Kent School Students Support Backpack Program


Led by Kent School’s Student Government Association, students at Kent School collected food items to support Kent County’s Backpack Program. The Backpack Program is administered through the Kent County Food Pantry and serves students in Kent County who are in need. Kent School students from Preschool through Grade 8 successfully donated hundreds of individual servings of food to be distributed to students throughout the county.

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SGA representatives Allie Butler and Issy Leach (left side) and SGA Treasurer Jake Cerino with SGA Secretary Reed Ferguson (right side).

SGA President, Campbell Parkhurst said, “We paired grades and groups were given a list of items to bring in. That way, we made sure we would have a variety of appropriate foods to donate. Grades 8 and 4 brought Pop Tarts and granola/breakfast bars. Grades 7 and 3 brought individual serving size of soups and cereals. Grades 6 and 2 brought pudding and fruit cups. Grades 5 and 1 brought juice and milk boxes. Kindergarten and Little School students brought Mac and Cheese and Chef Boyardee.” Parkhurst continued, “We thought it would be fun to add a little challenge to our students so we decided to offer a Jeans Day if we could collect enough food to fill the front loader of our Kubota. We did that and then some. We probably could have filled two or three! We are all looking forward to a Jeans Day soon.”

Kent School began the Food Drive in early February to coordinate with Peoples Bank Chester Gras celebration which supports the Backpack Program. Kent School’s Head of School, Nancy Mugele said, “It was heartwarming and gratifying to see our students so engaged and enthusiastic about a service project that directly benefits the children of our community. I am so proud of their good work and commitment to community service.”

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The Backpack food drive is Kent School’s third service project to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry this academic year. The School hosted an Empty Bowls event in November, a canned food drive in November and December and the Backpack food drive in February. Sue Basener, President of the Kent County Food Pantry Board of Trustees said, “The partnership between Kent School and the Food Pantry is very valuable. We are so grateful for all the support their students and families provide. We are able to reach more children and families with their support.”

Kent School, located in historic Chestertown, MD is an independent day school serving girls and boys from Preschool through Grade 8. The School’s mission is to guide our students in realizing their potential for academic, artistic, athletic, and moral excellence. Our school’s family-oriented, supportive, student-centered environment fosters the growth of honorable, responsible citizens for our country and our diverse world. For more information about Kent School visit or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110.

Registration Now Open for Maryland Leadership Summer Programs


mlwThe Maryland Leadership Workshops summer curriculum offers five peer-led, week-long residential programs that empower and inspire middle and high school students to succeed and be more engaged in their schools and communities. All programs are held on the campus of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Middle School Experience in Leadership (July 16-22, 2017): For students entering grades 6-8 in Fall 2017. Students begin to develop their individual leadership skills and learn how to identify and take advantage of opportunities for leadership in their schools and communities.

Bridge (July 9-15, 2017): For experienced student leaders entering grades 8 or 9 in 2017, who are ready for more intensive training and practice prior to entering Senior High Workshops.

Senior High Workshop (July 23-29, 2017): For students entering grades 9-12 in Fall 2017. A fun, challenging, inspiring, and fulfilling week-long experience for teens that helps them to develop leadership skills needed to succeed in diverse environments.

Advanced Leadership Seminar (July 9-15, 2017): For high school students who have attended Senior High Workshop or have completed an equivalent program/leadership experience. This program challenges students to re-examine themselves as individuals and leaders through innovative workshops crafted according to their unique needs, individual goal setting and a culminating project focused on real-world application of leadership skills.

Journey (July 9-15, 2017): For Howard County girls entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2017. Support for this program has been provided by the Women’s Giving Circle, a fund of the Community Foundation of Howard County. At this unique program, each student identifies her own leadership skills, strengths, and weaknesses in a supportive and fun environment, which fosters increased self-esteem and confidence.

Each program offers a supportive and fun environment to foster increased independence, self-esteem and confidence for a diverse composition of students from around Maryland and the country. Program participants, known as delegates, develop concepts and skills during workshops, group projects, committee responsibilities and small group discussion sessions. Other activities include games, variety shows, dances, and opportunities for delegates to lead activities for their peers.

Registration for the Summer 2017 programs is available online at Registration closes on May 15, 2017, and an Early Bird discount is offered to those who register before April 1. Scholarships are available. For more information, please contact Anita Anderson at 301-444-8623.

About Maryland Leadership Workshops, a division of Leadership Maryland

Maryland Leadership Workshops is Maryland’s premier leadership development program for middle and high school students. In existence since 1955, Maryland Leadership Workshops has provided generations of participants – known as delegates – with an incomparable experience to discover and develop strengths and skills essential to lifelong leadership. Using the model of facilitative instruction unique among youth leadership programs, delegates take ownership of personal development as they grow in self-awareness, set measurable goals, and collaborate with peers in diverse groups. To learn more, please call Maryland Leadership Workshops at 301-444-8623 or visit

Free Tree Seedlings Available for Qualifying Eastern Shore Landowners


Kent and Queen Anne’s county landowners who have a drainage ditch, stream, creek or other waterway on or near their property are eligible for free tree seedlings through Department of Natural Resources’ Buffer in a Bag program.

Each bag contains 25 native, bare-root tree seedlings suited for planting in wet soil conditions. The bundle will include five of each species: common persimmon, eastern redbud, spicebush, willow oak, and sassafras or swamp white oak. All seedlings are 1-year-old and approximately 8 to 10 inches tall.

Trees planted along waterways help protect and improve water quality by absorbing excess nutrients, reducing sediment, lowering peak water temperatures and stabilizing stream banks.

Maryland Forest Service staff will provide information on tree planting techniques, maintenance, and other good native species choices at the time of pick up.

Interested homeowners should call the Annapolis office at 410-260-8589, or email to reserve their seedlings for early April pick up. Quantities are limited so reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Requests must be received by March 23rd, 2017.

The Artists’ Gallery presents “Skirting The Shore”

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“Fringed Edge” by Bonnie Howell

On First Friday, March 3rd, The Artists’ Gallery will present “SKIRTING THE SHORE,” featuring the work of Bonnie Howell.  This new body of oil paintings draws inspiration from local waterways.  Paddling along the quiet edges reveal endless details of nature and time to observe the beauty of the Eastern Shore from a unique perspective.  “When I’m on or next to the water”, Bonnie reflects, “the peaceful nature of the surface calms my spirit and begs to be an image to be painted.”

Bonnie’s interest in art started with painting bulletin boards while attending grade school here in Chestertown. Then in high school she designed and painted stage sets and went on to major in fine arts in college.  She received her BA degree from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC and her teachers certificate from Washington College in Chestertown, MD.  She taught art in both public and private schools during her early career and then painted mostly wildlife and portraits as a freelance artist before forming The Artists’ Gallery partnership in 2003.  She has continued her art studies with noted portraitists John Sanden of the Portrait Institute of New York and John Ebersberger of Maryland Hall, Annapolis, MD.  She has also taken classes at the University of Maryland and graduate work at the University of Delaware.  She is a member of  the Working Artists Forum of Easton, MD, where she shows her work in regional shows.

Mrs. Howell works primarily in oils and regularly features paintings of life – portraits and nature at The Artists’ Gallery were she is the managing partner and from her home Whistle field Studio.  She also offers private painting classes at the gallery.  Her paintings are in many private collections across the US as well as local and public collections, including the Shore Medical Center, the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Washington College, Garnett School, Dr. Hickman’s office (all in Chestertown) and the Turnersville Assembly Hall in New Jersey.

Please join Bonnie and her partners at the opening reception, Friday, March 3, 2017, from 5 to 8 pm., at THE ARTISTS’ GALLERY, 239 High Street, Chestertown, MD.  For information phone: 410-778-2425 or visit our website:

Radcliffe Creek School Participates in Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Exhibit


Since January, students at Radcliffe Creek School have been developing an exhibit for the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street project. This project is hosted by Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Post # 25: Sumner Hall in collaboration with C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College. The theme of the project is The Way We Worked. Radcliffe Creek School’s focus is on “School Houses of Kent County.”

Museum on Main Street (MoMS) is a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service program that teams up with state humanities councils to bring high-quality traveling exhibits to small communities through their own museums, historical societies, and other cultural venues. Residents enthusiastically engage with exhibition content, as diverse community members come together to share and celebrate their heritage. The Way We Worked focuses on the diversity of the American workforce, exploring how people of all races and ethnicities have commonalities and worked to knock down barriers in the professional world. The exhibition shows how we identify with work, as individuals and as communities.

To complete projects for this exhibit, all of the Radcliffe students have been participating in a special month-long Enrichment class. During this special class, teams of teachers have been guiding groups of students in researching their particular element of “School Houses of Kent County” and creating a final product for the overall exhibit. Group topics include: Songs and Games; School House Models; School House Artifacts; Skits; Interviews; and a Documentary film. These special classes afforded Radcliffe students the opportunity to collaborate with classmates and others in a community-wide event and explore local history using an interdisciplinary approach, true to The Radcliffe Way.

The Radcliffe Creek School “School Houses of Kent County” exhibit will be on display at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown on March 3, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. This event will take place during one of Downtown Chestertown’s First Fridays, a chance for visitors to not only explore the exhibit but also explore Chestertown’s vibrant arts and entertainment district. Many retailers and galleries are open from 5 – 8:00 p.m. and will feature special exhibits, entertainment and refreshments.

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school whose mission is to empower children in a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning. For more information about Radcliffe Creek or Little Creek, the school’s preschool, which includes programs for children from infancy through pre-kindergarten, please call 410-778-8150 or visit

Spring Scholarship Luncheon to Feature Weekend at Great Oak Manor Raffle


The Women’s League of Washington College has announced a raffle for a luxury weekend at Great Oak Manor.  The drawing will be held at the organization’s annual Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, March 14 at the college’s Hyson Lounge. Doors open at 11 a.m.  Funds raised through this event are used to provide scholarships for a local female student at Washington College.

The prize package will include a two-night stay at Great Oak Manor, breakfast each day, boxed dinner to enjoy on the beautiful grounds the first night, a chauffeured drive to Barbara’s on the Bay for dinner the second evening, and more.  Only 750 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.

Great Oak ManorA second raffle will be held for a Chesapeake Dinner for four in an historic Chestertown home.  The menu includes crab cakes, corn on the cob, key lime pie, and bourbon slushies.  Only 500 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25.

This year’s spring luncheon, a woodland fairy inspired “Fairyopolis,” will feature an ever-popular wine auction, a wide array of bucket and sale items, and a live auction led by popular radio personality Bill Blake.

Please contact Carol at 410-928-5566 to purchase raffle or luncheon tickets.  Note that the reservation deadline for luncheon tickets is March 7.

Since its founding in 1951, the Women’s League of Washington College has contributed more than $350,000 to the College.  Its mission is to “foster closer relationships between the college and the community and to sponsor scholarships and other projects to benefit the college.”  The organization is open to all interested women; it is not necessary to be a graduate of the college to participate.

For further information on the Women’s League or the Scholarship luncheon, please visit

Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism Now Accepting Concept Papers for Grants That Help Prevent Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse


The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is now accepting concept papers for 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grants in Maryland. These grants will fund service activities that address critical community needs, namely the need to prevent prescription drug and opioid abuse and strengthen law enforcement and community relations.

In order to understand statewide needs and identify prospective applicants for this grant opportunity, the Office on Service and Volunteerism is partnering with Governor Larry Hogan’s Opioid Operational Command Center, the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

“Marylanders from every corner of the state know the devastation that heroin and opioid abuse can cause,” said Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford. “That’s why it’s so important that groups already dedicated to community service become a part of our statewide fight to end this epidemic.”

Through additional funds provided by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service, the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism has hired a special initiatives coordinator to assist in this grant process. Working with the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, the coordinator’s goal is to ensure that Maryland is equipped to effectively address the opioid epidemic.

The grants come on the heels of Governor Hogan’s announcement of the administration’s 2017 Heroin and Opioid Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement Initiative, a multi-pronged and sweeping administrative and legislative effort to continue addressing Maryland’s ongoing opioid and heroin epidemic.

The first step in the application process for a 2017 AmeriCorps State-Targeted Priority program grant is to submit a concept paper, due by 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017. Concept papers will be reviewed and applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 24. At that time, accepted applicants will be invited to complete a full grant application, due in April. The funding year will run from August 15, 2017, to August 14, 2018. To submit a concept paper or for more information, visit funding/.

About the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism is a unit of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives. Through the use of federal dollars, the office funds AmeriCorps State programs to support community service efforts in Maryland. Each year, the office recognizes more than 200,000 Maryland volunteers on behalf of the governor.

Children’s Book Launch Event at The Bookplate


The Bookplate will host a children’s book launch and workshop event for “Everywhere, Wonder” by Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 11:00 am. The Chestertown author/illustrator, husband/wife duo will give a funny, informative, kid-focused presentation about working together to create their latest children’s picture book, “Everywhere, Wonder.” Matthew and Robbi will read and sign the book, and help kids write and illustrate their own “Books of Wonder,” teaching them to notice, appreciate, and share the interesting and beautiful things all around them. This event is ideal for children in kindergarten through sixth grades and grown-up children-at-heart are welcome to attend too. (Matthew and Robbi’s newborn baby Jasper will also be there.)

Main Street Chestertown to Host Mayor’s Business Forum March 9


The new Main Street Chestertown organization will host a Business Forum with Mayor Chris Cerino on Thursday evening, March 9, at 7:00 p.m., in the second floor meeting room of Town Hall, 118 N. Cross Street.  The agenda will include everything from overall business trends to specific issues such as parking, signage and special events.

“This is an opportunity for me to hear directly from the people who provide the services and jobs we need downtown,” said Cerino. “I want the forum to be a dialogue that can help the Town support our entrepreneurs.”

The president of Main Street Historic Chestertown, Paul Heckles, explained that economic vitality is one of the four main goals of the program and that hosting the mayor’s forum is a natural fit.  “The feedback we get from business owners and other residents will help guide our committees,” he said.

The Main Street program was created in the 1970s by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to offer structured strategies for revitalizing small towns across America.  Today there are more than 2,000 programs, including 28 in Maryland.