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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the nu­mer­ous can­di­dates who par­tic­i­pated in Tues­day night’s pri­mary elec­tion fo­rum at the Mil­burn Stone Theatre, hosted by the Ce­cil County Cham­ber of Com­merce. More than 200 res­i­dents got a chance to see four county ex­ec­u­tive can­di­dates, three county coun­cil can­di­dates and three Board of Ed­u­ca­tion can­di­dates tackle some tough ques­tions un­der the big lights. A round of ap­plause should go to the can­di­dates first. Run­ning for elected of­fice is not an easy thing to do at any level, as scrutiny is high. For those who have will­ingly stepped out to help lead the county: Bravo. A sec­ond round of ap­plause should also go to those res­i­dents who took some time out of their busy lives to see the can­di­dates in per­son. Lo­cal gov­ern­ment is the most im­por­tant gov­ern­ment, be­cause it is the most re­spon­sive gov­ern­ment to the needs of our ev­ery­day lives. Who we elect to these po­si­tions does mat­ter, be­cause it of­ten de­ter­mines our fu­ture. Please learn about and talk with the can­di­dates so you can make an in­formed choice on April 26. Re­mem­ber, this year is of spe­cial im­por­tance as Repub­li­cans will elect two de facto coun­cil mem­bers dur­ing the pri­mary.

To the an­nounce­ment by Lee Lewis that while he may be leav­ing the Mil­burn Stone Theatre, he’s also pre­par­ing to open a new ven­ture in Elk­ton. The long­time Mil­burn Stone pro­duc­ing artis­tic di­rec­tor will open “Show­case on Main,” will fea­ture live the­ater, com­edy and con­certs, at Mini­hane’s Ir­ish Pub in Elk­ton on April 22. The restau­rant’s for­mer din­ing room will play host for his cre­ative area, with seat­ing for up to 50 peo­ple. Ten­ta­tive plans have each pro­duc­tion air­ing on Fri­day and Satur­day evenings for two or three con­sec­u­tive week­ends, with the fi­nal per­for­mance at­tempt­ing to co­in­cide with the First Fri­day arts walk in down­town Elk­ton. On Sun­days, Lewis said he hopes to con­duct classes in the­ater and mu­sic for chil­dren. Might this be a lynch­pin event that fi­nally helps drive more folks down­town? We can hope.

To some help from an unortho­dox place as in­mates from the Ce­cil County De­ten­tion Cen­ter lent a hand in clean­ing up Long Point and Foot Log beaches last Fri­day. The crew was part of the Com­mu­nity Corrections Cen­ter’s com­mu­nity work-re­lease pro­gram, which in­cludes non-vi­o­lent in­mates who are look­ing for em­ploy­ment. The unit does var­i­ous projects, such as clean­ing up county roads. In­mates can earn days off their sen­tence for good be­hav­ior through par­tic­i­pat­ing in these projects. Mean­while, the town saved be­tween $2,000 and $3,000 by hav­ing the crew come out and pitch in. “The in­mates take a lot of pride in the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion,” said for­mer Ce­cil County Sher­iff Barry Jan­ney, who now serves as di­rec­tor of the county’s Com­mu­nity Corrections Cen­ter. One in­mate told the Whig that he was happy to help and thank­ful that the com­mu­nity was letting him help make a change in Charlestown.

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