PotW: Yvng Swag at Legacy Day

Photo by SG Atkinson: Ynvg Swag at Legacy Day in Chestertown, MD
Yvng Swag, Nick Cannon N’Credible Entertainment artist, attended Legacy Day in Chestertown on August 19, 2017 and entertained the crowd with a song and dance number.

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Fatal Accident Rt. 302 in Barclay

MD State Police
August 18, 2017

Type of Incident: Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident
Date and Time: 08/18/2017 at 5:57 AM
Location: Maryland Route 302 East of Maryland Rt. 313
Vehicle: 2004 Blue Yamaha R6
Victim: Jaime Damasendo Escalante Jr., 28 year old, from Marydel, Caroline County, Maryland.
Injuries: Transported by ambulance to Kent General Hospital in Dover, Delaware, and later succumbed to injuries sustained in accident.

Narrative:
On 8/18/2017 at approximately 0557 hours, Troopers from the Maryland State Police Centreville Barrack responded to a single vehicle collision on Maryland Route 302 East of Barclay, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. Preliminary investigation revealed that Jaime Damasendo Escalante Jr. was operating a Blue 2004 Yamaha R6 motorcycle traveling westbound Maryland Route 302. Witnesses stated the motorcycle was traveling at an excessive speed. The investigation determined the operator crossed over the double yellow line and drove onto the shoulder of eastbound Maryland Route 302. The operator lost control of the motorcycle and struck a SHA sign. After striking the sign, the operator was ejected from the motorcycle. Jaime Damasendo Escalante Jr. was transported to Bayhealth Kent General Hospital were he later succumbed to injuries sustained during the accident. Speed was a factor for this accident.

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Washington College President and Faculty Condemn Violence and Hate That Descended Upon Charlottesville, Virginia

Washington College
CHESTERTOWN, MD
August 17, 2017

Washington College President Kurt Landgraf and the College’s Faculty Council today condemned the violence and hate that led to three deaths last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, reaffirming the College’s foundational commitment to supporting an education and campus community premised on thoughtful dialogue and moral courage.

“For centuries, race and intolerance have been complicated elements in defining who we are as a nation. Now, the world has witnessed the events in Charlottesville, and it’s time for all of us to speak out, loud and clear: “This is not who we are,” Landgraf said.

“I am disgusted by the violence and hate that we have seen and continue to endure. There is no place for this in our country. No matter your political views, all of us could agree that these actions threaten the foundational values of this great country and who we are as a people. Our history demonstrates there is power behind nonviolence, progress in rational dialogue, and mutual understanding in compassion.

“Washington College will not tolerate this movement of anger and hate—on campus or in the community. As the first college in a new nation, we have an important role to play in educating our students that their future role as thoughtful citizens and leaders of this country requires courage and a moral compass. We can begin by making clear that today, silence is not an option when faced with intolerance, racism, hate, and violence.”

The Faculty Council, chaired by Clayton Black, associate professor of history, said: “In light of the incidents at the University of Virginia on August 10-12, 2017, we, the faculty of Washington College, reaffirm our adherence to the values of integrity, determination, curiosity, civility, leadership, and moral courage expressed in our Mission Statement. We condemn all efforts to masquerade bigotry and prejudice as merely expressions of ‘free speech’ and commit ourselves and our institution to acting as a force for securing and furthering the equality of all peoples, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, religion, physical ability, or class.

“As scholars, we accept that the free and open exchange of ideas from multiple perspectives is the surest means of achieving truthful propositions. Tolerance of alternative views is a precondition for such an exchange, and Washington College will always be a place where ideas are challenged and debated. We affirm the equality of all peoples; but we reject the equality of all ideas or ideologies as simply different-but-equal ‘points of view’ when they promote discrimination, exclusivity, or intolerance. Obscurantism and appeals to prejudice are not welcome at Washington College.”

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Cardboard Boats Make a Splash!

Washington College

Cardboard Boats Race
Saturday, September 23rd 1-4 pm
Wilmer Park

Chestertown, Maryland
August 16, 2017

Have you ever dreamed of building your own boat? What about one made out of cardboard, glue and duct tape? The Center for Environment & Society’s 11th Annual Cardboard Boat Race is fast approaching and will give you the opportunity to test your boat building (and racing) skills. Now is the time to register your crew and start building your boat. “Add several coats of latex-based paint and you’ll be ready to go,” says Jamie Frees, Outreach Coordinator for the Center for Environment & Society.

Spectators and participants alike will have a blast at this event. Whether you sink or float it is great fun on the Chester River. Hundreds of dollars in prizes for awards ranging from 1st around the course, best construction, most team spirit, even a people’s choice (come early to vote for your favorite boat) and more. Hurry, deadline for registration is September 22, 2017. Go to www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces/chestertown-riverfest/cardboard-boat-building-tips.php for boat-building tips or register your boat today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/11th-annual-cardboard-boat-race-tickets-36515216997. Entries are $15 per team.

All boats go on display at 12:30 pm on race day.  Captains and crew meet at 2:45 PM, the popular boat parade begins at 2:50 PM, and the race starts at 3:00 PM sharp along the Pavilion in Chestertown’s Wilmer Park.  The race is open to individuals, businesses, schools, civic groups and non-profit entities in Kent or Queen Anne’s County Maryland desiring to build a boat and team spirit.  Participants must be at least 12 years of age. 

The Cardboard Boat Race is part of the Center’s Get to Know CES event in Wilmer Park during Fall Family Weekend from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on September 23rd. Center for Environment & Society staff will be on hand discussing, and sometimes demonstrating, their innovative and educational programs. Visit each booth for a chance to win a 90 minute cruise on the Chester River for up to ten people on the research vessel Callinectes or a guided tour of beautiful Chino Farm, including the bird banding station and historic grasslands, for up to six people. Stop by the trivia table to test your CES knowledge and win a tee shirt!

Activities include river cruises aboard the 46-foot Callinectes ($5 per person), kayaking and paddle boarding on the Chester River. There will be food, beer and live music by the High & Wides.  In case of foul weather, activities may be cancelled.  For information contact 410-810-7162 or visit www.washcoll.edu/centers/ces/chestertown-riverfest/cardboard-boat-regatta.php.

Events are organized by the Center for Environment & Society at Washington College for Fall Family Weekend.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Celebrating the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Library

Kent County Public Library
August 16, 2017

Traveling Exhibit at Kent County Public Library

In celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) has been hosting a traveling disAbility History Tour throughout Maryland. The tour wraps up with a final exhibit at Kent County Public Library’s Chestertown Branch August 22-26, 2017.

Advocacy: A History of People Speaking Up for Themselves is on loan from the Museum of disAbility History, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding, acceptance, and independence of people with disabilities. The Advocacy display traces the advocacy movement from early educational facilities to the development of organizations established for and by individuals with disabilities. In addition to the loaned panels, the MDOD will add a fifth display designed by the Maryland Association of Centers for Independent Living outlining disability history in Maryland. 

On Wednesday, August 23, the public is invited to a reception and resource fair at Kent County Public Library where they can view the exhibit, learn about local organizations that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and enjoy light snacks, including cookies provided by Kent House Kitchen. The reception begins at 5:30pm and will be followed by a special film showing at 6:45pm.

For more information about the event, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410-778-3636.

For more information about the exhibit or to view images of the panels, ASL translation, audio files, text only, text image descriptions, and large print versions of the displays, visit the Maryland Department of Disabilities website ADA 27 event page at www.mdod.maryland.gov

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“Explore It!” Camp Engages KCPS Students in Summer Learning Fun

Kent County Public Schools
August 16, 2017

This summer, the halls of Worton Elementary School were filled with the sounds of learning and fun at Summer “Explore It” Camp. Kent County Public School children were invited to participate in the day-camp by their classroom teacher before the end of the school year. For four weeks from June 28 to July 27, 2017 children entering grades 1-8 participated in enrichment activities designed to be fun and prevent summer learning loss.

Teachers Ed Stack and Kelly Melvin were the leaders of the the camp and were supported by teachers from the county’s elementary schools. Students participated in hands on activities designed to teach science and engineering concepts while at the same time reinforcing literacy and math. In addition, they could choose to participate in club activities each day. Clubs included Art, Play 60, Movie Maker, Zumba, Gardening, Spanish and Cheerleading.

During the camp, students participated in field trips to enhance their experience. Children spent time learning at the Sassafras Environmental Education Center (SEEC), the Kent County Public Library, KidSPOT, Echo Hill Outdoor School and the Kent County Fair among others. Every week, the children were escorted to the Kent County Community Center for swimming and they participated in physical activities daily.

The camp was funded by a 21st Century Maryland State Department of Education Community Grant. The goal of the program is to provide academic enrichment opportunities, particularly in high poverty or low-performing schools. The summer camp is in the 4th year of a 5 year program. Kent County Public schools have held summer learning camps and programs for more than 20 years as a vital part of supporting children in learning through the summer.

This summer, the halls of Worton Elementary School were filled with the sounds of learning and fun at Summer “Explore It” Camp. Kent County Public School children were invited to participate in the day-camp by their classroom teacher before the end of the school year. For four weeks from June 28 to July 27, children entering grades 1-5 participated enrichment activities designed to be fun and prevent summer learning loss.

Teachers Ed Stack and Kelly Melvin were the leaders of the the camp and were supported by teachers from the county’s elementary schools. Students participated in hands on activities designed to teach science and engineering concepts while at the same time reinforcing literacy and math. In addition, they could choose to participate in club activities each day. Clubs included Art, Play 60, Movie Maker, Zumba, Gardening, Spanish and Cheerleading.

During the camp, students participated in field trips to enhance their experience. Children spent time learning at the Sassafras Environmental Education Center (SEEC), the Kent County Public Library, KidSPOT, Echo Hill Outdoor School and the Kent County Fair among others. Every week, the children were escorted to the Kent County Community Center for swimming and they participated in physical activities daily.

The camp was funded by a 21st Century Maryland Sate Department of Education Community Grant. The goal of the program is to provide academic enrichment opportunities, particularly in high poverty or low-performing schools. The summer camp is in the 4th year of a 5 year program. Kent County Public schools have held summer learning camps and programs for more than 20 years as a vital part of supporting children in learning through the summer.

Photo: Student Sean Gallo engaged in a STEM learning activity during KCPS Summer “Explore It!” Camp

Student Sean Gallo engaged in a STEM learning activity during KCPS Summer “Explore It!” Camp – Contributed Photo

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