Kent Dems Rock Out the Vote

September 25, 2016

On what could only be called a perfect early Autumn Sunday afternoon, the Kent County Democrats hosted a Rock Out the Vote party at the American Legion Post 36 in Chestertown.

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Original Music from Waverunner, a local band out of Galena, was first with the entertainment. Cover band Andover (including members of Waverunner) also performed.

Waverunner

Waverunner

The special guest of the afternoon was Senate Candidate Chris Van Hollen.

Chris Van Hollen

Chris Van Hollen

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Compass Hosts Grief Support Group at Heron Point

Compass Hospice
September 26, 2016

Compass Regional Hospice is offering a grief support group for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Avenue in Chestertown. The group will meet every Wednesday through December 21, 2016. Participants are asked to commit to attending all or most of the 10 sessions in order to benefit the most from the group.

The grief support group will be co-facilitated by Ann OConnor, LCSW-C, and Linda Turner, MS bereavement counselors for Compass Regional Hospice.

“Our grief groups are a combination of education and support,” says OConnor. “In this confidential and intimate setting, with facilitation from the leaders, participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences, memories, and learn essential coping strategies through open discussions.”

Each group session will focus on a different topic from the renowned author, educator, and grief counselor Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s book Understanding Your Grief.

A $25 enrollment fee covers the cost of materials. No one will be turned away based on inability to pay.

For more information about the adult grief support group, call Compass Regional Hospice, 443-262-4100, or email Ann OConnor, aoconnor@compassregionalhospice.org or Linda Turner, lturner@compassregionalhospice.org. To learn more about other grief support programs available through the Compass Regional Hospice Hope & Healing Center, visit www.compassregionalhospice.org/hopeandhealing.

Photo: Bereavement counselors Linda Turner, MS (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW-C (right) will co-facilitate a new grief support group beginning October 19, 2016

Bereavement counselors Linda Turner, MS (left) and Ann OConnor, LCSW-C (right) will co-facilitate a new grief support group beginning October 19, 2016 – Contributed Photo

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Millington Day Parade Trophies

September 24, 2016

The Millington Day Parade Trophy List:

Best Appearing Brush Unit – Crumpton
Best Appearing Engine – Clayton
Best Appearing Rescue – Hacks Point
Best Appearing Tanker – Marydel
Best Appearing Ladder/Tower – Sudlersville
Best Appearing Special Unit – Marydel
Best Appearing Company (In County) – Betterton
Best Appearing Company (Out of County) – Sudlersville
Best Appearing Over All Company – Marydel

Best Appearing Float – People’s Bank
2nd Best Appearing Float – Russell Supple 1023 Model T Dump
Best Appearing Marching Unit – Eastern Shore Tung Soo Do
Best Appearing Marching Band – Kent County Community Band
Best Appearing Car – 1972 Chevy Nova
Best Appearing Tractor – 155 Ford

Judges Honorable Mentions:
1953 Farmall Tractor
1976 Truck – Caldwell Ministry
Frank M. Jarman American Legion Post 36 Color Guard
Millington Elementary School

Millington Day Parade Grand Marshals

2016 Millington Day Parade Grand Marshals – Alex Sagar, Gene Davis, and Jesse Haney

More Photos by SG Atkinson of the Parade and Day on Facebook

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Kent Volleyball Goes Down to Easton 3-1

September 22, 2016

After watching the first half of the Kent County Girl’s Soccer game against Queen Anne’s (Kent Trailed QA 4-0) I wandered into Trojan Arena to watch the Volleyball game against Easton. Upon entering I learned that the JV team after losing the first set of their match, won the next two winning the match 2-1.

The first set between Kent and Easton was evenly played. Kent did have a 12-6 lead early in the set. They were tied at 16 all and again at 18 before Easton pulled ahead for a set victory by the score of 25-19.

Easton would score quick taking a 6-1 lead before Kent scored their second point. Kent would eventually come back to tie at 8 and from then until the end of the game neither team would take more than a 4 point lead. Which was the same as the point differential at the end of the set with Easton winning 25-21 and taking a 2 set to none lead.

Kent didn’t give up and in the third set would take the lead after being tied at 5 and never looked back winning the set 25-13.

The fourth set was the final set with Easton winning it 25-17 and the Match 3-1.

And what happen with the soccer game? Kent lost to Queen Anne’s 8-0.

Photo by SG Atkinson: Kent tries to keep the 4th set of the match going, but even after saving it here, they can't get it back over the net in 3 attempt and loses to Easton 3-1.

Kent tries to keep the 4th set of the match going, but even after saving it here, they can’t get it back over the net in 3 attempt and loses to Easton 3-1.

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Kent School Hires Jennifer Matthews as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations

Kent School
September 22, 2016

Jennifer Anthony Matthews, a 2001 graduate of Kent School was recently hired as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations. Matthews comes to Kent School from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where she was Development Manager. She begins her term at Kent on October 3. 2016.

Jennifer Matthews - Contributed Photo

Jennifer Matthews – Contributed Photo

Ms. Matthews was born and raised in Chestertown, MD. She attended Kent School from Kindergarten through eighth grade and then attended The Gunston School in Centreville, and continued on to St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she graduated cum laude in 2009 with a BA in Theatre, Film, & Media Studies.

After graduating, Jen worked for five years in fundraising for Washington, DC-based nonprofit organizations, including Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and a Policy Nonprofit. She returned to the Eastern Shore in 2013 to bring her experience and passion home, working first with Eastern Shore Land Conservancy as the Philanthropy Specialist, and most recently as Development Manager for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

Jen, her husband, and their two dogs live in Stevensville, MD. When not working, she enjoys playing and coaching field hockey, and is an avid traveler having visited 19 countries on four continents so far.

The hire of Matthews completes the reorganization of Kent School’s Advancement team. Early this year, Brittany Hester added the role Marketing Assistant to her duties as Librarian and Tricia Cammerzell, formerly Director of Admission and Development was named Assistant Head of School for Advancement. Nancy Mugele, Kent School’s Head of School said, “We are thrilled that Jen is joining the administrative team. She brings more than pertinent experience. She brings a passion for Kent School that will serve us well as we look ahead to our 50th anniversary. I am excited to see the wonderful things our Advancement team can do for the long term vitality of the entire Kent School community.”

Kent School, located in Chestertown, MD is an independent school serving children from Preschool through eighth grade. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110

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Kent School Students Accepted to METS Program

Kent School
September 21, 2016 – Revised by Kent School on September 22, 2016

Four middle school students from Kent School were accepted into the METS Guild of Chestertown at the Washington College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program. Eighth grade students Dylan Conner and Evan LaPointe and seventh grade students Reed Ferguson and Sage Cookerly will be participating in this ten-week training course. This is the second consecutive year that Evan has participated. He, along with Sage and Reed will be in the 3-D and Gaming track while Dylan will be in GPS Mapping.

According to their website, “The Washington College Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Program operates a very successful experiential learning program for college students (and some high school students) in a guild environment where students learn by working on funded projects. We will extend this program to reach 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students from the region in what we will call the METS Guild of Chestertown. Our goal is to turn STEM education around by providing an innovative out of class environment where students learn by working on real world project hence our use of the term METS, which stands for Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, and Science.

The METS Guild will be led by Journeymen Leaders from the Washington College GIS Guild and will have three METS tracks in web design, 3d visualization, and GIS. Participants will be competitively selected from local schools and each track will have up to 16 students led by a Journeymen Leader with a qualified Apprentice II providing assistance. The Guild will utilize existing computer lab resources at Washington College and will meet on the weekends starting in October 2015. All participants will start at the Junior Apprentice guild level and will have to successfully complete an eight-week training program. Once the training program has been completed, they will then start to work on real world projects within their given technology track.”

Nancy Mugele, Head of School said, “We are extremely proud of Reed, Sage, Evan and Dylan and their commitment to seek new academic challenges. The students completed a rigorous application process which required recommendations from the faculty. They truly demonstrated maturity and personal responsibility throughout the process.” Mugele continued, “At Kent School we are committed to four core values of integrity, respect, responsibility and friendship. These young men clearly demonstrated all of those values in the application process and I know they will continue to represent themselves and Kent School in an exemplary manner throughout this learning adventure. The Kent School community is eager to share in the successes of their involvement in the METS Guild.”

Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through eighth grade. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving children from Preschool through eighth grade. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Photo: Pictured from left to right: Sage Cookerly, Dylan Conner, Reed Ferguson and Evan LaPointe

Pictured from left to right: Sage Cookerly, Dylan Conner, Reed Ferguson and Evan LaPointe – Contributed Photo

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