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Tickets on sale for Ocean Pines Springo Bingo event

Posted On: 3/27/14
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OCEAN PINES–Tickets are on sale now for the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce Bingo event on Thursday April 3, in the Ocean Pines Community Center. At Springo Bingo, players will win cash and prize packages from area businesses. Each game is worth at least $50. There will also be a Chinese Auction, extra games and a 50/50 raffle. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased online at  www.oceanpineschamber.org  or at the Ocean Pines Chamber office, 11031 Cathell Road in Berlin. Space is limited so advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended. For more information, or to purchase tickets over the phone, call 410-641-5306. The event is open to the public.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and games start at 7 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce. 
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Dozer’s dogged cancer research run

Posted On: 3/27/14
Written By: Phil Jacobs

Dozer’s dogged cancer research run Had an opportunity to interview Rosana Panza, an Ocean Pines resident, and owner of one remarkable dog named Dozer. Why remarkable? How many dogs do you know who has a Facebook page? You can like him at Dozer the Dog. He has already over 16,000 likes. And why shouldn’t he. Dozer, 6, has raised over $40,000 for the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Dozer even has a children’s book soon to be released about his four-legged running ability. Three years ago this May, Panza left Dozer at the Fulton, Md. home of her brother, Rocco Dorsett. Near the Dorsett home was scheduled the Maryland Half Marathon & 5k run to benefit the Greenebaum Cancer Center. A storm came along and temporarily knocked out area power. With the power down, the invisible dog fence used to keep Dozer safe at home, also went down. Dozer ran off the familiar grounds only to run into a half-marathon in progress. Instead of running away from all of the people, he got into the race and ...
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Worcester County offers free 8-week CERT training

Posted On: 3/20/14
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NEWARK–Worcester County Emergency Services invites the public to participate in a free, eight-session Community Emergency Response Team course. The training takes place at the Fire Training Center, located on Central Site Lane in Newark, on Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m., April 9 through May 21, with CPR training to take place during class on April 23. CERT is an informative, hands-on, educational program packed with information to equip residents, who have no prior emergency medical training, to support their families and communities during a disaster. Participants will gain the decision-making and practical skills necessary to offer immediate assistance to those in need following an emergency until further help can arrive. Participants will learn basic lifesaving skills, such as CPR/AED, First Aid and fire suppression. They will also learn to recognize both natural and manmade hazards. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to create disaster plans and s...
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Snow cancellations spur county board of ed. to seek waiver

Posted On: 3/20/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

NEWARK — In a winter riddled with icy roads and snowstorms, Worcester County Public Schools have closed nine days for snow so far. “Polar vortex is a dirty word in my house,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jerry Wilson. But students and staff could see an earlier start to summer than expected, thanks to calendar modifications and pending approval of a waiver request to the state superintendent of schools approved at Tuesday’s meeting of the Worcester County Board of Education. To get students out the door before Friday, June 20 — a far cry from the original last day of school of Thursday, June 12 — the board modified the school calendar this week. It added a half-day on March 28, the Friday originally marked as a professional workday that students had off. After agreeing last month to make Thursday, April 17 — the first day of student’s spring break — a half-day, too, and considering the three snow days already built in the ...
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PMT impact study requirement part of crossover deadline

Posted On: 3/20/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

MARYLAND—Members of the Eastern Shore Delegation were successful in including legislation that would place an environmental impact study requirement on a controversial phosphorus management tool proposed by the Maryland Department of Agriculture before any money is appropriated, by the General Assembly’s March 17 Opposite Chamber Bill Crossover Date. The Opposite Chamber Bill Crossover Date is the deadline on which each chamber must send a bill to the opposite chamber for it to pass favorably that session. SB 027, which was pre-filed in the senate by Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38) to ensure early placement on the docket, and was introduced as HB 193 in the House by Del. Norman Conway (D-38B) in January. Conway, who serves as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said that House officials were working on the budget language of the proposal. He said if passed it would ensure that a study on how the regulatory tool could impact the local poultry industry prior to it being...
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Ocean Pines Garden Club offers college scholarship

Posted On: 3/20/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Garden Club will present a scholarship to a qualified Stephen Decatur High School graduating senior. The available scholarship is in the amount of $1,500. The purpose of the OPGC’s scholarship program is to stimulate interest in gardening, horticulture, agriculture, and the conservation and protection of the environment, as the greening of America extends to many professional and business industries. Eligibility requirements: the applicant is a full-time resident of Ocean Pines; the applicant is a child or grandchild of a non-resident, who is an active member of the Ocean Pines Garden Club, and the applicant agrees to follow the purpose of the scholarship, and plans to attend an accredited institution of higher learning.   The award may be used by the recipient to defray expenses at any approved degree or certificate granting college or university, technical or vocational school. Applicants who apply and address the purpose above will b...
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Berlin prepares for ‘Coolest Town’ celebration March 29

Posted On: 3/20/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

BERLIN—Economic and Development Director Michael Day made a presentation to the Town Council March 10 to outline the town’s upcoming celebration for winning Budget Travel Magazines designation of “America’s Coolest Small Town 2014,” which will include all the small town staples of red, white and blue-themed decorations, marching bands, banners, parades, and activities and entertainment on March 29. Mayor Gee Williams thanked the many volunteers who helped promote the town and increase awareness about the nationwide contest. The council approved the party and a budget of up to $5,000 for its expenses. During the meeting, the council also okayed Resolution 2014-01 to adopt redistricted election maps for the town elections scheduled to be held in October. The district configurations were finalized during a Feb. 19 meeting between the mayor, town council, Board of Elections and an official from the Maryland Department of Planning’s Redistricting and ...
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Tourism officials seeking Green Awards nominations

Posted On: 3/20/14
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WORCESTER COUNTY–Worcester County Tourism is accepting nominations through April 11 for the third annual Worcester Green Awards. Worcester Green celebrates excellence in promoting environmentally friendly practices, strategies and products. Awards will be granted to Worcester County businesses that demonstrate extraordinary performance related to sustainable environmental practices, such as water conservation, wastewater management, the promotion of alternative transportation and transit, recycling, energy conservation, on-site renewable energy production, use of local products and food sources and the purchase of renewable energy. Nominations are being accepted in the following five categories: Community Leader- Business Person or Organization - This award will recognize a long-term contribution to the environment by an individual, volunteer or an organization. Efforts should engage community building or conservation.Business - This award will recognize a positive ecologi...
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Berlin Fire Co. going after cornhole toss world record

Posted On: 3/20/14
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BERLIN—The Berlin Fire Company, long known for its breakfast fundraisers, will add something new this year, a Cornhole Toss Tournament on March 29 that will offer contestants the opportunity to try to break an official Guinness World Record. The day-long event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Berlin Fire Company, located at 214 North Main St. The cost for admission is $10 and includes all-you-can-eat of the hot dogs and hamburgers that will be served during the day. Entry is for individuals at least 18 years old. For an additional $5 fee, attendees 21 years old and older can purchase beer mugs with the Berlin Fire Company logo and a day-long supply of cold brews, Fitzgerald said.  There will be a cash bar for liquor and wine. A DJ will provide entertainment throughout the day. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. The team pre-registration fee for the tournament is $40 until March 22. Team registration on the day of the tournament will be $50, according to the fire company...
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Student-written plays to grace Stephen Decatur High stage

Posted On: 3/20/14
Written By: Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

BERLIN—The Stephen Decatur High School Theatre Department on Thursday, will present three performances of its spring production “Flights of Fancy,” from Wednesday, March 19, to Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. The performances are a compendium of five award-winning student-written plays that will be performed in the school’s auditorium, which is located at Route 50 and Seahawk Road. The awards were provided by the Cabaret Club of The Parke in Ocean Pines during its Sixth Annual Student Playwrights Competition and the one-act scripts have been compiled into a publication, along with 20 photographs taken by the student participants. The winning entries were contemporary-themed dramas and the two scripts that received honorable mentions were period pieces, according to the production’s director Gwen Lehman. High school senior Alex Cooley won the $300 first prize with “Lights. Camera. ROBBERY!” The play is about a young man’s desire to become a s...
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