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Town officials get ready for 25th annual bathtub battle

Posted On: 7/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Top officials and business owners are preparing to stake their reputations on one of the most absurd – and entertaining – town traditions. Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence, Burley Oak Brewing Company Owner Bryan Brushmiller and Uptown Antiques Owner Bill Outten will all race vehicles in the 25th annual Bathtub Races on July 18. Lawrence, a first-time racer, predicted a victory. “It’s going to win,” he said. The “tub” will represent the town of Berlin. Lawrence said the design will be patriotic and keeping with the “Coolest Small Town” theme. “I don’t want to give too many details – I want it to be a surprise,” he said. “But it will be fast and it will look very patriotic.” Lawrence will pilot the vehicle and Sr. Accountant Rondell Wise will push. “The reason I’m driving it is because I’m probably the smallest town employee weight wise and size wise...
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‘World’s Largest Golf Outing’ set for Ocean Pines

Posted On: 7/17/14
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OCEAN PINES–Billy Casper Golf, the largest owner-operator of golf courses, country clubs and resorts in the U.S., has unveiled the grand prizes for the fourth annual World’s Largest Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 11 to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. All players are eligible to win a trip for four to the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore., for custom club fitting and other merchandise. The team that raises the most money for WWP will win a trip for four to Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina to play the famous No. 2 golf course and stay at the iconic Carolina Hotel. The winning team from each participating course – anticipated to be more than 120 in 28 states including the Ocean Pines Golf & Country Club – will be entered into a drawing for tickets to the 2015 PGA Championship. Other prizes include equipment and apparel from leading golf brands. “The World’s Largest Golf Outing continues to raise the bar in giving back to our country’s he...
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County Board of Elections certifies recent primary results

Posted On: 7/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– The Board of Elections certified primary election results in the county on July 8. Nominees for the November 4 general election for offices including County Commissioner, State’s Attorney and Clerk of the Circuit Court were set. Incumbent Republican Merrill W. Lockfaw, Jr. will run unopposed for Worcester County’s District 1 Commissioner seat. District 2 and 3 primaries saw no opposition. Democrat incumbent Diana Purnell will run against Republican Lorraine Purnell-Ayres in November for District 2, and Democrat Michael Stewart Maykrantz will face incumbent Republican Bud Church in District 3. Districts 4 and 5 were historically close during the primary. Incumbent Democrat Virgil L. Shockley will face Republican Ted Elder in November. Elder was selected by a Republican Central Committee ballot after tying challenger Kathryn Danko-Lord following three rounds of absentee ballot counting. Democrat Tom Wilson will run against Republican Chip Berti...
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Friends of Ocean Pines Library to hold book sale

Posted On: 7/17/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Friends of the Ocean Pines Library will present its annual book sale on Friday, July 25, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, July 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, July 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located at 11107 Cathell Road, next to the Ocean Pines post office and across from the Sports Core pool. The Friday evening sale is limited to members of the FOPL, but people may join or renew memberships at the door and proceed to the sale. Membership is $5 for individuals or $10 for a couple or family. On Monday, prices will be marked down to half price. This sale is the single biggest source of funds for the Friends of the Ocean Pines Library. This group is continually seeking ways to upgrade services and equipment at the Ocean Pines library. This year, it supported purchases of new electronic equipment to keep its check-out, inventory and computer facilities current. The Friends also replaced the benches in the ornamental garden and provide for seasonal cleanup. The c...
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Berlin might be coolest, but it could be ‘ghoulest’ as well

Posted On: 7/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Is America’s coolest small town also one of the most haunted? Mindie Burgoyne believes so. The “Haunted Eastern Shore” author and founder of Chesapeake Ghost Walks led a crowd of several dozen around Berlin on Thursday, July 10, to tell the stories she compiled from personal accounts, books and investigation at the Nabb Research Center. The tour began at dusk in front of the Atlantic Hotel. “Berlin is very rare,” Burgoyne said. “Berlin has an element that has had a half-dozen sightings, and for a little town like this that’s really a lot. Berlin also has walking dead – there are three apparitions people have seen in this town walking.” The three spirits – a woman in white, a hunched over man and a soldier wearing a Confederate uniform – reportedly frequent the town’s Main Street after 9 p.m. “This town is very rare too because its power lines are buried,” Burgoyne continued. “...
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Horse tours will celebrate state’s equine industry

Posted On: 7/17/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A new series of historic horse tours will celebrate the $500 million Maryland equine industry. The Maryland Horse Industry Board, a program of the Maryland Department of Agriculture, unveiled the Maryland Historic Horse Trail initiative at Ocean Downs on Sunday, July 13. “The state was founded in 1633 and horses came here literally from the beginning,” said Ross Peddicord, executive director of the Horse Industry Board. “Literally the history of Maryland mirrors the history of horses in Maryland. “The feeling was a lot of our horse history is being lost – how do we recapture that?” Peddicord continued. “We have 24 people on our horse history committee, and we started inventorying all the sites in Maryland where horses played a big part in the settlement of the state. There were so many; we worked with the state office of tourism to break it into sections.” The first section, focusing on Worcester and Wicomico counties, ...
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Snow Hill to offer exhibit on women pilots of WWII

Posted On: 7/17/14
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SNOW HILL–The Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill will offer a complimentary reception with refreshments on Friday, July 18, from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate its summer exhibition, “Women of War: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II,” which opened to the public on May 20. At the height of World War II, more than 1,000 women left homes and jobs for the opportunity of a lifetime–to become the first women in history to fly for the United States military, volunteering as civilian pilots in an experimental program to relieve men for overseas duty. They were the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, better known as the WASP. The Purnell Museum will host this memorable exhibit in partnership with the International Women’s Air & Space Museum. The gallery also features some of the museum’s permanent collection of artifacts and memorabilia that reflect the service of local citizens in the war effort. The reception will feature a pres...
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Commissioner race decided by Central Committee tally

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– A historically tight County Commissioner’s race came to a wild end on Monday evening as Republican Ted Elder won his party’s nomination for the District 4 seat. Following the June 24 primary, Worcester County Business Contractors Association President Elder led Costa Ventosa owner and winemaker Kathryn Danko-Lord by three votes. Two days later, after the first round of absentee ballots came in, the two candidates were even at 210 votes each. The race was shaken up again on July 2, as Elder regained the lead, adding four votes to Danko-Lord’s one. The finally tally on July 7 gave Danko-Lord three additional votes, deadlocking the race at 214 votes each. “It’s been quite a strange election,” Elder said. “It’s been crazy.” The race then went to the Worcester County Republican Central Committee, who met Monday evening to sort out the chaos. “This was absolutely unprecedented in the state of Marylan...
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Our next Miss USA could come from Ocean Pines

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– The next Miss USA could come from Worcester County. Ocean Pines resident Jessica Keith, 21, recently became a finalist in the Miss Maryland USA state contest leading up to next year’s national pageant. “I got out of a relationship and I made a bucket list, and one of the things that I wanted to do was be in a pageant,” she said. “I went to the Miss America organization, I did one pageant with them, and I got a call from Miss Maryland USA saying, ‘congratulations, you’re a state finalist. The pageant is Oct.31.’” Keith, who grew up in Calvert County, moved to Ocean Pines in March to spend the summer. “My grandparents have always lived up here and I’ve always been up here with friends and family,” she said. “And I like to come to Berlin to embrace my inner Julia Roberts.” The contestant had to pass through a phone interview in May with Bobbi Coffman, founder of nonprofit Happy Helpers ...
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OP candidates formally tabbed by elections panel

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Five candidates for Board of Directors were formally announced last week. The Ocean Pines Elections Committee officially announced incumbents Terri Mohr and Jeff Knepper will run against Pat Renaud, Dave Stevens and Lawrence Lee for the two available Board positions. The two candidates who receive the highest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms. Two other candidates, Slobodan Trendic and Dan Moul, resigned earlier during the race. The three non-incumbent candidates continued to take issue with General Manager Bob Thompson’s contract and the current Board’s actions during the last term. Ballots will be mailed to OPA members on July 14. Mohr served on the OPA Board during the previous three years as Treasurer and Secretary, as well as liaison to the Aquatics, Environment and Natural Assets, Budget and Finance, Parks and Recreation and Elections committees. The candidate also has three decades of experience as a medical practice mana...
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