by Lisa Tome
She answered the call.
More than 25,000 times.
And on Tuesday, July 11, Sundee Nutter, 49, who was employed by Cecil's Department of Emergency Services as a call taker and dispatcher for more than 16 years, lost a short battle with cancer.
One day after Nutter died, Cecil County facilities maintenance staff hung mourning bunting outside DES and the Cecil Sheriff's Office. It's the first time that a dispatcher has been honored in such a way.
Nutter was known among the local police officers for her pride in and love for those she served.
"The role of a dispatcher is really Back the Blue. The ones who truly back us, sit behind the phone and the radio. We have one shot to call for help. The loss of Sundee Nutter, this is a dark day. It goes deep down. Bless the dispatchers and all of those feeling the effects of her untimely death," said Rising Sun police chief Chip Peterson.
Cecil Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. James Keller worked with Nutter for more than 15 years. "She was a great person. She cared for every one of us. She was one of my first dispatchers. She took care of everybody and kept an ear out for all of us. This is just a shame," said Cpl. Keller.
Nutter was also outstanding at her job.
Elkton was supposed to be rocking last week with dogs and The Witchdoctors.
But the first Thursday concert in the Music on Main series, which was combined with Elkton's first ever pet friendly downtown event, was called off due to heat. Dog's Day of Summer, a pet friendly event, and celebration of all things canine, has been rescheduled for August 10.
But the music will go on.
Laura Newman likes introducing kids to animals.
"Our favorite thing about the summer library programs is that we are able to reach a larger variety of school age kids and provide a fun activity and try and highlight the importance of zoos and conservation. One of our biggest goals is to foster in kids a love for animals," said Laura Newman, a Maryland Zoo's outreach instructor.
The Maryland Zoo mobile unit came to visit the Elkton Library last week. The program started out with the children learning about each animal that was presented. They then participated in activities such as standing on one foot like a flamingo to test their endurance. Then the children got to meet the animals.
Holly Trego voluntarily took a demotion from her former position of captain with Cecil's Department of Emergency Services.
She stepped down from her former post in order to step up to handle quality assurance for the department.
On Tuesday, July 11 it was time to make things right, explained DES Director Richard Brooks.
Trego was surprised by Director Brooks, her fellow DES staffers, her family members, mom, Nancy and sister, Kay.
"She made a personal sacrifice and it's time to return her to the rank of captain," said Brooks.
He also said that Trego could have been promoted July 1 but he and Trego were both busy with job duties. "If we let life get in the way, this would never happen," said Brooks.
The members of the county council and county executive Alan McCarthy no longer have an open door policy.
Now, you have to ring the doorbell and wait for someone to answer.
According to Steve Kuhls, Facilities Management Director for Cecil County, new changes have been made to the second floor of the County Administration Building on Chesapeake Boulevard. The suite where the offices of the executive, council, council manager Director of Administration Al Wein, and County attorney Jason Allison, and those who assist them, is now access controlled. To enter that area, you need a key fob.
The area also used to feature clear glass. That has been covered over with window tint.
by Daniel Freeman
He does it for the kids.
"I just enjoy it (umpiring). I like getting out there and giving back to the community and helping the kids out. (Also) providing (the league) with umpires," said Yale.
He has been umpiring for about 20 years. Yale got into umpiring because his kids played little league. He remembers watching the games and said he wanted to improve the way games were called.
"The only way to make things better was to get involved as a volunteer and I have been involved ever since," said Yale.
Now Rising Sun Little League Umpire Vince Yale has been selected for a great assignment.
Their bodies were bending.
Locals from around Perryville attended a free yoga class held at the Perryville Library last week. Some of the reasons why they attended the class were to relieve stress, help with flexibility, and that it was a free class. Yoga is also a way for you to relieve stress and anger and to find your inner self.
"I have a lot of stress and anger problems and I'm hoping it helps with my anger and stress. I wanted to come out for 'me time'. I have a three-year-old at home and, between working six days a week and helping my friend out with her baby, I don't get
a lot of time for myself. So this hour is a time for myself," said Kimberly Thomas.
by Lisa Tome
Allen Miller doesn't want people to have to wait for a specific day to dispose of their unwanted medications.
Miller, Chief of the Perryville Police Department, has found a way to simplify the process.
While working his part time job at Colora Pharmacy, Chief Miller saw a product which lets people dispose of their medications safely at home. He then contacted Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, the producer of the high tech personal medication disposal system. And asked about getting them for the department.
"They then sent us 300 samples. I'm giving them to the officers. This way, if someone has one or two medications to dispose of, they aren't waiting," said Miller.
by Daniel Freeman
Over. Under. Over.
Children at the Chesapeake City Library learned how to take pieces of fabric and ribbon and weave them together to create a textile to take home.
Librarian Kristen Shaw taught the children three different global textile types. Those types were, Scotland, Ghana, and Navajo Nation. Each group had a different type of weave.
"Weaving Around the World was definitely something a little different and we always try to offer something educational and something that they are not going to get any place else. So today was a little history, they learned about different types of cloths and the reason for cloths. They also got to examine their own clothing and to see what kind of weave their own clothing was made out of. They definitely learned about each country and what they are famous for with their cloths," said Shaw.
by Lisa Tome
A manpower shortage has pushed Rising Sun police chief Chip Peterson to think about things a little differently.
The chief said last week that he is considering hiring part time officers to bolster the full time service currently provided by department veterans George Vanaskey, Stephen McKinney, and Daniel Stickney.
Officer Dallas Herbert, who began working in the town December 31, 2013, is no longer on the force. No announcement has come regarding his departure. Sgt. Chris Tserkis also left within the last several months. Tserkis was with the department from August 2015 until March of this year.