Wow, what a week it was in Havre de Grace!
The city was pillaged by the British for the second time in 200 years. Decoys, ducks and all things fowl from the water made their 32nd annual three-day visit. And the voters not only chose all incumbents (we know Fred Cullum technically wasn't one, but he's been around so much he qualifies) for mayor and city council, but also told the city government to go ahead and spend $1.29 million to buy a waterfront parcel.
The election results tell us that the majority of those who voted in Havre de Grace are satisfied with the way things are, including the more than 2 to 1 vote to affirm the city council's decision to buy the land next to the Concord Point Lighthouse.
The reenactment of the War of 1812, which didn't reach Havre de Grace until 1813, was a tremendous success.
The Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival rolled on for its 32nd year, despite the challenges of the city being overtaken by the British and the crowds who descended on Havre de Grace to watch.
The weather cooperated and so did the people, turning out by the thousands for the reenactment, to visit the tall ships The Pride of Baltimore II and The Sultana or to just enjoy another evening of fireworks bursting in air over the war. There's no place like Havre de Grace for watching fireworks.
The voters have guaranteed that nothing will ever be built that could detract from that wonderful place overlooking where the Susquehanna River becomes the Chesapeake Bay. Havre de Grace's iconic locale - the Concord Point Lighthouse, which graces the front page of The Record for the second straight week - is such a part of the city's image that buying the parcel to preserve it was the only choice.
Can you imagine another brick monstrosity casting its shadow over the lighthouse the way the condos up the street block the view of the Susquehanna? We can, and it's not pretty.
Now it's time for Mayor Wayne Dougherty and City Councilmen John Correri, Randy Craig and Fred Cullum to get down to the difficult business of running the city for the next two years in a way that keeps the electorate as satisfied as it voted on May 7, 2013.
Havre de Grace done good last week, attracting thousands, putting on a good show for them and making wise choices when it voted.