Tim Dove and Annette Duckery came to speak with us along with two additional members of the team in Kent County that are doing everything imaginable to alleviate and help eliminate drug problems in Kent County.  They are not only using the standard tools of the anti-drug approach, but are trying very hard to think outside the box to really help those members of our community that need help that the standard plan does not provide.  We all thought they are on the right track.  It makes good sense to try some new and fresh approaches toward fixing a huge societal problem that just is not being managed well throughout the entire country.  Why not try some new efforts to support folks who need help and connections to further assistance?   Tim is obviously a highly trained, motivated and concerned leader who is up to the task.  And, the task is a large one.

The questions remains: Can we stop drug abuse?  Can we stop drug addiction?  Can we show better examples to our youth so they don’t go down the wrong pathways?  Can we help people who are hurting and want to be helped?  What can government do and what does society need to do?  Many big questions and very few real solutions.  The main thing is to keep trying until the correct solutions come into focus.

 

Larry Samuels has spoken to Kent CBG numerous times.  This is the first time he really came prepared to tell us about himself and how he arrived at becoming a frequent substitute teacher both in Queen Anne and Kent.  He has a passion for the kids and cares about them.  He has great experience and is a sharing individual.  It sounded to us like he is just the right kind of person to mentor our children, especially the many here who need extra help, encouragement, stability and compassion often missing in their home environments.  Education is a major key to success in later life.  If you do not have the basics from home and school, you will be short handed in all that comes afterwards.  The basic education found in the lower school grades is essential to master, and after hearing Larry talk, we felt it even more surely than before.

Larry recounted several of his kid friendly and engaging stories.  We can see better why he takes the huge amount of time he spends with so many good volunteer efforts along with his very frequent teaching role.  Thank you Larry.  We need many more guys and gals with your spirit and energy all over the country and we are fortunate to have you here as an example.

 

 

WIlliamsJamie Williams came to visit Kent CBG on behalf of Scott Boone, County IT Director who was unable to attend today.  She came very well prepared not only to address the topics Scott would have covered, but with several other agendas of importance which she works on for the benefit of all Kent County citizens.  She finds lots of work to be done here, yet also finds lots of bright points and hope in getting Kent County developed in ways which would suit the citizenry.   It is a balancing act to maintain the basically agricultural historic nature of the county while understanding that the future of the county involves new businesses, new housing, renewal of schools, maintenance of the tax base, and attracting new residents, young and old alike.

Jamie went on to address several hot topics and we had a vibrant set of discussions.  Everyone came away with an increased awareness of what economic development means here and just how big a job Jamie has.  You could not ask for a more dedicated person to accept her role.  Some great initiatives are underway and there is no shortage of ideas that may become reality here.

 

mcLainWe gained a lot of insight  into the inspiration for this unusual sculptural installation that is now in search of additional funding.  It is a totally modern and visually appealing design that will not only fit well in the proposed location, but will be visible to people driving by, especially when it is lit in the evening.  With her family’s long history in Chestertown and with Washington College, this artful construct seems a perfect fit and properly honors the history of both her father, Dr. Joseph H. McClain and Dr. John A. Conkling, both of whom made great contributions to the science and safety of fireworks.

Ms. McLain has written and published a book “For the Love of Fireworks”.  All profits will directly fund this installation.  Contact Lynn McLain directly to purchase the book.  

In addition, for those who prefer to simply donate, send a check to:   Washington College, Office of Advancement, 300 Washington Ave.  Chestertown, MD 21620-1197.  You can take a full charitable deduction for such direct contributions.  Mark the memo on your check:  ATRIUM SCUPTURE PROJECT.

 
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