keating 1David Keating, noted for teaching a WC-ALL course that new cars are “not your father’s Oldsmobile”, visited CBG to highlight what this is all about.  Following the guidelines in the owner’s manual is crucial to longevity of your car these days.  These manuals are long and difficult to decipher, but they hold the secrets to keeping your 4 wheel vehicle on the road and worry free.

David did a good job in keeping it real.  He didn’t try to sell us a major service, but encouraged the use of the schedule of maintenance provided by the factory as a key ingredient to happy car ownership.

THANK YOU David, for your generous participation with our group.

 

Img-1659From the moment Andy McCown began to tell us about the many aspects of the Outdoor School, our audience became impressed with the value this provides to our community and to the many students who get the opportunity to participate in one or more of the many programs offered there.  The study or nature, ecology, the systems of the Chesapeake Bay, conservation of natural resources and of nature, sailing, waterman skills, camping, historic boat preservation and the list goes on and on.

This school has been running for decades and you can just tell the demand for this sort of education and hand’s on experiences is growing beyond the level to provide it to everyone who could use a bit of it.  What a wonderful asset and great value to have available for anyone who gets to attend.

Here is a link for really finding out more:

http://www.ehos.org/

 

Judy Morgan was well prepared for the questions and gave a good presentation.  High speed fiber optic is going to become a standard and desired installation in all households in the coming years.  For some folks it is already a mandatory essential, but not yet for all of us.  Think Big is a business.  It needs a group of people in any one place to voice their desire for installation for Think Big to put up the cash needed to make installations.  Single users, those in remote locations and areas where there is little demand are not likely to get installations quickly, while those who live where a large cluster of demand is present will get fiber optic services far sooner.

We should be influencing our friends and neighbors to sign up with Think Big so that the momentum of demand grows in Kent County.  We all stand to benefit from this increased connectivity.  Likely, we can’t imagine what it will do for us right now.  Those of us who dream about the rapid changes which will happen in the near future likely can only envision a tiny part of what the fast Internet will allow us to do.  Let’s keep up the pressure to make these changes as widespread as we can.  I envision this sort of growth will be beneficial to the rural nature of Kent County.

 

Dr. Wayne Benjamin speaks about HOMEPORTS

On March 8, 2018, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

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For many of our aging population there is a desire to age at home.  Many don’t have much alternative financially and still others truly choose to go it alone in spite of many possible benefits of more community based retirement housing.  We tend to want to be free until the very end of our lives, but many folks simply live well beyond their ability to care decently for themselves. They make bad errors, they become ill, they get injured and have no one to assist them, etc. The list of aging problems is long and well understood by all of us.

Homeports is here to assist us many services offered by volunteers and by vetted professionals.  The reasonable annual cost of $350 is mostly affordable and several memberships are awarded annually for full or partial discounts based on need and income.  Even if you don’t yet need any Homeport service, you can contribute the $350 membership and take it off as a charitable deduction.  That would be an excellent first step and be very welcomed.  You can volunteer to drive or assist someone even if you are not a member.  You can help someone who will appreciate your assistance.  That’s a big reward all by itself.

Thank you Dr. Benjamin for the time you spent with us to explain Homeports and for the time you spend yourself in volunteering to serve in those who need you as members of Homeports.

 

 

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Janet Christensen-Lewis and Elizabeth Watson were outstanding speakers who have the interests of all the citizens of Kent County in mind.  They are professional, compassionate and experienced.  I don’t think we hit on any part of this topic that they were not well versed in.  Someday, there may be an additional bridge across the Bay, but with good preparation and strong citizen cooperation, this bridge has a good chance of being built further South where some counties have voiced a desire for the kind of economic development it will undoubtedly bring.  If you want urbanization and loss of the rural lifestyle, highways as busy as the Western Shore and all the services those require, then a bridge fits your style.  If you love it here because you were simply born here, or if you chose this place above all others because you like it as it is, then NO BRIDGE in Kent County may be a theme you better get used to hearing and working with.  Change will come, but slow change and smart change can be handled.  This is not an issue where you ought to make up your mind until you understand the consequences.

Kent CBG hosted this large gathering of concerned citizens in a peaceful and thoughtful discussion of where we stand in the planning stages of where and when a new bridge might be built from the Western Shore to the Eastern Shore.  It might be right on top of Kent County, but may be built much further South or possibly, not built at all.  It is too soon to say, but it is definitely the right time to become engaged and informed.  There is room for discussion and room for varied opinions.  One must say that change is pretty much inevitable, but with diligent and smart efforts, the changes that come to Kent County will have desirable effects and not bad outcomes.

We can have growth of opportunities for working people while keeping the rural and peaceful nature of the area preserved.  Such preservation may impact some folks in a way that is not as beneficial as possible, so we need to listen and do the right things to mitigate such negative effects.  Many folks emigrate here for the rural character of the region and not for the rapid growth nearby Delaware provides.  Those people may reap benefits from the status quo and not from major growth.  We seek decisions made in the reasonable, middle ground.  We don’t want to destroy our small paradise for the sake of mass congestion by cars travelling to Atlantic Ocean resorts.  We don’t want to destroy good and smart growth of jobs and affordable housing for those still in the workforce that such a bridge might help with speedier commuting to work and for many other reasons that were mentioned at the meeting.

 

 

millerIt is a big topic about big money and about huge regulations and rule making.  No CPA or Tax Attorney will be put out of business by the IRS due to lack of consumer need for their services.  We absolutely have a behemoth government and a large IRS busy making rules and regulations which can’t possibly be fully understood.  Bob spoke about how experts don’t memorize new rules, but must constantly look them up since they are bound to change.  We see the future of the current not solving any debt problem we have in the USA.  Taxing less is not going to cure our shortfall.  Spending less may not be an option that anyone wants to know about.  What’s left?  Printing money and inflation. 

What can you do about it?  We didn’t dare open that one up.  The choices look unappetizing, at best.  Hold onto your hat and put on your seat belt.  It may be a bumpy ride in the future.

 

OldhamSanta Oldham has a long history of working with people and various business entities in ways that foster progress, agreements and mutual working relations.  She brings this experience to Life Coaching work by assisting people to find their passion, follow their dreams, and to become and feel more successful.  Everyone has a different outlook on what will fulfill us.  She hunts for that often elusive element that many people can’t seem to locate reassuring them that it is there and can be found.  For direct contact email: assistanceinaction@gmail.com

Our other speaker was Rebecca Rice, the program coordinator for the Kent County Health Department.  She is especially interested in making residents aware of those things which reduce the risks of becoming diabetic.  Kent County Health sponsors no cost group sessions which encourage and support lifestyle change, weight loss, reasonable exercise, better eating habits, understanding food labeling, and a long list of other things, which not everyone fully understands, that have definite impact on our overall well-being, as well as reducing the many risks of type 2 diabetes.  A new group is forming in April 2018.  Contact her for more info:  rebecca.rice@Maryland.gov

 

 

Img-1101 tom tTom gave us some history of China compared to the USA.  No doubt, China has a far longer history that the USA and is a powerhouse not only in its region, but in the world.  The USA is like a blue chip stock, not so very interesting and rather mature in terms of future growth potential, while China is more an up and coming powerhouse with far more room to expand and grow than the USA.  We covered some of the reasons and then we looked at some of the areas which surround China to see how they and their neighbors are interacting.

Surprisingly, though completely logically, our topic drifted to world-wide politics and affairs between nations.  The world is so different that what it was 60 years ago when we could have one policy for the East and another for the West.  Everyone is aware of what is going on and living diplomatically with one another is a real challenge.  The USA suffers from some lack of confidence in the fair and level application of our foreign policies and China is quick to take up any slack they are handed which may increase their local and global influence. 

If you weren’t there, you missed a very good lecture and some far ranging questions.  The experience and depth of knowledge shown at our Kent CBG is often amazing.  This was just one of those excellent presentations that highlighted what can be done in an hour in the early morning.

 

 

Steve met with CBG today as our speaker rather than as a usual meeting attendee.  He has a multi-faceted web based set of services and calendars which deserve our attention.  He explained how Local in Kent, ChesaDelCrier, DelmarvaCrier, and ShoreToBeFun all share some common threads, but how diverse they can be with focus on different elements of the local and regional happenings of our County, State and DelMarVa region.

We know that there are lots of events going on that we only hear of after the fact.  Steve wants us to know ahead of time to allow better and larger participation.  We couldn’t agree more with that goal.

In the coming weeks we will display the various calendars of events at our morning meetings from time to time so that we can help share the good news of what is happening around here BEFORE it happens.  Sounds like a plan to us.  Please attend.

 

If you want to have your events publicized, contact Steve at one of his websites and give him the news.

Events@shoretobefun.com email will go directly to his desktop.

 

 

 

 

Leslie Raimond and John Schratwieser, Co-Directors in 2017 of the Kent County Arts Council met with the members of Kent CBG today and discussed the way they have intertwined the Kent Arts Council into the heart of the vibrant artistic community of Kent County and in Chestertown.  The engaging of artists to bring their artistic statements and point of view into focus by having art events which are timely and emotionally involving for viewers is a great key marketing concept and key to their success.  There are some good events coming in the Spring of 2018 and we will post a link to the calendar once we get their notification.

The budget for the KCAC is initially funded by the State of Maryland each year, but far more funds are needed to do a good job.  Keeping the arts in a making money for the area situation greatly eases the funding burden.  It appears that the arts really are paying their own way in the area and we are a better place because of the arts being such a strong local force.

 

 
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