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WCHD offers free training classes for anti-overdose drug

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) Looking for new ways to address the spread of illegal opioid use, which, has contributed to an increase in heroin and other opioid overdoses, the Worcester County Health Department recently began conducting a series of classes on how to administer the life-saving drug, Naloxone. Kim Poole, a behavioral health and addictions program worker with the Worcester County Health Department, explained the process during a training session at the Ocean Pines Library last Wednesday. She said overdose-related fatalities have surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of “injury-related accidental death” in the U.S., averaging 105 each day.   Naloxone is used to treat those overdoses by reversing the effects of using harmful amounts of opioids. “The opiate receptors in the body have a higher affinity [for naloxone]. They love naloxone more than they love heroin,” she said. “Basically, heroin is going to get knocked off the receptors ...
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Pines GM gets contract extension

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson got three more years on his contract last Tuesday, following a 6-1 vote by the OPA Board of Directors to renew the agreement with its current pay plan rather than institute the pay cut Thompson requested. In the renewed deal, he will receive a base salary of $165,000 with potential bonuses that could total 25 percent of that sum. However, 75 percent of that is tied directly to budget performance incentives, while the board decides the remaining 25 percent. Last year, for example, the board voted to give Thompson a $5,000 bonus. He did not receive any bonuses tied to budget performance, according to a source on the board. During the negotiations, which took place as part of a closed meeting on Thursday, April 28, Thompson offered to restructure the deal, foregoing bonuses altogether in favor to a small annual raise – two or three percent – that’s in line with what other staff in Ocean Pines receive...
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Snow Hill nonprofit to study medical marijuana standards

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) As he was authoring his application for one of the permits issued by the state to process medical marijuana last year, Barry Prichard discovered a hole in the system. “As crucial as physicians are, they play a minor role in the process. Their job is to certify someone has a malady and is qualified for the medical marijuana program — they don’t want to run afoul of the controlled substances act,” he said. “So, if you’re a patient with chronic back pain, you take your certification to the dispensaries to see a clerk.” The clerk, Prichard said — no matter how well trained — then works with the patient to suggest products, dosages and frequency of use. “I find it ludicrous. It sounds fine on paper, but it’s not effective or reproducible treatment, and it might even be dangerous,” he said. About a month ago Prichard founded The Cannabis Council, a 501(c)6 trade organization. It’s a nonprofit, he ...
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Pocomoke taps credit to fund water study

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) Hoping to find a solution to the continuing but intermittent water problems in Pocomoke Heights, as well as other areas of town, the City Council voted Monday to tap into a line of credit from a local bank to initiate a hydrodynamic study of the system immediately. The loan will be repaid with a bond issue during the next fiscal year. In the town’s fiscal 2017 budget, $86,000 had been set aside to pay for the study, but rather than wait for the calendar to change, the council decided to strike first. The line of credit, City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot said, was “more than enough” to pay for the study outright and can be reimbursed at a lower interest rate through a bond issue later. The city, Crofoot said, would use Salisbury-based GMB LLC consultants to perform the work. The project would not be put out to bid because of GMB’s ongoing relationship with the town and its familiarity with Pocomoke’s water system, Crofoot said. &...
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‘Yappy Hour’ opens up at Ocean Pines Dog Park this Fri.

Posted On: 5/5/16
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(May 5, 2016) Pups and people are invited to stop by the Ocean Pines Dog Park for “Yappy Hour” on the first Friday of every month from 6-8 p.m., beginning May 6. Dog treats and water will be provided, and registered dogs will receive a dog park bandana at their first visit. Pet owners are welcome to bring their own food and beverages. The cost to participate is a one-time fee of $10, a portion of which will be donated to the Worcester County Humane Society. Additional sessions will be held on June 3, July 1, Aug. 5 and Sept. 2. A yearly Ocean Pines Dog Park registration, separate from Yappy Hour registration, is required of all participating dogs prior to the event. Dog park registration may be completed through the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department. The Ocean Pines Dog Park is fenced and shaded with separate areas for large and small dogs. It is located at the Manklin Meadows complex in Ocean Pines. For more information or to register, call the Ocean Pi...
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Quarter auction for Great Pocomoke Fair starts Friday

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) To raise money and ensure another year of the Great Pocomoke Fair, scheduled this year between Aug. 4-6 off Broad Street in Pocomoke City, event organizers are expected to host a quarter auction tomorrow from 7 -11 p.m. at the fairgrounds. This is the third fundraising event so far this year. The first was a Bingo tournament on April 1 and more recently, on April 16, was Mud Madness, where cars, trucks and Jeeps navigated an obstacle course and mud bog. “It’s one of two fundraisers left. The fair is kept afloat by these different events, and all the money goes to help run the fair,” organizer Judy Hinman said. Though the fair will be represented at the June 11 Relay for Life, those events have a different focus. The second fair event is the league-sanctioned June 25 Lucas Oil Pro-Pulling League Truck and Tractor Pull, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. “For the Quarter Auction, you pay $10 for the first paddle, additional paddles are ...
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Local law enforcement reacts to heroin rise

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016), With the recent rise in the visibility and severity of the heroin epidemic in Worcester County, police officers in Berlin and Ocean Pines have received training to administer naloxone, a drug used to treat heroin overdoses. In Ocean Pines, Police Chief Dave Massey said that training has helped save two lives in the community. Massey said overdoses often occur when the heroin is either combined with another substance, such as alcohol, or when the drug itself is laced. “What we’ve seen is some fentanyl-laced heroin that’s all up and down the Eastern Shore, most of which comes out of Philadelphia,” he said. In other instances, extreme dosages, or ones the body is not used to, can contribute to an overdose. That’s apparently what happened recently in Ocean City, when an addict who had gotten clean tried to get high one last time, but overdosed and died. “What happens is, people have substance abuse heroin addiction and get cleaned...
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Some directors see Pines tennis promotion as ‘racket’

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) The OPA Board of Directors voted 4-3 to keep a new racquet sports promotion in place, although that did not happen without a somewhat lengthy fight. The vote came last Thursday after Director Tom Herrick said he had concerns with the suggestion that racquet sports offer a free one-week membership to homeowners, residents and nonresidents. Herrick suggested the promotion violated association bylaws (M-02) because the offer was introduced to the public without board approval. Herrick also said he opposed offering free membership to nonassociation members. He moved to “cease and desist” the promotion before its May 1 start date, until further discussion could be held. General Manager Bob Thompson, however, defended the offer, saying membership to that particular amenity had sharply declined during recent years. If the association was going to spend money on the proposed improvements at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports complex, he suggested it focus on b...
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Fire company budget request was ‘wake up call’ for Berlin

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) The Berlin Fire Company received a $400,000 grant from the town during each of the last two years and this year is seeking to more than double that. During annual budget requests this yea, the company asked for more than $1 million, including $400,000 in operating and capital expenses for fire and rescue, and $600,000 for operating and capital expenses for EMS services. An additional $500,000 was requested to help build “station three,” on Ocean Gateway near Stephen Decatur High School. The mayor and council held a budget workshop on Monday with members of the fire company, including Fire Company President David Fitzgerald and Chief Jim Corron. Also present was CPA John Stern, from Salisbury auditing firm PKS & Company, who briefly went over a three-year audit of the fire company, dated Dec. 31, 2015. As of that date, BFC had $5.5 million in net assets, up more than $500,000 from the previous year, against $1.6 million in expenses. The audit also s...
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Free educational seminars to be held in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 5/5/16
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(May 5, 2016) The public is invited to attend one or more of the free informational seminars offered by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department in May. All seminars will be held at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. A representative from Coastal Hospice will discuss plans for a new hospice residence at the abandoned building at The Point in Ocean Pines on Thursday, May 5 from 10-11 a.m. and Thursday, May 12 from 7-8 p.m. Plans for the building, a time frame and what Ocean Pines residents can expect from having the residence in their neighborhood will be a part of the presentation. Carrie Dupuie, AAMS, a financial advisor at Raymond James, will discuss educating children on financial life skills on Wednesday, May 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. This seminar will teach parents and grandparents how to develop financial literacy in the next generation. Professional senior advisor Robbin Gray will present...
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