Lockdown at Middle School Wednesday Morning


According to a message from Kent County Public Schools central office at 10:13 a.m. Wednesday, a student on a bus going to Kent County Middle School this morning received an anonymous text message alleging a gun threat. The student called 911 from the bus to report the threat, Emergency dispatchers contacted the school, and students were held on the bus while law enforcement responded.

Authorized personnel and law enforcement scanned all students and their property, and searched the building and the bus to ensure no contraband was brought into the school. Students were sent to their homerooms and sheltered in place while the search was completed. No contraband was found. However, according to the central office, police will maintain a presence at the building for the remainder of the school day.

Parents were informed of the situation and those who wished to pick up students and take them home were allowed to do so.


Corn on the Curb! – UPDATED


Photo Credit – James Dissette

Editor’s note — this story has been updated with details not available at press time Tuesday. 

A grain truck en route from Rock Hall to Church Hill overturned around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, trying to navigate the roundabout at High Street and Morgnec Road, near the new Royal Farms store. The truck flipped on its side and spilled its load of corn by the roadside. The arrow on the yellow pedestrian sign in the above picture is pointing directly at the green cab of the truck as it lies on its side.

Traffic was rerouted through an adjacent parking lot due to hydraulic fluid leaking from the overturned truck. Because the crash site is close to Radcliffe Creek, containment booms were placed to prevent any leaking fluids from entering the watercourse. However, diesel fuel spillage was minimal, according to the Chestertown Fire Company. The southeast corner of the circle remained blocked as State Highway crews and a private crew sent by the truck’s owner conducted the cleanup and removed the damaged vechicle, which took about four hours all told.

According to emergency personnel on the scene, there were no injuries.

Photo credit – James Dissette

The Maryland State Police, the Chestertown Police Department, the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company, the Kennedyville Volunteer Fire Company and the Rock Hall Volunteer Fire Company  responded.

See a more detailed report from the Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company here.

Corn on the Curb!      Photo credit – James Dissette

Quilters Announce Raffle Winners, Viewers’ Choice Awards



Olde Kent Quilters Guild member Emily Williamson of Kentmore Park congratulates Harriett Silcox of Kennedyville, winner of the guild’s 2017 raffle quilt, Geese Among the Lilies.

The suspense is over! The winner of the Olde Kent Quilters Guild 2017 raffle quilt, Geese Among the Lilies, is Harriett Silcox of Kennedyville. Guest speaker Sarah Bond of Philadelphia drew the winning ticket at the guild’s November 8 meeting and Harriett came to claim her prize during the following day’s workshop. Pat Jetton of Rock Hall won the second prize wall quilt, and Judie Willock of Chestertown won the third prize tote bag.

The guild also presented awards that evening to the winners of the Viewer’s Choice balloting at their Shore Love Quilting! Show & Market on October 28 and 29. Rhonda Adams’s “Whispers of Autumn” was the Quilt I’d Like to Take Home. Christine Kamon’s “Facing Forward” won the Best Use of Color vote. The Favorite Small Quilt was Elisabeth Tully’s “Jasper’s Quilt.” Top honors for Best in Show were shared by this year’s Featured Quilters, sisters Bobbi Pippin for “Not Quite Baltimore” and Jean Anthony for “My Baltimore Album Quilt.”

The 2017 raffle raised more than $2000 to support the guild’s community outreach programs: Deborah’s Angels, which has donated more than 2500 quilts to sick and in-crisis children since 2004, and Hands of Time, a partnership with the Kent County Detention Center.

The Olde Kent Quilters Guild, nearly 90 members strong, presents programs and workshops monthly January through November for quilters of all skill levels. In addition to the community outreach programs, their other activities include four Bees (special interest groups), retreats, shop hops, a biennial show and market, and annual exhibits. Guests are welcome at all meetings. For more information, contact Gail Newman at 410.490.7102.

Thinking About How Lives Matter at Unitarian Church


Dr. Michael Franch

Charity Auction at Unitarian Universalists November 18


Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, Church in Chestertown

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 6 p.m., Chestertown

Free admission. Open to the Public.  Hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and beverages

The Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River (UUCR) will hold a fund raising auction on Saturday, November 18 at 914 Gateway Drive, Chestertown, in the Crestview development.  Admission is free and the general public is welcome.

Doors open at 6 p.m. to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and desserts.  Explore Silent Auction items before the Live Auction begins at 7 p.m.  Bid on wonderful donations, including a Dale Chihuly signature, oil paintings and crafts by local artists, pastel lessons with Mary Pritchard, dahlia bulbs, excursions, Cal Ripken memorabilia, a week at an upstate NY cabin, dining experiences and delivered prepared meals, home décor items, computer help, pet services, and a pianist for your next party.

A continually updated list of auction items is available on the UUCR website — click on “News.”

Christmas Bazaar at Emmanuel Church Nov. 18


Emmanuel Church, on Cross Street in downtown Chestertown, will hold its ever popular Christmas Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov 18.  Entrance is free.

The bazaar features a wide variety of goods for sale, including food preserves, jewelry, elegant elephants, knitted goods, silent auctions, and Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts, all proceeds going to local charities.  The bazaar will feature a Christmas Table including unique Advent calendars, and “Emmanuel’s Christmas Carol Song Book” containing 23 popular carols, complete with words and four-part sheet music, a gift that can be used every Yule time.  Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This year proceeds will go to Compass Regional Hospice, Kent County Backpack Program, and Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties.

All are invited to a preview party the night before, Friday November 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Entrance fee is $15 per person, which includes beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  Here is an opportunity to get first pick on items for sale.

Contact the Church office at 410-778-3477 for further information.

Honoring Veterans and Their Families: Special Chestertown First Friday Event Friday, November 3


Above – the 48-star flag from World War II era.

First Friday will feature a special reception to honor Kent County veterans and family members from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

The twin storefront windows at 357 High St. are currently displaying U.S. military uniforms and associated memorabilia on loan from Kent County service personnel and their families.   The windows are designed as a tribute to local veterans of World Wars I and II, Korea, Viet Nam, and Middle East Wars.  As word spread, a growing number of veterans and their families from all political parties came by to offer to lend their artifacts to the display.  This has been an amazing bipartisan effort.  The windows are lighted at night, so those wishing to pay tribute to Kent’s Veterans may visit and photograph the windows at any time.

Those who have donated items for display will be on hand to share their stories and discuss their military memorabilia from 5:00 pm until 7:00.  Light refreshments will be served.  All are cordially invited.

One of the two windows with veterans’ tributes photos and artifacts at 357 High St in Chestertown.


Prestigious William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award Goes to Sandy Brown of Mid-Shore Pro Bono


Sandy Brown, Executive Director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono, is a 2017 recipient of the William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation.

October 26, 2017 – Easton, Md. – Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive, Director, Sandy Brown, is a 2017 recipient of the William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation. The annual award is presented to a “non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice.”

The organization serves citizens across 2,000 square miles in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties.

“I am honored and deeply touched to have been selected for this award,” Brown said. “It is a reflection of the progress our staff, volunteer attorney network and community partners are making to improve access to justice for the most vulnerable populations of the Eastern Shore. Mid-Shore Pro Bono is often overlooked simply because we aren’t in the mainstream. I feel the most important part of my job is to be an advocate for residents of this great community.”

Brown has served as the Executive Director of Mid-Shore Pro-Bono since 2008, and has grown the organization and its impact during her tenure. Under her leadership, Mid-Shore Pro Bono was awarded Non-Profit of the Year in 2014 by the Talbot County Chamber Commerce, and in 2015 received the same recognition by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Fellows Program. Brown has been nationally recognized by the American Bar Association and serves as a trainer to assist new Legal Services Pro Bono Program Managers for Rural Areas.

Brown will receive the award on Monday, December 4th at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Md. For more information about the award and the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, visit www.mlsc.org.

About Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources. The organization serves citizens across 2,000 square miles in Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.


“Growing into Community” at Unitarian Church Sunday

On Sunday, October 22, at 10 AM Rosemary Ramsey will give a sermon on “Growing into Community” for the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Drive (Crestview), Chestertown. Rebecca Solnit writes of a future that is unknown, dark, with an enveloping sense of possibility and communion. Martin Luther King Jr. considered “agape,” or love in action, as going to any length to restore community and heal that which divides us. Rosemary will share ideas of what building intentional community means to her, and how uncomfortable that can be.
Special music for this service will be performed by Fredy Granillo.
Childcare will be available during the service.
All are welcome to our service. For more information, call 410-778-3440.