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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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