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Ballots due back next Thursday in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) Members of the Ocean Pines Association have many options when it comes to this year’s board of directors race. Seven candidates are vying for two positions on the board, with the top two vote getters earning three-year terms. Ballots were mailed on July 7, and must be mailed back by next Thursday. For two-time board member Bill Zawacki, this year’s election is all about the community’s financial situation. “OPA is a nonprofit corporation, meaning we should end each year with zero profit – and zero loss,” he said, adding that Ocean Pines lost $182,000 during the previous fiscal year.  “Our spending was totally out of control,” Zawacki said. “Every department overspent except public works/CPI and general maintenance; two where overspending might be a good thing.” The impact of the losses, Zawacki said, is higher assessments for the membership. “The general manager bears operational responsibil...
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Berlin Peach Festival offers delicious glimpse at history

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) Although the event is just seven years old, the annual Berlin Peach Festival is steeped in tradition, as it celebrates one the first industries to put the town on the map. The historical arm of the event largely centers on J.G. Harrison & Son Nursery, which dates back to the late 1800s. “Harrison Nursery was one of the largest nurseries in the country,” said Susan Taylor, curator of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum. “They developed many varieties of peaches and other fruits, and the festival was meant to celebrate that heritage.” This year’s festival will be held on Saturday on the museum lawn at 208 North Main Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free, and off-site parking is available at Berlin Intermediate School, with shuttles to and from the festival. The event will include displays, demonstrations and sales tables, as well as a number of food vendors specializing in peach dishes, including fresh peaches provided by ...
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Berlin Ethics Committee OKs Gulyas request

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin Ethics Committee OKs Gulyas request (July 30, 2015) At-large Councilmember Thom Gulyas’ will be allowed to bid on town projects as a vendor, a practice normally forbidden by town code, following a ruling by the Berlin Ethics Committee on Thursday. The ruling came with two stipulations: Gulyas cannot have access to the bids from other vendors, and he cannot have access to town staff on matters relating to the bid during the bidding process. Town Administrator Laura Allen said a similar approach was taken last year when the town explored buying the former Tyson plant from District 1 Council-member Troy Purnell. Allen said there was nothing to prohibit a sitting councilmember from having access to individual bids, although she did say it was an “atypical” practice. “Because of the situation where the councilmember would be essentially representing the bidder in the process, it’s even more important that he not have access,” she said. “If we had a deadline of Friday and some bi...
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Free antiques appraisal show to be held in OP

Posted On: 7/30/15
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(July 30, 2015) Find out if grandpa’s coin collection is worth some cash at a free antiques appraisal show hosted by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department on Thursday, Aug. 6 from 3-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5:45 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Todd Peenstra, a nationally known antiques and art appraiser, will offer free appraisals, consultations and advice on furniture, glass, porcelain, paintings, silver, bronze, coins, toys and documents. Participants at this event, which is open to the public, should arrive up to 30 minutes early per session. Advanced registration is suggested, but not required. Call 410-641-7052 for more information or to register. The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department offers a variety of classes, activities and seminars throughout the year. Information about these programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Spring/Summer 2015 Activity Guide, is available at www.OceanPines.org.  
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Showdown possible in Ocean Pines as reserve vote looms

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) Shortly after a July 17 special meeting when three companies made their pitch to perform a reserve study in Ocean Pines, Board President Dave Stevens said a vote was likely during the next regular meeting, on July 30. While that still seems to be the case, several directors hinted there could be a showdown at the meeting over several aspects of the study. Parliamentarian Tom Terry was one of only a handful of directors present during the meeting. “Unfortunately, the meeting was scheduled without checking with board members to see what their calendars looked like,” Terry said. “[Treasurer] Jack [Collins], [President] Dave [Stevens] and myself were the only three board members there to see the presentation, so that was a bit of a glitch. “There’s going to be a proposal that I understand is going to come to us from the selection team as to who to select and why, which is the normal process around here,” Terry continued. “I h...
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‘BLOC’ party planned for new library

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) Looking to spread a little awareness about its innovative new library, the Worcester County Library Foundation will hold a festival on Saturday, Sept. 26, with live music, guest speakers and activities for the family. The BLOC [Berlin Library Our Community] party runs from 2-6 p.m. at the future site of the library near the Waystead Inn at intersection of Harrison Avenue and Main Street. Public Relations Manager Lisa Outten Stant said the event officially begins the foundation’s capital campaign and is meant to bring the community together. Admission will be free, with live music by WWIIunes throughout the afternoon. The event also will feature craft vendors and Burley Oak will set up a beer truck on the grounds of the Waystead Inn. Stant promised there would be “tons of activities for kids and families” and compared the atmosphere to an outdoor fair. The library will set up a table to solicit donations and memberships to the foundation. Organize...
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Robotics group ‘T-Wrecks’ make donation to aquatics

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Robotics group ‘T-Wrecks’ make donation to aquatics (July 30, 2015) During a recent two-day camp at the Red Doors Community Center in Ocean City, Worcester County youth robotics team Titanium Wrecks produced a pair of submersible robots. Last week the team, T-Wrecks for short, donated their creations to Ocean Pines Aquatics. “We built the submersibles through a program of the U.S. Navy called SeaPerch,” Team mentor Paul Suplee said. “Each kit costs about $160, and the end result is a waterproof, tethered underwater robot.” Suplee said Aquatics plans to use the submersible bots for swimming lessons for small children, as well as those with special needs. “They saw them last year and they loved them,” he said. “Their thinking is they will help keep them focused and engaged and make them more comfortable in the water.” The team offered a demo of the robots in action to the Aquatics program last Thursday. “The kids will swim underwater and they’ll play with them,” Sup...
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‘Ping-pong’ battle over DG continues

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) Although papers were filed in June by Oxford Chase Development Inc., no court date has yet been set in the developer’s quest to build a new Dollar General store near the intersection of Old Ocean City Boulevard and Healthway Drive in Berlin. This week, Oxford Chase Vice President John Camp cried foul, accusing the Town of Berlin of using stalling tactics. “We are trying to get transcripts of prior commission hearings and the town is dragging their feet in getting that information to us,” he said. “The town is causing this delay and they’re dragging their feet in getting documentation needed so that we can go forward.” The case has ping-ponged between the courts and two town commissions since the developer originally a requested a building permit last December. In March, the town’s planning commission unanimously recommended a veto of the site plan because of traffic concerns. Planning Director Dave Engelhart agreed and sig...
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BERLIN BRIEFS

Posted On: 7/30/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 30, 2015) The Berlin mayor and council discussed or took action on the following topics at their public meeting at Town Hall on Monday: New police hub The council voted unanimously to spend $136,800 on a contract with Crosby and Associates for the architecture, design and engineering of a new police station located on Bay Street Extended, near the Uncle Willie’s convenience store. Berlin bought the property using its share of slot revenues from the Casino at Ocean Downs. Mayor Gee Williams said the town would use slot revenue to pay for the engineering portion of the building, as well as part of the financing of the eventual build. Williams called the move “the beginning of really exciting things.” “We’re not talking forever and a day,” he said. “I’m hoping we’re talking about, within the next few years, a new police station.” Construction continues Electric Utilities Director Tim Lawrence said the town would re...
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Pocomoke Fair schedule of events

Posted On: 7/30/15
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Pocomoke Fair schedule of events Thursday, July 30: 5 p.m. - Festival gates open 6 p.m. – Poultry judging, Livestock Barn* 7 p.m. – Little Miss Great Pocomoke Fair Pageant, Grandstand Stage 7:30 p.m. – Rabbit judging, Livestock Barn* 8 p.m. – Jr. Miss Pageant, Grandstand Stage 10 p.m. - Festival gates close Friday, July 31: 5 p.m. - Festival gates open 5 p.m. – Hog judging, Livestock Barn* 6:30 p.m. - Jeep demonstration, Infield Track 6:30 p.m. – Dairy cow judging, Livestock Barn* 7 p.m. – Family Movie 7:30 p.m. – Beef cattle judging, Livestock Barn* 10 p.m. - Festival gates close Saturday, Aug. 1: 8 a.m. - Festival gates open 10 a.m. – Meat goat judging, Livestock Barn* 10 a.m. – Barn sheep judging, Livestock Barn* 11 a.m. – Dairy goat judging, Livestock Barn* 12:30 p.m. - Cake and pie auction (between harness races) 12:30-4 p.m. - Harness Racing, Racetrack 1 p.m. - Children’s activities 1:30 p.m. - Greased p...
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