June 24, 2010
The Maryland Lottery has just completed the process for obtaining slot machines for the Hollywood Casino in Cecil County, slated to open this fall. While much has been written about this complicated endeavor, there has been a considerable amount of confusion and misinformation with respect to the amounts paid per slot machine by the state. I would like to correct the record and explain just how much was spent to procure the slot machines for Hollywood Casino. Despite what has been written, the Lottery did not pay $46,542 per slot machine.
September 18, 1994
EARLEVILLE -- As eager as he is to sell his 707-acre waterfront estate in Cecil County, William J. Crocker said he won't be too upset if no one bids high enough when his McGill Creek Farm is put up for auction Sept. 24."We'll just stay here," said the third-generation developer, who also owns a winter home in Boca Raton, Fla. "There's worse fates."Worse fates, for sure, than staying in a Georgian-style mansion with 12 bedrooms, 10 full baths, a heated swimming pool, a tennis court and a wet bar with gold-plated faucet foot pedals.
July 4, 1992
NORTH EAST -- Charles "Bud" Shivery won't light one sparkler today. He's already had his fill of sparklers for this July Fourth.Mr. Shivery heads the Elkton Sparkler Co., the family-owned and -operated company near this Cecil County town that until the mid-1980s was the world's largest maker of sparklers.Mr. Shivery, his two sons and their 50 to 60 employees have worked since September producing the sparklers that millions of Americans will wave in celebration of this most patriotic of holidays.
June 8, 2011
While we're already in a battle to stop in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, the politicians and the Maryland Transportation Authority are trying to increase tolls and abolish the decal system. The decal system lets locals in places like Cecil County pay a small annual fee for unlimited access to enter the county where they live. Many of you have voiced your outrage at the proposed toll increases. I have one thing to say to the elected politicians and the MdTA leadership who want to put their hand in our pockets again: Our money belongs to us and you do not have a right to it. Cecil County is the only county the citizens have to pay to enter.
August 4, 2010
A Cecil County zoo that got its start as a personal hobby for its owner, survived political controversies and delighted children and other visitors for 24 years has closed its doors. Ed Plumstead, 82, of Rising Sun, the founder and owner of Plumpton Park Zoo, could not be reached for comment, but the county's tourism director, Sandy Turner, said Plumstead had contacted her last week to tell her he would close the zoo because tending its more than 300 animals had become too hard for him. He shut the business down sometime last week, she said.
December 10, 2009
A Cecil County woman was killed early Wednesday in Arbutus when her car was broadsided by another vehicle as she tried to make a turn, Baltimore County police said. Gail Gwiazdowski, 58, of North East was driving north on Southwestern Boulevard near Interstate 695 in a Subaru Outback station wagon about 6:25 a.m. when she changed lanes in preparation for a U-turn, police said. As she did so, a Dodge van, also traveling northbound, struck the Subaru in the driver's door. Gwiazdowski was killed upon impact, according to Cpl. Michael Hill, a department spokesman.