Incumbents win Chesapeake City election
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— Mayor Dean Geracimos decisively won a third term as mayor of the canal town in Monday’s election that also returned incumbent town council members Harry Sampson and Tom Morris to office.
Geracimos beat Frank Vari, a town councilman seeking the top post, by nearly a two- to- one margin, garnering 186 votes to Vari’s 95 votes. Those results validated the work
completed by Geracimos’ administration over the first four years after he defeated Vari in the 2012 mayoral election by just 14 votes.
Meanwhile, Morris and Sampson earned 199 and 154 votes, respectively, while their challengers Joe MacDonald and Bill Staker got 106 and 55 votes, respectively. Those results again proved that town voters supported the direction of the town, which has undergone major revitalization projects aimed at increasing tour- ism and stabilizing town utilities.
A total of 247 votes were cast Monday along with 32 absentee ballots for a total of 279 votes, which represents 53 percent of Chesapeake City’s 521 registered voters.
An elated Geracimos thanked a group of enthusiastic supporters Monday night who had gathered at town hall to watch the vote count.
“I want to thank all my
at 10:30 a.m. at the branch located at 111 Colonial Way. Kids’ rock band Milkshake will kick off festivities.
During construction, a number of the library’s programs were moved off site, which worked wonderfully, Walker said. At 11:15 a.m. Saturday, library staff will hold a ceremony to thank those community partners, including Janes United Methodist Church, Martin’s Coffee Shop, Rising Sun Middle School and Cecil County Department of Parks and Recreation.
“We’ll be giving them certificates and putting book plates in books to thank our partners,” Walker said.
As he browsed the shelves of graphic novels, Mike
Webb noticed the differences between the former and the present library setup.
“There’s a lot more space,” Webb, of Elkton, said. “It’s a lot bigger than the Chesapeake City one.”
That’s also why Zelda Briscoe was at the Rising Sun branch. She prefers it over the Port Deposit branch.
“It’s great,” the Port Deposit woman said, as she browsed the internet on her laptop with the library’s free high-speed, Wi-Fi connection. “My Wi-Fi at home is so slow. This gets right to it.”
Since opening in 1994, Walker said the Rising Sun branch has become far more technology driven, and the addition of Wi-Fi and electronic connections presented the biggest challenge. Built on a concrete slab, the floor had to be cut up to allow for wiring conduits.
Brighter lighting hangs from the ceiling, and shelves are arranged to flow from one age group to the next.
While shelving books, library clerk Heather Bierly noted that pretty much everyone likes the new children’s room.
“The children love it back there and it makes the rest of the library peaceful,” she said.
Walker said the space was underutilized as a quiet room.
“Now we’ve created an area where kids can be kids. They can explore. They can be joyful,” Walker said.
Which was exactly what was happening Tuesday.
Debbie Henderson sat on one of the cushioned benches inside the children’s room while keeping an eye on Olivia, 2. The toddler flitted from magnetic boards to dress up clothes to building toys.
“She’s having a good time,” Henderson, of Port Deposit, said. “She liked the Lego table and did a few activities on the iPad.”
Now there are quiet
al- coves where adults can read, surf the web, or where tutoring sessions could be held.
“And at almost any place you can sit down you can plug in,” Walker said, pointing to the electric and USB connections.
“We’re really community spaces,” Walker said of the new age of library services. “We’re here to meet the needs of the modern library user.”
Mike Webb, of Elkton, checks out graphic novels while Zelda Briscoe, of Port Deposit, connects to the high-speed internet inside the newly renovated Rising Sun Library.
Supporters of Chesapeake City Mayor Dean Geracimos celebrate his re-election to a third term Monday night at town hall.
Olivia Henderson, 2, checks out the magnetic activity board in the Rising Sun Library while keeping Debbie Henderson close by.