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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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