Hodson Trust Grants $3.5 Million to Washington College for Student Scholarship Endowment

Washington College
Chestertown – December 11, 2017

The Hodson Trust, whose generosity has supported hundreds of Washington College students over 81 years, this year is donating $3.5 million to endow student scholarships. Representatives of the Trust, which has been the largest single benefactor to the College, presented the gift to College President Kurt Landgraf on December 7, 2017.

“It is hard to overstate how critical this funding is for our students and programs, and how much we appreciate the loyal support that The Hodson Trust continues to show Washington College,” Landgraf says. “We believe that the education and opportunities we offer to undergraduates are unparalleled, and we are grateful to Chairman Gerald Holm and the Hodson trustees for seeing that value and consistently supporting it with this endowment funding.”

This year’s donation provides $2.75 million to the Hodson Merit Scholarship endowment, and $750,000 to the George’s Brigade scholarship endowment. Already this academic year, as a result of previous Hodson gifts, 105 students are receiving an average merit scholarship in the amount of $21,000, for a total of $2.2 million from Hodson Trust-funded scholarship endowments.

“The need is great,” Landgraf says. “Gifts such as this generous scholarship funding from The Hodson Trust are invaluable for our students in their ambition to attain the strong foundation that a college education in the liberal arts and sciences provides.”

The Hodson Trust is the school’s largest single benefactor. Starting with a grant of $18,191.12 in 1935, the Trust has given Washington College nearly $80 million. The Trust that was established in 1920 by the family of Colonel Clarence Hodson benefits four Maryland educational institutions: Washington College, Hood College, St. John’s College of Annapolis, and The Johns Hopkins University. Colonel Hodson, who received the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, from Washington College in 1922, served on the College’s Board of Visitors and Governors from 1920 until his death in 1928.

Colonel Hodson, who grew up in Somerset County, Maryland, founded the Beneficial Loan Society to make small loans available to working-class Americans at affordable interest rates. This groundbreaking business grew into the Beneficial Corporation, one of the largest consumer finance companies in the United States. An initial investment of $100 grew over the ensuing decades into a trust that has awarded more than $240 million to the four beneficiary institutions. For more information, visit www.hodsontrust.org.

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Annual “Feast of Love” dinner at First United Methodist Church

The community is invited to the annual “Feast of Love” dinner at First United Methodist Church on Christmas afternoon at 1pm. Welcome to any and all that wish to feel the warmth of the season and the best sense of our community.

First organized in 1984 by Yvonne Arrowood, the folks at First Methodist and a score of neighbors from throughout the county, have, for more than three decades, opened their doors and hearts on a winter’s day to provide nourishment for body and soul. Assuring that on a day of celebration, no-one need feel alone. It has become an special tradition both for those that come to the meal and for the volunteers to enjoy the fellowship of their neighbors and friends.

Dinner includes roast turkey, vegetables with all the trimmings and enough pies and desserts, (even a birthday cake for the special occasion), to make the celebration complete. Singing and festive cheer abound as is an honest chance to witness that Chestertown isn’t just a small town but really one big family.

Reservations are not required, but anyone interested in coming please call (410)778-2977, so that we know how many to expect. (Additionally, if you know anyone that needs to be personally invited or picked up, we can try to make transportation available for them with advance notice.) The church is located at High & Mill Street in downtown Chestertown and the entrance for the dinner is on the Mill Street side of the church.

If you would like to volunteer, you can email feastoflovedinner@gmail.com or sign up at www.perfectpotluck.com, and sign in with the hostname: “arrowood” and log in: “1225”.

Thanks in advance to the Fish Whistle, Dixon Valve & Coupling, Theresa Smith, Janet Sigler and Lapp Family Bakeries for their help with the meal.

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Rodney Lester is This Week CBG’s Guest Speaker

Meeting on December 14th, 2017, 7:30am
Holiday Inn Express, Chestertown.

Meet with Rodney Lester. An actuarial expert who is a world traveler with years of experience.

His tentative topic is ‘Regional demographic and economic trends in the US – a country dividing’.

There has been a lot of county by county research done recently and even within Kent county there are remarkable variations. Mr. Lester will look at the rural / urban divide, the social impacts of changing employment patterns (including some counterintuitive birth rate data) and then look at MD and Kent County.

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Plan to arrive in time to enjoy a delicious Holiday Inn Express Breakfast with us.

When the National Weather Service issues a winter storm “Hazardous Weather Outlook” on Wednesday, the day before our meeting, our Thursday morning meeting will be automatically cancelled.

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PotW: KCHS Basketball Season Begins

Photograph by SG Atkinson: KCHS Boys Basketball Season Opens
The 2016-17 Boys Basketball Season closed with the team winning the 1A Regional Championship. That team was made up of mostly seniors. On December 5, 2017, the opening game of the 2017-18 season, introduced the new team.

The game against Easton was a tight one with Easton leading for much of the game, but the young Trojan team never gave up and at the end squeaked out a one point, 65-64, win.

More Photos of the game by SG Atkinson can be seen on Facebook

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Overturned Vehicle Single Car Collision

MD State Police
December 9, 2017

On Saturday, December 9, 2017 at approximately 7:55 PM, troopers from the Centreville Barrack responded to the area of 12604 Massey Road (MD Rt. 299), Massey, Kent County in reference to a serious single motor vehicle collision. Preliminary investigation determined the Ford F-250 pick-up truck, bearing Delaware registration C497491, operated by a Catherine E. Carroll (W/F, 24 yoa) of Smyrna, Delaware was traveling southbound when the vehicle exited the right side of the roadway, collided with a culvert, overturned, causing Carroll to be ejected. Carroll was transported by Galena EMS to Christina Medical Center in Newark, Delaware for her injuries. Alcohol and severe Weather/Road Conditions are believed to be a contributing factor. Carroll remains in critical but stable condition. The collision remains under investigation.

CASE#: 17-MSP-052463
DATE & TIME: December 9, 2017 @ 7:55pm
LOCATION: 12604 Massey Road, Kent County, MD
OPERATOR: Catherine E. Carroll, 24 yoa, W/F, Smyrna, Delaware
VEHICLE: Ford F-250

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Chester River Bridge Work Scheduled for December 18, 2017

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, as part of the State’s Bridge Preservation Program, will have a contractor performing routine maintenance operations on the MD 213 drawbridge over Chester River on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Work will be done from 9am-3pm and may include test openings of the bridge that should last no longer than those needed for an average vessel’s passage.

Work will be performed by Covington Machine and Welding, Inc. of Annapolis, MD.

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