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Pickleball clinic at recreation ctr.

Posted On: 8/25/16
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(Aug. 25, 2016) Worcester County Recreation & Parks staff announce that USA Pickleball Association Ambassador Vicky Sierber Keefer will be visiting the Worcester County Recreation Center (WCRC) in Snow Hill to put on a Beginner Pickleball Clinic and Demonstration. Pickleball is a paddle sport created to be fun for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple. The game is easy for beginners to learn, but can easily develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players. Pickleball combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. The game is played with a hard paddle and a smaller version of a wiffle ball. The clinic will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon. All equipment will be provided. The cost to participate is $3, and the clinic is open to those ages 18 and older. “The great thing about Pickleball is that it takes such little time to learn how to play,” Program Manager Trudy Porch said. “After your first ...
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Van Hollen sees sights, gets lesson on Berlin history

Posted On: 8/25/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 25, 2016) Mirroring a trip by Gov. Larry Hogan in April, U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Democrat, District 8) spent close to 90 minutes in Berlin on Friday, touring local businesses and meeting with Mayor Gee Williams. He also got a sizable history lesson from both the mayor and several residents and workers in the town. Van Hollen is running for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who served in the House from 1977 to 1987 before moving over to the Senate in 1987. She is the longest-serving woman in the history of the U.S. Congress. The afternoon visit started at around noon at Town Hall, just outside of Williams’ office. The mayor was eager to educate Van Hollen, whom he has publically endorsed, about his hometown. “We didn’t have any tourism to speak of at all, and then the hospital was built and that’s when architectural revitalization really got into high gear,” Williams said. “They [the hospital and tourism] are o...
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Clubs committee talks new chef, directors

Posted On: 8/25/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 25, 2016) Although the Ocean Pines Clubs Advisory Committee was in something of a holding pattern after the recent board of directors election, there was news of a new chef at the community yacht club and plenty of speculation as to where the association itself would head next during its Aug. 18 meeting. The committee must make recommendations to the board based on OPA food and beverage operations, chiefly those related to the yacht club. Before the meeting, Chairman Les Purcell and committee member Gary Miller met with yacht club General Manager Jerry Lewis and were told that current sous chef Rob Sosonovich had been tapped to succeed departing Executive Chef Tim Ulrich. Ulrich, Purcell said, “left for what he hopes to be country club experience somewhere [else].” “We have a gentleman here who has already been here for a long time … who is going to take his place,” Purcell said. “There wasn’t anything nasty in anyway said, but it ...
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Pocomoke City’s fourth boat docking challenge this Sat.

Posted On: 8/25/16
Written By: Brian Gillialand, Associate Editor

(Aug. 25, 2016) Some events come into being because of coincidence, happy accidents or the intersection of a defined need with an appropriate facility. Pocomoke’s annual boat docking challenge has aspects of all three, but started as a conversation between old friends. “Bruce Morrison and I go way back,” organizer Mike Shannon said. “We’ve been friends basically forever. We were talking about how nice it would be to have an event on the river.” With the Riverside Grill and the Delmarva Discovery Center on the banks of the Pocomoke River, Shannon said Morrison was thinking about better ways for the town to take advantage of its most prominent natural feature. “I remember saying Snow Hill has things like the Canoe Joust, so we don’t want to step on that, but I asked him to let me think it over,” he said. What he ended up with was a boat docking challenge, similar to Crisfield’s annual event, but before he took the idea back...
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Berlin shop Salt Water Media joins ‘dark side’ as Apple stop

Posted On: 8/25/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 25, 2016) Along with offering a number of services for aspiring writers – everything from editing copy to producing books in-house – Berlin’s Salt Water Media is also becoming something of a one-stop shop for Apple users. Inside the business, on 29 Broad Street near downtown Berlin, is a stylish new custom counter made from reclaimed wood, which displays a wide range of refurbished Apple laptops, iPads and iPad minis. “The idea came form the fact that I was working with individual clients and averaging about one a week that wanted refurbished laptops – specifically Apple,” Salt Water Co-owner Patty Gregorio said. “So I decided, instead of doing it individually as the need arose, that we would just go ahead and stock an assortment and that way people wouldn’t have to wait for it to be shipped in. They can walk out the door with it the same day.” Gregorio, who is a certified Apple Associate, said customers can bring in an ...
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Photographers to highlight August’s Fourth Friday event

Posted On: 8/25/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Aug. 25, 2016) Michael Galeone has the 1,000 words for each of his pictures, and is eager to share them. “Every photo has a story — ask me and I’ll tell you. I love telling stories,” he said. “I’m always open to helping people, because I want to talk about what I’ve learned.” A Fourth Friday mainstay, Michael Galeone along with wife Becky, have been featured at least once every year since the event began, and this Friday, their number has come up once again. “If I have a fault, it’s that I want to show everything,” he said. “My mentor, Ken Conger, tells me to only show the best stuff, none of the mediocre things.” Perhaps one day that bit of sagely advice will sink in, but not today. “One trip, we each took about 7,000 pictures apiece,” he said. “It takes days to go through them all — we’re dealing with cameras that take nine pictures per second.” Add to that Galeon...
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Spots still available for 2016 Paint Berlin show, competition

Posted On: 8/25/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 25, 2016) The deadline for Paint Berlin is fast approaching, and only about 10 slots remain for the seventh annual plein air show and competition. Registration is open to 50 artists, and Worcester County Arts Council Executive Director Anna Mullis said the nonprofit had “close to 40” artists sign up so far. The deadline is Aug. 31 and registration costs $40. “We couldn’t be more happy with participation this year,” Mullis said. “We’ve got some awesome artists coming from different states as far as New York, Pennsylvania and a lot of people from the western shore.” That includes several members from the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, she said. “We are very proud to host them here in Berlin, and we’re just hoping for the best weather and we’re really excited,” she said. The event will take place Thursday Sept. 22 through Saturday Sept. 24. Artists have two days to paint, and a “wet p...
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Final steps to cap Berlin Rubble Fill

Posted On: 8/25/16
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 25, 2016) The next steps in the Berlin Rubble Fill closure project was approved by the Worcester County Commissioners at its meeting last Tuesday. John Tustin, county Pubic Works director, provided background on the project. “We are under consent order by the Maryland Department of the Environment to construct a cap and closure to the old Berlin Rubble Fill to be completed by October 2017,” he said. The 45-acre Berlin landfill, which opened in 1950, is located a half mile east of Berlin, southwest of the intersection of Flower Street and Seahawk Road. Before discontinuing use of the site in 1990, the county decided that approximately 27 acres in the northern two thirds of the parcel would be for landfilling, while the southern one third consisted of a borrow pit and stormwater pond. The bulk of waste deposited at the landfill was from Ocean City. In June the commissioners awarded the contract to cap and close the site to A-Del Construction, based in Newark, Delaw...
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Meet your new Pines directors

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 18, 2016) After listening to months of debate and attending three public forums, Ocean Pines homeowners learned on Saturday that Brett Hill, Slobodan Trendic and Patricia Supik had won the 2016 board of directors election. Each will serve a three-year term on the OPA board and will join returning directors Pat Renaud, Cheryl Jacobs, Dave Stevens and Tom Herrick at an organizational meeting on Monday, when new officers will be elected.   Speaking during a phone interview on Monday, Hill, the leading vote getter and the youngest of the 11 candidates by more than a decade, said he was “very pleased” with the outcome. “What we thought was the opinion of the community was actually seen true, and it was pretty exciting to see what the results were. I think we have a really great team on the board and I look forward to working with Slobodan and Pat,” Hill said. “Pat seemed to have some differences with Slobodan and I going through the debates, but ...
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Annual meeting sees Hill, Trendic and Supik elected

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 18, 2016) With a quorum of more than 100 people present during the annual meeting on Saturday, the Ocean Pines Association announced that Brett Hill, Slobodan Trendic and Patricia Supik, as the top-three vote getters in this year’s election, were elected to serve three-year terms on the board of directors. Hill led the way with 1,900 votes, followed by Trendic with 1,520 and Supik with 1,428. After being introduced by Board President Pat Renaud, Elections Committee Chairman Bill Wentworth joked that it was “the first time in the last week and a half that anyone has called me ‘esteemed,’” referring to controversy surrounding the ballot counting procedures in Ocean Pines. “I’ve been called a lot of other names, but not esteemed,” he said. Before revealing the results of the election, Wentworth thanked the candidates who ran this year and said that the 11-candidate ballot was unprecedented in the history of the association. Ro...
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