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Baseball teams bring us together

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Phil Jacobs, Editor

Even though Team East (Berlin’s Intermediate Little League All Stars) were eliminated from World Series play, I think the team’s success is part of the town’s holistic success story this year. Bayside Gazette writer Josh Davis, who has been reporting on the team, told me that after the All Stars were eliminated they changed clothes and went out to a nearby baseball diamond to play whiffle ball with players from all over the world. Just an informal game of whiffle ball. No TV cameras no live Internet streaming. Certainly we hear it loud and clear when one group doesn’t find favor with another. We don’t hear quite enough when the children of the world use a game like whiffle ball as a common language. This year we of course know that Berlin was named Coolest Small Town in America. While the votes were important, those of us who have watched Berlin especially for the past year have seen a town be the backdrop for so much to be proud of. Many of the membe...
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Peach Festival draws crowd to Taylor lawn

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Threats of rain could not dampen the 6th Annual Peach Festival, held on the lawn of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum on Saturday, Aug. 2. Hundreds showed up to attend one of Berlin’s signature events that included live entertainment, family activities dozens of variations on peach dishes. Mayor Gee Williams opened the ceremonies with a ribbon cutting, joined by 2013 Little Miss Berlin Peach MaryAnn Rutzler and Little Mister Berlin Peach Brody Olsen. “They have both done an excellent job during the past year of representing the Berlin Heritage Foundation and our town of Berlin,” Williams said. The 2014 Little Miss and Mister Peach will be crowned during the town’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll on Aug. 9. Williams called the event the “coolest peach festival in America” and thanked “whoever kept the rain away.” The museum offered tours and showed off their two newest pieces, a Scottish grandfather clock from the early 1800̵...
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Two local artists highlight August exhibit

Posted On: 8/7/14
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BERLIN–The Worcester County Arts Council August exhibit highlights two local artists, watercolorist Ursula McMahon and handcrafted jewelry designer, Joan Smith. A reception to meet the artists, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Aug. 8, from 5–8 pm at the Arts Council Gallery. McMahon is primarily painting in watercolors, but she also likes to experiment with pastels and mixed media. She says that her painting constantly “evolves and changes.” She starts with an inspiration, true life or a photograph, and then makes changes throughout the process. “The more you paint and cultivate your love of art, it will help you express your creative voice,” she said. Smith creates uniquely handcrafted, contemporary in style jewelry, using traditional silversmith techniques. Many of her designs incorporate sterling silver, cooper, and sea glass. Creating timeless art jewelry is her passion. Featured artists exhibit will be on display...
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For the love of her E.B., a house plant

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Planning and Zoning Permit Coordinator Carolyn Duffy celebrated her eight-year anniversary with the town in a unique way. While many Berlin employees were taking off on Thursday, July 31 – the day when Town Hall and the Planning and Zoning building received new carpet – Duffy stayed on to protect her eight-year-old houseplant “E.B.” “When my daughter brought it to me on my first day of work, it was a desktop plant,” said Duffy. “I just take care of her. She’s been repotted three times, and she loves it in here.” E.B., named after Duffy’s mother Essie Blue, arrived in the office on July 31, 2006. Today, the plant extends from its pot on the floor to the ceiling, and its width stretches from near the front door to Planning Director Dave Engelhart’s office. “I just water it and put just a little bit of plant feed maybe every three-to-four months,” Duffy said. “That’s all I do....
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‘Cool town,’ hot bats spark Berlin All Stars

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– One year after a heartbreaking loss in the regional semifinals ended their season, the Berlin Intermediate All Stars won their first Little League World Series game, 8-2, on Tuesday, July 29 in Livermore, Ca. Wes Powell threw a complete game, allowing just one earned run on three hits over seven innings in the win over the Central All Stars from Michigan. Powell also drove in three runs, and Matt Kinsey hit a two-run homer in the win. “Wes Powell did such a great job today,” said Manager Cameron McDonough. “He worked the bottom half of the zone all day, and we made a lot of great plays behind him. We didn’t have our best day at the plate, but Wes had an awesome day on the mound.” Representing the East Region, the thus far undefeated Berlin All Stars have outscored their opponents nearly 5-1 this summer, averaging 14 runs per game. Berlin played the Southwest All-Star team from Midland, Tx. Wednesday. Berlin routed Commack North, New York...
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Homestretch for five Ocean Pines candidates nears

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Five remaining candidates are entering the homestretch in the OPA Board of Directors election. Ballots, mailed to Ocean Pines property owners on July 3, are due by Thursday, Aug. 7. The two candidates with the most votes earn three-year terms on the Board. The Ocean Pines Association will announce election results during their annual meeting on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Community Center. Incumbents Jeff Knepper and Terri Mohr face challenges from David Stevens, Pat Renaud and Lawrence Lee. After the OPA announced candidates on May 20, the challengers immediately hammered the current Board and General Manager Bob Thompson on issues ranging from alleged “cronyism” to bloated contracts for town employees. Two challengers, Slobodan Trendic and Dan Moul, dropped out of race early. Knepper, for his part, defended his actions and those of the sitting Board of Directors. “There are many things right with the BOD,” he said. “There ...
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Berlin goes out on a limb to remove precarious tree

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Three months after the Mayor and Council debated a precariously perched tree, the offending evergreen finally came down. Electric Department crews cut down and hauled away the tree, which threatened power lines at the corner of Main and Tripoli streets, on Thursday, July 31. Several councilmembers and Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence had expressed concerns over the tree. “We had good cooperation from the homeowner, Rene Schoellkopf,” said Town Administrator Laura Allen. “We spent some time talking to her about the need for the tree to come down. We did some outreach after the council meeting, and every indication I got from Ms. Schoellkopf was that she understood the need to do something with the tree. “My sense of her concern was that it was such a big part of her front yard and her property that she needed to think about what would happen with the tree gone,” Allen continued. Town employees directed traffic in front of Schoellko...
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All-Star baseball team energized by community’s support

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Town support swelled this week as the Intermediate All Stars traveled to Livermore, Ca. to take part in their first Little League World Series. The team won the East Regional Tournament last Friday, beating Commack, N.Y. 13-6. Thirteen players, Kevon Wharton, Hayden Snelsire, Ryan Duncan, Tristan McDonough, Billy Wheatley, Wes Powell, Matt Kinsey, Jack Rosenberg, Colby Figgs, Kevin Beck, Steven Bise, Zach Pletcher and Hayden Cosman, along with Manager Cameron McDonough and coaches Mike Cosman and Bill Wheatley, flew to California on Sunday. Shawn Eisemann of Delmarva Pharmacy was one of several local business owners who helped support the team financially. “The parents, players and coaches have enough to worry about,” he said. “I have been lucky enough to be in a position where I could help to soften the financial burden of getting here to there. Some of these players will never have another opportunity or experience like this, so I want them to ta...
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Great Pocomoke Fair offers visitors ‘taste of rural life’

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

POCOMOKE—The Great Pocomoke Fair returns today with harness racing, livestock exhibits, tractor pulls and classic Eastern Shore fare at the southern end of Worcester County. Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at the festival grounds at 2003 Broad Street in Pocomoke City and continue through Saturday, drawing visitors by the thousands, said Festival Treasurer Gloria Smith. “It’s a small, rural fair and it will give people a taste of the rural life,” Smith said. Gates will be open from 5-10 p.m. today, Thursday. For $2 admission, which helps offset the cost of the fair, visitors have free range of the livestock barn open all evening as well as a host of demonstrations and contests. Highlights include the Little Miss Great Pocomoke Fair Pageant on the grandstand stage at 7 p.m. followed by a performance by Blue Crab Crossing Bluegrass Band at 8 p.m. Gates open again Friday from 5-10 p.m. with a karate school demonstration slated for 6 p.m. at the grandstand stage...
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Berlin Town Council addresses recent alarm malfunction

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town addressed a recent rogue fire siren during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, July 28. The siren, located near Town Hall, malfunctioned and stayed on for nearly a half hour on the morning of July 4, frightening guests at nearby hotels and inns and causing a nuisance to town businesses. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams read an email sent to Town Administrator Laura Allen by Berlin Fire Chief David T. Lewis dated July 17. “The chiefs of the Berlin Fire Company met earlier today and decided we would like the fire siren to only blow during the hours of 07:00-22:00 hours every day,” the email stated. Lewis, in the email, said the fire siren, “alerts citizens, members and visitors of the town, as well as Berlin Fire Company members.” Lewis acknowledged the increased tourism in Berlin. “It seems that the siren blowing at night is causing an unpleasant experience for the guests that may not be accustom [sic] to a fire siren and therefore...
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