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.