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Berlin to celebrate ball teams with parade, Fri.

Posted On: 10/9/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin to celebrate ball teams with parade, Fri. BERLIN– Two championship Little League teams are getting a hero’s welcome on Friday, Oct. 10. Berlin will honor the Intermediate All Stars, the United States runner-up in this year’s Little League World Series in Livermore, Calif., and the 9-10 all-stars, who won a state championship and played in the regional tournament in Cranston, R.I. Cameron McDonough managed the intermediate team and his son, Tristan, excelled, batting .444 in five Little League World Series games and leading the squad in both homeruns and RBIs. On the mound, McDonough pitched to a 3.75 ERA, fanning 18 batters in 9 1/3 innings while walking just three. Tristan said his dad has been his coach “ever since he can remember,” starting with a tee ball team before he was even 4-years old, but his great-grandmother “mom-mom” Grace Hickman was the real catalyst for his love affair with baseball. “We owe a lot to his great-grandmother, who just recently passed away while...
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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

Posted On: 10/9/14
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Top award Worcester Prep fifth grader Grace Baeurle was the winner in the Maryland Association of Realtors Fair Housing Competition during the 2013-2014 school year. Last spring in Annapolis, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot honored Baeurle for her poster, which emphasized cultural diversity. Her poster will be featured on the 2015 MAR calendar.   Pancake breakfast The annual Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 8-11 a.m. in the Ocean Pines Community Center Assateague Room. For $5, get pancakes, sausages, fruit cup, coffee or tea. If possible, buy tickets in advance by calling Ralph Chinn at 410-208-6719. Tickets will also be available at the door. Carryout is available, as well. Proceeds benefit the youth of the community.     Chicken/crab feast The Church of the Holy Spirit on 100th Street in Ocean City, is having a crab/chicken feast on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The feast includes crabs, fried chic...
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Agencies seek donations for area’s homeless

Posted On: 10/9/14
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BERLIN– More middle-income families are living paycheck to paycheck, according to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling, and any significant expense can put them in debt with little ability to repay. The local service added that it is a common misconception that the homeless population is in decline and that anywhere from 600,000 to 1.1 million people are homeless in the United States at any given time. Worcester Youth and Family Counseling and 15 other agencies in the county are working to collect donations for Homeless Resource Days. These days provide homeless people or people at risk of homelessness time to meet with groups that provide services such as housing, counseling, healthcare treatment, and products not typically provided at food pantries. Items currently begin collected include hygiene and toiletry products, wipes/wet ones, diapers and water bottles. Take items to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling, 124 N. Main Street, Suite C, in Berlin or contact Maria ...
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Locked-out notice popping up on OP ‘vacant’ properties

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Following a bizarre series of events, the community is urging caution after local real estate agents found what they believe to be suspicious stickers on the garage doors of several homes. The stickers, placed in hard-to-see spots by Florida-based firm Mortgage Contracting Services LLC, state that the property “has been determined to be vacant and abandoned” and warns, “This property may have its locks replaced and/or plumbing systems winterized within the next few days.” Ocean Pines Association Board Director Sharyn O’Hare warned the community of the stickers during a meeting on Saturday, Sept. 27. “There’s a scam going on in Ocean Pines,” she said. “They place stickers on the bottom of your garage door in a very inconspicuous place on a home they assume is vacant. And they say, ‘If this home is not vacant, please call this 800 number.’” O’Hare said the real estate company she works f...
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No harm, and possibly no fowl

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Following more than six months of debate, concern and consternation, the Board of Directors last Saturday unanimously agreed on a plan to control the growing population of Canada geese in the community. Board Vice President Marty Clarke introduced a motion during a Saturday’s board meeting outlining a three-pronged approach to curb the birds, which are being blamed for adding excessive nutrients into Ocean Pines waters through their droppings. The plan, developed with the Environmental Advisory committee, National Contaminant Biomonitoring Program and Ocean Pines Public Works, would begin by installing monofilament lines to create a “no mow” zone around the perimeters of the North Gate and South Gate ponds. In addition, landscaping will be created in those areas to discourage flight. The second phase calls for volunteers, with the cooperation of the Department of Agriculture, to treat, remove and destroy Canada goose nests to help control the r...
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Berlin election off, but Gulyas joins council

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– In a not-so-stunning turn of non-events, the write-in candidate deadline for Berlin Town Council passed Tuesday, without any new developments. Three candidates filed for the three available seats on town council before the Tuesday, Sept. 9 ballot deadline, and all three remain officially unopposed. Troy Purnell and Dean Burrell filed to keep their District 1 and District 4 seats, respectively, and businessman Thom Gulyas filed to take over the at-large seat vacated by retiring councilmember Paula Lynch. Due to a rule change passed last year, the Town of Berlin will cancel the election and declare a winner if a candidate has no opposition. Those not registered to run by the ballot deadline may still run a write-in campaign, but must declare their intent to do so by a certain date in order for the election to not be cancelled. With no write-in candidates coming forward as of Tuesday, Purnell, Burrell and Gulyas have essentially already been elected. Berlin will swear ...
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Public forum on environment set Tuesday by Coastal Trust

Posted On: 10/2/14
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BERLIN–Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) a non-profit environmental education and advocacy organization, will sponsor a voter education forum on environmental issues for candidates in the Worcester County Commissioner elections this year at Berlin Intermediate School on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. The forum will offer voters in Worcester County the opportunity to hear from participating candidates about issues of importance to the natural environment and the quality of life in Worcester County.  Topics to be emphasized include, but are not limited to, Total Maximum Daily Load implementation, comprehensive planning and zoning, Zero Waste and recycling, open space preservation and Critical Area buffer protection, with an emphasis on improvement to water quality in the Coastal Bays and Pocomoke River watersheds. Questions will be generated in advance by ACT and at the event by attending citizens. The moderator will be Bryan Russo, WAMU Radio 88.3 FM. For more information...
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Yacht Club bookings become issue

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– A minor controversy erupted during an Ocean Pines Association meeting on Saturday, after several residents and one board member complained that groups in Ocean Pines were not booking many of their signature events in the new Yacht Club. The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce’s Awards and Installation Banquet, for instance, was booked at the Ocean City Marlin Club rather than the Yacht Club. “If somebody invests over $4 million in your back yard…you don’t go somewhere else to save a couple dollars,” said OPA Board Parliamentarian Tom Terry, who noted he was coming at the issue from an “economic development standpoint.” Some officials said the matter was a non-issue. “We actually have an after-hours event booked there in December, at the Yacht Club,” said Will Cathell, director of the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce. “I do not think there is any kind of boycott by any local groups.” Cathell said he w...
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Community gets chance to honor Lynch for service

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town announced plans on Tuesday to honor its longest-serving council member, Paula Lynch, who has served on the Berlin council for 26 years. She will receive a communitywide sendoff On Thursday, Oct. 9, when the town hosts a coffee-and-cake farewell in the Council Chamber sat Berlin Town Hall on 10 William Street. The public is invited. Lynch announced in August her plans to retire after this fall’s election. “I can’t begin to describe the many ways Paula has served this community in the 26 years she’s been on the council,” said Mayor Gee Williams. “This event is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all of her hard work.” Lynch held the at-large seat on the Berlin Town Council since the 1980s. Businessperson Thom Gulyas will take over the seat in November. A press release from the town said Lynch was “known for her good business sense and keen eye for detail. “Mrs. Lynch has a reputation for asking ...
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Lightning arresters installed to protect power lines, plant

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– If, as is the common saying, that lightning never strikes in the same place twice, then Berlin would have no worries. Bolts from above have already zapped the town’s electricity generating facility, so all should be well. Problem is, lightning has zapped the town’s electrical system numerous times over the years and the town is taking additional steps to protect itself. “We all know how severe the lighting storms can be in this area, and we’ve had damages to the whole system in Berlin in the past four years I’ve been here,” said Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence. “They’ll often strike the overhead lines and then it will travel down the lines and damage the equipment, like transformer cut-outs and that type of stuff.” Because lightning seeks the best path to the ground, power lines make for a prime target, Lawrence said. “Sometimes it will travel through the equipment to get there and the equipment is no...
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