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OPA residents encouraged to ‘Light Up’ Pines

Posted On: 12/8/16
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(Dec. 8, 2016) Ocean Pines residents once again have the chance to show off their holiday decorating skills with the community’s annual “Light up the Pines” outdoor display contest. This year, Ocean Pines community members will get to vote for their favorites via an online ballot. A map showing the locations of the entries will also be available at OceanPines.org. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place overall winners. The deadline for applicants is Friday, Dec. 9. Participants will be notified when voting is to take place. Those new to the contest as well as previous contestants are encouraged to enter. Residents interested in entering may do so by submitting a name, address and phone number by email to info@oceanpines.org, fax to 410-641-5581, phone to 410-641-7717 ext. 3014 or to the Ocean Pines Association in person or mail at 239 Ocean Pkwy., Ocean Pines, Maryland 21811. For more information, contact the Ocean Pines Department of Marketing...
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Construction to close Flower Street

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) Flower Street in Berlin will be closed for several weeks during construction of a new stormwater culvert there starting Monday. According to a Nov. 23 press release from Tow Hall, the work will address flooding and improve water quality in “receiving waters that discharge into the coastal bays.” In the release, Town Administrator Laura Allen said the project would cost an estimated $285,000 and would be “substantially complete by the end of December.” Elaborating on the project during a council meeting on Monday night, Allen said at least one lane of Flower Street should be open by Christmas. “We’re anticipating a road closure from the 5th of December for about two-to-three weeks, depending on the weather,” she said. “There may be a single-lane closure for some period after that.” Allen said the town is working on a detour plan and that updates on the road closure would be posted on the town’s website and...
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Annual Christmas parade will deck downtown Berlin

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) Having declared months ago their intent to deck the streets with vows of jolly, organizers of the annual Berlin Christmas parade say they have more than 80 floats lined up for today’s (Thursday) event.  The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and is the product of planning that began in July. That is when Administrative Assistant Sharon Timmons started gathering applications, scheduling street closures and coming up with this year’s theme, “Christmas Dreams.” “When I was thinking about the parade and what is most important, it’s to see the faces of the little children. You know that they have dreams about what they want for Christmas and they might be thinking about that as Santa is riding by,” she said. “It’s all about the children, so it’s really their Christmas dreams.” Her favorite Christmas movie is “Miracle on 34th Street.” “Miracles all seem to happen at Christmas, and it’s...
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Mayor hosts old-fashioned Christmas

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) When Pocomoke City elected Bruce Morrison to the office of mayor for the first time six years ago, he wanted to create an event to thank citizens for their support, thus the first Mayor’s Old Fashioned Christmas Evening was born. Celebrated this Friday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the mini-park and the adjoining municipal parking lot on Clarke Street, across the street from City Hall, the event will offer several different holiday-oriented activities, and most of them are free of charge. “I really wanted to give back to the citizens, and most everything there is free. It’s family fun, and it doesn’t cost you anything,” Morrison said. “Bring the family and come meet Santa, visit the bonfire for s’mores and listen to the music.” Morrison said the event’s popularity is evidenced by the turnout — between 700-800 people last year. The Mayor’s Old-Fashioned Christmas will offer numerous old-fashioned activities,...
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Olde Town Candy Co. to make debut during First Friday

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

 (Dec. 1, 2016) While mad dashes to the finish line are usually reserved for holiday dinners or shopping sprees, Mark Schramek added another to the season by hurrying to prepare the Olde Town Candy Company for its debut at this week’s First Friday celebration. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the shop on Green Street downtown, next door to the Corner Shoppe. “We’re shooting to have everything ready for Friday. We’re making a good stab at it. Everything’s been delivered and we’re having the inspectors through Wednesday and Thursday,” Schramek, the shop’s owner said. “I was interested in opening in Snow Hill because of the state grants to renovate historic buildings.” Schramek, who spends his weekends in town and has owned property in Snow Hill for 11 years, said he was looking for a project he could take on with his 13-year-old daughter, Morgan. “I wanted her to learn about business and sheR...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a meeting at town hall on Monday, Nov. 28: Gulyas out Following a unanimous vote to approve the executive session minutes for Monday, Nov. 14, Mayor Gee Williams noted the vote was 4-0 and that Councilman Thom Gulyas was absent. Williams said Gulyas was not “not feeling well.” Ocean East also out Item number four on the agenda, a public works agreement with the new Oceans East apartment complex on Seahawk Road, was postponed and moved to the Dec. 12 mayor and council meeting. No reason was given. Money motions Two items that involved spending received unanimous approval from the council with minimal discussion. A motion to approve a $90,200 proposal by Green Flesh Technologies to install a prefabricated outdoor restroom building at Dr. William Henry Park passed easily. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said the town had received a $95,000 grant and had hoped to add bath...
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Eight have items stolen from unlocked cars in Snow Hill

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) A rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles has Snow Hill police asking the public to help identify what might be a group of larcenous teenagers. According to Snow Hill Police Chief Tom Davis, eight confirmed and at least two probable victims have reported items stolen from unlocked vehicles on Sunday night in the area of Gunby, West Federal and Ross Streets as well as South Drive. “Someone, or a small group, stole items in plain view from unlocked cars and left,” Davis said. Items included wallets and an envelope containing an undisclosed amount of cash. “We’ve narrowed it to the time period around 6 p.m. on Sunday,” Davis said. “We believe there are at least two, and probably more, juveniles involved. We believe they are between the ages of 14—17, but could be as old as 18—19.” Some members of the group could have acted as lookouts for the others while the items were removed, he said. Davis said two of the suspe...
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In Berlin, movement forms to rename park for Tingle

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) Although the Town of Berlin is officially calling the former Tyson’s Chicken plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard “Berlin Falls,” a new movement has begun to rename the space after James “The Mailman” Tingle. Bill Todd, lead guitarist for Lower Class Citizens, jack-of-all-trades at Burley Oak Brewing Company and an on-air personality known as “The Dude” at Ocean 98 radio, is helping to lead the campaign. “My girlfriend Chrissy [Ehrhart] and I were having a conversation about how we haven’t seen James working the mail route,” he said. “We knew he was retiring, but we didn’t know when exactly. When we found out he was officially retired, we wondered why there wasn’t some sort big ceremony or something for him. “Everybody loves James,” Todd added. “We thought it would be a perfect way to rename the fantastic new park, Berlin Falls, which has no natural falls to speak of, to Jame...
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Cops to monitor homes for holidays

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Katie Tabeling, Staff Writer

(Dec. 1, 2016) While Ocean City and Ocean Pines residents are packing their bags to spend the holiday season with friends and family, local law enforcement will be keeping an eye on their homes. Both Ocean City and Ocean Pines police departments offer a residential security check program, which protects unoccupied homes or secondary residences through random checks by officers. Both programs run year-round, whether it’s for a long weekend trip or a vacation. “During the winter months, there have always been a large number of vacant residences here in town, so this service was created to protect those vacant homes from being burglarized,” Ocean City Police Department Public Affairs Specialist Lindsay Richard said. “If a home is on our watch list is burglarized, we will notice it much sooner – and have a much better chance of solving the case.” She added that most of the program’s participants sign up long-term only during the colder months. O...
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Snow Hill finishes Christmas parade season this Monday

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) It might not have the grandeur of the Ocean City event, or the “cool” factor associated with all things Berlin, or the scope of what is offered in Pocomoke City, but the Snow Hill annual Christmas parade has everything the small town needs, and it offers easy access and an event duration that won’t leave people checking their watches. Lasting about an hour and scheduled to start around 7 p.m. on Monday night, the Snow Hill Christmas parade will feature between 40-50 entries from local schools, fire departments, nonprofits and elected officials. “What’s neat about the event is the size and length. This isn’t a 3-4 hour commitment — the size is just about perfect,” Barry Laws, organizer, said. The parade is put on through the efforts of the Snow Hill Lion’s Club and local business donations, Laws explained. “The route goes down Church Street, starting near the high school, then turns right onto Market Stree...
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