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Christmas Market to precede Snow Hill’s First Friday

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) Held for the first and possibly the last time at what will become Toy Town on the corner of Market and Washington Streets in downtown Snow Hill, this year’s Snow Hill Christmas Market returns with more than 20 vendors and holiday cheer to spare. The market, which will run from noon until 8 p.m. Friday, is usually held at the old firehouse, but a scheduling conflict arose with the preferred date, so the market found itself temporarily homeless. “I contacted Toy Town’s owner Richard Seaton and asked if we could use the building,” Michael Day, economic development consultant said. “He agreed, and will be at the market showing people around what will become Toy Town.” Day said the event would return to the firehouse next year, and that the event was already booked. The festivities will overlap with the scheduled First Friday celebration. Because of the change in venue, Day said vendor fees have been waived, and there’s no admis...
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Route 90 closed Dec. 5-9, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., for paving

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) Commuters who use Route 90 during their daily ride might want to plot an alternate path next week, because the road will be closed, but not necessarily impassible, as the State Highway Administration attempts to finish the paving project it began this summer. The road will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. starting on Monday, Dec. 5, with work scheduled for completion by Friday, Dec. 9. SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar said the work could be completed early if current weather forecasts hold, and the project runs smoothly. Work is scheduled to be conducted from the Route 90 junction on Route 50, on both eastbound and westbound lanes, until Route 90 meets Route 113 near Berlin. The on-ramp for Route 90 along Route 50 east will be closed during the paving. Gischlar said eastbound travelers would be detoured from Route 50 onto northbound Route 113, slightly to the north of Berlin, which then feeds back into Route 90 just west of Ocean Pines. Those eastbound lanes will...
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Berlin Artists to open workspaces

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Berlin Artists to open workspaces (Dec. 1, 2016) While most of the artists participating in the first Berlin Artists Holiday Studio Tour will be based downtown, two galleries inside the Union Station shopping center on Old Ocean City Boulevard also will host receptions on Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m. Overseen by the Berlin Arts & Entertainment District, the studio tour is a chance for the public to meet and talk with more than a dozen local artists in their workspaces and, perhaps, buy a few pieces of art. Patrick Henry has run the Henry Fine Arts Studio at Union Station for about three years. He started Holidays Arts Night in Berlin in 1988, before it was branded and townwide, and said he was thrilled to `participate in a similar event a week later. “I thought it was the most awesome thing that could happen,” he said. “Us as artists sometimes take for granted that everybody knows about art – and people don’t. I was a teacher and I found that there’s an education compone...
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Caddyshack Classic tournament comes to Old Pro, Dec. 2

Posted On: 12/1/16
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(Dec. 1, 2016) Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will host The MBS Caddyshack Classic, presented by Atlantic Retina Center and Atlantic Adult & Pediatric Medicine, on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 6:30-10 p.m. The event will be held at Old Pro Golf, located at 6801 Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Heavy appetizers will be provided by Ropewalk OC and an Orange Crush bar by Sunset Grille. Beer and wine will also be available, and music by DJ Wax. Sponsorships still available. Registration is open to the public. The cost is $45 per golfer. Sponsors include: 1st Choice Properties and King Kone. Contact Rick Deale at rick.deale@gmail.com for more information about sponsoring or playing in the tournament. 
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Thiefs host thanks taking

Posted On: 12/1/16
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It’s a shame that the season for giving also is the season for thieving, which was apparently the case in Snow Hill this past weekend, when numerous cars were burglarized. The sad fact is the theft problem during the holidays is well known, as is evidenced by the annual warnings from law enforcement agencies to the public to keep their cars locked and items of value out of sight. Although that advice might seem unnecessary in areas where small towns pride themselves on a sense of community, it remains that some people have no compunction about trying to make their own Christmases by stealing someone else’s. It’s difficult to accept that a heightened sense of awareness and what might be considered a tinge of paranoia have become just as much an essential part of the holidays as the merry and bright theme. Yet, that is what is required. Even those communities such as Ocean City and Ocean Pines with considerable police departments to keep an eye on things can’t...
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Berlin cheerleaders to compete at nationals

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Dec. 1, 2016) The Berlin Pop Warner cheerleaders will compete at nationals in Disney World on Monday after coming in second place during the Eastern Regional competition Nov. 6 in New Jersey. The Berlin Seahawks Pop Warner squad took second out of five teams in the regional competition and they have advanced to nationals for the second consecutive year. “Each child costs approximately $1,000,” Head Coach Jessie Parsons said. “For 21 girls that comes to $21,000. Anything we can do to defer some costs for the girls. We only raise money for the kids. Parents and coaches pay their own way.” Participants are required to book on Disney property and stay for three nights at the Caribbean Beach Resort, which becomes expensive, she said. Debbie Donahue, who is in charge of the cheerleading program in Berlin, created a GoFundMe web page to raise money for the trip to Florida and there has been $210 in donations pledged as of Tuesday night. The 21, level three peewee...
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Berlin ‘is a cool place,’ according to Santa

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Dec. 1, 2016) Santa Claus is apparently a big fan of Berlin. “He loves it here. He says Berlin is a cool place,” Administrative Assistant Sharon Timmons said. “He says the kids are a lot of fun and they enjoy themselves, and they’re really good here for some reason. They’re especially good kids because they don’t get in a lot of trouble and they obey their parents.” Timmons is helping Santa deliver letters to Berlin children through a free program based in the visitor’s center on Main Street. Each year, she works closely with him to spread Christmas magic. “Santa’s pretty cool. He wants to make all the kids happy,” she said. “He is a jolly old man and he’s always laughing. He gives Mrs. Claus a hard time because she has to cook a lot to keep him fat and happy. “Santa likes to tell jokes and he has a lot of fun,” Timmons added. “He treats the elves when they’ve been good – ...
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Pines announces children’s holiday activities dates, times

Posted On: 12/1/16
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(Dec. 1, 2016) Area children are invited to celebrate the holiday season in Ocean Pines with special activities designed especially for them. The festivities will begin on Saturday, Dec. 3 with Breakfast with Santa Claus & Friends. This annual event will be held from 8-11 a.m. at the Ocean Pines Community Center. Breakfast is free for children ages 3 and under, $5 for children ages 4-10 and $7 for ages 11 and up. Donations of toys, games, books or non-perishable food items will also be accepted. The Reindeer Lane Gift Shop, also held on Dec. 3 from 8-11 a.m. at the community center, is a holiday “store” where children ages 12 and under can purchase gifts for family and friends for $5 and less.  Donations for the shop are appreciated.   A free showing of “The Polar Express” will take place on Friday, Dec. 9 at the community center. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.; the movie will start at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring a blanket or chair to sit o...
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With BCH closing, so goes Maryland with Pride items

Posted On: 12/1/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

With BCH closing, so goes Maryland with Pride items (Dec. 1, 2016) Berlin Coffee House announced in November last year it would host a “Maryland with Pride” popup shop inside the store, selling a variety of food and gift items made in the Free State. When the coffee house closes for good on Dec. 23, many of those items will no longer be available in the town. Owner Peggy Hagy said the popup performed very well at first, with many of the items selling out quickly. Once those orders were replenished, however, sales slowed. “Last year we blitzed through it,” she said. “I think the whole year’s been slow, so I don’t think there’s anything specific that went wrong – I just think it’s been a slow year.” Several of the items she carried at the launch did not sell and were discontinued early. Others, like Mama Vida sauces and Jill’s Jams, performed especially well. Hagy said she would easily recommend the popup to other merchants, despite the uneven results. R...
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Opening the dialogue: ‘East’ and ‘West’ Berlin

Posted On: 11/24/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Nov. 24, 2016) Heather Layton and Robin Tomaselli from the Berlin Arts & Entertainment committee sat down over coffee inside Baked Dessert Café with Gregory Purnell last Monday to discuss the committee’s “Artists Giving Back: Meals for the Hungry” drive next week. The goal of the even at Paul’s United Methodist Church on Flower Street in Berlin is to feed up to 200 people a hot, holiday meal. But for Layton and Tomaselli, the hope is that the event will become the start of something more meaningful – and ambitious – for the greater Berlin community. That notion, according to Tomaselli, started about a year ago when the A&E committee began working with local school children on a public mural. The first group of students came from Buckingham Elementary, and a second panel was developed with the input and brushstrokes of students in the Berlin Youth Club at Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. “I’m not from he...
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