Legally Blonde at the High School

The Kent County High School Drama Club presents Legally Blonde – The Musical

Performances are:
Thursday February 18th – 10am and 7pm
Friday February 19th – 7pm

General admission $10

Flyer: KCHS Legally Blonde

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Coming in March at Kent County High School

KCHS Alumni Basketball Game
Friday, March 18th
We are currently recruiting participants to play in this alumni event. If you are interested in either playing or helping with the event, please contact:
Kwandrey Wilson – kwils2012@yahoo.com – 410-699-0512
Dennis Walters – denniskari@live.com – 410-708-4640

If you are an alumni cheerleader and would like to participate, please contact: 
Rachel Williams – rachellouisewilliams99@gmail.com
Lauren Kirby – lkirby@kent.k12.md.us

Participant pre-registration deadline for the Alumni Basketball Game is March 4th – All Participants must be pre-registered!!

Proceeds from KCHS Alumni Basketball Event bene t KCHS Athletic Boosters
which offers support to all athletic programs at the high school.

3rd Annual Trojan Trample 5K Run/Walk
$20 Pre-Registration ($10 for students K-12) $30 Race Day Registration ($15 for students)
Sunday, March 20th – 9:30am
Location: Kent County High School

For more information, please contact:
Kiki Jones at 410-708-6979. 
Kent County High School
Register online at active.com.

Proceeds from Trojan Trample will benefit KCHS PTSA and KCHS Athletic Boosters.

Flyer: Trojan Trample and KCHS Alumni Basketball Game

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Tips to Help Vulnerable Population During Extreme Cold Weather

February 11, 2016

The dangerous cold forecasted for for the remainder of the week into the weekend is an important reminder to take seriously the health risks associated with extremely cold temperatures. We should also check on family, friends, and neighbors during this time.

Children, the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, and outdoor workers are especially at risk. Because children and the elderly are less able to regulate their body temperature, they are more susceptible to temperature extremes and more likely to suffer ill effects. People with underlying medical conditions and diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, skin and glandular conditions, and those who are in poor physical condition or take medications that affect judgment have increased risk to be harmed by the cold. These groups of people should stay indoors as much as possible.

Outdoor workers often have little choice about staying away from the cold. They, and anyone who must do outside chores, should follow these safety tips:
– Wear proper clothing for cold, wet and windy conditions, including layers that can be adjusted to changing conditions.
– Take frequent, short breaks in warm, dry shelters to allow the body to warm up.
– Schedule work for the warmest part of the day.
– Avoid exhaustion or fatigue because energy is needed to keep muscles warm.
– Work in pairs so that danger signs can be spotted.
– Drink warm, sweet beverages (sugar water, sports-type drinks) and avoid drinks with caffeine (coffee, tea, sodas or hot chocolate) or alcohol, which dehydrate the body.
– Eat warm, high-calorie foods such as hot pasta dishes.

Signs of low body temperature to look for include:
– Shivering;
– Increased breathing, blood pressure and heart rate;
– Pale white skin;
– Amnesia;
– Difficulty with muscle coordination;
– Difficulty walking and talking;
– Poor judgment, confusion and combativeness;
– Fatigue.

Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as hypothermia and frostbite. Hypothermia is when body temperature gets so low that it affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or move well. It is particularly dangerous because the person may not know it is happening and won’t be able to do anything about it. Frostbite is when skin and tissue freeze in localized areas. If any of these signs of hypothermia are observed, the person should stop their outdoor activity, move into a warm location, remove any wet clothing, dress in warm dry clothes, and re-warm the body.

The signs of frostbite include pale frozen skin, with or without blisters, and frozen tissues that may be numb. People with frostbite should seek medical attention. The areas should be elevated but not rubbed. Refreezing of thawed tissue must be avoided.

Editor’s Note:
Much of this information came from a Press Release from the Wicomico Health Department

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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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