Tag Archives: Kent Island American Legion

Local Efforts- Swinging For the Fences

Giving The Edge to Area Youth

RDF legion (400 x 300)The Edge Training Academy may be new in town but its owner has been around! Robert Woolley, owner of The Edge Training Academy, is no shy guy when it comes to lending a hand in the community. His past is full of experience from company organized beach cleanups to assembling fundraisers for many causes. His coaching years at KIHS have assisted him in bringing man power to the table when looking to help in these many causes. “The boys and girls of KIHS have always been eager to get involved with the many projects we have assembled to help make the community a brighter place, “ coach Woolley says. When it comes to pride and passion for the Youth and the Community there are few that compare. Most recently Robert was approached by a local U12 Travel Softball coach, Bryon Sofinowski who needed field space for his girls to practice for their tournament season. Robert and his staff sprung immediately into action on tackling this issue first hand. A conversation was had with Tracey from The American Legion post on Rt. 8 in Stevensville and the go-ahead was given for a field renovation of their otherwise unplayable diamond. A pooling of resources was gathered and in 3 weeks time the field had gone from dilapidated to shipshape; the Hurricane Bucs had found a home! The Lady Bucs spent many hours of practice on their new field preparing for their 7 tournament appearances this Summer. The girls as a second year club team represented themselves quite well and have been extremely proud of their new home. None of this would have been possible without the many donations made by: Woody Dove (Jones of Annapolis- field stripping), Rental Works of Grasonville (machine rental donations), The Richard Downey Foundation (for its many hands, hours of labor, and material donations),Kenny Seeling and friends (Integrity Building Solutions- construction of new dugout), Jamie McIntosh (Economy Remodeling- dugout supplies donation and roofing labor), Allied Supply Company (building materials donation), 84 Lumber of Arnold (building materials donation), Jeffrey Clark (Chesapeake Lawn and Landscape- landscaping services/machine delivery), Michael Gowl (Roof Pro of Annapolis- donation for materials), Cliff Lowe III (Material hauling and delivery), Robert Woolley (The Edge Training Academy- project supervisor/machine delivery/machine operator), team, family and friends of the Hurricane Bucs (field cleanup/infield maintenance) . In order to help with projects like this in the future, The Edge Training Academy is in the process of establishing a fund through http://creatinglegacies.org/. To get involved please contact Robert at The Edge Training Academy (443) 249-3133. Also, please visit The Richard Downey Foundation via facebook as they look to continue their community relations with a crab feast fundraiser on Saturday, September 28th from 1:00-6:00pm. Live Music, Silent Auction and much more! It is bound to be a good time! https://www.facebook.com/rdf2011

Lend A Hand: Wreathes Across America

In Life They Honored Their Country; In Death, May Their Country Honor Them – Wreathes Across America stops at Kent Island American Legion in route to Arlington
By Avra Sullivan

In this time of celebrating family and friends, giving gifts to those we love and being thankful for our many blessings, there is a unique way local residents can say thank you to those who gave us the greatest gift, our freedom. Wreaths across America is a non-profit organization started in 1992 by a Maine businessman who wanted to honor our country’ veterans. As the owner of Worcester Wreath Company, Morrill Worcester had an opportunity to put to use an excess of wreaths one holiday season. He and his family donated the wreaths and made arrangements for them to be placed on graves in the older, less visited section of Arlington National Cemetery. As this became an annual event, more and more people wanted to volunteer to help. In 2006 the Patriot Guard Riders volunteered to escort the trucks of wreaths, hauled in donated trucks, to their Arlington destination. This year thousands of wreaths and over 150 volunteers will travel from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to honor the memory of our fallen soldiers. Across the country in over 600 locations, similar ceremonies will be held simultaneously. On December 14th, this convoy stops at the Kent Island American Legion in Stevensville. The legion will be hosting a home cooked luncheon for the volunteers who will then head to Arlington with wreathes. Wreaths Across America receives no government funding and relies solely on volunteers, donations and volunteer trucking companies to help fulfill their motto of “Remember, Honor and Teach”.

The Kent Island American Legion is asking for volunteers to help assist with the luncheon by preparing, serving and cleaning while the convoy is here. They would also like to encourage local residents to line both sides of Rt. 18 from the Legion to the by-pass to welcome them, and as they depart on the rest of their journey. The group is expected to arrive around 11:00am and depart by 12:30pm. This is the second year the Wreathes Across America troupe has stopped in Kent Island, the legion is very excited to have them back. Anyone wishing to help volunteer at the luncheon can contact Nikki Randolph at 410-643-2728. For more information on Wreaths Across America, or to sponsor a wreath, you can visit their website at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

KIAL Kids Halloween Party

Costume winners at the Kent Island American Legion Kids Halloween Party, Oct 30, 2010

Age NB – 2 yr winners
Dinosaur – Alexander Starrett
Pumpkin – Hannah Kelser
Woody – Ricky Goninan

Ages 3 – 6 yr winners
Lady – Julia Ogans
BamBam – Matthew Paquin
Bee – Mallory Adams
Batman – Devin Wright
Scarecrow – Karlee Hughes

Ages 7 and above
Scary Jester – Evan Thibault
Katy Perry – Carley Longg
Devil/Angel – Krista Adams
Popcorn – Nicholas Rothing

Judges – Ronnie Johnson and Jill Deboard

Crafters Wanted

Crafters wanted for Kent Island American Legion Craft Show.    The KIAL Ladies Auxiliary is looking for crafters for the Annual Craft Show on Nov 6 -7.  The proceeds from the table rentals are used for outreach to Veteran’s groups and the Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence as well as local food banks.  Call 410-643-9746 or visit  http://kialpost278.homestead.com/ The-Legion-Auxillary.html for info.