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Cecil Whig - - & -

To the Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice and the scores of donors who helped make its “No Shave Novem­ber” cam­paign a suc­cess, net­ting triple what the agency raised last year. The ben­e­fi­ciary of the $17,500 raised, Camp Open Arms, which is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and the Univer­sity of Mary­land Depart­ment of Orthopaedics, is a camp that is ex­clu­sively for chil­dren who have up­per limb ab­nor­mal­i­ties due to birth de­fects or in­juries. This year’s cause struck close to home for the deputies and cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers be­cause CCSO Dfc. Don­ald Lidy and his wife, An­nette, have a 1-year-old daugh­ter, Rosie, who falls into that cat­e­gory. Ku­dos goes to all who rec­og­nized the wor­thy cause this year and do­nated what they could as well as the deputies who made the cam­paign fun with the cre­ative and hu­mor­ous pho­tos they posted to doc­u­ment their ef­forts.

To news that im­proved fa­cil­i­ties and com­pe­ti­tion may be on its way to Fair Hill, which is al­ready a world-class des­ti­na­tion for eques­trian sport­ing. A new vi­sion aims to cre­ate a Mary­land Horse Park Sys­tem, as pro­posed in a 2015 study that rec­om­mended en­hanc­ing ex­ist­ing equine-related fa­cil­i­ties all over the state to cre­ate a sys­tem that high­lights Mary­land’s horse in­dus­try. In­ter­est in this project was buoyed this week with news that Fair Hill In­ter­na­tional has ap­plied to be a four-star host site for world-class eques­trian event­ing with the U.S. Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion. It is cur­rently a two-star and three-star host for three-day event­ing ac­tiv­i­ties each Oc­to­ber, but fourstar rep­re­sents the pin­na­cle of eques­trian sports with only six such events in the world. If ap­proved, Fair Hill would boast the best rid­ers in the world and likely bring up­ward of 80,000 peo­ple to watch the four-star event. The only Amer­i­can four-star event, held each spring in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., drew 82,000 peo­ple this year. It may be too early to get ex­cited, but we hope that of­fi­cials rec­og­nize Fair Hill’s po­ten­tial and show­case Mary­land’s out­stand­ing horse in­dus­try.

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