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Posted On: 12/8/16
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Becker Morgan ranked Becker Morgan Group ranked No. 195 among the 2016 Top 300 Architecture Firms nationwide in Architectural Record Magazine, the No. 1 source for architecture news in the nation. The firm also received recognition in Engineering News-Record (ENR) as a 2016 MidAtlantic Top Design Firm and by Building + Design Construction magazine on the Giants 300 list of the Top Architecture/Engineering Firms. Becker Morgan Group provides Architecture & Engineering services with offices in Delaware, Maryland, and North Carolina. For more information, visit www.beckermorgan.com. Ribbon cutting The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Coastal Early Learning Center on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at 4:30 p.m. An Open House is also scheduled for that day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coastal Early Learning Center is located at 9729 Seahawk Rd. in Berlin. All Worcester County business people (employers and employees) are invited to attend and take part in th...
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Snow Hill model train display reopens for holidays

Posted On: 12/8/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Dec. 8, 2016) In the main showroom of the Pocomoke River Canoe Company, there is an easy-to-miss steep staircase that transports visitors to a different time, and a different place — almost. Clearly patterned on Snow Hill, but based on a more industrial take on the town, the Corddry Company Crossing reimagines the county seat as a bustling shipping hub, one supporting about a dozen different track loops moving all manner of goods from place to place. Snow Hill, in Corddry country — named for a family that used to own several properties near the canoe company — also has a couple of things the town would appear to have based on the name, but doesn’t: hills. This is, of course, an aesthetic decision because model trains are barely model trains without a tunnel or two to send the iron horse chugging through. The company was built by a group of hobbyists working over several years — at least 15, recalls canoe company owner and model train enthusiast Barry ...
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Five Mile Branch Rd. Bridge closing for construction

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(Dec. 8, 2016) Worcester County Public Works will implement plans to replace the Five Mile Branch Road Bridge, a three-span, timber-beam bridge located approximately 0.76 miles north of U.S. Route 113 and crossing Coonfoot Branch, beginning Monday, Dec. 5. Access to this bridge will be closed and a detour will be in place throughout the course of the project. Detours are as follows: Intersection of Five Mile Branch Road & Maryland Route 113 north to Newark Road is approximately 2.4 miles and three minutes; Newark Road to Queponco Road is approximately 0.3 miles and 38 seconds; and Queponco Road to its intersection with Five Mile Branch Road is approximately 2.7 miles and 3 minutes 39 seconds. The project is expected to take eight to 10 weeks to complete. For more information on detour routes, visit www.co.worcester.md.us. 
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Berlin schedules residential yard waste collection

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 (Dec. 8, 2016) The Town of Berlin’s residential Fall Yard Waste Collection is scheduled for Dec. 14. The Yard Waste Collection dates are based on Berlin residential garbage service. Residents are asked to follow the guidelines listed below: DO: Place leaves, grass clippings, pine needles and cones, and garden waste in a paper bag, plastic bag, or (maximum) 30-gallon container. Cut brush into 4 feet lengths and bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter. DO NOT:  Mix in stones, rocks, metal, or other inorganic matter, dirt, sod or other materials. 
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Mar-Va Theater to present ‘Babes in Toyland’ this wknd.

Posted On: 12/8/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Dec. 8, 2016) Staging a live production of “Babes in Toyland” at the Mar-Va Theater in Pocomoke City is a true community effort, beginning with the cast and crew, but is also dependent on the audience coming out to see the show, according to Katy Fleming, executive director of the theater. “We’re all trying to pull our weight. For all the work that goes into the production, it’s nice when you look out to have a full house looking back,” she said. The play opens Friday night at 7 p.m., with another show set for on Saturday evening at the same time. A Sunday matinee will be offered at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for VIP seating, which is located towards the front and center of the theater, and $15 for general admission. Tickets are $10 for seniors, children under 12 and active duty military personnel. The cast, composed of more than 30 people from ages 2 and up, have been preparing for the performance since October, Fleming said. The troupe has been re...
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This winter, assistance for high electric bills

Posted On: 12/8/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

 (Dec. 8, 2016) Help is available for Maryland residents struggling to pay home electric bills this winter through the Maryland Department of Human Resources’ Office of Home Energy Programs. Income eligibility limits start at $20,790 for a single person. A family of four, for instance, can make up to $42,525 annually and still qualify for assistance. Locally, the program is managed by ShoreUp! Inc., and in Berlin it has been in place since 2009 with a unique twist – the town sends a letter inside regular electric bills once a year asking for donations and providing matching funds. “The program is designed to help people that are struggling with their bills, so ShoreUp! takes applications and reviews them, and the makes the determination with regards to how much individuals receive,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. While the program runs statewide, Allen said she was not aware of another instance in which a town that operates a private utility o...
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MCBP hosts seal steward volunteer training

Posted On: 12/8/16
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(Dec. 8, 2016) Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) is currently recruiting and hosting a volunteer training for seal stewards on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. at the Ocean City Library on 100th Street.   National Aquarium’s Marine Animal Stranding Coordinator Jen Dittmar will conduct the training. This volunteer opportunity is an “on call” opportunity. When a seal hauls out, seal stewards will be contacted to see if they are available to man the haul out area to make sure beach and dog walkers keep a safe distance to protect both the walkers and the seal.   Educational material and information will be provided at each haul out so that stewards can inform interested on-lookers. Contact Sandi Smith at sandis@mdcoastalbays.org or by calling her at 410-213-2297 ext. 106 if planning to attend the training. MCBP and the National Aquarium Marine Animal Rescue Program (MARP) partnered three years ago to launch an outreach program on responsible seal viewing and si...
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After seven years, Berlin shop to cut ribbon

Posted On: 12/8/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Dec. 8, 2016) After seven years in business, Berlin shop Bungalow Love will do something it’s never done before – celebrate a proper grand opening. During the town’s 2nd Friday art stroll at the end of this week, the store will finally hold a ribbon cutting and open house Owner Heather Layton said the business began with a successful show at the Globe during Holiday Arts Night in Berlin, where she and her sister were featured. At the same time, she said, a former custom-frame shop on Williams Street had gone out of business and became available when the owner retired. Layton saw a “for rent” sign with a phone number in the window, made a call and set up a meeting to see the building. It was apparently a short meeting. “I went in and I was just like, ‘yes.’ The price was right and it wasn’t too, too scary,” Layton said. “But when I first opened I was so empty – I just had my jewelry and a couple pieces of ...
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Berlin cheerleaders place fourth during nationals in Florida

Posted On: 12/8/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Dec. 8, 2016) The Berlin Pop Warner cheerleaders placed fourth overall during the national competition on Monday at Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports, bringing home a national trophy for the first time since the program’s inception. “The girls did great and received a higher score than at regionals,” Head Coach Jessie Parsons said. “It was a pretty long and hectic day, but we had no deductions. This is a big deal because it’s really hard to not get one by bobbling or stepping over a line. They did their routine the best I have ever seen it done.” The trip has the girls excited to increase stunt difficulty in their routines and sharpen their other skills to return next year. A winter session of Pop Warner cheerleading will take place from January to July. “We were up against three teams who had won the national championship before,” Parsons said. “It was tough, but they were excited about getting a trophy. We also be...
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‘Be a Santa to a Senior’ program

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(Dec. 8, 2016) The holidays are a time to celebrate the joy and warmth of the season with friends and family. In Berlin and Salisbury, the local Home Instead Senior Care office is inviting the community to celebrate with local seniors who may be alone during the holidays.   The Home Instead Senior Care office serving Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties is helping to facilitate Be a Santa to a Senior, a community program that provides gifts and companionship to seniors who may be isolated from friends or family during the holiday season. The program is made possible through the generous support of local businesses, nonprofit organizations, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community “The holidays can be a troubling time for seniors. They may feel the absence or the distance of loved ones,” Corrie Boger, co-owner of the Berlin Home Instead Senior Care office, said. “Be a Santa to a Senior provides a ray of hope for many seniors, and it means...
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