We got a great opportunity to hear all about the Chestertown Lions where their motto is “To Serve”.  We have a unique environment here with such a great group of people dedicated to helping others in the region as well as Chestertown.  The club is active and has many charitable events during the year.  It helps people during the Thanksgiving through Christmas Season with food baskets and things for the kids.  They provide free eye glasses and free eye exams for those who can’t pay for them.  LOVRNET seeks to make life easier for those with low vision by making helpful, assistive items available to them at reduced or no cost.

The Members  meet twice a month at Chester River Yacht Club both to socialize and coordinate their several annual events.  Of course, they are looking for like-minded folks who want to join the Lions Club.  We’d urge you to consider the very good job they do.

 

 

 

 

 

Sumner2Sumner HallWe got just a glimpse at the relatively little know history of Sumner Hall from its origins in our Civil War to the present day.  There is so much rich history which most of simply are unaware of.  Now a special opportunity and moment is coming for Sumner Hall, in cooperation with a Smithsonian Institution Tour, will present The Way We Worked” March 31 through May 20th, 2017.

During this time there will be an exhibit at Sumner Hall and educational events taking place.  Learn what people did in the periods after the Civil War.  What is the less well known history of black Union Army soldiers, free black people and post war newly freed slaves in Kent County.  Connect with where we are today with the history of Kent County to better appreciate the present and the potential promise of the future.

Those in attendance left a bit enlightened, much encouraged and with an appreciation of the efforts about to be put into action at what promises to be a major Chestertown event with relevance to all the citizens.

Look over their website and mark down the many events on your calendar…

 

 

Rick Kollinger did not disappoint attendees.  He tells and draws it like he sees it and one gets the feeling he has a very good perspective on what is the truth.  We looked back on history, back to 1966 at least, and viewed the procession of Presidents since that time with Rick’s unique hindsight.  He seems rightfully skeptical, yet open to seeing reality.  Taking the good with the bad does make sense in a world which spins on its own terms and not under our control.

We had many good laughs on the course of modern US politics and the way we get our facts and alternative facts.  It was a rare opportunity to learn and enjoy the give and take with a well respected provider of opinion.

 

Scott Boone

The head of IT for Kent County addressed the CBG on March 9th with good news about what the hoped for soon completion of the high speed fiber optic network in Kent County should bring to residents.  The positive is emphasized in that this development will bring many opportunities for economic development without damaging our environment, creating over population and of great importance without changing our rural and cultural heritage.

New businesses will form based on having state of the art Internet access, families will be able to have the access they now demand to the outside world over the Internet, and the entire infrastructure of the County will be positively impacted by reduced costs in coordination of services and rapid communication.  People whole have been unable to locate here since they telecommute with their work will be able to work from home once this network is operational.

The first public user of the network came as a visitor today to the CBG and testified to the professionalism of the installation and how smartly it was accomplished.  This customer had been involved with Verizon as an installer and in other technical capacities for over 30 years, so it was good to hear that the first installation went so well and that the customer was pleased.

Installing high speed Internet into your home and being able to have access to it in a local business, is a formula for a better future for Kent County.  Installation of such technology will make you home an easier sell of you decide to move.  It will make the area far more inviting to a younger population which is a key element of our future.

Think Big is the installer and they are located in Chestertown.  You should inform yourselves about the installation deal currently being made.  It likely will never cost you less and the commitment seems fair.  If you can afford to make the deal, I believe you should get your paperwork submitted.

Thank you Scott for the technology show and for the robust turnout of interested people in the project.

 

 

 

 

 
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Iran is a very large country.  They have lots of oil, a very young population, a well formed democracy and a very modern, mostly secular, lifestyle.  The population votes with vigor and participates in elections.  Iranians are highly educated and pushing democracy forward.

The USA and Israel are the Iranians two main targets of governmental hate and finger-pointing.  The USA returns this with equal vitriol for Iran, Russian and North Korea.  It seems to serve all concerned having one or more countries to target and to focus on in order to seek unity in our respective homelands.  Overall, the policy now may appear ill conceived, but it worked well for so long that one hates to abandon it as it now fails to accomplish create the focus that once seemed so useful.  The problem of course, is coming up with a new political trick to unite populations.  Suggestions would be welcomed.

Iran has a long, a very long, history.  We are the ones with a couple hundred years behind us.  The Iranians are extremely proud of their 7000 year historical heritage.  We have to accept that in their region of the world, they, not us, are the force and influence to be dealt with.

Tom gave us a perspective to understand the reality of our relationship with Iran based on our blemished history with the government of the country.  We are reaping some of what seeds we sowed for ourselves.  A large, and rather young, majority of the population wants closer ties and trade with the US, but the small, older, conservative politicos on top want something else.  We just need to wait and be patient.  Maybe we can deal with Iran in a stable and even-handed way in the years to come.  We ought to tread lightly since we have such a good chance to become closer with them without posing any increased risk to Israel or our other interests in the Middle East.  Diplomacy and patience seem to be what we need rather than force and threats.  Hopefully, the long term outcome will be the good one that appears out of reach right now.  There is good reason to hope for a positive long term relationship. 

Thank you Tom, for allowing us to see a brighter future in what has been presented to the American public as a gloomy and dangerous part of today’s world.

 

 
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