CHESTERTOWN — At their meeting Tuesday, March 18, the Kent County Commissioners heard from Wayne Gilchrest, head of the Sassafras Environmental Education Center at Turner's Creek.
Gilchrest asked the commissioners to come speak with ninth-graders in the freshman seminar at Kent County High School.
The students will be planting 2,000 trees, he said. Their outdoor studies will include canoeing the river and testing its water, and talking with the watermen who make their living there.
Gilchrest said they will delve into the political aspects of the Chesapeake Bay clean water plan. They will hear from the county's planning department about the federally-mandated watershed restoration efforts. The county's commissioners are key players too, said Gilchrest.
"That whole process is somewhat controversial. Not all officials agree on it," said Commissioner William Pickrum.
The commissioners will attend a seminar at the high school on April 25.
The environmental center has outdoor classes for students from third to ninth grades.
For this year's program, "we really need volunteers," said Gilchrest, "especially if they want to go canoeing with 14-year-olds."
To volunteer, call the office at 410-348-5214.
In Other Business:
•Maurice Linz was honored on his retirement after 26 years and five months with the county. Before that, he worked 25 years for the State Highway Administration.
•The commissioners approved an employee transfer. They did not name the individual, nor did they say which departments are involved.
•Myra Butler, director of parks and recreation, reviewed this summer's upcoming activities. At the moment, the county is looking for a snack bar operator at the community center in Worton, she said.
•Coldwell Banker Chesapeake was reauthorized as the broker for Lots 3 and 4 in the Worton Industrial Park.
•The commissioners approved a letter of support for the Mainstay in Rock Hall. The grant, from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, would support an oral history project on watermen.
•Linda Kuiper, who serves on the Chestertown council, asked if the county would pay for reprinting Farmers Market brochures. The commissioners will look at the request when crafting their new budget.