Tackling the Addiction Epidemic Abroad and at Home


With “Kent Goes Purple”, a substance abuse awareness initiative led by the Chestertown Rotary Club and Kent County Sheriff’s Office, we have been focusing on the addiction epidemic here in our community. What you may not know is that our community has taken it one step further and are also tackling addiction in a more global sense.

The Rotary Club of Chestertown partnered with Rotary of Lusaka Central (Zambia, Africa) to bring this addiction treatment training to Zambia through a Rotary International Foundation Global Grant. This initiative was also donated to by Rotary of Newark Morning, Rotary of Christiana, Rotary of Centreville, Rotary of Kent Island as well as Hope Fellowship, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Global Outreach Church (VA Beach).

Using expressive mediums of dance, music, horticulture, art, games and drama as therapeutic metaphors for healing, local nonprofit CoLaborers International has developed a group counseling curriculum for substance users. It is based on the 12 Steps, cognitive behavioral techniques and requires no literacy and is called “Literacy-Free 12 Step Expressive Arts Therapy” written by Melissa Stuebing.

While it is used locally at A.F. Whitsitt Center and other facilities, it was originally developed for children in Zambia and uses art forms found in Africa – such as call and response songs in local languages, gourd art and dance circles. CoLaborers has been assisting indigenous led organizations, like Chisomo Centers, in Zambia since 2012 who saw that substance use among children was a problem. Clinical studies of the curriculum had participants as young as 6 years old. 5 clinical studies have been done, finding it to produce statistically significant change. Special thanks to Aaron and Josephine Chilunjika for their assistance. Drug and alcohol treatment has not been historically available in Zambia, despite 25% of street children population admitting to substance use (Lemba, 2002).

David White represented the Chestertown Rotary Club and trainers in the “Literacy-Free 12 Step Expressive Arts Therapy” curriculum included CoLaborers International staff – Melissa Stuebing (author), Michael Peck, David Stuebing, Jason Stansbury, Chipo Pepe Nambeye, Allyson Grace Arnold and Hjordis Lorenz. Rotarians from Lusaka Central were also key in its success, including Onechi Lwenje (president), T Singh (treasurer), Tristan Patel and Kantilal Ranchhod.

Substance use is highly stigmatized and treatment for substance use is not yet widely available or accessible in Zambia. A Pre/Post training survey was given to determine if a two-day training in a culturally appropriate 12 Step-based curriculum could facilitate attitudinal change among 100 treatment professionals in their view of the substance user themselves and the value of offering treatment. The Institutional Review Board for this study was through Washington College. Analyzing the data after the trainings found significant changes in attitude toward offering treatment and toward motivating substance users for treatment.

Trainings were offered June 2018 in two major cities, Lusaka and Ndola, to 36 organizations across the country. The Ministry of Health for Zambia endorsed this training and has been involved in follow up, reporting that as a result of the training they have seen an increase of referrals to the country’s mental health hospital, Chainama Hills. Special thanks to George Tafuna and Gabriel Lungu from the Ministry of Health.

The trainings lasted 2 days at each location. All attendees received curriculum packs with leader guides, instructional dvds, games and also were offered reimbursement for art supply purchases relevant to the curriculum. It was a powerful time of local organizations coming together to bring healing to their communities. It was healing for the people being trained as well, with tears, laughter and bonding.

The work of the grant continues, organizations are checking in with their progress August, December and March. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive as they take it into their communities and make it their own.

Special thanks to Andrew Meehan, Frank St. Amour, Paul Heckles, John Murray, Jill Gordy, Robin Broomall, Richard Graves, Lauren Littlefield and Jen Reider for their invaluable assistance.

4-H Coming Events in October


Volunteers needed in 4-H: Looking for volunteers as Kent County Fair 4-H Division chairpersons, judges and much more! Call the Extension Office if interested, 410-778-1661. The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

October 2018

17 – 4-H Toy Drive 1st Planning Mtg. 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
Jr. Leadership Council (JLC) Mtg., rescheduled from 9/10, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office. Immediately following Toy Drive
18 – Ag Center Board of Directors Meeting, 7:00 pm, Ext. Office
20 – Kent Clover Kids: Corn & Tortillas Program, 9 – 11 am, Kent Ext. Office. For youth ages 5-7 yrs. with an adult.
22-24 – 4-H Educator out of office for 4-H Professional Development, Howard County
27 – Kent 4-H Clover Kids Program, 9:00 – 11:00 am, Location TBD. Topic: Pumpkins, Gourds and Squashes!
State 4-H Shotgun Match, Prince George’s Trap & Skeet Club, All Day. Good Luck Kent 4-Hers!
28 – MD 4-H Dog Bowl Contest, College Park
30 – “Code Your World” National 4-H Science Experiment for youth ages 8-14 years, 6:30 pm, Extension Office.
Must register by Friday 10/26


Bits and Bridles Horse Club – Meets 1st Monday business meeting: Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec. Activity on all other months 6:00pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church.
Kent 4-H Triple Shots Shooting Sports – Shotgun – Meets 2nd Sunday, Noon, Kent County Gun Club, 4th Sunday, Noon, Sudlersville Skeet Club, Archery, 1st and 3rd Sundays, 2pm, Cypress Creek Archery, Millington, Summer: Kent Ag Center, Rifle, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 2-4pm, Kent Ag Center Rifle Range, Tolchester. Business meeting held the 1st Wednesday of every month, 6:30pm, Kent Co. Public Works Complex
Junior Dairy Associates – Meets 3rd Friday monthly, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Clover Calf – Meets 2nd Wednesday, 7pm, Kennedyville United Methodist Church
Kent Fuzzy Tails & Shiny Scales – 4th Monday monthly, 6:30pm, Greenscapes Land Care, Kennedyville
Kent Puppy Pals 4-H Dog Club – Practice 3rd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:30pm, winter: Radcliffe Creek School, summer: Running W Kennels, Worton. Monthly business meeting, 2nd Tuesday, Running W Kennels, 6:30pm

The University of Maryland, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources programs are open to all and will not discriminate against anyone because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry, or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.

Rotary 2018 Soup and Sip Set for October 20


Local food and wine connoisseurs will be descending upon The Kitchen at the Imperial on Saturday, October 20, for the Chestertown Rotary Club’s second annual Soup & Sip fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the Kent County Public Schools’ 2019 Summer Technology Camps to enable more students to attend. From Noon to 3 p.m., this gastronomic soiree will feature crab soup entries from ten of Kent County’s finest restaurants; Barbara’s on the Bay, Blue Bird Tavern, Chester River Yacht & Country Club, Fish Whistle, Germaine’s, Luisa’s Cucina Italiana, Osprey Point Restaurant, Pearl on Main, The Kitchen at the Imperial, and Uncle Charlie’s Bistro will be competing for the bragging rights of serving Kent County’s Best Cream of Crab Soup (White) or Best Vegetable-based (Red) Crab Soup. Complementing the splendid selection of crustacean delights will be premiere wines for tasting or by the glass provided by the Eastern Shore’s three great wineries which comprise the Rivers to Canal Wine Corridor – Crow Vineyard and Winery, Broken Spoke Winery, and Chateau Bu-De Vineyard & Winery.

Chestertown Rotarian and retired restaurateur Harry Hanson, together with his wife Colleen, are again lending their life-long skills to make this year’s event another success. “It’s all about having great chefs and vintners who are dedicated to their crafts and to our community. We thank each of our restaurants and wineries for participating, with special thanks to Steve Quigg, owner of The Kitchen at the Imperial, for allowing us to use his Carriage House and Back Patio to hold the event,” said Hanson. Chestertown Rotarian Jamie Williams, Director of the Kent County Office of Economic Development, added “We are also grateful for our generous sponsors ensuring this fundraiser is economically successful for the students of Kent County, including Angelica Nurseries, Charles L. Lerner, Delmarva Power, Eastman Chemical Company, Kent County News, The Chestertown Spy, ThinkBig Networks, and WCTR – 106.9 FM.”

Chestertown Rotarian and WCTR radio personality Brian Moore remarked, “Last year’s Soup & Sip, which raised funds to support Rotary International’s End Polio Now Campaign, was resoundingly acclaimed by those who enjoyed the excellent food and wine selections. We have even more restaurants participating this year and a remarkable array of wines to choose from. We invite one and all to join us for the great food, drink, company, and ambiance of this special event.”

Unitarians Confront our Current Political Divisiveness


On Sunday, October 14 at 10 a.m., Doug Harrell will give a sermon entitled “Silos of Discord” to the Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River, 914 Gateway Dr., Chestertown. The United States is on the verge of a new civil war. Not yet a shooting war, but just as during the lead up to the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, Americans are divided into two camps, and constructive dialogue is scarce. Where are the peacemakers? Is there anyone or any group who can serve as an honest broker by listening respectfully to both sides and work to heal the rift? In his sermon, “Silos of Discord,” Doug makes the case that the practice of the Seven Principles equips UUs to undertake the task of bridging the divide, and restoring respectful discourse to our public sphere.

Vocalist Sue Matthews will provide special music for this service.

Religious Exploration for youngsters and childcare for infants and toddlers will be available during the service.

All are welcome — call 410-778-3440 for more information.

Fall Break Programs for Kids & Teens at the Library


Looking for things to do while Kent County Public Schools are on fall break? Come to the library!

Tie-Dye T-Shirts
Thursday, October 18 | 11a | Chestertown
What’s old is new again! Bring an old shirt you want to brighten up and we’ll provide all the other supplies. For best results, bring a shirt that is light in color (white is best) and made of at least 50% cotton (100% is best). Tie-dyed items will remain at the library overnight and will be unveiled for pickup on Friday, October 19th at 3pm.
Registration required! Ages 5+

LEGO Build
Thursday, October 18 | 3p | Chestertown
Friday, October 19 | 3p | North County
You bring the BIG ideas! We’ll bring the LEGO blocks.

Beading Bonanza!
Friday, October 19 | 1:30p | Chestertown
Come create with us! We’ll have pony beads, crystal beads, wooden beads, and more.
Ages 5+

For more information or to register for Tie-Dye T-Shirts, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

Create a Warm Glow with Paper Lanterns at the Library


Happiness Hour is a time for grown-ups to explore their powers of creativity – try your hand at something new, give encouragement to other crafters, and leave a little happier than you arrived!

Light up your autumnal evenings with the warm glow of a tiny lantern! Participants will learn how to craft paper lanterns that can be illuminated with a battery-powered tea light. All supplies will be provided.

Wednesday, October 17 | 6pm | Chestertown Branch
Saturday, October 27 | 11am | North County Branch

Space is limited. Please register.

For more information or to register, visit kentcountylibrary.org or call 410.778.3636.

KCAC Increases Grants for Nonprofit Arts Organizations by 36%


The Kent County Arts Council is awarding $41,900 in General Operating grants for Fiscal Year 2019, a 36 percent increase over last year.

“This is great news for the arts in Kent County,” said Clarke Bjorke, President of the Board of KCAC. “We are awarding more funding support and asking our grantee organizations to use these funds to serve more of the residents of Kent County – everybody wins!”

The applications were reviewed, and awards approved, by a committee of five sitting KCAC Board Members. This year’s recipients are:

Chestertown RiverArts – $10,000
Garfield Center for the Arts – $9,500
The Mainstay – $9,000
National Music Festival – $6,250
Chester River Chorale – $2,900
Kent County Community Marching Band – $1,500
Chester River Youth Chorale – $1,000
Eastern Shore Wind Ensemble – Pending

Each year the KCAC invests public funds, as well as time and other resources to help strengthen the county’s nonprofit arts organizations, as part of its mission to “Invest, Infuse, and Inspire.” In making these grant awards, the Arts Council is moving forward with both a new formula for funding, and new requirements for community service, diversity, and outreach.

“The money we award through grants is public money that comes directly from the Maryland State Arts Council, which is funded by an Appropriation from the Governor and Maryland General Assembly,” said John Schratwieser, Director of the Kent County Arts Council. KCAC also receives public funding from the Kent County Commissioners.

“As taxpayer dollars, these funds are designed be used to serve and benefit the residents of Kent County. Through funding, professional development and capacity-building opportunities, the KCAC seeks to help our grantees grow in their service to our residents,” he added.

For FY19, the Board approved a new policy which caps any single General Operating grant to the lesser of 50 percent of a grantee’s comparable grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, or $10,000 (MSAC grants are based on organizational budgets – and the Kent County Arts Council follows this policy.). This will enable the KCAC’s dollars to fund more organizations and reach more residents across Kent County.

The Kent County Arts Council also offers Project Grants. For FY19, the Project Grant category funds will increase by 25 percent over FY18. These grants are for community groups and other nonprofits who are not direct arts providers but offer arts-related projects or programs. This category has an open-ended deadline as funds are available. To date, nearly $4,000 has been awarded in this category.

Information about the KCAC’s grants and grant applications is online at www.kentcountyartscouncil.org or by calling 410.778.3700.

Qlarant Foundation Announces Request for Grant Proposals


Qlarant Foundation announces a call for proposals for the 2019-20 grant period. Qlarant Foundation will award grants to eligible organizations that work to improve health care to underserved communities.

Qlarant Foundation will fund healthcare projects, focusing on the uninsured and underinsured patient. Selected projects should include well-defined goals with measureable outcomes.  Acceptance of applications for grants will be from December 1, 2018 through 5:00 p.m. EST on January 16, 2019. Notification of award status will be announced in June 2019. Applicants must be from Maryland or the District of Columbia.

“We are pleased continue our support of projects to address the health needs of vulnerable people in our communities. We are looking to fund projects that are varied in scope and innovative in design, having a positive impact on health quality in ways that meet the new patient-centered model of care,” said Molly Burgoyne-Brian, MD, Chair of Qlarant Foundation’s Board of Directors. “We are particularly interested in non-profit organizations committed to serving people that are very much in need of health care services but are difficult to reach. We encourage our grantees to improve communication, provide education, employ measurable outcomes, and prevent chronic disease. Programs dedicated to high standards of care are a priority.”

Qlarant Foundation focuses on programs that demonstrate improved health care quality with clear goals and measurable outcomes.  Priority areas include programs that:

– Improve access to health care services to the unserved and under-served
– Improve understanding of health issues, including health-related social issues
– Demonstrate improvement through measureable outcomes of stated goals

About Qlarant Foundation. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Qlarant, a national not-for-profit organization committed to Creating Solutions to Transform Health. Qlarant formed the Foundation in 2003 in an effort to improve health care in local communities across Maryland and the District of Columbia. Since 2006, the Foundation has awarded almost $4.8 million to 70 different organizations.

For more information or to apply visit:  http://www.qlarant.com/about/qlarant-foundation/

Health Expo on October 18


HomePorts, Inc. and Kent County Public Schools, in partnership with the Kent County Health Department, the University of Maryland (UM) Shore Regional Health, and Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), invite everyone to the annual free Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, October 18, from 8am to 12pm at Kent County High School in Worton. This year’s event is reported to be bigger than ever, with health screenings, over 50 exhibitors, and 12 expert talks geared to all ages.
– Is stress affecting your day-to-day life?
– Are you worried that you may be at risk for heart disease?
– Are you having trouble sleeping?

Maybe you just want to join friends and neighbors in perusing the exhibit hall tables, collecting free samples, seeing the latest in technologies and services. If you or someone close to you has health questions (don’t we all?) or needs information on where to go locally for help, you will want to attend this event.

Wayne Benjamin, MD, event co-chair, said,“ I cannot express how impressed I am with the quality of our speakers, the appropriateness of subjects we were fortunate enough to capture this year. Kent County and HomePorts should be very proud of the quality represented. Where can you get such meaningful talks in a three hour meeting?”

“Ask The Experts” talks will last 30-45 minutes with time for questions and answers. He said that the presentations were chosen for their appeal to the greatest numbers of listeners and the speakers because of their expertise in their fields. Topics and speakers are:

*Mental Health in Later Life 10:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Speaker: Allan Anderson, MD, former President of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

*Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
*Healthy Living for Your Body and Brain 11:15 – noon
Speaker: Cynthia Prud’homme, MSW, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association

*Sleep Problems, Obstructive Sleep Apnea 9:00 a.m. & 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Fernando DeLeon, MD, Specialist in Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UM Shore Regional Health

*Hormone Replacement Therapy: Risks and Rewards 9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: S. Dale G. Jafari, DNP, FNP-BC, UM Community Medical Group Women’s Health

*Don’t Fall this Fall 9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Paul Simonetti, PT, DPT, OCS, Chestertown Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

*Facts and Myths of Hospice Care 10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Heather Guerieri, RN, MSN, CHPN, Executive Director of Compass Regional Hospice

*How Can Grief Support Help? 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Rhonda Knotts, MCC, Supervisor of Grief Services, Compass Regional Hospice

*Urogynecology and Pelvic Health 9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Briana Walton, MD, Director of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, AAMC Women’s Center for Pelvic Health

*Cardiovascular Health, Heart Failure 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Juan Cordero, MD, FACC

*Diabetes: Strategies for Lowering you HA1C 9:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.
Speaker: Doris Tate, CNP, UM Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology.

*Pain Management in Light of the Opiate Epidemic: Overview of medications, injections, and joint replacements 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Nathan Turner, PA, KureSmart Pain Management

*Stress Management 10:30 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
Speaker: Patricia Deitz, LCSW, Chester River Behavioral Health and Wellness, LLC

Local health care practitioners are featured who are donating their time to answer questions and offer free guidance and information, according to Dr.Benjamin..

Free flu shots will be given by the local Health Department and Chester River Pharmacy. In addition, hospitals will have free screenings for lung function, pulmonary health, stroke risk, balance and fall risks, and pre-diabetes checks. Local vision specialists will check eye health.

In addition, exhibitors include legal and financial services, food vendors, safety advocates, and home modification companies—a plethora of information about local resources.

Following lunch from 12:00 to 12:30 the event concludes with a forum with candidates for Kent County Commissioner answering questions based on the recent United Way Needs Assessment for Kent County. The discussion will be moderated by the League of Women voters.

As a local nonprofit organization serving the aging population in Kent County, HomePorts understands the importance of health care, preventive medicine, and playing an active role in the community. Kent County strives to be a “community for a lifetime.” The aging population depends on a community that maintains positive health and well-being. Having ready access to preventive health screenings, wellness programs and current information on health issues is critical for all ages.

For more information, call 443-480-0940, email info@homeports.org or visit www.homeports.org.