jonesjones 2Dr. Katherine L.R. Jones is the Executive Director for the Bay Area Center for Independent Living, Inc.  While they are headquartered in Salisbury, they serve residents in Kent County.  There is a long list of services, equipment and a good amount of private funds on top of the many government and grant programs that can be accessed.  We saw several great aids to communication that people with disability, regardless of how the disability arose, could be assisted to get around and especially to communicate and participate with family, friends, society and in the workplace.  Dr. Jones demonstrated a microphone a speaker can wear when addressing a room of people which increased their voice level without any sign of distortion or background noise.  Battery powered, potable and not expensive.  It will work for our own meetings when so many of us in attendance have some hearing loss.
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One of the best demonstrations was the Tommy Hilfiger “adaptive” line of clothing sponsored at greatly lower than normal retail selling prices of fashionable looking clothes for all ages in the Hilfiger design which have fasteners that are primarily hidden magnets.  It was an impressive and creative way to assist those who have problems with dressing.  It was a real eye opener moment.
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The progress of taking technology into helping people lead better and more fulfilling lives is impressive.  Those in attendance were impressed.  You should have been there, too.
 

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In layman’s terms and without taking us on a long journey of who is to blame for pollution problems in the Susquehanna River, the audience came to the general realization that the Conowingo dam really does not play a part in creating pollution in the Chesapeake.  The gradual filling of the retention lake behind the dam which is now full with silt and sediment could have always been anticipated to have filled up, but it was slow and not considered a risk when dams like this were made.  Now, the removal of the stored material would be a multi-billion dollar project.  It is not a direct fault of Excelon, but possibly they will be able to take on some of the problem in some form of a shared responsibility to the public.  It can’t be all on the dam owners and the remaining will be on the rate payers and all taxpayers.  The pollution comes down the Susquehanna from NY and PA.  What will their residents who do the polluting pay?  Who or what will force the issue?   Wait and see.

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Ultimately, when and if the USA decides to end pollution of this sort in our waterways, we will understand that it it will be very difficult and very costly.  One wonders if we will ever be willing to suffer the consequences of action versus non-action.  Both situations are full of risks, costs and problems.  Hopefully, we will make wise decisions.  Putting very bright, independent and knowledgeable folks in charge of this nationwide problem of filling dams must bey done.  Then we need to act to make it happen.  Sounds like a Congressional sort of issue.  Will be get leadership in Washington DC that can make it possible?  I suppose we’ll eventually see this play out.  Hope for the best!

 

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You have to be careful when you are a judge about what you say.  Judge Murphy does a great job educating the citizens participating at Kent CBG while staying clear of voicing personal opinions and giving any reason to think he is anything except unbiased.  Judges meet out justice according to the law and not their personal feelings.  We can have confidence that is what this judge does every time he is sitting behind his bench.  It was good to hear that there have been some benefits to shorter incarceration times for many offenses where the safety of the community is not being sacrificed.  We do save taxpayer money by getting justice without needless incarceration.  Those who come out of jail after years behind bars have little hope for a decent job or community acceptance.  We ought to believe there is better that might be done.  Our legislators have made many changes which the courts must adhere to.  In time, we will know how shorter sentences work.  We will find out eventually how removing minor offenses from those who have criminal history will work with employment.  Everyone needs a chance to get a job.  You can’t punish minor crimes on a forever basis and think society somehow wins.  It is a false dream to make a large segment of the population truly without hope.
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Drug treatment during incarceration, better opportunity to get into real treatment outside of jail.  These are goals that are now being achieved in some ways.  In other ways, fewer folks are in the system due to light sentences being imposed, so some who might require treatment are not in a situation where they can obtain it.  It is indeed a tricky system and full of unplanned consequences.  However, the hopeful thing is that there is a growing sympathy which encourages society to help those who need it.  We can’t give up trying for the sake of some errors in the effort.  Legislators will need to continue to revise and modify laws so that all of society gets a good chance at living normal lives.  It seems things are changing in some ways for the better.  We appreciate hearing from someone who is deeply involved with the process.

 

 

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There is a lot of history in the area of Chestertown that many white people do not know much about.  Since emancipation up until the mandated end of segregation in the mid 1960’s Chestertown had a vibrant black community which was not visible on the surface to the white community, but went on with great vigor even if not on the front page of the news.  There were many churches, black owned businesses, dance halls, bars, and performance venues which thrived and were supported.  Legacy days seeks to bring out this less known history and make it live for everyone to share and participate in. 

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All are welcomed and everyone can have a great time.  This year the main event is held on August 17th.  There will be a parade, food vendors, gospel music, live and recorded bands and performers and dancing in the streets of Chestertown.  A brochure with all the pertinent times of events is just coming out from the printer shortly, so be on the lookout for places and times.  It really is a large group effort which makes Chestertown into a world class leader of equal rights for all the people.  It is something to be really proud about our area.

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We will try to publish dates and times on our blog when they become available to us.  

 
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