In 1919 a young chemist, Frank LaMotte, decided to focus his expertise in the area of pH analysis on specific applications of chemical control. Within a few years, LaMotte’s small laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland was manufacturing specialized pH indicators and other analytical reagents for world-wide distribution. The applications section of LaMotte’s first major catalog, published in 1930, anticipated many of the areas in which accurate chemical control is indispensable today – boiler water, swimming pools, drinking water, and more.

Today the company manufactures analytical reagents, laboratory apparatus, electronic instrumentation, and complete portable test kits for chemical analysis in hundreds of applications at its factory located here in Chestertown. It sells its products throughout the world.


Glen Wilson, the new President and CEO of Chesapeake Bank and Trust, will discuss future plans for the Bank with the Community Breakfast Group (CBG) at their February 19 meeting.

As long time President and CEO of a much larger community bank in Pennsylvania, Glen brings a lifetime of banking experience to Chestertown. At the same time, he is a native of Maryland and has had a home in Chestertown where he has spent many weekends for the past 6 years. He and his wife have been a loyal customers of many of Kent County’s restaurants and retailers, and are members of Sacred Heart Church and the Sultana Captain’s Table. Kent County is indeed fortunate to have such a highly qualified leader for one of our most important financial institutions.


Oyster Aquaculture in the Upper Chesapeake Bay

On February 6, 2015, in Environment, Politics, by An American

Disease, habitat loss, overharvesting, and poor water quality have left the Chesapeake Bay’s iconic wild oysters in a dismal state, at just 0.3 percent of their teeming population in the early 1800s, according to a 2011 research study by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies.

Increasing the Chesapeake’s oyster populations is a high priority in Maryland. That is because of the creatures’ ability to filter vast amounts of water, improving its quality. And oyster reefs provide habitats for a variety of other fish, benefitting the entire ecosystem.

However, restoring self-sustaining populations of wild oysters to a significant level has proven difficult because of a host of ecological, economic, and cultural hurdles. Aquiculture has been used successfully in many locations to restore oyster populations, but has been challenging to introduce in the Upper Chesapeake Bay. Generations of Chesapeake watermen have harvested wild oysters from widely scattered oyster beds. Encouraging the remaining watermen to embrace aquaculture — oyster farming at fixed locations — is a challenging proposition because this business requires a different set of skills and substantial start-up costs.

Scott Budden has taken up the challenge! He developed a business plan for small oyster farm in the Chester River and applied for state lease in early 2013.  He is currently awaiting state issuance of lease in order to begin raising native eastern oysters, which could be market-ready in late 2016.

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