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Sheriff’s annual report shows a general Longtime printing business sold, operation

increase in crime in Kent -- see page A2 moves to Rock Hall -- see page A11

Vol. 64 No. 13 April 2, 2009 Chestertown, Maryland USPS 292-660 75 cents

Chester bridge ideas

floated by the SHA
By Craig O’Donnell Bridge Crossing” feasibility study Jan 23.
codonnell@chespub.com Another took place March 26.
Planning Director Gail Owings and County
CHESTERTOWN – Reinventing the wheel Administrator Susie Hayman were among
and riding back to the future may be what the those who went from Kent County. Queen
State Highway Administration does best. Anne’s County sent planner Helen Spinelli.
The Chester River bridge has a history that Chestertown wasn’t represented at the
goes back almost 200 years. For nearly a cen- meeting. Town Manager Bill Ingersoll said
tury before that, a ferry plied from Tuesday that he was out of town. Gibson
Chestertown to Kingstown. Anthony had originally planned to attend, but
In October 2006, officials from two coun- said Wednesday that he had not been able to
ties, Chestertown, and state agencies met to go.
discuss a “Route 213 Corridor” study. They However, he said generally his philosophy
began to think about the Chester River draw- is, “We’ve got a bridge. Let’s take care of it.”
bridge. That span, rebuilt two decades ago, has He called several of the proposed options “per-
gotten long in the tooth, while traffic along functory.” All the same, he said, it might be a
Washington Avenue in Chestertown has grown good idea to step back and look at the possibil-
to more than 20,000 vehicles per day. ities once more.
One of the first tasks was an “origins and Tuesday, Owings said the SHA consultants
destinations study” for Chestertown and vicin- “are looking at alternatives,” including two
ity. Those results are still being analyzed. crossings south of the present bridge, three
Cars crawl. The bridge is wearing out. routes through downtown, and the long-stand-
The state held its first local meeting at the ing northern alignment.
SHA District 2 office on the “Chester River

Chestertown is chosen as
(See BRIDGE, Page A18)

site for Main St. meeting

By Peter Heck a tour of the downtown area were Bill Ruckelshaus, presi-
pheck@chespub.com and a workshop on “Greening dent of the Downtown
Main Street with Native Chestertown Association and
CHESTERTOWN – March Plants.” The meeting, on the MSHC treasurer; and
26, Main Street Maryland came second floor of Town Hall, Augustine Cook, the MSHC
to Chestertown. The organiza- drew some 40 attendees. secretary.
tion’s quarterly managers’ There to greet the out-of- Board members of the
meeting was held here for the towners were Holly Geddes, MSHC include Mayor Margo
first time since Chestertown chairwoman of Main Street Bailey, Jana Carter, Kenneth
joined the ranks of Main Street Historic Chestertown’s board of Collins, Lee Cowperthwait,
towns last year. directors, and Diane Fitzgerald, Craig Damon, Holly McCoy,
Attending the meeting were vice chairwoman. Also present Photo by Charlie Campbell ccampbell@chespub.com
Main Street managers from as (See MAIN ST. Page A18) Workers from Eastern Shore Glass & Metal, of Dover, Del., install an aluminum frame in a
far away as Frederick, here for north-facing window of Hodson Hall. The view is from the mezzanine looking at Wicomico

Paper size Hodson Hall remake blends old and new

changing By Peter Heck
center of student life in future years.
On March 26, Steve Kuhls, the college’s
capital program manager, led a tour of the
This week debuts a new, CHESTERTOWN – Hodson Hall is one of construction site that included Jared Halter,
sleeker version of the Kent the constants of the Washington College director of student activities, and Eric Mills,
County News. Each page is experience. The dining hall opened in the director of media relations. Also providing
one half inch narrower but 1930s, and with updates and expansions has information on the construction was Jay
remains the same length. served the students ever since.
The new size conserves Schaefer, project superintendent for Roy
Now, the building is again being expanded Kirby & Sons, the contractor on the renova-
paper and reduces the cost of and modernized, to serve a growing student
production. The change fol- tion.
population not only as a dining hall but as a Kuhls said the reconfigured Hodson is
lows industry trends. Other multi-purpose student center. Due to open in
Chesapeake Publishing papers scheduled for completion Oct. 30, but he
the fall semester, Hodson Hall Student Center added, “We’re looking for every opportunity
on the Eastern Shore, includ- is starting to take shape. It still takes a little
ing The Star Democrat in Photo by Peter Heck pheck@chespub.com to expedite the schedule. Once we get it
imagination to see what the finished structure weather-tight, we can really roll.”
Easton, Record Observer in Sylvia Maloney, at right, leads visiting Main Street Maryland man- will be; but it looks likely to become a major
Centreville and Times Record agers on a tour of downtown Chestertown, March 26. (See HALL, Page A18)

Benefit for service dog raises more than $3,000

in Denton, have made or will
make the same size adjust-
The change will not
reduce the amount of news
material in the paper.
This and other streamlin- By Trisha McGee Saturday night’s concert, barbecued
ing measures at the paper will pmcgee@chespub.com chicken dinner, and silent auction.
help guarantee that the Kent The fire company donated use of
County News continues to MILLINGTON – Five-year-old the hall and the auxiliary donated use
provide community news far Jessica Harris was the belle of the ball of the kitchen; members of both
into the future. – even if the attire was casual and the organizations helped with the cook-
music was of the knee-slapping, toe- ing.
tapping variety. “Without the fire company, this
She captivated the crowd of about event could never have happened.
By Thomas W. Eliason
100 people who attended a bluegrass Their donation equaled well over
This week 70-year Record concert at the firehouse here Saturday $1,000, not to mention all the helpers
Date Hi. Lo. Hi. (yr.) Lo. (yr.)
25 53 25 83(1939) 18(1940)
night, batting her big brown eyes at because we could not have cooked all
26 52 40 72(1953) 21(1940) the menfolk, smiling sweetly at the the food,” said Cora White, who took
27 61 41 80(1998) 23(1955) women, and playing with other chil- a leadership role in organizing the
28 53 45 83(1989) 23(1982) dren. shindig, along with her husband
29 75 47 87(1945) 22(1957 She even had Riley eating out of Kevin, who is pastor of Grace
30 53 44 89(1998) 24(1941)
31 58 35 84(1998) 24(1964)
her hand, literally. Wesleyan Church in Millington.
Total precipitation: 1.12 inches Riley, Geoffrey and Casey trav- Cora White was especially appre-
eled from out of state. They are serv- ciative of the help given by Marty
Check our Web site: ice dogs, and are specially trained to
www.thekentcountynews.com Freeman, Paige Hickman, Rick
assist people with disabilities. Wallace and Edie Morales – all con-
INDEX Jessica needs a service dog.
She was diagnosed at birth with
nected to the Community Volunteer
Fire Company of Millington.
Across the Bridge . . . . . . . . . A2 Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, a Liz Starkey and other auxiliary
Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B6 chromosomal disorder that has affect- members led the cleanup detail,
Coming Events . . . . . . . . . . A22 ed her intellectual and physical devel-
Courthouse Calendar . . . . . .A15 which included scouring pots and
Crossword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A6 opment. The specially trained dog pans.
Obituaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A17 will alert when she is having a seizure Area grocery stores gave gift cards
Police . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A12 or difficulty breathing, and will assist to keep the food costs down, and the
Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B8 with mobility and balance.
Social Scene . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A19 Asbury, Crumpton, Double Creek
Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B1
The cost for the dog and its train- Charge donated all the baked goods.
Sudoku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A6 ing is estimated to be $5,000, which is “It was a beautiful community
Tides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A17 pretty pricey for a family of six – turnout. I’m very, very impressed,”
Glenn, 46, Julie, 39, and their four Cora White said in a telephone inter-
children ages 5 to 17 – that relies on view Tuesday night.
Glenn’s paycheck as a car salesman. The event raised $3,250, which
Photo by Trisha McGee pmcgeel@chespub.com
Fortunately, the Harris family has included 141 chicken dinners.
Riley, a 1-year-old female labradoodle, is a service dog that Amazing Tails is con- great friends and neighbors. Many of
sidering for Jessica Harris. They got acquainted Saturday night during the fundrais-
er at the fire hall in Millington.
them contributed in some way to (See BENEFIT, Page A14)
A18  Kent County News  Thursday, April 2, 2009

hill dormitories. A direct passage leads through
the building to the north entrance, which will
open onto a large grassy quadrangle between
(Continued from Page A1) Kent House and Somerset Hall. The new lawn is
The tour began at the temporary dining facil- located on top of the wells for the geothermal
ity on Washington Avenue, where Kuhls climate control system, Schaefer said. There are
unrolled floor plans on a table to give an 189 wells, 400 feet deep.
overview of the new dining hall. The most obvi- In the center of the first floor is a multipur-
ous point is that the new building is substantial- pose “performance egg,” an oval area where
ly larger than the 1965-era Hodson expansion it plays or concerts can be staged. In between, it
replaces. holds a dozen or more dining tables for the
In a nod to campus tradition, the 1930-era Cove, where students can get burgers, subs and
portion of the building, including Hynson other casual fare. Additional Cove dining is
Lounge and a study lounge beneath, is being spread around the first floor, and on a large patio
retained as the west wing of the new structure. facing Cater Walk.
The rear portion of the old building will be used The east wing of the first floor is dedicated to
for storage and mechanical areas. student activities. Halter pointed out the student
Named for Col. Clarence Hodson, who affairs and SGA offices at the north end of the
founded the Beneficial Corporation for support wing; the space that will be his office has a large
of higher education, the original Hodson Hall window, overlooking what will soon be a wide
was designed by Henry Powell Hopkins. lawn. “It’s the best view on campus,” he said,
Hopkins also designed the Reid Hall dormitory clearly pleased. A resource room for student
and the Chestertown Post Office. activities, with copiers, printers and other office
The appearance of the “original” Hodson is equipment will be adjacent.
echoed by a brick east wing of approximately A spacious student lounge, which can be Photo by Charlie Campbell ccampbell@chespub.com
the same size, though with much larger win- divided by a movable wall, will take up the cen- Above, looking across the south side of the building, walls of the old Hodson Hall can be seen at
dows. And joining the two wings will be a two- ter of the east wing; and a large game room, with the far end. The main entrance will be in the center, opening on to the Cater Walk.
story modern glass atrium that houses the main tables for pool and ping pong as well as video
food service and preparation facilities. for the new Hodson Hall are built around using future growth of the college, he said, with total
game connections, will occupy the southeast specialized food preparation areas to provide a seating of about 700 at one time. For compari-
A walk through the building gave a better corner.
idea of the scale and interior appearance of the more personal experience. son, the temporary dining facility seats 360, and
The dining hall proper will occupy the sec- In addition to the “retail food” selections at as many as 850 students may eat dinner on a
dining hall. While the building is currently still ond floor of the new Hodson, accessible by sev-
open to the weather and surrounded by mud, it is the Cove, the main kitchen will provide a range given day.
eral stairways and two elevators. There is also a of selections including vegan dishes and other The ultimate fate of the temporary dining hall
easy to see the size of the rooms and the striking service elevator in the kitchen area. The east
views from the oversized windows. To the south, special menus. Other food options in the main isn’t decided, except that it will definitely be
wing will be the main seating area, with space dining hall include the Hearthstone Oven, which removed from the Washington Avenue spot it
especially, the view across the campus between for approximately 500 diners. Large windows
East, Middle and West Halls is likely to be quite will prepare pizzas and a variety of baked goods. currently occupies. Kuhls said the college was
look out to the north, east and south, and a mez- “My Pantry” will have a chef preparing omelets still deciding whether to move it elsewhere on
spectacular. A skylight above the main staircase zanine provides another level of seating.
will bring daylight all the way down to the first and waffles at breakfast, to create a feeling of campus or to an industrial park. Plans are to use
The main dining area will offer a number of personal service, Floccari said. the building for storage.
floor. choices. Chartwells, a contract food service
The ground floor of the new building will be Moving to the new building will be “a wel- Floor plans and architectural drawings of the
company specializing in education institutions, come change for everyone,” said Floccari. new Hodson Hall Student Center can be seen
on the same level as Cater Walk, with its main runs the college dining halls. Food service man-
entrance opposite the stairs leading up from the Hodson Hall Student Center is planned to handle online at businessoffice.washcol.edu/hodson/.
ager Robert Floccari said that Chartwells’ plans

restoration of historic proper-

(Continued from Page A1)

Jack Steinmetz and Peter
Weed. Tim Murphy, assistant
ties and creation of attractive
new ones; organization of busi-
ness owners and their partners
in the community; promotion;
economic restructuring to
Main Street Maryland coordi- strengthen the main street base; Ants, Spiders and All Pest Problems
nator, represented the and the creation of clean, safe
statewide organization. and green environments.
Councilwoman Mabel Chestertown was awarded
Mumford Pautz welcomed the the Main Street Maryland des-
visitors on behalf of the town’s ignation by Gov. Martin Professional
government and gave them a O’Malley in 2008. The town is
brief overview of the town’s one of 23 Main Street commu- Local
history and economy. Then, nities. The program began in
after an update on MSM activ- 1998, and offers technical
ities from Murphy, the group assistance, training and other
split up for a walking tour of benefits to its members.
town, guided by Sylvia For more information on
Maloney and Barbara Creegan. the Main Street Maryland pro-
410-778-5658 • 410-758-1057
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Bookseller, Prince Theatre, and grams/mainstreet/mainstreet.
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Despite the light drizzle, the Photo by Peter Heck pheck@chespub.com For Coupons
visitors clearly enjoyed the Chestertown Councilwoman Mabel Mumford-Pautz welcomes
chance to see the historic town. Main Street Maryland managers to town.
And to judge from a few over-
heard comments, the town’s “How to turn your main streets vented an outdoor demonstra-
ability to support restaurants into a green destination.” tion, the workshop was held
and shops with a population Presenters were J. Kenneth indoors.
around 5,000 impressed the Schmidt Jr. of Mahan Rykiel Main Street Maryland has
other Main Street managers. Associates and J. Chris Early the goal of strengthening the
One said that he could dine in of Green Urban LLC. Sasha economic potential of the
all the restaurants in his home- Land of the DNR coordinated state’s traditional main streets
town in a single day. the program, which focused on and neighborhoods. It works
Scheduled for the afternoon using indigenous plants along from a five-point program that
was a two-hour workshop, the streets. While the rain pre- emphasizes design, both in

Quaker Neck Road through Cross Street to
High Street in one case, or come into town
from the vicinity of Airy Hill Road in the
(Continued from Page A1) other.
She said the SHA officials made it clear at To get onto Route 213, drivers would turn
the meeting that “something is going to have at the Route 20/High Street intersection near
to happen” to correct problems that will only Radcliffe Mill and go up the hill to the four-
get worse with time. way intersection of Washington Avenue and
Local attendees made the point that the Morgnec Road (Route 291).
existing bridge should stay. The general con- In 2007, an SHA study of the twin intersec-
sensus is that “This particular bridge is very tions at Route 20/Flatland Road, and High
important,” she said, for historic and commer- Street/Route 20 reported that morning and
cial reasons. afternoon traffic at Flatland Road rates a D –
Owings said the SHA representatives said “generally poor level of comfort and conven-
they are waiting on the “final results of the ience.” At the High Street junction, it is rated
origins and destinations study” for roads at F – “breakdown flow … vehicles may
around Chestertown. progress at reasonable speeds for several hun-
The agenda listed 10 options. Six dred feet or more, then be required to stop.”
“Downtown Concepts” are: Last fall, the SHA proposed a stoplight for
•build a pedestrian bridge next to the exist- High Street and Route 20 to help handle exist-
ing bridge “to create a complete transportation ing traffic, after complaints by local officials
network;” over the number of fender-benders at the High
•weight restrictions to “potentially extend Street “reverse yield.”
the life span … for several years;” Finally, there are two “MD 213 Access
•rehabilitate it, as was done in the late Controlled Boulevard” options that corre-
1980s; spond approximately to the alignment identi-
•add a new parallel bridge and remove the fied during the Clark Farm charrette several
old one; years ago.
•build a new bridge from the old unused These are described as “Companion Bridge
bridge abutment in Kingstown to High Street (65ft clearance) … new two-lane bridge with
Public Landing at the Custom House (option access control while maintaining the existing
A, lift bridge; option B, 65-foot-high bridge); bridge;” and “… four-lane bridge to cross the
•or a new bridge on the north side to the Chester River … remove the existing struc-
hospital and college. Remove the old bridge. ture.”
Ingersoll noted that High Street is a town At the Jan. 23 meeting, Ingersoll said, he
road, not a state highway, and that the older was told the consultants are “supposedly
section of town is a National Landmark going to go back to square one” with their
District. That complicates any plan for a concepts.
bridge to divert highway traffic onto High Square one was drawn in 1917, when a
Street. bridge from Kingstown to High Street was
Also, there are two “MD 20 Connector” proposed, according to back issues of the Kent
concepts. Each would require a 65-foot-high County News.
bridge and a new highway on the Queen South-side crossings were rejected in the
Anne’s County side from Route 213 to some- late 1970s, and the state went so far as to buy
where across from Quaker Neck. some riverside property on the Queen Anne’s
On the Kent side, one option “follows the side north of the intersection of routes 213 and
boundary of the MET,” (a new highway along 544. During the Ehrlich administration, the
the edge of the Goodall property. The farm SHA said it was going to sell its holdings, but
southwest of town has a Maryland relented after local officials protested.
Environmental Trust easement). Closer to SHA’s District 2 office said the feasibility
town is unbuildable because of Radcliffe study meetings are handled out of Baltimore.
Creek and tidal wetlands. The SHA press office was unable to provide
The other southern connector concept more information on the meeting by press
“uses existing roads” that were not specified. time.
It appears traffic would be funneled along

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