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Expo coming to airport, Aug. 30

Posted On: 8/21/14
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WEST OCEAN CITY–Ocean City Aviation Association presents the “Wings & Wheels” Expo 2014 at the Ocean City Municipal Airport on Saturday, Aug. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   This event will include a display of aircraft and motor vehicles from the past, as well as various crafts and merchandise. Vendors will be on hand to provide food and beer for purchase.   Helicopter rides for tours of the area will also be available for a fee. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and trophies will be awarded for aircraft and vehicle class competitions.   Funds raised will benefit the ongoing maintenance and care of the historic Huey Veterans Memorial helicopter display at the airport. The Town of Ocean City in cooperation with the Ocean City Aviation Association and the airport’s management have made this event possible. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information, contact Candace Jones at 410...
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County Arts Council looks to expand; needs teachers

Posted On: 8/21/14
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BERLIN–Looking for more opportunities to teach art? To encourage art education in the local communities, the Worcester County Arts Council is seeking to expand its offerings of children and adult art classes and is currently accepting proposals from qualified instructors who would like to teach a variety of visual arts, performing arts, and other media, including writing and fine crafts. Interested instructors should submit a short resume and a letter of interest outlining the class they would like to offer. Proposals should be sent to Anna Mullis, executive director at anna@worcestercountyartscouncil.org or mailed to the Worcester County Arts Council, 6 Jefferson Street, Berlin Md. 21811. Class/workshop proposals for the 2014 fall/winter season should be submitted by Aug. 31 for consideration. For more information or any questions, call the Worcester County Arts Council’s office at 410-641-0809.
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Hundreds of Jeeps roll into resort for fifth annual event

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

BERLIN—Ocean City Jeep Week is in full swing with hundreds of Jeeps and thousands of Jeep owners and enthusiasts gathered in the resort to enjoy beach crawls, obstacle courses, trail rides, shows with prizes and more. “From watching the beach crawls to cruising around Jeep Week HQ this event has a lot of excitement and fun for the entire family,” Event Director Rafael Correa said. With more than 700 vehicles registered for the fifth annual event and an obstacle double the size of last year’s, “it looks like it’s going to be our biggest year yet,” he said. Jeep Week kicks off today with a welcome party starting at 6 p.m. at Seacrets on 49th Street sponsored by Adams Xtreme Motorsports. There will be lite fare and drink specials, live music by Blake Haley and Johnny Bling, raffles and Jeeps on display in Seacrets’ parking lot as well as inside the bar. Jeep Week keeps rolling Friday morning with a beach crawl starting at 7 a.m. on the b...
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State, local leaders celebrate CDBG’s 40th anniversary

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– State and local leaders including Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and Mayor Gee Williams gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant program on Thursday, Aug. 14. Brown presented a check for $5.1 million in fiscal year 2015 awards to representatives from a dozen Maryland counties on the porch of the Atlantic Hotel in downtown Berlin. “It’s been an extraordinary program around this country, and Maryland has certainly been the beneficiary,” Brown said. The state awarded more than $2.1 billion in CDBG funds during the program’s four-decade run. Brown said he and Gov. Martin O’Malley invested $61 million in CDBG funds, helping to leverage $325 million to more than 200 projects.   “Over the last eight years we’ve worked together to ensure that those funds were going to very appropriate and meaningful uses,” said Brown. “This is a program that enables us to leverage public sector an...
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Parade to start Pines Car Show

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Cars from classics to contemporary customs will ride through the community on Saturday, Aug. 23. The 2nd annual Ocean Pines Car Show begins with a parade from White Horse Park to Veteran’s Memorial Park at 10 a.m. Cars will set up at Veteran’s Memorial Park until 2 p.m. “The show originated last year for the 45th anniversary of Ocean Pines and we decided to continue it this year,” said Amber Fraser, member coordinator at the Ocean Pines Area Chamber of Commerce. “They had a really successful show last year.” Sixty-seven cars participated in the show last year. Fraser expects those numbers to be slightly up in 2014. “We’re doing the same marketing that we did last year, and we might even have more this year because more have signed up before the event than did last year,” she said. Judging begins following the parade in categories including Classic, Antique, Modern, Custom, Street Rod and People’s Choi...
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Berlin election day set for Oct. 7

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town announced deadlines for the 2014 Municipal Election, and a senior councilmember announced she would not seek reelection.   Berlin will hold elections for districts 1, 4 and At-Large council seats on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Previously, the town held elections on the second Tuesday in October. District 4 Councilmember Dean Burrell and District 1 Councilmember Troy Purnell both confirmed to the Bayside Gazette in May they would seek reelection, although only Burrell had officially filed at press time. At-Large Councilmember Paula Lynch confirmed she would not run again. “It just think it’s time,” Lynch said. “Twenty six years is enough for anybody. It’s time for other folks to give some input.” No other candidates have filed for office in Berlin. The deadline for candidate filing is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The voter registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 5. Berlin voters must register with the Worcester County Board of...
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Park revitalization to happen in eight states

Posted On: 8/21/14
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MARYLAND–The U.S. Department of Interior and the AFL-CIO affiliated Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding announcing national park revitalization efforts in eight states, including Maryland, through the USA’s all-volunteer “Work Boots on the Ground” program. “Marylanders are proud of our state parks and we will work hard to make sure they remain a natural wonder for generations to come,” said Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO President, Fred Mason. “Maryland workers are the best in the country, and together we can keep our parks among the best in the world.” The MOU outlines a mutual commitment to the cooperative “Work Boots on the Ground” program among the Department of the Interior and its three land-managing bureaus and the AFL-CIO, acting through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Shovel-ready” projects in Maryland include restoration efforts at the Assateague...
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When too many chambers might be bad for commerce

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– As business owners struggle to keep up with the sizeable fees and responsibilities required by membership at the three main chambers of commerce in the county, early plans could be coming together to merge one or more chamber. Dozens of business owners in Worcester County pay membership fees to chambers in Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin. With at least one local chamber struggling, the idea of consolidation – mulled over several times in the past – has resurfaced in recent months. “I think it makes a lot of sense,” said Steven Taylor, executive director of Worcester Youth and Family, owner of Ayers Creek Adventures and a board member at the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. “I think that reducing the administrative costs of having multiple burdens and having a larger entity makes a lot of economic sense. “The other thing is as a business owner you’re asked to volunteer,” Taylor continued. “I don’t mind...
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Stevens takes over as OPA’s new president

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– After a contentious election the Board of Directors formed new leadership during their annual organizational meeting on Friday, Aug. 15. Dave Stevens, Marty Clarke, Jack Collins and Pat Renaud, expected to comprise an unofficial voting coalition on the Ocean Pines Association Board, assumed the top four positions. Newly elected Board member Dave Stevens became president, replacing Tom Terry. Board member Bill Cordwell thanked Terry. “For the last year you’ve been a mentor and a friend and I appreciate that,” he said. “Our board, despite the political rhetoric and all the other garbage that’s been going on out there, I think we had a great year and got a lot of stuff done in cooperation with the general manager. And I hope we can carry that forward, because I think it’s been a fantastic year.” “I feel very honored to have sat in this chair for four years, and I look forward to my next two years (in office),” Te...
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Two newest OPA directors start with conciliatory tone

Posted On: 8/14/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– After a contentious election, the two newest members of the Ocean Pines Association Board took a mostly conciliatory tone after the community released voting results on Saturday, Aug. 9. Pat Renaud and Dave Stevens, who ran as a voting bloc against members of the current board and its relationship with General Manager Bob Thompson, received 1,767 votes and 1,738 votes, respectively, handily defeating their opponents. Incumbent Jeff Knepper received 1,392 votes, incumbent Terri Mohr received 1,323 votes and newcomer Lawrence Lee, running as a moderate voice, received 456 votes. Renaud and Stevens will serve three-year terms on the seven-member board. While not calling it an outright mandate, Renaud said he and Stevens had an idea of what their first move as newly elected officials could be. “We want to look at some organizational changes and make the control go back to the board – I think we’ve been very clear about that,” he said. ̶...
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