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Ocean Pines to host Junior Tennis Open on Saturday

Posted On: 9/22/16
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(Sept. 22, 2016) The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department and Delmarva Beach Tennis will host the Ocean Pines Junior Tennis Open on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex, at 11443 Manklin Creek Road in Ocean Pines. The event was originally scheduled for July 23. This nonsanctioned competitive tournament is offered to current high school students. The match format for singles will be eight-game pro sets. Registered players will play at least two matches. The entry fee is $20 per person and includes an event t-shirt. Registration forms may be obtained at the Ocean Pines Community Center or the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25. For more information, call the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department at 410-641-7052. Information about additional recreational programs, including an online version of the Ocean Pines Activity Guide, is available at OceanPines.org.
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#Puseystrong color run to support local scholarship

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Kicking off Pocomoke High School homecoming week is the second annual Susan Pusey memorial color run, honoring the field hockey coach that led the Warriors to 16 state championships. Pusey died from a complication of knee surgery. She underwent the procedure on July 17, 2015 and passed away two days later. Her team would win another state championship that year in her honor. “We’ve got a neat little 5K course using all three Pocomoke schools,” Dr. Annette Wallace, principal of Pocomoke High School said. “It’s a really nice community event to honor a special person that affected a lot of people.” Registration begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m., with the start scheduled for 9 a.m. at the high school. Wallace said the first 100 registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt. Children 10 and under can participate for free, otherwise the fee is $25. Participants should probably be aware that at certain intervals, they will become targets for r...
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Ride to Sturgis brings hundreds to park, Saturday

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) While the ultimate justification for Bike Week and its related events is the amount of business its arrival attracts, Snow Hill’s first foray into a motorcycle-themed event, the “Ride to Sturgis,” last Saturday, brought a lot of people to the namesake park, but not very many to downtown shops. “It’s definitely coming back next year,” Michael Day, town economic development consultant, said. “This was one of those things where the people who came this year will tell all their friends, so we’ll have more next year.” Day said he has had several people ask him to be on the committee overseeing and developing the event next year. Moreso than the town, the ride along Route 113 is considered the draw. “Route 113 is a beautiful drive from Berlin to Snow Hill, down into Pocomoke City and a lot of people go down to Chincoteague,” Day said. Rolling fields, wide open spaces and few billboards and signs line main...
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Plein air painters converge for 7th annual Paint Berlin

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Starting today, expect to see artists from across the East Coast setting up easels along the Victorian streets of downtown Berlin. The seventh annual Paint Berlin, presented by the Worcester County Arts Council, is expected to draw about 50 artists for two days of painting, followed by a “wet paint” show and sale on Saturday, Sept. 24. “We couldn’t be more happy with participation this year,” WCAC Executive Director Anna Mullis said. “We’ve got some awesome artists coming from different states as far as New York, Pennsylvania and a lot of people from the western shore.” That includes several members from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, she said. “We are very proud to host them here in Berlin, and we’re just hoping for the best weather and we’re really excited,” she said. After artists have had two days to paint, the arts council will host an open-to-the-public reception durin...
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‘Pup of the Pines’ contest to raise money for dog park

Posted On: 9/22/16
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(Sept. 22, 2016) Enter furry friends into the second annual “Pup of the Pines” photo contest, sponsored by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department. The contest runs until Oct.15.   The winner of the contest will be named the “2017 Pup of the Pines” and will receive a free 2017 Ocean Pines Dog Park registration. The pup will also be the official face of the dog park and will be featured in the Ocean Pines Activity Guide and other postings throughout the year.   The top eight entries will be on display at the Ocean Pines Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-4 p.m. in White Horse Park. Attendees at the event will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced at the Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 26. The entry fee is $5 per dog. Money raised from the contest will be used for upgrades and improvements to the dog park. Official entry forms are available at the Ocean Pines Community Center at 235...
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Clubs Committee examines role under new OPA leadership

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Along with changes in leadership at the Ocean Pines Association board of directors and general manager levels come new policies at many of the amenities, along with new expectations for those who help guide them. Last Thursday, the clubs committee met at the yacht club to discuss some of those new expectations. Present was yacht club manager Jerry Lewis, chef Rob Sosonovich and new committee liaison Dave Stevens. Another director, Cheryl Jacobs, was also present during the meeting. What did not change, however, was the makeup of the committee itself, which continued with Les Purcell as chairman and Gary Miller as secretary. Stevens, in his first meeting as the new liaison, said he read over the meeting minutes from the past two years and was “mildly impressed.” “One of the things that we’re anxious to find out is what your and the board’s expectations are for the yacht club in this coming year, and what you see our committee bein...
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Sunfest returns for 42nd year in Ocean City

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Sept. 22, 2016) One of Ocean City’s favorite events kicks off today, Thursday, with area residents and visitors saying goodbye to summer and welcoming in fall with four days of arts and crafts, live musical entertainment, food and family activities during the 42nd annual Sunfest celebration. The festival takes place in the inlet parking lot under large tents with 300 vendors and food booths filled with treasures and tasty treats all weekend long, Sept. 22-25. Sunfest drew more than 200,000 visitors to the downtown Ocean City area last year and about the same attendance is expected this weekend. “We are really happy when attendance numbers surpass 200,000 people,” said Frank Miller, special events director for the Town of Ocean City. “It has been around 42 years and has proven itself. Sunfest has always been the keystone event for Ocean City’s summer season.” The festival starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with a parade down the Boardwalk from 13th Str...
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National Public Lands Day, coastal cleanup, Saturday

Posted On: 9/22/16
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(Sept. 22, 2016) For more than 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has inspired worldwide volunteer action to remove trash from the world’s beaches and waterways. Assateague Coastal Trust has coordinated a coastal cleanup at Assateague Island for more than 15 years. This year, the coastal cleanup and National Public Lands Day come together in 2016, the centennial year of the National Park Service, for a perfect trifecta in the great outdoors. Saturday, Sept. 24, is National Public Lands Day and an entrance fee free day. Volunteers should check in by 9 a.m. at North Ocean Beach Parking area in the Maryland District. The cleanup will end when the dumpster is full or around noon, whichever comes first. Coastal cleanup staff will assign volunteers to a beach or a bayside cleanup location and will provide tally sheets to track all the trash collected. Some volunteers will be transported to cleanup sites in park vehicles. Keep in mind, pets or smal...
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CAR hosts Berlin candidate forum

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) Several dozen Berlin residents “met the candidates” last Wednesday during a political forum – likely the only one of this election cycle – presented by the Coastal Association of Realtors. Moderator Joseph Wilson, from CAR, joined mayoral candidates District 2 Councilwoman Lisa Hall and incumbent Gee Williams, along with District 2 hopefuls Jack Orris and Zack Tyndall, during the roughly 90-minute discussion. All the candidates appeared to have similar views on growth, job creation and preserving the small-town charm that has become synonymous with Berlin. Everyone also agreed the town was headed in the right direction, although some were quicker than others to call for measures to keep the town as is. Asked about Berlin’s most-valuable asset, all four candidates concurred that the people and generally convivial atmosphere of the town was its best quality. Tyndall, who grew up in the area, recalled a “desolate downtown” ...
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Doug Parks joins OPA Board after appointment vote

Posted On: 9/15/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 15, 2016) Doug Parks, who finished ninth in the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election last month, now has a seat on the board, following his appointment last Friday to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of board member Pat Renaud in August. Parks was nominated for the position by newly elected Director Slobodan Trendic and received four votes from the then six-member panel. The other nominee, Frank Daly, received two votes. Director Cheryl Jacobs, who nominated Daly, gave a spirited defense of her selection, arguing that he was the next-highest vote getter during the election, finishing fourth with 1,028 votes. The top-three vote getters, Trendic, Brett Hill and Pat Supik, were seated on the board. “Between he and Mr. Parks, he has twice as many votes by the members of the association,” she said. “It’s important that we recognize what the membership has said in their voting.” Parks received 576 votes. “I think ign...
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