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Berlin election day set for Oct. 7

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town announced deadlines for the 2014 Municipal Election, and a senior councilmember announced she would not seek reelection.   Berlin will hold elections for districts 1, 4 and At-Large council seats on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Previously, the town held elections on the second Tuesday in October. District 4 Councilmember Dean Burrell and District 1 Councilmember Troy Purnell both confirmed to the Bayside Gazette in May they would seek reelection, although only Burrell had officially filed at press time. At-Large Councilmember Paula Lynch confirmed she would not run again. “It just think it’s time,” Lynch said. “Twenty six years is enough for anybody. It’s time for other folks to give some input.” No other candidates have filed for office in Berlin. The deadline for candidate filing is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The voter registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 5. Berlin voters must register with the Worcester County Board of...
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Park revitalization to happen in eight states

Posted On: 8/21/14
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MARYLAND–The U.S. Department of Interior and the AFL-CIO affiliated Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding announcing national park revitalization efforts in eight states, including Maryland, through the USA’s all-volunteer “Work Boots on the Ground” program. “Marylanders are proud of our state parks and we will work hard to make sure they remain a natural wonder for generations to come,” said Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO President, Fred Mason. “Maryland workers are the best in the country, and together we can keep our parks among the best in the world.” The MOU outlines a mutual commitment to the cooperative “Work Boots on the Ground” program among the Department of the Interior and its three land-managing bureaus and the AFL-CIO, acting through the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Shovel-ready” projects in Maryland include restoration efforts at the Assateague...
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When too many chambers might be bad for commerce

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– As business owners struggle to keep up with the sizeable fees and responsibilities required by membership at the three main chambers of commerce in the county, early plans could be coming together to merge one or more chamber. Dozens of business owners in Worcester County pay membership fees to chambers in Ocean City, Ocean Pines and Berlin. With at least one local chamber struggling, the idea of consolidation – mulled over several times in the past – has resurfaced in recent months. “I think it makes a lot of sense,” said Steven Taylor, executive director of Worcester Youth and Family, owner of Ayers Creek Adventures and a board member at the Berlin Chamber of Commerce. “I think that reducing the administrative costs of having multiple burdens and having a larger entity makes a lot of economic sense. “The other thing is as a business owner you’re asked to volunteer,” Taylor continued. “I don’t mind...
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Stevens takes over as OPA’s new president

Posted On: 8/21/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– After a contentious election the Board of Directors formed new leadership during their annual organizational meeting on Friday, Aug. 15. Dave Stevens, Marty Clarke, Jack Collins and Pat Renaud, expected to comprise an unofficial voting coalition on the Ocean Pines Association Board, assumed the top four positions. Newly elected Board member Dave Stevens became president, replacing Tom Terry. Board member Bill Cordwell thanked Terry. “For the last year you’ve been a mentor and a friend and I appreciate that,” he said. “Our board, despite the political rhetoric and all the other garbage that’s been going on out there, I think we had a great year and got a lot of stuff done in cooperation with the general manager. And I hope we can carry that forward, because I think it’s been a fantastic year.” “I feel very honored to have sat in this chair for four years, and I look forward to my next two years (in office),” Te...
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Two newest OPA directors start with conciliatory tone

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

OCEAN PINES– After a contentious election, the two newest members of the Ocean Pines Association Board took a mostly conciliatory tone after the community released voting results on Saturday, Aug. 9. Pat Renaud and Dave Stevens, who ran as a voting bloc against members of the current board and its relationship with General Manager Bob Thompson, received 1,767 votes and 1,738 votes, respectively, handily defeating their opponents. Incumbent Jeff Knepper received 1,392 votes, incumbent Terri Mohr received 1,323 votes and newcomer Lawrence Lee, running as a moderate voice, received 456 votes. Renaud and Stevens will serve three-year terms on the seven-member board. While not calling it an outright mandate, Renaud said he and Stevens had an idea of what their first move as newly elected officials could be. “We want to look at some organizational changes and make the control go back to the board – I think we’ve been very clear about that,” he said. ̶...
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Third annual Family Fun Fly offers handmade kites

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

OCEAN PINES– From high-tech acrobatics to handmade and hand-colored kites, the 3rd annual Family Fun Fly promises plenty of fun for the whole family on Saturday, Aug. 16. Organizers anticipate more than 100 participants to attend the event, held in Veteran’s Memorial Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Highlighting Family Fun Fly, an assembly line setup offers kids the chance to make and customize their own kites, while supplies last. “The kids can go off into the entire field at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which is off 589, and it’s free kite fly,” said Vicki Magin, recreation associate with Ocean Pines Recreations and Parks. A DJ will provide music, and Eastern Shore Kettle Corn and Kona Ice will sell refreshments. “We’re encouraging people to bring a picnic lunch, and if you have your own kite that’s fine,” Magin said. Staff members from Kite Loft in Ocean City will offer kite tips and tricks. Kite expert Joanne Rasmussen ...
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Berlin 9-10 All Stars drop final four regional games

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

BERLIN– After going a perfect 10-0 in district and state tournaments, the 9-10 Little League All Stars dropped their final four games in regional play, including a controversial 12-10 loss on Thursday, ending their season. Berlin, representing Maryland, lost lopsided games to New Jersey, Delaware and New York last week, scoring just three runs in three contests, before falling just short to Pennsylvania on Aug. 7. “Obviously it was nice to see our bats finally wake up,” said Coach Eric Snelsire. “We really played our style of baseball in that last game, and I felt like it was a good way to go out even though we didn’t win the game. I felt like the kids finally figured it out and were able to compete and play a really good Pennsylvania team. We had an opportunity to win the game and just didn’t do enough, but in the end I was very satisfied to know that we were able to finally go to our brand of baseball and go out on a positive note.” Ashte...
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Top Eastern Shore Dems pay tribute to Del. Norm Conway

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

SHOWELL– Top Eastern Shore Democrats met with donors on Saturday, Aug. 9, to pay tribute to Maryland Del. Norm Conway (38B) in what could be a preview of the party’s strategy during the November general election. Maryland State Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38) emceed the event at Showell Park, which included several members of the “team” of Democratic candidates running for election in Worcester and Wicomico counties. A number of speakers during the event also highlighted the voting bloc of Mathias and Conway. Redistricted to Wicomico County from Worcester this year, Conway formerly represented Somerset County before becoming a similar victim of redistricting in 2000. Mathias insisted that Conway would remain loyal to his Worcester County constituents, and highlighted their partnership in the general assembly. Conway is chair of the House Appropriations Committee. “Chairman Conway has continued to be there for Somerset, and he will continue to be there for us i...
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Heroic deeds lead to honors for policemen

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

 BERLIN– On April 17, two police officers heroically rescued a 6-year-old girl and her mother from a burning two-story home. Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing, wearing a suit for the occasion, awarded Spo. Edward Carmean and Spo. Merle Bragg for their bravery during a Berlin Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 11. A packed house, including 6-year-old Mia McKenzie and 31-year-old Tocarra Derrickson, were on hand for the occasion, along with military personnel honoring both officers. “This is one of those proud occasions when a chief of police gets to stand before a community to state the good deeds and works of their officers,” Downing said. “We all can use the word ‘hero’ in loose terms and loose ways, but today I can go ahead and say the Berlin Police Department has two heroes.” Downing described the events on April 17, as a fire engulfed the home on 117 Branch Street. Police dispatched two officers, who arrived several minut...
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AGH and Berlin stormwater fee battle settled

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

BERLIN– After several months of dialogue, Atlantic General Hospital settled a potentially problematic lawsuit over stormwater fees with the town last month. The suit, filed in October, 2013, alleged the town unfairly charged AGH more than $9,000 in annual fees. The hospital, which operates as a nonprofit, manages its stormwater onsite and does not believe it causes or contributes to any stormwater problems in Berlin. Both sides settled out of court on July 14. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said there were two steps to the settlement. “One was in the spring or the early summer,” he said. “Our water resources people and our stormwater engineer met with AGH’s engineer and they reviewed every detail of the way in which the fee had been computed originally, for the first year, and we both looked for any reasonable way to make sure that no pervious surfaces were being charged. They went through everything with a fine-toothed comb and they were able to reduce the ...
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