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Fifty years of Grafer art up at Pines library

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) In “Breakfast in the Bronx,” circa 1962, one can see a small bowl of raw eggs, presumably about to be scrambled, along with a saltshaker, a few cracked eggshells and a single fork laid out against a stark, yellow background. Is this a whimsical image, somewhat playful in it’s simplicity? Or is this a lonesome breakfast of despair? If you asked the artist, one Don W. Grafer, he would probably tell you that’s for the viewer to decide. Dozens of Grafer paintings hang in the Ocean Pines Library. They are a sampling of the works he has produced over more than 50-years as an artist. The works range from the painterly, somewhat Georgia O’Keefe-inspired abstractions of his recent output, to his decade-plus period producing action paintings, to the small, intimate realism he finished while living in New York City in the 1960s. Grafer, 84, said the retrospective came about after a neighbor who volunteers for the library, Mary Doellgast, inquired...
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Fourth Friday jailbirds raise money for cancer

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) Bail has been set at $300 apiece for those charged with aiding and abetting Relay for Life, and the rogue’s gallery will be on display for all to see during tomorrow’s Fourth Friday event from 5-8 p.m. downtown. Sentences will last about 30 minutes, or until such time as bail has been raised. The soon-to-be jailbirds will be requesting the community’s aid in raising bail in advance of the event. Overcrowding is possible, as members from more than one relay team may serve concurrent sentences. According to the most recent release from officials, the following will be serving hard time in the downtown square: • 5-5:30 p.m.: Miss and Little Miss Pocomoke, representing the Pocomoke Junior Women’s Club and Dr. Annette Wallace on the Kids Against Cancer team. • 5:30-6 p.m.: Rob and Grace Godwin from the Shore Bank team. • 6-6:30 p.m.: Melissa Freistat, representing Pocomoke Elementary School and Brandi Castaneda from Kids Agains...
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Two Decatur H.S. students struck by van in school lot

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(May 26, 2016) Stephen Decatur High School students Meg McCready and Carl Echols are recovering from injuries after being run over Monday morning by another student’s van in the school parking lot. “I am doing very well considering the circumstances, in my opinion,” McCready said. “The support, love, and prayers have been so influential for me.” According to reports, another high school student was looking for a parking spot at approximately 7:50 a.m. and attempted to back up. He struck both students, who were airlifted to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore. McCready suffered the most serious injuries, but by Monday afternoon, she was posting information on Facebook about her condition. “I know there are lots of worried people out there. I personally am doing fine, however, I do have a punctured liver, a few broken bones in various places, and some bruises and scrapes,” she said. “I just want to thank you all for the lov...
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No quorum causes shortened budget and finance meeting

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) A lack of a quorum abbreviated the May 18 meeting of the Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee, although virtually all of the items on the agenda were discussed. Only two of the seven members — Pat Supik and Jim Beisler — could attend the morning meeting in the administration building. Board liaison Tom Terry, Controller Art Carmine and former director Marty Clarke also attended.   Carmine said no preliminary report on the April financial performance of the association was available, although he did give a brief, informal presentation on OPA’s investment strategies, which consists primarily of short-term investments. Those who did come to the meeting mulled investing in longer-term CDARS, or Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service accounts, although no formal vote or recommendation could be made without a quorum. Terry, who was scheduled to give an update on the association’s reserve study, said there was no new ...
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Berlin to spray streets and sidewalks Wednesday, June 1

Posted On: 5/26/16
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(May 26, 2016) Beginning Wednesday, June 1, Berlin town employees will begin the annual spring pesticide application on streets and sidewalks throughout town as part of our annual spring beautification. The spray mixture will have a 10 percent concentration of nonselective (it does not target a specific plant) herbicide and contains 40 percent glyphosate by volume. The target pests are weeds and unwanted grasses. For questions or concerns, contact Sean Cooper, assistant water superintendent at scooper@berlinmd.gov or 443-655-4612.
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Council greenlights year-long exception for handicap ramps

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) When two men from a local nonprofit came to ask the Berlin mayor and Town Council to waive the $65 application fee for a wheelchair ramp, the town went one better by waiving the fee for all such ramps for the entire fiscal year. Chesapeake Housing Mission Executive Director Don Taylor and Vice Chairman Rick Nelson came to Town Hall on Monday evening to address what would be their first project in Berlin: building a ramp onto the home of 91-year-old Nadia Shockley. Shockley, who lives on Branch Street, is the aunt of Berlin Councilmember Elroy Brittingham. “We’re a Christian mission who believes that God calls on us to help one another,” Taylor said in an interview before the meeting. “We have no full-time, paid employees – it’s all volunteers, and we enlisted over 1,000 volunteers last year in our projects.” The mission finished 58 projects last year for people living below the poverty line in the four lower counties. Most...
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Candidate Supik brings B&F role to Ocean Pines board race

Posted On: 5/26/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 26, 2016) During the last two budget cycles, Pat Supik has chaired the Ocean Pines Association Budget and Finance Committee. Along with her other duties, she has overseen the annual weeklong meetings the advisory group holds on the financial plan, and helped pen a list of recommendations to the directors. Supik, 71, is now looking to move up a rung on the ladder of Ocean Pines politics, running for one of three positions on the board of directors this August. A Baltimore native with an accounting background, she moved to the area in 2011 and has served on the budget committee for three years, chairing the last two. Last year, she said Director Tom Terry and former Director Pete Gomsak starting encouraging her to run. At the time, she said she “just couldn’t even think about” it. This year, however, Supik felt strongly enough about the issues that she was convinced to enter the contest. “I think that a board’s function, particularly in this set...
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Hunter Hudson Memorial Scholarship

Posted On: 5/19/16
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(May 19, 2016) A scholarship in memory of Hunter Hudson of Ocean City has been established with plans to benefit graduates of Stephen Decatur High School. The 19-year-old, who loved the outdoors and hunting, passed away suddenly on March 24. Hudson’s family has established the memorial fund through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The family hopes that this legacy will keep his memory alive in the minds of those that knew and loved him, while assisting future generations. Hudson graduated from Stephen Decatur in 2015 and attended Worcester Technical School to study masonry. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School with a minimum 2.5 GPA, been accepted into a two- or four-year accredited college or university, and be able to demonstrate financial need. To make a contribution in memory of Hudson, visit www.CFES.org or contact BJ Summers at 410-742-9911. Contributions can be made payable to: The Community Foun...
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Assateague impact on area $96M, per new Parks report

Posted On: 5/19/16
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(May 19, 2016) A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,275,606 visitors to Assateague Island National Seashore in 2015 spent $96,705,600 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,320 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $109,970,500. “Assateague Island National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Debbie Darden. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.” The pee...
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Mayor, town staff open up gates to Berlin Falls park

Posted On: 5/19/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 19, 2016) Berlin offered a brief glimpse into its plans for the former Tyson’s Chicken plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard on Monday, as the mayor, several councilmembers and town staff gathered for a sort of informal ribbon cutting. “We are so fortunate to get to this point,” Mayor Gee Williams said, calling the gathering a “preview of the potential and possibilities of the 62-acre tract.” “Now, under town ownership, we are informally calling it ‘Berlin Falls Park.’ If somebody wants to give us several million dollars, we will reconsider changing the name,” Williams said, drawing a laugh from the audience. Since the town bought the property in February, the public works department has taken the lead in the effort to transform the former industrial site into a public park, Williams said. “Calling the work a cleanup is a really an understatement,” he said. “In addition to many years of accumulated debris, ...
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