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National Night Out returns as method to combat crime

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– For more than a decade, the town has come together on the first Tuesday in August to celebrate the community and help prevent crime. National Night Out returns to Dr. William Henry Park on Flower Street on Aug. 5 from 4-7 p.m. “We’ll have crime-prevention activities, a lot of things for the kids to do – it’s just a whole host of things,” said organizer PFC Claude Holland of the Berlin Police Department. “Nationally it’s an event to go out and have a community awareness of crime and to go ahead and make that statement that we’re coming together as a community to combat crime and the fear of crime,” said Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing. “It’s the fear of people scared to come out of their homes in different areas of their country – scared to communicate with their neighbors. Nationally it’s one of those statements: we can and will come together as a community to go ahead and promote safety ...
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Music and extra shopping part of SH First Friday

Posted On: 7/31/14
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SNOW HILL–As Snow Hill celebrates Arts on the River First Friday on Aug.1, the town will be preparing for its signature event, Blessing of the Combines, the next day. Light posts will be covered with corn stalks, flowers and ribbons in anticipation of the big event. The Mood Swings, Mike Armstrong and Lauren Glick, will provide background music for visitors while they stroll the streets of the town. Shop and gallery owners will keep their businesses open until 8 p.m. or beyond with art openings, music and special discounts. Browsing through Antiques by the River is always a shopping adventure that is bound to please discriminating shoppers. American Art Gallery will feature new works by Michele Byrne, Tara Grim, Olga Deshields, Paul Volker and Barb Dougherty, while Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine will show paintings and jewelry by Maurice Sevigny and serve summer wines for tasting. New to Snow Hill is Hallie Miller’s Classy Trash Thrift Boutique, located...
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Sixth annual Peach Festival returns to Berlin, Saturday

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The 6th annual Peach Festival, the town’s signature sweet and savory celebration, returns on Saturday, Aug. 2. Hosted by the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, the event features food, craft vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and displays of historic Berlin.  “It kind of took off the first year and it’s grown each year,” said museum Curator Susan Taylor. “Last year I remember standing on the lawn and looking down Main Street and the street was packed with people going up and down the sidewalks. It’s a town event and the whole town is really involved.” The festival originated in 1913 when the Maryland Horticultural College – known better today as the University of Maryland – helped develop an antifungal spray to save Berlin’s massive peach crop. “The spray eradicated the fungus, so they invited people from Baltimore and the University of Maryland and Wilmington, and everybody came in ...
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Good Farm offers free vegs. in return for volunteer labor

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

BERLIN - The Good Farm is again offering free vegetables in exchange for volunteer labor. Located at Mariner’s Country Down on Sinepuxent Road off Route 611, the Good Farm grows a wide variety of fruits and vegetables without the use of artificial chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides and maintains a small flock of chickens, whose eggs are sold along with the produce. Volunteers are invited to take whatever vegetables are ready to be eaten, just as volunteers at the farm did last year. In additional to doing a myriad of chores at The Good Farm, its founder, Christie McDowell, has held a Kids Day and children’s birthday parties at the site this year. “We hosted our first field trip in June for Carmella’s Kids and would like to continue to do field trips for schools,” McDowell said July 18. Children got a mini-lesson on worms and each took home a personal worm bin so they experience getting rid of kitchen scraps by putting the scraps in the bins. It is...
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Community Briefs

Posted On: 7/31/14
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Golf tournament Ocean Pines Members Golf Council and Taylor Bank will be partnering for the 30th annual Taylor Bank Tournament.  This event will be held at Ocean Pines Golf and Country Club on July 16, at 9 a.m. This tournament is the major fundraiser for the Council’s Scholarship Fund. For information, call Ron Rider at 410-208-6713 or the Pro Shop at 410-641-6057.   Cardiovascular Checks The Guerrieri Heart & Vascular Institute at Peninsula Regional Medical Center will be sponsoring its free Coastal Cardiovascular Checks on Tuesday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The heart and vascular health screenings will be performed by Peninsula Regional medical professionals inside the Wagner Wellness Van, which will be parked at the White Marlin Mall near Panera Bread in West Ocean City. Screening sessions are open to men and women over the age of 18 and are available on a first-come basis. The screening will include blood pressure, grip strength, body mass index...
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Jesse’s Paddle event to support suicide prevention mission

Posted On: 7/31/14
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SNOW HILL - For the sixth year, several dozen paddlers will set out from the Pocomoke River Canoe Company to support the scholarship and suicide prevention missions of the Jesse Klump Memorial Fund. Jesse’s Paddle will take place on Saturday, July 19, with registration opening at 4 p.m. The event is at the Pocomoke River Canoe Company in Snow Hill. “The Paddle is our most important annual fundraising event, and we have some fun, new features this year,” said JKMF President Kim Klump. “Our new online team-building program enables our generous donors to easily create fundraising teams, personalize their own team pages, set their own goals, and reach out to all their friends through social media or e-mail.”   Fundraisers can also go straight to the team building page at www.jessespaddle.donorpages.com/JessesPaddle2014. Alternatively, visit www.choosetolivemaryland.org, click on Events and you can learn about Jesse’s Paddle and then go straight ...
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Pines bridge player wants two more weeks of space

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES–Having a space to play bridge once weekly for approximately 50 out of 52 weeks is not sufficient for Ocean Pines resident Anna Foultz, who beseeched General Manager Bob Thompson and the board of directors for space each and every week during their July 23 meeting. Representing the Wednesday Bridge Club, Foultz said the group, which has been in existence more than 40 years, needs a weekly place to play cards. The group usually plays bridge on the second floor of the Ocean Pines Country Club, but Foultz said a man told them one day to leave, at times there has been no soap in the restrooms, sometimes it’s too hot and at other times, it’s too cold. “These ladies are playing in freezing conditions,” she said. At the other extreme, sometimes it is so hot they get sick, she said. “They’re not treating us properly,” Foultz said. “They’re not giving us a place to play bridge. Why didn’t they find us a place to...
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Ocean Pines Board takes on drainage to foreclosure issues

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES - Ocean Pines General Manager Bob Thompson and the board of directors discussed the following topics and took the following actions during the Wednesday, July 23, meeting. Drainage A new drainage crew is documenting all ditches and stormwater areas in the community. Thompson, County Commissioner Madison Bunting, Bobby Shockley and Eddie Wells will meet to discuss areas of concern. Thompson also said the new machine to vacuum pipes arrived a few days ago and vegetation in all ditches and swales is being cut. Ocean Pines has approximately 70 miles of roads and more than 100 miles of ditches. Yacht Club biz Thompson said the Yacht Club had revenues of $303,000 in June. “June for the Yacht Club was very, very strong,” he said. Some early complaints about consistency and temperature of the food and poor service are being addressed, he said. There is plenty of staff and chef Tim Ulrich is doing a good job, he said. Foreclosures During a closed meetin...
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Pine’eers to host 37th craft fair

Posted On: 7/31/14
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OCEAN PINES–On Saturday, Aug. 2, the Pine’eer Craft Club will sponsor the 37th annual Arts & Craft Fair in White Horse Park in Ocean Pines.   The event will begin at 9 a.m and features more than 100 crafters, food vendors, bake sale table, farmers market, music and children’s activities. The Pine’eer Crafters are partnering with the Ocean Pines Association to make this the biggest and best Arts & Craft Fair ever. All crafters will display their handmade items, and music will be provided by the Honeycombs. Children’s activities will be ongoing throughout the day. The Farmer’s Market will be open at 8 a.m.  The bake sale table is noted for such items as pineapple upside down cakes and homemade breads. In addition, the Craft Shop, sponsored by the Pine’eer Craft Club, will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This shop, located in front of the Ocean Pines Community Center, features handmade items created by members of the Pin...
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AIA offers chance to name foal as top raffle prize

Posted On: 7/31/14
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ASSATEAGUE - Assateague Island Alliance, friends group of Assateague Island National Seashore, presents a rare opportunity to “Name That Foal.” Enter the Name That Foal Charitable Raffle for a chance to name the wild Assateague horse, currently known as “N2BHS-AL,” a pinto filly born in December 2013. The foal was a “Christmas surprise” and despite the polar vortex and being born in the winter, she is surviving and thriving on Assateague Island. “N2BHS-AL” along with her mother, “N2BHS-A” (“Gokey Go Bones”) are both part of “N9BM-E” (“Yankee’s”) band and can be seen often in the developed zone of Assateague Island. The raffle will be held through Labor Day weekend with the drawing on Sept. 1 at Macky’s Bayside on 54th Street in Ocean City. Winner does not need to be present. Name is subject to approval and may not include any licensed or copyrighted content. Donation is ...
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