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.