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.