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County could seek bids for Berlin Library design

Posted On: 9/4/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

BERLIN–Not a single Worcester County Commissioner voiced displeasure or doubt Tuesday when county library officials said they wanted to skip the formal bidding process and hire architect Jeff Schoellkopf to provide design and consultant services for the proposed new branch library in Berlin, but some want to give others the opportunity to bid on the work. “We have a responsibility to the taxpayers to get competitive bids,” Commissioner Judy Boggs said. “We are convinced . . . Jeff Schoellkopf is the right person to be the team captain of the project team,” Mark Thomas, county library director, told the commissioners. Thomas said he and members of the Worcester County Library Board of Trustees had looked at Schoellkopf’s skills and knowledge because they believe it is critical to have someone with knowledge and experience. Schoellkopf is the principal architect of The Design Group of Warren, Vermont. “We feel it’s a responsible decis...
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Visitor Center use uncertain months after town takeover

Posted On: 9/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Use of the Visitor’s Center remains uncertain several months after the town took the building over from the Chamber of Commerce. Located on 14 South Main Street, the center includes a front office for Berlin Main Street as well as six 10x10 offices and a commons area. Main Street uses two rooms for storage and conferences. The Chamber rents one room for their executive director and one for storage, and local artist Don Grafer currently rents an office for an artist space, although Grafer gave notice that he would vacate by the end of October. Formerly a train shop, the building had made several rooms available to local artists as well as small businesses and nonprofits. Don Grafer and his wife Susan leased the studio in 2012, maintaining the studio and as well as the center’s 2nd Friday events. They decided not to renew their lease this year, saying their endeavor was not viable with only one artist remaining. As many as three artists had kept offices the...
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New season, more activities on schedule in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 9/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– A new season means new activities and new staff at Recreation and Parks. Fall programs include indoor walking, cross court tennis, CPR certification classes and ultimate Frisbee. Ocean Pines also hosts the Annual Doggie Swim as well as trips to NASA facilities and the White House. “In the summer the big focus here in the building is on day camps because we have 105-plus kids,” said Recreation Associate Vicki Magin. “As we get into the fall we have more activities.” “In the fall we’re really trying to push new activities out there to keep people active,” said new part-time Program Supervisor Ian Smith. Smith had interned with Ocean City Recreation and Parks, running day camps and day-to-day activities. The department also hired Jackie Stewart to assist with new fall programs. Stewart interned with Recreation and Parks during the summer from Frostburg State University. A nationally recognized nutritionist and a register...
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Coastal Hospice moves to build facility in Worcester County

Posted On: 9/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Following years of preparation and fundraising, Coastal Hospice is moving forward on plans to open a new care facility in Worcester County. Serving Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Dorchester counties, the 501(c)3 nonprofit provides in-home hospice and palliative care for patients who have a prognosis of six months or less. “If you haven’t experienced the care that hospice gives it’s hard to understand what it is,” said Community Relations Manager Elaine Bean. “A lot of people hear ‘hospice’ and they get scared immediately – they think it means imminent death. But that’s not always the case.” A personal experience with her mother helped Bean realize the benefits of hospice. “They came into my home – my mother was living with me – and cared for her and made her last days comfortable,” she said. “They told us what to expect. I didn’t have any experience with anyone passing ...
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OP Farmers Mkt. welcomes range of new vendors

Posted On: 9/4/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Farmers Market welcomes several new vendors to its current summer season roster. These vendors enhance the range of products offered at the market, open every Saturday year-round from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines. Great Shoals Winery, of Kensington, Md., joins the market’s growing list of vintners. It offers wine, sparkling wine and hard cider. The winery uses apples, pears, peaches, grapes and other fruit from local and regional sources to create dry sparkling wines using the traditional méthode champenoise. Brews Up, located in Berlin, sells brewing- and wine-making supplies for use at home and in the Brews Up shop. Classes and gifts are also offered. Beginning Sept. 13 and continuing through the fall and winter, Alaska Wild Seafoods, of Seaford, Del., will be selling wild-caught salmon, cod, halibut and ling cod. All of the seafood is caught and flash-frozen in Alaska, where the owners spend their summers fishi...
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Reception to open Arts Council Sept. exhibit at gallery

Posted On: 9/4/14
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BERLIN–The Worcester County Arts Council has announced the September exhibit, featuring newest, fresh-off the-easel paintings by local artist and council member, David J. Simpson. The opening “Meet the Artist” reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Friday, Sept. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at the Arts Council Gallery located on 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin. The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 30. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday and some Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Simpson was born and raised in Ocean City and now he and his wife, Cristina own the very house he grew up in. In 1999 he reconnected with the art world at Salisbury University, where he achieved both a philosophy degree and a fine arts degree in painting. The subjects in the oil paintings he create traditionally are focused on the human figure, landscapes and seascapes. Most recently, his paintings have focused on the elements of texture, color and light via seascapes. I...
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Registration open for area’s annual Fiddler’s Convention

Posted On: 9/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

 BERLIN– Registration is open for the 22nd Annual Fiddler’s Convention. This year’s festival runs Sept. 19-21 in downtown Berlin and at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum on 208 North Main Street. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen and last year’s Fiddler’s Convention winners, the Wood Pickers, play a free concert beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 at the north end of the downtown area. Competition takes place on Saturday, Sept. 20, at noon with musicians in Youth (15 and under) and Adult (16 and over) divisions competing in Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin and Band categories. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes are at stake, with the winning band earning a headlining slot in the 2016 Fiddler’s Convention. To register visit www.berlinchamber.org/fiddlers-convention-online-registration-form. The Gospel Bluegrass Jam closes the festival on Sunday, Sept. 21 at noon on the museum lawn. The event is free and open to the public and includes vend...
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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Posted On: 9/4/14
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Auditions The Ocean Pines Players Youth Theater invites all interested young people to audition for the Disney musical, “Aladdin.” Tryouts are Friday, Sept. 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center, Assateague Room. There are many roles for those dedicated to adhering to the rehearsal schedule, following adult direction, and respecting all fellow actors. If interested in one of the lead roles, come prepared with song and music accompaniment. For information, call Em Hench, 410-208-9544. Raffle The Worcester County Humane Society is currently selling raffle tickets for three cash prizes–$3,000,  $1,500 and $500. Drawing for the raffle will be held Dec. 6, at Station 7 Restaurant in West Ocean City. Winner need not be present. Tickets cost $5 each or get five for $20 with all proceeds benefiting the animals at the no-kill shelter. Those interested in purchasing raffle tickets can stop in at the shelter located at 12330 Eagles Nest Road, off Route 6...
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Canine participants ready to dog paddle in OP pool

Posted On: 9/4/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Aquatics Department will host canine swimmers and their human companions at a Doggie Swim on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mumford’s Landing Pool in Ocean Pines. This event allows dogs and their owners the chance to splash and swim in the Mumford’s Landing Pool, located at 7351 Yacht Club Drive in Ocean Pines, before it closes for the season. The cost of the event, which is open to the public, is $6 per dog. All dog handlers must be at least 18 years of age and youth under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a registered adult. Dogs should have current vaccinations, including rabies. Proceeds from the Doggie Swim, now in its third year, will once again benefit the Worcester County Humane Society. Last year’s swim raised $245 for the organization. Ocean Pines Aquatics Facility Coordinator Lynn Gabeler, who has worked at the event since its inception, said, “It’s like therapy to see the dogs and peo...
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Mediacom adds Big Ten Network

Posted On: 9/4/14
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DAGSBORO–Mediacom Communications Corporation announced last week that its customers in Delaware and Maryland now have access to the Big Ten Network (BTN) sports channel as a new arrival to both standard and HD Family Cable lineups. Sports fans with a Mediacom Family Cable subscription will find BTN on channel 67 in standard definition when connected to a digital adapter or digital receiver (cable box); or on frequency 55-3 when connected directly to a digital-ready TV (no cable box). BTN HD is located at channel 832. Throughout the college football season, BTN will televise multiple Saturday games featuring Big Ten Conference teams, typically with kick-off times at noon (ET) and 3:30 p.m. (ET). Operating 24/7, the BTN showcases a wide array of classic-to-current sports produced by the network and by the conference’s 14-member institutions. In addition to fall football games, the network produces regular season men’s basketball games, women’s basketball game...
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