Wednesday, Sept. 3 at WC, Cannabis Lobbyist Outlines Challenges to Expanded Legalization

Washington College
September 1, 2014

The marijuana industry’s first full-time lobbyist will talk about the challenges to further legalizing the drug across the U.S. in a presentation Wednesday, September 3 at Washington College. Michael Correia, director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association, will speak at 7:00 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, 300 Washington Avenue. The title of his talk is “Challenges to Legalizing Marijuana: Resolving State-Federal Conflict.”
Effective January 1, 2014 the State of Colorado allowed for the first legal sales of marijuana in almost 80 years; Washington State followed suit and began legal sales to adults starting on July 8. This November, ballot initiatives in Alaska, Oregon, Florida, and the District of Columbia will determine whether to allow for some form of marijuana legalization. All of this state action is occurring despite the fact that marijuana is still not legal under Federal law. Correia will discuss this conflict and the prospects for more legalization and growth in the industry.

Before joining the cannabis trade association, Correia worked as a Republican staffer on the House Committee on Natural Resources, a senior project manager for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, and a director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council, an organization that advocates for limited government and free markets. He is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego.

Correia and his new job were covered in recent features in the Washington Post and on CBS This Morning. His Sept. 3 talk in Chestertown is sponsored by the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs.

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Photojournalist Joel Sartore to Discuss Why Biodiversity, Endangered Species, Really Matter

Washington College
September 1, 2014

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Photographer and author Joel Sartore, a 20-year contributor to National Geographic and a passionate advocate for endangered wildlife, will visit Washington College on Friday, September 19 to talk about his career and his current project, Photo Ark. He will speak at 5:00 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts, on the College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.

Joel Sartore - Submitted Photo

Joel Sartore – Submitted Photo

Sartore’s mission through Photo Ark is to document biodiversity and endangered species in order to show “what’s at stake and to get people to care while there’s still time.” According to his website, more than 3,700 species have been photographed to date.

Sartore’s career as a wildlife and nature photographer has taken him to every continent, into many of the world’s most beautiful and challenging environments and into close contact with a wide variety of species, including wolves, grizzlies, musk oxen, lions, elephants and polar bears. His work also has allowed him to see human impact on the environment first-hand. “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity,” he says. “When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”

A regular contributor to the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood, Sartore collected his essays for that show in his latest book, Let’s Be Reasonable. His three previous books are RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky.

In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Geo, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and numerous book projects. His work has been featured in several national broadcasts including the hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He also is a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood.

His visit to Chestertown is sponsored by the College’s McLain Program for Environmental Studies and SANDBOX initiative, and by the Shared Earth Foundation.

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Dog Manners Class Forming

September 1, 2014

Dog Manners Class Forming

This six-session course, led by instructors Barbara Ellis and Sarah Ruckelshaus, offers positive, effective continuing education for ALL dogs and their handlers. Behavior challenges identified by class participants will be a special focus. Participants will gain in-depth understand dog behavior and how to encourage teamwork and good manners. Participants will learn how to quickly identify and reward good manners as well as work on basic behaviors like sit, down, come, wait, and loose-leash walking. The last class will take place in downtown Chestertown, so dog and handler teams can practice manners and good behavior in “the real world!”

When: Class will be at 4 p.m. Wednesdays beginning September 17. Class dates: September 17 and 24, October 1, 8, 15, and Saturday October 18. Participants are invited to come with their dogs immediately after class and attend “Yappy Hour” each week for an additional $25 ($5 per week for five weeks). Yappy Hour ensures you take home a happy, tired, and well-behaved dog each week!

Cost: $120 for six weeks. ($25 extra for weekly Yappy Hour). Proceeds benefit Mid-Atlantic Border Collie Rescue.

Where: Victory Farm, Chestertown. Use the side entrance on Stockton Start Road. E-mail Barbara for directions. We have a fully fenced field for class!

For more information: e-mail Barbara at or Or call her at 410-778-6107

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Chestertown Jazz Festival is September 6, 2014

Chestertown Jazz Festival
September 1, 2014

The wildly popular Chestertown Jazz Festival returns to Wilmer Park for a third fabulous year, featuring Headliner – Sherry Winston, the 100 Voice Choir, Todd Marcus Orchestra, Lena Seikaly, Gregor Huebner, Bratcher Project and more!

Clear skies, pleasant breezes, and hours of excellent jazz by the Chester River as the Sultana sails in the background. Local food, wine, and beer available for sale. Tented seating is available near the stage, or bring a blanket and chairs to sit on the grass.

Admission is $25 for adults, $10 for students, and children under age 12 are free. Follow signs for parking. Please, no dogs or outside coolers.

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Launch party of LuLaRoe on September 6, 2014

Launch party of LuLaRoe featuring ladies fashion maxi skirts, dresses, leggings, and tops. All made in the USA. No items over $55! Try in, buy, and take home with you from the party!

Launch party of LuLaRoe Flyer

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Washington College Athletics – August 31, 2014

Washington College Athletics
August 31, 2014

Shorewomen Successful In Coach Smith’s Debut In 1-0 Win Over Griffins

McCurdy Nets Penalty Kick For Lone Goal of Match

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore midfielder/back Kelsey McCurdy (Walkersville, Md./Walkersville) scored on a penalty kick in the 61st minute to give host Washington College a 1-0 non-conference women’s soccer win over visiting Gwynedd Mercy on Sunday afternoon at the Washington College Lower Bermuda Field in the season opener for the Shorewomen. The Shorewomen are now 1-0-0 on the year, while the Griffins fall to 1-1-0. The victory was also the first win for head coach Kerry Smith in her Shorewomen Soccer head coaching debut.

The Shorewomen were awarded the penalty kick when in the upper left corner of the penalty box, Gwynedd Mercy goalkeeper Jess Tadley took down Washington sophomore midfielder Erin Smedley (Highland, Md./River Hill). McCurdy took the kick and placed the shot in the lower left corner for the match’s lone score at the 60:46 mark.

The Griffins had two chances to tie the contest on corner kicks at the 70:21 and 74:55 marks, but could not generate a shot off of either corner kick situation and Washington earned the victory.

The Shorewomen held a commanding 18-4 advantage in shots, while the Griffins had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks. In goal, WC sophomore goalkeeper Melissa Barry (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) did not have to make a save in recording her sixth career shutout. She is now tied for second in program history in whitewashings with Jennifer Chapman (2001-04), trailing just Tori Ripple (2008-11) who notched seven blankings. Tadley made six saves for the Griffins.

The Shorewomen have now won their season opener in three straight seasons, the longest streak in program history. WC downed Cedar Crest in 2012 (5-0) and Neumann in 2013 (1-0).

Washington travels to Cabrini on Wednesday afternoon for a 4:00 p.m. kickoff.

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