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U.S. Route 113 dualization starts pouring concrete

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 13, 2017) Compactors and pavers will be a regular sight for commuters on Route 113 between Snow Hill and Berlin, as construction crews begin laying base asphalt on portions of the highway. Maryland State Highway Administration Spokesperson Bob Rager provided a status update last week on phase three of the $86 million highway dualization project, which covers a 4.6-mile stretch of road between Massey Branch at the north end and Five Mile Branch Road. “We just started paving last week,” he said. “The order of business for the rest of the summer is going to be paving, paving, paving.” The initial base asphalt paving was done last week between Massey Creek and Langmaid Road, Rager said. “We paved last week right up to Langmaid Road,” he said. “Now we’ll work south of there and continue that throughout the summer all the way down to the railroad crossing by Basket Switch Road.” The process becomes more involved, Rager said, b...
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Paddle for Jesse Klump

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 13, 2017) The Pocomoke River in Snow Hill will fill with scores of canoe, kayak and standup paddleboard enthusiasts supporting suicide prevention during the ninth annual Jesse’s Paddle fundraiser on Saturday. The gathering, which is organized by Friends of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund, will take place at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company on River Street. Up to five-dozen watercraft will be launched into the river starting at 5 p.m., with registration beginning at 4 p.m. The fund was established in 2009 by Worcester resident Kim Klump after her son Jesse, a college bound Snow Hill High School senior, took his own life. In the immediate aftermath of her son’s suicide, Klump created the Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship and in 2011 began the Jesse Klump Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program. Although the annual fundraiser addresses a topic surrounded by sadness, in a recent press release Klump said Jesse’s Paddle provides an occasion to celebrate memories. &...
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Crafts & Treasures event to debut in Snow Hill this Sat.

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(July 13, 2017) Sidewalk vendors will invade Snow Hill this Saturday for the first ever Crafts & Treasures event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snow Hill Economic Development Consultant Michael Day said vendors would be provided space along Washington Avenue for free. “This came out of the merchants’ meeting a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “They just decided they wanted to do something else besides First Friday.” Toy Town owner Richard Seaton is a driving force behind the new venture. Since relocating his antique and vintage store from Berlin to Snow Hill in April, he has seen positive signs of life from his perch on the corner of Market and Washington streets. “I’ve been having people walk uptown that didn’t walk uptown in the last forever,” he said. “We’re starting to have people walk uptown and want to do things.” The endgame for Seaton is attracting more bodies to the streets and shops of Snow Hill. “...
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Berlin adopts new ‘SNAP’ program for special needs

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) The Berlin Police Department announced on Monday the implementation of a new Special Needs Alert Program, or SNAP. According to a release, the program is designed to aid law enforcement officers in contacting and locating Berlin residents with special needs. The program is available for those who live, work or regularly frequent the town. The release said the program would include those with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and those with impaired hearing and vision.   Police Chief Arnold Downing elaborated on the program at a Town Council meeting on Monday. “Aaron Titerence, one of our young officers, came up with the idea,” Downing said. “He said I really do think this is something that will be able to benefit the residents and the customers of the town of Berlin.” Downing said he contacted Jack Ferry, executive director of the Worcester County Developmental Center in Newark. “The first thing he sa...
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Clarifying new Berlin event policy

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) Town Administrator Laura Allen said there were some questions as to how the recently approved Berlin event policy would work. She said the policy was geared specifically toward downtown events. The process for scheduling events at town parks has not changed significantly, Allen said, despite a recent overhaul of the portion of town code that pertains to parks. Both measures were introduced at a Town Council meeting on June 26. “There’s a transition period we’re going through right now where folks, if they have events they want to do later this year, it’s still the regular process,” Allen said. “That application period, really, is for event planning for next year. We’re starting to coordinate that and that’s going to be the ongoing process for downtown events.” To schedule events for the remainder of the current calendar year, Allen said people can still fill out a form and speak with Economic and Community Deve...
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OP interviewed five GM candidates

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association interviewed five general manager candidates, men and women, during meetings last Thursday and Friday, but no offer was extended as of Sunday, according to Board President Tom Herrick. “We’re going to hire somebody. That’s as definitive as we can tell you,” interim General Manager Brett Hill said on Sunday. Hill would not comment on whether one of the five people interviewed would be hired. “It’s a two-way conversation,” he said. “They have to accept as well.” Herrick, as of Sunday, said all five candidates were still in contention. “We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Herrick said. “It’s still ongoing. When we actually have something to report, we will.” Both men said they expected a decision to be made before the results of the August election. Hill, who has been in the interim role for nearly a year, joked that his timetable for th...
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Berlin’s new public access channel

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) The Town of Berlin recently upgraded its public access channel, although not so much to great fanfare. “Nobody noticed,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. “But we talked about it at a council meeting and we’re very excited about it, because it gives us a lot more capacity – which we’re exploring.” Allen said the town spent less than $5,000 with the TelVue Corporation to upgrade the systems and improve delivery of public information and community events. Submitting events and announcements to the channel can be done through a form on the Town of Berlin website by visiting www.berlinmd.gov/public-access-channel-request. Two weeks’ notice is recommended for events. “We have some policy rules of what goes up there, but with most local events there’s really not an issue,” Allen said. “If folks want local events that they want us to highlight, there’s no charge.” Allen said the town h...
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Food and beverage problems, but no solution

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) Several Ocean Pines Association Directors agreed on Sunday there were operational deficiencies that need to be addressed – and quickly – across their food and beverage operations. Exactly what should be done, however, was not decided upon during the meeting, despite several suggestions and multiple exchanges that, at times, became heated. Discussion on a motion to hire a food and beverage consultant was preceded by a comment from resident Joe Reynolds, who called the board one of the least transparent in three decades. He noted the agenda topic mentioned a request for proposals for the consultant, but said that request was never posted publically. Further, he suggested prior discussion on the topic was done during a closed meeting. “I think it’s without question that the food and beverage services in Ocean Pines are a controversial subject to say the least,” Reynolds said. “In my view, to approach that subject and request bids ...
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Historic District Comm. wants more district

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) Berlin Historic District Commission Vice Chairman Robert Poli wants to see the historic district expanded. During the July 5 commission meeting, Poli said he would like the district to include the areas from North Main Street to Harrison Avenue, Powellton Avenue to William Street, William Street from Powellton Avenue back to Bay Street, all of Vine Street, Bay Street to Pitts Street and all of Pitts Street, Tripoli Street to Church Street, all of Church Street, Washington Street and Harrison Avenue, West Street to Buckingham Lane, and all of Buckingham Lane. “Some day in the future, the 1960s will be considered historic as it represents changes in Berlin during its growth and development,” Poli said. “As it seems that Berlin’s borders are expanding, the size of the historic district should expand proportionately, from the center on out. Otherwise, people aren’t coming here for the history of this town anymore.” Poli warned that B...
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Rose will remain chairwoman through year

Posted On: 7/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 13, 2017) Longtime Historic District Chairwoman Carol Rose said last month she would not continue in that position. Some plans, apparently, change. Rose was nominated for the chair by commission member Mary Moore in June, but declined and replied, “It is time for someone else to have a turn.” But since no one stepped then or after the organization vote was delayed a month, Rose said at the July 5 commission meeting that she would continue as the chairwoman for another six months. The vote was unanimous and the other commission members insisted they needed her help and dedication. Rose also serves on the board of directors for the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, Diakonia, the Worcester County Library Foundation and the Worcester County Veteran’s Memorial Foundation. “You’ve done such a terrific job for us. I’d hate to see you leave. We’d love to see you stay and continue as our chair,” Moore said. “You always go the e...
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