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Low-cost Internet access provided in Pocomoke City

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) Pocomoke City residents in public housing, Housing Choice Voucher and multifamily programs might benefit from a recent expansion of Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. Announced by City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot at last week’s regular council meeting, the town was invited to participate as an existing partner in the program. Those interested in using the service need to fill out an application either over the phone or online at www.internetessentials.com. Eligible families, according to the website, must have at least one child who qualifies for the National School Lunch Program, have no outstanding debt to Comcast that is less than one-year old and have not subscribed to Comcast Internet within the last 90 days. Families with debt to Comcast that is more than one-year old may still be eligible, according to the website. Other terms and conditions apply, according to the provider. Once qualified and accepted by the company, users will be c...
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Front Page News to play Pocomoke free concert series

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) After a few days in more than 90-degree heat, an outdoor concert might be enough to stave off the inevitable cabin fever. Tonight beginning at 6:30 p.m., local classic rock band Front Page News will take the stage for a free performance in the town’s summer concert series. Though the temperatures are still expected to be high throughout the week, this Thursday is one of the days those highs are expected to fall off faster after the sun sets over Cypress Park in downtown Pocomoke City. Bleacher seating, picnic tables and pavilions are available, and the Bayside Community Search will sell light refreshments during the event. Outside food and soft drinks are allowed, and Downtown Coordinator Karah Lacey recommends bringing lawn chairs as well. Front Page News has been performing around the area as a group since 2009, but the musicians involved, Gary Collier, Mark Ridgeway, Aaron Taylor and Leroy Brewington have been playing for much longer than that. Collier sai...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at town hall on Monday, July 26. Water tower Berlin public works personnel continue to paint the town’s 200,000-gallon water tower, and are expected to finish this week. “It’s the same blue as the sky,” Public Works Director Jane Kreiter said. “It’s really going to blend in nicely.” Record heat, record peaks Electric Utilities Director Tim Lawrence said the town had “peak shaved” 10 times, and could see another three runs this week. “If that happens, then we will tie our record for the most runs for one summer,” he said. Peak shaving is the process of reducing the amount of energy purchased from a utility company during peak hours when charges are the highest. One way to reduce consumption is to generate a certain amount of offset energy back onto the grid. Field trip Police Chief Arnold Downing chaperoned R...
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Otters unveiled at Delmarva Discovery Center in Pocomoke

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) Following a major revamp and renovation of its facilities, along with a reshuffling of how visitors experience the Delmarva Discovery Center, two new additions — river otters named Mac and Tuck — moved into their new home last Friday. It’s the culmination of months of effort and construction to bring these living exhibits to the center, but it’s not the first foray into live entertainment — the center is already home to turtles among other native fauna. Officially the Wally Gordon River Otter Exhibit, and open to the public since Monday, the new feature is enormous, encompassing two exhibit rooms along with behind-the-scenes machinery and facilities that makes it all work. The two otters, labeled as “nuisance” creatures in their native Louisiana where they had previously taken up residence next to a crayfish farm, were trapped by a U.S. Department of Agriculture sanctioned worker and delivered here, according to center CEO S...
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Berlin announces key election dates

Posted On: 7/28/16
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(July 28, 2016) The Town of Berlin will hold a municipal election on Tuesday, Oct. 4, for the office of mayor and for Districts 2 and 3 council seats. Other important dates for the 2016 Election are as follows: • Voter registration – Deadline is Friday, Sept. 2. Berlin voters must register with the Worcester County Board of Elections; Berlin does not conduct separate voter registration. To register, or to change voter registration information such as home address, contact the Worcester County Board of Elections at 410-632-1320. • Absentee voting – Applications to vote absentee in Berlin’s municipal election will be available starting on Tuesday, Sept. 6; applications will not be available before that date and must be returned by the appropriate deadline to be eligible. • Candidate’s filing – Deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2 for regular filing as a candidate for the Berlin municipal election office of mayor, council seat District ...
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OPA Budget and Finance Committee Briefs

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) The Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee discussed the following items during a meeting in the administration building on July 20. Membership The committee was short one member, John Trumpower, but could be short several more during the coming months. Dale Buley, who served two consecutive terms, must step down because of term limits. “Six years went by fast,” Buley said. He could come back on the committee after a year. “We’d certainly be glad to have you.” Chairwoman Patricia Supik said. “If you’re interested, come back in a year.” Supik added that Trumpower “indicated a desire to withdraw from the committee” because of obligations at work. The committee hopes to add two or three new members. Preliminary budget talks Resolution F-02, on budget development, mandates that the committee meet with the board of directors each September to “discuss overall budget guidance and goals.&...
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Flower Street and Cannery Village fence issue mended

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) The debate over, essentially a fence, carried over onto the majority of a mayor and council meeting in Berlin on Monday night. It was not the first time this particular fence had taken center stage, but it was the first time the council agreed to spend money on the problem. The council was considering purchasing a piece of property from developer Osprey Property Company, LLC in order to build a fence between Cannery Village and the properties of existing residents on Flower Street, who were not happy just now close their new neighbors were. In the exchange, the town would pay $90,000, with $25,000 of that going into an escrow account in order to build a six-foot white vinyl fence between the first three homes along the border, closest to the entrance. The remaining border would then be separated by a vegetative fence. “Fences make good neighbors,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “This is one where we don’t want the fences to divide neighbors, bu...
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How much does an OPA board seat cost?

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) How much does it cost to be elected to the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, an unpaid volunteer position? That’s impossible to say until after the election and the public knows who won and what they spent, but with a record number of candidates, it stands to reason that other records have been broken as well. In the Bayside Gazette, for instance, five candidates and one political action committee have spent $2,175 on advertisements, as of the printing of this issue. Several of the 11 remaining candidates – 12 originally filed – said they have spent several thousands dollars each on the campaign. Frank Daly estimated he spent about $3,100 in total. That includes $1,000 for a combination ad in the Ocean Pines Progress newspaper and the Ocean Pines Forum website, $260 to create a candidate website, $200 for a banner ad in the summer mailing of the Ocean Pines newsletter, $450 for a one-month ad in the St. John’s church bulletin, $25...
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Scher’s still open for business after June appliance fire

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Staff Writer

(July 28, 2016) Marc Scher, the third-generation owner of downtown mainstay Scher’s Bridal Shop, opened as a department store by his grandfather in 1933, is picking up exactly where he left off following a fire last month. On Saturday, June 11 at about 9:30 a.m., the Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company received a call to respond to Scher’s and discovered a fire contained within the second floor of the store, which was quickly extinguished, according to the fire company’s website. The fire company reported the fire was located in a room with a steam press. “I had to do some steaming for a while,” Scher said. “I probably had 10-15 gowns, 50 dresses and 40-50 bridesmaid’s dresses up there. The iron basically shorted out.” Scher said he left the room and upon his return found the fire. He said he attempted to fight the fire himself with an extinguisher, but the smoke was too thick. He said the firefighters put the blaze down quickly us...
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Lower Shore Land Trust moves to Snow Hill

Posted On: 7/28/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 28, 2016) The Lower Shore Land Trust waited until moving day to announce it had uprooted operations and settled in at its new office on Snow Hill Road next to Sturgis Park and across from the Pocomoke River Kayak Company. “The timing couldn’t be better. Snow Hill is ramping up its effort to position itself as the outdoor recreation hub of the Eastern Shore, and it’s really exciting to create more opportunities to use these areas,” Executive Director Kate Patton said. “We know Snow Hill wants to act as a gateway to these activities and we want to build our own capacity to meet those needs.” The nonprofit’s mission is to build a future where the lower shore’s towns are the centerpieces of rural communities surrounded by thriving natural and working lands and healthy waterways. To cement that position, Patton said the trust is positioning itself to pursue accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission — similar to w...
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