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Events honor veterans, memorial

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) The Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Memorial Day and the community has big plans to mark the milestone. Located on the South Gate at Ocean Pines, the large circular memorial with sections representing each branch of the United States Armed Forces, is open seven days a week, and is lighted at night for evening viewing. According to Sharyn O’Hare, a founding member of the nonprofit foundation that established the memorial, the site was little more than “a hole in the ground” 10 years ago. Today, it is a major educational component in the county, with fifth graders in every school in the district making annual field trips. Scores of area veterans also visit the grounds on a regular basis.   “We raised the first flag never knowing we would be doing the educational program or knowing we would have 3,000 people attend these events each Memorial Day and 600-800 on Veteran’s Day,R...
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Berlin appeals board says ‘no’ to Dollar Gen.

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) Oxford Chase Development Inc., engaged in a lengthy battle to build a new Dollar General store in Berlin, has exhausted all administrative options following a 3-1 “no” vote by the Berlin Board of Appeals on Wednesday night. The next step would be Worcester County Circuit Court, if the company chooses to continue the fight. Oxford Chase hoped to build a new Dollar General Store on a parcel of land on Old Ocean City Boulevard near Healthway Drive, and formally requested a building permit from the town on Dec. 12 of last year. The Berlin Planning Commission unanimously recommended that Planning Director Dave Engelhart deny the zoning certificate on March 11, suggesting that giving the property access to Route 346 would cause severe traffic issues. Engelhart upheld the recommendation, citing a town code section involving highway corridor guidelines in a letter to the developer on March 25. On the same day that Engelhart issued his denial, however, Attorn...
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Church service honors veterans

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) Duncan Showell Post #231 of the American Legion of Berlin will hold its annual memorial service for fallen veterans at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on Sunday at 10 a.m. The service will honor the more than 200 deceased members of the post. “We’d like to invite all veterans and their families to join in the service,” organizer Gregory Purnell said. “This has been done for at least five decades at various churches of the membership, and fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, uncles, aunts and grandparents of the local communities are to be honored.” Purnell, who will also emcee the Memorial Day Parade on Flower Street, is a 39-year member of the American Legion, as well as the son and grandson of charter members. He currently holds the office of post-historian, and was a bugler for a quarter century before, he claimed, he lost the touch. This year, Purnell is calling on the community to celebrate Memorial Day “to honor...
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GM Thompson town hall June 3

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday, June 3 at 6 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center.  The meeting is open to the public. Thompson will share project and community updates as well as address comments and questions posed by Ocean Pines residents and property owners, who are encouraged to participate and share feedback.   Questions may be submitted in advance via email to info@oceanpines.org.   Those unable to attend the meeting may view it live at OceanPines.org or on Mediacom channel 78. It also will be posted on the Ocean Pines website, www.oceanpines.org, and will air on channel 78 afterward. For more information call 410-641-7717 or visit www.oceanpines.org.
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Berlin’s Memorial Day bash ‘homecoming’ for residents

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) In a throwback to the out-in-the-street, let-your-hair-down neighborhood celebrations of decades past, Berlin is set to hold its annual Old Fashioned Memorial Day parade on Monday. This year’s event promises scores of church groups, marching, music and dance troupes, military demonstrations, and classic cars and motorcycles, beginning at Stephen Decatur Middle School at 11 a.m. and extending down Flower Street to Bay Street. The parade was once a staple of the town, dating back to the days before Flower Street cut the area in half. Gregory Purnell, who will emcee this year’s event, compared the old parades to “Mardi Gras in Berlin,” drawing as many as 10,000 people in a communitywide homecoming. “It was Baltimore, Philly, the entire lower shore,” Purnell said. “Four-to-five big stepping bands from D.C., Baltimore and Wilmington were regular attendees. We used to march all through Berlin. It was a different time.” Eve...
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Coastal Bays Dir. Dave Wilson steps down

Posted On: 5/21/15
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(May 21, 2015) Dave Wilson, Maryland Coastal Bays Program executive director, announced last Friday that he is stepping down from the post after nearly 18 years working with the group. “It’s time to hand the reigns to some fresh blood,” Wilson said. “I think we accomplished a lot and I am proud of that, but it’s time to pass the baton.” Wilson started with the program in November 1997 as the public outreach coordinator. The former Ocean City Today reporter recalls sitting on the beach one afternoon reading the Baltimore Sun and seeing the job posting. “I had finished graduate school at Boston College and was bent on going back to school for my PhD after earning a few bucks,” he said. “I saw this posting and thought, ‘I love this program. I’m versed in these issues. I want to do this.’” For a decade, Wilson would help sway public opinion about conservation in the coastal bays before being tapped for the ex...
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Ocean Pines reviews policy on facility usage for groups

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors met with the facility use group on Wednesday to discuss how nonprofits and other groups would use the community’s amenities. The proposal under discussion would affect Resolution M-02 in Ocean Pines, governing amenity policy. According to documents provided during the meeting, the community receives more than 1,800 annual requests to use Ocean Pines facilities. General Manager Bob Thompson led the discussion, with input from seven people from the 17-member committee. “This issue that we thought was a quick and easy solution just kept getting deeper and deeper,” Thompson said. Thompson said the original committee included himself and residents Sonya Bounds, Jessica Conway and Carol Ludwig. The group first met on Sept. 11, 2014 to give committee members an overview. The second and third meetings occurred last October. During the second meeting, the group realized the subject was too big for four people to tackle...
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Berlin hears fire funding request

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) It hasn’t always been easy, but things seemed to go smoothly Monday night between Berlin town officials and the town fire company, as the mayor and council heard budget requests for fire and EMS for the fiscal year 2016 budget. The fire company requested a $373,000 grant from the town, just over 44 percent of its proposed 2016 budget of $837,750. The department is expecting a $400,000 grant from the county. EMS asked for a $290,000 grant from the town, 22.77 percent of its budget. The division expects an additional $635,500 from the county, roughly half of its $1.2 million budget. The budget work session was the town’s third and final draft review before an expected public unveiling during a council meeting on May 26. The mayor and council, along with department heads, met on April 20 to discuss the general fund, and again on May 4 to discuss utilities. According to Fire Company President David Fitzgerald, the department has 20 active members and 60 vol...
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OPA candidate Mohr pushes positive message

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) When Terri Mohr ran for reelection to the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last year, she did so with a positive message, believing the community was heading in the right direction overall. The 2014 election in Ocean Pines, however, turned into something of a referendum on General Manager Bob Thompson, and, consequently, both incumbents were swept out of office, with the board taking on an entirely new tone. Now Mohr is running again and this time she hopes her upbeat message resonates with voters. “I did not participate in the nasty campaign last year,” she said. “I am hopeful that we will not have the same experience this year as I think it is counter-productive to what is best for our community. I was not happy with the outcome of the last election, but the OPA membership had made their choice and I accepted that choice.” Born in Baltimore, Mohr relocated to Ocean Pines eight years ago with her husband, a retired veteran of the ...
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Equipment delay pushes back Berlin construction project

Posted On: 5/21/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(May 21, 2015) The sewer line construction project begun in Berlin on May 11 is expected to last several more weeks. Crews started working on the lines last week, partially closing traffic on Main Street between Route 346 and Route 50. “It took the contractor a little bit longer to mobilize the equipment then he originally intended or told us,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said on Monday. “He needed to get a certified well driller, and apparently there’s a lot of construction in the area, so it took him some time to get the equipment as well as the [worker].” Allen said the contractor, David A. Bramble Inc., had to begin by “de-watering” the area, causing noticeable spillage in the parking lot of Cheers on Old Ocean City Boulevard. “That’s completely normal,” Allen said. “We did have a phone call from [Cheers Owner] Mr. Denny. There was some mud that was moving in a direction it shouldn’t have. We went and ...
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