Tag Archives: Chestertown

Solar Power To Chestertown

Chestertown’s waste water facility on John Hanson Road could host 6,720 solar panels that generate 1.58 Megawatts of power, enough to power the treatment plant and all of the town’s public facilities, according to Rob Busler of Standard Solar. In a presentation to the town council, Bussler laid out options for the town to adopt solar energy. Rock Hall, Worton, and Kennedyville plan to have solar fields in operation by the middle of next year.

Kent County Residents Seeking Food In Larger Numbers

Business is booming at the Kent Food Pantry on High and Mill Streets in Chestertown. Job losses, foreclosures, and the declining purchasing power of fixed incomes have caused many Kent County residents to seek food donations in greater numbers than ever before, contributing to food insecurity not seen since the Great Depression, according to Kent Food Pantry Director Miriam Greenlee. The KFP has served 190 more families this year than in 2010, serving 800 residents in November alone, up nearly 100 from the same time last year. Total residents served this year is outpacing 2010 by ten percent. Nearly 6,400 clients (2,350 families) have been served by KFP in 2011, and December’s numbers are not yet in, according Greenlee. The number of clients served this year represents 30 percent of Kent County’s population. The 2010 census put Kent’s population at 20,197.

This year the KFP has given out 115,000 pounds of food, and the need is growing. Greenlee says donations should always be non-perishable and NOT outdated. She said goods that are expired will be disposed of. The KFP is open from 10AM to 12 Noon on Tuesday and Thursday. For more information on how to donate visit the Kent Food Pantry.

Christmas Bazaar

This festive Christmas Bazaar features delightful handmade gifts for everyone on your shopping list. Attendees will be able to browse hand knitted sweaters, scarves, mitts and hats, as well as ornaments and decorations, jewelry, antiques and collectibles. Luncheon will also be available with both eat-in and take-out options, and there will be a bake table for those of you with a sweet tooth. It will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, 19 November, 2011
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Emmanuel Church Parish Hall, 101 North Cross Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

Phone: 410-778-3477
Website:www.emmanuelchesterparish.org/

Chestertown Man Arrested in Delaware

Police arrested a Chestertown, MD man in connection with three gun-related incidents alleged to have occurred in Georgetown, DE. Mortrial G. Miller, 25, is charged with attempted murder, robbery, attempted robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of a firearm by a person prohibited, aggravated menacing, reckless endangering, burglary and tampering with physical evidence. Following his arrest on the aforementioned charges, Miller was ordered held in the Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $182,000 cash bond.

Election Profiles: Chestertown’s Second Ward

Town of Chestertown Second Ward councilman Gibson Anthony is running for reelection on November 1. Anthony has played a leading role in the town’s Rails to Trails program, the purchase of the town Marina and, more recently, has expressed concerns on the transfer of the town Armory from the State of Maryland to Washington College. He currently works as the computer/media specialist of the Radcliffe Creek School.

Medical insurance executive Linda Kuiper will be running against incumbent Gibson Anthony and activist Armond Fletcher. An active member in the Republican Party in Kent County for many years, Kuiper believes the town does not have the resources for big projects like the Marina. She also believes that the town should approve the sale.

Town Finds Extra Funds; Amory Breakthrough

Chestertown Town Manager Bill Ingersoll told the Town Council that there was actually $100,000 additional in SAFETEA-LU funds for Rails-to-Trails than he originally thought. The news came moments before Washington College President Mitchell Reiss appeared for a closed session with a freshly minted Memorandum of Understanding to buy the Sgt. John H. Newnam Armory. The double surprise came less than a week after three councilmen and Reiss appeared to be at an impasse. Last week ended with Councilmen Gibson Anthony, James Gatto, and Marty Stetson vowing to get greater value for selling the Town’s option on the Armory in response to an ultimatum from Reiss to agree to the original MOU by mid-November.

Cause of Chestertown Fire

Investigators say it was a smoldering cigarette that caused the early September fire at the Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home in Chestertown. Damage was estimated at $75,000. The early-morning blaze started in the stairway leading to a second-floor apartment. The woman living there managed to get out safely after a friend called her and told her to get out. The fire marshal’s office says the sprinkler system was a big factor in keeping damages down.

Edler To Retire

Chestertown is looking for a new police chief. Town Manager Bill Ingersoll announced at the town council meeting that Chief Robert Edler is planning to retire. He said that Edler has not given the town a firm date, but that the retirement could become effective as early as November 19. Edler could not be reached for comment. A 24-year veteran of the force, Edler was appointed chief in April 2009, after a year as acting chief following the retirement of Walter Coryell. He was one of 13 candidates for the position, beating out applicants from as far away as Florida, Massachusetts and Ohio, as well as from nearby counties. Edler also served as acting chief in 2000-01, during the search that resulted in Coryell’s hiring.

Chestertown Farmers’ Market Number One

For the second year in a row, the Chestertown Farmers’ Market was voted best in Maryland by the American Farmland Trust. Chestertown garnered 615 votes vs. Bethesda’s 609, with West Frederick coming in a distant third at 277. Nationwide, Chestertown’s votes rank it 6th in the ‘small market’ category, (16 to 30 vendors).

Totally Tea Art Exhibit Opening Show

Tea, discovered in China and in use in the Eastern world for over 4500 years, is the world’s most popular drink. As an opportunity for artists to think outside the (tea) box, the Artworks Gallery in Chestertown will display art inspiration from tea leaves, teapots, teacups, teabags, a tea cozy, tea tray, or even the mad hatter’s tea party. At the Opening Reception, viewers will be asked to vote for their favorite work, to be recognized by a People’s Choice Award at the end of the evening.

Friday, August 05, 2011, 05:00pm – 08:00pm
Event Cost: Free
Artworks, 306 Park Row, Chestertown, MD 21620
VENUE PHONE: 301-656-0044
VENUE WEB: http://www.artworkschestertown.org/welcome.htm