To the news that the Port Deposit building last home to C.M. Tuggs is slated to be demolished. The building dates back to 1900 but has a flat roof, which led to leaking issues and water damage. “It’s not safe,” Rich Wyre, county building inspector, told the Whig recently. Town officials wanted something done for safety reasons, and the county recommended it be condemned. The plight of the C.M. Tuggs building highlights a common issue in Port Deposit. A lot of buildings in town are old, and preservation is beyond the reach of most. “As much as we’d like to save all of them, some are past the point of no return,” Town Administrator Vicky Rinkerman said.
To the two bank robberies that occurred in Elkton in the span of five days. The first came at 10 a.m. last Friday at the Aberdeen Proving Ground Federal Credit Union at 1204 E. Pulaski Highway. Detectives arrested the suspect, John Taylor Battee, 35, about 5 p.m. Monday at the Cecil County District Courthouse in Elkton — where he had an appointment with his probation officer in an unrelated burglary case. However, two days after that arrest, another robbery occurred, this one at 2:22 p.m. Wednesday at the Howard Bank at 305 Augustine Herman Highway, police said. The bandit demanded money from a teller and, after that employee handed over an undisclosed sum of cash, he fled from the bank and headed to a vehicle possibly occupied by a getaway driver. Kudos to the police for quickly apprehending a suspect in the first incident. We hope a suspect in Wednesday’s crime is identified equally as fast.
To word that the popular Hart’s United Methodist Church Peach Festival may not return next year. The festival has been a yearly tradition since 1986, when church member Hank Passi had the idea to donate peaches from his North East business, Eagle’s Roost Farm & Orchard. On Saturday, the 30th edition of the festival attracted a crowd despite oppressive heat and humidity. However, now that the congregation is aging and event preparation is less easily managed, Hart’s UMC is considering calling an end to the tradition. “We haven’t made the final decision, but this is probably the finale,” Passi said last weekend. “Nothing lasts forever.” We salute Passi for his decades of hard work organizing the festival, and here’s hoping another member of the congregation steps up to take the reins of this treasured community event.