Sur­vivors push­ing for per­ma­nent vic­tims me­mo­rial

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - IS­SUE By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— The seventh an­nual Ce­cil County Vic­tims Wall and Walk will be held Wed­nes­day in front of the Ce­cil County Cir­cuit Court­house.

As in the past, the names and photos of Ce­cil County res­i­dents who lost their lives at the hands of oth­ers will be af­fixed to of­fice par­ti­tions serv­ing as makeshift me­mo­rial walls, which will stand in the court­yard.

Also as in the past, plan­ners ex­pect Wed­nes­day’s num­ber of vic­tims to be

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higher than last year’s fig­ure. In ad­di­tion, the names of vic­tims will be on dec­o­ra­tive plac­ards lin­ing the me­an­der­ing, court­yard side­walk.

The pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will in­clude free re­fresh­ments.

Plan­ners also are con­fi­dent that, as in years past, scores of peo­ple will visit the site dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s four-hour event, and that a great num­ber of them will be the sur­vivors of those vic­tims.

With such a tragic com- mon bond, sur­vivors have been known to com­fort each other dur­ing the an­nual events through hugs, con­ver­sa­tions or sim­ply by con­gre­gat­ing silently at the makeshift me­mo­rial walls.

While pleased with the past events, Ch­e­sa­peake City-area res­i­dent Kathy McCoy VanCulin and other sur­vivors are work­ing to­ward a per­ma­nent me­mo­rial — ei­ther in the form of a wall in which the names of vic­tims would be en­graved or in the form of mem­ory

of his ex­pe­ri­ence, Hrinko said. McCarthy is fin­ish­ing up his sec­ond term on the county coun­cil and is also in­volved with the Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Coun­ties (MaCo), she added.

“He’s got a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with the work­ings of the county but also how the county plays with An­napo­lis and how we work to­gether to get things done,” Hrinko said.

En­dors­ing Mef­fley in county coun­cil District 1 was an easy de­ci­sion be­cause Mef­fley had such a strong un­der­stand­ing of the schools, Hrinko said. Mef­fley of­ten vis­its Ce­cil­ton El­e­men­tary School and Hrinko said he iden­ti­fied right away the ne­ces­sity of have para­pro­fes­sion­als in the class­rooms.

Mef­fley also un­der­stood the pos­i­tive im­pact school em­ploy­ees have on stu­dents and ap­pre­ci­ated the role of sup­port staff and how in­te­gral they are to the school, Hrinko added.

For school board, Fazz­ino and Manlove emerged as the top choices. Fazz­ino has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing as an ed­u­ca­tor and un­der­stands the state and fed­eral poli­cies teach­ers have to fol­low, Hrinko said. He also brings an un­der­stand­ing of how the county can help spe­cial needs stu­dents and what re­sources are avail­able, she said.

Though CCCTA and CESPA also be­lieve Erin Do­or­dan, who along with Ron Lo­bos is chal­leng­ing Fazz­ino in District 2, would be a strong sup­porter of the schools, she doesn’t have as much ex­pe­ri­ence as Fazz­ino, Hrinko said.

In the District 1 school board pri­mary, both in­cum­bent Bill Manlove and chal­lenger Kevin Em­merich will move on to the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion. But CCCTA did en­dorse Manlove and Hrinko praised his record on the school board and long his­tory of sup­port­ing the schools and stu­dents.

“He’s just al­ways been that down-to-earth voice for kids,” Hrinko said.

CE­CIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Kathy VanCulin stands with her now-hus­band, Ed­die VanCulin (right), and her late fa­ther, Terry McCoy, dur­ing Ce­cil County’s 2014 Vic­tims Wall and Walk event.

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