Kent County Fifth Graders Learn About Art and Science at Hegland Glass

Kent County Public Schools
March 23, 2017

On March 11 and March 18, 2017 Kent County Public Schools’ art teacher, Aimee Boumiea and three elementary students visited David and Patti Hegland in their glassmaking studio in downtown Chestertown. The students were chosen through an essay contest, and the winners were those with the best response to why they wanted to learn about making glass.

Photo: Patti and David Hegland of Hegland Glass work with students from area elementary schools to create glass art

Patti and David Hegland of Hegland Glass work with students from area elementary schools to create glass art. – Submitted Photo

The students had an opportunity to learn about the science behind art glass while they created artistic pieces of their own. One of the concepts they studied was “Equilibrium thickness” which is the thickness to which glass will naturally settle after being melted, about 1/4 inch. The students got to observe how large pieces will expand or flatten out to that thickness, and thinner pieces of glass retract to that size when they are cooled. They also learned about reactive colors. Glass is colored with different elements and when those elements come in contact with each other in the melting process, it produces a halo of a new reactive color.

The program is part of the Arts in Motion program through Kent County Public Schools and was sponsored through a grant from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust. The idea for the program came from Tom McHugh, KCPS Facilitator for Fine Arts, and was championed by Fine Arts Supervisor Gina Jachimowicz as a great way for students to see art and science in action. McHugh reached out to Patti and David Hegland who were eager to participate. The Heglands are nationally recognized fine artisans, having won the Niche award for glass in 2013 as well as being finalists for the award in 2014 and 2015. They began a second career as glass artists in Chestertown after leaving successful careers in engineering and finance.

When asked about their participation, David Hegland stated that they are supporters of public education and had a great time with the students. He stated, “It’s amazing how quickly the kids learned and were able to put together their own pieces of glass art. They gained an understanding of the physics of glass and had fun composing their own works of art.” Each student left the program with one or two pieces of glass art that they created as well as a better understanding of how scientific concepts are applied in the real world.

Photo Caption: Patti and David Hegland of Hegland Glass work with students from area elementary schools to create glass art

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Thad Bench of Benchworks to Participate in 8th Annual Life Science Chief Executive Officer Forum


The biotechnology industry forum takes place on March 23-24 in San Diego, California.

Chestertown, MD, March 21, 2017

Benchworks CEO Thad L. Bench Sr. will participate in the 8th Annual Life Science Chief Executive Officer Forum on March 23-24 in San Diego. The event is a gathering of executive leadership from companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device and diagnostic industries.

Benchworks Vice President Christian Meyer will also participate in the forum. Participants will discuss the future of the life science industry and current challenges organizations face. The event is designed for education, engagement and knowledge sharing. A live polling feature will enable the audience to actively participate.

Photo: Thad Bench

Thad Bench – Contributed Photo

Thad Bench will interview the Founder, President & CEO of ARMO Biosciences, Peter Van Vlasselaer, PhD. The conversation will focus on Vlasselaer’s entrepreneurial experience and the need for leadership excellence in the biotech industry and will be conducted in front of an audience of attendees.

In addition, Thad Bench will serve as the chairperson for the forum events on March 24. He will introduce each session which include panel discussions on these topics:
• Assessing the Impact of Pricing Pressures on the Pharmaceutical Industry
• Regulatory Challenges and Solutions for Value-Based Pricing
• Business Models & Medical Device Contracting in a Value-Based Healthcare Environment
• Delivering on the Promise of Precision Medicine: Analysis of Impact on the Life Science Industry
• The Convergence of Technology & Healthcare

Commenting on the event, Thad Bench said, “This forum brings together leaders of the highest caliber who will share their knowledge and experiences in the biotech industry. It is an exciting opportunity for people to learn and benefit from their wisdom and experience. As a commercialization partner, we at Benchworks look forward to networking with executives to discuss how we can help them build out operations and provide strategic thinking, top-tier creative, and outstanding project management.”

About Benchworks
Benchworks, a comprehensive marketing services agency headquartered in Chestertown, Maryland, was founded in 1991. With offices in Philadelphia and Boston, the company specializes in the design, production, and launch of complete marketing and branding services. Clients include a wide variety of companies in the life science, pharmaceutical, beverage, manufacturing, and education industries in North America and Europe. For additional information, visit or call 800-536-4670

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Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties Gives to Compass Regional Hospice

Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties
March 21, 2017

Photo: Pictured Left to Right (Allison Wood and Connie Jones)

Pictured Left to Right (Allison Wood and Connie Jones) – Contributed Photo

Connie Jones, Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties presented a check to Allison Wood, Compass Regional Hospice in memory of Connie Godwin, a former Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties member.

Allison spoke about the many services for those nearing their end of life as well as services for family members. Compass Regional Hospice services Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Caroline Counties. There are special programs for children, family members, and Veterans.

The Soroptimist International of Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties meets on the third Monday of the month. For more information, look at our FACEBOOK page.

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Katherine Vincent & Logan Dubbé are Shorewoman and Shoreman of the Week

Washington College Athletics
March 21, 2017

Katherine Vincent – Shorewoman of the Week

Senior lacrosse player Katherine Vincent (Wilton, Conn./Wilton) is this week’s Shorewoman of the Week. Vincent had an outstanding all-around game in the Shorewomen’s 18-11 win over Randolph-Macon Saturday.

Vincent scored five goals and had two assists, five ground balls, four caused turnovers, and two draw controls in the victory. Earlier in the week, she netted a pair of goals in a 10-7 win over Albright Tuesday.

This is the fourth career Shorewoman of the Week honor for Vincent and her second this season. Yesterday, she was named the Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the third time in her career.

Logan Dubbé – Shoreman of the Week

Senior baseball player Logan Dubbé (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) is this week’s Shoreman of the Week. Dubbé turned in a pair of impressive starts on the mound last week for the Shoremen.

Dubbé picked up the victory in the Shoremen’s 11-1 win over Wisconsin Lutheran on March 13th, allowing just one run on six hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings of work. Six days later, he took a tough-luck loss in a 4-0 loss to Rochester. In that game, he allowed just one unearned run on two hits and one walk while striking out 11 in eight innings on the mound.

In the two games combined, Dubbé posted a 0.60 ERA while striking out 20 batters against just eight hits and three walks in 15 innings.

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Learn about Sumner Hall with the CBG

March 19, 2017

Meeting on March 23rd, 2017, 7:30am
Holiday Inn Express, Chestertown.
Our speakers will be Bob Ingersoll, President of the Board of Directors of Sumner Hall and Nina Johnson, Executive Director of Sumner Hall.

Here is a brief bio for each of our speakers:

Mr. Ingersoll’s family has called Kent County home for generations. He has been involved with saving and restoring Sumner Hall from the beginning of the initiative. During the reconstruction years, he served as the overall project supervisor and currently building manages maintenance program. A U.S. Navy Veteran, he is also a farmer, boat builder and fine furniture maker. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Chester River Association and active with the Sultana Education Foundation.

Educator, Mental Health and Human Services Professional, Ms. Johnson previously held positions in the Kent County Schools, Washington College, and the Kent County Health Department. She also pastors two churches and has been involved in the restoration of Sumner Hall for 13 years. She is a native of Kent County and her great-grandfather was one of the founders of G.A.R. Post #25, Inc. (Sumner Hall). After serving on the Board of Directors for 18 months, she resigned to take the half-time position as Executive Director of Sumner Hall.

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Chili Fiesta Fly-In at Massey Aerodrome is May 13, 2017

Chili Fiesta Fly-In
Massey (MD1) Aerodrome
33541 Maryland Line Rd. (Rt.330), Massey, Maryland 21650 410-928-5270
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Chili from mild to hot!!! If you like, you may bring your
Chili Recipe or Covered Dish to share (Optional).

Interesting planes and friendly people who love aviation.

Flyer - Chili Fiesta Fly-in May 13, 2017

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