THUMBS UP... to the cast and crew of Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre’s “Romero and Juliet.” Be sure to go this weekend — it’s the only time you can! Show will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available for purchase at milburnstone.com.

Editor’s Note: What follows is an editorial written by Rebecca Snyder, executive director of the Maryland — Delaware — District of Columbia (MDDC) Press Association, of which the Cecil Whig is a member. Their theme — and ours — for 2020 is “facts matter.” Please look for more editorials and work throughout the year surrounding this theme. We are grateful to be part of a journalistic organization that prioritizes accurate reporting and objectivity. It is my great pleasure to lead with these principles as I begin my first full calendar year as editor of the Whig. Thank you for supporting…

As the clock strikes midnight on Tuesday night and we celebrate our way into 2020, I am struck with the meaningfulness of another year of breaking and making the news — and especially in print.

CECIL COUNTY — There’s nothing better than ringing in the new year among nature, and Cecil County has two excellent First Day Hikes that you don’t want to miss.

As we close out 2019, I want to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful people who took time to donate blood in order to help numerous patients throughout Delmarva and beyond.

If you looked only at the big picture, you’d have to say we live in deeply troubled times. It seems we’ve never been more polarized. Political discourse feels more like a war zone than a thoughtful national conversation. But what happens when you zoom in closer?

Thumbs up to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, that launched in Cecil County recently. Children from all over the county will be able to get free books monthly from birth to age five, once they are signed up. The books are mailed to them, so it’s also a great way to teach how fun it is to get the mail. We signed my nephew up for the Imagination Library in his city when he was born, and he delights in the books that come in the mail every month. He’s got an entire year and will get 12 more books!

As we approach Christmas day let’s take a moment to salute the grand women of Christmas.

We all know Santa reads his Cecil Whig. So if you’d like to send in a letter to Santa to be printed in the Whig, please drop it off at our office at 601 N. Bridge Street, or e-mail it to letters@cecilwhig.com.

Journalists relentlessly pursue the truth in order to provide citizens with the information they need to be self-governing. And yet, for journalists, doing that work can be risky, dangerous and even cost lives.

Editor’s Note: I have done my share of caregiving, as have my sister and mother. I was inspired by my mother, who cared for two parents in their advanced years after debilitating strokes, and soon after did the same for her invalid sister in her last years. Her consistency, fortitude and gentleness forged a path that all the women in my family have emulated as we care for each other and others in times of sickness and convalescence.

...to the Cecil County Farm Museum and to all the agricultural folks in the county. Did you know that there are more than 530 farms in Cecil County alone, and that more than 40 percent of farmers here are women? That’s cool!