if you know someone who is suffering from injury, fears, sadness, anxiety, etc then maybe some counseling and therapy ought to be sought out.



We have a branch of a hugely successful, world class business located quietly in Worton.  Many folks are not aware of its presence, but it is a large producer of products which go into the formulation of plastics that are is use everywhere in the USA and around the world.  Mr. Mabe has been working for Eastman for 30 years and in Worton for the past 6 years.  The description of the facility, the wide uses for their  extensive product lines, the positive overall impact on Kent County are all important messages to have heard.  It was good news to better understand the way waste water is thoroughly treated and tested and also welcome news that what they manufacture there is not the kind of thing likely to blow up creating a doomsday scenario.  

Interestingly, an older gentleman in today’s audience was one of the initial builders of the site in 1959, knew the old history of ownership, and why this facility landed in Kent County.  It was unexpected and a good added bonus.

It is always good to better understand those businesses that have succeeded and thrived in Kent County.  We hear so much about resistance to development, but often don’t see how good businesses do well locating here and have proven track records to back it up.




We had 100% pet lovers at the Kent CBG today.  We heard from Jane Welsh, Vice President of the Kent County Humane Society about the inner workings of our no-kill facility on Route 213. It was readily apparent that it takes dedication to the animals and to the work to make such an operation possible.   Plans are in the works for a new facility which will have far lower repair costs and do a better job just down the road a bit from the current location built in 1968.  Over a thousand animals make it to the shelter each year, so it is a busy place on a daily basis.  We heard that very little can be done about abusive pent owners in Maryland due to antiquated or inadequate laws on the books.  We’d hope for changes that would make enforcement of reasonable treatment possible.  If pets were lobbyists, there would be more action in this regard.  

If you are going to adopt a pet, pay the Humane Society a visit.  Contribute to their charitable efforts, too.  

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