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Richard Thorp joined us today to describe how he arrived in Chestertown some years ago and established a state of the art cancer research facility.  He has had a career which is almost unimaginable.    From NASA to traveling the world doing helpful research which has led to many firsts and cures for disease.  Today, Richard spoke about how to eat well while reducing your risk of getting cancer.  Staying healthy is the overall message.  Mostly, the talk was on proper nutrition and food choices.  Avoiding High Fructose Corn Syrup and Soybean Oil were the main targets of avoidance.  Reading the labels on pre-made foods is crucial to avoiding bad things often found in commercial products.  Some very similar looking products are just fine, but you just must read the labels to know.

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A great talk from a true asset living right in our community.  If you ever have a cancer question or need treatment, make Richard Thorp a first resource.  He really knows this topic from all the perspectives.

 

 

chrissyChrissy Chisholm was accompanied by a Kent County Opiod Intervention Team member, Dianelle Laney.  They both gave us honest and open accounts of the circumstances that have left them totally dedicated to helping people who have fallen down the deep and dark rabbit hole of drugs, abuse and lost dreams.  It isn’t a pretty picture, but it is a reality for a good number of people living among us.  Many can’t be spotted easily, some mask it better than others.  For those where little hope is left, someone must be there or that person will die.  Many of these people who have lost their way can be helped to make complete or near complete recovery, but those with drug and addiction issues need to develop the mindset and will power not ever repeat what led them there.  A life long plan of resistance to temptation needs to be learned and re-enforced.

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While there are some upsetting issues involved concerning personal freedom of choice, there is no question that society should discourage behaviors which create criminals out of people who never would wish to harm anyone or to steal the property of others.  The little switch in some people’s brains that is triggered by use of addictive drugs is still a mystery, but we know it is there.  It seems to be inherent but is it all genetic or is part potentially the environment one is brought up in?  We may not yet know, but the way to alleviate this is to go into programs which provide help in turning off the switch and sealing it behind layers of strength and learning about one’s own weaknesses.  Those fortunate enough to get a bed at the Mission House will surely get the support, love, trust and care they must have to make it out of addiction.

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People such as Chrissy and Dianelle are real assets to Kent County and Chestertown.  They are doing things which most of us would find very difficult, dirty and hard.  They are doing it with a high goal of helping others and seem to feel rewarded.  They certainly should be honored and appreciated for the things they are doing which the majority of us never will see.  It was a great showcase of what is going on around here in a low key way, but in a way that is of high importance to all citizens.

 

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Beth MacLeod, Julie Donovan and Dave Pierson visited with us for over an hour explaining how their Maryland Cannabis sales operation is being run in Harford County.  It seems that soon a similar operation will be opening in Centreville.  There presentation was thorough and tight.  They really do care about folks who have pain, mental issues and other symptoms which some forms of cannabis are seen to treat with great anecdotal efficiency.  It makes sense to me why these treatments should be legal and obtainable, but admittedly, we do not have all the normal evidence from thorough and complete FDA drug trials.  There is a very long history of society using these drugs without any large body of negative evidence.  For now, that’s what we have to go on.  Since it has been so very unproductive to lock citizens up for using or selling products related to cannabis, we are now on the road to total decriminalization.  While I think the real evidence is still somewhat light, I am happy to see the law change to fit today’s reality.  Noting is created by laws which can’t be changed later when we simply know more.

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Users are being assisted by trained staff who help them purchase medicine that is best suited for their needs.   However, it appears that those qualified customers may choose to purchase the psychoactive variety of cannabis drugs which are more related to getting high.  Is this what all the regulation and red tape miss?  If recreational use becomes legal, then “who cares”?  

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The benefits of the products available may be worth any risks associated with recreational abuse or extraordinary long term effects.  We will see, in time.  It was really educational and wonderful sharing of experiences.  You missed a great meeting.

 

 

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Local radio has evolved into streaming around the world via the Internet.  However, the news which concerns our  local citizens and one time locals who have moved elsewhere still is generated in Chestertown and in Kent County.  WCTR has programming, news and information which meets the needs and interests of this unique demographic audience.  Not only in broadcasting, but now the company has morphed into one which joins traditional on-air advertising into one which can create and manage websites and the myriad of social media advertising needs of modern business.  For those of you who have no social media understanding, then you need to know that modern businesses often make a huge success in business by knowing how to use these modern connectivity tools.  If you don’t understand it, then you may need to hire this expertise to make your business successful.  That’s what you must know.  If you can buy the expertise and if they know how to use it on your behalf you are covered.

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You really need to look up the WCTR website to figure out the program content.  It is local, but covers national news, up to date weather, and business.  The topics are a great blend of what may interest Kent County residents, but it is not limited to just local happenings.  While the market for over the air radio is not growing, there is reason to believe that broadcasting via the Internet and localized over the air radio will continue to be a strong but boutique business model for many years to come.  Combine this with a business that can leverage advertising into the mix and there may be a perfect package for what our area needs.

 

 

 

 

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The news is pretty good.  There’s plenty to be thankful for, but there are several large issues which could become increasingly problematic.  You have to take the good with the bad, and that’s what the state of affairs is.

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The Marina is looking healthy and viable.  It is nearly ready for promotion and clients.  It could be a success.  We will see how it goes.  One would be hard pressed to criticize so much good work and effort that has been made to date.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed

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The hospital remains under long term threat of closure, but the current situation is not all bad.  It may be time that the oil issue is finally put to rest after decades of remediation for the spill

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There are a couple park improvements which are coming to pass this year which will be pleasing to citizens.  Many one to three day events are scheduled and they seem a perfect fit for the tourism Chestertown needs.  While there have been major commitments of renewal and construction from local powerhouse businesses such as La Motte and Dixon Valve, there is plenty of room for new employers and businesses here.  The movie theater is up and running.  Restaurants and bars are in the process of being constructed or opening shortly.  The Farmer’s Market has new guidelines meeting their needs.  The Sultana project has grown much larger and more viable.

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All in all, 2018 was a great year for Chestertown and 2019 looks like some very good things will continue to bloom here.  That’s all good news!  Hopefully, the County Commissioners will find a way to give Chestertown and Rock Hall the tax differential payments these places truly need to survive and prosper.

 
Phil has been active with this group as a leader and past President for the past 20 years.  He currently serves as Vice-President.   The Friends of the Refuge launched a letter writing and mass campaign to save the Refuge from being closed over the past two years.  It has been a successful pursuit.  The place is still open to the public and the friends of the Refuge have become a crucial element in keeping the place open and viable for tourism and those seeking a diversion from the busy character of life in urban environments.

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In theory, the Feds have a responsibility to fund and run refuges and parks for the benefit of all the public, but behind the scenes there are agendas which favor major preserves over minor ones.  Where most National Parks are well funded and not under any threat of closure, the minor public lands can easily find themselves targets of spending cuts, or suffering from a lack of increased funding as inflation silently erodes the level of available services.  Phil told us that when the Feds intended to close Eastern Neck they had 13 additional places in mind to discontinue funding also in mind.  After the campaign to preserve Eastern Neck, the other 13 places were closed.  Only Eastern Neck was saved for the enjoyment of the public.  Even so, without the efforts and funding provided by this private, not for profit entity, Eastern Neck would have virtually no staff and maintenance.  It is sort of a bittersweet win, but it is thankfully, not a loss.  Some things are worth preserving.  Some things are worth paying for.  The Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is among those things that have real value not only to our natural world, but to the people who visit there.
 

20190228 CBG Dr Bill Schindler WC ES Food Lab - 0801

What an exciting and educational meeting we had this morning with Dr. Schindler.  We now know a tiny bit more about our complex food history for the past 3.5 million years and about our current position with nutrition and bad eating habits of the past few decades.  If we weren’t having so much fun, we’d be deeply concerned.  Food as we know it today is highly altered and not always made to be the best for us.  It is made to last a long time, but much of the food value is trapped or simply lost in the processing.  We are very disconnected from real food and real understanding of this most basic human need.  At least now we know this is the situation.

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It sounds like the Blue Heron will be the epicenter of what may become a local revolution or at least an educational hub for the region when it comes to re-connecting with good nutrition and healthy eating styles.   You can just imagine how excited some of Dr. Schindler’s students must become when they begin to hear his philosophy and facts.  Not only is he a very fine educator, but he is living his methodology successfully.  It is a big win-win for the College and our community.

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We urge readers to go to the events of the Eastern Shore Food Lab and to gain more understanding of what food ought to be.  FInd out more about what to eat and how not to let so much good food go to waste.  Our eyes are now open!

 
There is no question that there is a long list of things which could be improved or developed in our area and in Chestertown.  With the advent of Federal legislation in the tax reform act of 2016 Opportunity Funds were established.  Investors with capital gains can defer and decrease the amount of tax due by investing in such funds.  The funds are administrated by folks such as Tom Timberman.  The investments can cover a wide range of ideas and programs which seek to improve or create in areas where there is a concentration of poverty.  However, most investors want to invest where the risks are not high and the potential for financial gain has some assurance.  That’s capitalism and that’s what wealthy investors tend to desire.    The issue appears that the list of what citizens and Tom want are things like affordable housing, better public transportation, better schools and diverse educational opportunities, and more and better paying jobs.  Typical wealthy investors tend to want to promote and develop upscale apartments, fancy hotels, more shopping, conference centers and money making enterprises.  
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Tom Timberman’s task is to find the unique blend of public spirited wealthy investor who might be willing to sacrifice some, or possible all financial gain, in order to make our local main town a better and more livable place for those who are likely not affluent.  Raising us all from the bottom up is a worthy goal, but can Timberman accomplish his mission?  Time will tell as the story is just in the early stages.  Thank you Tom and we wish you success with your efforts.
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We hope to have Timberman back in the near future to discuss with us the effect of tariffs on international trade.  Such tariffs are having an impact on our local agricultural economy and should be better understood.
 

Andre DeMattia, CEO, Talkie Communications, 2-14-2019

On February 14, 2019, in Uncategorized, by David Atlas

Andre DeMattia presented  the business plan to connect Chestertown residents and businesses to highspeed and highly reliable fiber optic Internet services beginning this June.  A large amount of money is being spent up front to bring fiber optic right to the front of every home in the area.  For what seems like a highly competitive amount, you soon will be able to connect at lighting speed.  We will keep out fingers crossed.  The team from Talkie sounded highly professional and have years of experience behind them.  Looks like this time the choice to get fast Internet service will finally be possible.

 

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Since your weekly writer, Dave Atlas, was out of town this past Thursday, another member of our Kent CBG Steering Committee kindly wrote this short description of our March 7th meeting.

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Susan Eddy and Muriel Cole led a discussion about public policies on aging which they call ‘a scandal’.  Using various statistics, they compared the budgets for senior services of several Eastern Shore counties with Kent being in last place.  They showed inventory of senior housing in Kent is way below the need.  Their slide presentation was informative and eye opening and they encouraged everyone to become more involved in advocating for our senior population.–

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Our speakers also provided a write up of what they discussed with our overflow crowd of participants.  It follows below:

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PUBLIC POLICIES ON AGING- A SCANDAL

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By Muriel Cole and Susan Eddy

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On Feb. 8, Muriel Cole and Susan Eddy, both advocates for seniors and Chestertown residents, gave a talk that highlighted many weaknesses in U.S., State, and local policies for those in our senior years. A number of statistics were given that reveal the inequities in resources assigned and attention given, especially to the elderly. Older people are more vulnerable and face more challenges, yet the issues are not prominent in the minds of most people. In Kent County there are 1900 public school students and over 5000 people over 65. Senior services are poorly funded. A number of attendees pointed to inadequate long-term care and a general lack of awareness. Cole called this situation, in Martin Luther King’s words, “the appalling silence of good people.”

 

 
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