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Hospice offering info on shore ill

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015) Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care is soliciting opportunities to speak to the Lower Shore community about how the organization can help the terminally ill and their families. The presentations are appropriate for any group of any size including civic, service and church groups, companies, school groups, healthcare professionals, counseling professionals and social service agencies. Speakers include Coastal Hospice nurses, social workers and administrative staff, all experts in their fields. Topics can include advance directives, coping with loss, and how Coastal Hospice helps. Coastal Hospice provides speakers in an effort to dispel myths about hospice and improve end-of-life care in the region. Studies confirm that hospice patients live longer and have a better quality of life than those with serious illness who do not receive hospice care. Many families tell Coastal Hospice staff that they wish they’d called sooner.  While Medicare and insurance pay ...
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Unger first to enter fray in ‘15 OPA board race

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 9, 2015) Two weeks after the community leaders met in a public forum to recruit potential board of director candidates, Ray Unger became the first Ocean Pines resident to step forward. Unger previously served two terms on the board and went on to record a loss in the District Four primary for Worcester County Commissioner last year. “I’ve been in the fray before,” Unger said. “I ran three times and served twice, and the primary reason I’m running again is because I enjoyed it. I absolutely love it. We love Ocean Pines and I like being involved in things that are going on.” Unger said he was on the board responsible for “making some nice improvements,” including building the community center. “It’s been a fun ride,” he said. “I got a little bored because I haven’t been doing anything in a while. The only thing I’ve been doing is serving as president of the Ocean City Aviation Association, so ...
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Eppard’s artwork toast of Berlin’s Baked Dessert Cafe

Posted On: 4/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Eppard’s artwork toast of Berlin’s Baked Dessert Cafe (April 9, 2015) For Prince George’s County native Shirley Eppard, art has been a lifelong love affair. Eppard is the featured artist at Baked Dessert Café in Berlin during the town’s monthly 2nd Friday Art Stroll on April 10. Public schools did not offer art classes when Eppard, 80, was growing up. Still, she said, “even in grade school, if they needed artwork done, they’d usually ask me if I wanted to do it, whatever it was.” “I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember and I just love it,” she said. “The way I feel, I think everybody should have a hobby of some kind and art isn’t just in painting. You’ve got art in cooking, you’ve got art in sewing, and there’s just an art in getting along with people.” Eppard attended the National Institute of Interior Design in Washington, D.C. and ran a design business, Butterfly Interior, for 30 years in Prince George’s County. “I’...
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Berlin family takes ‘journey into unknown’

Posted On: 4/9/15
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Berlin family takes ‘journey into unknown’ (April 9, 2015) Berlin native Trisha Brown Gudeman is about to embark on a journey into the unknown. Gudeman and her family – her husband, Andy, and their two young children – are set to take on a full-time role with Missionary Maintenance Services Aviation this summer. MMS provides aircraft maintenance apprenticeship for people involved in mission work, as well as free repair, overhaul and modification for Christian missionary organizations. “We have always been involved in ministry of some sort, whether at our church or for our vocation,” Gudeman said. “Together we have 10 years of campus ministry experience and we knew our calling was to serve in full-time missions.” Gudeman said she was specifically drawn to MMS after learning about the needs in missionary aviation, which also serves organizations worldwide in transporting missionaries, goods, medical supplies and providing medical transport. “We knew that was where God was calling ...
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Letters to the Editor

Posted On: 4/9/15
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  Response to Clarke statements   Editor, I’m writing to set the record straight with regard to OPA Board Member Marty Clarke’s statements, which appeared in the Golf article by Josh Davis in the March 12, 2015 edition of the Bayside Gazette. My delay in responding is due to my only recently seeing the article, as I have been away. Apparently, during my absence, there has been quite a bit of discussion and controversy regarding the Board’s decision to replace Billy Casper Golf with Landscapes Unlimited. Comparisons have been made between the current selection process and that conducted in 2010, which I led. I do not know what was done, or not done, in the current process, and will not comment on it. My reason for responding is to address comments made by Mr. Clarke that the current process of vetting Landscapes Unlimited was not less than was done in 2010. He trivializes the extensive work, which I and three other OPA members performed in evaluating...
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Ocean Pines to host spring flea market this Saturday

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015)  Ocean Pines’ annual Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market will take place on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Gently used clothing, children’s items, household items, collectibles and other items will be for sale. Ocean Pines Farmers Market will be open, featuring fresh produce, baked goods, meats and gourmet pantry and artisan-crafted items. The market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in White Horse Park, located next to the community center. Flea market vendor spaces are still available for those looking to do some spring cleaning instead of shopping. Indoor spaces are $15 for Ocean Pines residents and $20 for non-residents and include an 8-foot table and a chair.   Outdoor spaces, which will be located in the parking lot in front of the Ocean Pines administration building, are $10 for all vendors. Outdoor vendors will need to provide their own tables and chairs.   Admission is free and open ...
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Paint Snow Hill returns for 12th year, April 16-19

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015) For the 12th year, Snow Hill will be hosting plein air artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic, April 16-19. Again this year, 70 artists will be participating in the “paint out.” Ann Coates, organizer of the event, is pleased to have 20 registered artists who are featured in the recently published100 Plein Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. Gary Pendleton, one of the participating artists, wrote and published the book to highlight the talented artists who live in the region. “This level of participation shows the talent that is drawn to the beauty of the Lower Eastern Shore and Paint Snow Hill, the first plein air event on the Eastern Shore,” Coates said. “The event is always held the third weekend in April which offers the artists a relaxed ‘paint out’ to kick off spring plein air painting.” Artists will paint in and around Snow Hill April 16-18. On Saturday, April 18 there will be a “Wet Paint” show and sa...
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Bunting, Bertino, to host town hall meeting, April 21

Posted On: 4/9/15
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(April 9, 2015) Worcester County Commissioners Jim Bunting and Chip Bertino invite area residents to join them for a town hall meeting Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Branch Library. Chief Administrative Officer Harold Higgins will give a presentation on the current draft of the 2015-16 county budget. As it now stands, the money requested – $189.8 million – exceeds estimated revenues by $22 million. This difference must be reconciled by reducing expenditures, generating additional revenues or a combination of the two. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Although these town meeting-style gatherings were initiated years ago by former Commissioner Judy Boggs, this is the first such session to be presented by two commissioners. Bertino and Bunting said its purpose is to familiarize residents with county finances before the annual public budget hearing Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m.
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Three OP studies to shape future

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 2, 2015) Three simultaneous studies are underway, or soon will be, in Ocean Pines, with each playing a major role in the future of the community. The Ocean Pines Association board of directors last Saturday provided an update on a capital improvement plan [CIP] and reserve study, and voted on a comprehensive plan. First, Jerry Aveta and Ted Moroney presented an extensive slide show on the CIP to the dozen or so audience members in attendance. According to Aveta, the CIP committee collected data from a 2008 OPA reserve study, a 2010 10-year plan task force, a 2011 major facilities plan task force and additional engineering reports and studies conducted between 2008 and 2014. “We defined the first task as to find out what information was out there with regard to our facilities, what kind of engineering data [and] what kind of information that we could use to assess the condition of our facilities,” Aveta said. So far, the study has attempted to compile and analy...
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Administrator Volk resigns from Berlin Chamber

Posted On: 4/2/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(April 2, 2015) Berlin Chamber of Commerce Administrator Jim Volk announced his resignation this week. Volk, who took over the position on Nov. 3, is expected to stay on for the next two-to-three weeks, likely through the middle part of April. A Realtor at Hileman Real Estate in Ocean City, Volk said his decision was based on “differences in points of view” with leadership at the chamber. “I’ve come from 30-some years in a strict business world and my expertise and my passion and my focus was to drive the commerce side,” Volk said. “Obviously, this chamber has other obligations in the form of events that impede that ability.” Because the position was defined as part-time, Volk said he was limited to 20 hours a week at the chamber. With six chamber-sponsored events running from April through August, Volk said more than 80 percent of his time would have been devoted to event planning. “There’s just not enough time for me to foc...
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