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Inaugural Men’s Conference in Snow Hill, this Saturday

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(April 27, 2017) Husbands, sons and brothers are invited to attend the inaugural Men’s Conference this Saturday at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Snow Hill starting at 11 a.m. The event, which is being organized by Sylvester “Dawk” Bratten Sr., is an attempt to gather males together for an open discussion of the challenges facing the community. The gathering will convene at the Mt. Zion Church at 410 Dighton Ave. “We will get the crowd to write down its concerns,” he said. “It’s an open discussion so we can talk about anything.” Joining Mt. Zion Pastor Joe Poe for the conference will be a guest preacher, Reverend Tyrone Wilson. Bratten, who joined Mt. Zion eight years ago, already sponsors a Men Strengthening Men meeting every third Friday at the church. “I love the ministry,” he said. Despite his current involvement with Mt. Zion, Bratten, who is presently a deacon in training, said he traveled a far differ...
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Walk for Kids this Sunday to benefit CRICKET Center

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Walk for Kids this Sunday to benefit CRICKET Center (April 27, 2017) To raise funds and generate attention during Child Abuse Awareness Month, the nonprofit CRICKET Center in Berlin will host its fourth annual Walk for Kids on the Boardwalk this Sunday, April 30. “This event is special because it’s all about prevention,” said CRICKET Center Executive Director Wendy Myers. “While we do need the funds, our main goal is prevention. Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are our best defense against child abuse and we are the only CAC in Worcester County.” Registration begins at 11 a.m. at Hooters, on Fifth Street and the Boardwalk, with the walk kicking off at noon. A $25 donation includes the walk, a commemorative token and lunch at Hooters. The route starts at Hooters with walkers heading down to the inlet, turning around and coming back, which is a little more than a mile, Myers said. Others may decide to keep going down to 27th Street. There will be Girl Scout volunteers along the route with water and trophies ...
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Crab boat crafted by SDHS students

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 27, 2017) A handful of Stephen Decatur High School students from Larry Ryan’s engineering and design class will compete in the second annual Eastern Shore Crab Boat Engineering Challenge on Friday, which is hosted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Business and Technology. “They have really done a good job on it. It takes a long time to do this and there is a lot involved,” Ryan said. “I think it will be a good competition.” Using Ryan’s guidance and insight from two residents with boat constructing expertise, seven students helped to develop a 40.5-inch wooden model of a 40-foot deadrise crab boat. “A lot of the information came from local resources,” Ryan said. “It has been a learning process for all of us.” Students also utilized information from books and videos on YouTube to create the radio-controlled boat with an electric motor. “The students completely designed and built the boat ...
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Hygiene drive to benefit shelters

Posted On: 4/27/17
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(April 27, 2017) The Berlin location of Atlantic ImmediCare will host its first ever Hygiene Drive benefitting Diakonia, the W.A.C.S. Center, Samaritan House and House of Mercy on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. Atlantic General Health System volunteers will be on hand to accept hygiene-related items including laundry detergent, Vaseline or lip balm, soap, body lotion, baby powder, toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash, men’s and women’s razors, shaving cream, shampoo, conditioner, combs, hair brushes, deodorant, feminine products, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, paper products and large garbage bags. The donated items will then be delivered to each of the benefitting community organizations to distribute to those in need. Early donations may be brought to the reception desk in the Atlantic General Hospital Main Lobby, attention Crystal Mumford. Associates will be available to provide additional information about the services offered at Atlantic Health Center and A...
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OPA Search Committee restaffed

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 27, 2017) Even though the Ocean Pines candidate search committee was supposed to have been ready for duty in February, it was nonexistent as of last Friday. As of Monday, however, Director Slobodan Trendic said he had recruited five new members for the committee and expects the board to approve those nominees during its board meeting Saturday. According to Resolution M-09, the role of the committee is to “stimulate community interest in the forthcoming board election, solicit candidates from a broad spectrum of Ocean Pines membership, provide information to, or otherwise assist potential candidates with the application process. The Search Committee shall verify that all applications received are sent to the Association Secretary for validation of eligibility.” A record 12 candidates filed to run for three board vacancies last year. This year, with the filing deadline approaching on May 10, just two men have filed to run for two seats. The entire search committee...
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Parks and public spaces policy draft done

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 27, 2017) A policy drafted by the Berlin Naming Parks and Public Spaces Committee last Thursday is likely to go to the mayor and council at their May 8 meeting, Town Administrator Laura Allen said this week. Allen is the staff liaison to the committee of councilmembers Zackery Tyndall and Dean Burrell, Arts and Entertainment Chairwoman Heather Layton, Parks Commission Chairman Mike Wiley, Historic District Commission Chairwoman Carol Rose and resident Bill Todd. The draft employs naming policies from several other municipalities that were discussed and winnowed down during four meetings over the last two months. “The committee reviewed the policy and made a few changes [last Thursday],” Allen said. She sent the committee members an updated version reflecting their changes on Friday morning. “They voted to go ahead and send the policy over the mayor and council … with those changes,” she said. “I think [the policy] makes it very clear ho...
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Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for April 29

Posted On: 4/27/17
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(April 27, 2017) The Maryland State Police in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking citizens to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at state police barracks. State police barracks throughout Maryland will be participating in the National Drug Take Back Day.  Each barrack will act as a collection station giving citizens an opportunity to dispose of all unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Second only to marijuana, non-medical prescription drugs are the most commonly used drug in the country. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs are finding an unlimited supply in their family’...
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OPA Briefs

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 27, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors discussed the following items during a work session in the community center on Monday: Capital purchases Interim General Manager Brett Hill introduced three capital purchase items, but made no specific requests. Two new platform tennis courts were presented in January at an estimated cost of $120,000, plus an unknown amount for stormwater control. Hill said engineering work showed that stormwater mitigation would be minimal and said the estimate was now $130,000. The board consented to allow Hill to draft a request for proposals. Hill said Golf Superintendent Andre Jordan requested a riding mower to trim the greens, which had been done using push mowers. Hill said the changeover would save the association about $20,000 annually in labor costs. The directors agreed to defer the decision until the regular board meeting on Saturday and said golf advisory boards would be consulted. Several board members worried about th...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 4/27/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 27, 2017) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a meeting at Town Hall on Monday: Stormwater update Public Works/Water Resources Director Jane Kreiter said work on a new culvert on Flower Street is nearly finished. Additional stormwater improvements are underway on West Street, where most of the storm drain construction has wrapped. Weather has been delaying related work on Broad Street, she said. Kreiter said that would likely finish within the next several weeks and that road repairs to the affected areas would follow. “We’ve had great cooperation. The neighbors have been wonderful. It’s been a real inconvenience at times, but the final product will make all the difference, I’m sure,” she said. She said stormwater improvements on William Street were next on the town’s schedule. Remembering Mumford Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said the passing of Worcester County Jail warden Gary Mumford on Saturda...
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ACT Native Plant Sale set for May 6

Posted On: 4/27/17
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(April 27, 2017) When purchasing heirloom vegetables from Assateague Coastal Trust’s 18th annual Native Plant Sale, buyers will not only be stocking their garden with delicious produce, they will also be helping to preserve and propagate special seeds and bolster biodiversity to boot. This year, for the first time, ACT purchased its vegetable seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange, a Missouri-based nonprofit dedicated to saving and sharing seeds. They maintain a collection of more than 20,000 heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb and plant varieties, and are committed to ensuring the health and viability of the collection for generations of growers to come. They preserve most of their seeds in an underground freezer vault at their historic farm. Why all the fuss about saving seeds? Over the last 100 years, the world has lost about 75 percent of its edible plant varieties. A food system that is dependent on such a limited variety of crops is considered extremely fragile. T...
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