First Varsity Eight & Charlie Meder are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
March 28, 2017

Charlie Meder – Shoreman of the Week

Senior baseball player Charlie Meder (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Meder drove in nine runs and hit a grand slam in a 2-1 week for the Shoremen.

Meder hit .333 on the week and scored three runs along with driving in nine. He also doubled twice, walked twice, and hit a sacrifice fly. His grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning against Gallaudet on Saturday gave the Shoremen a 6-2 lead in an eventual 9-4 victory.

Meder also surpassed 100 career hits during the week.

First Varsity Eight – Shorewoman of the Week

The coxswain and eight rowers of the women’s rowing team’s first varsity eight shares this week’s Shorewoman of the Week honor. The first varsity eight won the DII/III Women’s Varsity Eight at the Murphy Cup on Saturday.

Sophomore coxswain Emily Booth (Camden, Del./Caesar Rodney), junior Jules Shipps (Wye Mills, Md./Gunston School), senior Danielle Huston Hakey (Waldorf, Md./Calverton School), senior Jackie Creitz (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland), freshman Erika Reynolds (Finksburg, Md./Notre Dame Prep), senior Maddie Morrissette (Arlington, Mass./Arlington), senior Diana Lucey (Great Falls, Va./St. Mary Academy-Bay View [R.I.]), sophomore Karis Marano (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville), and sophomore Leslie Collins (Newark, Del./Ursuline Academy) comprised the Shorewomen’s first varsity eight at the regatta. They won their heat in 7:06.88 and then won the grand final in 6:49.38.

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Annual Sheriff’s Rx Drug Round-up is April 3-7, 2017

March 27, 2017

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office annual prescription drug roundup will be taking place at locations around the county during the first week in April. Sheriff John F. Price and the Adolescent Substance Abuse Coalition have scheduled the following dates:

Chestertown Fire Dept. – Monday, April 3rd – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Upper Shore Aging – Tuesday, April 4th – 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Heron Point – Wednesday, April 5th – Noon – 2 p.m.

Community Center – Thursday, April 6th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Rock Hall Fire Dept. – Friday, April 7th – 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

A sheriff’s deputy will be present at all locations to collect the medications, this is required by law. While the drive is aimed at prescription drugs, residents can turn in over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and supplements and even veterinary medications.

There are no questions asked, not your name or any other personal information. The Sheriff’s Office does keep a record of the type of drugs collected and their potential for harm.

The annual round-up is not the only time residents of the county can dispose of their unwanted prescriptions and medicine. They can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office, 104 Vickers Drive, Chestertown, during regular office hours, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is suggested that if you plan to drop off drugs it’s best to call the sheriff’s office at 410 778-2270 to be certain that a deputy is in the office.

The drugs collected will be disposed of by burning in special high-temperature incinerators.

Rx Roundup Spring 2017

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4th Annual Galena Elementary Dogwood Dart is Saturday, May 6, 2017

Galena Elementary School – Dogwood Dart
March 27, 2017

Come join us for the 4th Annual Galena Elementary Dogwood Dart 5K Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 am. It will be held at Turner’s Unlimited in Galena, Maryland. All proceeds from the event will be used to construct a community walking track at Galena Elementary School.

It is a looped course that begins at Turner’s Unlimited and runs along Jim Davis Rd and through surrounding groomed farm trails. We hope you will come out and enjoy the run/walk and then participate in the Dogwood Festival.

The race will begin at Turner Unlimited at 8:00am. Race day registration will be held promptly at 7:00am at Turner’s Unlimited. Packet pick-up for pre-registered runners will begin at 7:15am. You may also register for the race at that time. We encourage participants to pre-register for the race because t-shirts are limited to the first 100 participants. T-shirts will be ordered on April 29th. The Dogwood Parade will begin at 10am. Parking will be available at the field at Turner’s Unlimited

Link to online registration –

Dogwood Dart 5K
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8 am at Turner’s Unlimited, Galena

The start of the 2016 Dogwood Dart - Photo: SG Atkinson

The start of the 2016 Dogwood Dart – Photo: SG Atkinson

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WKHS FlashBack 43

Originally Published on ChesaDel Crier on March 25, 2017

In the final weeks of March 1994 the oil crisis brought about due to an oil embargo by OPEC nations was coming to an end, the terracotta Army city of Qin Shin Huang was discovered in China, Cher was at the top of the charts with “Dark Lady”, and “Blazing Saddles was the movie to see. Among all of this, on March 31st, a little student run public radio station at Kent County High School in Worton, MD, WKHS 90.5 FM turned on their transmitter.

Beginning on March 27, 2017 the students at WKHS will begin Flashback 43, a combined retrospective of the past 43 years and a Live Radio Fund Drive to raise money for overdue upgrades. Being classified as a Public Radio station they are not allowed to sell advertising. They have set a goal for the drive at $10,000 although the upgrades are estimated at being over $40,000.

Flashback 43 will begin at 9am and last until 2pm on Monday and at those times the entire week. Each half hour segment beginning with 2017, the students will count back a year playing hits, sound bites, and other tidbits about the year. At noon on Friday March 31st, they will recall the moment of the first broadcast and the first song played, Elton John’s “Rocket Man”.

Chris Singleton is the current Station Manager/Instructor and was a member of the class of ’84. He began his involvement with the station in 1983 when as a student of the Electronics Program was asked to repair a piece of equipment. In 1989 he came on as the station engineer, a role he has held since. In 2007 he took on the dual role of Station Engineer and Station Manager/Instructor.

Alumni of the program will still recognize the station. The studios were originally constructed in 1973-74. In 1987, the on air studio had furniture and audio console replacement. This studio console was replaced again in 2002 and is once again near its life expectancy. In 1995, the main Production studio had console and furniture replacement and in 2007, the other remaining two production studios had their consoles and furniture updated.

Wall acoustic treatment has consisted of several generations of foam panel replacements. The material disintegrates over time and the students, being students, “pick” at the material creating additional holes. Part of the project is to have this material removed, drywall installed over the original wall panels. Acoustic treatment will be accomplished with fabric based panels.

The On Air studio is small with equipment racks taking a great deal of space. Any On Air guests are located in the adjacent News studio. Moving these racks along with new furniture and audio consoles allow students and guests to be in the On Air studio together for interview segments currently there are a few that occue on a weekly basis. With this redesign the newsroom can be transformed into an independently operated studio. The proposal includes a small broadcast audio console and additional microphones for this purpose.

The radio station should be on their own independent HVAC system since the station is in operation year-round and into the night with community volunteers who do radio shows in the evenings. These shows are “labors of love” that consist of many different genre of music. Being on an independant HVAC system will allow the station to have a more constant ambient temperature, which is important in maintaining the useful life of the equipment.

Although the station has done some fundraising in the past, they went to businesses three years ago to offer sponsorship’s for the 40th anniversary show, this is the first time that they have held a TeleThon. They are asking people to pledge donations to the station during the week by calling 778-4249 or 410 778-8100 during the day. There is also a Donate Now button on their Web site The station has partnered with Chesapeake Charities to process the donation, which are tax deductible.

Pior members of the radio station program have gone on to have careers in broadcasting include, Walter Barcus, News Room Manager at WRDE, Delmarva’s local NBC network affiliate. He was one of the first to work at the station as a sophomore when it came on the air in 1974. He was also one of the Station Manager/Instructors, 1984-86.

Fred Willard, class of ’80, who is now in the TV broadcast industry, says it was working at the station during its early years that lead him to his broadcast career.

Camri McKee, a recent KCHS graduate who was in the program, says “My experience at WKHS was a fun adventure! The radio program allowed me to explore my creativity and drag me into my lifelong career. The program gave me an opportunity not many students can get anywhere else at a young age. When days were tough, being in a production room creating promos and PSA’s with classmates made everything better.” Currently she is working as a News Operation Technician at WBAL TV in Baltimore and offers “If it wasn’t for 90.5 WKHS I wouldn’t be where I happily am today.”

WKHS Program Director Chris Singleton with KCHS Principal Tracey Williams at the 41st Anniversary Show.

Current Kent County Principal Tracey Williams was also in the program. She said, “When I was a student in high school, I was shy. I wasn’t outspoken. Joining the FM broadcasting program helped me learn to speak confidently (even when I didn’t feel confident), to speak more clearly, to speak in front of a crowd, and to work together with other students as part of a team to create original work. (i.e. Public Service Announcements).”

She added, “There are two significant differences in the program since I was in high school. First, students have the freedom to create their own shows/programs. I’m so impressed with the Socially Speaking segment based on topics that teens face regularly. Secondly, the partnerships formed with organizations such as Johns Hopkins University and the Kent County Health Department that allow our students to produce and perform industry standard work.”

About WKHS 90.5 FM
Founded by the Kent County Public School System in 1974, WKHS is one of the most powerful high school stations in the country. At 17,500 watts with flat terrain all around, our signal can be heard for up to 60 miles in any direction. In a time when many educational stations are being scuttled to divert funding elsewhere, we are proud to continue to inform and entertain our listening audience, while training the broadcasters of tomorrow.

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PotW: KCHS NAHS Soup-er Bowl

Photo: Soup-er Bowl
On Thursday March 23, 2017 the National Art Honor Society at Kent County High held their 7th Soup-er Bowl. These are some of the bowls made for the event.

As a result of the Soup-er Bowl they were able to make a $1400 donation to the Kent County Food Pantry! This is their largest donation in the 7 years hosting the Soup-er Bowl.

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History Happy Hour Labor Lecture Series Against All Odds: African American Businesses in Chestertown before the Civil War

Historical Society of Kent County
March 25, 2017

The Historical Society of Kent County is pleased to have Dr. Lucy Maddox present our latest installment of our four part labor lecture series. These lectures will explore the way Kent County worked beginning with indentured servitude and culminating with women’s work on the Eastern Shore during World War II.

On April 7, 2017 Dr. Maddox will present her research regarding African American businesses in Chestertown.

Dr. Maddox is professor Emerita of English and American Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of four books, her most recent The Parker Sisters: A Border Kidnapping was published by Temple University in 2016. Currently, Lucy is working on a book about Rose Hill Plantation in Cecil County.

Please join us at the Bordley Building for our second installment of a fascinating and exciting lecture series! It all starts at 4 p.m. 301 High St.

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