ShoreRivers Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week – March 31 to April 7

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ShoreRivers has launched its fourth annual Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week (LFAW) from March 31 to April 7, 2019. For this initiative, ShoreRivers partners with other organizations throughout the

Chesapeake Bay watershed to provide awareness about lawn fertilizer usage. Last year, LFAW reached over 24,000 individuals via social media, and aims even higher for this year.

The goal of Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week is to inform the public about the effects of lawn fertilizer, while encouraging individuals and lawn care professionals to reduce fertilizer use and turn to organic products for healthier lawns and waterways. This social media campaign includes daily posts that highlight native plant landscaping that requires less fertilizer, as well as ways to make composted fertilizer. LFAW also focuses on the impacts of nitrogen and phosphorus—two key ingredients in fertilizer—on water quality for the Chesapeake Bay. Runoff of these nutrients from lawns into waterways is known to cause harmful algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching underwater grasses, rob the water of oxygen, and threaten underwater life.

Last year, this campaign introduced ShoreRivers’ new River-Friendly Yards program. ShoreRivers, with support from Chesapeake Bay Trust and Queen Anne’s County, is working to empower residents in the Chester and Sassafras watersheds to implement best practices and establish more river-friendly yards that mimic the natural environment to benefit water quality. ShoreRivers encourages residents to adopt river-friendly practices to achieve healthy waterways across Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

The 2019 campaign will give an update on the program and highlight Maryland laws and regulations. It will include fun, simple, and attractive ways to transform yards. Maryland’s Nutrient Management Program has the goal of protecting water quality by ensuring that both farmers and urban land managers are safely applying fertilizer. Lawn fertilizer accounts for approximately 44 percent of the fertilizer sold in Maryland. There are over 1,300,000 acres of lawns in Maryland; almost 86 million pounds of nitrogen lawn fertilizer will be applied to these properties each year. It is critical that everyone know the importance of applying fertilizer in an effective and environmentally sound manner for the health of Maryland’s tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay.

Follow along with Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week 2019 by tuning into ShoreRivers’ social media pages.

More details are available at mda.maryland.gov/Pages/fertilizer.aspx. Additional guidance, along with seasonal and yearly fertilizer rates, is available at county extension offices or online at extension.umd.edu. For more information about Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week, visit shorerivers.org or contact Rachel Plescha at ShoreRivers at rplescha@shorerivers.org or 443.385.0511 ext 208.

ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromising and independent voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.

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Mid-Shore Pro Bono Helps Those Struggling with Legal Issues

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Mid-Shore Pro Bono has identified the top three civil legal issues facing young people and families of the Eastern Shore based on their work with clients during the first quarter of 2019. These issues involve advocating for children, caring for elderly loved ones, and student loan debt.

“While not unique to the Eastern Shore, these civil legal issues are dominating our caseloads so far in 2019,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director. “Demand for services in these areas is on the rise, and our team is working hard to develop and expand programs and services to meet these specific needs in our community.”

The rise of incarceration and deaths of parents associated with the opioid crisis has resulted in an 82% increase in third-party custody cases brought to Mid-Shore Pro Bono. When a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or other family member seeks to gain custody of a minor child whose parents are unable to care for them, they need legal support. In response, The Child Advocacy Project was created to provide the legal services needed to give these vulnerable children a safe and stable environment so that they can thrive while their parents, if still living, can receive the help they need.

The Eastern Shore has a large aging population and adult guardianship cases have increased, especially in situations where an individual does not have the proper estate planning, powers of attorney and advance medical directives in place. When aging adults become unable to make sound financial and health decisions, they need a trusted person to become their legal guardian to make those decisions on their behalf. Adult guardianship cases are particularly complex as they can threaten an older adult’s dignity and agency.  Many of these cases are preventable by ensuring that all adults have the proper documents in place while they are still of sound mind. Through its Elder Law Project, Mid-Shore Pro Bono works with clients through clinics and one-on-one sessions with a volunteer attorney to develop these documents, and also assists with those more serious situations that have escalated to an adult guardianship case.

Student loan debt is another growing challenge to many on the Eastern Shore. Even when young adults are employed post-college, large student loan payments are damaging their financial health and making it hard to cover rent and medical expenses. Unfortunately, the Eastern Shore’s challenging job market further exacerbates this issue in our communities. Many in this situation do not understand that student loan debt is a civil legal matter and that there are remedies. Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Economic Stability Project works with these young adults through clinics and individualized legal assistance to help them delay or restructure their student loans payments into an amount that is more manageable. In the most severe cases, Mid-Shore Pro Bono will also connect clients with a volunteer attorney that will seek remedies through the courts.

“The key to many of these issues is early intervention,” said Brown. “We aim to reach potential clients before a situation escalates to the most extreme scenario. Thanks to the work of our project teams and volunteer attorneys, we have been largely successful, but we do still see cases that require intensive assistance. We encourage anyone who may be facing one of these issues to contact us so we can connect them with the help they need.”

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 Maryland’s Eastern Shore. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.

Radcliffe Creek School Announces Brittanie Collier as Director of Finance

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Radcliffe Creek School is pleased to announce the hiring of Brittanie Collier, who will serve as Director of Finance, effective March 18, 2019.

Collier, from Trappe, Maryland, received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Strayer University.

Since January 2015, Collier has served as the Unit Director of Accounting Operations for the Maryland State Judiciary in Annapolis, where she administered the daily operational accounting functions of the budget and finance components of the Judiciary Department. Her previous experience includes serving as the Comptroller and Sales and Catering Director for Prospect Bay Country Club.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brittanie to the Radcliffe family,” said Radcliffe’s Head of School, Meg Bamford. “We look forward to utilizing her skills in strategic planning, her budgeting expertise, and her interpersonal skills to advance the mission of Radcliffe Creek School.”

“I’m excited to work with Radcliffe Creek School and help grow its financial future,” Collier said. “I am looking forward to working with the faculty, staff, and families in this wonderful new adventure.”

Radcliffe Creek School is an independent day school with the mission of empowering children in a dynamic environment that celebrates unique learning. At the heart of The Radcliffe Way is the notion of personalized learning in a caring community that sets high expectations, but provides support for all students to excel. 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 www.radcliffecreekschool.org.

Local Author Mary Saner Talk and Book Signing March 31

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Head to Wind Publishing is delighted to announce the release of What Else You Got? Freelancing in Radio by Kent County resident, Mary Saner. Her award-winning documentary on teen pregnancy, Babies Having Babies, helped launch her radio career, but it’s her smoky voice and her fascination with people – from tennis star Boris Becker to presidential candidate Bill Clinton to the woman whose pet bat lives in her sleeve – that’s kept it going and sent her around the nation producing shows for NPR, Voice of America, CBS and more. But Saner didn’t start out in media. Like many, she hadn’t known what to do when she graduated from college, so she continued her studies until something came up. A Master’s degree in history followed by studies toward a PhD at George Washington University, with an eye to teaching would seem an unlikely preparation for a career in radio. But not for Saner, whose love of sports and nose for offbeat stories like the circus camp for kids and the luxury cat hotel in Maine have had her working alongside some of radio’s greats, including CBS’s Charles Osgood. In this her first book, she not only unfolds the trajectory of her career, but generously shares what she’s learned along the way. A fun read that’s also a must-have primer with timeless tips for anyone entering the media today. Saner will be at The Bookplate in Chestertown on Sunday, March 31 at 2PM for a talk and book signing about her off-the-beaten-path career.

Delmarva Power is Powering Communities in More Ways Than One

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In 2018, Delmarva Power contributed more than $1.2 million to local nonprofits, while its employees volunteered nearly 16,000 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout Delaware and Maryland. These contributions are part of the company’s commitment to powering communities and being a good corporate citizen for the areas where its employees live and work.

“We value the strong relationships we’ve built with our communities across Delaware and Maryland over the last 100 years,” said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. “While we are known for our commitment to providing clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy service for our customers, we also see it as our duty to give back to the communities we serve. Seeing the benefits of our continued charitable contributions and volunteerism is another reminder of our deep connection to our communities and the vested interest we have in their continued success.”

Every charitable contribution from Delmarva Power also comes with a dedicated pledge of volunteers. The company’s Powering Communities program helps connect employees with volunteer opportunities throughout Delmarva Power’s service area and recognizes their efforts. In 2018, more than 320 employees volunteered a combined total of more than 1,900 work days through the program, helping support nearly 460 unique organizations across Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The top volunteers will be honored at the company’s Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony in April, at Dover Downs in Dover, Del.

Delmarva Power’s charitable contributions assist organizations that support education, the environment, arts and culture, and community development programs. In 2018, the company sponsored important community organizations including the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay, the YMCA, Junior Achievement of the Eastern Shore, The Salvation Army, and the United Negro College Fund.

In 2018, Delmarva Power’s parent company Exelon and its 34,000 employees gave more than $51 million to nonprofits and volunteered more than 240,000 hours with organizations across the country. This record-breaking community giving helped support more than 12,000 nonprofit organizations across 236 cities and 19 states and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about Delmarva Power, visit The Source, Delmarva Power’s online news room. Find additional information by visiting delmarva.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/delmarvapower and on Twitter at twitter.com/delmarvaconnect. Delmarva Power’s mobile app is available at delmarva.com/mobileapp.

Delmarva Power is a unit of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, with approximately 10 million customers. Delmarva Power provides safe and reliable energy service to approximately 527,000 electric customers in Delaware and Maryland and approximately 134,000 natural gas customers in northern Delaware.

“Baroque to Broadway” Performance at Trinity Cathedral March 31

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Allegro Academy of Easton will be presenting a free performance with acclaimed tenor John Wesley Wright titled Baroque to Broadway.  The performance will take place March 31, 4:00 p.m., at Trinity Cathedral, 315 Goldsborough Street, Easton.

Dr. John Wesley Wright will be joined by pianist Veronica Tomanek in bringing a spirited program of vocal music.  Wright is known for his artistic and soulful interpretations and will be joined by his regional and national award-winning students of Salisbury University.  He is the coordinator of the voice and opera workshop programs at Salisbury University and co-director of the musical theatre program at the Maryland Summer Center of the Arts.

Dr. John Wesley Wright, tenor

Dr. Wright has had numerous tours as soloist with professional ensembles throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.  He holds degrees from Maryville College and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  With a host of opera and oratorio roles, art songs, spirituals and cabaret music in his repertoire, Wright is a member of the internationally acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.  He was the gold medalist and top prize winner of the American Traditions Vocal Competition 2000, and claimed top prizes from the Nations Federation of Music Clubs, Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the International Schubert Competition in Vienna, Austria.

Baroque to Broadway is a free performance and is supported by the Maryland State and Talbot County Arts Councils.  The mission of Allegro Academy is to offer exceptional music education and performance experiences to the greater Talbot County Area and to make these offerings affordable to all.  For more information please visit www.allegroacademyeaston.com or call 410-603-8361.

Kent School to Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary

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Kent School, located on the bank of the Chester River in historic Chestertown, is an independent school serving boys and girls in Preschool through Grade Eight. Kent School is celebrating fifty years of excellence in education in an unparalleled learning environment.

“We have spent this academic year celebrating Kent School’s fiftieth anniversary. We chose this special weekend-long event to attract as many people from the school community and beyond to campus,” Nancy Mugele, Head of Kent School said. Mugele continued, “These events not only celebrate Kent School’s past accomplishments, but our fiftieth anniversary is a time to celebrate all the future possibilities for Kent School. We are looking back but we are also looking forward. The future is indeed bright at Kent School.”

The 50th Anniversary weekend celebration begins with a golf tournament on Friday, April 5. The tournament will be held at Chester River Yacht and Country Club. The shotgun start begins at 9:00 a.m. The fee for individual golfers is $130 and the fee for a foursome is $500. Both include 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. All are welcomed to participate. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

The celebration weekend continues with a gala on Saturday, April 6 at 5:30 p.m. which will be held at Brittland Estate. The black tie optional event will include a limited live auction, cocktails, dinner and dancing with live music from the band NightLife. Tickets for the Fiftieth Anniversary Gala are $150. Registration is open for both the golf tournament and the gala through the Kent School website at https://www.kentschool.org/giving/50th-anniversary-weekend. Auction items include trips, catered cruises and a very special South African Safari experience.

Jen Matthews ‘01, Director of Development and Alumni Relations is planning both events. “We chose a Ginkgo leaf to be our symbol for the Fiftieth Anniversary. A gingko tree stands tall on the Kent School playground and was there long before the school began. That tree is one of the most recognizable icons on our campus. Generations of students can remember climbing, swinging and playing beneath the giant tree. Gingko also represents memory and we find it a fitting theme as we celebrate and remember the first fifty years of Kent School.” Matthews continued, “Thanks to strong volunteer and sponsor support, I am looking forward to both events. We are having fun diving into the archives to include past publications and photos. I know all of our guests will enjoy reminiscing with former classmates, parents and teachers at both of the celebrations.”

Kent 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 on Kent School’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebration visit www.kentschool.org or call Jen Matthews ‘01 at 410-778-4100 ext. 350.

Community Conversation with Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings March 21

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Maryland Democratic Party Chair, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings invites you to our Community Conversation. March 21, 2019 at The Kitchen at the Imperial Hotel, 208 High Street, Chestertown, MD.

After more than two decades operating at the nexus of politics, policy and government, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings was elected Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party in December 2018. Prior to leading the party, Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings spent her career advising and working foe organizations fighting for social justice. She has worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the national Urban League, Congressman Charles Rangel, and the House Ways and Means Committee. Her clients have included the Alliance for Excellent Education, Unidos US, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the National council of Negro Women, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National League of Cities. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings’ leadership in the areas of health, education, economic security, and technology have been recognized by leading businesses and organizations, including Google, the Aspen Institute, and Running Start. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings lives in Baltimore City with her husband, Elijah, and she is the President and founder of Global Policy Solutions, a political consulting firm.

Doors open at 5:30 pm for socializing and dinner. 5:30-6:45 – Social and dinner hour
6:45 – Short Club meeting. 7:00 – Featured speaker Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings.

RSVP to rsvp@mddems.org.

Letter to the Editor: March 14 is National Ag Day

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As local, family-owned dairy farmers in Chestertown, our family is proud to be part of the population that feeds families in our community and beyond.

March 14 is National Ag Day, a time to recognize the important role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant,and affordable products. Our family farm is dedicated to producing wholesome, nutritious milk. To do so means taking excellent care of our cows –ensuring they have a healthy diet, plenty of fresh water, and clean,comfortable living conditions –no small feat during this challenging winter!

There are no snow days or delays for farmers, and harsh weather makes routine tasks harder and more time consuming –but farming isn’t just our job, it’s our passion and way of life. On our farm we milk and care daily for our dairy herd all while we are raising our children.

You may have heard dairy farmers are facing tough times right now. Want to support us? Think of us when you go to the supermarket. Choose real dairy products—milk, cheese, yogurt, or your family’s favorite dairy food. Warm up with hot chocolate made with real milk, creamy soups,or grilled cheese!

Learn more about dairy farms by visiting AmericanDairy.com.

Sherry Patterson
Patterson Farms
115 Patterson Dairy Lane
Chestertown, MD 21620

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