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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.  

 

Heckles

Paul Heckles gave us a scenic tour of plans for the Chestertown Main Street improvement efforts.  The combination of grants with some assistance from the town and from private donations is hoped to make a difference in the appearance and success of downtown Chestertown.  There seems to be some momentum building.  We know that business owners need to buy and and support such efforts to make them successful.  We have an excellent volunteer staff in place and several plans of attach were explained.  The audience was enthusiastic and there does appear to be a high level of interest in bringing success, a better appearance, and good business opportunities to Chestertown.

We saw photos of towns on the Eastern Shore who have had substantial improvements in appearance.  Hopefully, we will not miss our opportunity to make the most of the local Main Street movement.  Looks good!!!

 

 

 

Sheriff Price, 10/4/2018

On October 5, 2018, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

Our Kent County Sheriff made a visit to Kent CBG during his temporary retirement hiatus.  He explained why he took his mandatory retirement now instead of after the election and made sense of the DROP program for our attendees.  Ir seems as though our County residents don’t have big issues with the Sheriff’s uncontested re-election bid, so for the next four years, it looks fairly certain who the Sheriff will be.

A good amount of time was also spent explaining what the Kent Turns Purple campaign is all about.  When someone who interacts with the local people, the Sheriff knows all too well about the sadness and death which opiate addiction causes.  Unfortunately, the addiction situation is both national and local.  It crosses all lines of ethnicity, relative wealth, level of education and cultural background.  Legislation won’t cure it.  Jail won’t stop it.  Some degree of legalization and the huge cost for effective rehabilitation have built in limitations.  Ultimately, the best and most effective long term cure is to teach children not be become addicted via intention or experimentation.  Educating the youth does make very good sense and may, in fact, contribute in the long run, to stopping the addiction crisis.

 

Mclendon

Dr. McLendon really gave us a well rounded lecture on why you ought to have a real professional give you a hearing test and proper medical exam.  You can choose to buy hearing aids or amplifiers as you choose, but sometimes folks have medical conditions which require attention beyond simple amplification.  Being without good hearing is highly isolating and creates real pressure within one’ family and business relationships.  Knowing what to do about it often requires far more than just a $300 magazine based amplifier.  Medicare pays for professional hearing tests so long as your primary physician makes a referral.

Get informed and take advantage of your benefits.  Some insurance policies even cover part of hearing aid costs.  There is a lot to know and understand.  Dr. McLendon can make it happen and she is local for members of our community.

 
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