2017 Chestertown Tea Party Parade

May 27, 2017

The highlight for many during the Annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival is the Parade. The streets as usual were lined with people. This year the Grand Marshal of the parade was long time parade announcer Tom Yeager. Taking his place on the stage for announcing duties were Brian Moore and Lesley Sea, Moore and Les from WCTR Radio.

The Parade award went to:

1st Place overall and Mayor Cup – His Majesty’s Marines

1st Place Float – Kent School
2nd Place Float – Girls Scout Troop 330

1st Place Marching Unit: 1st Delaware Regiment
2nd Place Marching Unit: MD Loyalist Battalion
3rd Place Marching Unit: Chesapeake Independent Blues

1st Place Marching Band – Largo High School
2nd Place Marching Band – Kent County High School
3rd Place Marching Band – Queen Anne’s County High School

1st Place Riding/Walking – Rough Riders
2nd Place Riding/Walking – Ukulele Club

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Learn about Reverse Mortgages with the CBG on June 1, 2017

May 28, 2017

Meeting on June 1st, 2017, 7:30am
Holiday Inn Express, Chestertown.

Stephen Gasparovic, the Housing Counselor for Cecil County, MD, will present to CBG on the uses and pitfalls of Reverse Mortgages.

A reverse mortgage can get you a payout on the liquidity of your home while allowing you to stay in your home for the rest of your life.

However, with every plus there is generally an opposing minus. Don’t fall victim to a quick pitch from a seller of a reverse mortgages. Get informed by an unbiased source of information.


Do you know someone who would be a good speaker for our weekly group? We’d love to hear about them and get their contact information. We’ll do the work of booking them. Just tell us who. It will be much appreciated.

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PotW: 2017 Tea Party Parade Grand Marshal Tom Yeager

Photograph by SG Atkinson: 2017 Tea Party Parade Grand Marshal Tom Yeager

From the Press Release announcing Mr Yeager as Grand Marshal:

Long time Parade announcer and Tea Party Festival volunteer, Thomas N. Yeager will be leading the parade as the 2017 Tea Party Parade Grand Marshall.

Mr. Yeager is the County Attorney for Kent County, is the Attorney for the Kent County Department of Social Services, and is the Town Attorney for five municipalities, including the Towns of Betterton and Galena. He is the former Deputy State’s Attorney for Kent County. In addition to his governmental clients, Mr. Yeager also represents local individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. He has provided pro-bono legal services to the Kent County Community Marching Bank, the Chester River Chorale, the Chestertown Dog Park, the Betterton Youth Group, and several area churches, among others. Active in the legal profession, Mr. Yeager serves on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association, is the president of the Maryland Association of County Attorneys, is a past-president of the Kent County Bar Association, is a past-president of the Maryland Municipal Attorney’s Association, and is a fellow in the Maryland Bar Foundation.

Active in the Community as well, Mr. Yeager is a past president of the Chestertown Optimist Club and a past Grand Knight of the Father Bradford Council of the Knights of Columbus. Both of these organizations are food and beverage vendors at the Chestertown Tea Party Festival, and for the past 25 years, Mr. Yeager has spent many hours on Tea Party weekend setting up, taking down, and working in their respective booths.

For many years, Mr. Yeager served on the Board of Directors of Crime Solvers of the Upper Eastern Shore and on the Board of Directors of the Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition. He was the MC of the Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition as well. A proud Eagle Scout, Mr. Yeager is a life member of the National Eagle Scout Association. An avid bicyclist, he, along with his wife, have entered a number of fundraising bicycle tours over the years to raise money for American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association, among other organizations.

An accomplished radio broadcaster and on-air host for nearly 35 years, Mr. Yeager is currently heard on WCEI radio in Easton and on WCTR radio in Chestertown on weekends. He is the long-time volunteer public address announcer at a number of local events including the Galena Dogwood Festival, the Chestertown Christmas Parade, the Kent County Memorial Day Parade, and the Chestertown Tea Party Festival Parade.

Mr. Yeager and his wife Jeanne reside in Chestertown. Mrs. Yeager is the executive director of the Mid Shore Council on Family Violence and is active in the community as well. The Yeagers are members of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chestertown, where they both volunteer their time.

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Update: MSP Heroin Investigative Unit Arrests Seven More In Connection With Large Scale Illegal Opioid Distributors

MD State Police
May 26, 2017
(Pikesville, MD)

A combined law enforcement effort led to the additional arrests of seven more residents believed to have been heavily involved in a large scale distribution of opioids in the region.

The following seven individuals were indicted today:

Troy Leonis Sommerville, 28, Worton, MD
Roshana Sharnett Wright, 38, Middletown, DE
Autumn Brittany Wiltbank, 30, Church Hill, MD
Chandler Willis Stubbs, 21, Betterton, MD
James Oliver Barrett Jr., 59, Chestertown, MD
Anthony Allen Gibson, 46, Queenstown, MD
Katherine Maryne Arrabal, , 31 Chestertown, MD

After consultation with the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, additional felony indictments were served on seven suspects located on the Eastern Shore and in Delaware today. All seven were arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, and various other felony charges. The total arrested to date in this investigation is now at 25 individuals, believed to be involved in the large scale distribution of illegal opioids. Additional arrests are still pending.

The first batch of the 25 search warrants was executed yesterday morning when 18 individuals were located and served with indictments during a well-coordinated takedown in Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Caroline County, Anne Arundel County in Maryland and New Castle County in Delaware. All 25 people were transported to the Queen Anne’s County Detention Center for an appearance before the court commissioner.

The Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit, assisted by multiple law enforcement partners began this investigation in the Fall of 2016, when investigators developed information about a large scale drug trafficking organization in Queen Anne’s County, importing and distributing large amounts of opioids on a daily basis including Oxycodone, Morphine, Fentanyl, Methadone and Heroin along with crack and powdered cocaine.

The Maryland State Police Heroin Investigative Unit coordinates with local law enforcement in gathering intelligence to combat the illegal distribution of opioids and heroin. This six week combined law enforcement effort involved police departments across Maryland.

Assistance was provided by the Queen Anne’s County Drug Task Force, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, the Queen Anne’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, The Talbot County Drug Task Force, the Caroline County Narcotics Task Force, the Kent County Narcotics Task Force, the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, the Chestertown Police Department, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Central South, the Maryland State Police Gang Unit, Homeland Security investigations, the Metro Area Drug Task Force, the Centreville Police Department, the Department of Natural Resources Police and the Delaware State Police.

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Farmer’s Market during Tea Party

Chestertown Farmer’s Market
May 26, 2017

The Chestertown Farmer’s Market will not take place in it’s usual location in Fountain Park this Saturday due to the annual event of the Chestertown Tea Party Festival.

Some of the regular Saturday farm vendors will be set up this Saturday morning above the Tea Party Festival area on High Street in the block of the High St. location of the Peoples Bank till noon.

Many of the artisan and farm vendors will be participating in the Tea Party Festival. The artisan vendors as a group will be on Cross St. and some of the farm vendors will be near by on High St. near Cross St.

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Kent County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee Give Their Special Education Recognition Awards

Kent County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee (SECAC)
May 2017

The Kent County Special Education Citizens’ Advisory Committee (SECAC) recognized three educators for their work with Kent County students at their meeting on Thursday, 11 May. The annual Special Education Recognition Awards are presented to teachers, therapists, and others who provide exceptional support and services to their students with special needs.

Recipients are nominated by parents or community members who see the positive impact that these educators have on their students.

Those receiving Special Education Recognition Awards this year were speech and language pathologist Danielle Cudone, and instructional assistants Anesha Freeman and Jen Willis of H.H. Garnet Elementary School.

Congratulations to Danielle, Anesha and Jen, and thank you to all Kent County teachers for their ongoing dedication to their students!

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