Learn about the The Massey Aerodrome and Air Museum with the CBG

Meeting on 9-28-2017, 7:30am
Holiday Inn Express, Chestertown.

Meet: Don Hooker
The Massey Aerodrome and Air Museum.

Don is an Honorary Life member of the Air Museum where historic aircraft are restored, preserved and cherished by visitors from all over the world.

The following are upcoming events at the Massey Aerodrome:
Oct 8-Oct 15 – BIPLANE RIDES
Nov 5 – Galena Lions Club Car Show
Dec 3 – Massey Open Hangar Party & Fly-In

More information at their Web site – masseyaero.org

Photo by SG Atkinson: KARS Field Day

KARS Field Day at The Massey Aerodrome June 2017 – Photo: SG Atkinson

Plan to arrive in time to purchase a delicious Holiday Inn Breakfast to help CBG cover the costs associated with our meeting room.

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Rock Hall Halloween Monster Dash – October 28

Town of Rock Hall

Rock Hall Parks and Recreation will be having a Halloween Monster Dash on Saturday, October 28 at 4PM-5 PM. After there will be the annual Parade/Walk at 6:00 pm with activities at Civic Center to follow.

What is the Rock Hall Halloween Monster Dash?
This will be something for the entire family! A new way to Trick or Treat. Come enjoy a “spine-chilling” 5K in “the Pearl of the Chesapeake” Rock Hall, Maryland. Take advantage of the “ghoulish” Costume Parade and along the way pickup lots of candy and treats on Rock Hall’s Main Street. There will be fun Halloween-themed activities at the Civic Center.

When & Where
5K starts @ 4pm on Rock Hall’s Main Street
Costume Parade starts @ 5:30 PM on Rock Hall’s Main Street and goes to Rock Hall Civic Center
Activities @ Civic Center 6-8 PM

Register Here: www.rockhallmonsterdash.com/

Cost for 5k: $20 pre register, $25 day of

October 28
2 – 3:30 pm – Onsite Registration/Packet Pickup
3:30 pm – Registration Closes
4 pm – 5K begins
5 pm – Costume Parade Line-Up
5:30 pm – Parade/Walk begins
6:00 pm – Activities at Civic Center
6:30 pm – Costume Contest/Awards
8 pm – Party is a wrap!

Rules for 5k
Not that many really…remember to have fun!

– Rock Hall Parks and Recreation sanctioned event
– Head phones are allowed, but please use caution
– Strollers are allowed. Please begin in the back of the group and try to remain to the right at all times
– Animals (small domesticated, well-behaved and non-poisonous) are welcome. Must be on a leash or you will not be allowed to participate
– Event will be held rain or shine.

Refund / Transfer Policy
No refunds are given regardless of situation
But, participants who are unable to race (for whatever reason) can rollover their entry to the following year’s event.

Participants must contact the race director prior to the race to be eligible for a rollover or transfer
If the event is cancelled, rollovers do not apply and all participants will be transferred to the rescheduled event.

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Serious Injury Collision 300 @ 290

MD State PD
September 23, 2017

On Saturday, September 23, 2017 at approximately 6:30pm, troopers assigned to the Maryland State Police – Centreville Barrack responded to a serious motor vehicle collision involving (2) vehicles, at the intersection of Maryland Route 300 and Maryland Route 290, Sudlersville, Maryland. Upon arrival, troopers located a heavily damaged, 2009 Honda Accord, bearing Maryland registration 3BC5402. Both occupants were “trapped” and suffering serious injuries. The second vehicle involved was a heavily damaged, 1998 Chevrolet Malibu, bearing Mississippi registration JQF240. According to witnesses at the scene, both Hispanic male occupants of the Malibu exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot, with unknown injuries. Based on the serious nature of injuries and age of the occupants, MSP Trooper 1 responded to transport them to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Additionally, MSP K9 -24 responded to conduct a track in an attempt to locate the fleeing suspects. Maryland State Police – Crash Team and SHA also responded.

Preliminary investigation revealed, the Honda Accord was traveling eastbound Route 300, when the Chevy Malibu, traveling southbound Route 290 failed to stop at the intersection stop sign and collided with the Honda. This caused both elderly occupants of the Honda to become entrapped. At the time of this writing, 84 year old driver-Richard Alan Coleman is listed as critical but stable and 80 year old passenger-Dorothy Elizabeth Coleman is listed as serious but stable. Additional evidence at the scene determined that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the collision. The roadway was closed and traffic diverted for approximately 4 hours. All events occurred in Queen Anne’s County.

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PoTW: Pinwheels for Peace at KCHS

Photo by SG Atkinson: KCHS NAHS Pinwheels for Peace - International Day of Peace
September 21st is the International Day of Peace. Kent County High School Art teachers, Stephanie Spencer and Noel Morris, brought to Kent County a project that was started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida. Pinwheels for Peace, an International art and literacy project.

Students created the pinwheels and on the morning of September 21, 2017 they placed pinwheels at the entrance of the High School.

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Easterseals Welcomes New Board Member

New Castle, DE – September 22, 2017

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore recently welcomed Rotary District Governor, Richard Graves, of Centerville, MD; to its Board of Directors.

Photo: Richard Graves

Richard Graves – Contributed Photo

“I am pleased to join the Easterseals board because the mission is close to my heart,” Graves said. “My brother has used similar services in the past, and I am glad to help those in need in the Delmarva Area.”

Graves is District Governor for Rotary District 7630, which includes the area’s served by Easterseals. He has been a part of his Rotary club for 14 years after a neighbor invited him to a meeting. After serving in the Air Force, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He has practiced as a C.P.A. for over 25 years and has since opened his own practice in Centreville, MD in 2003. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for 27 years and have a son named Colin.

Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, and respite services for caregivers. To learn more about how Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.

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Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society Wins $500K Grant to Expand the Innovative Natural Lands Project

Washington College
CHESTERTOWN, MD—TSeptember 21, 2017

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has awarded Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society (CES) $500,000 to expand its innovative Natural Lands Project into the mid-shore. The foundation grant meets $801,000 in matching funding from CES and its partners, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, and Pickering Creek Audubon Center, for a total of $1.3 million for the project.

The Natural Lands Project (NLP), piloted at the College’s Chester River Field Research Station at Chino Farms, enlists the support of local landowners to restore grassland habitat for bobwhite quail and other species while also creating buffers that help filter runoff into the Chesapeake Bay’s tributaries.

“The Natural Lands Project encompasses the best of what we do and teach—it restores habitat, cleans the Bay, and perhaps most important, it provides an example to our students of how the cultural links between environment and society can be used in restoration,” says John Seidel, director of the CES. “That social and community element in restoration is critical to the future of the Chesapeake, as well as to watersheds around the world.”

The grant, announced September 19, 2017 was among 44 projects awarded through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, a partnership between the NFWF and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grants and Small Watershed Grants programs, as well as other partners. Washington College is the only institution of higher education among the recipients.

“Through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and our partners, especially the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, continue to invest in locally led efforts to protect and restore the more than 100,000 miles of local rivers and streams that feed the Bay,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO, NFWF. “These investments demonstrate that the actions necessary to restore local rivers and streams go hand in hand with opportunities to enhance local communities.”

One of the biggest issues for the Bay on the Eastern Shore is agricultural runoff. Collaterally, as more acreage is put into agriculture, grassland and upland habitats are vanishing, and with them, iconic species like the bobwhite quail. Using the restored grasslands at the College’s Chester River Field Research Station, Dan Small, a field ecologist with CES and now coordinator of the NLP, has been conducting surveys to document the quail population in the restored grasslands and around the farm. By last year, Small and Washington College student researchers documented an average of 25 calling males and an estimated 29 coveys—the highest concentration of the species in the state of Maryland since its precipitous decline began decades ago.

As a gamebird, the bobwhite historically is on a cultural par with the Canada goose on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Its loss was keenly felt among hunters, sportsmen, and farmers. In an effort to motivate landowners to create more habitat for the quail—and, by extension, create buffers that would help reduce agricultural runoff into the Bay’s tributaries—the CES worked with the Chester River Association in 2015 to spin the quail restoration into the Natural Lands Project with a $700,000 award from the Department of Natural Resources.

“The concept was simple,” says Mike Hardesty, associate director of programs and staff at CES. “Transform less-than-productive agricultural land into natural habitat for iconic species. Give landowners a cultural reason—even more compelling than a financial one—to set aside some of their land for habitat management, which in turn would benefit local water quality and Bay restoration efforts.” The NLP also restores wetlands in order to achieve similar water quality and wildlife benefits.

In the first two years, the NLP created 274 acres of native upland grasses and wildflowers in marginal cropland on 11 participating farms. Ten wetlands projects—25 acres of wetlands in fields with unproductive soils poorly suited for growing crops—were also completed. College students and CES researchers began what will be a continuing survey of bird populations to monitor abundance and diversity at each site.

The new funding will be used to expand the project to into the middle and upper Eastern Shore to 285 more acres of buffers and 16 more acres of wetlands. Before receiving the award, five landowners signed on for an additional 115 acres. CES expects this project and its focus to grow and the model to be used in watersheds across the country.

Watch a video about the Natural Lands Project here: http://www.washcoll.edu/live/news/9986-quail-habitat-to-help-the-bay

Photo: A male bobwhite quail perches in the restored grasslands at Washington College’s Chester River Field Research Station.

A male bobwhite quail perches in the restored grasslands at Washington College’s Chester River Field Research Station. – Contributed Photo

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