To the work already done by Cecil County Animal Services, the new county-run animal control and care operation. This week, county council members toured the operation’s Route 213 facility, formerly the SPCA of Cecil County headquarters, which was opened to the public July 1. New county animal services director Abigail Lightning-Bingham told the officials that even though the shelter’s signage has not gone up yet and more promotional work is yet to be done, her staff has seen numerous cases already. On Monday, two stray animals that were picked up by animal control officers were reunited with their families. So far, about 30 animals have been adopted or taken by rescue efforts out of the county shelter. Aiding that effort are lowered adoption costs of $65 per dog and $40 per cat — though free cat adoptions are being offered through the end of July. Lightning-Bingham told officials that she has also begun a review of the county’s animal care and control ordinance for potential changes to make it more common sense and easier to enforce. Prior contracted agencies often complained that the laws were too broad to properly enforce, so kudos to the new animal services director for doing something about it while also helping our four-legged residents in the meantime. The shelter, located at 3280 Augustine Herman Highway, is open noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, noon to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5:30 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. It is closed on Mondays. For more information or for animal control assistance, call 410-441-2040.
To America’s first female major party presidential nominee. Regardless of how you feel about Hillary Clinton and the scandals that have enveloped her campaign, it truly was a momentous occasion to see a woman become a contender for the White House this week. Much like her Democratic Party predecessor Barack Obama, who broke the presidential color barrier, the increasing diversity in our highest levels of government are a good thing for our future generations. Many of our First World partners have already broken such barriers in recent decades, so we’re glad to see our daughters have a new dream become that much more attainable.