Archives for January 2014

Letter To Editor: Let’s Keep Our Ethics Board Under Local Control

The State of Maryland recently passed a new law that requires each town in the state to have an ethics board.  The legislation also requires each town to require disclosure of financial and real estate holdings, in the form prescribed by the state, by any person seeking elected office.

The state recognizes that its “one size fits all” approach to ethics boards may, in fact, not fit.  The new state law allows towns to ask the state to exempt them from the inflexible state law so they can adopt their own laws that suit their own communities.  So far, about 80 towns have received exemptions.

St. Michaels has had an Ethics Board for more than 31 years.  We have made our Board responsive to the needs of our community.  Our town Commissioners have amended our ethics ordinance from time to time to meet the needs of our community.  Yet, last September, our town Commissioners voted 3-2 not to seek a total exemption from the state law and instead adopted a new ethics ordinance that substantially conforms to the new state law.  Over 170 residents of the Town petitioned to suspend the new town ordinance and it has not gone into effect.  Although it has not gone into effect, it has been approved by the State Ethics Commission.  This means that if the new town ordinance does become effective, it can never be amended without the consent of the State Ethics Commission – this puts control of St. Michaels ethics legislation in the hands of the State Ethics Commission, not the town Commissioners.

On February 3, the citizens of the town will vote whether to keep our old ordinance and keep control of our Ethics Board or to approve the new ordinance and hand over control of our ethics ordinance to the state Ethics Commission in Annapolis.  Don’t let Annapolis dictate how we govern ourselves.  Let’s keep control of our Ethics Board local.  Vote NO on February 3.

Doug Rollow

St. Michaels

artNOW: Philadelphia coming to Kohl Gallery

The works of art that will be on display in ArtNOW: Philadelphia, the seven-person exhibition opening February 7 at the Kohl Gallery at Washington College, defy easy description. And that’s the point, says exhibition curator Benjamin Bellas. “It’s intentionally varied in an attempt to show a range of exciting work happening now in Philadelphia, and it includes painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, performance, video, and new media,” he explains.

If there is any unifying theme beyond the city where each of the artists lives and works, it might be creative fearlessness. “As curator, I selected artists who are willing to take risks in their processes, and whose work can be challenging for the viewer,” says Bellas, an assistant professor of art at the College.

The artNOW: Philadelphia exhibition is the final show in a three-city series that began in 2012 with artNOW: Baltimore and continued in 2013 with artNOW: DC. In each of the three, the curator has focused on younger talents whose work collectively reflects the creative identity of their city. The artNOW: Philadelphia exhibition will open with a special reception on Friday, February 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. and will continue through March 7, 2014. The reception, like the exhibition, is free and open to the public. The Kohl Gallery is located on the first floor of the Gibson Center for the Arts on the Washington College campus. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.

The following artists are featured in artNOW: Philadelphia:

Trained as a studio painter and with experience as a community-based muralist, Tim Portlock now uses 3D gaming technology and special effects software to create large inkjet prints with a photographic feel. His post-industrial landscapes evoke both imagined and real-world spaces, and many are inspired by the abandoned buildings and foreclosed properties near his home in Philadelphia. A member of Vox Populi artist collective in Philadelphia, Portlock teaches at Hunter College of The City University of New York. A 2011 Pew Fellow, he has exhibited his work at venues that include the Tate Modern in London; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Printmaker Leslie Friedman uses screen-printed repeat patterns on materials such as wallpaper and linoleum tile to transform spaces into what she describes as “bright, glossy, sparkly surfaces with subversive content below.” As a student of art and political science, she is intrigued by the power of a visual vocabulary to set the stage for political dialogue. “Screen-printing allows imagery to be peeled away from its original sources and built into something else altogether,” she says in her artist statement. The result “is a fantasy world that combines identifiable elements from the everyday with my own over- imagination” and that leaves the viewer “in a state of overstimulation.” Friedman holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University and a master of fine arts from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. She cofounded the artist-run project space Napoleon and is a fellow at the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

Painter and sculptor Rubens Ghenov draws inspiration from across the globe and back through time to create imaginative works that reference real cultural touchstones—often works of film, music and literature. To provide a fictional context for his art, he has been known to create characters whose backstories make them vaguely reminiscent of real people. Ghenov was born in São Paulo in 1975, and came to the U.S. with his family as a teenager but continues to draw from Brazilian culture and history in his work. He earned his BFA from Temple’s Tyler School of Art and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, both in painting. He has exhibited at the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia; the Gelman Gallery in Providence; the Alogon Gallery in Chicago; and TSA in Brooklyn.

Marc Blumthal appropriates items as diverse as the words of a George W. Bush speech, family photos and the cremated remains of his cat and then manipulates them into reflections on American culture and identity. He has been featured in solo shows at The Print Center and Napoleon in Philadelphia and SpaceCamp Gallery in Indianapolis. He earned an MFA from the School of Design at University of Pennsylvania, a BFA and MA from Eastern Illinois University, and an AA in Studio Art at Arapahoe Community College.

Fine-art photographer Julianna Foster’s work embraces the fundamentals of narrative to examine and comment on the human experience. It also reflects her interest in cinema and the way an image—or series of images—can portray a psychological relationship between characters. “By exploring how the individual image can transcend its own limits and, by association, provide the opportunity for a pictorial narrative to unfold,” she says. “I hope that each story forms something of a larger narrative that continues to reveal itself in a variety of forms, be it a photograph, book or video.” In addition to creating her own photography projects, Foster regularly collaborates with other artists on book projects, gallery shows and videos. A senior lecturer at the University of the Arts, Foster has mounted two solo shows at Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery and has participated in group shows in London and New York. She received a BFA in design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MFA in book arts and printmaking from the University of the Arts.

A ceramicist who also creates videos and installations, Ryan Kelly has found himself drawn into puppet theater and prop construction for low budget films, including the Green Porno series by Isabella Rossellini. He is a founding member and co-curator at Practice Gallery in Philadelphia and spent five years as an artist in residence at the Clay Studio. With a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute, and an MFA from Ohio State, both in ceramics, he now teaches at Temple’s Tyler School of Art and at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Amze Emmons is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in drawing and printmaking. His cheerfully colorful, cartoon-like images of abandoned and blighted spaces create intrigue and dissonance for the viewer. Emmons says his work is inspired by architectural illustration, comic books, cartoon language, information graphics, news footage, consumer packaging, and instruction manuals. The artist received a BFA from Ohio Wesleyan University and a MA and MFA from the University of Iowa. He has held solo exhibitions in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and Boston and has won numerous awards, including fellowships at the Independence Foundation, the Pennsylvania Arts Council and the MacDowell Colony. Emmons teaches at the Tyler School of Art and is a contributing editor of, an art blog he cofounded.

Kay MacIntosh


Food Friday: The Downton Abbey Bowl

Last week I channeled my inner Mrs. Cleaver and baked a nice, simple, middle class chicken potpie. This week Mrs. Patmore has come a-calling. She is the little fireplug of a cook from Downton Abbey and is here to help us hapless Americans with our snackums for Sunday night.

Decisions! Do we watch football this weekend? Or do we tune in to our local PBS channel? Are we resolute in helping Lady Mary banish Matthew’s ghost? (The poor girl has obviously never eaten a sandwich! We need to comfort her with apples, at least, and some more fattening fare from the kitchens.) Sorry, Peyton Manning. Downton Abbey is what we are planning on watching this Sunday night, not football.

I have a copy of The Unauthorized Downton Abbey Cookbook tucked away on my Kindle. It has lots of recipes for things that I would not eat even if we are housebound by yet another winter storm: Lady Mary’s Crab Canapés, Mushrooms Vol-au-Vent or this horror – Anchovy-Onion Tarts! Though I might find room for Dainty Petits Fours with Buttercream Fondant.

I can’t imagine what weekend-challenged Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, would make of American football. Her zinger observations would be withering and sharpish, I think. The men of Downton Abbey, both the upstairs and downstairs, enjoy a ritual yearly cricket match, which calls for cable knit sweaters, schoolboy caps, tradition and teacakes. The ladies wear white and lounge in canvas lawn chairs in the shade, sipping tea. The men bat at balls and wickets. If the installation of a telephone, and then a refrigerator, brought a sense of doom and changing times to our downstairs friends, then imagine what our flat-screen sports and wildly expensive commercials will do to their simple sensibilities! For an evening of competition between juggernaut football and post-Great War sensibilities, Daisy (Mrs. Patmore has been overcome by vapors, and Mrs. Hughes is applying cold compresses) suggests the following:

Caviar Cucumber Canapés

4 servings

1 cup cream cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large English cucumber, cut into 15–20 slices
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 1⁄2 ounces caviar

In a small bowl, thoroughly mix together cream cheese and lemon juice. (If cream cheese feels too thick, try adding 1 tablespoon of sour cream.)
Top cucumber slices with cream cheese and lemon juice mixture. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Place a dollop of caviar on top of each cucumber slice, and serve.
Mr. Carson will pass the Champagne.

These Cheese Straws were a crowd pleaser after the heady excitement when Lord Crawley threw a googly for William, the second footman.

Cheese Straws

4 ounces flour
Cayenne pepper
2 ounces butter
3 ounces Parmesan cheese
1 egg yolk

Sieve the flour into a basin, add a pinch of cayenne, rub in the butter, add the grated cheese. Mix the yolk of egg with 1 tablespoon of cold water, add this to the flour mixture and mix to a stiff paste, knead a little. Roll out on to a floured board and cut into thin strips about 3 inches long and one-eighth-inch wide and some rings about 1½ inches in diameter. Put these strips and rings on to a greased baking tin and cook at 350°F until they are just turning a pale brown. When cooked, put some of the straws in the rings, served garnished with parsley. Care must be taken when handling the straws as they are fragile.
(Both of these recipes can be found in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Emily Ansara Baines)

If Mrs. Patmore is unavailable to cater your television event on Sunday, I find that Utz cheese balls are a great leveler. Even the Dowager Countess will enjoy a bowlful, if Thomas remembers to share.

Would you mind cutting these paper dolls out for young Sibby? We can’t trust her with scissors just yet…

Here are some more recipes:

And our clever friends at Bon Appétit have more ideas for half time snacks if your Sunday night game strategy doesn’t consist of Downton Abbey and Sherlock Holmes:

“If it’s the ultimate game, how come they’re playing it again next year?”
Duane Thomas, Dallas Cowboys quarterback


4-H of Kent County, February Events Calendar Released

4-H: Coming Events and Deadlines

  • February 8th Annual 4-H Have a Heart Food Drive Club Challenge Coming: Maker Space 4-H Club @ Radcliffe Creek school
  • 1 DEADLINE: 4-H Member Re-enrollment Deadline. ALL current 4-H’ers must re-enroll to participate in 2014! DEADLINE: 2013 4-H Service Learning Logs due to the Extension Office. DEADLINE: 2014 4-H Haiku Contest Entries due to 4-H Office
  • 1 Out-of-State Trip Interviews, QA Co. Extension Office
  • 4 4-H Annual Presentation to the County Commissioners. 4-H’ers, Families and Volunteers welcome to attend. Out-of-State Trip Interviews, College Park
  • 7 4-H Day in Annapolis Registration Deadline
  • 8 Out-of-State Trip Interviews, Carroll County
  • 11 Kent County 4-H All Stars Meeting, 7:00 pm, Extension Office. All Kent All Stars encouraged to attend! UME Online 4-H Volunteer Training, 6 – 8 pm. Must complete paperwork prior & register through 4-H Office
  • 13 UME F2F 4-H Volunteer Training, 6:00 pm, Extension Office. Must register by 2/12
  • 15 Club Officer Training, 10 am – 12 noon, Extension Office, tentative. DEADLINE: 2013 Diamond Clover Reports for Levels 1-5 must be submitted to 4-H Office. DEADLINE: To sign-up for Achievement Youth Leadership Position’. DEADLINE: To submit photos for the 4-H Year in Review.
  • 15-17 State 4-H Teen Council Retreat, more details to come.
  • 17 President’s Day Holiday, Extension Office Closed. 4-H Day in Annapolis
  • 20 4-H On the Radio, 12;15 pm, WCTR studio; 1530 AM, 102.3 FM
  • 22 4-H Clover Bud Club @ Colchester Farm (New Club!), 10:30 – 12:00 pm), Colchester Farm, Galena. Engaging Youth Serving Communities State Meeting (Kent Worton Park Project), 10 am – 3 pm, State Fairgrounds.
  • 24 ASAC Community Meeting, 3:00 pm, Extension Office.
  • 25 4-H Animal Science Webinar Series, 7:00 pm, “Clovers in Animal Science Programs”

Kent County 4-H Club Meeting Dates

Bits and Bridles 4-H Horse Club –Meets 3rd Saturday, Running W Kennel, Worton, 1:00 pm
Leaders: Avra Sullivan, 443-480-3346 and Stephanie Turner, 443-262-9735

Clay Crushers 4-H Shotgun Club – Meets 2nd & 4th Sunday afternoons weekly, alternating between Kent County Gun Club and Sudlersville Skeet Club, Leaders: Russ Parson, cell (443-480-0292) and Robert Baldwin (410-348-5727)

Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church,
Leaders: Beth Hill (410-778-1661) and Cheryl Plummer (410-646-6828)

Junior Rifle Club – Meets 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2:00 pm, Winter-Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Summer-
Alexander Shooting Range, Weekly, Leader: John Curlett (410-778-0924)

Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday monthly, 7:00 pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church,
Leaders: Jennifer Debnam (410-348-5905), Leader: Carrie Douthit (410-928-5860)

Kentgineering 4-H Robotics Club – Contact the Extension office for details

“NEW” Kent County Equimaniacs 4-H Horse Club, Meets last Tuesday of each month, 5:30 pm, Worthmore Equestrian Center, Worton, Leaders: Tracy Kenna, 443-262-2276, Pam Kuster, 410-348-2055,

Kent Fuzzy Tails and Shiny Scales 4-H Club, Meets 4th Thursday monthly, 6:30 pm, Winter: Presbyterian
Church of Chestertown, Summer: Lovett Farms, Worton, Leader: Carrie Douthit, 410-928-5860

Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Meets Wednesdays monthly, 6:30 pm, Winter-Radcliffe Creek School,
Summer-Mondays-Running W Kennels, Worton, Leaders: Bert and Jim Lindauer, 410-778-2887

Shore Shots 4-H Archery Club – Meets 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2:00-4:00 pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Leaders: Jesse Guilbault (410-275-2790), Teresa Quinn
(410-708-0217) email:

Udder Delights 4-H Club – Meets 4th Monday monthly, 6:30 pm, Chester River Friends Meeting House,
Chestertown, Leaders: Owen McCoy (410-639-7217) and Christine Betley, 410-739-0304

“NEW” 4-H Clover Bud Club – Meets 4th Saturday of every month 10:30am-12:00pm at Colchester Farm. Ages 5-7. For more information contact:


Save the Date: Saints Peter & Paul Schools Sabre Celebration

Mark your calendar for the 21st Sabre Celebration, March 1, 2014 at the Talbot Country Club benefiting the students of Sts. Peter and Paul Elementary and High Schools.

This event is known for its festive atmosphere, outstanding food and fabulous array of items to bid on in both silent and live auctions. Not to mention this year’s expanded wine wall and the ever-popular car raffle. There is something for everyone!

Your attendance and participation will provide necessary supplies, facility and technology enhancements, expanded physical education and religion programs as well as staff development, just to name a few. It is certain to be an evening you won’t want to miss!

Visit our website to purchase tickets, donate online and for all other information pertaining to this event.

Stink Bugs Pose Continuing Threat to Maryland Crops

When J.D. Rinehart noticed brownish, depressed areas on his orchards’ apples and peaches about five years ago, he thought the fruit was low in calcium. But spraying the fruit with calcium didn’t help.

When University of Maryland researchers cut open his fruit and examined it, it became clear that the problem was much more damaging and unpredictable: stink bugs.

Rinehart, owner of Rinehart Orchards in Washington County, said stink bugs damage 10 to 20 percent of his crop every year.

Adult Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Photo by: Mike Lewinski

“They are a major, major issue in our orchards. It has really changed our approach to managing our applications of pesticides,” Rinehart said. “It’s nothing that you can take lightly.”

Damage caused by the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, an invasive species introduced to North America in the late 1990s, was particularly severe in 2010 and 2011. Some Maryland growers like Rinehart are still dealing with stink bug-related damage, which, he said, can decrease the worth of a fruit by 90 percent. But others have seen damage subside.

Although damage to crops — inflicted when stink bugs pierce fruit with their mouths and suck sugar out — has decreased since 2010 and 2011, there’s no reason to believe the insect is in any permanent state of decline, said Gerry Brust, a state integrated pest management vegetable specialist for University of Maryland Extension.

“That’s what insect populations do. It goes up, down,” he said.

Even relatively extreme environmental conditions, such as the record low temperatures the polar vortex brought to many parts of the nation this month, are not enough to cause any long-term decline in the state’s stink bug population.

Stink bugs can escape cold conditions by living in dead or rotting trees, rock outcroppings or buildings, said Donald Weber, a research entomologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“They’re perfectly capable of surviving the winter,” Weber said. “A lot of them are in pretty sheltered areas, so they’re well equipped to survive even the recent cold snap that we had.”

The insects have not just survived, though; they have expanded to more than 40 states, as well as parts of Canada and Europe, Weber said.

According to a team of researchers funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative, Maryland and every state it shares a border with, plus New Jersey, are the only ones in which “severe agricultural and nuisance problems” related to stink bugs have been reported.

Rinehart said he has to aggressively scout for stink bug damage. If he finds significant damage, he can spray a repellant, which is safe for the produce but also repels beneficial insects. Pesticides are only a short-term solution, Weber said.

Guy Moore, of Howard County’s Larriland Farm, said that stink bugs brought devastating damage in 2010 and 2011 but did not not cause significant damage in subsequent years.

USDA researchers take samples of apples and peaches from his farm and have been able to help monitor the stink bug population and detect damage. Moore hopes the stink bugs will only be a nuisance in the future.

University of Maryland Extension personnel from Cecil, Dorchester, Montgomery and Washington counties said each county has experienced periods of bad damage, but they have come at different times: fall 2013 in Central Maryland, 2011 in Dorchester County and across the state in 2010 and 2011.

Stink bugs have been in North America for a relatively brief period of time, so researchers still do not know much about their population dynamics, Weber said.

“We’ve only had a few years; there’s a lot of other things that can happen,” he said. “We had a big cold snap this year; maybe that does nothing to them. We just don’t know. The safe bet is they’re not going away, and they’re going to be a distinct and significant pest problem in the mid-Atlantic states for a while.”

Some existing predators are slowly starting to recognize stink bugs as potential prey, Weber said. Researchers are considering introducing natural enemies to feed on the non-native stink bugs.

Identifying and deploying natural enemies could take a long time. Introducing a stink bug predator could take three to five years and would require the approval of scientists from all three North American countries, Weber said.

There will likely be a proposal to introduce tiny wasps as predators of stink bugs within a year, Weber said. The wasps lay their eggs on other insects’ eggs, allowing the newly hatched wasps to eat the eggs of their prey — including stink bugs.

Organic chemists have also synthesized the stink bug’s pheromone and are working on commercializing it, Weber said. The pheromone could allow growers to draw the insects away from produce.

Until researchers — or nature — develop reliable means to keep stink bug populations under control, Maryland growers will have to continue to use short-term measures to minimize damage.

“In this business, you are at the mercy of nature. Stink bugs are something that have definitely added to that and added in a very strong way,” Rinehart said. “Yeah, stink bugs are a bummer, man.”

Capital News Service


Night of Broadway, Jazz at Chesapeake College

Warm up with a romantic evening of Broadway and jazz music at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 pm.

Vocalist Ruth Capobianco and pianist Mike Noonan will perform a variety of Broadway favorites and jazz standards in an intimate setting on the TPAC stage. Guests will enjoy cabaret seating close to the performers.

Looking for an early Valentine treat for your sweetie? This event will be an evening of heart-warming live music in a cozy setting.

Your ticket includes an elegant offering of light fare and beverages. Tickets are $20, and group tables are available.

For tickets or more information, call the TPAC box office at 410-827-5867.

Spy Profile: For the Love of Oysters with CBMM’s Kate Livie

With a book contract now in hand, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s education director Kate Livie has humbly entered that rarified world of Chesapeake writers, including the great William Warner, James Michener, and Gilbert Byron, who have tried to express in words the remarkable beauty of one of the world’s ugliest species.

The drive to tell that story for the Kent County native is a simple one. The daughter of the Scott Livie, Kent County’s late county commissioner, the beneficiary of Echo Hill Outdoor School, as well as hundreds of trips with her dad and sister along the Chester River, Kate recounts a special childhood on the Bay to the Spy, as well as how her love of oysters, and those who harvest them, led her to coming back to the Shore as both an educator and conservationist.

The video is approximately ten minutes


Local Actors Portray Late Literary Legends

Parker and ChristieActors, portraying late literary legends including Poe, Fitzgerald, Parker, and Ernest Hemingway, recently held rehearsals.

The gala, “Among Friends and Late Literary Legends” will be held this Friday, January 31, 5:30pm at the Easton library branch.

Tickets are still available at $50.00 and can be purchased at the door.


Final Weekend for “How the Other Half Loves” at Church Hill Theatre

How the Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn, a witty look at modern marriage, has its closing weekend at Church Hill Theatre on January 31, Feb.1 &2, 2914.

Frank__Fiona_HtOHLPeter Heck, in the Kent County News, called the play “a nostalgia trip for those who remember the swinging ‘60s… but you don’t need to have been there to enjoy the sometimes wacky humor of the play…. Do your funny bone a favor and see this one!”

There are three couples in this play, the husbands all working for the same firm. To cover up an affair, suspicions and stories surface about other possible relationships. The living rooms of two of the couples are part of the same scene, and a common dining room takes on a character of its own as dinners are served simultaneously but on two different nights. Of course, the third couple shows up to stir the pot, but that complication only adds to the fun of this famous farce.

Directed by Pat Patterson, who has has acted in a number of CHT productions and is CHT’s Acting Executive Manager, “How the Other Half Loves’” cast includes Darlene Greer as Fiona Foster with Howard Mesick as her husband, Frank; Michelle Christopher as Theresa Phillips with Steve Hazzard as her husband, Bob; and Rebekah Becraft as Mary Detweiler with Curtis Hammer as her husband, William. Among many CHT volunteers involved behind the scenes: Sylvia Maloney, Producer; Michael Whitehill, Sets; Doug Kaufmann, Lighting; Steve Payne, Sound; Juanita Wieczorek, Costumes; and, Stacey Faust, Stage Manager. They are assisted by Sheila Austrian, Assistant Director; Jusden Messick, Props and Ass’t Stage Manager.

How the Other Half Loves final weekend run January 31 to February 2 with shows at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for CHT Members and $10 for students. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 410-758-1331 or online at