Photo courtesy of Steve Atkinson


Every county and state is trying hard to lure business enterprises into their regions.  It is way better to keep existing ones to remain by giving them the opportunity to thrive and expand right in the place they are already at home in.  Dixon Valve is a great example of a successful business that needs more room and a different footprint in Chestertown.  Bryan explained the outlines and hoped for future content of the new business park just being started on route 213,  New apartments, a huge new warehouse, a distribution center, and the new Dixon Valve Corporate headquarters will all be there initially.  The space and plans call for several more buildings occupied by other businesses which might bring another 300 jobs or more to our area.  Chesapeake College is going to offer a high tech training facility right in the new distribution center building so that our local workforce can handle the new jobs industry creates today.  It all sounded like a great opportunity that, luckily, we have not missed.

How does Dixon, KRM, Chestertown and/or Kent County attract more businesses to this new work center?  It is not an easy question to respond to, but Bryan Matthews seems like he can handle a good part of the work in this regard.  It will take lots of meetings, lots of presentations and hard work, but the commitment to make it happen seems serious and professional.  Compared to some enterprises, this is a breath of fresh air that we truly need here.  This is not a short term plan.  It will be five or even ten years in the making before it is relatively complete.  We take it as a good sign of confidence in the future as well as a promise to children and young families that thee is a future here and forward thinking business people are leading the way.

Kent CBG had a large crowd for this talk which highlighted the local interest and curiosity about the plans for the development.  People do care and given the chance, they turn out to get a better understanding.




Going Solar for all or some of our home electricity is not only an increasingly popular lifestyle being adopted today, but one that will become far stronger as we go along into the near future.  Using the MDSUN model of local citizens forming small groups to obtain installation discounts from well vetted contractors adds to the safety of making these somewhat complex deals into an easier to understand process for the general consumer.

There were many questions and the answers are not all simple ones to grasp.  By choosing to install solar panels on your roof or in your yard, you might be agreeing to a long term relationship with the installer and their sources.  You may need to be more aware than you think about current permits, maintenance down the road, and how an installation today might impact a sale of your home in years to come.  While there are things in all of this that become the responsibility of the individual buyer it does sound beneficial to work as a group to obtain the right installation price and to gain all the benefits of ownership once you are properly informed.  The least costly way to get into solar is the least financially beneficial, and of course, the costliest way into solar, reaps the most financial rewards.   In this regard, it is very similar to other major purchases, but one needs to understand the alternatives and the outcomes of their choices.

Corey did a great job explaining this and everyone in attendance came away with something of value that they can share with family and friends.

Below are some links supplied by Corey Ramsden which may prove of interest based on questions and conversations we had today:   
1. Joining the Chestertown solar co-op:
2. Community (shared) solar info:
3. Solar’s effect on cooling a roof:
4. Solar’s potential impact on property value:
5. Signing up for our newsletter:



Reasonable folks may do well to agree to mediation of many issues that might otherwise need to be adjudicated in a court.  An outcome in court has the potential to seem very arbitrary to one or to both parties, but a successful mediation may well prove reasonably satisfactory to the all participants.  Even better, the cost of mediation is mostly zero, but the less welcomed outcome in court or in binding arbitration may be higher than one would hope and often more than one can actually afford.

Mediators are volunteers who take hours of training in mediation techniques and combine them with life long experience gained in the real world.  The don’t suggest solutions or push their own opinions, but rather let parties with problems come to work these issues through in an unbiased environment where everyone hopefully can feel safe and secure.

Mediation is there to help those who need assistance in solving disputes without the cost of lawyers and courts.  If both sides of a problem will agree to discuss the issues, then possibly a solution will appear that everyone can live with.  Sometimes a settlement is a bit distasteful to everyone concerned, but when you live in close proximity to one another, it is best to live in peace and safety than to remain fearful or anxious about your situation.

Thank you Ron, for your participation and your good advice.



Both Bill Clark and Richard Budden gave a thorough talk and discussion on the many facets of Licensed Ham Radio operators in Kent County.  Few people really are aware of what a major role this kind of communication often plays in our community and the important back-up communications role it provides all the citizens in case of a disaster or emergency.

Thousands of dollars worth of equipment, hours and hours of training, dedication to the pursuit of not only a hobby, but a lifeline for all of us when a need arises.  That is the goal of local radio operators in our region who coordinate with emergency management agencies, fire, police, DNR, ambulances and rescue personnel.  When things go badly and the power goes down, these people are here for all of us and deserve our support.

It is good to understand and to know more about the role HAM radio operators serve in our daily lives, quietly, behind the scenes.

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