Survivors pushing for permanent victims memorial
— 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
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.
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.