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‘Salad table’ demonstration to highlight Pocomoke garden

Posted On: 4/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 28, 2016) Maryland 4-H Youth Development, a University of Maryland Extension program, will present a salad table demonstration at the Pocomoke Downtown Community Garden on Thursday, May 5. The free program, scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m., will show participants how to create an elevated garden that can extend the growing season, as well as prevent interference from pesky vegetable pillagers, like rabbits and groundhogs. Lettuce produced by the table, which will be constructed and planted during the demonstration, will then go to the Delmarva Discovery Center, just down the street, and feed some of its resident animals. The event also will double as an awareness drive for the community garden, which is supported by the City of Pocomoke and numerous volunteer efforts. Started in 2012, the garden provides fresh produce for the Samaritan Shelter, as well as other local food banks. Soon, however, the garden will be expanded and rebranded as the “Corner Sanctuary.” ...
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Pines cmte. still holding out hope for Manklin

Posted On: 4/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 28, 2016) John McNult, chairman of the Ocean Pines Association Racquet Sports Committee, said he and others on that advisory board have worked hard to bring several planned improvements to the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex to light. “We got the point where it went out for an RFP [request for proposals] and we got one response, which, in itself, makes the whole process invalid,” he said, following an executive council meeting in Ocean Pines last Thursday. “It’s null and void. It shouldn’t have even been discussed.” That a roughly $750,000 bid came in for a project estimated to cost $250,000 was, however, discussed at length during several board of directors meetings. In November 2014, the board voted 5-2 to approve a plan for Manklin, which included four new platform tennis courts, eight new pickleball courts, a community garden, a reorientation and rebuilding of the existing playground, and improvements to the parking lot –...
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Search committee offers assistance

Posted On: 4/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 28, 2016) The Ocean Pines Search Committee has a message for anyone considering a run for the association’s board of directors: we’re here to help. Last Tuesday evening, the committee held an informational meeting in the community center last Thursday evening with the hope that several homeowners might be enticed to file before the May 10 deadline. In the audience were Bill Wentworth and Frank Danowski from the elections committee, along with current directors Pat Renaud, Cheryl Jacobs, Tom Herrick and Jack Collins. Collins is up for reelection, and could run again, but no others at the meeting were apparently potential candidates. “We happen to have a real, big, heavy turnout from our community. I have pages of all kinds of really insightful things to say,” Search Committee Chair Martin Baer deadpanned. “Everybody presently [here] is either on the election committee, the search committee, the press or the current board.” Larry Perron...
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Pines Executive Council meeting sparsely attended

Posted On: 4/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 28, 2016) With just three of 12 Ocean Pines advisory committees sending representatives to the twice-yearly meeting of the executive council, the business portion of the session did not last long, roughly 20 minutes. Public comments, however, doubled that runtime and focused on communication issues between the board of directors and its advisory groups. Apparently there was some confusion about the meeting time and date, which had been on the board calendar for at least a week. The agenda, however, was only published on the day of the session. Executive council meetings are meant to provide updates from each committee to the president of the board. With Pat Renaud unavailable, Board Vice President Cheryl Jacobs ran the executive council and gave a short summary of recent work done by the communications committee, to which she is the board liaison. Also attending were Director Tom Terry, the chairpersons of the racquet sports and recreation and parks committees, and Gary M...
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Assateague Alliance hosts ‘Archaeology’ program, April 30

Posted On: 4/28/16
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(April 28, 2016) Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the Friends Group of Assateague Island National Seashore (ASIS), presents “Archaeology and History of Assateague and Sinepuxent Neck,” Saturday April 30 at 11 a.m. Meet for coffee and refreshments at 10:30 a.m. prior to the program. Discover the rich history of these areas through the perspective of Aaron Levinthal, Maryland Environmental Service archaeologist and Rackliffe Trust Board member. Levinthal will present a slideshow and talk, highlighting some of the history of Assateague Island and Sinepuxent Neck that has been uncovered through his work in the area followed by a free walking tour of the Rackliffe House and grounds.   During the tour he will illustrate the results of the several archaeological investigations that have occurred in the vicinity. This program will meet at the Assateague Island Visitor Center located at 11800 Marsh View Lane, Berlin, Maryland 21811. All funds raised by AIA are for the...
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AGH, Cricket Ctr. make budget plea

Posted On: 4/28/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 28, 2016) Two more Berlin area nonprofits sought inclusion in town government’s FY 17 budget Monday night by making presentations to the mayor and council. Michael Franklin, president of Atlantic General Hospital, addressed the council first and reiterated the points he had made in a January presentation, when he talked about the hospital’s improved operating margins, increased productivity and positive effect on the community. Franklin said AGH was moving towards a system of coordinated care, something it had been building to for years. He also discussed better ways of “consuming” health care. “What’s driving that is the cost of health care,” he said. “There is a lot of utilization of health care services that’s unnecessary ... How do we drive these things out of the health care system?” Readmissions to the hospital, which could have been prevented, were a large part of that unnecessary utilization. AGH works clo...
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Ocean Pines will host spring biking and skating event

Posted On: 4/28/16
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(April 28, 2016) Children ages 8 and older and their parents are encouraged to grab their bikes, skateboards or walking shoes and head to the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department’s second annual Spring Bicycle Expo, Skate Demo & Pedestrian Info Event Day on Sunday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines. This free event is being presented in conjunction with National Bike Month and will offer information and activities that celebrate moving around outside. Bicycle League of America-certified bicycle instructor Cindy Morris will offer information about bicycle laws and safety. Participants may also bring a bicycle helmet or purchase a new one at the event and decorate it with a variety of craft supplies. Other event highlights include demonstrations by local skaters, music, prizes, information booths, vendors and merchandise for sale. Representatives from the Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association, Berlin Bike-Skate Unit...
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Hogan announces funding to finish dualizing Rt. 113

Posted On: 4/28/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(April 28, 2016) When his office announced Gov. Larry Hogan’s schedule for his Eastern Shore Tour last week and noted a transportation press conference at the Board of Education building in Newark, the topic of conversation could only have been Route 113. The governor announced $86.4 million in funding for the fourth and final phase of the Route 113 dualization project, with construction expected to begin in early spring next year, and opening to traffic two years later. Worcester County’s major north-south highway has been the county’s priority transportation project for decades. Despite changes in nearly every other facet of life on the shore during that time, one of few constants has been continued support to expand the highway to four lanes for its entire run through Maryland. “Worcester County did it right,” Jim Ports Jr., deputy secretary of operations for the Department of Transportation, said. “Route 113 was put in as a priority and neve...
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Early voting doesn’t catch the worm

Posted On: 4/21/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 21, 2016) Early voting continues through today, Thursday, at Gull Creek in Berlin, until 8 p.m. On Tuesday, polls will be open throughout the state for the 2016 Presidential primary. Voting opened on Thursday, April 14. As of Monday, volunteers from both parties said turnout appeared to be light. Carol Frazier, vice chairwoman of the Republican Central Committee and a member of Republican Women of Worcester County, said turnout, during primary elections, was traditionally around 18-20 percent in the county. “When you spread it over eight days, plus a primary day, it’s just a trickle, basically,” she said. “I was here for three hours here yesterday and I think maybe 15 people voted.” Frazier admitted the low participation was a little confounding, given the apparent intensity of interest, nationally. “I think in other areas of the country, turnout is high. I can’t really put my finger on why it is not here,” she said. &#...
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Berlin budget draft unveiled; outlays include parks, police

Posted On: 4/21/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 21, 2016) Berlin presented a balanced $3.5 million draft of its fiscal year 2017 general fund budget during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday. The proposal included $40,000 for a new contractual position to manage development at Berlin Falls park, as well as $17,000 for three temporary seasonal employees to work there. More than $1.3 million in capital outlays for new police projects were outlined, largely reflecting the building of a new police station, and a $66,000 request for two Ford Interceptors to replace older models. Economic Development Director Ivy Wells asked for $14,200 towards the trade-in of her town vehicle, as well as $22,000 to improve the exterior of the visitor’s center on Main Street. If the town approves that project, Wells said $11,000 would come back in the form of façade grants. Public works requested $89,000 in capital expenses, including $55,000 for a replacement vehicle. Other significant capital projects were $210,000 for str...
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