Kent County Public Schools is updating its procedures to make sure that all children still eat lunch.  At its latest meeting the Kent County Board of Education reviewed a revised procedure for school meals.  The district currently has several thousand dollars worth of meal debt and in past years those debts have been paid off through donations and other district funds. Superintendent Karen Couch says , “The important thing is everybody is being fed.” To ensure students who may not have money in their school meal accounts do not go hungry the rest of the school day, the procedure calls for them to be provided with an “Ooops! Meal.” These students will be able to have two servings of either the fruit, vegetable or starch offerings and milk.  Elementary students will always be provided with a full meal.


 The Town of Rock Hall will no longer offer its trams during the warmer seasons.   Mayor Dawn Jacobs publicly announced the service would be discontinued. She says safety concerns as the primary reason for her decision, citing the two trams are “flat out dangerous.”  Vice Mayor Beth Andrews said the council should have had a say in the decision or have taken a vote. Jacobs then offered to call for a vote but Andrews said a vote was not necessary and agreed the trams are dangerous.


The presumptive president of the Maryland State Senate Bill Ferguson visited Queen Anne’s and Kent counties along with State Sen. Steve Hershey to learn more about the key issues affecting the Eastern Shore.  The tour started at commercial boat slips at Kent Narrows. Ferguson was greeted by waterman Troy Wilkins of Queen Anne and Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce President Linda Friday.  Hershey says he found out that one of the big issues is the regulations and harvesting restrictions placed on commercial watermen, especially the oystermen.  Hershey says dredging and planting shell is necessary for watermen to make a living and for the long-term health of the Chesapeake Bay.


 Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot recently visited Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company for the 126th anniversary meeting of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association. He presented a proclamation recognizing the Maryland State Firemen’s Association for its valor and meritorious service to Maryland and its citizens. MSFA President Mike Faust presented Franchot with a ceremonial fire fighter axe personally engraved for him on behalf of the association.


 Santa will be making his rounds with the help of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department members.  This year they have added evening runs along with the regular Saturday run to try and reach all the children on the island.