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Pocomoke approves land swap deal

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) Pocomoke City and its fire company are scheduled to go to closing at the end of the month after the council approved a deal that gives the town all rights to the former fire company property, while the fire company gets to use the former VFW property for storage. After the contracts are signed at closing, the fire company will have 270 days, or about nine months, to remove its property from its former home. While the town owns the lot and main building of the former firehouse on Fifth Street, there is a storage shed located on the property constructed and owned by the fire company. The town had previously tried to secure a grant to demolish the building, but was unable to do so, in part because of objections from the Maryland Historical Trust. That shed is still in use by the company, but has agreed to swap the shed for the former VFW property off Dun Swamp Road, which can then be used for storage. It’s located between the town’s solar array and wastewate...
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Klump scholarship increases; 2017 nominations open

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) The people in charge of the Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship want its namesake remembered for his altruism above all else, and so made that — rather than academic achievement or a specific program of study — the deciding factor in awarding the funds. Funds for the scholarship have increased this year, to a total of $15,000. “We’ve been giving $12,000 for the last five years, but when we look at the tuition bills they keep going up and up,” Ron Pilling, the fund’s treasurer, said. “We’ve never changed our offering.” Pilling said the memorial fund’s signature event, Jesse’s Paddle, was very successful this year, and along with the group’s other fundraising efforts the increased scholarship value shouldn’t overburden the organization. “By and large we’ve had a very gratifying year,” Pilling said. Choosing a member of the graduating class of Snow Hill High School each yea...
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Berlin A&E Committee becomes nonprofit

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) Looking to increase its fundraising capabilities, the Berlin Arts & Entertainment Committee recently applied for, and was granted, 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. Treasurer Patty Gregorio said the move follows a statewide trend where arts and entertainment districts have been widely encouraged to become their own entities. “The state would eventually like to see each A&E district have its own paid staff and paid director,” she said. “Salisbury has already completed that process – they’re their own 501(c)(3) and they have their own executive director, and I believe Snow Hill is in the process. So there’s a general trend toward that, but the main reason we did it is because we needed to access funds.” The committee officially became an autonomous nonprofit on Nov. 29. “We are now recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt entity,” Gregorio said. “It remains that Heather Layton is our president, Robin Tomasel...
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Soar with bald eagles at Pocomoke River

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) For the past several years, the Pocomoke River State Park, between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City along Route 113, has hosted Eagle Watches in January to better acquaint visitors and residents with the U.S. National Emblem. “People are seeing more and more bald eagles, and we want to give them a close-up look so they can learn some more,” park ranger Stephanie Venarchick said. “I hope it will also get people out to see our park — maybe they don’t even know it’s here.” There is a $10 fee per person to take part in the watch, with an optional, hour-long boat tour available for an additional $20 per person. Reservations are required, and can be made by contacting Venarchick at the park at 410-632-2566. The tour is limited to about ten people per outing, with three trips — at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. — on each of the next three Saturdays. Venarchick said the tours fill quickly. The watch is organized around a central...
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House burglarized in Snow Hill, $600 in rare coins stolen

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) A house at 303 W. Federal Street in Snow Hill was burglarized on Dec. 30 according to Police Chief Tom Davis. Numerous rare coins and silver dollar certificates were removed by an unknown suspect or suspects, according to police. The items are valued at about $600, and nothing else was stolen, Davis said. “The victim was on vacation, but left the house unlocked and the alarm off,” Davis said. Davis said there are currently no suspects, and the Snow Hill Police Department is investigating the crime. He cautioned homeowners to secure living spaces and vehicles when not in use. 
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Pocomoke, Snow Hill react to tax differential debate

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) As the ongoing debate between Ocean City and Worcester County over a tax differential to offset services duplicated by county and resort governments heats up once again, towns in the southern part of the county are of two minds on the subject. “I understand why they might want to do it, but I could never support it,” Pocomoke City Mayor Bruce Morrison said. “The county has been good to us.” Snow Hill councilman Mike Pruitt has similar feelings. “As a resident of Worcester County I would want to see the Ocean City taxpayers get some relief for duplicated services,” he said. “But as an elected official of Snow Hill, I would need to wait and see how it would affect us.” Snow Hill’s mayor, Charlie Dorman, declined to comment on the situation. Annually, the county collects taxes and then reimburses municipalities set amounts as unrestricted grants — money the towns can use as they see fit. Ocean City has, for a...
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Second annual Restaurant Week runs through Sun.

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Jan. 12, 2017) The second annual Berlin Restaurant Week began on Monday and runs until Sunday with more than a dozen restaurants offering special prices on select menu items. “The specials are so reasonably priced,” said local realtor Cam Bunting, creator and promoter of the event. “Restaurants are trying out new items that they may add to their menus, and the food is great.” Diners can check out a number of Berlin favorites who will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner options at a reduced price. Participating restaurants are: Main Street Deli, Maryland Wine Bar, Rayne’s Reef, On What Grounds, Drummer’s Café inside the Atlantic Hotel, Siculi, Baked Dessert Café, Blacksmith, Crush N Crab, Fins Ale House and Raw Bar, Brooklyn Baking Barons and The Globe. “Try out different places and food,” Bunting said. “Many use local ingredients and didn’t know until last minute what would appear on the menu. It’s rea...
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Drug courts provide alternative to prison

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) The first drug court in the United States was established in Florida in the late 1980’s, as prisons were becoming overcrowded with nonviolent drug offenders during the height of the crack-cocaine craze. By 2014, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. had their own versions in place. Locally, Worcester County established its drug court in December 2005 as an alternative to traditional court, provided an offender met the criteria of committing a nonviolent offense and having a clinical substance abuse disorder. According to Tracy Simpson, the drug court coordinator for the Worcester County Circuit and District Courts, the service is available “post-plea” or “post-disposition,” meaning an adult would have to plead guilty, or a juvenile would have to plead “involved” and agree to participate as a condition of their probation. “In the adult system the person is given an opportunity to complete the [drug court] program in lieu...
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New slate of town events approved

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) The Berlin Mayor and Council approved 32 town and related events on Monday, setting the stage for yet another busy tourism season. Monthly 2nd Friday art strolls begin on Jan. 13 with subsequent dates occurring on Feb. 10, March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 9, Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. Berlin’s 2nd Friday festivities generally feature more than a dozen art displays in shops throughout the downtown area, along with sales and specials in area restaurants from 5-8 p.m. The Berlin Arts & Entertainment Committee oversees 2nd Friday events. Mainline town and chamber of commerce events start in April, with the Berlin Little League Parade on April 8 and Spring Celebration on April 15. May events include the Jazz and Blues Bash and Touch a Truck Day, both on May 6, followed by May Day Play Day on May 19, Spring Cruisers on May 20 and the annual Memorial Day Parade at Henry Park on May 29. Two series begin in June: the Concert on the ...
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Berlin art stroll moves into The Globe, gets ‘monstrous’

Posted On: 1/12/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Jan. 12, 2017) Berlin’s 2nd Friday is getting “Monstrous” this month, as the fourth annual Arts & Entertainment Committee collaborative art show comes to The Globe on 12 Broad Street, upstairs, from 5-8 p.m. Show organizer Brian Robertson, who also runs the Berlin Printery on 16 North Main Street, explained the fearsome name. “The opening show [four years ago] was ‘Small Things,’ the following show was ‘Medium’ and the year after that was ‘Big Ideas,’” he said. “This one happens to fall on Friday the 13th, so we went with ‘Monstrous.’ “It’s up to the artist to interpret the theme however they want,” he added. “I don’t expect it all to be monster-related artwork. I think we’ll get some creative interpretations, whether it be social commentary and stuff like that.” Perhaps ironically, pieces are limited to just 10 x 10 inches, although all forms of art ...
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