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Commissioner race decided by Central Committee tally

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– A historically tight County Commissioner’s race came to a wild end on Monday evening as Republican Ted Elder won his party’s nomination for the District 4 seat. Following the June 24 primary, Worcester County Business Contractors Association President Elder led Costa Ventosa owner and winemaker Kathryn Danko-Lord by three votes. Two days later, after the first round of absentee ballots came in, the two candidates were even at 210 votes each. The race was shaken up again on July 2, as Elder regained the lead, adding four votes to Danko-Lord’s one. The finally tally on July 7 gave Danko-Lord three additional votes, deadlocking the race at 214 votes each. “It’s been quite a strange election,” Elder said. “It’s been crazy.” The race then went to the Worcester County Republican Central Committee, who met Monday evening to sort out the chaos. “This was absolutely unprecedented in the state of Marylan...
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Our next Miss USA could come from Ocean Pines

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– The next Miss USA could come from Worcester County. Ocean Pines resident Jessica Keith, 21, recently became a finalist in the Miss Maryland USA state contest leading up to next year’s national pageant. “I got out of a relationship and I made a bucket list, and one of the things that I wanted to do was be in a pageant,” she said. “I went to the Miss America organization, I did one pageant with them, and I got a call from Miss Maryland USA saying, ‘congratulations, you’re a state finalist. The pageant is Oct.31.’” Keith, who grew up in Calvert County, moved to Ocean Pines in March to spend the summer. “My grandparents have always lived up here and I’ve always been up here with friends and family,” she said. “And I like to come to Berlin to embrace my inner Julia Roberts.” The contestant had to pass through a phone interview in May with Bobbi Coffman, founder of nonprofit Happy Helpers ...
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OP candidates formally tabbed by elections panel

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Five candidates for Board of Directors were formally announced last week. The Ocean Pines Elections Committee officially announced incumbents Terri Mohr and Jeff Knepper will run against Pat Renaud, Dave Stevens and Lawrence Lee for the two available Board positions. The two candidates who receive the highest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms. Two other candidates, Slobodan Trendic and Dan Moul, resigned earlier during the race. The three non-incumbent candidates continued to take issue with General Manager Bob Thompson’s contract and the current Board’s actions during the last term. Ballots will be mailed to OPA members on July 14. Mohr served on the OPA Board during the previous three years as Treasurer and Secretary, as well as liaison to the Aquatics, Environment and Natural Assets, Budget and Finance, Parks and Recreation and Elections committees. The candidate also has three decades of experience as a medical practice mana...
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After fire, friends help get West Ocean City family on feet

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WEST OCEAN CITY– After a June 26 fire decimated the home of Jennifer Pusey, a small group of citizens banded together on Facebook to help the family get back on their feet. Christina Ager created the Pusey Family Fire Recovery page in the days following the fire. The page quickly amassed more than 1,000 followers. “The entire house was burned down – everything inside of it was destroyed,” said Ager. “I didn’t know the Puseys, but I drove past the house every day. I saw them standing outside and I just pulled in the driveway and asked them if I could help. They said, ‘no, no, we don’t need anything,’ but I looked at the house and I looked at them and I realized they need everything. “They were so sweet,” Ager said. “I said, ‘I don’t know how much I can do, but I’ll start a Facebook page.’ My intent was just to get them immediate help. They didn’t have any shoes, they didn’t h...
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Taylor House Museum to host Concert on the Lawn

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum will host a free Concert on the Lawn on July 13 featuring the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band. Formed in 1996, the all-volunteer band is composed of amateur and professional musicians from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Performing a varied repertoire of contemporary and traditional brass band music, the group won first place in the North American Brass Band Association Competition in Ohio in 2013. The group also placed second in the competition in 2012 and 2010. “Those honors validate the level of playing that we do and the intensity with which we rehearse to be able to give out really quality performances,” said band founder Richard Fischer. “While we’re a community-based group, we’re sort of at the top of the pile in the community.” The ensemble, made up of 35 volunteer members, has been playing shows across the Mid-Atlantic region for nearly two decades. Fischer said the ban...
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Program offers six-month free rent to start-ups

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A proposed new small business program and an amended town ordinance will be discussed during the next Mayor and Council meeting on July 14. Berlin will attempt to introduce the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, as well as amend town laws governing the use of food trucks. The entrepreneurial initiative was inspired by “pop up” stores in Cambridge and Rehoboth. “The Delaware Main Street program works with building owners to give three months free rent to a new business trying to establish themselves,” said Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day. “What we’re proposing is free office space in the Visitor’s Center for six months – utilities included – just trying to get an office business in town and trying to help someone start a new business.” The town is working with the Small Business Development Center at Salisbury University. Applicants will be required to submit a business plan, go thr...
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Fatality on Route 90 early Tuesday

Posted On: 7/10/14
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OCEAN PINES–A 31-year-old Ocean Pines man died in a motor vehicle accident on Route 90 early Tuesday morning. Christopher Patrick Doyle, who lived on Teal Circle, was pronounced dead at the scene by Ocean Pines EMS. Maryland State Police were dispatched at about 5:30 a.m. to westbound Route 90 in the area of Ocean Parkway, where they saw the collision involved a single vehicle, a 1997 Ford truck. Doyle was still inside. A Maryland State Police reconstructionist was called to the scene to investigate the collision. The investigation revealed Doyle had not been restrained by a seat belt and had suffered fatal injuries as a result of striking a tree. The westbound lane of Route 90 was closed from 5:30 – 9 a.m., when it was reopened for normal traffic operations.
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Rev. Paulson new leader of Bethany United Methodist

Posted On: 7/10/14
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BERLIN–The appointment of the Reverend Connie Paulson to Bethany United Methodist Church in Berlin, was shared by Bishop Peggy Johnson during the June session of the Peninsula and Delaware Conference Annual Conference, held at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. The Rev. Paulson brings many gifts in ministry to Bethany Church, including worship leader and preaching, pastoral care, visitation, teacher and small group facilitation. As a visionary leader, she has both mentored small groups and fostered church growth at all of her appointments, is a trained Disciple Bible Study teacher and trained Stephen Leader, has ministered to those in senior care facilities, and was a supervising pastor for Wesley Seminary’s Practice in Ministry and Mission. The Rev. Paulson asserts that reaching the un-churched is the greatest task to which the church should address itself approaching 2015. In the coming year, the congregation will build on its strengths that include joyful wors...
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Program to aid children with Christmas gift boxes

Posted On: 7/10/14
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OCEAN PINES–The congregation of Community Church at Ocean Pines will participate in Operation Christmas Child, a program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Those who wish to participate will receive a shoe box and instructions on how to fill it with small items for a child. They will choose the gender and age of the child who will receive the box and contribute a small amount to cover shipping. Operation Christmas Child will insert Christian literature in the language of the country that will receive the boxes. Boxes will be shipped to more than 20 countries around the world during the Christmas season.  Community Church is participating in this outreach program during July and will donate the shoe boxes to Samaritan’s Purse to be shipped for Christmas delivery.   In the past 20 years, more than 100 million shoe boxes have been sent to children. Most of the recipients have never received a gift of any kind and have very little to call their own.   Fo...
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Contestants put everything but kitchen sink into race

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– One of the town’s most distinctive events hits the quarter-century mark this month. Berlin’s 25th Annual Bathtub Races return on Friday, July 18. A parade of the tubs begins at 6 p.m., and the race is set to start at 6:15. The bathtub race is the only surviving component of Berlin’s Village Fair festival. Each “tub” must be able to contain at least two quarts of water. “The rules don’t require that it’s an actual bathtub, so there is some flexibility,” said Race Chairperson Tanja Giles. “But we do try to adhere as close and prefer that we’re as close to actual bathtubs as can be for everyone’s overall enjoyment.” Giles expects at least 10 contestants in this year’s event. “That’s usually a good number for the races and the relays and to keep everybody entertained,” Giles said. “It’s not too long of an event, because the weather is usually quite warm, but...
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