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To Ce­cil Col­lege’s de­ci­sion to de­lay its clo­sure of the Fam­ily Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter in Hollingsworth Manor to Dec. 31 in or­der to al­low more time for a new op­er­a­tor to be found. The col­lege has op­er­ated the cen­ter in part­ner­ship with the Maryland Fam­ily Net­work for more than 25 years but an­nounced in April that it planned to end this ar­range­ment on Sept. 30. Though col­lege of­fi­cials said the primary rea­son for end­ing the part­ner­ship was the re­cent loss of a $100,000 class­room grant, they also noted that the con­tin­ued fi­nan­cial un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing the cen­ter’s pri­mar­ily grant-funded ser­vices was a ma­jor fac­tor. The cen­ter cur­rently serves more than 70 chil­dren from ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and their fam­i­lies through preschool and pre-K classes as well as par­ent­ing and GED classes. Many of the former users of the cen­ter be­moaned the pos­si­ble loss of the fa­cil­ity, which has helped many chil­dren grow and parents to be­come em­ploy­able. The MFN is hope­ful to have a new op­er­a­tor se­lected by the end of the year, and we give ku­dos to the col­lege for al­low­ing time for that to hap­pen.

To the re­turn of fire­works to the Sa­lute to Ce­cil County Vet­er­ans cel­e­bra­tion in North East on July 3. The long-run­ning event was nearly can­celed last year due to a lack of funds and ad­vanced plan­ning, which led to the de­ci­sion to sub­sti­tute a laser show for the tra­di­tional fire­works. That switch saved the event about $20,000, but also re­ceived mixed re­ac­tions from spec­ta­tors. This year, or­ga­niz­ers started early to raise more than $40,000 to en­sure the re­turn of fire­works and a spec­ta­cle wor­thy of our vet­er­ans’ sac­ri­fice. Started ini­tially by county and then town elected of­fi­cials, an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee now or­ga­nizes the an­nual event. A big thank you to them for hon­or­ing our vets with the pomp and cir­cum­stance that they de­serve.

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