To the addition of Friday evening races at the annual Fair Hill Races, a first for the 85-year event. The free event featured an afternoon of amateur racing with two flat races and two timber races, as well as craft beer tastings, food trucks, cornhole and other activities at the race track, drawing a strong crowd to check out the new offering. That equestrian heritage is set to enter a new era as Fair Hill prepares for the arrival of five-start eventing. The Maryland Board of Public Works approved $17 million in funding for improvements that will make Fair Hill one of seven locations in the world capable of hosting the pinnacle of equestrian eventing competition. Fair Hill International leaders broke ground on the expansion Friday, and officially began the project this week. Jay Griswold, vice president of the Fair Hill Foundation, said the expansion would have been a point of pride for the Fair Hill Races’ founder, William du Pont Jr., who started the event in 1934. “I think old Willy du Pont is looking down on us and smiling, and I think he’d be very pleased and proud as to what we’re doing here,” Griswold said. We think so too, and hope for a smooth journey toward Fair Hill's world-class future.
To the amazing work all of our student scholars offered up at the annual STEM Capstone Gallery Walk this week. After a year’s worth of scientific studies and experiments, the next generation of scientists, technology experts, engineers and mathematicians shared their capstone projects with their peers and community members Wednesday at Elkton High School. Among the offerings were projects dealing with E. coli growth, water quality, concussion prevention, athletic wear improvement, resources for Parkinson's patients and more. Each year we are truly amazed by what our students are working on and we're proud to share their work with readers. Congrats to all of our STEM students.
To the tragic crash last Thursday that claimed the lives of three young children and their uncle, and left their eldest sibling and grandmother badly injured. Our hearts sank when we learned of the horrific scene unfolding near North East and prayed for a miracle to save the lives of those involved. Unfortunately that miracle wasn't to be and the Shackelford and Jackson families are now forever changed. As parents, our hearts go out to their families this week. We also are cognizant of the impact that crash scene will have on first responders, who often suffer from PTSD and depression that goes little reported in our mainstream media. If any good came of such tragedy it reminded us of the good that our community is capable of. The Brandon Tolson Foundation, Dollar General and numerous individuals began fundraising efforts to support the families through the funerals, medical bills and after care and have raised more than a combined $10,000 to date. We expect to hear of more efforts to support these families through the tragedy in coming weeks and months, and we ask that you consider contributing as well.