Officials formally recognize Whig’s 175th anniversary
— A collection of local, county and state officials gathered Thursday morning to formally recognize the Cecil Whig’s 175th anniversary with a variety of citations and proclamations.
On Aug. 7, Cecil County’s newspaper of record reached the momentous milestone, celebrating at its North Bridge Street office and publishing a special commemorative edition full of the paper’s history. The Whig is among the oldest newspapers in America and among even fewer that have never changed its name. Started by young Whig Party loyalist Palmer Chamberlain Ricketts in 1841, the Whig has endured since long before the Civil War.
On Thursday, Tammy Edwards, senior business development representative for Cecil, Harford and Kent counties, presented a secretary’s citation to the Whig on behalf of Maryland Commerce Secretary Mike Gill, who was unable to attend as he completes a trade mission to Israel with the governor.
The citation comes “in appreciation for (the Whig’s) commitment to providing outstanding news coverage to the region and with our best wishes for continued success in the days and years to come.”
Meanwhile, Cecil County Councilman George Patchell, representing the council, and County Economic Development Director Lisa Webb, representing County Executive Tari Moore’s administration, also presented a county proclamation to newspaper leaders on Thursday, recognizing the Whig’s role in the community and “extending best wishes for its continued prosperity into the future.”
Both Patchell and Webb applauded the remarkable achievement in lasting 175 years, spanning numerous generations and overcoming a variety of obstacles.
That thought was echoed by Elkton Mayor Rob Alt, who added that, “We applaud businesses that survive 50 years and we honor those that make 100, but 175 years is something nearly incomprehensible.”
After extending his well wishes — along with those from longtime Elkton Commissioner Charles Givens — Alt declared Sept. 22, 2016, to be Cecil Whig Day in town.
David Fike, president of the Whig’s parent company, Adams Publishing Group Media of Chesapeake, thanked the guests for their recognition and noted that the newspaper is thriving at a time when others aren’t due to difficult decisions made in recent years.
“We’re doing well today because of those tough decisions, even though it may be tough for the community to understand at times,” he said. “We cannot wait to celebrate the 200th anniversary.”
David Fike, president of the Whig’s parent company, APG Media of Chesapeake, thanks Tammy Edwards for the Department of Commerce citation on the newspaper’s 175th anniversary.