Fall Dance Concert at Washington College Presents Spooky “The Halloween Night” October 30 and 31, 2015

Washington College
October 8, 2015

The Fall Dance Concert at Washington College will present “The Halloween Night,” a haunting, gothic production that tells the story of a studious young woman named Angela who spends Halloween night cooped up alone in the library instead of going to a party. When Angela, played by junior Brooke Burghardt, falls asleep at her studies, she gets thrust into a spooky Halloween adventure of her own.

Conceived and produced by the College’s Dance Minor Program, the show will run for two performances: Friday, October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public and recommended for ages 6 and up.

The performance features ballet, musical theater, and modern dance choreographed by professors Asa Trinh-Smith and Paula Lynn Klopcic, along with several numbers choreographed by students Burghardt, Kaitlynn Ecker, Isabelle Ryan and Jake Smith.

Trinh-Smith is the show’s artistic director. A native of North Vietnam, she studied dance in Hanoi and was an instructor and featured dancer with the National Dance Company of Vietnam from 1975 to 1987 before coming to the United States.

Klopcic’s experience includes performing on Broadway (including Evita and Sophisticated Ladies) and in films (The Cotton Club, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and So Fine), and choreographing acts for a variety of venues, from Ringling Brothers Circus to opera stages in Germany and Ohio.

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New Board Members to Shore Region Health Announced (Two from Kent County)

Shore Regional Health
Easton, MD
October 2015

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health has announces the appointment of three new members to its 24-member board of directors, which consists of business and community leaders and physicians drawn from the five-county region served by Shore Regional Health.

Joining the board are Myra S. Butler, of Chestertown; Art Cecil III, of Easton; and William B. Noll, of Worton.

Butler is the director of Kent County Parks and Recreation. She is a lifelong resident of Kent County and has worked in the county for all but one of her 25 professional years. She is involved in a variety of community activities and boards, including past chair of Family and Community Partnerships of Kent County, officer of Maryland Recreation and Parks Association’s Recreation and Leisure Services Branch, Kent County Adolescent and Substance Abuse Coalition and Chester River Health Foundation.

Cecil is retired from a career in finance, having worked with the Maryland National Bank and T. Rowe Price. His volunteer work includes Auxiliary of Memorial Hospital at Easton; Talbot Mentors; Talbot Historical Society; Habitat for Humanity; and Mid-Shore Community Foundation. He holds a BA in economics from the College of William and Mary and obtained his CFA and MBA from Loyola College in Baltimore.

Noll retired in 2008 after 25 years with Motors Insurance Corporation, where he worked in many capacities including chief financial officer and president. He is past president of the United Way of Kent County and has served as treasurer of Main Street Historic Chestertown. Noll is also a consultant with the Service Corp of Retired Executives and currently serves as chairperson of the Upper Shore Chapter. He holds a BS in accounting from University of Maryland, College Park.

In addition to Robert A. Chrencik, CEO, University of Maryland Medical System, and Kenneth Kozel, president and CEO, SRH, current board members also include: from Cambridge, Michael D. Joyce, Richard Loeffler and David Milligan; from Chestertown, Deborah Davis and C. Daniel Saunders; from Easton, Stuart Bounds, Charles Capute, Wayne L. Gardner Sr., Geoffrey F. Oxnam and Martha Russell; from Federalsburg, Keith McMahan; from Grasonville, Joseph J. Ciotola; from Oxford, John Dillon, chairman; from Preston, Wayne Howard; from Queenstown, Kathleen Deoudes; from St. Michaels, John W. Ashworth; from Trappe, Marlene Feldman and Thomas Stauch; and from Worton, Robert Swam.

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Is the Sassafras River Bridge Closure on Schedule?

October 7, 2015

From the beginning the State Highway Administration has said that the schedule for the closure of the MD 213 Bridge over the Sassafras River would depend on the weather.

And the bad weather that came into the area late last week and into the weekend has delayed completion of the project that was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of this week.

Robert Rager, Maryland State Highway Administration District Community Liaison, in an email sent to the Kent County Commissioners says. “Our goal remains getting the drawspan cleaned/coated and restored to vehicle traffic as soon as possible. With good weather, we expect this will happen by the middle of next week.”

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Visiting Author Mae Ngai to Lecture On the History of American Immigration

Washington College
October 2015

Columbia University historian and author Mae M. Ngai will talk about the history of America’s immigration policies and offer perspective on the current debates over illegal immigrants when she visits Washington College on Thursday, October 22, 2015. Her talk, “The United States as a Nation of Immigrants: A Short History of an Idea,” will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the College campus and is free and open to the public.

A scholar of U.S. legal and political history who focuses on questions of immigration, citizenship and nationalism, Mae Ngai teaches history and Asian American studies at Columbia and is the author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America, and The Lucky Ones: One Family and the Extraordinary Invention of Chinese America. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009. Before becoming a historian she was a labor-union organizer and educator in New York City, working for District 65-UAW and the Consortium for Worker Education.

As a 2015 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Ngai travels to campuses across the United States to meet with faculty and students and deliver a public lecture. Her visit to Chestertown is sponsored by the Theta of Maryland chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Washington College and by the National Phi Beta Kappa Society.

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It’s 4-H Week – October 4-10, 2015

October 6, 2015

At the October 6, 2015 Kent County Commissioner Meeting, the Commissioners issued a proclamation, “… that we, the Board of Commissioners of Kent County proclaim October 4-10, 2015, as National 4-H Week in Kent County. We encourage county youth and adults to take advantage of the opportunity to become part of a Kent County Youth Development that enhances our young people’s interests in their futures and to join in recognizing the partnerships between Kent County and the University of Maryland System.”

20151006 Commissioners Proclamation-6664

20151006 Commissioners Proclamation-6665
Photos by SG Atkinson

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Starr Center’s StoryQuest Holds World War II Preservation Day October 10, 2015 at Local Library

Washington College Starr Center
October 2015

Do you or a family member have artifacts, documents, photos, mementos, or stories from World War II you’d like to see preserved for posterity? If so, bring them to the Kent County Public on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to noon, when students and staff from Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience will be on hand to scan and digitize them. Also sought are items that capture life in Chestertown and Kent County during the war years.

This World War II History Preservation Day is part of the Starr Center’s StoryQuest Project. The goal is to create digital resources that will help future historians and others around the world chronicle average citizens’ experiences of World War II on both the battlefront and the home front.

Last summer, StoryQuest students and faculty archived the experiences of more than 60 local participants in World War II. Since early 2015, the program has concentrated on documenting the World War II experience at home, in and around Kent County. Last summer marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and with each passing year more stories and memories of that era are lost.

If you can’t be at the Kent County Public Library on October 10th but would like to share
a story or some artifacts from the World War II era with the project, please contact Michael Buckley (mbuckley3@washcoll.edu, 410-810-7156) or Lani Seikaly (laniseikaly@me.com). StoryQuest is generously sponsored by Dr. Davy McCall, for whom the World War II project has been named.

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