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After fire, friends help get West Ocean City family on feet

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WEST OCEAN CITY– After a June 26 fire decimated the home of Jennifer Pusey, a small group of citizens banded together on Facebook to help the family get back on their feet. Christina Ager created the Pusey Family Fire Recovery page in the days following the fire. The page quickly amassed more than 1,000 followers. “The entire house was burned down – everything inside of it was destroyed,” said Ager. “I didn’t know the Puseys, but I drove past the house every day. I saw them standing outside and I just pulled in the driveway and asked them if I could help. They said, ‘no, no, we don’t need anything,’ but I looked at the house and I looked at them and I realized they need everything. “They were so sweet,” Ager said. “I said, ‘I don’t know how much I can do, but I’ll start a Facebook page.’ My intent was just to get them immediate help. They didn’t have any shoes, they didn’t h...
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Taylor House Museum to host Concert on the Lawn

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum will host a free Concert on the Lawn on July 13 featuring the Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band. Formed in 1996, the all-volunteer band is composed of amateur and professional musicians from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. Performing a varied repertoire of contemporary and traditional brass band music, the group won first place in the North American Brass Band Association Competition in Ohio in 2013. The group also placed second in the competition in 2012 and 2010. “Those honors validate the level of playing that we do and the intensity with which we rehearse to be able to give out really quality performances,” said band founder Richard Fischer. “While we’re a community-based group, we’re sort of at the top of the pile in the community.” The ensemble, made up of 35 volunteer members, has been playing shows across the Mid-Atlantic region for nearly two decades. Fischer said the ban...
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Program offers six-month free rent to start-ups

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A proposed new small business program and an amended town ordinance will be discussed during the next Mayor and Council meeting on July 14. Berlin will attempt to introduce the Entrepreneurial Assistance Program, as well as amend town laws governing the use of food trucks. The entrepreneurial initiative was inspired by “pop up” stores in Cambridge and Rehoboth. “The Delaware Main Street program works with building owners to give three months free rent to a new business trying to establish themselves,” said Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day. “What we’re proposing is free office space in the Visitor’s Center for six months – utilities included – just trying to get an office business in town and trying to help someone start a new business.” The town is working with the Small Business Development Center at Salisbury University. Applicants will be required to submit a business plan, go thr...
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Fatality on Route 90 early Tuesday

Posted On: 7/10/14
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OCEAN PINES–A 31-year-old Ocean Pines man died in a motor vehicle accident on Route 90 early Tuesday morning. Christopher Patrick Doyle, who lived on Teal Circle, was pronounced dead at the scene by Ocean Pines EMS. Maryland State Police were dispatched at about 5:30 a.m. to westbound Route 90 in the area of Ocean Parkway, where they saw the collision involved a single vehicle, a 1997 Ford truck. Doyle was still inside. A Maryland State Police reconstructionist was called to the scene to investigate the collision. The investigation revealed Doyle had not been restrained by a seat belt and had suffered fatal injuries as a result of striking a tree. The westbound lane of Route 90 was closed from 5:30 – 9 a.m., when it was reopened for normal traffic operations.
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Rev. Paulson new leader of Bethany United Methodist

Posted On: 7/10/14
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BERLIN–The appointment of the Reverend Connie Paulson to Bethany United Methodist Church in Berlin, was shared by Bishop Peggy Johnson during the June session of the Peninsula and Delaware Conference Annual Conference, held at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. The Rev. Paulson brings many gifts in ministry to Bethany Church, including worship leader and preaching, pastoral care, visitation, teacher and small group facilitation. As a visionary leader, she has both mentored small groups and fostered church growth at all of her appointments, is a trained Disciple Bible Study teacher and trained Stephen Leader, has ministered to those in senior care facilities, and was a supervising pastor for Wesley Seminary’s Practice in Ministry and Mission. The Rev. Paulson asserts that reaching the un-churched is the greatest task to which the church should address itself approaching 2015. In the coming year, the congregation will build on its strengths that include joyful wors...
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Program to aid children with Christmas gift boxes

Posted On: 7/10/14
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OCEAN PINES–The congregation of Community Church at Ocean Pines will participate in Operation Christmas Child, a program sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse. Those who wish to participate will receive a shoe box and instructions on how to fill it with small items for a child. They will choose the gender and age of the child who will receive the box and contribute a small amount to cover shipping. Operation Christmas Child will insert Christian literature in the language of the country that will receive the boxes. Boxes will be shipped to more than 20 countries around the world during the Christmas season.  Community Church is participating in this outreach program during July and will donate the shoe boxes to Samaritan’s Purse to be shipped for Christmas delivery.   In the past 20 years, more than 100 million shoe boxes have been sent to children. Most of the recipients have never received a gift of any kind and have very little to call their own.   Fo...
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Contestants put everything but kitchen sink into race

Posted On: 7/10/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– One of the town’s most distinctive events hits the quarter-century mark this month. Berlin’s 25th Annual Bathtub Races return on Friday, July 18. A parade of the tubs begins at 6 p.m., and the race is set to start at 6:15. The bathtub race is the only surviving component of Berlin’s Village Fair festival. Each “tub” must be able to contain at least two quarts of water. “The rules don’t require that it’s an actual bathtub, so there is some flexibility,” said Race Chairperson Tanja Giles. “But we do try to adhere as close and prefer that we’re as close to actual bathtubs as can be for everyone’s overall enjoyment.” Giles expects at least 10 contestants in this year’s event. “That’s usually a good number for the races and the relays and to keep everybody entertained,” Giles said. “It’s not too long of an event, because the weather is usually quite warm, but...
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Recreation dept. offers area residents exercise options

Posted On: 7/10/14
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SNOW HILL–Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks offers area residents and visitors alike the opportunity to get up, get out and get moving in a variety of fun, calorie-burning summertime fitness classes. Early Bird Morning Fitness class returns to the Worcester County Recreation Center in Snow Hill along with evening Core Training and Zumba classes. Early Bird Morning Fitness is held Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 8-8:40 a.m. This class includes warm-up, cardio activity, strength training, dynamic stretching and balance activities. Core Training takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Core Training provides an intense workout that will get participants’ hearts racing and abs burning. Through the use of dumbbells, stability balls and cardio, participants will begin to see a new core develop. Zumba is offered on Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Zumba is a Latin-inspired, dance fitness class that incorporates Latin and ...
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Army band to play four, free area concerts

Posted On: 7/10/14
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BERLIN– The 229th Army Band will play four free outdoor concerts in Worcester County this week. “The Adjutant General’s Own” will perform at Byrd Park in Snow Hill at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, at Stephen Decatur Park in Berlin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, at the Ocean Pines Gazebo at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 17 and at Cypress Park in Pocomoke at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 18. Army bands provide patriotic music with the goal of inspiring citizens and soldiers, and promoting national interests at home and abroad. Formerly known as the 29th Infantry Division Band, the 229th has roots dating back to the Ardennes Forest of France during WWI and the beaches of Normandy during WWII. Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said Army Band shows are generally well-received in Berlin. “People really enjoy it,” she said. “Everybody likes a free show and a free concert by as talented musicians as these always are. They’re always appreciated. R...
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Farmers ready for Blessing of the Combines, Aug. 2

Posted On: 7/10/14
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SNOW HILL–Even as farm fields are being planted in corn and soybeans, farmers are preparing their combines for the summer and fall harvests.    Several Worcester County farmers, including Bill Figgs, Byron Hauck, Lee Holloway, Buster Powell, Roger Richardson, David Shockley, Jack Shockley and Virgil Shockley, are readying their machines for The Blessing of the Combines, Saturday, Aug. 2. Festivities in downtown Snow Hill begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. For the 16th year, a parade of combines, led by Antique Tractors and Oren Perdue’s horse-drawn combine, will move slowly south on Route 12, across the drawbridge over the Pocomoke River and west onto Green Street.   Parade directors will lead each combine to its stopping place as they fill Green Street. A growing hum of engines culminates with a throttle thrust, and then silence. But not for long. Throughout the day there will be music by Mike Short and God’s Country Crossroads, food, vendor...
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