Rock Hall’s 2017 4th of July Celebration

Town of Rock Hall
Mayor Brian Jones
June 21, 2017

The Town of Rock Hall is gearing up for the Annual 4th of July Festivities.


Friday, June 30, 2017

4:00 – 5:45 P.M. Registration for Baby/Beauty Contest Rock Hall Vol. Fire Co.

6:00 – 7:30 P.M. Baby/Beauty Contests Rock Hall Vol. Fire Co.

(All participants of the Baby and Beauty Contests are required to be residents of the 5th District or attend/will attend school in the 5th District. No pre-registration is required. Baby contest is open to males and females ages

0 – 4 years of age. Beauty contest consists of three categories: Ages 5 – 8, Ages 9 – 12, Ages 13 – 18)

7:30 – 9:30 P.M. Street Dance – DJ. Main Street

Saturday, July 1, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 P.M. Beach Party with Seth Walker & Band Rock Hall Beach

Sunday, July 2, 2017

12:00 P.M. Waterman’s Day Bulkhead/Bayside Ave.

Monday, July 3, 2017

9:00 P.M. Fireworks (Rain date July 5th) Over Harbor

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

8:00 A.M. Flat Five Race Municipal Building

7:00 – 9:30 A.M. American Legion Breakfast Rock Hall Legion

9:00 A.M. Parade Line-Up Ball field – North Main Street

10:00 A.M. Parade Begins Main Street to Civic Center

11:30 A.M. Opening Ceremonies Civic Center

Immediately following Opening Ceremonies at Civic Center: Food, Music, Games, Crafts, and

12:00 P.M. Free Country Music Concert Civic Center
Featuring Seth Walker & Band

12:00 P.M. Horseshoe Tournament, Turtle Races Civic Center
Sac Races, Bubble Blowing Contest

1:00 P.M. Talent Show – All ages Civic Center

Please click HERE if you are interested in registering for any of the activities or interested in being a vendor. Please contact the Town Hall if you have any questions or concerns.

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Public Notice: No Commissioners Meeting June 27 & July 4, 2017; County Offices Closed July 4th

The County Commissioners of Kent County will not hold their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 27, 2017.

All County Offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, in observance of the Fourth of July.

There will be no regular meeting held by the Board of Kent County Commissioners on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room, 400 High Street, Chestertown.

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PotW: A Huge Random Act of Kindness

Support Our Schools (SOS) Initiative presents a check for $5,921.58 to the Board of Education to be used for unexpected year-end expenses.

Support Our Schools (SOS) Initiative presents a check for $5,921.58 to the Board of Education to be used for unexpected year-end expenses.

Thank You Robbi Behr, Jodi Bortz, Francoise Sullivan and Rebecca Heriz-Smith the organizers of the Support Our Schools Initiative and the Random Act of Kindness campaign. At the beginning of May the group launched their first “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign for Kent County Public Schools. The goal was to raise $5000 by the end of May. They not only reached their goal, but exceeded it, collecting $5,921.58.

About The Support Our Schools (SOS) Initiative
The Support Our Schools (SOS) Initiative is a grassroots advocacy effort devoted to increasing awareness of and support for the needs, challenges, and untapped potential of our public school system—both for the sake of the current student population and for its opportunity to serve as a catalyst for economic development. For more information on the Support Our Schools initiative please visit our website

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Elks Flag Day Ceremony

June 17, 2017

It was a lovely mid-June evening when the Chestertown Elks held their Annual Flag Day Ceremony on June 17, 2017.

Part of the Elks Ceremony is the History of the Flag with members of Boy Scout Troop 130 holding each of the flags.

Photo by SG Atkinson: Elks Flag Day Ceremony

The first is the Pine Tree Flag that in 1775 was was adopted for all colonial vessels, and was the banner carried by the Continental forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. (Shown at right in the photograph, with the rest presented from right to left.)

The Southern colonies from 1776 to 1777 used the Snake Flag.

In the latter part of 1775 the Continental Congress appointed a committee to consider the question of a single Flag for the thirteen colonies. That committee recommended a design of thirteen alternate stripes of red and white, with an azure field in the upper corner bearing the red cross of St. George and the white cross of St. Andrew. This Flag, called “The Continental Colors” and “The Grand Union,” was never carried in the field by the Continental land forces, but it was used by the Navy.

In response to a general demand for a banner more representative of our country,
the Congress on June 14, 1777, provided: —
“That the Flag of the United States be thirteen stripes of alternating red and white; and that the union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

In 1795 two additional Stars and Stripes were added to represent admission to the Union
of Vermont and Kentucky. Under this banner of fifteen Stars and Stripes was fought the War of 1812. It was the sight of it flying over Fort McHenry, on September 14, 1814, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write what was to become our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Congress on April 14, 1818, adopted a resolution that on and after July 4, 1818,
the number of stripes should be thirteen and that the blue field should carry one star
for each of the twenty states in the union and that a new star should be added for each
state thereafter admitted.

On July 4, 1959, a star was added for Alaska, our first non-connected state and a year later, Hawaii, our island state added a fiftieth star. Our present Flag — fifty stars and thirteen stripes. It is accompanied by the POW-MIA Flag to recognize the plight and demise of a special group of our Armed Services, those who were prisoners of war or still remain missing in action.

The history is an edited version of the actual ceremony verbiage.

Photo by SG Atkinson: Commissioner William "Billy" Short at the 2017 Elks Flag Day Ceremony
Commissioner William “Billy” Short gave a short speech about what the flag means to him. And the memories that he has with the flag.

Photo by SG Atkinson:  Chestertown Elks Flag Day Ceremony - Pledge

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Millington Water Main Flushing

Kent County Department of Water & Wastewater Services
June 2017

Beginning on Monday, June 26th, and continuing through Tuesday, June 27th 2017 the Kent County Department of Water & Wastewater Services will flush Millington’s water system. This semi-annual flushing reduces the trace amounts of material commonly found in any water system. While flushing is in progress, you may notice drops in water pressure and a rusty appearance to the water. If your water does appear rusty, flush it until it becomes clear. Also, avoid doing laundry and minimize the use of hot water. While this program may cause some inconvenience, it will help to maintain the high quality of your service.

In advance, the Kent County Department of Water and Wastewater appreciates your cooperation and patience. If you should have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact the Dept. of Water and Wastewater Services at (410) 778-3287 during the normal business hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

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Maryland DNR Awards $10.5 Million to Enhance Boating Access and Navigation

June 14, 2017

18 Maryland Counties Receive Waterway Improvement Fund Grants

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $10.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to improve public boating access and navigation throughout the state.

Passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Larry Hogan, this critical funding will go toward 49 projects in 18 counties from Allegany to Worcester.

“Through this grant program, we are improving the quality of life of our citizens and visitors through the development and enhancement of various water access sites throughout the state, while expanding opportunities for the public to appreciate all that the Chesapeake Bay, coastal bays and their tributaries have to offer,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “The boating industry supports thousands of jobs in Maryland and contributes billions to our economy.”

Funded projects include the dredging of local navigation channels, maintaining public boating access facilities, improving parking and upgrading existing infrastructure such as bulkheads, piers and ramps. Funding is also provided to local first responders to enhance water rescue operations.

“From cruising the Chesapeake Bay to maneuvering the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, boating is a way of life in Maryland,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “The Waterway Improvement Fund is a vital state resource that ensures that residents and visitors alike will continue to benefit from Maryland’s world-class recreational boating opportunities for years to come.”

The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating public. It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.

Kent County Awards:
Chestertown Marina – Replace bulkheads and piers at Chestertown Marina

Turners Creek Public Landing, Kennedyville – Boat ramp improvements including new timber bulkhead, new concrete ramp and parking lot resurfacing

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