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Pines GM: ‘things are actually good’

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson has a message for homeowners in the community: things are actually going pretty well. That’s not always the message coming out of the election forums, as 10 men and one woman vie for three seats on the board of directors, which serves as Thompson’s boss. And while he has been something of a punching bag during the last several election cycles, the numbers appear to tell a different story – one of moderate financial success and a homeowners association that has quietly become one of the safest communities in the state. That information, Thompson said, should not be lost on the public. “I think with everything going on right now and the lack of accurate information, I thought it was probably time to at least try to get on the record with accurate information – not partial information or pieces of information,” he said.   “Despite what you hear, things are actually ver...
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Eleven candidates continue race for Ocean Pines board

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) A record number of candidates are competing for three seats on the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors this year, and homeowners have about a month left to vote. Ballots were mailed to all homeowners in good standing on Monday. Ballots must be received at the post office or dropped off in the ballot box inside the Ocean Pines Police Station by 5 p.m. on Aug. 11. The OPA Elections Committee will count the votes on Aug. 12, and the results will be announced during the annual meeting at the community center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. The elections committee will monitor calls to a special hotline, set up for questions and additional information, through Aug. 11. Call 410-208-3989 for questions, or to request replacement ballots. Only one incumbent, Jack Collins, will be on the ballot this year. Former Director Ray Unger and Slobodan Trendic are the only other candidates who previously appeared on a board of director ballot. Other candidates are Budget...
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Copy Ctr. crime included cancer cash

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Copy Ctr. crime included cancer cash (July 14, 2016) A late-night burglary last Tuesday evening at Copy Center in Ocean Pines resulted in the theft of about $750 set aside for Gina’s Comfort Fund, a charity established to honor the late Gina Barnes, who died of colon cancer in 2014. Her mother, Linda Dearing, learned of the break-in the following morning. Several hundred dollars from the register was also missing. Video surveillance captured what appeared to be a white male breaking in. Dearing, the owner of the store, said police had no leads as of early this week. She described the man as “late 40s, early 50s.” “They actually broke into the back end of the building and came through the Hileman agency into the inside hallway, and then they broke into my door from the hallway – not from outside,” Dearing said. “I think they knew exactly what they were going for. We watched the whole video of the guy walking around the whole building, trying to figure out what door he was go...
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Jesse’s Paddle returns to Snow Hill for 8th year

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) During its eight-year tenure, Jesse’s Paddle has grown from a memorial of one young man’s life and the river he worked on and loved to a vital fundraiser supporting scholarship, educational initiatives, awareness plans and response training to assist during mental health crises. “The main things are the program has grown and the demand for our services has grown,” Kim Klump, founder of the paddle, said. “That we are sustaining or increasing the amount we collect every year is mindboggling and heartwarming — it’s recognition of the difference we’re making.” As a consequence, the paddle has become more and more important to the scholarship foundation named in honor of Jesse Klump as the number of people that depend on it increases, and the demand for resources increases. “We do health fairs and a lot of other events. We visit churches, groups like the AARP and schools including Salisbury University, Universi...
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UpriZing returns to play Cypress Pk.

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) While fans of the group already know to expect the unexpected during an UpriZing show, the people of Pocomoke City only learned that last year during the band’s first performance, which turned out to be the most popular of the event series. “The band already has a good following, but there were lots of locals too. It was one of my personal favorites,” Karah Lacey, downtown coordinator, said. “The people just loved it — everyone got up and danced.” Since it was the season’s biggest and most popular show, band manager and lead guitarist James Stewart Jr., said he wasn’t surprised when he was offered the opportunity to return. “We’d never played there before and wanted to try it out,” he said. “Everyone got up and off their seats, when the sun went down they had their cell phones out. We’re bringing the same energy back.” That energy is how UpriZing builds its shows — not by a p...
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‘Aquaholics’ capture canoe joust title in fire co. benefit

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

‘Aquaholics’ capture canoe joust title in fire co. benefit (July 14, 2016) Some matches played out in seconds, with the jouster hitting the water as soon as the starting horn blew, others were more like chess matches with opponents taking several passes, feinting and dodging around until finally, one fell. At the end it was the Aquaholics — a team of Caitlyn Cody, Phillip Mccordell and Calvin Mccordell — that won the day and the coveted hand-carved paddle trophy of the annual Snow Hill fire Company canoe joust, held this past Saturday. In second place were the Sea Men, Andrew Benson, Adam Schoepf and Bobby Gordy. PC3, with AJ Miller, Travis Cowger and Doug Mumford, placed third. The event, a fundraiser for the Snow Hill Volunteer Fire Company, drew teams from as far away as Salisbury, and the event, watched by hundreds, had the feel of a family reunion — if the family was particularly fond of bawdy team names. In a designated spot on the Pocomoke River at Sturgis Park in Snow Hill last week, two teams squared off, jocke...
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Fire at Eastern Shore Forest Products, Sunday

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) Fire departments from Pocomoke City, Stockton, Girdletree, Princess Anne, Marion and Fairmont responded to, while departments from New Church and Greenbackville in Accomack County, Virginia remained on standby as pine shavings at Eastern Shore Forest Products ignited, and were extinguished about two-and-a-half hours later last Sunday. Pocomoke City Volunteer Fire Company was the first to respond to the facility on St. Luke’s Road near Fruitland. No injuries were reported, but according to Pocomoke City EMS Director Mike Thorton, one firefighter was treated on the scene for heat exhaustion, but didn’t require further attention. “The building was not involved in the fire,” Pocomoke Fire Chief Dick Gladding said. “It’s very hard to tell where the origin was, but it was most likely the machinery that loads the bags. Nothing suspicious was discovered.” Between 40 and 50 firefighters were on site, Gladding said. Eastern Shore ...
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Berlin Historic Commission backs butcher shop upgrades

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) The dozen or so people who attended the Historic District Commission meeting in Berlin last Wednesday got a preview of the town’s new butcher shop to be run by Councilmember and mayoral candidate Lisa Hall. She hopes the shop will be open by the end of July. Hall was there to get approval for exterior renovations of the building at 101 Williams Street that will include a new paint job, signs and a new handicapped-accessible door. Her section of the building most recently housed Rainbow Florist. The Beez Kneez Boutique is a current co-tenant. Decades ago, the structure was a gas station. Hall called the present exterior “very unattractive,” and said she planned to do extensive remodeling. “You can’t put lipstick on a pig,” she said. “I want it to go back to the ’40s, ’50s style-looking gas station. With the mansard all around it, it really takes away from it.” She said co-tenant Lori Wagman “was...
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Thompson targeted during Pines forum at Parke community

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

­­­(July 14, 2016) While the issue was only briefly touched on during a forum at the Ocean Pines Community Center last month, the relationship between the board of directors and the general manager took center stage during a debate in The Parke community on July 6. A majority of the 11 remaining OPA Board candidates gave their opinion on whether General Manager Bob Thompson should be fired during their first day of office. Steve Lind, a former police officer, was the first to mention Thompson, and did so during his opening remarks. “It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that for the last three elections the general manager has been ‘the’ campaign issue,” he said. “The general manager has been the center of much of the controversy and much of the divisiveness, and for the good of the community this personnel issue must be quickly resolved before we can get back to conducting the people’s business.” Lind said he had...
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Thompson targeted during Pines forum at Parke community

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) While the issue was only briefly touched on during a forum at the Ocean Pines Community Center last month, the relationship between the board of directors and the general manager took center stage during a debate in The Parke community on July 6. A majority of the 11 remaining OPA Board candidates gave their opinion on whether General Manager Bob Thompson should be fired during their first day of office. Steve Lind, a former police officer, was the first to mention Thompson, and did so during his opening remarks. “It doesn’t take a detective to figure out that for the last three elections the general manager has been ‘the’ campaign issue,” he said. “The general manager has been the center of much of the controversy and much of the divisiveness, and for the good of the community this personnel issue must be quickly resolved before we can get back to conducting the people’s business.” Lind said he had never seen such &...
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