One of the most important issues mentioned several months ago in discussions on the Eastern Shore was global warming. The Spy found a recent list of important things we should do to reduce Greenhouse Gases and thus Global Warming. It got us thinking…just what are we most likely and least likely to do?
This is a survey where a list of ten items is ranked. The TOP of the list are MOST LIKELY and at the BOTTOM of the list should be the LEAST LIKELY things you would do. Enjoy the survey and look for results in The Spy on Wednesday.
Take the Chestertown Spy Poll here.
As summer arrives with the Summer Solstice, on June 20th at 5:44 pm EDT, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn; planets we have been watching for several months in the pre-dawn south- eastern skies, will have moved into the southern skies, where they will be seen all month. In July, Jupiter and Saturn will emerge in our evening skies where they will be visible from sunset to bed-time.
The best views of Jupiter and Saturn this month will be just one hour before sunrise in the south-southwestern sky. These 2 biggest planets in our solar system appear so close to each other in the sky right now that both may be seen in the same binocular field of view. Moreover, a neat globular cluster of stars called M-75 may also be seen with binoculars just below the line between the 2 planets. And on June 8 and 9 the waning gibbous Moon will be found near the two planets.
Mars comes up after Jupiter and Saturn, around 1 or 2 am, and will be seen at its best around 4 am in the southern sky. Mars will brow in size and brightness all month and telescopes will begin to reveal some of its surface features. We can look forward to the closest approach of Mars to Earth since 2018 in October, when it will be as bright as Jupiter looks to us now.
Venus has moved into view in the pre-dawn eastern sky in June, but remains low —– only 8 degrees above the horizon on June 30th —– among the stars of Taurus; one hour before sunrise.
During the first two weeks of June, Mercury will be well placed among the stars of Gemini after sunset looking west. On June 4th Mercury will be below the star Pollux, one of the two top head stars of Gemini the twins (the other head star is Castor). Look for Mercury in the west between June 4th (setting 2 hours after the Sun) and the 13th (setting 1 hour after the Sun).
June’s Full Moon is on June 5th.
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There was one clear theme in this week’s Sunday Survey….a total lifting of restrictions is not supported. Outdoor activities rate more favorably. But, event there, the community seems cautious.
View the results below for those who participated. And, join in the next Spy Survey this Sunday.
When asked what other activities should see a lifting of restrictions, these were the most frequent responses:
When asked what other activities should restrictions remain in place, the following were the most frequent responses:
Take 2 minutes, and you decide.
The flags are up on Washington College’s parcel at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Morgnec Road and passersby may find themselves humming “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” The Flags for Heroes campaign, organized by the Chestertown Rotary Club and Washington College Rotaract Club, in affiliation with Mid-Shore Community Foundation, is an opportunity for community members to honor their personal heroes – a veteran, member of the armed services, law enforcement officer, firefighter, health care worker, family member, teacher, or friend, who has made a positive impact on their lives. For a $50 donation, individuals or businesses can sponsor a 3-by-5-foot American flag that will stand 8 feet tall. The list of sponsors and their heroes will appear in local publications for Memorial Day Weekend. Corporate sponsors who contribute $250 will also be prominently acknowledged for their support on the project’s website. Contributions are tax deductible.
“The Chestertown Rotary Club is proud to join with the Washington College Rotaract Club to sponsor this patriotic and thrilling public display of American flags to honor our men and women in uniform, first responders, and other heroes who help serve our communities and nation,” says Brian Moore, President of the Rotary Club. “Since we started this project five years ago, it has been enthusiastically embraced and generously supported by our community.
Since its inception, almost $20,000 in proceeds from flags sponsorships have been donated to local veterans’ groups and other worthy causes. Special thanks to our generous corporate sponsors and local media partners who continue to step up each year, and to Washington College which has once again allowed us to use the parcel, which is ideally situated on perhaps the most travelled intersection in all of Kent County.”
Andy Meehan, who chairs the project, notes: “Our intent is to honor Memorial Day and to help inspire our fellow citizens to reflect upon what it is truly about. We must never forget that Memorial Day is first and foremost a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of our Nation. The project is also an opportunity for folks to pay tribute in the form of our national emblem to family members and others who have been a hero in one’s life. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, we hope the flag display will have particular significance and serve as a reassuring and poignant symbol of community and country. Indeed, the theme of this year’s project is “Honoring Community & Country. Over the years I have encountered many wonderful people who have amazing stories to tell. They are grateful for the chance to honor their heroes in a dignified fashion, personified by the field of flags, and memorialized in the list of honorees and their sponsors published in the Kent County News, and on The Kent Pilot, The Chestertown Spy, and WCTR websites.”
The flags are retained by the Chestertown Rotary Club for use on future projects. Proceeds will be designated for local veteran and other worthy causes. For more information or to sponsor a flag for your hero by check or credit card go to www.chestertownrotaryflags4heroes.com Sponsorships must be received by May 15 for publication purposes.