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Recreation dept. offers area residents exercise options

Posted On: 7/10/14
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SNOW HILL–Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks offers area residents and visitors alike the opportunity to get up, get out and get moving in a variety of fun, calorie-burning summertime fitness classes. Early Bird Morning Fitness class returns to the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill along with evening Core Training and Zumba classes. Early Bird Morning Fitness is held Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8-8:40 a.m. This class includes warm-up, cardio activity, strength training, dynamic stretching and balance activities. Core Training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Core Training provides an intense workout that will get participants’ hearts racing and abs burning. Through the use of dumbbells, stability balls and cardio, participants will begin to see a new core develop. Zumba is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and ...
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Army band to play four, free area concerts

Posted On: 7/10/14
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BERLIN– The 229th Army Band will play four free outdoor concerts in Worcester County this week. “The Adjutant General’s Own” will perform at Byrd Park in Snow Hill at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, at Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Ocean Pines Gazebo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 and at Cypress Park in Pocomoke at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Army bands provide patriotic music with the goal of inspiring citizens and soldiers, and promoting national interests at home and abroad. Formerly known as the 29th Infantry Division Band, the 229th has roots dating back to the Ardennes Forest of France during WWI and the beaches of Normandy during WWII. Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said Army Band shows are generally well-received in Berlin. “People really enjoy it,” she said. “Everybody likes a free show and a free concert by as talented musicians as these always are. They’re always appreciated. R...
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Farmers ready for Blessing of the Combines, Aug. 2

Posted On: 7/10/14
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SNOW HILL–Even as farm fields are being planted in corn and soybeans, farmers are preparing their combines for the summer and fall harvests.    Several Worcester County farmers, including Bill Figgs, Byron Hauck, Lee Holloway, Buster Powell, Roger Richardson, David Shockley, Jack Shockley and Virgil Shockley, are readying their machines for The Blessing of the Combines, Saturday, Aug. 2. Festivities in downtown Snow Hill begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. For the 16th year, a parade of combines, led by Antique Tractors and Oren Perdue’s horse-drawn combine, will move slowly south on Route 12, across the drawbridge over the Pocomoke River and west onto Green Street.   Parade directors will lead each combine to its stopping place as they fill Green Street. A growing hum of engines culminates with a throttle thrust, and then silence. But not for long. Throughout the day there will be music by Mike Short and God’s Country Crossroads, food, vendor...
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Ultimate Frisbee pick-up games offered in Berlin

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Ultimate Frisbee pickup games that began in Berlin are leading up to an international showdown at the beach this summer. Pro player Alex Jacoski of the DC Breeze is hosting the Ocean City Beach Classic Aug. 9-10 on Somerset Street. The tournament will offer competitive and recreational divisions with coed teams required to have three men and two women on the field at all times. Jacoski expects to see three-to-four matches each day. “Right now we have some competitive teams from Pennsylvania and Baltimore,” he said. “My own beach team, who I traveled to California with and played in a tournament up in New Jersey, will host the Boracay Dragons from the Philippines.” Jacoski and strength and conditioning coach Tim Morrill traveled to the Philippines in April to play in a tournament. The Dragons will return the favor next month. “They hosted us for nine days, treated us like family, we were initiated to the team, and now they’re com...
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Activities countywide for Independence Day

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY—From patriotic concerts and fireworks to pool parties and hot dog-eating contests, Worcester County has a host of ways to celebrate Independence Day. Here are a few events going on in the area this weekend: Ocean Pines • Freedom 5K: Ocean Pines kicks off its Independence Day celebration Friday, weather pending, with a Freedom 5K open to all ages. The fun run event starts at 8 a.m. in the Veterans Memorial Park on Racetrack Road. Organizers encourage runners to support the military by wearing red, white and blue while they wind their way through the course. Registration costs $30 at the event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Home of the Brave, an organization devoted to reducing homelessness among veterans. • Pool Party: Ocean Pines will host its family-friendly July4  celebration Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sports Core Pool on Cathell Road. An entry fee of $5 gets guests an armband good for unlimited play on the moon b...
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Took more than huge voting effort to become ‘cool’

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– From an outsider’s perspective, Berlin can seem like a town built inside of a snow globe. Are the shop and restaurant owners that line Main Street – who perpetually shake your hand and ask how your day was – really that friendly? Just many bathtub and high heel races, fiddler’s conventions and Victorian jubilees, music festivals, art strolls and free concerts on the lawn can a town of a few thousand possibly sustain? What, exactly, makes America’s coolest small town seem so – for lack of a better word – cool? There isn’t really a singular answer – or a singular architect behind modern-day Berlin – but the story that is most-often repeated suggests several people working together over a period of decades brought the town back from the edge of extiction. Berlin, a name that came, possibly by accident, from a popular inn formerly located on Burley Street, was once the peach capital of the world and home to a thr...
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County says no to Parke request for sewer charge cuts

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES - The Parke at Ocean Pines must continue to pay its wastewater bills as usual. The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday denied the written request of Kristi Clarke, general manager of The Parke, for a reduction in sewer charges because of water used for landscaping. The Parke, the homeowners association for active adults age 55 and older, has approximately 400 acres of land. Most of the land is used for individual lots, but the association owns and maintains a lot of common area. The central square, which Clarke stated is the focal point for the association, offers “beautiful landscaping and gazebo fit for any outdoor summer picnic and celebration. It is in these particular areas that the Association has invested in landscaping enhancements over the years,” she wrote. Those areas are irrigated with water from the county water supply, so the association pays for the water. It also pays, Clarke wrote, “for the sewer in relation to water consumption,...
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Seriously low voter turnout storyline of June 24 primaries

Posted On: 7/3/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– More than any single race for office, the central storyline coming out of June’s primary election was the historically low turnout. The off-year primary pulled in just 20 percent of registered voters in Worcester County, down 10 percent from the similar primary held four years ago. Maryland previously held primary elections in September, but the state moved up to the summer date to give candidates more time to campaign for the general election in November. County Commissioner Bud Church blamed the low turnout on lack of knowledge and voter apathy. “I was shocked,” he said. “I walked into Ocean City Elementary and there was no one there – there were people sitting around the table, but I was the only one voting. At one place in Snow Hill I heard just 15 people turned out to vote. “I think the date change had a lot to do with it,” Church continued. “People weren’t geared to having the election this ear...
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Habitat for Humanity house now Spence family’s home

Posted On: 7/3/14
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SNOW HILL - Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, Inc. welcomed its 17th partner family during a dedication ceremony on June 18 in Snow Hill. The new homeowner, Jessica Spence, thanked Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, her pastor, and family who helped her to achieve her goal of homeownership. “I just kept thinking… when, when, when, would this [homeownership] happen for me? Then it happened and I really felt like I was doing something. This is for me but, it’s really for my kids,” said Spence who is a Snow Hill native and works within the community as a home healthcare aide. “My kids love their new house; they love their rooms. My girls love the kitchen because it’s big enough they can spin around like ballerinas,” Spence said. Members of the Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County board of directors, executive director, and Worcester County Commissioner Judy Boggs attended the dedication in support of the Spence family...
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Worcester Arts Council sets July workshops, classes list

Posted On: 7/3/14
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BERLIN - The Worcester County Arts Council is offering several classes and workshops in July. Rhyme With Art will be held on July  8, 15, 22 and 29 from 4-4:45 p.m. Inspired by famous nursery rhymes, little artists ages 2-4 will be introduced to various media and techniques such as collage, stamping, watercolors and tempera. Erika Rittling-Uebel will instruct. The signup fee is $6. Art Around The World will be held July  9, 16, 23 and 30 from 4-5 p.m. Ages 5-13 will explore the art of Egypt, China, North America, Mexico and Indonesia while creating artwork symbolizing each country through hieroglyphics letters, Chinese lanterns, totem poles, mandala and more. Erika Rittling-Uebel will instruct. The signup fee is $12. Introduction to Doodle Art will be held on July 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes. Adults and teenagers 13 and up will learn the basic of thoughtful doodling whi...
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