Don Hooker discovered the Massey Air Museum after his retirement from the aviation industry.  He knows all the facts about the Museum and the Massey Aerodrome.  The stories, the acquisitions, the restorations, the various public activities and events, and the educational gatherings.  While Massey Museum has a membership in the 500 range, only a handful of members actively support the everyday of the year, except Christmas, hours of the Museum.  This takes both dedication and a high level of interest.  You could tell Don Hooker has both of these attributes.

When I consider the my own early days of air travel beginning in the early 1950’s, flying often with my parents on DC-3’s and later in larger prop, turboprop and then early commercial jet aircraft, I recall the relative formality and a certain elegance that has been lost to taking air travel for granted and the necessary evils brought to us by terrorism and the TSA system.  There was a time where air travel was a class act and had some elements of adventure and fun. 

If you want to have a good time, go to one of the many events hosted at the Aerodrome and the Museum.  You’ll be happy with the enthusiasm and the things of interest to young and old.


Isabel Hardesty, The Chester Riverkeeper 9-21-2017

On September 21, 2017, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas


The Chester River Association and it’s mission was presented in a complete and very professional way by the Riverkeeper.  It is good to see so many local folks becoming involved in the health and long term cleanliness of our river water systems in the region. The best thing we found out was the degree of scientific accountability and cost effectiveness control that is being used within the CRA.  Those projects which are effective, both environmentally and financially are given preference over high cost, low return projects which is what characterizes what the public most fears about government regulatory agencies when they meddle in local affairs.  The CRA seems to “get it” and that is a great thing. 

One of our frequent participants and steering committee members, also a past Riverkeeper, David Foster, mentioned how well this organization has done in attracting participants and members from all levels and interests in our society.  The farmer can work with the scientist and those in finance or in business.  The waterman can work with boaters and environmentalists.  All for the greater good.  What this promotes is an understanding that when the cause is right, people from the left, the right and in between can find common ground to improve the total picture.  This may be rare today, but it can and does work, as this organization proves.

The payoff for reducing pollution, nutrients, and sediment in the waterways will slowly show over time.  It didn’t happen all at once and it will not go away overnight.  It is a work that will take years to accomplish and will always be ongoing to maintain good and acceptable levels of these problem issues.  We need watchdogs and trained scientists to make sure we leave a good legacy for those who are not yet born.  CRA is doing their part in this big picture.


Dr. Halin gave us a history of the property and told us of the significance of this geographic location 8 miles below Rock Hall which is in the flight path of many important bird species as they migrate annually.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service controls this Federally owned property and the Friends support it with volunteer staffing on the many trails, in the lovely visitor center with books, souvenirs, events and personal interaction with visitors from all over the world, and in highly important fundraising for maintenance that the Federal budget and management seem to be increasingly forgetful about.  These little and large preserves of nature under the control of US Fish & Wildlife and the National Park system depend on funding to keep them open and available for public uses.  We should not be forcing volunteers to pay for the upkeep, but being good Friends, they do what needs to be done and make the best of it.  We are all most fortunate to have such good volunteers and people of a generous nature among us.

You can support the Friends of Eastern Neck with your own contribution of annual dues beginning at a $25 contribution level. 

You may, of course, pay more and the money will not be wasted.  There is much that can be done since Federal funding has been decreasing over the past several years.  Any contribution would be welcomed. 

Please make checks payable to Friends of Eastern Neck, Inc. and send to PO Box 450, Rock Hall, MD 21661


The Kent Learning Center, 9-7-2017

On September 7, 2017, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

9-7Mary Etta Reedy and Phil Cicconi gave us the scoop on how great it is to volunteer as a tutor to the kids in our Rock Hall elementary school.  They made the new style of doing arithmetic sound like the old way we learned it was faster, but not as educational as the new way young people do their math assignments. 

The positive impact that individual, one on one, instruction has with students who know they need some help with their work must be a somewhat amazing and enlightening experience for the volunteers.  The students are also telling their tutors how much better they are doing with the school work.  So, the way the Learning Center is helping is working for the betterment of students.  That all sounds pretty good to us.

If you have time to volunteer, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, in the later afternoon, please get in touch.  You can even learn how to do the newer math yourself.



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