The Kent County Learning Center

On August 28, 2015, in County Issues, Education, by An American

Working with Chesapeake College, the Kent County Learning Center provides supportive, conveniently located educational and technical learning activities to Kent County residents to foster employment advancement, personal enrichment and tutoring. They work to remove financial, childcare, and transportation barriers to learning.  They provide a diverse group of educational programs ranging from tutoring to GED classes to training in the basics of computer operation.

 

Harborview Farms

On August 21, 2015, in Economics, Environment, Rock Hall, by An American

Farming processes have changed over the last four decades, and now, Harborview takes a more holistic approach to farming, growing good food and protecting the environment. New technology that has been incorporated into the farm, such as self-steering tractors and equipment that can check crop growth and other pieces that determine where best to plant. This technology not only reduces the cost of seeds and fertilizer, it also helps minimize loss of nutrients to the groundwater and the Bay.  Other technological improvements that help reduce nutrient runoff include switchgrass, cover crops, and buffer planting.  Join us to learn how these improved farming practices have helped not only reduce the cost of food, but have also help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

 

This year’s legislative session was significantly different than past sessions with a Republican governor and new leadership of the executive branch, most notably in that additional spending for new programs was significantly reduced.  As usual, the legislature passed hundreds of new laws.  Among the more important new laws was continuing the delay in granting permits for using hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas, updating the Public Information Act to make it easier for citizens to find out what is going on in their local government, and allowing ex-felons to vote after release from prison even if still on probation.  If you didn’t like some of these new laws, this will be a chance to tell one of your legislators how you feel to his face.

 

Options for Treating Substance Abuse

On August 7, 2015, in Healthcare, by An American

Tim Dove will tell us more about treatment of substance abuse at our August 13 meeting. Tim has been working in the field of Substance Abuse Treatment for the past 23 years. He has worked with adults, adolescents, co-occurring, and the incarcerated population. He has worked within both inpatient & outpatient settings. He previously oversaw the clinical operations of the A.F. Whitsitt Center from 1998 until 2009. He became the Director of Outpatient Addictions Services for the Caroline County Health Department in January of 2009 to present. On July 1, 2015 he accepted the position of Director of Outpatient Treatment for Kent County Behavioral Health. He currently is managing both programs until the position in Caroline County is filled. Between both programs over 350 patients are being treated on a monthly basis.

Tim is not only an administrator, he first and foremost is a clinician. He remains active in the day to day lives of those that receive care within the community.  By self-admission he has a vested interest in the well-being of those that suffer from addiction as he has suffered personal loss to this dreadful disease. He has dedicated his life work toward providing ethical care to those who suffer from this disease, their family, and the community. Mr. Dove is a Kent County resident, born and raised. He is committed to the work, the people and the mission.

 
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