Archives for April 2015

Spying on Talbot County: Sheriff Reports on Naloxone Training and Helping with Baltimore Public Safety

Highlights from this week’s Talbot County Council meeting included Sheriff Joe Gamble reported that he and his staff have started training in the use of naloxone in treat heroin overdose. The autoinjector tool has been used effectively by first responders to treat victims of drug abuse and has more recently been used by a growing number of police departments in the country to save lives. Sheriff Gamble also talked about how his department is temporarily helping support law enforcement in Baltimore as a result of recent riots in that city.

This video is approximately thirteen minutes in length. To watch this entire meeting, please click here to watch on TV-98 at http://streams.tv-98.com/

Wow: Easton High Makes Washington Post’s “Most Challenging List”

Talbot County Public Schools proudly announced today that Easton High School is included in The Washington Post 2015 Challenge Index, ranking in the top 10% of about 22,000high schools nationwide. The honor reflects the rigorous course offerings at TCPS highschools.

The Challenge Index is designed to recognize the schools that have the most success involving all their students in college-level courses and tests. High schools are ranked nationally through an index formula that utilizes information on Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year.

Last school year, TCPS high schools gave more than 350 AP Exams to 225 students, and more than 50% of the scores attained were high enough to qualify those students for college credits. At Easton High School, more than a quarter of Class of 2014 achieved a qualifying score on at least one AP Exam at some time during their high school years.

When the 2015 AP Exams are given starting next week, TCPS plans to administer approximately 500 of the tests in a wide variety of subject areas, including: Biology, Calculus, English, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Latin, Spanish, Studio Art and U.S. Government.

 

 

Chicken Poop Energy on Horizon?

On an overcast Friday morning, Jason Lambertson goes through one door, then another, and peers across a long, warm, dusky room at the 80,000 teenagers whose poop the state expects him to clean up.

Granted, the teenagers are young chickens, owned and cared for on Millennium Farms for the Tyson Food Co.  And as the sulfuric aroma of their waste rises out of the chicken house, Lambertson said he is determined to make the birds’ manure usable on his fields despite new state regulations that limit the practice.

Jason Lambertson, 42, owner of Millennium Farms in Pocomoke City, Maryland, stands in front of one of his four chicken houses on Friday, April 17. Capital News Service Photo by James Levin.

Jason Lambertson, 42, owner of Millennium Farms in Pocomoke City, Maryland, stands in front of one of his four chicken houses on Friday, April 17. Capital News Service Photo by James Levin.

“There’s no cost in the manure itself to us, but it’s a huge liability if we can’t use it on the fields,” Lambertson said. “There’s some transportation programs, but the problem is they transport it up to Pennsylvania, they use it up there — where’s it end up? Right back down here in the Bay.”

In Pocomoke City, Lambertson’s farm is expected to show how anaerobic digesters can provide a renewable alternative energy source on the Eastern Shore and solve the Chesapeake Bay’s agricultural nutrient pollution problem from its very source — chicken waste.

“For me, and my son (who) is going to farm — I already know that’s what he wants to do — and for the long term for our families, we want to make sure that the agricultural community stays viable, and that’s why this even makes more sense for us,” he said.

Located in Worcester County — ranked second in the state and 13th in the country in 2012 for its poultry livestock production — Millennium Farms’ 2014 waste-to-energy pilot program will begin breaking down nutrient-rich poultry manure this fall through three anaerobic digesters.

As the tall, thick-concrete towers heat up to 95 degrees, bacteria inside the chicken poop will decompose the waste, in the process releasing methane gas. The collected biogas will provide enough energy to power the digesters and generate electricity for the 50-acre farm, Lambertson explained.

Meanwhile, the digesters’ liquid byproduct makes it easier to remove dissolved nutrients from the manure before it is then applied on fields as a natural fertilizer for his soybeans, corn and wheat, said Lambertson, a third-generation chicken and grain farmer.

“This plant would be able to extract the phosphorus out in a large quantity and then continue to let people use the manure as a good, healthy fertilizer for the Bay,” Lambertson said. “We want — farmers and grain farmers alike — to still use this resource in some fashion. We do not want to see us have the burden to do something else with that manure.”

Agriculture remains the largest industry and largest single land-use in Maryland, but it is also the largest contributor of nutrient and sediment pollution entering the Bay, according to the Chesapeake Bay Program.

On April 3, Republican Gov. Larry Hogan published updated Phosphorus Management Tool regulations in the Maryland Register that would require farmers to declare strict phosphorus application controls on the fertilizer they apply to their fields by 2017.

The previous administration would have required farmers to establish permanent controls by 2021, but Hogan’s new regulations would allow them an extra year to meet the standards.

Rather than transporting the phosphorus-rich soils away from the Eastern Shore, though, the pilot program offers a way to extract just the nutrients from the shore’s chicken manure and send them to farms that need the extra nutrients for better crop growth, said Stephanie Lansing, a University of Maryland professor and anaerobic digestion expert. Plus, burning the waste has the added benefit of eliminating the acrid poultry poop smell, she said.

“We’re creating an alternative to help manage the phosphorus saturation that affects the Eastern Shore,” Lansing said. “You’re producing energy plus creating a phosphorus product that can be exported.”

This poultry waste anaerobic digester is one of five in the United States. If successful, it could lead to community digesters built along the Eastern Shore that would generate energy from animal manure, reduce on-farm waste streams and repurpose manure as marketable fertilizer, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Lansing and her group of graduate and undergraduate students work with Lambertson’s farm through the university’s Maryland Industrial Partnerships program, which links professors with industries and provides research funds to help a business move forward, she said.

Anna Kulow, an environmental science and technology graduate student at the University of Maryland and member of Lansing’s research team, said if successful, the pilot program will significantly reduce nutrient pollution from Eastern Shore farms.

Poultry farming’s longstanding history on Maryland’s Eastern Shore means that its soil is highly saturated in nutrients from years of farmers using their manure to fertilize their fields, Kulow said, and applying more phosphorus and nitrogen to the nutrient-rich fields now inevitably causes excess nutrients to flow into the Bay.

“You have a lot of chemical compounds that are pollutants, but the main cause of decline in ecosystem health is nutrient pollution, particularly from agriculture,” Kulow said. “The pilot system is projected to remove more than 18 tons of phosphorus a year from poultry litter, so that would prevent that much phosphorus from being applied to land each year.”

While he doesn’t know the total costs yet, Lambertson said the anaerobic digesters are funded privately by Planet Found Energy Development LLC investors.

The nutrient-capture portion of the project received a $676,144.47 service contract from the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Waste Technology Fund in August 2014. Lambertson said that the contract is based on performance, so he will not receive the money for the nutrient-capture program until the project reaches determined milestones.

The fund awarded about $2 million to projects like Lambertson’s in the 2014 fiscal year, and $3 million is available in the 2015 fiscal year — which ends June 30 — for innovative manure management technologies, said Julianne A. Oberg, communications director for the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Hogan’s administration also established the Agriculture Phosphorus Initiative, a program aimed to evaluate the economic impact of the phosphorus regulations on farmers. The initiative includes funding for the Animal Waste Technology Fund to offset costs of environmental improvement plans.

The Animal Waste Technology Fund will have $2.5 million available for new projects in the 2016 fiscal year, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

For Lambertson, the pilot project will significantly reduce the excess nutrient problem, decrease his electricity bill and keep his family farming on the Eastern Shore.

“The more that we do to be progressive, to make sure that we do what’s right, that we provide solutions to the environmental problems — the agriculture side — I think that is a really big plus, that we’re not always looked at as the one that’s causing it,” Lambertson said. “The main goal here is to show a solution, and that it can be done agriculturally.

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Juneteenth Set for June 20 at the Academy

The Frederick Douglass Honor Society and the Academy Art Museum recently announced plans for a Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Academy Art Museum in Easton, Maryland.

Juneteenth, one of the most important African American holidays in the country, marks the abolition of slavery.  It commemorates the date – June 19, 1865 – when the slaves in Galveston, Texas first received the word of the Emancipation Proclamation, which Abraham Lincoln had issued two and one-half years earlier on January 1, 1863.

According to Eric Lowery, President of the Frederick Douglass Honor Society, “Our goal is to celebrate the significant contributions of African Americans in our country, and reflect on the common values and ideals that we share as a community.

This year’s Juneteenth Celebration will honor African American achievement in the field of education.  The program will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will include a keynote address by a national educator, recognition of the contributions of African American teachers on the Eastern Shore, and a photography collection of historic images of African American schools and students in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Other activities will include a performance of African dance and music, local church choirs, inspirational readings by emerging young leaders, art projects for children and families, a “knowledge fair” that showcases African-American community organizations and programs, and food and craft vendors.

The program is free and open to the entire community.  For more information about the Juneteenth Celebration, visit the Frederick Douglass Honor Society at http://www.frederickdouglasshonorsociety.org/  or the Academy Art Museum athttp://www.academyartmuseum.org/.

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Poetry: Sue Ellen Thompson and the Power of the Narrative Poem

In the relatively small but extraordinarily nuanced world of contemporary American poetry, there persists a noticeable divide between those using a narrative structure for their poems, a telling of a story or life experience, as opposed to a highly academic, language puzzle-like form now gaining tracking at colleges and universities these days. Fortunately for her Mid-Shore audience, as well as a growing national one, Talbot County based poet Sue Ellen Thompson elected to follow the former with her very personal and exceptionally accessible portfolio of work found in her five published books.

With undergraduate and masters degrees from Middlebury College, with its celebrated reputation for creative writing, as well as one of a very few writers selected to attend the the nearby Bread Loaf writers conference in Vermont, Thompson very quickly identified with a form of poetry that allowed the personal voice to speak.

In her Spy interview, Sue Ellen talks about her early connection to poetry and the use of that form as a journey into her family. She also discusses and reads from her fifth volume of work, They published by Turning Point Books this spring that centers around her child’s discovery of their transgender identity.

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Op-Ed: Baltimore, America and Owning Our Failures by Roger Burt

The riots in Baltimore brought back memories of the 1968 riots after Dr. King’s murder when I worked in the inner city. The city burned around us and it took time before the violence played itself out. It seems very little has changed.

We need to go deeper into the causes. The accusations are flying back and forth as the police are accused of not being forceful enough or not prepared enough. If they had responded forcefully they would have been accused of being excessive and if the government had been more “prepared” they would have been accused of provocation.

One root cause relates to what the black community has been telling us. We are seeing videos documenting instances of abuse. The fault does not lie with the police. It lies with us and our policies. Some of it has a racist base but much of it has a misguided policy base.

The “war on drugs” was a major contributor. We have a drug problem but it is not how it is often characterized. Think back to the movies when cigarettes were everywhere. Finally we addressed nicotine addiction and are still working on it decades later. Now in film and on television the focus is on coffee (caffeine).

We all have receptors for drugs and they vary from person to person. It took me decades to deal with my excellent nicotine receptors. After an auto accident, with enduring pain, I learned that I am not an opiate enthusiast. Each of us has our own story.

The point is that drug problems are intense and widespread and we do not address them well. At last we are constructively dealing with the second failed prohibition of marijuana. Now we begin the journey of appropriate regulation. And in line behind it are many other drugs to be addressed.

Politicians proclaimed the war on drugs and the sentences were harsh including such things as twenty-five years for possession of one joint of marijuana in Texas. Over thirty years we went from a million people incarcerated to 2.4 million today. We seem to be recognizing our mistake. But the consensus is more about money wasted than humanity.

In fact, this war was unfairly visited upon young black and brown men. Recently I drove through inner city Baltimore and saw black men sitting on the sidewalk with a few items for sale in front of them. I knew who they were. Men who had been imprisoned for minor drug offenses. After often lengthy incarceration they had no meaningful education or job skills. Their feelings of outrage about their treatment surely lie just under the surface.

Then there was the effect on the police. We say they are to protect and to serve. Older citizens have images of the much beloved local officer walking through the streets of the town greeting his fellow citizens. That was before the police were pushed into the position of enforcing absurdly harsh and often inappropriate drug laws. There will always be some bad apples in any organization but it was our policies which changed the standing of police in the community.

We have a lot of our misdeeds to rectify starting now. Under the circumstances the job will be a difficult one. We need to carefully reconsider our laws and policies and to reach out to one another to restore mutual respect and restore the police to their proper place in society. And our perspective on drugs needs serious attention along with in depth education and treatment.

Drugs are being hawked on television. “Tell your doctor about the drugs you take and your medical conditions.” Seriously? These drugs should not be sold on television and certainly we should have better communications with our doctors. Drugs are everywhere and we need a solid campaign of education and involvement. Dealing with the complex issue of addiction and drug use in general requires wise consideration. And we very much need to get the (expletives deleted) manipulative, self serving politicians out of it. They have done immeasurable damage.

We have spent decades fighting nicotine addiction and we need to move on to enlightened policies regarding all drugs. When we return to reality the public and the police can deal with each other with mutual respect. And, need I say, it is time to deal with what has been revealed about the treatment of young black men? This is a time for long overdue careful consideration and new forms of commitment.

Spy Tip: Blues and Jazz Star Walter Parks Comes to the Avalon

Those looking for the legendary sound of a certain era will find themselves right at home in the Stolz Listening Room this coming Sunday evening. Veteran blues and jazz guitarist Walter Parks has built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, and as half of the folk duo The Nudes, and as leader of the neo-southern rock group Swamp Cabbage.

Just as Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp has served as the headwaters of Florida’s Suwanee River, so has it served as the inspirational headwaters for Walter’s unique guitar concept – a banjo-esque fingerpicking style that toggles between expressing the swamp’s foggy, ambient underbelly and it’s eminent danger via the use of a modicum of pleasant distortion. Inspired by the sultry black gospel that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in the American southeast, Parks’s raspy vocal lows and soaring operatic falsetto explore the frontier of the modern human spirit in search of a place where it can flourish.

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida at a time when classical music was offered in public schools, Parks began his music career studying the viola in the sixth through eighth grades. After a transition to the guitar in 1973 he formed his first group, The Parental Tears Band (an ode to their parents’ shared dread that their offspring would pursue music careers). Succumbing to his parent’s advice that he lay the foundation for a more stable career, Parks enrolled in business school at the University of Georgia in Athens. Parks recalls “Unfortunately the fall-back strategy ultimately backfired as I became disillusioned with the mentality of making important decisions only in allegiance to the bottom line. I withdrew one year short of graduation. The best the thing about college was serving in the Student Union organization that promoted big concerts. Our budget was astronomical, our allegiance was to quality and most shows made money. I was fascinated by concert booking and production and I stayed to the bitter end at every load-out and roadies loved me. I learned that great reward could follow extra effort, for after a Dixie Dregs show I had the opportunity to play DuaneAllman’s 1959 sunburst Gibson Les Paul, which at the time was in possession of Dregs’ road manager Twiggs Lyndon. I still feel the power and magic of that cherished guitar, which is now on display in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

In the early 1980’s, Parks returned to his hometown to form a fusion jazz band called Sneakers. “It was an exciting time when we could draw 200 people every Monday night on instrumental music alone” Parks states. Managing his own clothing store by day, Walter took quarterly buying trips to New York where he became magnetized by
Manhattan’s pace and serious music scene. To fund his eventual departure from Jacksonville Walter created a society band called The Wing Tips taking full advantage of the prosperous Regan years.

By 1991, burdened by the logistics of running a band in the big city, he simplified and formed an acoustic duo called The Nudes with cellist Stephanie Winters. The Nudes recorded three albums and enjoyed a successful career touring U.S. colleges and folk festivals, serving for a short while as Richie Havens’ support act.

In 2000 Parks returned to New York in a business role as a label manager for indie MPress Records however in 2001 the New York scene re-ignited Walter’s urge to perform and he was asked to join Richie Havens’ trio. “Accompanying Richie from 2001-2011 and hearing that wonderful voice by his side on stages all over the world was incomparable honor. The grandest shows were at Madison Square Garden, Carnegie Hall, The Cannes Film Festival in France and The WOMAD Fests in New Zealand/Australia but nothing compared to the frenzy Richie would incite at The Jazz Cafe in London.”

“My first move to New York, in a sense had been an attempt to shed any influence that my Florida roots might have had on my playing. I was chasing other styles –mostly European. Hopelessly, everyone seemed to notice the southernness in my music. One day it hit me that I already had what myself and every other artist comes to New York to find and/or exploit – a unique style. I therefore accepted that my path would be to develop the swampy North Florida sound rather than to obscure it.” Walter formed Swamp Cabbage and used any down time in Richie’s schedule to meticulously craft three fine analog recordings–Honk, Squeal and Drum Roll Please. Since Richie’s retirement in 2010 and passing in 2013, Walter has been focusing on Swamp Cabbage and solo performances. The band’s fourth CD “Jive” is due out soon.

Parks’ various music projects express both his diverse background as a musician and balance distinct parts of his personality. “I’m as comfortable with rural culture as I am with so-called “high society.” I enjoy doing construction, chatting with locals and driving my Ford F-150 through the Georgia back woods, but I also enjoy throwing on a nice suit and taking in a New York museum.”

Sunday May 10th 
Stolz Listening Room at the Avalon Theatre
40 East Dover Street
7pm • $20
410-822-7299
https://avalonfoundation.org/

UM Shore Regional Health May Calendar

Acupuncture, Massage, Psychotherapy and Reiki – Offered by appointment, Mon-Fri, except holidays. Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Contact: 410-770-9400.

Free Blood Pressure Screenings – Every Mon & Tues, 9am-12pm, Diagnostic & Imaging Center, Easton; every Tues & Fri, 11am-1pm, UM SMC at Dorchester, Main Lobby. (Excluding holidays).

Survivors Offering Support (SOS) – Program pairing women who have breast cancer with mentors who are breast cancer survivors. If you need support or would like to become a mentor, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Transition to Wellness Workshops – Ongoing workshops for breast cancer survivors and patients who are ending treatment. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

Gestational Diabetes Classes – Fri, 5/1 & 5/15, 10am-12pm, UM SMC at Easton,
UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Single-session class addressing care during pregnancy and what to expect afterward. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Labor and Delivery Class – Sat, 5/2, 9am-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Overview of pregnancy and birth for expectant mothers, spouses and birthing coaches. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200

Traditional Reiki I Class: “Find Wellness Within You” – Sat, 5/2, 10am-5pm, Center for Integrative Medicine, Easton. Reiki promotes physical, emotional, mental and spiritual healing, and does not interfere with conventional or alternative medical treatment. Instructor: Dana Limpert, CMT. Tuition: $170; offers CE hours for nurses. Advance registration required: 410-822-1000, ext. 5851.

Carb Counting Class – Tues, 5/5, 1:30-3:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Overview of the most commonly-used method of meal planning for diabetics. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Support Group/Denton – Tues, 5/5, 6pm, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Topic: Diabetes Mobile Apps. Presenter: Doris Allen, CDE, UM SMC at Easton Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Contact: 410-479-2161.

Breastfeeding Support Group – Tues, 5/5 & 5/19, 10-11:30am, UM SMC at Easton, 5th floor meeting room. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Contact: 410-822-1000 or 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Cancer Patient Support Group/Easton – Tues, 5/5 & 5/19, 7pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for cancer patients at any stage of the cancer journey – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 443-254-5940.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Easton – Two sessions: Tues, 5/5-12-19, 9am-12pm; and Wednesdays, 5/6-13-20, 4:30-7:30pm. UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Mid Shore Stroke Support Group – Thurs, 5/7, 1-2:30pm, Presbyterian Church, Easton. Topic: Aphasia – How Speech Therapy Helps. Presenter: Diane Lorsong, MS, CCC\SLP, UM SRH Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services. Light refreshments. Contact: midshorestroke@gmail.com or call 410-822-9962.

US TOO Prostate Cancer Support Group – Tues, 5/12, 6:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Topic: New Treatments & Clinical Trials for Advanced Prostate Cancer. Presenter: Arif Hussain, MD, Research Oncologist at University of Maryland. Contact: 410-820-6800, ext. 2300.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings – Wed, 5/13, 5-8pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Underinsured and uninsured persons are encouraged to participate. Pre-registration is required; call 410-820-6800.

Diabetes Self-Management Class/Chestertown – Thurs, 5/14-21-28, 1-4pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Education Center. Medical information and strategies enabling patients to manage their diabetes for optimal wellness. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Diabetes Open House – Fri, 5/15, 1-4pm, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. Meet and talk with staff
regarding diabetes diagnosis, treatment and management. From 2-3pm, mini-discussions led by diabetes educators will focus on pre-diabetes, carb counting, the benefits of physical activity, and insulin delivery devices. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5757.

Breastfeeding Class – Sat, 5/16, 9am-12:30pm, UM SMC at Easton Health Education Center. Led by lactation consultants for new and expectant mothers. Free. Contact: 410-822-1000; 410-228-5511, ext. 5200.

Diabetes Self-Management Refresher Class – Mon, 5/18, 10am-12pm, UM Center for Diabetes & Endocrinology Center, UM SMC at Easton. For those who have completed diabetes education classes but want to take their self-care to the next level. Referral and advance registration required. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5195.

Look Good … Feel Better – Mon, 5/18, 10am-12pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Free ACS program for women with cancer includes hair, skin and make-up tips, samples and a visit to the wig room. For more information, call 410-822-1000, ext. 5355.

Diabetes Support Group/Easton – Mon, 5/18, 5:30pm, UM SMC at Easton, UM Diabetes & Endocrinology Center. Topic: Diabetes and Dental Health. A dental hygienist provides advice on how to keep the gums and teeth healthy. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext.5195.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group – Thurs, 5/21, 6-7:30pm. UM Shore Nursing and Rehab Center at Chestertown. Led by Stephanie Golebieski, RN. Contact: 410-778-4550.

Stroke Support Group/Queenstown – Tues, 5/26, 12-2pm., UM Shore Medical Pavilion at Queenstown. Topic: Avoiding Identity Theft. Presenter: Devon Hainey, SunTrust Bank. Bring lunch; light snacks provided. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5068.

Diabetes Support Group/Chestertown – Tues, 5/26, 6:30pm, UM SMC at Chestertown Conference Center. Contact: 410-778-7668, ext. 2175.

CARES Breast Cancer Support Group – Tues, 5/26, 6-7:30pm, Cancer Center, Easton. Information and support for breast cancer patients at any stage of the cancer journey – diagnosis, treatment, recovery and survivorship. Contact: 410-822-1000, ext. 5866.

UM Chester River Health Foundation 21st Annual Golf Tournament – Fri, 5/29, Chester River Yacht & Country Club.
For registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact: 410-810-5661 or foundation@
chesterriverhealth.org.

 

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2015 Summer Programs at Kent School

Kent School announces its 2015 Summer Programs, offering a diverse selection of fun, challenging and creative programs for the body, mind and spirit. Four separate week-long sessions are in June and September 2015. Camps are for children ages 3-14.

Challenger Sports-British Soccer runs June 15- June 19, June 22-June 26 and August 31-September 4. First Kicks is a creative and unique program for ages 3-4, 9am-10am. In Mini Soccer, campers will learn and practice the fundamental skills for ages 5-6, 10:15am-11:45am. Challenger’s 1000, full and half day sessions touch on individual foot skills, techniques and tactical development and is for ages 6-16. Basketball Camp for Boys and Girls runs from June 29 – July 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This session is designed to be a fun, instructional camp that will help hone basic skills and help athletes acquire new skills making well-rounded team players. Basketball camp is led by Kent School Athletic Director and former college player, Erin Kent, and is for children ages 11-14.

Kent School is also offering challenging and creative programs with Bricks 4 Kidz. In Amusement Park Camp (ages 6-8) which runs June 22 – June 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. campers will build a new ride each day. Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics runs from June 22- June 26 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and includes an endless list of builds sure to provide the complete fundamental components of robotics for campers ages 9-13.

The week of June 29 – July 3 Kent School will host additional Bricks for Kids Programs. Making it move is the theme with Legos and remote controls in Remote Control Radio Mania Camp for children ages 6-8. In Comic Creator Camp campers will explore the artistic form of comic book design, for ages 6-13. Both sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For families who are interested in having their children spend a full day at camp, Challenge Island will be offered in the afternoons following the Bricks for Kids sessions. Challenge Island campers will achieve cool, creative and whimsical goals using creative thinking tasks ranging from dreaming up roller coasters to inventing new ice cream flavors to building bridges over “shark-infested waters. Challenge Island is for children ages 6-14. Campers enrolled in any of these programs should bring a refillable water bottle, a snack and lunch if they are participating in a morning session and an afternoon session.

Kent School’s Little Camp is for the younger campers, ages 3 – 5. Days with Frog and Toad is from June 22 – June 26. Campers will spend the week with the beloved “besties” book, Frog and Toad while playing in the sprinkler, frog hunting and sharing good books with new friends. Days with Frog and Toad will begin at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate those children who want to participate in Mini Soccer Camp. The following week, Frozen Camp explores snowflakes, making a snowman and what it means to be frozen while using art, science, literature and physical activity. Children enrolled in Little Camp should bring a bathing suit, towel, and sunscreen.

Kent School is an independent school in Chestertown, MD serving boys and girls from pre-k through grade 8. Its mission is to guide students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic and moral excellence.

Contact

Tricia Cammerzell, Director of Admissions and Development

tcammerzell@kentschool.org

Library to Offer Discussion with Author of “Hearts Away, Bombs Away” & More in May

The following events are coming up at the Talbot County Free Library:

Library to Offer Needlecraft Program
On Monday, May 11, from 3:00-5:00 p.m., the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library invites patrons to bring in their needlecraft projects (sewing, knitting, cross-stitch, what-have-you) and work on them with a group. Limited instruction will be available for beginners. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Chris Eareckson, telephone: 410-822-1626

Author of “Hearts Away, Bombs Away” to Speak at Library
On Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m., Vincent dePaul Gisriel, Jr., will read from and discuss his book, “Hearts Away, Bombs Away,” the true story of a World War II hero and the woman who loved him. When Gisriel discovered the cache of letters his mother and father wrote each other during the war, he quickly realized he’d found more than just a first-person account of life as an American bombardier, he’d discovered a great love story. All library programs are free and open to the public. Patrons do not need to pre-register for this program. For more information, call the library at 410-822-1626, or visit www.tcfl.org.

Contact: Sabine Simonson, telephone: 410-822-1626