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Pocomoke’s free concert series to return this Thurs.

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 17, 2017) Pocomoke’s Concert in the Park continues today with classic and modern rockers Front Page News taking a second shot at the event. Lead guitarist Gary Collier said the band was booked to play in Cypress Park last year, but Mother Nature threw up a roadblock. “We were actually scheduled, and it rained and it poured,” he said. “As much as we hated to do it we had to cancel.” Karah Burton Lacey, Pocomoke economic development coordinator, said the town is hopeful Front Page News will make headlines this time around. “We’re hopeful the weather will cooperate this year,” she said. “We’ve already gotten such a positive response from the community about booking Front Page News.” The four-piece rock unit consists of Collier on lead guitar, Mark Ridgway on bass, Aaron Taylor on vocals and Leroy Brewington on drums. Collier said the band was formed in the summer of 2009 with Brewington taking over rhythm duti...
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Crafts & Treasures returns to SH, Saturday

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 17, 2017) Sidewalk vendors are being sought for the second installment of the Crafts & Treasures event this Saturday in Snow Hill. Last month the town launched the event, scheduled every third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is offering outdoor retail space at no cost along Washington Street. Snow Hill Economic Development consultant Michael Day said while the kickoff event last month only attracted a handful of vendors, there are indicators that would increase in the future. “We’ve had quite a bit of calls,” he said. “So we’re picking up some steam.” Despite the minimal turnout last month, Day said numerous merchants reported a net benefit. “They were out on Washington Street … which makes people stop to see what’s going on and maybe come in and spend some money at some of the other shops,” he said. Day said the effort to market Crafts & Treasures, as well as Arts on the River First Friday, includes ...
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Rocks roll into Berlin and Ocean Pines, with messages

Posted On: 8/17/17
Written By: Morgan Pilz, Intern

(Aug. 17, 2017) Children in Berlin and Ocean Pines are painting inspirational messages, colorful pictures and designs on rocks and hiding them around their towns for others to discover. Those who find rocks are encouraged to post a picture of them on the Berlin Rocks and OP Rockss Facebook pages. They can then hide the rocks somewhere else or keep them. The first rock painting group can be traced back to Renton, Washington, in 2011. There are now more than 500 rock-painting groups across the nation. Berlin youth joined the movement in April. “I came up with the idea after a spring trip to Florida and finding [painted] rocks there,” Berlin Rocks Creator Stacy Ernst said. “Their group is called Palm Harbor Rocks.” The Berlin group has painted more than 80 rocks, which could still be out there waiting to be found. At the same time, children in Ocean Pines started to take part in the game about three weeks ago. “Stephanie Koval and her daughter, ...
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OPA annual meeting, election results, Sat.

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) Four candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors – not to mention 8,452 homeowners – will learn the results of the 2017 election at the annual meeting this Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Assateague Room of the community center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Eight candidates originally filed and seven applications were approved, but three people dropped out before ballots were finalized. Two women and two men remain: Dr. Colette Horn, Nicole Schafer Crosariol, Doug Parks and Marty Clarke. The two candidates who receive the largest number of votes will be elected to three-year terms on the seven-member board. The annual meeting traditionally includes year-end reports from the association auditor, legal department, general manager and board president before the announcement of election results. One hundred homeowners are required to attend in person or by proxy to reach a quorum. That shouldn’t be a problem, as the public has turned out en mass...
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Vote to remove Trendic delayed indefinitely

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

 (Aug. 10, 2017) The periodically postponed motion to remove Ocean Pines Association Director Slobodan Trendic will not be voted on before the Aug. 12 election, several board members said this week. Interim General Manager and Director Brett Hill intended to introduce a motion to remove Trendic during a special meeting on July 20. That was rescheduled until July 21 and then again until a regular meeting on July 28, when it was delayed for a third time. In each case, at least one board member could not attend the meeting. Hill has accused Trendic of violating attorney-client privilege and breaching his fiduciary responsibilities as an officer of the corporation by disclosing confidential information to the press, to the public and employees. Votes from at least five of the seven directors are needed to remove a board member. Director Doug Parks, who was expected to vote to remove Trendic, sent notice last week he would not do so immediately before the election. Parks is the o...
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Morrison enjoying MMA influence

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 10, 2017) Pocomoke Mayor Bruce Morrison might gain additional influence with Annapolis legislators following his recent election as president of the Maryland Mayor’s Association. “The governor knows me by my first name,” he said. “When I go up there a lot of people know me now. If I make a phone call, somebody answers the phone.” The Maryland Mayors Association is a constituency group organized by the Maryland Municipal League. Paula Chase Hyman, director of member relations, said the league, which was formed in 1936, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association. “We work to support municipal government,” she said. “We do that through advocacy and also through education.” Over the last three years, Morrison has gradually worked his way up the chain of command. “I was second vice president, then first vice president,” he said. “Then this year, I was elected president of the whole state of Maryland Mayor’...
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Blessing of the Combines draws biggest crowd yet

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 10, 2017) Pleasant weather and a record crowd highlighted the 19th annual Blessing of the Combines, last Saturday. Former Snow Hill Councilman Michael Pruitt was impressed by the strong turnout. “They’re supporting the farmers and that’s what this is all about, but they’re also supporting the town of Snow Hill,” he said. “We look forward to this event every year and the Payne family has done an extraordinary job.” Organizer Becky Payne said although precise attendance figures are difficult to calculate, the crowd likely eclipsed last year’s estimated 3,200 attendees. “I have no idea what kind of numbers we had,” she said. “All I know is there was more people and it was the largest one that we’ve ever had.” Payne noted the conventional wisdom about heat issues during the parade didn’t apply this year. “Usually I tell everybody it’s going to be the hottest day of the year,”...
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Crowds also bigger during annual Great Pocomoke Fair

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

 (Aug. 10, 2017) Highlighted by a trio of sunny days, last week’s Great Pocomoke Fair offered something a little different each day. Fair President John Smith said the diverse offerings kept the fairgrounds hopping with activity from Thursday through Saturday. “We had good attendance for three days,” he said. “The crowd was actually up some from last year.” After warming up on Thursday evening with poultry and rabbit judging, in addition to the Little Miss and Jr. Miss fair pageants, Smith said things began to simmer on Friday. In addition to livestock judging, including hogs, dairy cows and beef cattle, Friday highlights included the second annual Hobby Horse race, followed by drag races, which included a new wrinkle this year, Smith said. “The ATV races had real good attendance being that was new this year,” he said. “That was probably one of the bigger Friday nights we’ve had in a while.” With roughly 100 ATVs...
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Bay Club campground conversion canned

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) Far from the done deal it was once suspected to be, the Carl M. Freeman companies, owners of the Bay Club on Libertytown Road in Berlin, confirmed it has abandoned plans to turn a portion of the property into a high-end campground. “In our last communication, we shared that we were in the earliest stages of exploring a campground use for a portion of the property. After researching the opportunity further, we have decided not to pursue it at this time,” an undated email sent to Bay Club members and signed by Freeman Senior VP and CFO Dave Levitsky reads. The Freeman companies own 700-plus acres in Berlin, 460 of which constitute the Bay Club, according to Levitsky. The company had previously sought a special exception to the parcel’s A-2 Agricultural zoning, which would allow the operation of the campground. The formal hearing before the Worcester County Board of Zoning Appeals, which would make the determination if the special exception were warran...
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Wor. County saves $62,000 on pair of library projects

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) The county commissioners last Tuesday approved a contract to remove the chimneys from the Ocean Pines Library and a price decrease for the construction of a replacement branch in Berlin, for a combined savings of about $62,000. Back in May, Public Works Director John Tustin brought several issues concerning the Ocean Pines library before the board. At the time, Tustin recalled asking an associate for an opinion on the design of the library, to which the reply was there were four noticeable problems: the chimneys. Over the objections of two commissioners, Ted Elder and Jim Bunting, the board approved developing design documents to fully explore the chimneys’ contributions to water leaks, which may have caused other issues like roof shingle damage and HVAC issues, since two of the chimneys act as outdoor air intakes for the system. The cost at the time was expected to be about $71,000 to fully investigate and produce design documents to rectify any issues. Th...
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