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has gone to Serenity Place in Do-
ver and Future Focus Recovery
House for Women in Cambridge,
among other area organizations
that help people emerging from
alcoholism, drug addiction, home-
lessness, and other difficulties.
“Last year, Bob Greenwald from
East Coast Storage donated a
truck, fuel, and drove 27 sets of
furniture to The Home of the
Brave in Milford,” Carter says.
The Delaware facility helps vet-
erans in transition find housing,
food, stability, and support. “It’s
a collaborative effort of different
people here in Chestertown, and
employees here from the Col-
lege who are making it happen.”
Farley says that this year, with
such a large quantity of furni-
ture, he contacted the Department
of Veterans Affairs to see where
there was a need. According to
Rosemarie McGee, program man-
ager at the Veterans Multi-Ser-
vice Center (VMC) Thrift Store in
Philadelphia, the furniture will be
stored there until it is needed by
the HUD-VASH program to help
furnish a new home for a veteran.
According to the HUDwebsite, the
HUD-VASH program combines
rental assistance for homeless vet-
erans with case management and
clinical services provided by the
Department of Veterans Affairs.
The VMC Thrift Store itself is a
jobs program to help transition-
al veterans move to permanent,
full-time positions, McGee says.
“While training at the VMC they
help other transitional veterans
move to their new homes and/or
deliver their furniture from the
Thrift Store,” she says. “Train-
ees are responsible for picking
up, processing, displaying, then
delivering
furniture,
house-
hold items, and linens. We have
a very good success rate with
our program, with 83 percent
moving on to better positions.”
The collaboration with Dixon
Valve helped reduce shipping
costs, Farley says, while recy-
cling the furniture itself - rather
than simply taking it to a dump
- saved the College at least $2,300
in hauling fees. This latest dona-
tion comes on the heels of a dona-
tion in early July of four bedroom
sets to the New Life Recovery
House in Kingstown, which was
furnishing a new home for people
who were overcoming addiction.
Washington College has teamed
up with Dixon Valve and Cou-
pling to donate 44 bedroom sets
to help military veterans transi-
tion from homelessness into new
housing. The furniture, which in
mid-July moved from the cam-
pus to the Veterans Multi-Service
Center Thrift Store in Philadelphia
thanks to a donated tractor-trailer
from Dixon Valve, will be used for
the Housing and Urban Develop-
ment-Veterans Affairs Supportive
Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
“This is sustainability as it’s sup-
posed to be: a triple-bottom-line
project that simultaneously ad-
dresses environmental, social-jus-
tice, and financial outcomes,” says
Greg Farley, the College’s director
of sustainability, who helped orga-
nize the donation. “We’re reduc-
ing waste and stress on landfills,
providing a benefit to a population
in need, which has, itself, directly
served our nation, and helping
reduce our costs and costs to the
federal government for veterans’
support. I also love the fact that it’s
a joint effort between the College
and Dixon Valve, a community
partnerwith a long history of coop-
eration with Washington College.”
Farley credits the impetus for the
donation to Lea Carter, auxiliary
services leader in the College’s
Office of Buildings and Grounds,
who has been successfully work-
ing with local businesses and
non-profits to manage similar do-
nations for several years. Carter
says that the College has donated
blankets and linens from summer
conferences and camps to orga-
nizations including the Salvation
Army, local homeless shelters, the
Kent County Humane Society,
and the Sunday Breakfast Mis-
sion in Wilmington. Furniture be-
ing cycled out of residential halls
Washington College and Dixon Valve Team
Up to Send Furniture to Veterans in Need
Pictured (left to right): Bryan Matthews and Buddy
Hitchens of Dixon Valve and Lea Carter, Antone
Black, and Jeff Mullikin of WC Buildings and
Grounds helped organize and make the furniture do-
nation. Those not pictured who helped in the move
are Greg Farley and Logan Fracassi of WC and Cal-
vin Shelter and Jeff Conner of Dixon Valve.
forget to get your raffle tickets
for a chance to win lots of local
treasure. Tickets can be purchased
all day Saturday on Main Street
and at the Beach Party and in
the evening at Waterman’s Crab
House. Drawings will be at the
Beach Party and at the Buccaneer’s
Ball. You don’t have to be present
to win!
The whole town will be in
the pirate spirit as merchants,
residents, re-enactors, musicians
and performers take you to the
Golden Age of piracy on the high
seas. Main Street will be alive with
music, mayhem, and surprises. Be
sure to enter the Costume Contests
Saturday on Main Street as the
royal red carpet is rolled out for
young and old!! Some of the pirate
performers offering up music and
mayhemthisyear includeBoneand
String, The Brigands, Natterrjacks,
Pirates for Sail, Salty Dogs, Ships
Company Chanteymen, Song
Buccaneers, Spiced Punch, and
the infamous Vallhallas Pirates.
Artisans, crafters, pirate tale-tellers
and more will invade the town.
Public parking and transportation
will make getting around safe
and worry free. After the beach
party, stop by The Wheelhouse, for
Happy Hour to cool down with
a cold beverage. If it’s wine you
crave, you don’t want to miss the
wine tasting at the Inn at Haven
Harbour. For ye old salts, The
Grand Buccaneer’s Ball will take
place at Waterman’s Crab House
on Saturday night with live music,
contests, prizes and seafood.
Trophies will be awarded for the
best dressed king and queen at the
ball. Graybeard’s look-a-like will
be chosen and his giant treasure
chest full of surprises will be given
away. The little scallywags will
find much to do in the Kid’s Cove
all weekend with entertainment,
games, puppet shows, treasure
hunts, a live pirate encampment,
moon
bounce,
face-painting,
tattoos and more!
Be sure to stick around for more
music and mayhem on Sunday,
including, the Pirates 5K Run/
Walk and Kiddie K! The afternoon
gets going with the annual Town-
wide Treasure Hunt and more
music, merchants and fun on
Main Street and Kid’s Cove. The
day culminates with the Kids and
Pets Parade and Costume Contest
on Main Street. This is surely a
weekend you won’t want to miss!
On the weekend of August 10
th
-
12
th
landlubbers and buccaneers,
young and old, will once again
set sail to Rock Hall for the town’s
11
th
“Best of the Bay” award
winning, Pirates and Wenches
Fantasy Weekend! The Greater
Rock Hall Business Association’s
Events Committee and the Town
of Rock Hall will host this town-
wide theme party celebrating
the pirate in all of us. This is a
wonderful opportunity to bring
your boat - anchor out or raft up
with your mates. There is plenty
of anchorage, dockage and raft-up
space available - as well as plenty
of parking for those arriving by
land.
This year promises to offer up
even more mayhem and surprises!
Jumpstart theweekendwithMusic
on Main Street, an evening Rum
Tasting at the Inn at Osprey Point
andSea Shanty Sing-A-Long at Bay
Wolf Restaurant. Dine at one of the
many award-winning restaurants,
settle in and enjoy the night’s live
entertainment offered at many of
the town’s local watering holes, or
just relax under the stars. True to
life re-enactors, The Skullduggery
Crew and the Valhallas Pirates,
will take you into a world of
wonder and fantasy fit for all ages!
Captain Black returns to entertain
kids and wenches alike! Take a
stroll back into the authentic pirate
encampment where you will find
merchants and live entertainment
fit for young and old. On Saturday
afternoon, visit Rock Hall Harbor
for a magnificent view of the
Chesapeake Bay and be sure to
get your dinghy decorated for
the Decorated Dinghy Flotilla
and Pirate Dinghy Poker Run.
Cash prizes and trophies will
be awarded to the Best Dressed
Dinghies, Scurviest Crew and
Most Marina Participation! Enjoy
grub and grog at Harbor Shack for
the ever popular Cast Off Party
with live music by the Brigands.
The flotilla of tiny pirate ships
will float around the harbor and
embark to Rock Hall’s public
beach for a Caribbean Beach
Party at high noon featuring
Island Vibes. Graybeard’s trophy
will be handed down to the Best
Decorated Dinghy and cash prizes
will be awarded to the winners.
Before the party begins, kids are
encouraged to come and plunder
the treasures of Graybeard on Rock
Hall’s beach. Costumes and pirate
attire is strongly encouraged! Don’t
Rock Hall’s 11
th
Pirates & Wenches
Fantasy Weekend on August 10
th
-12
th
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