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Children recount parents' 73-year love affair, devotion, marriage

Posted On: 8/22/13
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

Children recount parents' 73-year love affair, devotion, marriage GLEN RIDDLE—Sometimes you know exactly what you want the very first second you spot it. That was the case for young Stephen Gural when he spotted the pretty brunette coming out of an ice cream shop while he was visiting a friend in New Jersey. That was nearly eight decades ago. Stephen’s chance sighting of Frances Kulima led to a romantic pursuit, love affair and marriage that would end only as Stephen died still proclaiming his love for Frances, days after their 73rd wedding anniversary. It all began when he first laid eyes on a teen-aged Frances in the tightknit New Jersey town where she lived and where he was visiting friends and relatives. Stephen had been in the process of helping his family migrate from their farm in the Ukraine to Manitoba, Canada, at the urging of a Jewish neighbor, according to his daughter Darlene Hughes. It was the early 1930s and the neighbor was telling everyone he knew that the political climate in Ukraine was devolving with t...
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Alumni, teacher to be honored

Posted On: 8/22/13
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Alumni, teacher to be honored BERLIN–The Germantown School Community Heritage Center is hosting a banquet honoring its alumni and sole surviving teacher, Josephine Anderson, on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. The event is being held at the Berlin Intermediate School and will feature Dr. Clara L. Small, guest speaker. Dr. Small, a professor at Salisbury University, is renowned for her knowledge of African American history. She has authored or co-authored several books pertaining to the significant role of African Americans on the Eastern Shore. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased by calling 410-641-0638. Reservations are available until Sept. 7. Participant support will help maintain the newly renovated historical building. Attendees will enjoy an evening of food and fellowship, while listening to an engaging talk by Small.  
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Otto’s South Point home one of 10 featured on annual tour

Posted On: 8/1/13
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OCEAN CITY–Have you ever wanted to walk through one of the beautiful homes featured in a magazine? Now is your chance to walk through the home of John and Pat Otto, an 8,300-square-foot South Point home that was featured in Coastal Style and Metropolitan magazines. Come see how the owners’ meticulous attention to detail and their spectacular outdoor living space makes this house a home. The Otto’s home is one of four South Point homes that await you on the ninth annual Sand Castle Home Tour, presented by the Art League of OC. The Sand Castle Home Tour will be held Sept. 19-20. The self-guided home tour of 10 unique residences in the Ocean City area is held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The tour will kick off with a cocktail party sponsored by the Gateway Grand at the home of Jim and Jan Perdue on Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Reservations for the cocktail party are $75 per person and may be purchased by calling the ALOC at 410-524-9433. The...
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‘Great moms’ sometimes are volunteers who simply care

Posted On: 5/9/13
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

WORCESTER COUNTY —With the annual commemoration of gratitude for the caring and selflessness of biological mothers and grandmothers in recognition of Mother’s Day on May 12, a canvassing of local child service and faith organizations uncovered a small sampling of some pretty “great mom” surrogates in the area as well. Here we highlight three. Great foster parent: Robin Cook of Bishopville Terry Edwards, resource home worker for the Worcester County Department of Social Services, who said the term “foster parent” has been updated to “resource parent” to reflect the expanded roles they play in the lives of the young people they help, said all of the 19 resource parents in the program “Do such an outstanding job.” She commended Robin Cook for her ability to maintain biological connections between the children placed in the foster care system and their biological family members. “She is very good at helping the children ...
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Delmarva Chorus will sing to your valentine

Posted On: 2/7/13
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES — The Delmarva Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will kick off its “Singing Messages” serenading services with Valentine’s Day performances in Berlin, Ocean City and Ocean Pines. The Sweet Adelines are a feminine take on the traditional male barbershop harmony, and are dedicated to teaching women how to sing a cappella (without musical accompaniment). It is an independent, nonprofit music education association for women singers that was founded by the wives and friends of male barbershop singers in Tulsa, Okla., and has 500 chapters worldwide, primarily in the U.S. Carol Ludwig, director of the 10-year-old Delmarva Chorus, said the Ocean Pines-based group has 28 members and will send members out in quartets to the location of the sender’s choice including homes, offices, restaurants or nursing homes. The $25 performance fee includes two personalized serenades and a picture of the recipient that can be e-mailed to the sender. She said o...
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'Victorian Christmas' events in town

Posted On: 11/22/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff writer

BERLIN – Victorian Christmas, a month-long series of downtown events sponsored by the town and businesses, begins this Friday, Nov. 23.   Town of Berlin Christmas Tree Lighting Friday, Nov. 23 The Atlantic Hotel 5 p.m. Free The annual Christmas tree lighting will kick things off at the Atlantic Hotel on North Main Street. Mayor Gee Williams and other guests will conduct the ceremony. The tree will remain lit throughout the season. Local musician Carol Ludwig and her Delmarva Chorus will provide musical entertainment. Festival of Trees Friday, Nov. 23 through Friday, Dec. 14 Downtown Berlin Holiday trees decorated by the owners of nearly every downtown shop will be displayed in their storefront for almost an entire month. All trees can be bid on through a silent auction. Anyone interested can go in while the tree is displayed and place his or her bid. Bidding will end at 8 p.m. on Dec. 14 and winners will be contacted the next day. &n...
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Local artist repaints sign attributed to urban legend

Posted On: 11/22/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff Writer

BERLIN — For the first time in 15 years, local artist Jim Adcock has touched up the sign he painted that has long been rumored to be the inspiration for the naming of the fictional town of Hale, Md. in the Hollywood film, "Runaway Bride." The 1999 film that starred Julia Robers and Richard Gere is one of two Hollywood films filmed in historic downtown Berlin. The other full-length feature, Tuck Everlasting, was filmed in the town in 2002. "When Reggie Mariner built the building, he wanted it to look old, so he installed rusty roofing and I distressed the paint," Adcock said. Although the building — now Go Organic Grocer in the large parking lot off North Main Street — was fairly new 15 years ago, the structure looked as if it was decades old, especially after Adcock used skills such as chipping paint off.  "There actually was a Hale Harrison peach," said Adcock, in explaining his inspiration for the design. The Harrison family h...
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Food and drink shops get into the holiday spirit

Posted On: 11/15/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff writer

Food and drink shops get into the holiday spirit BERLIN/OCEAN PINES — As chilly, winter-like weather has hit the area, several local businesses are preparing specialty foods and drinks for families eager to get into the holiday mood. Many good eateries are in the area and most have space to sit down while also offering a take-out service. Si'culi on North Main Street in Berlin always has a rotating daily special and winter-related entrees will be served all winter. Main Street Deli on South Main Street in Berlin will create combination meat and cheese trays, featuring items from national distributor Dietz & Watson. Any sort of meats and cheeses can be incorporated, and varieties offered include roast beef, pastrami, New York sharp cheddar cheese and American cheese. Several pies can also be purchased, such as sweet potato pie, apple pie, apple crump and pumpkin pie. In December, Enchanted Tea Room on South Main Street in Berlin will serve Victorian-era desserts: plum pudding made with a combination of five se...
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Mentalist plays mind tricks at Whimsical Cottage

Posted On: 11/8/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff writer

Mentalist plays mind tricks at Whimsical Cottage  BERLIN – Mentalist Dan Cain will present his “Experiments of the Mind” show this weekend at the Whimsical Cottage of Berlin to prove to audience members that there is no such thing as a random happening. "I know this dispels the notion of free will, but everything’s pretty much meant to be," Cain said. "I like to show connections between people." These connections, according to Cain, are not connections such as discovering a long-lost relative, but rather seemingly random associations between people in unconventional ways. As one example of what could be seen in his show on Friday, No. 9, Cain said he will have two random people come up on stage, one with his or her ticket to the show and another who has a $1 bill. Cain will then have the person with the ticket scratch off a section on its backside to reveal a series of letters and numbers. He will then compare that series of characters to a sequence on the other audience m...
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Winter crafts fair Saturday in OP just in time for the holidays

Posted On: 11/1/12
Written By: Nathan Brunet, Staff writer

Winter crafts fair Saturday in OP just in time for the holidays OCEAN PINES – Forty local artisans and businesses will be selling their original works at the 3rd annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Craft Fair at the Ocean Pines Community Center on Saturday, Nov. 3. "It gives people in the area an opportunity to attend a fair where everything is handmade," said Carol Quinto, co-chairperson of the event and a member of the Pine'eer Arts & Crafts Club, which is sponsoring the fair. Between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the public can stroll the Community Center, which will be filled with vendors selling original, holiday crafts such as wreaths, photographs, handmade soap, jewelry and stained glass. There will be no charge for admission. Most vendors are private artists, but some area businesses will participate as well. Before being accepted to sell their crafts at the fair, vendors’ applications are reviewed to ensure what is being sold meets appropriate guidelines to provide a wide array of items for attendees. "We have ...
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