Board of Education Approves Calendar Changes

The Talbot County Board of Education held a special meeting this evening to approve changes to the 2017/2018 calendar.  As of January 17, 2018, the school system had used all four inclement weather days built into the calendar, as schools were closed on January 4, 5, 8, and 9. “It is extremely rare for TCPS to use all planned inclement weather days in the first semester of the school year, as historically most weather-related closings have occurred in February,” said Dr. Helga Einhorn, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

The approved 2017-2018 calendar reflects the final day for students as June 13, the last tenured teacher day on June 18, and the last day for first year teachers on June 21.  This includes four snow days built in as required by Section 7-103 of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland.  With these four days already used, and in an effort to be proactive, the Board approved a conditional waiver request to be submitted to the Maryland State Board of Education which would allow schools to be open on Presidents’ Day, February 19, 2018.  The State Board of Education will make the final decision as to whether or not TCPS could use this day for school if needed at their January 30, 2018 meeting.  Schools would only open on Presidents’ Day if additional school closings are required prior to February 16.

In a further effort to ensure the ability to meet the requirements of COMAR, the Board approved amending the 2017-2018 approved calendar to change January 26 (Transition Day) from a day off for students and a work day for teachers to an early dismissal day for students.  This change will not require State Board of Education approval, so families should plan accordingly. “This would allow for an additional day and still allow teachers the required negotiated agreement time to complete grades,” explained Dr. Einhorn. “We are grateful for the flexibility and support of our students, staff and the community as we work through this challenging situation.”

Exhibit on the Ongoing Impact of Islamic Art at WC’s Kohl Gallery

In its first show of 2018, Washington College’s Kohl Gallery is presenting “Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration,” an exhibition revisiting the ongoing impact of Islamic art, science, and philosophy throughout the world today. The show runs from Jan. 25 through March 6, and an opening reception, free and open to the public, will be Jan. 25 starting at 5 p.m.

“Geometric Aljamía: A Cultural Transliteration” is a group exhibition of American and Middle Eastern artists who consider two-dimensional geometry in art, showing hybrid connections between Europe, the Mediterranean basin, and the Middle East. Geometric ornamentation and diverse ethnic patterns from the Islamic world are incorporated into works of art.

The six artists first met during the 2013 Tasmeem Conference in Doha, Qatar: Tamin Sahebzada, Mohammed Saleh Amin, Reni Gower, Hanane Korchi, Sahebzada, Jorge Benitez, and Julia Townsend. The exhibition examines an extended cross-cultural integration of the arts into life.

On Feb. 1, Benjamin Tilghman, assistant professor of art and art history, will give a talk in the gallery delving into the exhibition. The talk runs from 1-4:30 and is free and open to the public.

Partial funding is provided by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the VCU Printing and Printmaking Department.

Kohl Gallery at Washington College’s Gibson Center for the Arts is open Wednesday to Friday, 1-6p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11-4p.m.

About Washington College

Founded in 1782, Washington College is the tenth oldest college in the nation and the first chartered under the new Republic. It enrolls approximately 1,450 undergraduates from more than 35 states and a dozen nations. With an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning in the arts and sciences, and more than 40 multidisciplinary areas of study, the College is home to nationally recognized academic centers in the environment, history, and writing. Learn more at washcoll.edu.

The Gunston School Launches Chesapeake Watershed Semester Program

Last week, Gunston’s Board of Trustees formally approved the launch of a new, ambitious, and important educational endeavor: the Chesapeake Watershed Semester. This fully-accredited, semester-long program for high school juniors and seniors will welcome eight to twelve Gunston students in its inaugural pilot year, and will seek to welcome students from around the region and beyond in future years. Utilizing the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed as the foundation for an immersive, rigorous, and interdisciplinary curriculum, and with a strong focus on the domains of environmental science, public policy, and sustainability, the Chesapeake Watershed Semester (CWS) is the only secondary school program of its kind. The inaugural semester will commence this August.

More than two years in the planning, and borrowing from Gunston’s 20-plus years of innovative Chesapeake Bay Studies programming, CWS will offer students extraordinary learning and life experiences. Within the intensive fifteen-week program, students spend nearly a third of their time on various leadership expeditions and field experiences, ranging from a trip to the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, to seminars with public policy leaders in Annapolis and Washington, to an extended tour of the energy-producing regions of Pennsylvania, to a multi-day stay on the ecologically fragile Tangier Island, where the impacts of sea level rise can be observed first-hand.  Meanwhile, rigorous classroom, lab, and research project work will deepen each student’s academic foundation, leading to a capstone action project to be publicly presented at the end of the program. We expect that each cohort of CWS students will emerge as reflective and confident scholars and leaders who can support regional and global environmental sustainability through their understanding of scientific, social, cultural, and political systems.

CWS will be directed by Ms. Emily Beck, Gunston’s current Director of Sustainability and Bay Studies, as well as a Biology and Environmental Science teacher. Under Beck’s leadership the program has engaged a diverse group of formal institutional partners, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Sultana Education Foundation, The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Lab, Washington College’s Center for the Environment and Society, Echo Hill Outdoor School, and the Harry Hughes Center for AgroEcology, among others.  To further support the program, CWS has also established an advisory board that includes key community members and a diversity of Chesapeake watershed subject experts, including several members of Gunston’s Board of Trustees and parent community.  Curriculum development retreats have already been held, and the formal educational program is being developed by an innovative group of Gunston faculty and leadership team members.

As Gunston’s Headmaster John Lewis commented, “Without question, there is tremendous urgency for educational programs like the Chesapeake Watershed Semester, and it is designed to prepare students to meet the complex challenges of our era.” Details about the CWS mission, philosophy, and program, as well as admissions information, is comprehensively articulated on the program’s website: www.chesapeakebaywatershedsemester.org

The Gunston School, a co-ed independent college preparatory school, offers an intellectually rigorous, highly personalized, and nurturing college preparatory educational experience. Valuing a healthy balance between mind and body, a strong sense of community, the creative process, and our connection to the Chesapeake Bay, Gunston strives to educate ethically and environmentally minded scholars, citizens, and leaders for our globalized society. To learn more about Gunston visit gunston.org, email dhenry@gunston.org, or call 410.758.0620 ext. 6.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning Launching Winter/Spring Semester Courses

The Winter/Spring “Preview Party” will be held in Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium on Thursday, January 25th 4-6pm.  Bring a neighbor, join us for hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer.  Meet course leaders to learn about winter/spring courses.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning (A-L-L) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) is launching 32 Winter/Spring Semester courses with offerings ranging from “Exploring Short Fiction,” to “Talbot County’s Best Practices for Spring Gardens,” to “Bordering on Insanity for Maryland:  Reading History Between the Lines.” Two cooking classes will be conducted by local (and charismatic) instructors.

A-L-L and the Talbot County School District are premiering their partnership with the “Expand Your Horizons” lecture series. Presented in the St. Michaels High School auditorium, three courses intend to elevate academic/information awareness for a broad demographic: middle/high school students to senior citizens.  Leading this series will be Curtis Foy, MD (“Stoke: A Community-Based Grand Rounds”) and Naval Academy professor Miles Yu (“Chinese Geopolitics: Culture, Commerce, and Security”).  A third course will explore genomic clinical applications.

Participants have three registration options: at the Preview Party, through the A-L-L registrar (Laurel Seeman 410.745.4947), or through A-L-L’s new online catalog &registration portal (http://cbmm.org/learn/adult-programs/academy-for-lifelong-learning/courses/).

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Upcoming Programming at the Talbot County Free Library in February

Wala-Neh Labala

Easton Children’s Programs

Drop In STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics
Thursday, February 1, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Minecraft, Virtual Reality, Build with LEGOS, and more! For ages 6 and up.

Story Time
Tuesdays, February 6 – March 27, 10:00 a.m.; program repeats at 11:00 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Afternoon Chess Club
Tuesdays, February 6 – March 27, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 – 16. Snacks served. To guarantee your spot, please register by calling (410-822-1626) or emailing (lpowell@tcfl.org) Laura Powell.

We Are Makers
Wednesdays, February 7, 21, & 28, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Design and create gadgets and gizmos with guided instruction and a fun box full of supplies. For ages 6 and up. Limited space. Pre-registration required.

Young Gardeners Club, sponsored by the Talbot County Garden Club
Friday, February 16, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Details to be announced.
For grades 1-4. Pre-registration required.

Read with Latte, a Certified Therapy Dog
Tuesday, February 20, 4:00 p.m. Bring a book or choose a library book and read with Janet Dickey and her dog Latte.

St. Michaels Children’s Programs

Maker Space
Wednesday, February 7, 3:30 p.m. Enjoy STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) building with Legos, Zoobs, and more! For children 6 and older.

Family Unplugged Games
Thursday, February 8, 3:30 p.m. Bring the whole family to the library for an afternoon of board games and fun educational children’s games. For all ages (children 5 and under need to be accompanied by an adult).

Story Time
Wednesdays, February 14 & 28, 10:30 a.m. For children 5 and under accompanied by an adult.

Bill Peak

Minecraft
Wednesdays, February 14 & 28, 3:30 p.m. Explore Minecraft on the library’s computers. For ages 5 and older.

Family Crafts
Thursday February 15, 3:30 p.m. Book Arts: Fold & Cut Book from a Maryland Map

Easton Teen & Adult Programs

Afternoon Chess Club
Tuesdays, February 6 – March 27, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Learn and play chess. For ages 6 – 16. Snacks served. To guarantee your spot, please register by calling (410-822-1626) or emailing (lpowell@tcfl.org) Laura Powell. Program organized and run by Mr. Wala-Neh Labala, a program coordinator for school-based mental health with Eastern Shore Psychological Services, which contracts with Talbot County Public Schools.

Stitching Time
Monday, February 12, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Patrons are invited to work on their favorite project with a group. Limited instruction will be available for beginners. Newcomers welcome.

Lunch & Learn: Frederick Douglass’s 200th Birthday
Thursday, February 15, 1:00 p.m. Come learn about Talbot County’s most famous native son and the activities planned throughout the state to celebrate his bicentennial. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

The Women in Frederick Douglass’s Life
Thursday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. Panel discussion of the women who supported Frederick Douglass throughout his long life and helped him to achieve all that he did.

Teen Game Board Night
Thursday, February 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Join us as we play real, live, face-to-face board games! Bring your own or use the library’s: Catan, Ticket to Ride, Chess, and more! For grades 6-12. Light refreshments.

An Afternoon of Films about People Who Inspired Change
Monday, February 26, noon – 7:00 p.m. Films will include Alice’s Ordinary People, a documentary look at an unsung heroine of the Civil Rights Movement.

Easton Book Group Discussion: Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Monday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.

St. Michaels Teen & Adult Programs

Arts & Crafts
Thursday, February 1, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Free instruction for knitting, beading, needlework and tatting. Bring your coloring books, Zentangle pens or anything else that fuels your passion for being creative. You may also bring a lunch.

Book Discussion: The God of Small Things
Thursday, February 1, 2:30 p.m. Bill Peak hosts a discussion of Arundhati Roy’s Man Booker Prize Winner, The God of Small Things.

Dr. Alisha Knight

Brown Bag: “500 Years of African-American History”
Monday, February 5, noon. Using the magic carpet of original newspapers dating from the 17th through the 21st centuries, Dr. Stephen Goldman transports you through 500 Years of African-American history. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided.

Coloring for Teens & Adults
Monday, February 5, 3:30 p.m. Explore the relaxing process of coloring!

Memoir Writers
Thursdays, February 8 & 22, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Record and share your memories of life and family with a group of friendly, like-minded people. Participants are invited to bring their lunch.

Bay Hundred Chess
Wednesdays, February 14 & 28, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Learn and play the strategic game of chess. Beginners welcome. For all ages.

Putting Them on the Map:
Tracing African American Book History through GIS Technology
Saturday, February 17, 2:00 p.m. Dr. Alisha Knight, Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Washington College, will speak about her work exploring the connection between African American book publishing and geographic technologies.

Note: All library programs are free and open to the public.  Unless otherwise noted below, patrons do not need to pre-register to attend a library program.

Contact: Bill Peak, telephone: 410-822-1626

Katelynn Cherry Earns Multiple Choral Honors

Saint Michaels Middle High School junior Katelynn Cherry has been selected for All-State Chorus and All-Honors National Ensemble, and will be performing in the Honors Performance Series in New York City next month.

Katelynn performed as Soprano 1 with The All-National Honors Ensemble on November 26-28, 2017 at Walt Disney World, having been selected through an audition by the National Association for Music Educators.  As part of this process she was required to have recommendations and to have participated in All State Chorus the past.  She also auditioned and was selected for the Honors Performance Series mixed chorus as Soprano 1, which will take place in New York at Carnegie Hall February 1-5.

On March 11 she will perform with All-State Chorus where she is Soprano 1 with the mixed chorus, and she will sing with the All-Shore Chorus as Soprano 1 in April.  She will also compete in the Solo and Ensemble competition on February 7th at North Dorchester High School.

Katelynn has been studying voice for 9 years, beginning with Gail Aveson in Easton. She has also studied with John Wesley Wright from Salisbury, and taken Master Classes with Badiene Magaziner, Bob Marks and Rachelle Jonck from New York. She spent the summer of 2017 at Boston University Tanglewood Institute studying voice and music at the Young Artists Vocal Program and earned six college credits. She currently studies voice at Peabody Preparatory with Alina Kozinska.

Cherry’s ultimate aspiration in music is to become a professional Classical singer, however she loves all musical genres, including rap, jazz, bluegrass, oldies, and rock & roll. In addition to her school related chorus endeavors, Katelynn performs with Soli Vocal Ensemble from Howard County and often does solo work locally.She also has numerous achievements to her credit aside from her music.  She is finishing her year as Miss Maryland/Miss Delmarva Fire Queen and she is also a Girl Scout and a member of 4-H. She has earned her Diamond Clover award with 4-H and will finish her Gold Award with Girl Scouts this summer.  She is the daughter of David Cherry and Karla Wieland-Cherry and resides in Trappe.

Nominations are Being Accepted for TCPS Teacher and Support Staff of the Year

Talbot County Public Schools is excited to announce that the process to select the 2018 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year has begun!  Is there a teacher or member of the TCPS support staff who is truly outstanding, has made a significant impact on your family, and/or goes above and beyond in their commitment as a professional?  The Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year programs are a fantastic way to recognize educators who exemplify this year’s theme:  #TCPSUnlimited.

Anyone within the school system or any member of the community may nominate a candidate to apply to be Talbot’s Teacher of the Year or Support Staff of the Year.The nomination forms, process and procedures are available in any school main office, are linked below, or may be found on the TCPS website (www.talbotschools.org).  Nominations for both Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year are due by Friday, February 2nd.

To nominate a deserving teacher for Teacher of the Year, please seek their approval first, then follow the procedures outlined on the on the nomination form and submit it to the nominee’s building principal for signature and final submission.  Support Staff of the Year nominations must be approved by the immediate supervisor as well as the site administrator and submitted to Mrs. Lynne Duncan at the Talbot County Education Center.

Nomination forms for Teacher of the Year and Staff of the Year can be found using this link: http://www.tcps.k12.md.us/index.php/2017-18-news/2018-teacher-support-staff-year

Chesapeake College Foundation Receives Largest Planned Gift

The Chesapeake College Foundation has received the largest planned gift in its history from the estate of Rev. William L. English, an Episcopal priest from Dorchester County.

As stipulated by the estate, an $892,000 endowment has been established to fund W.L. English Nursing Scholarships for Chesapeake students.  Preference is given to Dorchester County residents pursuing a nursing degree.

“We are honored to receive this extraordinary gift that makes it possible for students to attend Chesapeake College, earn a degree and pursue a rewarding career in nursing,” said Lucie Hughes, the college’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the school’s foundation.  “As one who ministered to others, Father English understood the power of compassionate care and appreciated the collaborative education and training provided by Chesapeake College and Shore Health to bring along our next generation of nursing professionals.”

(L to R) Nurse Bill Shertenlieb with Pat and Richard Gauen outside St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Father English’s former church in East New Market.

Rev. English was a patient at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Dorchester where the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) nursing team treated him on several occasions in 2015.

According to Pat and Richard Gauen, close friends from East New Market, he often spoke of the excellent nursing care provided during those hospital stays.

“He said they treated him like a king, but they didn’t know he was going to make this donation,” Pat said.  “I never heard him complain that he received bad care in the hospital…not one time.”

Bill Shertenlieb, a registered nurse from Cambridge and graduate of the Chesapeake College nursing program, was one of Rev. English’s regular ICU caregivers.

“He was very easy to take care of and had the ability to bring out creativity and kindness in the care you delivered,” Schertenlieb said. “He made you happy to be a nurse.”

Nursing is a family profession in the Shertenlieb household. His wife Wendy also graduated from the Chesapeake program and became a nurse in 2013. While she was in school and caring for their children, Bill worked three nursing jobs to support the family.

“Father English and I discussed how hard it was, but I didn’t have the slightest clue about the donation,” he said. “I was stunned. Sometimes you get surprises like this…you don’t always know whose day you’ve made.”

Shertenlieb is now a critical care transport nurse with Shore Health Maryland Express Care. Wendy works for Coastal Hospice in Dorchester County.

Nursing care is a critical need in the Mid-Shore region according to Jon Longest, Chesapeake College Health Professions Chair.

Rev. William L. English

“We are in the midst of a significant nursing shortage in the United States that is even more pronounced in rural areas like the Eastern Shore,” Longest said.  “The English scholarship makes a nursing career more accessible to young adults and even older students who are making a career change or looking to advance within the profession.”

Hughes said the number of annual awards given by the English scholarship fund will depend on need and other financial aid students receive. Initial awards range from $350 to $2,000.  She estimates that as many as 25 students a year could receive grants in the future.

Students interested in the nursing scholarships should complete Chesapeake’s general scholarship application and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both are accessible at www.chesapeake.edu/financial-aid.

Donors interested in discussing a planned gift with the college can contact Hughes at 410-827-5879. Online donations can be made at www.chesapeake.edu/chesapeake-college-foundation.

Rev. English was born at Dorchester General Hospital in 1936 and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1954. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 1965 by the Bishop of Easton and from 1965-1966, he was the rector for three Mid-Shore parishes:  St. Stephen’s, East New Market; St. Andrew’s, Hurlock; and the Chapel of the Epiphany, Preston.

Following 32 years of ministry on Staten Island in New York City, he retired to Cambridge where he lived in his childhood home on Radiance Drive until his death in 2015.

The Legacy of Fireworks at Washington College Transitions to Sculpture

An artist’s rendering of “Radiant Echo,” the light sculpture to be installed  at Washington College as seen from the green

Former Washington College President Joseph McLain is remembered for many things – but his most enduring legacy may well be the tradition of fireworks displays at the college.

Joseph McLain shares a laugh with students

McLain, a chemistry professor with a lifelong interest in pyrotechnics, attended Washington College as an undergraduate. After college, he served in the World War II chemical corps, working on such projects as an improved hand grenade fuse and underwater cutting torches. After the war, he earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at Johns Hopkins, then returned to Washington College to teach. Over the course of his career, he made the college a center for the study of fireworks, both in the academic community and in the commercial fireworks industry. His work focused, among other things, on improving fireworks ignition systems so as to avoid timing errors, which can be dangerous as well as spoiling the artistic effect of a display. He became the 22nd president of the college in 1973 and served until his death in 1981 — the only alumnus ever to fill the position. McLain was also responsible for establishing the annual Fourth of July fireworks show in Chestertown, which he staged on the Washington College campus.

John Conkling

In 1969, McLain hired one of his former students – John Conkling, also a Hopkins Ph.D. – to join the chemistry faculty at the college. McLain steered Conkling toward the study of pyrotechnics, which resulted in the first federal safety standards for fireworks, jointly created by the two and enacted in 1976 by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission. In 1985, Conkling resigned his full-time teaching position to become Executive Director of the APA – a position he held until 1998. He continued to teach adjunct courses without taking a salary, and hosted the annual Summer Pyrotechnics Seminars at Washington College.

Largely because of the legacy of McLain and Conkling, fireworks displays have become a tradition at Washington College, welcoming students back to campus in the fall and celebrating graduation and other occasions such as the inauguration of current president Kurt Landgraf. Residents near the college often come out to see the shows, which are visible and audible from a wide area of the town.

Chestertown also had a history of fireworks before McLain, most notably with the Kent Manufacturing plant, which, beginning in 1941, produced defense materiel for World War II and then added fireworks to its line after the war. After his return to Chestertown, McLain became a partner in the business, along with founder Tony Fabrizi, whom he had met during his time in the service. That venture came to an end when a fire and explosion destroyed the plant in 1954. But McLain continued to work with the pyrotechnics industry, with a special interest in safety standards.

Now, to create a more permanent monument to McLain, Conkling and their pyrotechnics work, McLain’s daughter Lynn McLain, is raising funds for “Radiant  Echo,” an innovative art installation planned for the atrium of the Toll Science Center at the college. Intended to serve as an enduring art piece for the college and the town of Chestertown, “Radant Echo,” designed by Flux Studio of Baltimore, will be a three- dimensional grid of LED fixtures suspended in the 3-story atrium. The fixtures, which will hang to within 14 feet of the floor, will flash and flicker in emulation of a fireworks display, with chrome spheres suspended within the field to reflect and amplify the lights. According to a prospectus for the program, “As with fireworks, spectators will know that something will happen, but they won’t know exactly what, or exactly when.”

An artist’s rendering of”Radiant Echo” as seen from inside the atrium

The prospectus adds, “The choreography of the sculpture will draw from both the chemical behavior of fireworks and the phenomenal experience of observing them, contrasting familiar aerial exploding with inward collapsing at the atomic scale.” It will be programmed to operate in two states, depending on the time of day. Its default, resting state will feature short bursts of light at the outer edges of the sculpture, a “momentary flickering at the corner of one’s eye that vanishes almost as soon as it appears.” In its nighttime, or active, state, the tentative flickerings will “crescendo and then explode, piercing the darkness and dissolving into a cascading shower of light. At times the whole sculpture will erupt in a cacophony of explosions, recalling the grand finale of a fireworks show.” The displays will be visible from the campus green outside Toll Science Center and from Washington Avenue.as well as to those inside the building.

“Radiant Echo” will also have an educational function. Glenn Shrum, who designed the sculpture, plans to teach an interdisciplinary workshop while the piece is being installed. Also, college faculty will be able to use the sculpture in their classes on physics, chemistry, psychology, computer programming, and art. And as part of its installation, there will be a symposium on fireworks drawing on many different disciplines. There will also be a public honoring of Dr. Conkling and his wife Sandy.

Lynn McLain said on Jan. 7 that she hopes fundraising for the project will be completed within the year. Installation of the project is expected to take 14 to 16 months, she said. The final contacts for the construction of the project are in process.

To help promote the project, Lynn McLain has written an illustrated coffee-table book, For the Love of Fireworks, published in 2017. Proceeds from the book will help to fund the creation of “Radiant Echo.” The book is full of fascinating detail and would make a great gift. The book explores the history and cultural associations of fireworks, and includes a series of trivia questions such as when fireworks were invented, where the largest fireworks display on record took place, components used in their manufacture, and so forth. For the Love of Fireworks is available online at $56.99 or from Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.  Or buy the book, hard or softcover, directly from author McLain at http://www.loveoffireworks.com .   The price is the same and a direct purchase, McLain said, will result in a larger contribution to the project.

Fundraising is underway to cover the estimated $250,000 cost of building and installing “Raidant Echo.” McLain said on Jan 7 that the campaign had raised just over $100,000. To contribute to the effort, contact Lynn McLain at 410-778-4515 or lmclain@ubalt.edu.  You can also contribute through the Washington College Office of Advancement at 410-778-7801. Checks can be made out to the Washington College Office of Advancement, with “Atrium Sculpture Project” in the memo line. The address is Washington College Office of Advancement,  300 Washington Ave.,  Chestertown MD 21620.

And then look forward to fabulous firework displays on Washington College campus, both real and simulated via Radiant Echo.

 

 

 

Program Focusing Upon the Integration of Talbot County Public Schools

Integration Through a Child’s Eyes, a program focusing upon the integration of Talbot County’s public schools, will be presented Thursday, January 11, 7-9pm at the Academy Art Museum, 106 South St., Easton.

Brown v. Board of Education ruled in 1954 that “separate but equal no longer had a place in our public education,” and states were ordered to desegregate their schools “with all deliberate speed.”

The Talbot County Board of Education would desegregate our schools one grade at a time, choosing freedom of choice as their method of compliance. Despite a small bomb exploding at the back entrance of the elementary school on South Street, progress would be made.

Moderator Constance Morris Hope, with 35 years of experience promoting understanding among people of diverse backgrounds for the US government and international agencies, and featured speakers JoAnn Asparagus Murray and Charles Hines will guide us through our history. Their presentation will be followed by a panel discussion of shared experiences and how lessons learned might guide us today.

This program is being presented by the Talbot County Democratic Forum, and is free and open to the public.