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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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