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Fiddler’s Convention opens Friday in downtown Berlin

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The 2014 Fiddler’s Convention brings three days of free, live bluegrass Sept. 19-21. Local bluegrass mainstay Nate Clendenen is organizing this year’s event in downtown Berlin, featuring performances by Frank Solivan and the Dirty Kitchen, and the Wood Pickers. “I’ve had a blast competing and playing the Berlin Fiddlers Convention in the past and have always been proud to be a part of it,” he said. “Early this year I was approached by a friend who works for the Chamber of Commerce about coming on board to help plan the event and I was more than happy to say yes.” Clendenen called bluegrass “a music of the people.” “It’s about work and heartache and travel and celebration and love and all sorts of very human things,” he said. “It’s organic, honest and genuine. There are no special effects on the instruments – no autotune on the vocals. It’s real, authentic and one-of-a-ki...
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Coastal Assoc. of Realtors urges poster participation

Posted On: 9/18/14
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MARYLAND–The Coastal Association of REALTORS is encouraging local teachers to participate in the annual Fair Housing Poster Contest, which sends the winning student to Annapolis for a meeting with the governor or other state official. Sponsored by the Maryland Association of REALTORS (MAR), the contest is a means for REALTORS across the state to help increase awareness of this important issue. “Fair housing” pertains to the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. The contest aims to teach children that discrimination is not only wrong, but illegal. Artwork submitted by students must illustrate this year’s calendar theme, “Everyone Wins With Fair Housing.” Coastal REALTORS will choose a local winner from each of three age groups. These winners will receive Visa gift cards, courtesy of Coastal REALTORS. Their entries will be...
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Walk for Crohn’s, Colitis set for Sept. 20 at Northside Park

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Taylor Sloan, Intern

OCEAN CITY–The Take Steps Walk For Crohn’s and Colitis will take place Saturday, Sept. 20 at Northside Park on 125th Street. The walk is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. The Take Steps Walk raises awareness and funds for Crohn’s Disease and Colitis research. It is a family-friendly festival that brings patients, health professionals and supporters together while raising mission-critical funds for research with activities for everyone including games, music, information and food.   “About 30 percent of the American population do not know what Crohn’s Disease and Colitis are,” Misty Keets, walk coordinator, said. According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), Crohn’s Disease is a chronic inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulce...
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Sand Castle Home Tour to visit 11 special residences

Posted On: 9/18/14
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OCEAN CITY–Want an insider’s look at some of the area’s coolest houses? Like to decorate or looking for new ideas for your own home? Want to spend a fun day and kick off Sunfest weekend while supporting the local arts community? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Art League of Ocean City has a fun adventure for you. The 10th anniversary Sand Castle Home Tour kicked off Thursday and runs today, Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. where participants can visit the homes and gardens of some of the area’s most interesting addresses. Included on this year’s tour will be 11 special residences in Ocean City, West Ocean City and Berlin.   Homeowners – who have graciously opened their homes for the tour to benefit the Art League of Ocean City and the arts in the Ocean City area – have been busy putting the finishing touches on their homes and gardens the last several weeks so all is ship-shape for the 1,000-plus visitors wh...
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Kite Festival takes off, continuing through Sunday

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Taylor Sloan, Intern

(Sept. 19, 2014) The Sunfest Kite Festival, hosted by the Kite Loft, kicked off Thursday and will continue through Sunday on the Boardwalk and beach at Sixth Street. The festival draws thousands of visitors to the Ocean City Boardwalk and beach, according to Jay Knerr, owner of the Kite Loft. “What really attracts people is the giant kites,” he said. This year, two featured kites are Toothless, a dragon character from the animated children’s feature, “How to Train Your Dragon,” and Mell, a 100 foot giant blue whale. Jeff and Joyce King of Annapolis will fly these kites. Several activities for children and adults are taking place during the festival. These include kite flying, kite games, candy drops, quad kite demonstrations; four line kites flown in formation, and bol races. Bol races consist of a small parachute tied to the back of a person. These races are between three or four children, and they are also held between children and their parents. Sm...
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Fire displaces OP family; funds to help them needed

Posted On: 9/18/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES–Fundraisers were quickly established after an Ocean Pines family lost their residence in a fire last Friday. Two of the fundraisers were created Saturday online at www.gofundme. com for Jesse and Hailey Scott, who were renting the house at 9 Frigate Run, where they lived with their four children, Aaden, Marley, Kenady and Harrison, ages 12 to 5 months. A fire started in the kitchen at about 7 p.m. and firefighters from the Ocean Pines and Showell fire departments responded. Shortly after they arrived, additional assistance was requested and firefighters from Berlin and Ocean City responded. Hailey Scott and her children were home at the time of the fire, which spread to the roof. They left and stayed with a friend. An investigation into the fire by the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office determined that unattended cooking was the cause. The fire investigator classified the fire as accidental.          &nb...
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Berlin to get wired to new steel poles beginning Oct. 1

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town announced during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8 that Delmarva Power plans to replace several transmission poles in the area, requiring a four-to-six hour interruption of power on Dec. 9. The company will replace all of the 60-65 foot wooden poles between the Worcester Substation on Old Ocean City Boulevard and Route 50 and the West Ocean City Substation on Golf Course Road with 80-90 foot steel poles. Poles in Berlin will be brown steel, and poles toward Route 611 will be galvanized steel. Delmarva Power estimates the project to run from Oct. 1 through May 2015. The power interruption will affect more than 2,400 Berlin customers and more than 11,000 Delmarva Power Customers. “The entire town will be down for that time period,” said Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence. Lawrence said the town discussed the possibility of adverse weather conditions with Delmarva Power. “We talked about the temperature outside – durin...
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Three candidates to run for available town council slots

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Three candidates filed for the three available slots on town council before the Tuesday, Sept. 9 deadline. Incumbent Troy Purnell filed to keep his District 1 seat and incumbent Dean Burrell filed to keep the seat in District 4. Newcomer Thom Gulyas, owner of Ace Printing, filed for the At-Large seat made available by retiring councilmember Paula Lynch. Berlin’s Board of Supervisors of Elections certified each candidate for inclusion on the ballot during a meeting on Tuesday. Minimum requirements were residency in Berlin for at least a year and completed voter registration. None of the candidates will face opposition on the ballot. Linda Bowen, Lou Creter, Anthony Bowen, John Briddell and Milton Schul were in attendance at the meeting, along with Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen. The two incumbents filed financial disclosures earlier in the year. Gulyas filed his disclosures when he filed for office. Write-in candidates, who will not appear on the ball...
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OPA leaders work to standardize all future meetings

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– New OPA leadership did not waste any time in reorganizing the Board of Directors, effectively streamlining procedure and standardizing future meeting dates through 2015 during an assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Newly elected Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors President Dave Stevens called the meeting and proposed six new procedures in an attempt to give Board members more information ahead of time, make the meetings more transparent for media and OPA members, and reduce the duration of meetings. The new president asked that Board members receive all items of discussion at least three days ahead of time, with presentations and reports submitted and approved in advance. Stevens also asked for briefer General Manager Reports, posting of financial reports online on the same day the Board receives them, imposing a five-minute limit on public comments and reading action items at the conclusion of each meeting. Board Director Sharyn O’Hare objected to the...
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Berlin mayor, council urge Planning Comm. action

Posted On: 9/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A discussion on the efforts of the Planning Commission morphed into a virtual referendum of the town’s future during a Mayor and Council meeting on Monday, Sept. 8. Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart’s departmental report on a proposed new Dollar General Store across from Atlantic General Hospital, moving to a bigger facility from the current location near Food Lion, triggered an examination of the commission. The Board of Appeals approved Dollar General’s request to exempt the required 49 parking spaces for a building of its size, but Engelhart said the project had plenty of work left to do with the State Highway Administration as well as the Planning Commission. Officials admitted fitting the 9,100 square foot building and 40-plus parking spots into the space would be a squeeze, not to mention the traffic problems it might pose on MD Route 346. “I don’t know how they will get it all on there, but it will be creative I’m su...
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