20160526 KC Health Department Charlene Perry-1214

Lots to know about mosquito management.  It looks to us like we are eventually going to be in a situation where the Zika Virus will get to a level of local transmission in Maryland.  Right now, Zika arrives with those who have travelled and been infected, but it seems inevitable that Zika will become a locally transmitted illness.  Zika itself is not highly life threatening, but it is known to cause birth defects  An infection by a mosquito or through human sexual transmission, may result in an infant with a small head and small brain.  This has already become a big problem in Brazil and in some other parts of South America.  Charlene urged us to become aware and prepared to prevent or delay the progress of Zika transmission.  Those who wish to prevent problems must dress with the proper clothing with less vulnerable skin exposed to a bite, remove standing water in containers with frequency of under every 7 days to prevent the life cycle of mosquitos, and to use caution in transmission through unprotected sexual activity if one of the partners has been exposed.

It looked like a best method for preventing our infection is to regularly use products that contain chemicals such as DEET, which deter a mosquito seeing us as their tasty treat.  The CDC is working full blast to provide the American public with the facts and with rapid research to overcome this disease.  The longer we can delay the onset of an epidemic, the better the treatments available will be.  Clean up any standing water sources may be the best advice we can make right now.

 

On May 19, 2016, in County Issues, by David Atlas
Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson.  Charles Taylor seated.

Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson. Charles Taylor seated.

Charles Taylor, longtime local resident and blinded by a genetic cause, Retinitis Pigmentosa, gave us an appreciation of what blind and low vision residents of our rather rural area must cope with beyond just their blindness in getting on with daily chores as well as obtaining their medical needs.  CRAB is a small group, which unlike sighted groups, cannot spread the word of its work via printed material to others who might be helped by joining.  The need to transmit their message via voice messages and by one on one contact makes a difficult job even more problematic.  Lack of major funding, certainly plays a role in the continuing small size of the group being served.    Word of mouth is a great way to get the news out to those who need it.  Maybe someone will benefit from CBG interacting with Mr. Taylor, who in spite of his blindness, is a very good speaker, and has the kind of happiness within which shows itself on his smiling face.

Thanks to Barbara Reed for suggesting Mr. Taylor as a speaker and for following up to be sure he could attend this morning.

 

 

Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson. left to right: Paul Showalter, David Startt, Walter Coryell, Timothy Lloyd

American Legion Post 36 in Chestertown is actively engaged with the community of wartime US Military members, and their families.  With the changing of the demographics must come changes in how organizations such as the American Legion adapt to serve their members.  How to remain relevant, how to retain and gather new members, what services to offer, what social functions to encourage, how to modernize and expand while retaining the proper commitment to long time members as well as to new veterans.  All of these are difficult and complex issues which were discussed.

We were given some of the history by Walter Coryell, the Post Commander, to better appreciate the official role of the Legion as well as what the true meaning of Memorial day really is all about.  Remembering those who sacrificed everything, to give us the free country we live in today.  Picnics and sales at the mall are all fine most days, but one day a year to give serious thanks for the service of those who died to keep us free, is well worth the time and effort these fine four gentlemen and the other Legion members ask us to observe.

David Startt heads up the official Color Guard of Post 36.  They will be visiting five graves of veterans killed in military action in five different Kent County graveyards very soon as well as another service this coming Memorial day.  You might want to contact the Legion to get details.  We believe many members of the public would find these services appropriate and something of value as Memorial Day 2016 approaches.

Tim Lloyd, 1st Vice Commander, gave us the scoop on all the new things going on at Post 36 from food and new bingo equipment to a growing collection of historical items and clothing which pertain to military and even to the Boy Scouts.  From Karaoke to weekly consulting of a professional to those suffering with PTSD and war injuries, the Legion is a leading provider of respect and long term comfort to our veterans.  The Legion is sponsoring a Boy Scout Troop, fixing up its outside barbeque shack and is looking to add more water activities for members right on its own big property.  Tim is working daily to improve this asset to Chestertown and Kent County.

Thanks for coming out early on Thursday morning to let us know what is going on up the road at Post 36.

 

 

 

 

 

 

20160505 CBG Dawson-Williams-KCHS-9727Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson

We read and were then tested about the good news of the public schools and we discussed some of the problems.  It looks like things are improving, but we are not where we’d want them to be.  There are new books, laptops for almost everyone and many, many other good things going on for the school students of Kent County.  Statistics for education have improved here over the past four years, but we have to do a better job of bringing realtors into the know on this subject.  For the vitality of our county, we need to get some additional residents and get some of our housing inventory sold.

For those students in Kent High School that make the effort, there are many rewards and higher education possibilities.  Good students need the support of the entire community in order to succeed in today’s difficult times.  Linda Dawson as Executive Director of Kent Forward along with Stacey Williams, Kent High School, Principal, are two of the most important folks in our area setting the tone and the goals for our younger people. We were very glad to have had them visit us and tell us what they see going on in Kent Public Schools.

 
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