Sultana to Host Volunteer & Summer Program Open House

Sultana Foundation
February 24 2017

March 3rd Open House to Coincide with Chestertown’s First Friday

Would you like to serve as a volunteer crew member on an 18th century schooner, assist with kayaking trips to remote areas of the Chesapeake Bay, or simply help out at a vibrant local nonprofit?

Is your child looking for something exciting and educational to do this summer? Do you have a grandchild visiting over vacation that you would like to have the experience of a lifetime?

If the answer to any of the above is “yes,” you should make a point of visiting the Sultana Education Foundation’s Volunteer and Summer Program Open House on Friday, March 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 pm as part of Chestertown’s monthly “First Friday.”

Open House visitors will have the chance to speak with Sultana’s staff and current volunteers about the Foundation’s newly expanded Volunteer Program. Beginning this March, Sultana is offering new opportunities for volunteers to assist with the Foundation’s operations, including sailing and maintenance positions on the Foundation’s 1768 schooner SULTANA, assistant trip leader positions with the Foundation’s canoe and kayak programs, and opportunities to volunteer in Sultana’s new Education Center in Chestertown.

In addition to showcasing the Foundation’s Volunteer Programs, Sultana’s March 3rd Open House will give parents and children an opportunity to talk with staff and previous student participants about the Foundation’s Summer Programs. For the summer of 2017 Sultana is offering eight distinct summer programs for students ranging in age from five to 18 years old. These include science and nature-based day camps, multi-day trips on the schooner SULTANA, and kayak-camping trips on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Sultana’s Education Center is located at 200 South Cross Street in Chestertown.

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March Programs for Kids & Families at Kent County Public Library

Kent County Public Library
February 24, 2017

In addition to weekly Storytime programs, in March Kent County Public Library will be offering three special programs for kids and families.


20170301_seussHappy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 5:30pm
Chestertown Branch

Join us for a party like no other. Cake, crafts, and books, oh my! Let’s read stories, sing songs, and celebrate all things Dr. Seuss.

Come one, come all, and join the fun! We’ll jump, skip, bounce, sing and run! Whether it rains, or “weather” it’s sunny, we’ll have lots of good fun that is funny! You should not, would not want to miss, a celebration quite like this! Ages 2 to 6

LEGO Day
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | 4pm
Chestertown Branch

Build, create, repeat! It’s LEGO time at the library where only your imagination is the limit. All ages welcome.

20170329_smashSuper Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | 3 – 5pm
Chestertown Branch

Are you a fan of Super Smash Bros.? Can you melee with the best of them? Join us for a Smash Bros. tournament and show off your moves!  Practice a few rounds and then face off to decide the winner of the coveted Smash trophy! Tournament play will be divided into Beginner and Advanced sections. Trophies will be awarded to the top player from each group. Kids (ages 5+) and teens welcome. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

For more information or to register for the Super Smash Bros. Wii U Tournament, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

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Ribbon Cutting: Verizon Store in Chestertown

On February 24, 2017 Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer had their grand opening event for the opening of its newly relocated TCC store in Chestertown at 865 Washington Ave. They were previously located at 711 Washington Ave.

Ribbon Cutting of the new Verizon store 865 Washington Avenue.

Ribbon Cutting of the new Verizon store 865 Washington Avenue.

At noon they had a ribbon cutting ceremony. In celebration of the new store, TCC will made $500 donations to each of the following local charities: Kent County Adult Day Care, The Humane Society of Kent County and Sultana Education Foundation. They also donated school supplies to the public school system.

Donation to Adult Daycare

Donation to Adult Daycare

Donation to the Humane Society

Donation to the Humane Society

School Supplies Donation

School Supplies Donation

Donation to Sultana Foundation

Donation to Sultana Foundation

In a Press Release Scott Moorehead, CEO of Round Room, parent company of TCC said “We are excited to provide our new and existing Chestertown customers with a superior wireless shopping experience in this new location. Our expert staff will help the community recognize us as the go-to store for all wireless needs, and customers will love the contemporary look of the new store.”

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School System’s Teacher of the Year, Support Employee of the Year and Promising Educator Candidates

February 24, 2017

The Kent County Public Schools announce their annual Teacher of the Year and Support Employee of the Year candidates. Each of the seven public schools in the county selects one of their teachers to be the system’s Teacher of the year. The seven schools along with the Central Office also selects an Support Employee of the year candidate. The candidates are:

Teachers of the Year:
KCHS – Julie Anne Anderson
KCMS – Leon Frison
WES – Jennifer Zsebedics
RHES – Betsy Lloyd
MES – Teresa Jetton
HHGES – Jedina Frazier
GALES – Erin Legg

Support Employees of the Year:
KCHS – Sue Nickerson
KCMS – Jackie Bramble
WES – Dorvonda Warren
RHES – Pat Newman
MES – Jaime Shane
HHGES – Kim Smith
GALES – Becky Coyle
CO – Susan Martinez

This year the system has added a new category and that is of Promising Educator. These finalist are:

Promising Educator Finalists:
KCHS – Cortney Haser
MES – Courtney Whitby
HHGES – Kristina Diaz

From these candidate a Teacher of the Year, Support Person of the Year and Promising Educator will be announced at the the Banquet honoring them on March 27, 2017.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore becomes Independent Affiliate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore
Salisbury, February 24, 2017

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore Inc. (BBBSES) is pleased to announce its designation as an independent affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the hiring of Jessica Mimms as its Executive Director.

Since 1982, various sister agencies in the Big Brother Big Sister family have overseen services on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. In July 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore was formed to oversee and manage these services locally. All funds raised for the program will stay here on the Shore. The agency will continue to serve youth in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. The agency is a member of the United Way of Kent County, United Way of Queen Anne’s County and the United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore. The agency has its offices in downtown Salisbury.

BBBSES was officially approved as an independent affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in October 2016 and has been incorporated and recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 charitable organization. “We are pleased the children of the Eastern Shore will continue to be served by Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Greg Zweber, Vice President of Affiliate Support and Compliance at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and youth (“Littles”), ages 6 to 18, throughout our community. BBBSES develops positive mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of our young people. For the youth and the volunteers who have been involved with the agency, no real change will occur. So far this year, the agency has served 392 children – 77 through one-to-one mentoring – and currently has another 127 children on the waiting list to be matched to a mentor.

A local Board of Directors will oversee the finances and the work of the agency. Directors are Gail Foltz (Board Chair), Robby Sheehan (Vice Chair), Karen Bell (Treasurer), John Allen, Jr., Allyson Bernard-Church, Clifton Harcum, Shawn Harrison, Dr. Dan Ervin, Joshua Nordstrom, Mike Pretl, Andrew Steck, and James Sweet.

Executive Director, Jessica Mimms has worked in the Big Brothers Big Sisters world since 2003 and brings a great deal of hands-on program experience to the agency. “It is an honor to continue the great work of Big Brothers Big Sisters on the Eastern Shore. Over the past thirteen years I have seen firsthand the positive impact our programs have had on the lives of local children,” said Mimms.

If you are interested in providing financial, leadership or mentoring support, or need a mentor for your child, for more information, please visit www.shorebiglittle.org, call 410-543-BIGS (2447), or write us. Our address is: BBBSES, 200 W. Main Street, 3rd Floor, Salisbury, MD 21801.

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Five Shorewomen and Four Shoremen Swimmers Named All-Centennial

Washington College Athletics
February 23, 2017
LANCASTER, Pa.

Five Shorewomen Named All-Centennial

Five student-athletes from the Washington College women’s swim team were officially announced as All-Centennial Conference selections today by the conference office. All-Centennial honors for swimming were earned at the Centennial Conference Championships, which were held February 17-19, 2017 at Franklin & Marshall College. Gold medalists receive All-Centennial Conference first-team honors, while silver medalists receive All-Centennial Conference honorable mention.

Junior Jenni Clune (Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt) earned All-Centennial honors in five events. She is a first-team selection in the 100 breaststroke, having won that event in 1:05.03 after breaking the conference and school records in the event during the preliminaries with a time of 1:04.68. She is an honorable mention in both the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle, having taken the silver medal in each of those events. Her time in the 200 individual medley was a school-record 2:09.90, while her time in the 100 freestyle was a personal-best 52.69.

Clune also won silver in both the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to receive honorable mention in both of those events. Sophomore Anna Schmittle (York, Pa./York Suburban), junior Katie Gorman (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park), and junior Mackenzie Gaze (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) teamed with Clune to take silver in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.42. Sophomore Julia Portmann (Palatine, Ill./William Fremd), Gorman, Schmittle, and Clune took silver in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:35.09. Gorman, Gaze, Schmittle, and Portmann added a silver in the 800 freestyle relay in 7:53.41 to pick up honorable mention in that event.

Portmann also captured the silver medal in the 500 freestyle in 5:06.85 to receive honorable mention in that event.

Clune has now received a total of six All-Centennial honors in her career. Portmann and Schmittle now have four each for their careers. Gorman’s three All-Centennial honors this year were the first three of her career, while Gaze’s two were also her first.

The Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team for women’s swimming was also announced with each institution able to nominate one student-athlete. Freshman Alex Searles (Richmond, Va./Douglas S. Freeman) was the Shorewomen’s representative.


Four Shoremen Swimmers Named All-Centennial

Four student-athletes from the Washington College men’s swim team were officially announced as All-Centennial Conference selections today by the conference office. All-Centennial honors for swimming were earned at the Centennial Conference Championships, which were held February 17-19 at Franklin & Marshall College. Gold medalists receive All-Centennial Conference first-team honors, while silver medalists receive All-Centennial Conference honorable mention.

Junior Kevin Mackenzie (Silver Spring, Md./St. John’s College H.S. [D.C.]) earned All-Centennial honorable mention in two events. He won a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke in a school-record time of 56.63. He teamed with senior Pat Elliott (Media, Pa./Salesianum School [Del.]), freshman Aidan Sullivan (Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal School), and junior Cody Weiler (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown Area) to win the silver medal in the 200 medley relay in a school-record time of 1:33.60.

Mackenzie now has four All-Centennial honors in his career. Elliott finishes his career with five, while Weiler now has three. Sullivan’s All-Centennial honorable mention is the first of his career.

The Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship Team for men’s swimming was also announced with each institution able to nominate one student-athlete. Sophomore Karl Melchior (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park) was the Shoremen’s representative.

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