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Paint Snow Hill to kick off today

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(April 13, 2017) Today, Thursday, more than 70 artists from across the mid-Atlantic will descend on the Eastern Shore for the 14th annual Paint Snow Hill, creating fresh art that will available for purchase this weekend. Ann Coates, owner of Bishop’s Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine, said the event’s genesis traces to a conversation she had with local artist Ron Lambert shortly after opening her business in November 2003. Lambert, who died a decade ago, had just participated in the inaugural Paint Annapolis event that September. The centuries-old tradition of plein air painting was advanced by the French Impressionists and allows artists to shed the four walls of a studio space to capture the subtleties of light in a natural setting. The French expression “en plein air” translates to “in the open air.” The conversation with Lambert connected Coates with the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, a regional group of artists who paint in ope...
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Community Briefs

Posted On: 4/13/17
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Honor Roll Senior Katie Hofman of Berlin, was named a commended scholar (all grades of 85 or above) during the winter term at Mercersburg Academy. Mercersburg Academy is a coeducational, independent college preparatory boarding and day school in south-central Pennsylvania with students enrolled in grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year. It has prepared students for college and life beyond since 1893. This year, there are approximately 440 students enrolled from 29 states, the District of Columbia, and 48 nations. 
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Showell school replacement design revamped

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) Increased space, security and the potential for cost savings led the Board of Education to redesign the layout of the proposed replacement for Showell Elementary School in Berlin, which is expected to begin construction in March 2019. Jettisoning the former design, which is similar to the letter E and more or less segregated each grade into its own wing, for a new layout that roughly resembles a rectangle, eliminated the need for about 214 linear feet of perimeter wall, 39 exterior classroom doors and reduced the need for pipes, conduits and cables. It also allowed the portable classrooms on the site to remain in place during construction, which is expected to save in excess of $200,000. However, school board officials were reluctant to factor these potential savings into the overall cost for the project at this point, leaving the total estimated cost to be about $42.4 million. The state is expected to contribute to the project, which is noted at a maximum of about...
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Wor. government facilities to close for Good Friday

Posted On: 4/13/17
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(April, 13, 2017) Worcester County Government offices, including all five Library branches, Liquor Control administrative offices, and the Worcester County Recreation Center, will be closed Friday, April 14, for the Good Friday holiday, and will resume standard hours of operation Monday, April 17. Shore Spirits retail liquor stores will be open during standard operating hours. The Central Landfill in Newark will be closed Friday, April 14, but will be open Saturday, April 15. The Central Landfill is closed on Sundays. The Homeowner Convenience Centers in Berlin, Pocomoke and Snow Hill will be closed both Friday, April 14, and Sunday, April 16, with standard hours of operation to resume Monday, April 17. WCG and the Library staff wish one and all a safe and happy holiday weekend. For more information on WCG hours of operation, contact Kim Moses, public information officer, at 410-632-1194.
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Cricket Center, WCCA make council pitches

Posted On: 4/13/17
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(April 13, 2017) Representatives from the Cricket Center and the Worcester County Commission on Aging appeared before the Berlin Town Council Monday night to make made separate requests for inclusion in the fiscal year 2018 budget. Cricket Center Program Director Wendy Myers said one in five boys and one in three girls would experience sexual abuse before they turn 18, according to recent statistics. The center works to prosecute child sexual abuse in the county by collaborating with social services, law enforcement, child-protective services, the Worcester County State’s Attorney, Atlantic General Hospital and Life Crisis. Myers said the center served 96 children last year and provided 512 hours of trauma therapy. Activities at the center directly led to 21 arrests and 179 years of jail time, she said. The annual Cricket Center Walk The Boards for Kids event in Ocean City, both a fundraiser and awareness drive, is scheduled for Monday, April 30. Roberta Baldwin, director ...
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Former Marine Dale running for Snow Hill council seat

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(April 13, 2017) Longtime Snow Hill resident Sylvester Dale has tossed his hat in the ring for the City Council’s open seat in the western district. “Since I’m a citizen of Snow Hill I have the right to file and I wanted to be a part of Snow Hill,” he said. “I lived here all my life I think and I have the voice of the people of Snow Hill – not just the western district, but the town as a whole.” Registered voters in Snow Hill’s western district will head to the polls on May 2 to pick a new representative to replace outgoing City Councilman Michael Pruitt. Dale is running against LaToya Purnell for the council position. After graduating from Worcester High School in Newark in 1968, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Marine’s First Combat Engineer Battalion. He spent the next two years on life-risking endeavors overseas. “I was a combat engineer,” he said. “We did mine sweeps to clear the roads in the morning for vehicles...
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Pocomoke passes interim financing for pump station

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(April 13, 2017) While not unanimous, the Pocomoke City Council approved the next steps to secure financing for an approximately $2.5 million rehabilitation of the Clarke Avenue pumping station at its meeting on Monday. City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot provided a breakdown on the project funding. “The projected cost for the Clarke Avenue main pumping station rehabilitation is just a hair under $2.5 million dollars,” he said. “Part of that money is going to be paid by a grant from the Maryland Department of the Environment.” Crofoot estimated the state grant would provide about $1 million of the cost, with the remaining $1.5 million sourced from a USDA loan. By a vote of 4-1, with Councilwoman Diane Downing opposed, the council approved on second reading a resolution to reimburse expenditures incurred with the project. “The IRS requires us to have one of these if we want to get back any of the money we’ve spent,” he said. “If ...
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Nguyen to take over former Berlin Shoe Box building

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) The previous owner apparently left the building on 110 North Main Street, once home to both the Berlin Shoe Box and World of Toys, in poor condition. The Shoe Box closed in February and the toy store is in the process of moving to a larger space across the street in downtown Berlin. New owner Sonny Nguyen promised to renovate the building with respect to the historic nature of the downtown. The Berlin Historic District Commission approved new signage and façade improvements for his new business, Main Street Nails, last Wednesday, but not before several on the commission delivered a note of caution. Nguyen, who also operates OC Nails on 64th Street, said there was paint chipping off the exterior of the building and he had found a good deal of rotted wood both inside and out. For now, he plans to replace what he can while waiting for more façade improvement funding to come through the town, likely next year. Nguyen said he wants to open as soon as possibl...
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Berlin Clean-Up Day looking for help feeding volunteers

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 13, 2017) Organizers of Berlin Clean-Up Day, April 22, continue to search for an organization to help feed its volunteer workforce. SonRise Church had supplied grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and canned soda for participants during prior years, but was apparently overbooked on the date, which also happens to be Earth Day. In Berlin, the annual event calls on members of the community to help freshen up town parks. The Berlin Parks Commission oversees Clean-Up Day, and registration start at 8:30 a.m. at both Stephen Decatur and Dr. William Henry parks. Last year, volunteers and members of town staff planted flowers in the beds outside of Berlin Falls park, installed four new park benches at Henry Park, and assisted with trimming, weeding and gardening at Stephen Decatur Park. At noon, about 100 volunteers gathered at Henry Park for a free lunch a good deal of camaraderie. During a parks commission meeting last Tuesday, Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen, the ...
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Abundance of Easter events planned in area

Posted On: 4/13/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 13, 2017) There are plenty of Easter festivities for the entire family to enjoy this weekend in Ocean City and the surrounding areas, from egg hunts and games for children to sunrise services. Here are a few of the events taking place: OCEAN CITY: • Celebrate Good Friday with a Cross Walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Friday, April 14, at noon. Participants should meet at the Son’Spot on Worcester Street and walk along the Boardwalk to Fourth Street. The group will carry a cross, sing songs and hymns and stop periodically for brief devotions on the cross. “Every couple of blocks, we will stop and the pastors do a devotional on what the cross means,” said Pastor Sean Davis. “It’s a nice event and everyone is welcome to come.” The Ocean City Christian Ministers Association hosts the Cross Walk and it will take place rain or shine. For more information, call 410-289-6573. • Ocean City’s 18th annual Easter Art, Craft and K...
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