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Pines tourney to benefits breast cancer research

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Aug. 18, 2016) The Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex in Ocean Pines is hosting a tennis, pickleball and platform tennis tournament on Friday, Aug. 26, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The deadline to sign up for the tournaments, sponsored by Ocean Pines Racquet Sports, is Tuesday, Aug 23 at 3 p.m. The cost is $10 to participate. Participants have the option to play tennis, pickleball and platform tennis during each of the three, 40-minute rounds. “They can play all three, two, or stick with one,” said June Freeman, co-chair of the event with Andrea Watkins and Geri Fasulo. “They have the choice of what to play each round. It is pretty cool. Some have never played a different sport and get to try it out.” The day begins with check-ins and breakfast taking place from 8:30-9:15 a.m. followed by a group photo and more than two hours of play from 9:30-11:45 p.m. The light breakfast includes fruit, granola bars, doughnuts, bagels and orang...
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Roaring 20’s bash planned to benefit new Berlin library

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 18, 2016) The Worcester County Library Foundation is closing in on its fundraising goal for a new branch building in Berlin, according to the foundation’s public relations manager Lisa Outten Harrison. The foundation will attempt to close the gap during a costume ball fundraiser, Sept. 16, at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin. “We’re having this major, major fundraiser — really the only public fundraiser for the new Berlin branch,” Harrison said. “It’s a Roaring ’20s party at the Atlantic Hotel. “We knew we wanted to have a fundraiser at the Atlantic Hotel right there in Berlin to get the community to support this, and we knew it was going to be a lawn party with some jazz music,” she added. “As we got going, we thought, ‘well, shoot, let’s theme this and make it even more fun.’ People can dress up and just be very festive and build the enthusiasm.” Harrison said the foundation has been wor...
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Driver in crash that killed county worker in Feb. fined $1,000

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Aug. 18, 2016) Marion Jones, 59, of Stockton was found guilty in Circuit Court last Wednesday on charges stemming from the Feb. 22 accident that killed one county worker, Scott Tatterson of Pocomoke City, and severely injured another, Wade Pusey of Seaford Delaware. According to the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Tatterson and Pusey had exited their county-owned dump truck on Greenbackville Road at a work site south of Stockton, when Jones’ 2010 KIA attempted to avoid the site by exiting the travel lane, but swerved back to avoid an oncoming vehicle, resulting in the wreck. Tatterson was pronounced dead at the scene. Pusey spent considerable time in the operating room following the crash, and his condition had been both upgraded and downgraded during his nearly two-month stay. The extent of Pusey’s injuries has not been revealed. Jones was fined $500 for each offense, for a total of $1,000. Jones also had two previous convictions for failure to obey traff...
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Ocean City Elks honor two scouts during ceremony

Posted On: 8/18/16
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Ocean City Elks honor two scouts during ceremony (Aug. 18, 2016) Two scouts from Troop #225 were honored during their Eagle Scout Ceremony held at Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645 on July 31. OC Elks Lodge sponsors Troop #225 and is very proud of this troop who has produced at least 30 Eagle Scouts to date. Evan Haas built 13 wood duck boxes and installed them along the Pocomoke River in the State Park for his Eagle Scout Project. Each box was 3 feet long and 1 foot wide and mounted on an 8-foot post.  This was a winter project of three months and the boxes were placed in early spring. For his Eagle Scout Project, Benjamin Jolley built 30 Smart Phone Microscopes and donated them to Berlin Intermediate School. This was a great gift to the school since there was not sufficient funds to purchase these items. It took Jolley about two weeks to build them. Sen. James Mathias’ representative presented a proclamation to both Eagle Scouts signed by Sen. Mathias and President of the Senate, Mike Miller. Haas and Jolley graduated f...
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Comprehensive plan decision looms

Posted On: 8/18/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 18, 2016) One of the first items facing the new Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors when it meets for the first time next week, might be what to do with the comprehensive plan. Earlier this year, the comprehensive planning committee had a disastrous meeting with the previous board. That led to the termination of a contract with Salisbury University group BEACON, which had been hired to develop the plan, installing Frank Daly as the new chairman and adding Ocean City Planning and Zoning Director Bill Neville to the committee. Daly, who narrowly missed election to the board last week, will return to lead the committee and will seek the directors’ approval to conduct a community survey. At the committee’s Aug. 11 meeting, its members appeared to finalize a series of 40 questions, broken up into 14 chapters, for the survey. Since regrouping, the members have approved a basic outline for a comprehensive plan, and the questionnaire was designed to fill in gaps ...
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Rackliffe House presents chamber music in Berlin

Posted On: 8/18/16
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(Aug. 18, 2016) Rackliffe House Trust will present an evening of chamber music in Berlin on Friday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. The concert at Buckingham Presbyterian Church in downtown Berlin will feature internationally acclaimed musicians Elena Urioste (violin), Benjamin Beilman (violin), Matthew Lipman (viola) and Nicholas Canellakis (cello), performing a program of classical chamber music with an American theme.  Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for children under 12, and are on sale online at www.rackliffehouse.org, and at The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, Dazzle in Ocean Pines and Dunes Manor on 28th Street in Ocean City. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the continued restoration and community program development of historic Rackliffe Plantation House near Assateague Island. “We are delighted to partner with violinist Elena Urioste, who has family roots here, and her colleagues to create a special evening of chamber music for the community,” Carolyn Cummins, pre...
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Berlin festival turned out just peachy

Posted On: 8/11/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 11, 2016) Peaches, and maybe a little dose of history, drew thousands of visitors to downtown Berlin last Saturday for dueling annual events — the Berlin Peach Festival and Heritage Fair. The massive trees on the front lawn of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum provided ample shade for the dozens of food and arts and crafts vendors on a day when the thermostat threatened to push into triple digits. Live music from youth group Perpetual Commotion, and later from folksy strummers Mickey Justice and Charlie Flagiello, greeted the onslaught of guests, while workers served up peach dumplings, peach pies and peach ice cream. Little Mister Peach, Will Rayne, and Little Miss Peach, Brooke Cathell, joined Berlin Mayor Gee Williams during a brief ribbon cutting on the porch of the museum. “This is truly a special day each year in Berlin, as we share with friends and family and many guests a festival in which we honor our past, celebrate our present and recommit to the pr...
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OP election results due during annual meeting, Saturday

Posted On: 8/11/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 11, 2016) Months of suspense will be over Saturday, as the results of the 2016 Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors will be announced during the association’s annual meeting at 10 a.m. at the community center. Competing for the three open slots on the board was a record 11 candidates: Frank Daly, Slobodan Trendic, George Simon, Tom Janasek, Doug Parks, Steve Lind, Brett Hill, Ray Unger, Patricia Supik, Jack Collins and Larry Perrone. A 12th candidate, Sharona Ezaoui, dropped out of the race in June. According to the Ocean Pines Elections Committee, about 7,500 of the 8,452 homeowners in Ocean Pines were eligible to vote this year. Roughly half of those are expected to cast ballots. The meeting requires a quorum of at least 100 homeowners, and attendees are encouraged to sign in. If a quorum is not reached, the board of directors can immediately go into a special session, assuming the board has a quorum of at least four members. Exactly when a new director takes...
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‘Blessing’ continues to be big draw

Posted On: 8/11/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

‘Blessing’ continues to be big draw (Aug. 11, 2016) The streets of Snow Hill were full to bursting last Saturday, as it seemed the entire population of the town — and then some — came first to see a parade of farm equipment, but stayed to experience the small town’s premier summer festival. The event began with a parade of tractors and combines, which hit downtown just after 11 a.m. Hundreds and hundreds of people were already lining the streets, and the vendors were already active when the combines arrived, awaiting their blessing.   Several speakers were featured, including Mayor Charlie Dorman, County Commissioners Ted Elder and Jim Bunting, Capt. Willie Dykes, Charlie Hoober, founder of Hoober farm equipment, and Kenneth Holt, Maryland Secretary of Housing and Community Development. Steve Hales acted as the emcee, and Rev. Andy Frick, of Whatcoat Methodist Church, delivered the blessing. Frick invoked Genesis 1:29, but spent more time regaling the crowd with a story about a recent visit t...
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Pocomoke’s next concert targets younger crowd

Posted On: 8/11/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Aug. 11, 2016) The next entry in Pocomoke City’s ongoing summer concert series is one for the younger set, as Brittany Lewis pays tribute to Adele this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Cypress Park. Taking on the highly decorated singer/songwriter is a daunting task, Lewis said, but one she’s been preparing for over the course of months. “I’ve been preparing for this since early April,” Lewis said. “But when I sing, I don’t get nervous.” Lewis, 24, said she began singing as a small child, and has been performing during large public events for the past few years. She sang opera at the Mar-Va Theater and was the jazz band vocalist at UMES. She’s been the choir director at Salem United Methodist Church since 2012, she said, and the choir director at Holly Grove Christian School, both in her native Pocomoke. In addition, she gives private voice lessons. Younger people are more familiar with Adele songs, Lewis explained, which made the ...
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