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Smith stands tall during Pocomoke demolition derby

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Smith stands tall during Pocomoke demolition derby (Sept. 29, 2016) After watching from the sidelines for about eight years, Charity Smith decided to give Pocomoke’s annual demolition derby a go for herself. “I just decided this was something I was going to do, and it was something I was going to try,” she said. There was something about the cars. “The car is the reason I wanted to do it. One fell into my lap for $200 in August. A 1989 Oldsmobile,” she said. Smith’s husband, Shawn, was not only supportive of his wife’s destructive tendencies, he performed most of the modification work on the Oldsmobile himself, saving the couple a bundle in the process. “We spent like $75 on parts, that’s it,” Smith explained. And the work was not insubstantial — in all it took about three weeks to get her car ready to be demolished. “He had to weld the doors shut, weld the trunk shut, and the interior needed to be removed in case of fire,” she explained. Concern...
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Police chief James Pilchard resigns

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

Police chief James Pilchard resigns (Sept. 29, 2016) Sworn in last May, James Pilchard has resigned as Snow Hill Police Chief in favor of becoming an investigator with the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s office. His start date with the county has not yet been formalized, Pilchard said, but he delivered his notice last Tuesday. “There may be some training required, so my start date might be earlier or later based upon State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby’s needs,” he said. Town manager Kelly Pruitt said Lt. Tom Davis will be sworn in as acting chief, and the town will advertise the vacancy. “We hope to hire a new chief within the next two months,” she said. Pilchard retired from the Salisbury Barrack of the State Police after 22 years in order to become the town’s police chief. “Snow Hill is where I grew up. It’s my hometown and it gave me an amazing opportunity. It was a great chance to lead the men and women of the Snow Hill Police Department,R...
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Child advocacy group hopes to raise profile

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 29, 2016) News of an animal cruelty case involving more than 300 dogs in Wicomico County earlier this year sent shockwaves across the community. Something that has received far less attention, according to Cricket Center Foundation member Patty Falck, are the more than 90 children who were sexually or physically abused in Worcester County, last year.   “We must be willing to talk about this epidemic in order to make a difference,” Falck said. “Studies show that this particular crime is one of the most under-reported. This means there are many more children in Worcester County who have been keeping silent about their abuse.” Last year the Cricket Center in Berlin logged 92 new cases of child sexual abuse, provided nearly 500 hours of trauma therapy, and identified 37 sex offenders that led to more than 150 years of jail time. The average age of the victims was 7. Hoping to spread awareness and raise money for the center, Worcester County’...
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Women’s education raffle to include gas cards, checks

Posted On: 9/29/16
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(Sept. 29, 2016) In support of raising funds for the Worcester County Commission for Women initiative called “Empowering Women Scholarship,”  the Friends of the Women’s Commission, a 501(c) (3) organization, are selling a limited number of raffle tickets at $25 each for a chance to win cash and gas cards. Every month between October and December, four $50 gas cards and two checks of $250 each will be presented to six winners. Participants can win as many times as their ticket is drawn.   The award of a scholarship(s) will be presented in May 2017. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Michelle Bankert at 410-213-1162 or Eloise Henry-Gordy at 443-235-3214.
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Island Creamery coming to Berlin

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 29, 2016) Popular Chincoteague, Virginia ice cream shop Island Creamery is coming to downtown Berlin and will take up residence in the former Cupcakes in Bloom building on Main Street. The shop is known for its use of local and natural ingredients, including a “premium butterfat mix from Lancaster County cows,” and offers flavors like Bourbon Caramel Crunch and Wallops Rocket Fuel, which is “chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and a chili pepper boost.” Owner Kelly Conklin said the shop has been operating in Chincoteague for 42 seasons and that he “really had no master plan to expand.” But, when an opportunity arose in Berlin, he jumped at the chance. “I have children who want to be involved and we just knew we were going to need to grow at some point if that was going to happen,” he said. “My wife and my daughter and I have been coming to Berlin every December for the Christmas season, because it’s so quaint and neat...
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Ocean Pines to hold free finance seminars in Oct.

Posted On: 9/29/16
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(Sept. 29, 2016) The Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department will hold three financial seminars in October. The free seminars will be held at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. Learn how to create a personal financial plan from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 or Thursday, Oct. 20. William G. Ryon, III and Daniel W. Rowles from Compass Investment Advisors will explain the five-step process guests need to know. State Farm Agent Greg Reddell will discuss estate planning and long-term care on Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 3:30-5 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. He will cover retirement realities and how to remove risks that can derail plans. Identity theft will be the topic of a seminar on Friday, Oct. 14 from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10-11 a.m. Robert Mullen will share how thieves obtain personal information and how to reduce the risk. Although there is no cost to attend these seminars, spaces are limited and advance registration is req...
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Ocean Pines Board meet with BNF

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 29, 2016) While the new board of directors continues to try to find its way in Ocean Pines, the leadership and interim General Manager Brett Hill must also find time to wade through the lengthy process of assembling next year’s budget. That was the topic of discussion on Sept. 21, when the directors met with the budget and finance committee to review a series of recommendations from that advisory group. Hill said the new board would like to make some sweeping changes in the way Ocean Pines creates and presents its budget, but he also acknowledged that could prove difficult as the association juggles other responsibilities, including finding a new general manager position. Committee recommendations included studying full-time equivalent expenses against government statistics, hiring specialists in information technology and human resources, and addressing road depreciation, which the committee report said was “unpredictable” because the only current funding...
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Pocomoketoberfest coming Saturday to town’s fairgrounds

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 29, 2016) Because of weather problems in the past, this year’s Pocomoke-toberfest is moving to the fairgrounds, where both indoor and outdoor venues are available, so the important chamber fundraiser can be ready for anything Mother Nature decides to throw at it. “One year it was too hot, and another it was like there was a monsoon,” Michelle Hickman, chamber director, said. Should it rain or offer uninterrupted sun on Oct. 1, the fairgrounds’ shelter will come in handy, but if a perfect fall day is offered, the grounds will be open and ready for a laid-back good time. The new location also offers another fringe benefit: the fairgrounds will be catering the event, offering its signature cheesesteaks as well as most of the regular menu items usually offered there. Two days — tonight and tomorrow — remain to purchase advance tickets at a discounted rate of $15 through the chamber of commerce office on Market Street or online via Eventbrit...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 29, 2016) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday. Presentations Mayor Gee Williams read separate proclamations establishing Oct. 2-8 as National 4-H Week and the month of October as Craft Beer Month. Accepting for 4-H were members of the Berlin Hoot Owls 4-H club and Kathy Becker, an administrative assistant with the University of Maryland Extensions office and a “proud 4-H grandma.” Williams said statistics showed 4-H members were more charitable and involved in their communities. “They don’t just let things sit around and complain – they do things about it,” he said. “You’re never too young, and you’re never too old, to lead by example.” Ann Hillyer, CEO of ShoreCraftBeer.com, accepted the latter proclamation. “I started ShoreCraftBeer a couple years ago to make the shore a craft beer destination,” she said. “Many of the bu...
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Ocean Pines Association Briefs

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 29, 2016) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a public meeting in the community center on Sept. 24. Agenda changes Two changes to the agenda were made at the start of the meeting. Interim General Manager Brett Hill asked to move the legal counsel listed in the appointments section of the agenda to a closed session, citing a section of the Maryland Homeowners Association Act that allows discussions regarding contractual negotiations to be done during closed session. Board President Tom Herrick added one more item, naming former board member Marty Clarke as chairman of the bylaws and resolutions committee, to the remaining list of appointments. Advisory committees Herrick encouraged homeowners in Ocean Pines to sign up for the various advisory committees. “We’re looking for new people for, probably, seven or eight of these committees, particularly the marine committee, which has been inactive for more than a year...
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