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Seaside Boat Show returns to OC

Posted On: 2/11/16
Written By: By Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

The 33rd annual Optimist Seaside Boat Show returns to the resort with more than 350 boats, 50 dealers and approximately 150 vendors featured Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-14, at the Ocean City convention center on 40th Street. Admission cost is $10 for a day pass or $15 for the entire weekend. Children admission is $1. Many dealers and exhibitors will offer special show prices on new and popular models. Visitors can browse a selection of sport cruisers, sport fishing, performance and “super boats.” Financing and insurance is available for interested buyers. One of the most popular boat shows on the East Coast grows every year, drawing thousands of water and boating enthusiasts to the resort with 12,000 people expected to attend throughout the Presidents Day weekend. Exhibitors will be offering marine state-of-the-art electronics, trailers, canvas tops, motors, jewelry, dock builders, boat lifts, art, fishing gear, paddleboards and other water sports-related gear. &#...
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Maryland touts tax-free weekend for Energy Star

Posted On: 2/11/16
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Comptroller Peter Franchot reminds Marylanders to take advantage of Shop Maryland Energy, a tax-free weekend on select Energy Star appliances, Saturday, Feb. 13 through Monday, Feb. 15.   The annual tax-free weekend, now in its seventh year, allows consumers to make qualifying purchases without paying the state’s 6 percent sales tax. “Shop Maryland Energy weekend is good for consumers, good for small businesses and good for the environment,” Franchot said. “It allows consumers who buy Energy Star qualified appliances to not only save money on the initial purchase, but to conserve energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce future energy expenses.” During the Shop Maryland Energy event, air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats that have been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable Energy Star efficiency r...
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DP offers rebate on appliances

Posted On: 2/11/16
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Delmarva Power is encouraging its Maryland residential customers to take advantage of its Appliance Rebate Program during the state’s tax-free weekend, Feb.13-15. During this period, customers will not have to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax when they purchase select Energy Star certified products such as standard size refrigerators, clothes washers and dryers, heat pumps and compact fluorescent light and LED bulbs. “This is a great opportunity for customers to combine Delmarva Power’s rebates with the Shop Maryland Energy tax savings this weekend, and also take advantage of various retailers’ Presidents’ Day sales,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power region vice president. “Delmarva Power is proud to offer rebates on energy efficient appliances to help our customers save energy in their homes.” Delmarva Power paid more than 900 rebates to Maryland customers in 2015 for the purchase of energy efficient appliances and has paid a...
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Taylor Bank announces officer promotions

Posted On: 2/11/16
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Raymond M. Thompson, president and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company in Berlin, has announced the following recent promotions: Raymond Robinson has been promoted to vice president. Robinson has been with the bank for more than 13 years. During his career, Robinson has primarily worked in the Ocean City market as a branch manager. In 2014, he was promoted to assistant vice president and transferred to the bank’s 20th Street location. He currently directs the operations and management of the 20th Street branch and serves as the bank’s security officer.      Lee Chisholm has been promoted to assistant vice president. Chisholm has been with the bank for 10 years. During his career, he has attended the bank’s internal management training program, graduated from the Maryland Banker’s School and managed the bank’s Snow Hill branch.   In 2013, Chisholm was promoted to a Loan and Business Development officer where he currently s...
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Swim activities scheduled at Sports Core Pool

Posted On: 2/11/16
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Children and their families can escape the winter weather with two activities offered by Ocean Pines Aquatics at the heated indoor Sports Core Pool, located at 11143 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines.   On Friday, Feb. 12, area residents can enjoy a Valentine’s Family Night Out from 6-8 p.m.  The pool will be open for swimming and Valentine’s Day crafts will be provided. Pizza and desserts will also be for sale.   Attendees may bring their own beverages, although glass containers are not allowed.  The cost is $2 per person for Ocean Pines swim members, $4 for Ocean Pines residents and $6 for nonresidents.   Then on Monday, Feb. 15, children can enjoy a day off from school while playing in the pool and learning about water safety during the “Splash into Fun & Games” one-day program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Offered for ages 5-10, the program will include a 30-minute swim lesson, a 30-minute water safety lesson, games, crafts, the use of th...
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Worcester Co. inspires travel on new TV series

Posted On: 2/11/16
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Scenic Worcester County will be featured on “Travels with Darley” on PBS stations nationwide Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9 a.m. on MPT2 and Channel 268 on Comcast. During the 30-minute segment, TV host Darley Newman will take a family road trip through Ocean City and Assateague Island, as well as historic Berlin, Chesapeake Bay Farms in Pocomoke City and St. Michaels. View a preview of the upcoming segment online at  http://travelswithdarley.com/tv-show/pbs-tv-preview. “In Maryland, we enjoyed activities and places that multiple generations can enjoy together, including young children,” Newman said. “We did everything from glassblowing in Berlin with Jeffrey Auxer to visiting the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels to viewing wild horses on Assateague Island. The trip was particularly special for me, as my best friend Ellen Schmidt of ‘Baby Meets City’ fame came along with her two daughters, Millie and Vivian, ages 3 and 5. That...
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‘Two of Hearts’ adoption campaign to run at WCHS

Posted On: 2/11/16
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Valentine’s Day is coming up and Worcester County Humane Society has many furry valentines looking for their forever matches.   To promote cat adoptions during the month of February, the no-kill shelter will be holding its “Two of Hearts” campaign. During the entire month of February, any two cats who arrived at the shelter together will have a reduced adoption fee of $100 for the pair. All cats will be spayed/neutered, up to date on vaccinations and microchipped.   One pair of cats that are part of the “Two of Hearts” campaign are Lenny and Boston. The pair, who are sisters, came to the shelter in June. They are 9 months old, very sweet, and love cuddling each other.  They also get along very well with other cats. The shelter just wrapped up a successful cat adoption campaign, “12 Strays of Christmas,” where, with the help of wonderful sponsors, eight of the 12 strays chosen for the campaign found their forever families. &...
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Remembering ‘record hop’ days

Posted On: 2/4/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 4, 2016) For four decades, the name “Jocko” meant one thing in the greater Berlin area: it was time to dance. Born in 1933, Francis “Jocko” Graye grew up during segregation, in a time when the color of your skin dictated what schools, business and shops you could go into. Until the 1960s, even Ocean City was closed to many outside of three designated “colored excursion days” after the summer season. Within those segregated areas, however, music became a unifying force in the black community, and Graye knew he wanted to be a part of it. In 1955, he was discharged from the United States Army. He remembers buying a turntable and a small one-tube amplifier that fit in the trunk of his car. “I couldn’t learn how to play no instrument, but I always loved music. One thing I could do was play records,” he said. Two shops he was allowed into were Uncle Ned’s Bargain Fair in Berlin and Watson’s Smoke House in Salisbu...
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Motion to explore OP mgmt. options stirs debate, falls

Posted On: 2/4/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 4, 2016) OPA Director Tom Herrick’s motion last Thursday to explore alternative options to its current general manager system, including employing an outside firm to manage the association, generated more debate than it did support. Roughly half the directors saw the motion as a slight to current General Manager Bob Thompson, while the other board members claimed it was merely intended as a tool to gather information – a phrase that was used repeatedly. Thompson’s contract is up for review in April, and Herrick said the association needed to protect itself should he decided to seek employment elsewhere. According to Herrick, two years ago Thompson told him that “if two certain individuals were selected to the board, he would leave.” “That was alarming to me,” Herrick said. “It alarmed me enough to say, is our association prepared? “All I’m asking for is information at no cost to the association,” Herrick cont...
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Comprehensive Planning Committee tackles survey

Posted On: 2/4/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Feb. 4, 2016) Working on a long-term comprehensive plan for Ocean Pines continued this week, as the committee charged with creating the document met to go over a questionnaire that will be sent to all 8,452 homeowners in the community – and, potentially, some renters.   The hope is that the questionnaire will give the committee enough data to pass something substantial onto OPA leadership, and that the ensuing plan will help inform future projects well into the next decade. Heading up the questionnaire effort is Dr. Memo Diriker, from Salisbury University group BEACON, who largely led the discussion during a meeting at the administrative building on Monday. Diriker said the draft questions, presented during the session, were created using three sources: recommendations from the committee itself, focus groups and phone surveys conducted by Diriker, and “best practices of other similar projects” conducted throughout the country. The individual questions were...
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