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We had 100% pet lovers at the Kent CBG today.  We heard from Jane Welsh, Vice President of the Kent County Humane Society about the inner workings of our no-kill facility on Route 213. It was readily apparent that it takes dedication to the animals and to the work to make such an operation possible.   Plans are in the works for a new facility which will have far lower repair costs and do a better job just down the road a bit from the current location built in 1968.  Over a thousand animals make it to the shelter each year, so it is a busy place on a daily basis.  We heard that very little can be done about abusive pent owners in Maryland due to antiquated or inadequate laws on the books.  We’d hope for changes that would make enforcement of reasonable treatment possible.  If pets were lobbyists, there would be more action in this regard.  

If you are going to adopt a pet, pay the Humane Society a visit.  Contribute to their charitable efforts, too.  

 

Heckles

Paul Heckles gave us a scenic tour of plans for the Chestertown Main Street improvement efforts.  The combination of grants with some assistance from the town and from private donations is hoped to make a difference in the appearance and success of downtown Chestertown.  There seems to be some momentum building.  We know that business owners need to buy and and support such efforts to make them successful.  We have an excellent volunteer staff in place and several plans of attach were explained.  The audience was enthusiastic and there does appear to be a high level of interest in bringing success, a better appearance, and good business opportunities to Chestertown.

We saw photos of towns on the Eastern Shore who have had substantial improvements in appearance.  Hopefully, we will not miss our opportunity to make the most of the local Main Street movement.  Looks good!!!

 

 

 

Sheriff Price, 10/4/2018

On October 5, 2018, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

Our Kent County Sheriff made a visit to Kent CBG during his temporary retirement hiatus.  He explained why he took his mandatory retirement now instead of after the election and made sense of the DROP program for our attendees.  Ir seems as though our County residents don’t have big issues with the Sheriff’s uncontested re-election bid, so for the next four years, it looks fairly certain who the Sheriff will be.

A good amount of time was also spent explaining what the Kent Turns Purple campaign is all about.  When someone who interacts with the local people, the Sheriff knows all too well about the sadness and death which opiate addiction causes.  Unfortunately, the addiction situation is both national and local.  It crosses all lines of ethnicity, relative wealth, level of education and cultural background.  Legislation won’t cure it.  Jail won’t stop it.  Some degree of legalization and the huge cost for effective rehabilitation have built in limitations.  Ultimately, the best and most effective long term cure is to teach children not be become addicted via intention or experimentation.  Educating the youth does make very good sense and may, in fact, contribute in the long run, to stopping the addiction crisis.

 
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