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AGH hosts Fall Golf Classic, Sept. 28

Posted On: 9/21/17
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(Sept. 21, 2017) The Atlantic General Hospital Foundation will host the Robert E. Warfield Memorial Fall Golf Classic to benefit Atlantic General Hospital, on Thursday, Sept. 28, at Ocean City Golf Club. The tournament, formerly known as the AGH Fall Golf Classic, will celebrate its 24th year recognizing the generous commitment and loyal service of the late Robert E. Warfield, Sr., who dedicated his busy life to giving to others in service and in spirit. He was an integral member of the AGH Fall Golf Classic Committee since he joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 1999. A founding member of the hospital’s Board of Trustees, former chairman of the Board of Directors for the AGH Foundation, he was also a member and served on the Board of Directors for the Ocean City Golf and Yacht Club and on the board for the Maryland Economic Development Corporation and Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. For local golfers this tournament has become an annual tradition, with last y...
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Berlin Activities Depot opens big with ribbon cutting

Posted On: 9/21/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 21, 2017) Dozens of locals, including scores of small children, turned up to commemorate the Berlin Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and grand opening of the Berlin Activities Depot last Saturday. The massive new building, on 10008 Old Ocean City Boulevard, includes an expansive space for gymnastics events and training, separate gym space for adults, and a one-of-a-kind ninja kid zone similar to the obstacle courses on “American Ninja Warrior.” For owner Carmella Solito, the opening was a long time coming. Solito had operated the Twisters facility on Route 113. “We started the quest [to expand] about seven years ago,” she said. “It’s absolutely, unbelievably just the best feeling in the world to know that dreams can come true and if you work hard enough, you can make it happen.” Solito said the facility includes a wide range of children’s classes and activities for before or after school, and for days off school. “We...
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Annual OC Sunfest brings four days of fun for 43rd year

Posted On: 9/21/17
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(Sept. 21, 2017) An Ocean City tradition returns to the resort with four days of arts and crafts, live entertainment, food and family activities during the 43rd annual Sunfest. The festival, which marks the end of the summer season, kicks off Thursday, Sept. 21, in the inlet parking lot under large tents with more than 300 vendors and food booths filled with one-of-a-kind items and delicious treats all weekend long. More than 250,000 guests visited Sunfest during a record-breaking year in 2016. “Sunfest was originally designed by locals,” said Frank Miller, special events director for the Town of Ocean City. “They brought baked goods and music to celebrate the end of the season and interest grew. It is all about creating an experience for residents and all of our guests.” The festival kicks off at 9:45 a.m. on Thursday with a parade down the Boardwalk from 12th Street to the inlet featuring Stephen Decatur High School’s marching band, cheerleaders and...
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Salisbury University offers seminars in Pines

Posted On: 9/21/17
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(Sept. 21, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association (OPA) announced a new collaboration with Salisbury University. “Forget the pressure of pre-requisites or tests. The lectures and seminars, which are open to the public, are high-energy learning opportunities,” Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer said. “Intended for adult learners of all ages, the classes aim to engage participants with intellectual enrichment through a variety of thought-provoking discussions in an expert-led workshop setting.” Delmarva’s Window to the World Dr. David Burns of Salisbury University’s Communication Arts Department will host a five-week course called “Delmarva’s Window to the World: Global Journalism and the Local Media Landscape,” from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 1, at the Ocean Pines Community Center on 235 Ocean Parkway. Topics include “The Birth: Radio and War (the Great Depression to World War II),...
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Ocean Pines Rec and Parks to host fall tai chi classes

Posted On: 9/21/17
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(Sept. 21, 2017) Tai chi, the ancient Chinese exercise, will return to Ocean Pines this fall with a new class offered by the Recreation and Parks Department. Radiant Motion for Health’s Kim Reed will lead the session, held Thursdays, Sept. 28 to Nov. 16, from 3-4 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center, located at 235 Ocean Parkway. Tai chi is appropriate for all ages and athletic abilities. Its benefits include reducing stress, anxiety and depression; boosting immunity and reducing chronic pain and arthritis. The cost for the eight-week session is $65 for Ocean Pines residents and $81.25 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at 410-641-7717 or dsawyer@oceanpines.org.
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Pines welcomes ‘preacher’s son’

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) An impressive crowd turned up at the yacht club Monday night in Ocean Pines to greet new General Manager John Bailey after his first day of work. Bailey and his wife, Meredith, had dinner with most of the board members upstairs in the banquet room and then, after a slight delay, the doors opened to the public at around 7:30 p.m. Bailey did not disappoint. He and Meredith stood, smiling and shaking hands with the hundreds of community members who patiently waited for their turn to speak with him. Although he had not planned to address the assembled crowd, the occasion demanded it. He gathered himself and stood at the back of the long room, next to Board President Doug Parks. “Welcome!” a woman in the crowd shouted. “Thank you for the welcome,” Bailey replied. He joked that, as the son of a preacher, his loud voice was gotten honestly. It easily filled the room. “We’re real excited to be here,” he said. “And t...
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Two juveniles, one adult arrested in Berlin air rifle ring

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) Berlin Police said charges were pending or have been filed against a man and two juveniles in connection with a series of high-powered air rifle attacks on property, moving vehicles and animals near Maple Avenue and Branch and Flowers streets over a period of several months – or possibly more than a year. Lt. Jeffrey Lawson said town workers notified police that someone had been shooting street lights after attempting to replace a light bulb in a light in the area last week.   “When one of the town employees was in the process of removing the light, there was a whole slew of BBs that ran out of the bottom of the light,” Lawson said. “I counted in excess of 15 shots in one particular light.” Local police went on to find that other street lights on Maple Avenue had been similarly damaged. An abandoned house on Maple Avenue was also shot up, and Lawson said police were in the process of contacting the owners to get an estimate of the...
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Annual Demo Derby brings noise to Pocomoke, Saturday

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Sept. 14, 2017) Smashing good times are on tap during the Demolition Derby at the Great Pocomoke Fairgrounds this Saturday. Although the demolition competition kick off at 4 p.m., event chairman Joey Waters said for the same $5 admission price motorsport enthusiasts could come out early to take in the ATV Jamboree and drag races, starting at 10 a.m. Admission starts at 9 a.m., with free admission for children 6 and under.    Regardless of what time you venture out, Waters said those in attendance would help support the drive for next year’s banner event. “It’s the first fundraiser for the (2018) Great Pocomoke Fair,” he said. In addition to mud-flinging excitement, spectators can also purchase $5 tickets for a chance to win prizes from the multitude of area business sponsors who make the event possible, Waters said. “[For] People [who have] never won anything, it gives them a chance to get involved,” he said. “We try to make ...
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Wor. County denies funding for Pocomoke Little League

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Sept. 14, 2017) Worcester County has denied a request from Pocomoke Little League for financial support to erect field lights at its Newtown Park facility. Michael Hooks, Pocomoke Little League vice president, said his organization had sought more than $10,000 towards the costs on installing an automated lighting system.    Despite the lack of buy-in at the county level, Hooks said the little league’s Field Lighting Capital Campaign, launched this summer, would continue. The goal is to raise $100,000. “It’s not a deal breaker … we’re still moving forward with a campaign to raise funds,” he said. “Donations of time or resources are always accepted.” During the Worcester Commissioners meeting on Aug. 29, Paige Hurley, county department of recreation and parks director, said although the project would be permissible funding would not be forthcoming. “The department feels strongly that this request should be denied, as i...
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Berlin’s Small Town Throwdown debuts with huge crowds

Posted On: 9/14/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Sept. 14, 2017) The inaugural Small Town Throwdown, Saturday in Berlin was, by all accounts, a huge success, as thousands of people turned up to browse through local shops, nosh on locally made barbecue and listen to the three-band lineup of Nashville-inspired country music. “I think this is a classic example of how Berlin and our community have both complimented our past and our future,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “We are certainly a town of 19th-century charm and 21st-century thinking and living, and this event is like the best of both worlds. This is the ultimate kind of classic American music and we can all enjoy it together.” Williams said the success of the event was undeniable, and the chances of it becoming an annual occurrence were excellent. “Our approach has been, do an event three years and then make a decision. I think this event won’t need two more years to decide it’s a classic for Berlin,” Williams said. Plans for th...
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