Farm and Forestry Succession Workshop to be held in Caroline County

University of Maryland Extension,
College Park, MD. – November 16, 2017

Denton will be one of several workshop locations in a series of one-day workshops to be held throughout Maryland this fall and winter for family farmers and ranchers interested in learning about the components of a successful farm transition.

The Farm and Forestry Succession Workshop will be held November 28, 2017 at the Caroline County Extension Office, 9194 Legion Rd., Ste. 4, Denton, MD 21629 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Sessions will cover family communications, business planning, forestry planning issues, estate and transition planning, and estate taxes.

To register online:

“Research tells us that less than one-third of family businesses survive the transfer from one generation to the next,” said Sarah Everhart, Senior Legal Specialist with the Agriculture Law Education Initiative. “These workshops will provide farmers with the knowledge they need to plan a successful transition of the family farm.”

This workshop is hosted by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, the Agriculture Law Education Initiative, University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Department of Agriculture, USDA-Risk Management Agency, Nationwide Insurance, and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

The workshop is sponsored by Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association. The workshop is a part of a series of workshops being hosted around Maryland sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Maryland Farm Bureau, Delmarva Poultry Industries, Maryland Nursery, Landscape and Greenhouse Association, Maryland Forests Association, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission and the Maryland/Delaware Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program.

For more information contact Sarah Everhart at

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Santa Arrival and Crab Basket Tree Lighting in Rock Hall is December 2, 2017

Town of Rock Hall
November 2017

Santa’s Arrival by Boat
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 – 6 PM

Santa will arrive at Rock Hall’s Harbor on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at approximately 6:00 PM, following a brisk boat ride across the Chesapeake Bay! Everyone may greet Santa at the Rock Hall Bulkhead. Santa will proceed to Main Street and Sharp Street by firetruck. Led by the Kent County Community Marching Band and Mrs. Claus, Santa will parade down Main Street and arrive at his destination at his house on the corner of Main St. and Rock Hall Ave. Santa will linger a while to visit and have photos taken with the children and to assist with lighting the decorations and Community Christmas Trees on Main Street.

Santa will return to Rock Hall on Friday, December 8th and December 15th and will be available at his house from 6 to 7 PM.

Community Crab Basket Christmas Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 – 7 PM

You’re Invited! Friends and family are invited to the Rock Hall Community Crab Basket Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at 7 PM. The tree will be located in the center of Main Street and is constructed with over 200 crab baskets. What makes this tree special and unique is many of the baskets are hand painted and decorated in memory of loved ones. The spirit of “the Pearl of the Chesapeake” is expressed through this magnificent structure and will bring joy and comfort to all.

The Community Crab Basket Christmas Tree was constructed by local resident Ziggy Carter and Town Staff, others that took an active role in making our tree unique and special include the staff from Chester River Seafood and Shore Goose. The crab topper was crafted and designed by Buffalo Strong. Proceeds from the memorial basket sales will benefit the Rock Hall Parks and Recreation Board to implement future programs for children.

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KCPS on Incidence at Kent County Middle School

At 10:13am on November 15, 2017 Kent County Public Schools put out this information regarding the Kent County Middle School:

As busses were arriving at the middle school, a student received an anonymous text message alleging a gun threat. The student called 911 from the bus to report the threat and emergency dispatch contacted the school. Students were held on the busses until law enforcement arrived. Authorized personnel searched and law enforcement scanned all students and all student property to ensure no contraband was brought onto school premises. In addition, law enforcement and school personnel swept each bus and the school building.

Students were sent to their homeroom and sheltered in place until the process was complete. Nothing was found; however, law enforcement will continue to maintain a presence at the school for the remainder of the day.

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Katie Gorman & Aidan Sullivan are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
November 14, 2017

Aidan Sullivan – Shoreman of the Week

Sophomore swimmer Aidan Sullivan (Richmond, Va./Trinity Episcopal School) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Sullivan played a role in three first-place finishes in a win over Salisbury Wednesday and swam on a pool-record relay team against 24th-ranked Swarthmore Saturday.

In a 142-63 win over Salisbury Wednesday, Sullivan won the 200 freestyle in 1:46.53 and the 100 freestyle in 48.19. He also swam the butterfly leg of the winning 200 medley relay, which led off the meet with a time of 1:39.95. In a 111-94 loss to Swarthmore Saturday, he swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay team, which finished in a pool-record time of 1:27.26.

Katie Gorman – Shorewoman of the Week

Senior swimmer Katie Gorman (Whippany, N.J./Whippany Park) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Gorman was a part of four first-place finishes in a 1-1 week for the Shorewomen.

In a 138-64 win over Salisbury Wednesday (the Shorewomen’s 31st straight against the Sea Gulls), Gorman won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.31 and swam the second leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay team, which finished in 3:48.86. In a 134-71 loss to Swarthmore Saturday, Gorman won the 50 freestyle in 25.31 and the 100 freestyle in 55.05.

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PotW: National Anthem during “Stories in Service” at the Garfield

Photo by SG Atkinson: Stories in Service - National Anthem
Unlike many weeks, this one had a few photos that I could have selected as Photo of the Week. Yesterday I happened to be at Fountain Park in Chestertown and it was ice covered. That photo can be seen on Facebook.

However on Friday evening I attended a great Veterans Day event at the Garfield Center for the Arts. It opened with the USMC Color Guard presenting the colors with High School Student Faith Bennett singing the National Anthem.

Read more about the show at our Associate Site – ChesaDel Crier

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Kent School Launches Fall Mini-Term Classes

Kent School
November 2017

Each academic year, Kent School offers two selections of mini-term classes for Middle School students. The mini-terms, called Explorations last for six weeks and occur in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Explorations offers opportunities for students in Grades Five through Eight to explore an interest, develop a hobby or even discover a potential future vocation. Each Exploration class meets Friday morning to work collaboratively on their project.

Photo: Alyesha Williams and Carter Groh work together on a Nature Buddies lesson

Alyesha Williams and Carter Groh work together on a Nature Buddies lesson – Contributed Photo

Michelle Duke, Assistant Head of School for Academics said, “The Explorations sessions involve a small group, usually six to eight students from across our middle school grades. It is a wonderful way for our students to work collaboratively with students from outside their typical classes. They get to see their peers’ talents and interests and maybe discover a new talent of their own.” Duke continued, “I really value the Explorations Program at Kent School because it reinforces our commitment to multiple modality teaching. It also offers our teachers another opportunity to observe the many ways our students learn. They can take these observations back to the classroom and perhaps incorporate a technique into a lesson or an alternative form of assessment.”

This term, students are exploring their creative side with music, photography, graphic design, painting and more. Students in the Photography session, taught by Michelle Cerino, explore the fine art and techniques of digital photography. They venture into classrooms or around the scenic campus to capture images for use on the school website or in the school yearbook.

Photo: Ms. Whitaker demonstrates Ukulele for Ellie Macielag

Ms. Whitaker demonstrates Ukulele for Ellie Macielag – Contributed Photo

For those with an interest in music, Amanda Whitaker, Grade Seven and Eight Math teacher is leading a ukulele class. The students will learn songs as a group and one of their choice to perform at an upcoming school assembly.

Hannah Richardson, Middle School Science teacher leads Nature Buddies. Nature Buddies is a unique, cross-grade session in which middle school students prepare lesson plans for Preschool kids, and then put those lesson plans into action with those children in nature-themed science projects.

Mural Design allows Grade Eight students the opportunity to design and paint a legacy mural. Throughout two Explorations sessions students select a theme, lay out the design and then get set to paint. Their mural is then installed in a prominent location on campus.

The object of “The Great Escape” is for the students to use logic and sequencing to design and build an escape-proof room. Students are collaborating to develop intriguing clues, designed for the Middle School teachers and students. Unlocking these clues will lead to escape from the room.

For students interested in journalism, video production or graphic design, there are two options. Students may elect to join the Kent School News team to produce a weekly video news segment. Kent School news includes student-led interviews, athletics updates, and the weekly “Word-on-the Street” segment in which students are asked a pertinent question on a current event or upcoming holiday. The second option for media enthusiasts is Yearbook Design in which students take on the job of creating the theme, design, text and layout of the annual Kent School Yearbook.

Finally, Fondant Fundamentals, taught by Librarian Julia Gross, gives interested students the opportunity to learn about the wonderful world of cake decorating. Students learn how to color their fondant to build creative toppings for cupcakes and cakes.

For more information about the Explorations program at Kent School or any other facet of the school visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide its students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. The School’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world.

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