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Pines Youth Theater provides more than $4K in scholarships

Posted On: 7/16/15
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(July 16, 2015) The Ocean Pines Youth Theater awarded $4,400 in college and arts camp scholarships this year to local students. Each of the six college scholarships was awarded to a graduating senior who has participated in The Ocean Pines Youth Theater productions and is pursing a college major or minor in a performing arts discipline. The recipients of the college scholarships are: Jarad Godwin, Caroline Lewis, Cecily Sass and Emmi Shockley from The Worcester Preparatory School, Rachel Lynch from Snow Hill High School and Haley Wolfersberger from Parkside High School. The two arts camp recipients, who will be attending arts camps in New York City this summer, are Kate Carpenter and Scott Devenny.
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Have spooky good time during Berlin’s ghost walk

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

Have spooky good time during Berlin’s ghost walk (July 16, 2015) As visitors tour nine supposedly haunted properties and a graveyard in Berlin, their guides on the Chesapeake Ghost Walk tell tales about deceased residents who continue to be spotted years after they died. “Berlin is the only town where we have walking dead,” said Mindie Burgoyne, Chesapeake Ghost Walk researcher and creator. “It’s a fabulous place to have a ghost walk and the most mystical town we have out of all 10 walks.” The tour is about two hours long and encompasses 1.5 miles of the community. The first stop, the Atlantic Hotel, is the center for hauntings in Berlin, with ghosts tied to the antique décor throughout the building and making appearances inside the rooms or hallways. Recently, as the story goes, a woman came out of Room 16 and asked a daytime manager for towels. When she came back with the towels and knocked on the door no one would answer. After placing the towels on the bed to what looked to be an empty room...
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Humane society presents ‘Cat Days of Summer’

Posted On: 7/16/15
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(July 16, 2015) The Worcester County Humane Society will be holding adoption events, “The Cat Days of Summer” at Walmart in Berlin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following Saturdays over the summer: July 18, 25, Aug. 1, 15, 22 and also Sunday, July 26. There will also be some additional Saturdays in the fall: Sept. 12, 19 and Oct. 10. Cats will be available for adoption at every event along with baked goods for purchase and raffle tickets with the chance to win three cash prizes. Cats from the shelter are also at Petco and OC Pet Spa both in West Ocean City and of course, visitors are welcome at the shelter during regular business hours. Adoptions are based on application approval. Adoption fees for cats are $75 and include spay/neuter, immunizations, microchip and fecal exam. The shelter also has a senior to senior program where any person 65 and older adopting a cat over the age of 8 will have their adoption fee waived. The Worcester County Humane Society is a private,...
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Heritage arts activities set for Julia A. Purnell Museum

Posted On: 7/16/15
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(July 16, 2015) The Julia A. Purnell Museum has just begun its most popular summer offering for children: a series of heritage arts activities where youngsters will learn about the area’s history through hands-on projects. The activities are offered every Wednesday through Aug. 12 from 1-3 pm. Throughout the summer, participants will create handmade Victorian toys, learn to play croquet in Byrd Park and engage with the museum’s collection of local artifacts. “Letting children experience history hands-on engages them with the ways people lived in the past and helps them to think about how those ways of living shape their experiences today,” said Julia A. Purnell Museum Executive Director Dr. Cindy Byrd. Thanks to the support of the Berlin-Ocean City Optimist Club, general admission is free for children all year in 2015, and this includes the Heritage Arts for Kids workshops. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is not needed; simply...
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Pines Boat Club parade returns Saturday, July 25

Posted On: 7/16/15
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Pines Boat Club parade returns Saturday, July 25 (July 16, 2015) The Ocean Pines Boat Club will present its annual boat parade, Saturday, July 25. Participants do not need to be a member of the club to join the parade, which will begin and end at the Swim and Racquet Club, on Seabreeze Road in North Ocean Pines. Boats will line up at 11 a.m., and the parade will start at noon. The theme of this year’s parade is “Days of Yore,” meaning years gone by up to the current time. Some suggestions for boat themes include: the Middle Ages, such as kings and queens; The Wild Frontier, such as cowboys and Indians, or anything historical. Awards will be presented for Best in Parade, Best Theme, Best Costumes and Best Design.   There is a small entry fee of $10 per boat. The awards ceremony will be held later that day at 4 p.m. at the White Horse Park pavilion. Parade rain date is Sunday, July 26. To participate or for more details, contact Fred Heinlen at 410-208-3165, fheinlen5@msn.com or Steven Stein at 410-641...
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OP Director Renaud defends role

Posted On: 7/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OP Director Renaud defends role (July 9, 2015) To some in Ocean Pines, 76-year-old Pat Renaud is a hero. To others, he’s a Benedict Arnold. Last August Renaud was the leading vote-getter during the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election. A first-time candidate, he and Dave Stevens were swept into office and quickly moved to restructure, the balance of power on the board and the way meetings operated. According to Renaud, he was recruited to run by Marvin Steen. “He and his group said they wanted somebody they thought would be responsible and intelligent to run for the board, and my name was suggested,” he said. “I was a little bit surprised, because I wasn’t really political and I had never thought about it. I said I’d think about it, and after about two weeks I went from, ‘Why me,’ to, ‘why not me?’ “I had experience on boards before, both as an executive director, like [General Manager] Bob Thompson is, and also as a chairman of th...
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Can Day duplicate his Berlin success again in Snow Hill?

Posted On: 7/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Can Day duplicate his Berlin success again in Snow Hill? (July 9, 2015) When Berlin became “America’s Coolest Small Town” last year, many people pointed to Economic and Community Development Director Michael Day as a key figure in the town’s resurgence. Day, who attempted to retire in December, was recently tapped by Snow Hill for a similar role, and expectations are high that the town, in time, could enjoy a similar renaissance. Admittedly, it wasn’t an easy sell. “The mayor called me and asked me to come and help him,” Day said. “I told him I’m retired and don’t want to work.” Eventually, Snow Hill Mayor Charlie Dorman convinced Day to meet with the town manager, and Day agreed to come on as an economic development consultant. “I said I’m not going to be an employee and I’ll work my own hours, but I’ll get the job done,” he said. “I see potential and I’m excited about having another challenge. “It’s not going to...
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Collins has differing view of board

Posted On: 7/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Collins has differing view of board (July 9, 2015) There are two sides to every story, so the saying goes, and in Ocean Pines, there are two sides to the discussion of how the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors should govern. Following last August’s election, it appeared those two sides would be a voting bloc formed by newly elected Pat Renaud and Dave Stevens and returning directors Marty Clarke and Jack Collins. One the other side of the aisle would be previous board president Tom Terry and directors Bill Cordwell and Sharyn O’Hare.   General Manager Bob Thompson was caught in the middle following an election where Renaud and Stevens spent a fair amount of time criticizing his contract and his perceived abundance of influence. Then, somewhere along the way things got fuzzy. Treasurer Jack Collins, elected to the board in 2013, said he and Clarke and been ignored by Terry and the previous majority. “I tried to reach out to Tom and a couple of the rest of them to some degree, and I ...
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Williams returns to Com. Foundation

Posted On: 7/9/15
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Staff Writer

(July 9, 2015) Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, and recently retired State Highway Administration community liaison, has taken a new job: marketing director for the nonprofit Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Though based in Salisbury, the foundation helps fund other nonprofits in the three lower Eastern Shore counties via lump sum grants, and Williams, who is returning for a second stint as the foundation’s marketing director, sees more coming Worcester’s way. “When I was here before, we crossed $30 million in assets, and a few months ago we crossed $100 million in assets, which means we’re able to give out more than $1 million per year. Worcester is going to feel a greater presence,” Williams said. Williams said more than 90 percent of foundation’s gifts are reinvested and granted to local charities. “It’s a solid, proven method with a great track record. Other than our endowment, we are offering more scholarships, but that is d...
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Star Charities annual Western night at Ocean Downs, July 9

Posted On: 7/9/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 9, 2015) Ocean Pines-based nonprofit Star Charities is going a little bit country for its annual Western Night fundraiser at the Racetrack Clubhouse at Ocean Downs tonight, Thursday. Kicking off at 4:30 p.m., the event will feagture live entertainment, simulcast harness racing, door prizes, a 50/50 raffle and a buffet. Tickets are $26, and proceeds will benefit Parkinson’s research. Organizer Anna Foultz said the disease is particularly prevalent in Ocean Pines. “We’re trying to get money to support research and try and stop it, because there is no cure,” she said. “It’s a horrible disease and the money we raise is going to stay right here in Ocean Pines.” Star Charities supports more than a dozen local and national organizations and causes, including Alzheimer’s research, the American Cancer Society, the Girl Scouts and Diakonia. “It’s a lot of phone calls and a lot of organizing and the girls in my group are s...
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