To Cecil County for improving its recycling rate to more than 50 percent, besting last year’s rate of about 43 percent. Recycling Program Manager Tanya Adams announced the winners of the 2015 Cecil County Recycling Awards at a county council meeting in Elkton Tuesday night, noting that many of the categorical winners were multiple-year winners. This year’s big winners were North Street Senior Apartments, Warwick Mushroom Farm, Junkbeegone.com, Waste Management, Bestrans Inc., Elkton Recyclers, Inc., W. L. Gore, and the Town of Chesapeake City. Recycling is important for the healthy future of the county as it reduces waste going into the landfill, extending its lifespan, while also reducing pollution and potentially creating new revenue through the sale of recyclables. We encourage all residents to examine their trash to see if there is more they can be recycling or composting. Kudos to this past year’s efforts.
To the first of potentially many walking prayer vigils, which was held Wednesday night in Rising Sun. Fanning out to reach as much of Rising Sun as possible, the 45 prayer warriors divided into three groups organized by Mike Brown. “We prayed for protection, for removal of any generational curses that might be on this town,” Brown said. “We prayed for protection of the children and for the police.” Brown said he felt God was calling him to this ministry and plans to go to Perryville next, eventually holding similar walking vigils all over Cecil County. Groups stopped at Rising Sun Middle School, the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, Howard Bank and Fairview Senior Apartments to pray specifically for the schools, the elderly, business and public safety. Law enforcement leaders said they were honored to the subject of the marchers’ prayers in a time of growing unease and tension between police and communities. Brown’s next vigil will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Community of Perryville Fire Company station house on Route 7. All are welcome to join the walk, Brown said.
To news that Cecil County could establish an incubator program that would support and encourage entrepreneurship at the grassroots level as soon as the end of this year. The county still has to work out some details and coordinate agreements, though one agreement will be with Cecil College for potential co-working space at Elkton Station. The entire incubator initiative began about four years ago with volunteer leadership provided by the technology subcommittee of the county’s Economic Development Commission (EDC). That group hired a firm to do an incubator feasibility study for Cecil County in 2014, which determined the county had the right conditions for an incubator program to be successful. Since completing the study, the technology subcommittee has done more homework on other incubator programs through visitations and meetings in an effort to gain information and support. Now that we’re closer to the start of the program, we’re excited by the potential for future job creation through an incubator.