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Worcester Co. Arts Council offers grants to local groups

Posted On: 1/22/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 22, 2015) Although the Worcester County Arts Council gallery closed in January for renovations, the nonprofit will reopen in February with a slate of programs for local artists and art enthusiasts. The council recently awarded $20,000 in grants during the last fiscal year to eight different groups in Worcester County and is consistently looking for new organizations to apply during fiscal year 2016, according to Executive Director Anna Mullis “It is our mission to support the arts in the community and one of our strongest programs is the Community Arts Development Grant,” Mullis said. “We want to make the community aware that we have these funds available for local art groups. We give the money away to nonprofits for projects, events, performances, workshops, or anything that has an artistic component.” WCAC has two grant deadlines in April and November. Projects occurring between July 1 and Dec. 31 must submit applications by April 15. Projects occurr...
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Assateague celebrates 50 years

Posted On: 1/22/15
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(Jan. 22, 2015) Assateague Island National Seashore marks its 50th year this year, rising as it did in 1965 from the narrow strip of land that was rescued from development. The year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the seashore will include numerous activities and events to commemorate this milestone.   The Assateague Island Alliance, the friends group of Assateague Island National Seashore, will begin the festivities this Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9 a.m. to welcome Ranger Liz Davis, assistant chief of interpretation, to present plans for the 50th anniversary celebration and to discuss questions about this national park.   Traditionally a members-only activity, the alliance invites the public to for coffee and conversation with a seashore park ranger. Visitors will meet at the Assateague Island Environmental Education Center (the former visitor center) at 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin. The alliance is a nonprofit group to benefit Assateague Island National S...
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Winter activities abound in Ocean Pines at pool, parks

Posted On: 1/22/15
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(Jan. 22, 2015) Ocean Pines will offer a number of activities for families this winter. One of them, the Sports Core Pool’s dive-in movie nights, will feature a showing of “Monsters University” on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Guests can watch the movie on an inflatable screen while splashing and swimming or floating on inflatable rafts in the heated indoor pool. The cost to attend the event at the pool at 11143 Cathell Road is $3 for Ocean Pines swim members, $5 for Ocean Pines residents and $7 for nonresidents.  Families of more than four may pay a flat rate of $20.     The Sports Core will also hold a special Valentine’s Family Fun Night on Friday, Feb. 13 at 6 p.m.  Guests can have a night at the pool while making Valentine’s Day crafts. Pizza and desserts will be available for purchase. The cost to attend is $2 for swim members, $4 for residents and $6 for nonresidents. For those who prefer to stay dry, there will be two p...
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Decatur students, staff hold job fair in Berlin, Feb. 26

Posted On: 1/22/15
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(Jan. 22, 2015) Stephen Decatur High School staff and students invite area businesses to participate in its 2015 Job Fair, to be held at the Berlin school on Thursday, Feb. 26 from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to Stephen Decatur students, Snow Hill and Pocomoke students will also be in attendance. For more information, or to sign up as a vendor, call or e-mail Kim Hudson at 410-641-4410 klhudson@mail.worcester.k12.md.us. 
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Local groups prep to send valentines to Md. veterans

Posted On: 1/22/15
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(Jan. 15, 2015) Worcester County Volunteer Services will hold its second annual food drive for the Maryland Food Bank on Jan. 26-30. The focus of this food drive is to provide ready-to-eat canned meals. Canned items most needed include meats that are high in protein – such as tuna, salmon and chicken – and hearty stews. “The 2014 statistics revealed that one in every five children and senior citizens are food insecure, which means they don’t know what or when their next meal will be,” Volunteer Services Manager Kelly Brinkley said. “No one should have to carry the stress of wondering whether or not they will eat on any given day. You and I working together can help alleviate this stress from our neighbors by donating canned goods that are whole meals in themselves. Together, we can provide them with a healthy and nutritious start to 2015.” Beginning Jan. 26, canned food items can be deposited in specially marked Maryland Food Bank barrels ...
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Commission seeks women noms

Posted On: 1/22/15
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(Jan. 22, 2015) The Women of Tomorrow Awards honor young women who have made significant and outstanding contributions to their communities.   The awards are based on community service, demonstrated leadership, commitment to and pursuit of academic and future goal achievements. The Worcester County Commission for Women seeks nominations for young women who will be recognized as Women of Tomorrow at the Women’s History Month Luncheon to be held on March 18, at the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street in Ocean City. The women will be honored in three groups: Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12. Two awards are given for each grade level, first place and honorable mention. Nomination forms may be obtained by calling L. Eloise Henry-Gordy at 443-235-3214. Nominations are due no later than Jan. 31. 
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Flag raised for ‘those who gave it all’

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) Dozens of Ocean Pines residents braved sub-zero temperatures on Saturday to honor a 90-year-old D-Day veteran and watch a flag once flown over Normandy rise up into the crystal-blue sky over the community’s yacht club. There was music in the air, as the Maryland National Guard Honor Guard blew bright trumpet blasts, and the Delmarva Chorus sang patriotic songs in appreciation of John Sauer’s heroism on June 6, 1944. Sauer, using a walker and aided by General Manager Bob Thompson (USAF retired) and World War II veteran Nate Pearson, was visibly moved by the fanfare. He wept openly as he spoke. “I’d like to thank the people of Ocean Pines,” Sauer said. “Also, I’d like to thank everybody that has seen the graves and flown to Normandy [for] 3,000 honored men that died for their country.” OPA Director Sharyn O’Hare, who organized the ceremony, lauded Sauer’s bravery. “John was in the second wave, which...
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OPA announces $10.9 million budget draft

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) Ocean Pines unveiled preliminary budget figures for fiscal year 2016 during an OPA board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8. Held during a particularly icy day at the Country Club when the heat happened to be off, the sparse meeting included just five of the seven board members and a small gathering of press and residents. General Manager Bob Thompson said the community did not “go outside the box this year dramatically at all,” in shaping the $10.9 million budget, adding the primary focus of the proposal was to continue “positive momentum” of amenities including aquatics, the yacht club and golf. Chief impact areas on the proposed budget included fuel costs, increases in the mandatory minimum wage, and health care requirements. “We had some positive variances in budget that were impacted by … fuel costs being down for vehicles as well as facilities,” Thompson said. “Mandatory minimum wage increases did have a dramatic i...
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Berlin battles commission on design standards

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams and the Town Council continued to grapple with the Planning Commission over architectural design standards that will govern new commercial buildings during a public meeting on Monday. Debate began as the council introduced a public hearing on an ordinance that would amend the town code to say that the commission  “shall as part of its site plan review process review and approve all proposed commercial development to ensure it compliments and enhances the town’s historic architectural character and uniqueness.” Several members of the council pounced on the vague wording of the amendment. District 4 Councilmember Dean Burrell said he hoped the change would not give the commission “the authority to nitpick some developer to death.” “This is what’s going to be our basis for our decisions so that I, as a member of our commission, won’t have the veto power to stick my personal beliefs about di...
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Pines golf battle brings out crowd for Casper

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) Ocean Pines residents showed up in solid numbers to defend Billy Casper Golf’s management of the community course during a special OPA board meeting on Friday, Jan. 9. From the onset, dozens of people filled the small boardroom, spilling out into the hallway and leaving many without seats during the brief public portion of the meeting. Board President Dave Stevens said the meeting, the public portion of which lasted less than an hour, was the product of nearly a year of preparation. “A committee was set up to explore alternatives to the management and/or leasing of our golf course. This happened close to a year ago,” he said. “This committee has been doing exactly what it was chartered by the board to do, and we have been looking at different management alternatives.” Stevens said the community issued a request for proposals and the committee, after screening responses, would present three to the board. The committee consisted of Board...
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