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‘Cool town,’ hot bats spark Berlin All Stars

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– One year after a heartbreaking loss in the regional semifinals ended their season, the Berlin Intermediate All Stars won their first Little League World Series game, 8-2, on Tuesday, July 29 in Livermore, Ca. Wes Powell threw a complete game, allowing just one earned run on three hits over seven innings in the win over the Central All Stars from Michigan. Powell also drove in three runs, and Matt Kinsey hit a two-run homer in the win. “Wes Powell did such a great job today,” said Manager Cameron McDonough. “He worked the bottom half of the zone all day, and we made a lot of great plays behind him. We didn’t have our best day at the plate, but Wes had an awesome day on the mound.” Representing the East Region, the thus far undefeated Berlin All Stars have outscored their opponents nearly 5-1 this summer, averaging 14 runs per game. Berlin played the Southwest All-Star team from Midland, Tx. Wednesday. Berlin routed Commack North, New York...
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Homestretch for five Ocean Pines candidates nears

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Five remaining candidates are entering the homestretch in the OPA Board of Directors election. Ballots, mailed to Ocean Pines property owners on July 3, are due by Thursday, Aug. 7. The two candidates with the most votes earn three-year terms on the Board. The Ocean Pines Association will announce election results during their annual meeting on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Community Center. Incumbents Jeff Knepper and Terri Mohr face challenges from David Stevens, Pat Renaud and Lawrence Lee. After the OPA announced candidates on May 20, the challengers immediately hammered the current Board and General Manager Bob Thompson on issues ranging from alleged “cronyism” to bloated contracts for town employees. Two challengers, Slobodan Trendic and Dan Moul, dropped out of race early. Knepper, for his part, defended his actions and those of the sitting Board of Directors. “There are many things right with the BOD,” he said. “There ...
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Berlin goes out on a limb to remove precarious tree

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Three months after the Mayor and Council debated a precariously perched tree, the offending evergreen finally came down. Electric Department crews cut down and hauled away the tree, which threatened power lines at the corner of Main and Tripoli streets, on Thursday, July 31. Several councilmembers and Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence had expressed concerns over the tree. “We had good cooperation from the homeowner, Rene Schoellkopf,” said Town Administrator Laura Allen. “We spent some time talking to her about the need for the tree to come down. We did some outreach after the council meeting, and every indication I got from Ms. Schoellkopf was that she understood the need to do something with the tree. “My sense of her concern was that it was such a big part of her front yard and her property that she needed to think about what would happen with the tree gone,” Allen continued. Town employees directed traffic in front of Schoellko...
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All-Star baseball team energized by community’s support

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Town support swelled this week as the Intermediate All Stars traveled to Livermore, Ca. to take part in their first Little League World Series. The team won the East Regional Tournament last Friday, beating Commack, N.Y. 13-6. Thirteen players, Kevon Wharton, Hayden Snelsire, Ryan Duncan, Tristan McDonough, Billy Wheatley, Wes Powell, Matt Kinsey, Jack Rosenberg, Colby Figgs, Kevin Beck, Steven Bise, Zach Pletcher and Hayden Cosman, along with Manager Cameron McDonough and coaches Mike Cosman and Bill Wheatley, flew to California on Sunday. Shawn Eisemann of Delmarva Pharmacy was one of several local business owners who helped support the team financially. “The parents, players and coaches have enough to worry about,” he said. “I have been lucky enough to be in a position where I could help to soften the financial burden of getting here to there. Some of these players will never have another opportunity or experience like this, so I want them to ta...
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Great Pocomoke Fair offers visitors ‘taste of rural life’

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

POCOMOKE—The Great Pocomoke Fair returns today with harness racing, livestock exhibits, tractor pulls and classic Eastern Shore fare at the southern end of Worcester County. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at the festival grounds at 2003 Broad Street in Pocomoke City and continue through Saturday, drawing visitors by the thousands, said Festival Treasurer Gloria Smith. “It’s a small, rural fair and it will give people a taste of the rural life,” Smith said. Gates will be open from 5-10 p.m. today, Thursday. For $2 admission, which helps offset the cost of the fair, visitors have free range of the livestock barn open all evening as well as a host of demonstrations and contests. Highlights include the Little Miss Great Pocomoke Fair Pageant on the grandstand stage at 7 p.m. followed by a performance by Blue Crab Crossing Bluegrass Band at 8 p.m. Gates open again Friday from 5-10 p.m. with a karate school demonstration slated for 6 p.m. at the grandstand stage...
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Berlin Town Council addresses recent alarm malfunction

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town addressed a recent rogue fire siren during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, July 28. The siren, located near Town Hall, malfunctioned and stayed on for nearly a half hour on the morning of July 4, frightening guests at nearby hotels and inns and causing a nuisance to town businesses. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams read an email sent to Town Administrator Laura Allen by Berlin Fire Chief David T. Lewis dated July 17. “The chiefs of the Berlin Fire Company met earlier today and decided we would like the fire siren to only blow during the hours of 07:00-22:00 hours every day,” the email stated. Lewis, in the email, said the fire siren, “alerts citizens, members and visitors of the town, as well as Berlin Fire Company members.” Lewis acknowledged the increased tourism in Berlin. “It seems that the siren blowing at night is causing an unpleasant experience for the guests that may not be accustom [sic] to a fire siren and therefore...
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National Night Out returns as method to combat crime

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– For more than a decade, the town has come together on the first Tuesday in August to celebrate the community and help prevent crime. National Night Out returns to Dr. William Henry Park on Flower Street on Aug. 5 from 4-7 p.m. “We’ll have crime-prevention activities, a lot of things for the kids to do – it’s just a whole host of things,” said organizer PFC Claude Holland of the Berlin Police Department. “Nationally it’s an event to go out and have a community awareness of crime and to go ahead and make that statement that we’re coming together as a community to combat crime and the fear of crime,” said Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing. “It’s the fear of people scared to come out of their homes in different areas of their country – scared to communicate with their neighbors. Nationally it’s one of those statements: we can and will come together as a community to go ahead and promote safety ...
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Music and extra shopping part of SH First Friday

Posted On: 7/31/14
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SNOW HILL–As Snow Hill celebrates Arts on the River First Friday on Aug.1, the town will be preparing for its signature event, Blessing of the Combines, the next day. Light posts will be covered with corn stalks, flowers and ribbons in anticipation of the big event. The Mood Swings, Mike Armstrong and Lauren Glick, will provide background music for visitors while they stroll the streets of the town. Shop and gallery owners will keep their businesses open until 8 p.m. or beyond with art openings, music and special discounts. Browsing through Antiques by the River is always a shopping adventure that is bound to please discriminating shoppers. American Art Gallery will feature new works by Michele Byrne, Tara Grim, Olga Deshields, Paul Volker and Barb Dougherty, while Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine will show paintings and jewelry by Maurice Sevigny and serve summer wines for tasting. New to Snow Hill is Hallie Miller’s Classy Trash Thrift Boutique, located...
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Sixth annual Peach Festival returns to Berlin, Saturday

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The 6th annual Peach Festival, the town’s signature sweet and savory celebration, returns on Saturday, Aug. 2. Hosted by the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, the event features food, craft vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and displays of historic Berlin.  “It kind of took off the first year and it’s grown each year,” said museum Curator Susan Taylor. “Last year I remember standing on the lawn and looking down Main Street and the street was packed with people going up and down the sidewalks. It’s a town event and the whole town is really involved.” The festival originated in 1913 when the Maryland Horticultural College – known better today as the University of Maryland – helped develop an antifungal spray to save Berlin’s massive peach crop. “The spray eradicated the fungus, so they invited people from Baltimore and the University of Maryland and Wilmington, and everybody came in ...
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Good Farm offers free vegs. in return for volunteer labor

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

BERLIN - The Good Farm is again offering free vegetables in exchange for volunteer labor. Located at Mariner’s Country Down on Sinepuxent Road off Route 611, the Good Farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables without the use of artificial chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides and maintains a small flock of chickens, whose eggs are sold along with the produce. Volunteers are invited to take whatever vegetables are ready to be eaten, just as volunteers at the farm did last year. In additional to doing a myriad of chores at The Good Farm, its founder, Christie McDowell, has held a Kids Day and children’s birthday parties at the site this year. “We hosted our first field trip in June for Carmella’s Kids and would like to continue to do field trips for schools,” McDowell said July 18. Children got a mini-lesson on worms and each took home a personal worm bin so they experience getting rid of kitchen scraps by putting the scraps in the bins. It is...
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