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Free racquet sports clinics coming to Pines

Posted On: 9/29/16
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(Sept. 29, 2016) A free Pickleball Paddle Demonstration & Clinic will be held for all interested players on Friday, Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the gym at the Ocean Pines Community Center.   It will be led by Vaughn Baker, who had a long career as a tennis instructor and racquet specialist, and is now a retired pickleball enthusiast and paddle specialist. He will be explaining how paddles are made and the different materials used, and will have a variety of paddles on hand for people to experiment with.   This Paddle Demonstration & Clinic will be helpful to both experienced and beginner pickleball players. In addition, every Friday (through Dec. 16) in the gym at the Community Center, there is a free Introductory Pickleball Clinic for new players, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Registration for the clinic is required, by calling the front desk of the Community Center by the day before, at 410-641-7052.   Space is limited. While at the Clinic, participants can also regis...
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Berlin Parks Commission Briefs

Posted On: 9/29/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 29, 2016) The Berlin Parks Commission discussed the following items during a meeting at town hall on Sept. 13: Fall Just Walk The commission had preliminary discussions of the next Just Walk event, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 and starting at 9 a.m. Likely to be included are health screenings by staff at Atlantic General Hospital and “small raffles,” according to commission liaison Mary Bohlen, the administrative services director with the town. Bohlen said the fall Just Walk would follow the same route as its spring counterpart, starting at Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. Berlin Youth Club Programs of the Berlin Youth Club have wrapped for the year, according to coordinator Amanda Chaffee. Participation was high throughout all of the events, generally drawing about two-dozen children, she said. Recent trips included two that were sponsored by the Berlin Police Department: Jolly Roger Amusement Park in Ocean City and Stratosphere Trampol...
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Santa House operations to be suspended for 2016

Posted On: 9/29/16
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(Sept. 29, 2016) Santa House, a nonprofit organization which started in the 1990’s as part of a Worcester County Sheriff’s Office community outreach program, has suspended operations for 2016 due to facility deficiency. The Santa House has helped over 20,244 children from 8,275 families and given packages to 779 elderly citizens in Worcester County since its inception. The Santa House has been searching for a 5,000-square-foot location to operate out of since the end of the 2013 Christmas season. This area is used to sort the food, toys and clothing to be distributed to the families. The items are bagged for the individual families and moved to the distribution centers.   The various distribution locations are the Ocean City Police Department, Showell Fire Department, Snow Hill Lions Club and Pocomoke Fair Grounds. “Without a building it is impossible to operate the Santa House Program. Therefore, we are taking this time to evaluate the program and asses...
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Partnership to offer sixth annual Health Fair in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 9/29/16
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(Sept. 29, 2016) Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center are collaborating with the Ocean Pines Association and its Communications Advisory Committee to offer a free health fair for the community on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Ocean Pines Community Center at 235 Ocean Parkway in Ocean Pines. Atlantic General Hospital will be providing various health-related screenings including cholesterol testing for total and HDL (a 12-hour fast is required), hearing, carotid, respiratory and bone density screenings. Other information specialists will be there from the Sleep Lab, Endoscopy Center, Cancer/Infusion Center, Nutrition and Women’s Diagnostic services. Peninsula Regional Medical Center will offer a full complement of screenings. Skin cancer screenings will be performed on PRMC’s Wagner Wellness Van outside of the community center. Inside, PRMC will offer blood pressure checks, stroke risk assessment, pulse oximetry, bone density, ...
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Berlin Fiddlers Convention brings three days of music

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) The 24th annual Berlin Fiddlers Convention returns this weekend with free live music by four local and regional bands, as well as competitions in multiple levels and categories. Berlin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Larnet St. Amant said Fiddlers would stick with its “tried and true” formula and will keep to much the same schedule of events as during previous years. “It’s always been a really great event for us,” she said. “Friday night ends up being a nice, family vibe, and then Saturday we switch the stage [to] near the Atlantic Hotel end of town for the competition.” Last year’s band competition winners, local father-son duo Blind Wind, will co-headline the live entertainment lineup downtown starting at 7 p.m. on Friday at the north end of Main Street. Also performing Friday night is Grammy nominee Audie Blacklock, who will deliver a solo set and join Baltimore-based roots group Charm City Junction. Bli...
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OPA Country club: repair or replace?

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Plenty of ground was covered during what Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors President Tom Herrick described on Monday as the “resurrection of the working sessions” it had discarded several years ago. More informal than regular meetings, the sessions were designed to develop ideas and invite public opinion. During the five-hour meeting in the community center – during which no votes were permitted – the directors discussed 11 topics, including what to do with the much-maligned country club. That subject took up the largest share of time, although no consensus on a solution was reached. What the directors did agree on, however, was that maintenance of the building had long been ignored and many of the problems there – including pervasive mold, a deteriorated HVAC system and a leaky roof – would likely lead to expensive fixes. Interim General Manager Brett Hill summed up the results of a recent engineering report that sug...
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Pocomoke hardest hit by downpour

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) By late Monday afternoon, floodwaters had crossed Route 113’s southbound lanes north of Pocomoke City in at least two places, Route 756 was about to be shut down, and both Market Street and Clarke Avenue were closed in places because of rising water from a coastal storm. By Tuesday morning, City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot said things had become calmer, the flash flooding had started to subside and cleanup efforts were underway. “The combination of the volume of rain, the short time factor and the fact that stormwater mitigation swales and other measures can only hold so much water led to the flooding,” Crofoot said. The wastewater treatment plant was “the least of his concerns” on Monday, he said, though the town did need to switch holding lagoons to accommodate all the runoff. Crofoot said several manhole covers in town were dislodged and overflowed during the squall. Reports of a lightning strike at Pocomoke’s Hartle...
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SH public hearing on comprehensive rezoning, Tuesday

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Snow Hill is poised to adopt a new comprehensive zoning ordinance, determining how land within town limits can and will be used for the next several years, barring citizen requests and modifications. The hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the train station. “For the most part, all areas of the town remain in their previous zoning classification and most property owners will be permitted to use their property as provided in the existing zoning code,” Town Manager Kelly Pruitt said in a prepared statement. “Exceptions include properties in the Riverfront Development District, which have either been incorporated into the B-1 Downtown Shopping District or the R-2 Medium-Density Residential District.” This change on the riverfront, Pruitt said, will permit the Town Council to consider a broader range of both infill and redevelopment options. The major changes, Pruitt said, are the elimination of the Riverfront Development ...
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Berlin, nine others, up for ‘American Main St.’ award

Posted On: 9/22/16
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(Sept. 22, 2016) Berlin Main Street has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2017 “Great American Main Street” award. The Great American Main Street award is the highest recognition given out by the National Main Street Center. “Each year, Main Street America celebrated exceptional Main Street organizations for their work in creating more economically, socially and culturally vibrant commercial districts,” Patrice Frey, the center’s president and CEO, said. “This year’s winners are truly at the forefront of commercial district revitalization. They are a testament to the power of the main street approach, and the great potential of downtown districts in cities and towns across the country.” Together, this year’s semifinalists have generated almost $1 billion in public and private reinvestment while creating 5,679 new jobs, opening 1,085 new businesses, rehabbing 1,359 buildings and clocking more than 133,000 volunteer hours. ...
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Final Fourth Friday in 2016 tomorrow in Pocomoke City

Posted On: 9/22/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Sept. 22, 2016) Health and safety are the theme for this year’s final fourth Friday to be held tomorrow in downtown Pocomoke City from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Local health vendors and first responders will be present to hand out information, perform screenings and allow children to explore local first responder vehicles,” Karah Lacey, economic development coordinator for the town, said. “A one-mile fun walk around Downtown Pocomoke will take place at 6 p.m.” Preregistration for the walk is encouraged, and can be completed by calling (410) 632-0056. “We partnering with the town of Pocomoke to hold this fun walk to promote the benefits of physical activity such as walking and encourage all visitors of the event to find fun ways to incorporate activity into their daily lives,” Kat Gunby, director of prevention services at the health department, said. “This is part of ongoing efforts of the health department to partner with communities to incr...
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