Lani Seikaly is This Year’s KENNY Award Recipient

February 10, 2016

It was an evening of music and entertainment at Sumner Hall in Chestertown when the 11th Annual KENNY award was presented to Lani Hall Seikaly on February 10, 2016.

Lani Seikaly, as described in the program, “a powerhouse in the Arts of our Community, has led the charge to have Chestertown designated an Arts and Entertainment District, is the current chair of the Greater Chestertown Initiative, which works with other leaders to help make our region a great place to live and work, and has played a leadership role in the successful application for a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town planning grant to create a public art master plan for Chestertown.”

Photo by SG Atkinson: Lani Seikaly (center) receives the 2015 KENNY Award from Kent County Arts Council Director Leslie Raimond (left) and Hedgelawn Foundation's Judy Kohl.

Lani Seikaly (center) receives the 2015 KENNY Award from Kent County Arts Council Director Leslie Raimond (left) and Hedgelawn Foundation’s Judy Kohl.

Two years after the Hedgelawn Foundation was founded in 2004, the first Hedgelawn KENNY Award was given. The KENNY is a sculpture created by Marilee Schumann with support from Bob Ortiz and is given to its recipients for their leadership and contributions to the arts in Kent County.

The Hedgelawn Foundation, which has its offices in the Kent County town of Lynch was created to support the humanities, libraries and museums, higher education, the performing and visual arts and historical research on the Delmarva Peninsula, especially Kent County, Maryland. Since its founding the Foundation has distributed over $300,000 in grants.

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The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary 2016 Board

Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary
February 2016

Photo: Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary
The Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary recently named the members of its 2016 Board, which includes (standing, left to right) Sue Edson, Immediate Past President; Nancy Blum, Member-at-Large; Valerie Croft, Member-at-Large; Erin Gillespie, Membership; Phyllis Brown, Member-at-Large; Paddy Tobey, Member-at-Large; Kathy Davis, In-house Volunteer Coordinator; Barbara Noll, Member-at-Large; Nan Voorhees, Historian/Decorating; Mackey Dutton, Vice President; Mary Coryell, Member-at-Large; Veronica Gordon, Member-at-Large; Ann Davenport, Recording Secretary; (seated) Jack Edson, President; Ray Long, Treasurer.

Members of the Chester River Hospital Auxiliary provide volunteer services at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, in addition to raising funds to support programs and services at the Medical Center through its two retail establishments, the Nearly New Shop, located in downtown at 320 High Street in Chestertown, and the hospital Gift Shop.

Chester River Hospital Auxiliary is currently seeking volunteers in all areas of service. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, call Jack Edson, Auxiliary President at 410-348-2159.

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College to Honor Leading Locals at George Washington’s Birthday Convocation

Washington College
February 9, 2015

Moag, Baker, Kent County Backpack Program, Local Journalist McGee, and Others To Receive Awards

CHESTERTOWN, MD—The former chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, the leader behind a community program to feed hungry children, a longtime local journalist, and a top marketing executive are among those who will be honored at this year’s George Washington’s Birthday Convocation.

Distinguished faculty and staff are also slated to receive awards, and the finalists for the annual George Washington Prize (formerly the George Washington Book Prize) will be announced at the event on Feb. 19. After the ceremonies in Washington College’s Decker Theatre, a reception will follow in the Underwood Lobby of the Gibson Center for the Arts, with music provided by the Washington College Jazz Combo.

John A. Moag, Jr. ’77 will receive an honorary doctor of laws. Likely best known as the man who brought NFL football back to Maryland, Moag, as chairman of the Maryland Stadium Authority, successfully negotiated to bring the Ravens to Baltimore. In addition to overseeing construction of the M&T Bank Stadium for Ravens football, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards for baseball, Moag was later involved in the effort to bring the 2012 Olympics to the Baltimore/Washington area.

Joseph P. Baker, whose 35 years of leadership and management experience in the perishable food business has led to a highly successful community outreach program for hungry children, will receive the President’s Medal. Under his direction since 2010, the Kent County Backpack Program organizes food deliveries that provide weekend meals for those most in need.

Patricia K. McGee ’81, an award-winning writer and local journalist, will also receive a President’s Medal. As associate editor of the Kent County News for 31 years, she consistently tells the stories of those who call Kent County home. She also coaches the Kent County High School field hockey team and serves on the Kent County Board of Education.

Richard L. Creighton ’73 will receive the Alumni Service Award. A Kent County native who graduated from Kent County High School in 1968, Creighton and his wife co-founded The Magazine Group. The custom multimedia marketing company creates digital and print media for dozens of corporations, associations, and institutions, many in education. Before merging with McMurry, a communications agency in Phoenix, in 2013, Creighton’s firm had won more than 600 awards for design and editorial excellence.

The President’s Distinguished Service Awards will go to Lauren Montenegro Littlefield ’91, and Phillip D. Ticknor. Littlefield, chair of the College’s powerhouse Department of Psychology from 2006 to 2015, is an associate professor of psychology who has driven teaching innovation within the department and mentored scores of successful students. Ticknor, assistant to the athletic director for communications and academic support, serves at the Athletics Department’s chief communications officer, and is also liaison with student affairs and various academic offices on campus. Thanks to his efforts, Washington College was the first institution in the Centennial Conference to offer live Internet statistics and play-by-play text for any sport.

The George Washington’s Birthday Convocation on Friday, Feb. 19, will begin at 4 p.m., in Decker Theatre at Washington College’s Gibson Center for the Arts. The public is welcome.

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Ellen Maxwell & Pat Elliott are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
February 9, 2016

Pat Elliott – Shoreman of the Week

Junior swimmer Pat Elliott (Media, Pa./Salesianum School [Del.]) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Elliott captured two first-place finishes and one second as the Shoremen completed an undefeated dual-meet season with a 57-38 win at McDaniel Saturday.

Elliott took the 1000 freestyle in 10:06.01 and the 100 backstroke in 53.62. He was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:09.00.

The Shoremen finished their dual-meet schedule 10-0, capturing the Centennial Conference Dual-Meet Championship. They are the first unbeaten team in Washington College varsity athletics since the 2001-02 women’s swim team and the first unbeaten men’s team at the College since the 1947 men’s soccer team.

Ellen Maxwell – Shorewoman of the Week

Junior swimmer Ellen Maxwell (Towson, Md./Loch Raven) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Maxwell won two individual events and led off a winning relay in the Shorewomen’s 56-39 win at McDaniel Saturday.

Maxwell won both the 200 individual medley in 2:16.10 and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.49 and led off the winning 200 freestyle relay team, which posted a first-place time of 1:44.39.

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Board of Education Votes to Close Two Schools

February 8, 2106

It was the regularity scheduled Board of Education Meeting, but it was far from being a usual meeting. After five months of study the School System recommended to the Kent County Board of Education to close Millington and Worton Elementary Schools effective at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

The motion was made by Bryan Williams with a second by Wendy Costa. After a round of discussion that included:
– a comment by Wendy Costa that there is no choice,
– Trish McGee saying that closing one school won’t give the school system what they need,
– ryan William commenting that this is more painful than the last time (he is the only current Board member who was part of the previous consolidation process) and
– Jeff Reed saying he doubted that any of the board members hadn’t lost sleep regarding the decision, with a 4-1 vote the motion was approved.

Brian Kirby was the only opposing vote.

Also included in the vote was approval to plan for the moving of the Central Offices from Rock Hall.

A second recommendation for moving the 8th grade to the High School and the 5th grade to the middle school beginning in 2017 was motioned by Wendy Costa but died without receiving a second.

Photo by SG Atkinson: The Board Recommendation

Photo:The Board of Education just prior to voting to close Millington and Worton Elementary Schools

The Board of Education just prior to voting to close Millington and Worton Elementary Schools

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Adopt-a-Rescued Rabbit Month: “Bunny Care Basics” – February 20, 2016 in Chestertown, MD

Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center, Inc.

Aiming for increased adoptions, ESRREC holds educational seminar

February 8, 2015

Eastern Shore Rabbit Rescue and Education Center, Inc. (ESRREC), a local organization dedicated to finding new homes for abandoned pet rabbits, will hold a free educational seminar at Kingstown Farm, Home and Garden in Chestertown on February 20, 2016 at 3pm.

The “Bunny Care Basics” seminar coincides with Adopt-A-Rescued-Rabbit Month (February). It is designed to encourage people who want to adopt a house rabbit to become better informed on the basic needs including food, safe handling, and litter box training. Current house rabbit owners who attend might also pick up a few tips or learn about volunteer opportunities.

ESRREC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Rock Hall, is the only rabbit rescue on the eastern side of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Since the shelter started operations in April, ESRREC has taken in 31 abandoned pet rabbits (including 2 newborns), out of which 10 have been adopted. The rabbits are transferred from the region’s humane societies, picked up as strays, or surrendered directly by the owners.

Including both its Main Street shelter and foster network, ESRREC has under its care 21 rabbits, of which 13 are currently adoptable (spayed/neutered).

More information about ESRREC can be found at

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