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Landsman’s new shop made into a dazzler

Posted On: 12/11/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Dec. 11, 2014) For Joyce Landsman, the fourth time might actually be the charm. The eclectic new shop in Manklin Station near the South Gate in Ocean Pines is her fourth business in the area, following Inn on the Ocean, An Afare to Remember and Mainstreet Gift Gallery. “My husband and I moved here from Montgomery County, Md. for him to practice dentistry,” Landsman said. “We were in the D.C. area where he practiced, and we decided to get out of Dodge and come here.” Inn on the Ocean, a bed and breakfast, opened on the Boardwalk in Ocean City in 1996 and included a catering service. When Landsman sold the property, she opened An Afare to Remember, a gourmet food store, in 1999. “We outgrew that pretty quickly,” Landsman said. “We started out with five tables where people could sit down and have a cappuccino and get some sandwiches and takeout, then the rest of the store was antiques and gifts. Within a month I had to throw the dealers out a...
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Humane soc. aims to grow membership

Posted On: 12/11/14
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(Dec. 11, 2014) As a nonprofit, the Worcester County Humane Society relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses in the community. Once a year in December the shelter launches its membership drive and the funds raised enable the shelter to continue serving the people and animals in the community. Membership donations directly benefit all of the animals that come into the no-kill shelter. Members make it possible for the facility to take in cats and dogs in need of shelter and sanctuary, provide vaccinations for every animal and loving care in a clean, warm and comfortable environment. The dedicated staff not only care for all of the animals, but they also promote the adoption of animals into loving homes and reunite lost pets with their owners. Caring for the ever increasing numbers of animals puts a tremendous burden on the staff, facility and limited resources. Every donation is critical to carry out the shelter’s mission to advocate for animal welfare and to prov...
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State reports increase in casino revenue

Posted On: 12/11/14
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(Dec. 11, 2014) The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency announced November revenue numbers for the state’s five casinos – Hollywood Casino Perryville in Cecil County, Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore City, Casino at Ocean Downs in Worcester County, Live Casino in Anne Arundel County and Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Allegany County. November’s combined statewide revenue totaled $90.1 million. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated $6.1 million from both slot machines and table games in November. Gross gaming revenue per unit per day was $149.93 for slot machines, $2,352.56 for banking table games and $358.53 for non-banking table games. Hollywood Casino’s November 2014 revenue decreased by $457,581, or 6.9 percent, from November 2013. Hollywood Casino Perryville operates 1,158 slot machines and 22 (12 banking and 10 non-banking) table games. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore generated $23.3 million from both slot machines and table games in November. Gross gamin...
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Penguin Swim reminder: get ready for plunge

Posted On: 12/11/14
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(Dec. 11, 2014) It’s time to sign up for the Atlantic General Hospital Penguin Swim. This New Year’s Day marks the 21st anniversary for the event, which has become a local tradition on the shore. Penguins are encouraged to come wearing costumes and awards will be presented to the best dressed. Special recognition awards will be given to oldest and youngest penguins, as well. First-, second- and third-place trophies will be awarded to those who raise the most money in divisions for individuals and adults, penguins 18 and under, and teams – businesses and community groups/organizations. All penguins will receive incentive prizes based on individual fundraising efforts. Individual and team participants can register now to start collecting donations. For more information or to register, visit aghpenguinswim.org. Find the event on Facebook at facebook.com/penguinswim or call the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation office at 410-641-9671 for paper forms. On Wednesd...
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Ready for town’s big parade

Posted On: 12/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Dec. 4, 2014) The 44th annual Berlin Christmas Parade is coming to town tonight (Thursday), bringing dozens of floats to pack the streets with cool, festive cheer. Dubbed “The Coolest Christmas Parade in America,” the event quickly filled to capacity, with 85 entries sponsored by businesses, individuals and school, nonprofit and youth groups. Organizer JoAnn Unger credited the town’s Budget Travel designation with the increase in interest. “I believe [that] may be a reason groups contacted us so early to make sure they were part of the ‘Coolest’ parade,” she said. “We were very happy to see the parade fill up so quickly, and we have several new entries this year.” Mayor Gee Williams said the parade, “was cool before everything else. It’s all about having families and especially children coming out and doing something bright and festive,” he said. Although the first parade was held during the day, Williams ...
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Yacht Club manager replaced

Posted On: 12/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Dec. 4, 2014) Ocean Pines quietly dealt with a major controversy in mid-November, replacing embattled Yacht Club manager Dave McLaughlin and installing Beach Club manager Lynda Huettner on an interim basis. Opened on Memorial Day weekend, the new $4.7 million facility won rave reviews for its facilities, but drew criticism from others in the community when the management style apparently scared away several community groups. The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce, for instance, booked its annual awards and installation banquet at the Ocean City Marlin Club, rather than at the Yacht Club. The Golf Association, a staple of the community, also snubbed the Yacht Club in favor of a West Ocean City venue. Other community groups complained that they did not receive special treatment or reduced prices at the club, and some questioned whether the facility should function strictly as an amenity or more autonomously as a revenue-generating business. More recently, during General Manager Bob T...
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Rail plan cautiously considered by county

Posted On: 12/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Dec. 4, 2014) Although it was a unanimously popular project with the previous Worcester County Commissioners, the excursion railroad that would run between Berlin and Snow Hill faces some uncertainty with this week’s installation of four new commissioners. Warren, Pa., firm Stone Consulting presented a phase one feasibility study to the previous commissioners in November, and Worcester County Economic Development Director Bill Badger was directed to negotiate costs for a phase two study. Badger said interest in the train began when leadership from Pennsylvania-based Strasburg Railroad visited Berlin last year. “They were the catalyst for this whole thing,” he said “When Strasburg came down for the Christmas holidays and stayed at the Atlantic Hotel, they said, ‘I see the potential here.’” Following the initial spark, a delegation of Worcester County officials, including Badger, traveled to the Strasburg headquarters to gather information...
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New notification system makes its debut in Berlin

Posted On: 12/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Dec. 4, 2014) Berlin’s new emergency notification system went live last Tuesday, allowing residents to sign up for emergency alerts delivered via phone or email. The system will likely get its first test during a scheduled power outage on Saturday, Dec. 13. “The mayor and council recognized the need to be able to communicate with our citizens quickly and efficiently,” Mayor Gee Williams said in a press release. “The use of a mass notification system that can deliver messages by phone, email or text all at once and to many people will help us keep our residents, businesses and even visitors informed.” After sending requests for proposals on the system nationwide, Berlin chose Florida-based CodeRED Emergency Notification System. Town staff received training on the system in preparation for its use. CodeRED allows the Berlin to notify residents of power outages, road closures and other incidents that affect the entire town. Businesses and individuals ...
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Model train display in Snow Hill

Posted On: 12/4/14
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(Dec. 4, 2014) First Friday in Snow Hill is Dec. 5 and the town is inviting families to take part in a number of holiday activities from 5-8 p.m. Sponsored by the Snow Hill Elementary School PTA, pictures with Santa are free to members of the school’s PTA and $7 for the public. Hot chocolate, caroling and holiday treats also highlight the monthly art stroll. For train enthusiasts, the second floor of the Pocomoke River Canoe Company includes a large display of Corddry Crossing Model Trains. Train engineers will be present to share their knowledge of the O-gauge model train-operating layout, and the trains will be running along their tracks for the amusement of people of all ages. The display is also available for viewing on Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1-4 p.m. The Snow Hill Elementary School after-school choir, “The Melodious Minis,” will also perform holiday music at the Canoe Company on 2 River Street during the evening.  
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Request for proposals sent out on golf course

Posted On: 12/4/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Dec. 4, 2014) Ocean Pines moved closer to outsourcing the community golf course this week, as a Dec. 1 committee meeting updated progress on bids. The Ocean Pines Association began sending requests for proposals on the leasing and management of the Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed facility on Oct. 16. Operation would include maintenance of the golf course as well as the country club and associated support facilities during an initial three-year term. Board Parliamentarian Tom Terry, Treasurer Jack Collins and former board member Jeff Knepper drafted the RFP. During the last regular board meeting on Saturday, Nov. 22, Collins said the OPA received as many as 10 inquiries. At press time, at least five companies had submitted written bids, according to Terry. “We received four bids for management and one bid for leasing that submitted documentation,” he said. That list apparently includes current management Billy Casper Golf. “They wrote a letter stating they want...
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