Thumbs up: Law enforcement who spent a majority of last weekend on top of the Dunkin' Donuts in Westminster to raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland didn't just meet their goal, they far exceeded it thanks to the generosity of so many residents.
Carroll County Sheriff Jim DeWees, Carroll County State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo, Westminster Police Department Chief Jeff Spaulding and Maryland State Police Lt. Pat McCrory had originally set a goal of raising $10,000, but collected a total of $14,700, highlighted by a $2,000 donation from Ram Javia, the owner of the Westminster Dunkin' Donuts franchise where the fundraiser took place.
Thumbs down: PNC Bank has decided it will close its Union Bridge location in November, leaving the western Carroll town without a bank. Residents and business owners in the small town expressed concern about what this means for them in the short-term and how it will affect the town long-term. PNC will transfer Union Bridge accounts to its location in Taneytown, some 7 to 8 miles away. Our hope is that a smaller, locally or regionally owned bank will swoop in to fill the void at the space on 18 N. Main St. that has maintained a bank in the community for more than a century.
Thumbs up: Westminster officials, downtown businesses and McDaniel College students partnered last weekend to beautify the downtown area. McDaniel freshmen spent Saturday afternoon completing service projects such as washing windows, painting railings, weeding and planting flowers, then local businesses owners tidied up storefronts and sidewalks, while area artists helped paint window art to brighten up the city. Nearly 100 students volunteered to help out. Relations between McDaniel students and city residents haven't always the best, so it's nice to see so many new students contributing to their new home for the next four years.
Thumbs down: Police and fire officials are still trying to get to the bottom of who intentionally started a fire that damaged the blue caboose in Sykesville in the early morning hours Sunday. The caboose, located on Oklahoma Avenue near Baldwin's Station, is a historic landmark in Sykesville, tied to the town's history of commerce as a stop on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. Due to the historic nature of the structure, the cost of the damage is still being calculated. Fortunately, no one was injured and the one-alarm fire, discovered by a Sykesville police officer just before 3 a.m., only took about 5 minutes to get under control. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call 410-836-4844.