Of­fi­cials for­mally rec­og­nize Whig’s 175th an­niver­sary

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & REGIONAL - By JA­COB OWENS

ELK­TON

jowens@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

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.

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