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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the news that the Bain­bridge De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion re­ceived a $1 mil­lion grant from the U.S. Depart­ment of De­fense’s of­fice of eco­nomic ad­just­ment Thurs­day to help it re­de­velop the 1,200-acre former naval train­ing cen­ter. It’s the first ma­jor com­mit­ment from the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to Bain­bridge since per­va­sive con­tam­i­na­tion was de­tected in soil in parts of the prop­erty more than five years ago. Bain­bridge is an area be­set by prob­lems, but also pos­sess­ing im­mense pos­si­bil­ity with its acreage and lo­ca­tion. With fund­ing for a new round of con­tam­i­na­tion and fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies, the BDC may be get­ting closer to be­ing able to re­me­di­ate the prop­erty. Mean­while, grow­ing de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests in un­tainted ar­eas of the site cou­pled with a county pro­posal to ex­tend water and sewer ser­vice to the prop­erty may mean that Bain­bridge is closer to re­gain­ing its promi­nence than ever be­fore.

To the un­named Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s deputy, who, as a part of the Ce­cil County Drug Task Force, helped dis­man­tle a large-scale heroin im­por­ta­tion ring, solve a homi­cide case, pre­vent more vi­o­lence from hit­ting our streets and put a dent into the county’s grow­ing sub­stance abuse pro­gram. The deputy, who re­mains anony­mous due to the un­der­cover na­ture of his work, was re­cently rec­og­nized as the Mary­land’s Sher­iff’s As­so­ci­a­tion 2015 Deputy of the Year Award. CCSO Chief Deputy Ger­ald K. Wid­does, who per­son­ally worked sev­eral years in an un­der­cover ca­pac­ity, em­pha­sized that the hon­ored deputy’s ac­com­plish­ments don’t come easily. “Our un­der­cover deputies fre­quently work in the shad­ows and far too of­ten go un­rec­og­nized. Their lives fun­da­men­tally change, of­ten at the ex­pense of fam­ily and friends,” he told the Whig. To that we of­fer a firm sa­lute and a thank you for the many hours of hard and risky work.

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