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Collision with injury snarls Rt. 113

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Commuters in the southern end of the county were hit with a nasty delay on Route 113 Monday evening, as a two-car collision required medevacing one driver to Shock Trauma in Baltimore with non-life-threatening injuries. State police report a 1990 Chevrolet truck, operated by Kamron Lucas, 30, of Newark, Maryland, was traveling westbound on Cedartown Road when it failed to obey a stop sign at the junction of Cedartown Road and U.S. 113 at around 4 p.m. Monday. A 2012 Ford F-250 pickup, operated by an unidentified driver and including an undisclosed amount of passengers, was heading northbound on Route 113 at the same time, and struck Lucas’ driver’s side door. Lucas’ truck was pushed over the southbound lane and came to rest in an adjacent cornfield. Troopers, who responded to the scene around 4:40 p.m., found Lucas being treated by Newark EMS and noted that he appeared to be impaired by some substance. Troopers report they detected the odor of ...
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After months, West Street repairs to wrap

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) The $426,000 repair of West Street in Berlin was expected to finish this week after several months of work. Town Administrator Laura Allen said the contractor, Goody Hill, was scheduled to lay roadway fabric designed to reduce cracking and extend the life of the road and then do a final paving. Construction was budgeted at $335,900 when it began in March but delays occurred and the project went over budget after the discovery of conflicts with water and sewer lines. “Waterlines had to be moved and, in the process, we saw some very poor conditions with sewer lines, sewer laterals and waterlines, so those are being replaced as well,” Public Works/Water Resources Director Jane Kreiter said in May. Then, work had to pause for about a month to let the initial paving settle before more work could be done. Heavy rains also pushed work back several weeks. “We’re expecting [the contractor] to lay that roadway fabric on Monday,” Allen said l...
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Berlin staff, residents meet about Baker St.

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Five residents attended a public meeting last Thursday about the upcoming repairs to Baker Street in Berlin, according to Town Administrator Laura Allen. Allen said the meeting went well overall and included specifics on the proposal from engineering firm Davis, Bowen & Friedel Inc. (DBF). “We got some good questions about how the property owners are going to be notified, how they’re going to be able to get in and out of their driveways, and I got an email list of the folks that were there and that’s how we’re going to be notifying them, in addition to having the contractor knock on their doors to give them a heads up,” Allen said. She said some residents had concerns about drainage on Baker Street, which the project will address. “Portions of [the roadway] aren’t pitched to drain correctly, so what they will be doing as part of this project is fixing that. Drainage should work better as a result, but there is no addit...
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Henry to join National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) Former Stephen Decatur athlete and coach Alphonso Henry, 60, is about to join the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Henry started wrestling for Decatur as a freshman in 1971 and was captain of the team during his junior and senior years. He was a finalist in the district tournament and a regional qualifier for three consecutive years. He served as a volunteer, assistant coach, and head coach at Decatur for 20 years, and was an assistant coach at Wicomico High School for three years. Henry continues to be involved in the sport, coaching at James M. Bennett High School, where has won numerous championships. His career includes a stint as a volunteer coach with the Salisbury State Wrestling Club, as well as coaching high school and college-level wrestlers during various summer programs. Henry will be one of seven inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Oct. 1. His picture and a biography will be placed on a plaque in the National Wrestling Hall of ...
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Pines Public Works working on wastewater problems

Posted On: 8/17/17
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(Aug. 17, 2017) Worcester County Public Works Water and Wastewater Division crews are addressing wastewater issues in Ocean Pines caused by high amounts of rain last weekend. Specifically, crews have spent the past several days correcting problems that occurred when high water flooded homeowners’ holding tanks. Residents who notice that their plumbing drains slowly or hear noises coming from inside the holding tanks serving their properties should contact the WWW Division at 410-641-5251 to report the problems. WWW crews will continue to address these issues throughout the next few days and appreciate the patience of the homeowners during this time. 
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Dr. Byrd tapped for decoy cataloging volume

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 17, 2017) Dr. Cindy Byrd has co-authored a new book cataloging the extensive duck decoy collection at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. Byrd, the executive director at the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill, said “Birds of a Feather: Wildfowl Decoys at Shelburne Museum,” which will be released next month, traces its genesis back several years. Electra Havemeyer Webb founded the Shelburne Museum in 1947. She developed an interest in burgeoning art forms native to America because of the influence of her parents, Henry and Louisine Havemeyer, who amassed an extensive collection of Impressionistic and European and Asian art. “She was a wealthy lady and her peers were collecting other types of art, and she was really championing American folk art,” Byrd said. “She was kind of ahead of her time in that way.” Initially created as a place to house her family’s extensive collection of horse-drawn carriages, over time the Shelburne Museum grew...
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DNR works to trap foxes on Ocean Pines Golf Course

Posted On: 8/17/17
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(Aug. 17, 2017) The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is working to trap and safely remove foxes that frequent the Ocean Pines Golf Club. To relocate the existing foxes, DNR has set up traps along the course near holes one, two and three, as well as 14 and 15. DNR is urging residents to keep their pets on a leash in the surrounding area to ensure pets are not snared. If a pet is trapped, DNR will safely release the pet without harming it. For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at 410-641-7717 ext. 3006 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday: Meeting room use policy The council approved a new policy for its public meeting spaces. Nonprofit groups can reserve the council chamber and other meeting rooms in Town Hall for $10 per four-hour block of time. The first six meetings, each year, are free for nonprofits. All other groups would pay $25 per four-hour block. Rules for using town equipment and changing the layout of the rooms were included in the policy. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said the policy was essentially a revamped version of the one used by the Worcester County libraries. It will go into effect on Nov. 1. Decatur Park bathrooms A motion to approve a Community Parks and Playgrounds grant application for permanent restrooms in Stephen Decatur Park received unanimous consent. The grant application will be for fiscal year 2019, for $120,000. The estimated cost of the re...
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More than $5,000 raised during event

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Aug. 17, 2017) Organizers estimate more than 500 people attended the inaugural Believe in Tomorrow Block Party in Berlin last Saturday and at least $5,000 was raised for the organization. “People came and went all night long,” said Wayne Littleton, coordinator for the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Respite Housing Program. “If the weather wasn’t so bad all day, I think it would have been packed.” It rained earlier in the day, but the sky cleared in time for the Block Party activities. A guest bartending event at Sisters on Main Street evolved into a Believe in Tomorrow Block Party. “Donna [Sompher, owner of Sisters] deserves a ton of credit and my gratitude,” Littleton said. “We were giving away free T-shirts and at one point all you could see was a sea of orange.” The inaugural festival featured free activities including live music and street performers, carnival games and performances by Cascading Carlos, taking place...
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Expanded ‘Chamber Music by the Sea’ series

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 17, 2017) The Chamber Music by the Sea concert series returns to the area Aug. 29 to Sept. 3, with performances scheduled in Berlin, Snow Hill and South Point. Soloist Elena Urioste (violin), the artistic director of the series, will be joined by cellist Brook Speltz, violinist Melissa White, violist Milena Pajarovan de Stadt and pianist Tom Poster. Urioste went to school with three of the players and met Poster while performing for BBC Radio 3 in London. A Philadelphia native, she started playing violin with she was 5, attended the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and did graduate studies at Juilliard in New York City. Her parents own a second home in the area, where they plan to retire. “We first came here because my high school boyfriend had a place down here,” Urioste said. “Our families are very close, so his parents brought my parents down a couple of times and they absolutely fell in love with the area. One day they went to an open house an...
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