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Worcester County offices to close Monday, May 30

Posted On: 5/26/16
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(May 26, 2016) Worcester County Government (WCG) offices, including all five Branch Libraries, Recreation and Parks, and the Department of Liquor Control (DLC) administrative office, will be closed Monday, May 30, for the Memorial Day holiday. The Central Landfill and Homeowner Convenience Centers will also be closed. Shore Spirits Retail Liquor Stores and the DLC warehouse will be open during standard hours of operation. WCG offices will resume standard operating hours on Tuesday, May 31. WCG staff wish one and all a happy and safe holiday weekend
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The Freeman Stage welcomes Acrobats of ‘Cirque-tacular’

Posted On: 5/26/16
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(May 26, 2016) The Freeman Stage at Bayside will kick off its ninth season with a performance by The Best of Acrobats of Cirque-tacular at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 28. Featuring an ever-changing cast of elite aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, specialty acts, world-record holders and indescribable feats, this family friendly event will delight guest of all ages. While admission is free for the show, patrons should bring their own chairs. The Acrobats of Cirque-tacular bound from one breathtaking, death-defying feat of acrobatic dare-devilry to another. Muscle-popping, mind-boggling artistry and athleticism will charm and awe the audience. Critics hail the performers as mesmerizing, incredible, and truly impressive — cutting edge leaders of the new American vaudeville movement. “We are proud to continue to be a vessel for the arts and present memorable experiences for the community at The Freeman Stage at Bayside,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of t...
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Assateague Park’s Ratcliffe House looking for volunteers

Posted On: 5/26/16
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(May 26, 2016) Rackliffe House is recruiting volunteers to serve as docents to lead guided tours through the house and grounds. Docent training will be conducted at Rackliffe House on Thursday, June 2, from 9 a.m. until noon. The training session will help docents interpret life on the 18th-century coastal plantation through artifacts on display in the kitchen, spinning room, and children’s room in the main house, as well as in the original milk house. Docents will also be trained to interpret the exhibition, “Native Americans: First Contact on Lower Delmarva,” on loan from Salisbury University’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Docents have created a variety of interpretive activities for children for use inside the house as well as outdoor 18th-century games. Docents open Rackliffe House for tours every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. from late May through September. Docents also represent Rackliffe House at public even...
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O’Hare Team celebrates outstanding performance

Posted On: 5/26/16
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(May 26, 2016) Berkshire Hathaway PenFed Realty Mid-Atlantic Region announces the O’Hare Team was awarded the elite status of the Chairman’s Gold Circle based on sales performance for the 2015 calendar year.   The Ocean Pines Team, consisting of Dan O’Hare, Carole Spurrier and team leader, Sharyn O’Hare, was 15th overall in the entire Mid- Atlantic Region, which encompasses approximately 1,200 agents in Maryland, Virginia and DC. Sharyn O’Hare is thrilled with the development of her team, which was officially in effect for only half of the year.   “We have high expectations this year,” O’Hare said. “We have recently expanded our team to provide better service to our buyers and sellers, and are working to increase our presence in the Internet through social media and our website, www.OceanPinesHomes.com. “Active in the local real estate market since 1979, I know the market,” she continued. “Working to...
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Hunter Hudson Memorial Scholarship

Posted On: 5/19/16
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(May 19, 2016) A scholarship in memory of Hunter Hudson of Ocean City has been established with plans to benefit graduates of Stephen Decatur High School. The 19-year-old, who loved the outdoors and hunting, passed away suddenly on March 24. Hudson’s family has established the memorial fund through the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. The family hopes that this legacy will keep his memory alive in the minds of those that knew and loved him, while assisting future generations. Hudson graduated from Stephen Decatur in 2015 and attended Worcester Technical School to study masonry. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must be a graduate of Stephen Decatur High School with a minimum 2.5 GPA, been accepted into a two- or four-year accredited college or university, and be able to demonstrate financial need. To make a contribution in memory of Hudson, visit www.CFES.org or contact BJ Summers at 410-742-9911. Contributions can be made payable to: The Community Foun...
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Assateague impact on area $96M, per new Parks report

Posted On: 5/19/16
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(May 19, 2016) A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 2,275,606 visitors to Assateague Island National Seashore in 2015 spent $96,705,600 in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,320 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $109,970,500. “Assateague Island National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world,” said Superintendent Debbie Darden. “We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it’s a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities.” The pee...
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Mayor, town staff open up gates to Berlin Falls park

Posted On: 5/19/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 19, 2016) Berlin offered a brief glimpse into its plans for the former Tyson’s Chicken plant on Old Ocean City Boulevard on Monday, as the mayor, several councilmembers and town staff gathered for a sort of informal ribbon cutting. “We are so fortunate to get to this point,” Mayor Gee Williams said, calling the gathering a “preview of the potential and possibilities of the 62-acre tract.” “Now, under town ownership, we are informally calling it ‘Berlin Falls Park.’ If somebody wants to give us several million dollars, we will reconsider changing the name,” Williams said, drawing a laugh from the audience. Since the town bought the property in February, the public works department has taken the lead in the effort to transform the former industrial site into a public park, Williams said. “Calling the work a cleanup is a really an understatement,” he said. “In addition to many years of accumulated debris, ...
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OPA and BEACON terminate contract

Posted On: 5/19/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 19, 2016) The OPA and Salisbury University group BEACON have terminated a contract between the two for services that involved  the development of a new comprehensive plan. In 2015, the OPA board voted 5-1 to hire the Business, Economic, and Community Outreach Network for that purpose, at a cost of $33,000. BEACON Director Dr. Memo Diriker at the time said a grant would cover half that cost. The balance was to be split into two payments of $8,250. Diriker was apparently paid $8,250 before the termination, which happened during a closed meeting two weeks ago, and was approved by a unanimous vote of the directors. The relationship between SU and BEACON seemed to sour following a meeting in March of this year, when, possibly because of scheduling confusion, Diriker did not show up. Members of the Pines Comprehensive Planning Committee who then tried to run the meeting – essentially providing an update on their work on the survey – seemed ill prepared to do so. ...
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Third strike against ‘Little Library’

Posted On: 5/19/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 19, 2016) It’s only been a month since Ellie Black’s “Little Library” was installed at the playground at Byrd Park, but in that short time, vandals have damaged the book box three times, tearing off the door twice and smashing the glass at least once. Each time, the town has repaired and reinforced it, and it will continue to do so, Mayor Charlie Dorman said. “Of course, we’re going to keep fixing it,” he said. “And we’d like everyone’s help watching over it.” Installed in April, Black’s little library stands about four feet tall, is painted bright blue and has a shingled roof with a glass-paned door and a latch. Black, a fourth-grade student at Snow Hill Middle School, built the library on the weekends with her father, Brent Black, over a period of two months. The idea came from a news report the fourth-grader saw describing the “Little Free Library” movement started in 2010. Black’s pr...
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Solar power co-op for homeowners forming in county

Posted On: 5/19/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 19, 2016) Recent conversations about solar power in the area have focused on mass scale, enterprise-level operations using acres and acres of land and both producing and selling gigawatt after gigawatt. After a few meetings next month, a countywide effort may develop between homeowners throughout Worcester, each producing a piece of a larger puzzle that could significantly affect the way the county keeps the lights on. The idea, as explained by Corey Ramsden, the Maryland program manager for the non-profit Community Power Network, is for residents to use their collective purchasing power to leverage a discount on installation fees for solar cells on their property. “We’re agnostic on the reasons for adopting solar power — if they’re for environmental or independent causes,” he said. The rewards, Ramsden said, are tangible. Apart from an initial outlay for installation and equipment, a solar power system has many advantages. “Whether or no...
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