20170223 CBG Jodi Bortz Rebecca Heriz-Smith SOS-2940Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson

Kent County is lucky to have a gathered a group of 600+ people interested in signing onto Support Our Schools to look at the situation with a very realistic eye to the reality of limited funding for public education not only in Kent County, but for nearly every Maryland School District.  The numbers make it clearly evident that some painful changes are coming and it seems far better to work within the system, giving it feedback and guidance than to simply protest, get angry, or to walk away.  Support Our Schools is making the case for reasoned retention of valuable programs, assets and teachers fully understanding the reality that is bringing consolidation and budget constraints to the school system.

This is a difficult task to ask of anyone and not an easy way to make friends.  The job of doing what we can to keep the schools on a good and right track has value and is important.  We can feel good about those who are watching and working for the benefit of the students and the schools.  How this all will play out in the next three to five years is anyone’s guess.  Stay tuned.  We likely will need to have updates from time to time as the situation is fluid with some very large challenges looming.

We had a great two way discussion and found several good points for further work which could be done to make this all work out with a good outcome.

 

98 years old this year and going strong toward the 100th anniversary of not only Post 36 but of the entire American Legion, both founded in 1919 after WWI.  Tim told us of numerous things that are going on at the Post for the benefit of members and their families.  We heard a bit more about the cub scout troop and the many scouting events being held at the great facility just on the outskirts of Chestertown.

The Legion isn’t just your grandfather’s and dad’s old pub anymore.  It is becoming the center for services for our many Veterans who find they need to connect to a myriad of available services of great importance.  Especially counseling…..  In addition to the four names above, the VA sends Julie Graham weekly to the Legion Post.  She not only counsels Vets, but their families and those left behind at those times when someone must be there to give assistance.  She is a qualified Family Therapist of the Elkton Vet Center and just like Tim Lloyd and the other leaders of the Post, she has a lot of jobs, many people in her case load and a never ending supply of problems to help solve.

Can you give blood?  The Legion is the largest organizational donor in the USA.  They look for anyone qualified in their monthly bloodmobile campaigns.  CBG will be publishing the dates of the blood mobile very shortly.

Larry Wilson is the Chaplain of the Post.  He’s there to give support and guidance to his fellow soldiers.  He is a retired Nay Seabee and you can just sense his deep sensitivity along with his faith in solving the problems faced by Veterans.

Paul Showalter is a member of the Executive Committee and with his many years of running and organizing business, he brings professionalism to the activities and practices of Legion Post 36.  Paul’s wife, Christine,  is also helping not only Paul, but any of the other leaders who need assistance with many aspects of the organization.  Paul says she works 8 days a week and as many hours as she can possibly find on behalf of Post 36.  Both are highly committed to the cause.

We applaud the service of our Vets and must give a standing round of applause to those local leaders who give their time and efforts to provide continuing assistance to those who served along with the families of these service people.

If you were in the Armed Services during a time of conflict, you can join the Legion.  The dues are very reasonable and our local Legion facility is really a fine place to visit.  The facility is available for rental and has an especially nice water view that really works great for major weddings.

Thanks to all five of our speakers!!!!

 

 

 

We all recognize how Kent County and Chestertown offer a recreational and rural lifestyle that many people find highly attractive.  That’s something we always need to keep in mind as we seek reasoned business development come to the area which does not ruin the parts of residing here which we find so beneficial.  Richard Thorp heads up a world class small scientific research operation in Chestertown which is using the power of DNA analysis and several other high-technology approaches to discover the way the many different forms of cancer grow and spread.  Samples of diseased tissue are collected from all over the world and sent here in a totally frozen and safe condition for deep lab analysis.  This has led to meaningful discoveries which open up new doors to furthering the cause of prevention, treatment and elimination of cancer in the coming decade.

There is a blood test, now FDA approved, which pretty much eliminates the need for colonoscopies.  You can’t yet get this test but soon it will be available.  You can do an alternative DNA analysis, also FDA approved, but resisted by most doctors still, which makes a colonoscopy unnecessary.    Insurance companies won’t yet pay for it, but it is far less costly than a colonoscopy and more reliable.  Just cost alone will drive the market, but in fact, it is a better test than a colonoscopy in the early detection of that cancer.

The cancer which causes cervical cancer is the human papilloma virus.  Mr. Thorp told us that HPV is the sole cause of this form of cancer and that the preventative injections for young men and women will prevent this cancer later in life.  Also, a small portion of a pap smear can be sent to a lab now for highly accurate detection of this virus.  If you don’t have the virus, you will be able to know you will not contract this cancer type.

This was a world class presentation to CBG’s audience.  The weather wasn’t very nice, so the group was not large.  This information was very valuable and deserves far more attention.  We hope to have Mr. Thorp come back and make a different presentation in the near future.  We’ll hope for nice Spring weather.

 
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