To the safe return of three different county teens who left home this week and had families scrambling. On Wednesday afternoon, the Maryland State Police North East barracks reported that they were searching for a 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy who were thought to be traveling to the North Caroline area. Then on Thursday, Cecil County Sheriff’s Office investigators began publicizing info about a missing 14-year-old girl who was last seen about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Luckily in both cases, all three teens were found unharmed by law enforcement agencies. Detectives credited the help of tips provided by the public in helping locate all of the missing and we extend our gratitude to those who helped lend some assurance to the families. Some across social media questioned whether to promote such cases and whether it downplayed scenarios of kidnapping, but we disagree. When it’s your child who has left home unexpectedly and isn’t communicating for an extended period of time, sometimes the choice to report a missing child is the one to make. We’re just glad that all involved are back home safe.
To the story of Kelly Dvorak, who, along with her Honda HT-3813 lawn mower, is crossing the country. Too many of us relegate our dreams to the back of our minds with doubts, but Dvorak has proven that with some planning, tenacity and some personal connections, dreams aren’t that out of reach. The 23-year-old began her trek in her hometown of Byron, Mich., on June 24 after graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in geology. Yearning to travel after graduation but lacking the funds to leave home, Dvorak said she came up with a plan: mow lawns in each place she visits as a way to raise money to continue the trip. So far she’s covered 13 states in her journey, making new friends and earning some dough along the way. She’s bartered a bit to see the sights and other times just earned cold, hard cash for cutting the grass. Some families have invited her in for the night and had her join the family dinner. Kudos to Dvorak for not letting obstacles get in the way of a dream, no matter how big or small, and showing the rest of us that reaching is worth it.
To the explosive growth of solar arrays in Cecil County, which will help grow environmentally friendly energy production here and help reduce operational costs for public agencies and private organizations. The county already boasts about a half dozen arrays, but Cecil County officials publicly discussed plans to build two new arrays in the Elkton area: one at the Cecil County Administration Building and one near the Highlands community. Meanwhile, West Nottingham Academy in Colora confirmed that it is seeking to build a large array that will power the entire school and provide excess back to the grid. The rapid growth of solar energy is a positive step for the county’s future.