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.