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Pines welcomes ‘preacher’s son’

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) An impressive crowd turned up at the yacht club Monday night in Ocean Pines to greet new General Manager John Bailey after his first day of work. Bailey and his wife, Meredith, had dinner with most of the board members upstairs in the banquet room and then, after a slight delay, the doors opened to the public at around 7:30 p.m. Bailey did not disappoint. He and Meredith stood, smiling and shaking hands with the hundreds of community members who patiently waited for their turn to speak with him. Although he had not planned to address the assembled crowd, the occasion demanded it. He gathered himself and stood at the back of the long room, next to Board President Doug Parks. “Welcome!” a woman in the crowd shouted. “Thank you for the welcome,” Bailey replied. He joked that, as the son of a preacher, his loud voice was gotten honestly. It easily filled the room. “We’re real excited to be here,” he said. “And t...
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Two juveniles, one adult arrested in Berlin air rifle ring

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) Berlin Police said charges were pending or have been filed against a man and two juveniles in connection with a series of high-powered air rifle attacks on property, moving vehicles and animals near Maple Avenue and Branch and Flowers streets over a period of several months – or possibly more than a year. Lt. Jeffrey Lawson said town workers notified police that someone had been shooting street lights after attempting to replace a light bulb in a light in the area last week.   “When one of the town employees was in the process of removing the light, there was a whole slew of BBs that ran out of the bottom of the light,” Lawson said. “I counted in excess of 15 shots in one particular light.” Local police went on to find that other street lights on Maple Avenue had been similarly damaged. An abandoned house on Maple Avenue was also shot up, and Lawson said police were in the process of contacting the owners to get an estimate of the...
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Annual Demo Derby brings noise to Pocomoke, Saturday

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Sept. 14, 2017) Smashing good times are on tap during the Demolition Derby at the Great Pocomoke Fairgrounds this Saturday. Although the demolition competition kick off at 4 p.m., event chairman Joey Waters said for the same $5 admission price motorsport enthusiasts could come out early to take in the ATV Jamboree and drag races, starting at 10 a.m. Admission starts at 9 a.m., with free admission for children 6 and under.    Regardless of what time you venture out, Waters said those in attendance would help support the drive for next year’s banner event. “It’s the first fundraiser for the (2018) Great Pocomoke Fair,” he said. In addition to mud-flinging excitement, spectators can also purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win prizes from the multitude of area business sponsors who make the event possible, Waters said. “[For] People [who have] never won anything, it gives them a chance to get involved,” he said. “We try to make ...
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Wor. County denies funding for Pocomoke Little League

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Sept. 14, 2017) Worcester County has denied a request from Pocomoke Little League for financial support to erect field lights at its Newtown Park facility. Michael Hooks, Pocomoke Little League vice president, said his organization had sought more than $10,000 towards the costs on installing an automated lighting system.    Despite the lack of buy-in at the county level, Hooks said the little league’s Field Lighting Capital Campaign, launched this summer, would continue. The goal is to raise $100,000. “It’s not a deal breaker … we’re still moving forward with a campaign to raise funds,” he said. “Donations of time or resources are always accepted.” During the Worcester Commissioners meeting on Aug. 29, Paige Hurley, county department of recreation and parks director, said although the project would be permissible funding would not be forthcoming. “The department feels strongly that this request should be denied, as i...
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Berlin’s Small Town Throwdown debuts with huge crowds

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) The inaugural Small Town Throwdown, Saturday in Berlin was, by all accounts, a huge success, as thousands of people turned up to browse through local shops, nosh on locally made barbecue and listen to the three-band lineup of Nashville-inspired country music. “I think this is a classic example of how Berlin and our community have both complimented our past and our future,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “We are certainly a town of 19th-century charm and 21st-century thinking and living, and this event is like the best of both worlds. This is the ultimate kind of classic American music and we can all enjoy it together.” Williams said the success of the event was undeniable, and the chances of it becoming an annual occurrence were excellent. “Our approach has been, do an event three years and then make a decision. I think this event won’t need two more years to decide it’s a classic for Berlin,” Williams said. Plans for th...
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Election committee releases report

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) According to an Ocean Pines Association Elections Committee report, 6,545 validated votes were cast during the August election. The report stated 129 ballots were disqualified. Of those, 26 were duplicate ballots. Doug Parks and Dr. Colette Horn each won three-year terms on the board of directors, earning 1,912 and 1,647 votes, respectively. Marty Clarke finished third with 1,579 votes and Nicole Schafer Crosariol received 1,407 votes. Ballots are kept for one year and are locked in an elections committee file cabinet in the administration building. The report said ballots and envelopes from the 2016 election were discarded. “The counting process went very smoothly,” the report stated. “Ballots rejected by the Scantron machine were reviewed by the Elections Committee and counted if a determination could be made as to the clear intent of the voter.” According to the 2017 report, the major undertaking of the committee was submitting a revisi...
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Berlin Activities Depot celebrates with ribbon cutting

Posted On: 9/14/17
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(Sept. 14, 2017) Berlin Activities Depot and the Berlin Chamber of Commerce are hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. during the grand opening, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Up and running since June, all members of the community are invited to experience the new facility, which provides activities for the entire family. Berlin Activities Depot is located on Old Ocean City Boulevard in Berlin and offers a learning center, education station for infants up to 4 years old with a new public school-based Pre-K program. The gym inside offers recreational, developmental and competitive gymnastics programs and competitive cheerleading programs. Before and after school programs are available as well as Open Gym, Ninja Nation, Laser Tag and a fully equipped adult fitness center with classes. Special priced classes and activities along with discounts and freebies will be offered. For more information, contact Berlin Activities Depot at 410-629-0878...
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Open Paint and Community Pot Luck, Saturday in Berlin

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) Organizers on Monday finalized plans for an “Open Paint and Community Potluck,” Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Germantown School Community Heritage Center on 10223 Trappe Road in Berlin. The event, which will take place from 4-7 p.m., will include food and live gospel music by a local church choir, as well as the chance to lay paint on canvas for a permanent community mural that will be hung on the Berlin Welcome Center on Main Street. “I’m looking forward to a great, exciting afternoon – a great gathering. I just like to see the yard filled,” Barbara Purnell said. “I’ve talked to everybody that I’ve come in contact with. I’ve called, I’ve met, I’ve announced, I’ve passed out flyers and I’m looking for a great event.” Purnell, who oversees the Germantown School, admitted the event would have to compete with a number of others occurring in the community at roughly the same time. &...
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BFP report focused on passive enhancement

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) According to recommendation from Conservation Community Consultants, delivered to the Town of Berlin on Monday, Berlin Falls park is best served by drawing out and enhancing what is already there, rather than undertaking a major redevelopment. But at an estimated price tag of almost $276,000 to do everything recommended by the report appears to be more than just an enhancement. “That’s if the town funded everything,” Dave Wilson said. “Jim [Rapp, cofounder] and I have 50 years of experience working on similar projects, and have a decent idea of the landscape. We got estimates from people we’ve worked with in the past, and identified possible funding sources and if Berlin’s Public Works department could contribute.” The report identifies 11 projects ranging in cost from $5,000 to $75,000 and, along with Wilson’s evaluation of funding opportunities and possible town employee involvement, he said the actual cost would b...
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Area bikers invited to ‘Ride to Sturgis’ in Snow Hill, Sat.

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Sept. 14, 2017) Snow Hill is preparing for a throng of throttle-enthusiasts during the second annual “Ride to Sturgis” event, this Saturday. The motorcycle-themed event aims to attract a small percentage of the more than 100,000 bikers who descend on the Lower Shore during mid-September for OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week to the town’s aptly named Sturgis Park. Snow Hill’s Ride to Sturgis runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature food, drinks and music by hard rock outfit Scrapple from Lewes, Delaware. After envisioning the concept in 2016 with Pocomoke River Canoe Company owner Barry Laws, Economic Development consultant Michael Day enlisted help this year from Walt “Big Poppa” Kuch, Fast Lane Biker magazine’s Delaware marketing and sales director. “He wound up approaching me last year saying, ‘can you help me market and promote this?’” Kuch said. “I said, ‘absolutely, I think it’s a great...
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