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Calvin B. Taylor banking company opens new branch

Posted On: 6/23/16
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(June 23, 2016) Raymond M. Thompson, president and CEO of Calvin B. Taylor Bankshares, Inc. and Calvin B. Taylor Banking Company, has announced the opening of a new branch, location in the Ocean Landing Shopping complex, 11359 Samuel Bowen Blvd., in Berlin.   The new full-service branch will provide general banking services to residents and businesses located in the northern Worcester County area.   “We are delighted with the appearance and enhanced functionality of our new branch,” he said. “The building is tangible illustration of Taylor Bank’s continued commitment and investment in our community. It will allow us to continue our mission to efficiently deliver outstanding products and services to our customers.” Calvin B. Taylor Bank is a community bank providing deposit and loan services to consumers and businesses through 10 offices located in Worcester County and lower Sussex County.   Information on the bank is also available at ww...
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Registration open for rec. and park youth swim lessons

Posted On: 6/23/16
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(June 23, 2016) Swimming is a great summer pastime. Since safety is key in and around water, Worcester County Recreation & Parks (WCRP) is offering youth swim classes at the Shad Landing pool in the Pocomoke River State Park in Snow Hill during summer 2016. WCRP will offer three sessions of youth swim lesson, with each session lasting two weeks. Session One begins July 5, Session Two starts July 18, and Session Three begins Aug. 1. Classes are designed for children ages 3 and up. The cost is $45 per child, per session, and financial aid is available to those that demonstrate the need. The first week of Session One classes will run Tuesday through Friday, due to the Fourth of July holiday. All other classes will meet Monday through Thursday for two weeks. If a class is cancelled due to severe weather, a makeup class will take place that Friday. WCRP employees will work with all participants to place them in the proper level. Age, ability and maturity are all factors used to d...
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Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre to perform in Selbyville

Posted On: 6/23/16
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(June 23, 2016) Three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre will heat up Selbyville, Delaware, with a free concert featuring an irresistible and dance-inducing mix of jazz harmonies, contemporary sonorities and seductive Latin rhythms on Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. at The Freeman Stage at Bayside. Classically trained at Havana’s top music conservatories including La ENA (La Escuela Nacional de Arte), Tiempo Libre is made up of seven young Cuban musicians who individually fled Cuba for freedom, and upon reuniting in Miami got together during their “free time” (“tiempo libre” in Spanish) from recording with other artists to perform the Cuban music that they loved. Since their formation 14 years ago, Tiempo Libre’s members have been on a mission to serve as ambassadors to their Cuban culture. The seven childhood friends have made a name for themselves through standalone concerts across the U.S. and worldwide, as well as collaborations w...
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OPA candidate draw previews June 22 forum

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 16, 2016) A dozen candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors will face off in a candidate forum on Wednesday, June 22. They will not, however, be placed up on risers when the forum occurs, after no small amount of debate on the subject during the annual candidate draw last Thursday. The draw determines the seating – and speaking – arrangement at the forum, as well as the ordering on the ballots. Eleven of the 12 candidates were present at the draw, with only Ray Unger absent. After choosing names from a shoebox, Comprehensive Planning Committee Chairman Frank Daly came in first, followed by Slobodan Trendic, George Simon, Tom Janasek, Sharona Ezaoui, By-Laws & Resolutions Committee Chair Doug Parks, Steve Lind, Brett Hill, former director Unger, Budget and Finance Committee Chairwoman Patricia Supik, current Director Jack Collins, and Larry Perrone. Perrone will not attend the forum because of a scheduling conflict. In October, he made pl...
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Berlin vandals’ probation altered, not violated

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 16, 2016) While dubious of the defendants’ claim of inability to find anywhere within Berlin to conduct their court-mandated community service, Judge Gerald Purnell nonetheless approved an alteration to that condition as well as imposing a few others on the Berlin vandals during a hearing last Friday. Jordan Denton, 19, of Ocean City and Nick Bonser, 18, of Ocean Pines were sentenced to 150 hours each of community service in Berlin, were to write letters of apology to the town, serve two years’ worth of probation and make restitution of about $3,000 each last June. Both were called before the judge for suspected violation of the probation agreement reached as part of a plea deal. Denton was legally an adult at the time of the January 2015 incident, Bonser was almost 18 and was charged as an adult, and an unidentified minor admitted involvement with the crimes. Purnell said he’d never heard of a town that didn’t need any sort of help, but wasn’t ...
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Pocomoke ‘Summer Kickoff’ returns

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 16, 2016) Gone but not forgotten, the annual Cypress Festival will be succeeded this year by the “Summer Kickoff on the River” to be held this Thursday through Saturday at Cypress Park. “Circumstances of the old festival changed, so we couldn’t do what we’d done before,” Pocomoke Chamber of Commerce Director Michelle Hickman said. “We changed the name to let people know it’s not going to be exactly the same as they remember.” For starters, admission is set up differently. Hickman said in the past the festival sold tickets to rides, but this year will see admission tickets as well. “Visitors can either pay $2 at the gate or $8 for unlimited access to all of the kids’ rides. Children under the age of 2 are free,” she said. The kickoff is managed by the chamber, and is scheduled from 5-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2-9 p.m. Saturday. The carnival rides will not be returning this year, Hickman said, beca...
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Watersports fans to ‘Return to Goat Island’ this wknd.

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 16, 2016) Snow Hill does have few things to hang its hat on as compared to some larger municipalities: the county seat, the Pocomoke River and what it hopes will be another attraction: a tiny spit of land with a goat on it. Located just off the bank of the Pocomoke River within Byrd Park, the island doesn’t seem to have a set story of origin, though Pocomoke River and Kayak Company owner Barry Laws tells a popular version. “Between the park and Goat Island used to be all swamp,” Laws said. “It was dredged in the 1930s and the spoil placed where the island is, but they didn’t build it up enough. Someone put a couple of goats on it to maintain the property.” Shipwrecks, and a rogue goat from a petting zoo are other theories behind why Snow Hill has a tiny island with a goat or two on it, and not much else. Currently there is only one goat on the island, and there he’ll stay because, Day said, goats don’t swim. “It’s a ...
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Zackery Tyndall first to file for 2016 Berlin town election

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 16, 2016) Late last year, Zackery Tyndall and the Berlin Fire Company settled a two-year harassment suit that Mayor Gee Williams said, “created a wound” within the town. Now, Tyndall, 26, and a recent Salisbury University graduate, says he would like to be the next Town Councilmember in Berlin’s District 2. Tyndall was born and raised in Berlin, living on Grice and Grace streets, before buying his own home at the age of 20. After wrapping up the lawsuit in October and graduating from SU in December, Tyndall says he is in something of a “transition period.” “I feel almost like I’ve been put in a can, shaken around a lot, and then dumped out on the other side. It’s still a little difficult to find my way,” he said during an interview last Friday. “Now I’m just out on the other side trying to figure out what I like. I graduated with a degree in management and finance, so I have a passion for that. “I thi...
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After delay, Snow Hill WiFi now live and on air downtown

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 16, 2016) Just two days after Comcast Public Relations Manager Jamie Debole said the company was looking forward to providing downtown Snow Hill free WiFi access in the “coming weeks,” the service was up, running and available to residents and visitors. “We are excited to partner with the Town of Snow Hill and look forward to bringing WiFi service to key locations in the downtown area, including the Police Department and Fire Hall, Town Municipal Office, Pocomoke River Canoe Company and Sturgis Park pavilion. We anticipate the hotspots to be fully functional in the coming weeks so residents and visitors alike can enjoy this amenity,” Debole’s statement reads. WiFi service was promised to the town weeks ago, with the most recent deadline being Memorial Day, which came and went without a signal to devices or from the company to alert the population of the delay. Mobile devices should recognize the network, named “Snow Hill Public.” Atte...
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Williams: live up to the promise of tolerance

Posted On: 6/16/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 16, 2016) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams read a prepared statement during a council meeting at town hall on Monday, addressing the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando, the largest in U.S. history.    “Our nation has suffered another tragic and meaningless loss of life in the mass shooting last weekend in Orlando, Florida,” he said. “For now at least, there seems to be no immediate end in sight for the potential of more such tragedies. “For our part – as citizens of Berlin – possibly the most fitting way we can honor these latest victims of hatred and prejudice, is to carry on with our daily lives in a manner that reflects the best within our common humanity. “As a classically American small town – we should make a renewed commitment to make a good faith effort to practice every day our nation’s bedrock value of mutual respect among all people. “Let us pledge to ourselves – and to each other – to carry o...
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