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Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

To the news that Bain­bridge is on track to get wa­ter and sewer ser­vice as early as 2018 af­ter the county coun­cil voted unan­i­mously on three sep­a­rate mea­sures Tues­day night to be­gin the process. Coun­cil mem­bers ap­proved two res­o­lu­tions to amend the county’s master wa­ter and sewer plan that moves the Bain­bridge prop­erty up in pri­or­ity from sched­uled ser­vice within 10 years to sched­uled ser­vice within five years, and a third bill to ap­pro­pri­ate fund­ing to be­gin the project’s plan­ning. Ef­forts are al­ready un­der­way to pro­vide both wa­ter and sewer ser­vices as early as 2018. The for­mer U.S. Naval Train­ing Cen­ter Bain­bridge has had a dif­fi­cult re­cent his­tory, but this news will make it eas­ier for the Bain­bridge De­vel­op­ment Corp. to mar­ket the prop­erty for a new fu­ture. It nar­rowly missed out on re­cent em­ployer in­vest­ments due to its lack of util­ity ser­vice, which this ac­tion should rec­tify in the near term. Here’s hop­ing for brighter days at Bain­bridge.

To Ralph Young, an Earleville res­i­dent, who was re­cently nom­i­nated to the Mary­land Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Hall of Fame. Each year, the Mary­land Se­nior Ci­ti­zen Hall of Fame in­ducts a max­i­mum of 50 se­nior cit­i­zens who have achieved out­stand­ing com­mu­nity ser­vice and are still ac­tively giv­ing back. He will be rec­og­nized by the state at a lun­cheon Oct. 27 in Glen Burnie. Young is well-known through­out Ce­cil County for the an­tique trunks he re­stores and do­nates to non­prof­its coun­ty­wide for use as an auc­tion item or to be raf­fled as a fundraiser. He has been a mem­ber of the Ce­cil­ton Lions Club for 30 years, serv­ing as its first trea­surer, a post he held for 17 years. He con­tin­ues to be an ac­tive Lions Club mem­ber par­tic­i­pat­ing in all of their ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year. He is also a found­ing mem­ber of the Fair Hill Na­ture Cen­ter and a mem­ber of the Busi­ness Ed­u­ca­tion Part­ner­ship Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil (BEPAC), Ce­cil Col­lege Foun­da­tion, Ce­cil County Farm Bureau, Mount Har­mon and the Mary­land Farm Bureau. A grate­ful Young thanked the county coun­cil and the county ex­ec­u­tive Tues­day for the recog­ni­tion, say­ing, “It’s very nice, but un­nec­es­sary.” We dis­agree. Ku­dos on the honor, Ralph, you’ve earned it.

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