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Showell school cost causes head-shaking

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

SHOWELL– The nearly $50 million price tag of a new school became an election issue when several acting and prospective Worcester County Commissioners questioned the cost during a candidate forum on Sept. 17. The 100,000 square-foot Showell Elementary replacement school, currently in the early stages of planning, boasts an estimated total cost of $48.9 million, including a feasibility study and architectural and engineering design costs. The county estimates the total construction cost at $37.5 million. Built in 1976 and modified in 1990, Showell Elementary accommodated students from preschool classes through fourth grade. Because of overcrowding, the county relocated the entire fourth grade to Berlin Intermediate School in 1999. Congestion also affected the second grade class, forcing students into nine portable trailers behind the main building. Current enrollment at Showell Elementary is 568. The replacement school would hold up to 642 students and return the fourth grade....
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Flower Street gets attention to its stormwater problems

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– As long-promised stormwater improvements come closer to fruition, town officials are promising not to leave out residents in high-risk areas where they are losing property to flooding and erosion. Several homes on Flower Street, specifically the area near Showell Street, have a gaping ditch running through their backyards. During a series of meetings last year, property owners complained to the town that they are literally losing ground. “During those meetings a concern was expressed that the ditch that runs parallel to Showell Street (on Flower Street) – that ditchbank is becoming unstable,” said District 4 Councilmember, Dean Burrell. Darl Kolar, and engineer from EA Engineering, Science and Technology, said a series of planned stormwater improvements would begin on Flower Street. “We’re starting there … due to the importance of the area and the impact on those residents,” he said. “Our design approach is to relieve...
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Hospitals, association offer community health fair Sat.

Posted On: 10/2/14
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BERLIN–Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center are collaborating with the Ocean Pines Association and its Communications Advisory Committee to offer a free health fair to the community. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Ocean Pines Community Center at 235 Ocean Parkway. Atlantic General Hospital will be providing various health-related screenings including: hearing, foot checks for neuropathy, carotid and bone density. Other information specialists will be there from the Endoscopy Center, mental health services, health literacy, orthopedics, advance directives, palliative care, patient portal, hospital quality and patient safety. PRMC providers will be on site performing blood pressure checks, pulse oximetry, body composition screenings and heal dexa screenings. On board the PRMC Wagner Wellness Van will be physicians conducting skin cancer screenings. There will be information available on ortho/joint replacement...
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Water division sets schedule for flushing lines in October

Posted On: 10/2/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Water and Wastewater Division of Worcester County Public Works will begin its semi-annual program for flushing waterlines in Ocean Pines, River Run, Pennington Commons and other areas of the county during October. The purpose of this program is to remove any accumulated sediment from the lines and to ensure the hydrants are operational. Below are the proposed dates for the flushing of the waterlines. These dates are subject to change. OCEAN PINES: Week of Oct. 6 - Sections 2, 3, 7, River Run and Showell Elementary Week of Oct. 13 - Sections 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, and Harbor Village Week of Oct. 20 - Sections 12, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d, and Mumfords Landing  Week of Oct. 27 - Sections 9, 11, 13, Village Square, Manklin Creek area, Pennington Commons, and Cathell Road Extension Week of Nov. 3 - Sections 10, 15a, 15b, 16, 17 and Bay Point Plantation OTHER AREAS: Week of Oct. 13 - Bayside at Ocean City and Lewis Road Week of Oct. 20 - Mystic Harbo...
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AGH gives anti-flu advice and sets flu clinics

Posted On: 10/2/14
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BERLIN–Frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with those who are sick certainly helps, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best way to prevent the flu is getting a flu vaccine each year. As a service to our community’s health, Atlantic General Hospital/Health System is again providing flu shot clinics free to the community. Individuals must be at least 13 years old to receive the vaccine at one of the free clinics. This year, the hospital and health system has scheduled the clinics as follows: •  Saturday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. to noon at the health fair at Ocean Pines Community Center, 235 Ocean Parkway Ocean Pines, Md. 21811 •  Tuesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Taylor Bank (Snow Hill Branch), 108 West Market St. Snow Hill, Md. 21863 •  Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2-6 p.m., Atlantic General Hospital Free Flu Clinic (Use Emergency Room entrance), 9733 Healthway Dr. Berlin, Md. 21811 •  Thursd...
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Chesapeake Celtic Festival taking place at Furnace Town

Posted On: 10/2/14
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SNOW HILL–The 25th Chesapeake Celtic Festival will take place, Oct. 4-5, at Furnace Town Living Heritage Village. Tucked away in the ancient and vast Pocomoke forest, Furnace Town is sealed away from time beneath the great trees. Like the legendary Brigadoon, the Living Heritage Village emerges from the mist as an old Gaelic settlement when the Chesapeake Celtic Festival transforms it each fall. Festival founder and producer, Jeanne du Nord, said that activities and entertainment for all ages abound in this 25th edition of the festival. New this year will be Rainborosa, a fairy artist who dances while she paints. Also Little Red, a miniature horse will give cart rides. Blinky the Clown will bring laughter and Marshall Muskrat in a kilt will deliver greetings from the river creatures. The usual gathering of Celtic breed dogs will be joined by a costumed dog parade each day at 1:30 p.m. In the chapel, there will be a Celtic wedding on Saturday as Tanya and Kevin Halligan r...
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Annual Christmas parade in Berlin scheduled for Dec. 4

Posted On: 10/2/14
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BERLIN–Berlin’s 44th annual Christmas parade will be held on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m.   The parade officially kicks off numerous Christmas events scheduled for December in Berlin. This year’s parade theme is “Berlin’s Coolest Small Town Christmas.” The parade rain date is Dec. 11. The parade is sponsored by the Berlin Main Street program, in cooperation with the merchants of the town. All costs of conducting the parade are covered by donations from Berlin area merchants and entry fees. Due to the increased costs, most categories will be asked to pay a small entry fee of $10. Commercial entries will cost $25. Due to time constraints, this year’s parade will be limited to 80 entries. Entries are reminded that the parade route will be the same as last year. To alleviate congestion during the line-up of the entries, there will be two entry points. Entrants will be contacted the week of the parade with a line-up number and entry points...
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Horses used to help children dealing with loss

Posted On: 10/2/14
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SALISBURY–Coastal Hospice will provide a supportive program called “Hope and Healing with Horses,” for children ages 6 to 14 who have experienced the death of a parent, grandparent, sibling or loved one. The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kindred Spirit Farm, 3191 Johnson Road in Salisbury. The event is free and open to both hospice and non-hospice families. Children grieve in their own way, and the event will offer grief education and activities centered around horses. Activities will provide children with an opportunity to explore the emotions associated with their loss, as they talk to, lead and groom horses and also to share experiences with other children who have experienced similar losses. In addition, there will be grief support activities for the adults who accompany the children. Children must be accompanied by an adult and should wear closed-toe shoes for riding. The event will take place rain or shine, and lunch ...
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Outreach efforts scheduled for insurance assistance

Posted On: 10/2/14
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SNOW HILL–The Lower Shore Health Insurance Assistance Program is ramping up outreach efforts in preparation for the second year of open enrollment for Maryland Health Connection, the state’s health insurance marketplace. The Worcester County Health Department was awarded a grant from the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to implement a program to help educate, determine eligibility and enroll uninsured residents of Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties into private health plans or Medicaid. Open enrollment of the new state system, MarylandHealthConnection.gov, launches in mid-November. All consumers shopping for health insurance on the exchange for the 2015 calendar year — even those who currently have a qualified health plan through the exchange — should re-enroll between Nov. 15 and Dec.18 in order to compare plan prices and receive an advanced federal tax subsidy that could significantly lower their costs. Local, certified staff are scheduling appoin...
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Day to get a day before calling it a day

Posted On: 9/25/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Michael Day, one of the Town of Berlin’s most respected officials, will not be going quietly. That is, a community wide retirement party will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1 for the departing Economic and Community Development director. The celebration was announced this week in a statement issued this week by Mayor Gee Williams, who recognized Day as one of the architects of the “Coolest Small Town” campaign and “the spark that Berlin needed.” “Michael has been instrumental in transforming Berlin into a vibrant community with an active downtown,” Williams said. “His work is a big part of why we became America’s Coolest Small Town.” Day, who announced his retirement in April, began working jointly as a circuit writer in Berlin and Pocomoke in June 2005 after serving on the Salisbury City Council. In 2009, he became a full-time Berlin employee and was instrumental in securing Berlin’s Main Street status a ...
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