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Heather Guerieri has been on the front lines of Hospice care since she graduated from Nursing School in 1995.  The process of making it better for terminally ill patients and for their families seems like a very important task and a very serious one.  Heather spoke well about what Hospice care can do, how important planning the end of life can be not only for the individual who is dying, but for the far larger family that is often left behind and missing their departed member.

Most services are provided in one’s own home.  This seems important because so many folks fear leaving their home to go into unfamiliar surroundings  while fighting to stay alive or preparing to take their final breaths.  There should be no fear in the process or in the last moments of a life, but sadly, there often is great anxiety about the unknown.  Hospice care can relieve much of this fear and anxiety.  Palliative care can relieve many uncomfortable symptoms.  Such added care is also an important aspect of treatments that are part of the package for many of the patients using Compass Hospice.

Doing this work must be very deeply rewarding, but a difficult thing to sustain for over 20 years.  Such care giving is not for everyone.  We are lucky to have such a good service so readily available for local residents.  The fact that they care for nearly all their patients in their individual homes is not well understood or appreciated.  It was great to have her tell us all about Compass Hospice and its services.

 

 

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There is a growing need for support for senior citizens who are either compelled or choose to stay in their homes beyond the years where they can be totally self sufficient.  Homeports seeks to put such citizens in touch with needed services and transportation.  It takes lots of volunteer hours and as many volunteers that can be vetted for providing services, mostly driving others to appointments and shopping.  Homeports runs a miniature Angie’s List for home service providers, too.  A lot of supervision and coordination is required to make sure providers are checked out and that Homeport members will be carefully cared for.

Can you volunteer?  It would be welcomed.  Are you aging in place?  Join HomePorts…..or at the very least, check them out.

 

 

For nearly all students in schools in Kent County, public and private, Character Counts visits weekly to work in individual classrooms in order to teach the ideals of the Golden Rule to young folks.  Unfortunately, there are many kids who are not being exposed to fairness and morality at home.   Character Counts hopes to provide some means for all students to have a moral and ethical anchor developed in their lives so that they will grow to respect themselves and one another.  It is a great cause and by the limited means available to check their success, it gives rise to hope that some of those who need help are finding it with this hands on, close-up approach.

Character Counts needs more volunteers for weekly sessions in schools.  They will assist you with guidance on the subjects to be taught and the way to handle the relatively short sessions each week.  It is a good cause and they would value your interest in helping.

 

 

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For someone relatively new to politics, Kathy Szeliga has an excellent handle on expressing herself and listening to what her audience has to say, too.   She left little doubt in the minds of attendees that she is both a serious candidate and a capable one, as well.  If Washington politicians would adopt her concept of making headway with problems instead of only becoming mired in bickering and stalemate tactics, maybe there would be more belief in the quality and capability of our democratic system.  As a county, we had such a long run of success, but the outlook for the future seems rather gloomy now.  What can be done to keep the government afloat, our Federal bills paid and not increase our nation’s debt?   Kathy appears to want to work on those things and take a fresh look at how to cooperate with everyone concerned regardless of party.

We wish her success in the election and with her work in the US Senate.

 

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Sandeep Thrakar, owner of the Holiday Inn Express of Chestertown, accepts the contribution from Kent CBG to benefit his favorite charity which is Pediatric Brain Cancer Research.  We were very happy to make this contribution and hope our long lasting relationship with Sandeep and his hotel property continues to flourish.

 

sandeepPhoto courtesy of Steve Atkinson

Sandeep Thrakar, owner of the Holiday Inn Express of Chestertown, accepts the contribution from Kent CBG to benefit his favorite charity which is Pediatric Brain Cancer Research.  We were very happy to make this contribution and hope our long lasting relationship with Sandeep and his hotel property continues to flourish.

 

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The Kent County Chamber of Commerce has many missions and responsibilities in our county.  Loretta is wearing many hats every day in her role.  She is not only their spokesperson, but handles all the daily inquiries people make, coordinates with members who need assistance, and works toward the main goals of networking among Chamber members and sending inquiries from the public to the appropriate Chamber members.  Judging by the excellent membership directory and all the related paperwork we were shown, we have a great person working on behalf of the Chamber in Kent County.

A big part of the talk was about the revival of the Chestertown waterfront, especially the Marina area, where some large amount of MD State grant money is in the balance within the next two weeks.  There is a request for personal letters urging approval of this plan.  PLEASE CONTACT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THE PROPER DETAILS OF WHAT OUGHT TO BE IN THE LETTER AND WHERE TO SEND IT.  A personal letter will count heavily in this decision process.

 

 
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