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Pokémon Go boon for town exploration, downtown shops

Posted On: 7/21/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Pokémon Go boon for town exploration, downtown shops (July 21, 2016) Ivy Wells has a message for Pokémon Go fans: come to Berlin. The Economic and Community Development Director said the town is promoting itself as an epicenter for catching pocket monsters while playing the ubiquitous app. Wells began a social media push over the weekend, as signs went up around town on Monday encouraging visitors to “catch them all.” “Everyone’s talking about it and on Main Street and downtown and everywhere – even at Burley Oak – I see people walking around with their phones and hunting Pokémon,” she said. “I just wanted to make sure that people knew Berlin is a hotspot – we’re a great hunting ground.” Wells said reaction to the campaign has been slightly mixed on social media. “Someone commented, ‘don’t encourage the idiots,’ but it’s all in good fun,” she said. “It encourages people to get out and walk around, and there’...
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Contest entries for county’s best day-trip due Mon.

Posted On: 7/21/16
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(July 21, 2016) Worcester County Tourism wants to know what guests consider to be the perfect day-trip to Worcester County. Do visitors search for ponies at Assateague Island, shop in Berlin, explore the Old-Growth Forest of Snow Hill, go on a river cruise down the Pocomoke, or take in the beach, Boardwalk and entertainment in Ocean City? Tell Worcester County Tourism by participating in the Beach and Beyond “Best Summer Day-Trip Contest.” “We are looking for your perfect Worcester day trip,” Worcester County Tourism Director Lisa Challenger said. “Anything goes, so get creative, wacky, frugal, decadent, fun. You’ve got the experience, and we want it.” The day-trip must take place entirely in Worcester County. The day-trip must be able to be completed in 12 hours or less. Tell us about the day-trip in 300 words or less. Submissions are due by noon on Monday, July 25. One entry per person. Once clicking submit, no other changes can be ...
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Pocomoke Council shuffles $11K for bulletproof vests

Posted On: 7/21/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(July 21, 2016) With the fiscal 2017 budget only weeks old, the Pocomoke City Mayor and Council have already decided to approve shuffling more than $11,000 from the police department’s vehicle request to instead fund improved body armor for officers. Police Chief William Hardin explained to the council that the city’s current vests were reaching the end of their usable life, and would expire in January 2017. “The ones the officer chose is the Razor by Armor Express, it’s about one-third of the weight of the existing equipment,” Hardin said. Another reason for this choice, Hardin explained, is that the rule of thumb with body armor is it needs to be able to stop a bullet from an officer’s own sidearm. Hardin said the new vests would stop a bullet from “pretty much any handgun,” but wouldn’t hold up to more powerful weapons. The town budgeted $2,660 for four new vests, City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot said, but Hardin...
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Berlin church offers families chance to explore old ‘Egypt’

Posted On: 7/21/16
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(July 21, 2016) A summer family event called “Egypt” will be hosted at Bethany United Methodist Church, July 25-29.   Families will step back in time, exploring the life of Joseph. Children and adults will participate in Bible-times marketplace, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, dig into Egyptian eats, visit Joseph in prison and then in his palace home, and collect Bible Memory Makers to remind them of God’s Word. In addition, everyone learns to look for evidence of God all around them through something called “God Sightings.” Each day concludes at Celebration — a time of upbeat worship that gets everyone involved. Children and adults will join nearly one million participants in Operation Kid-to-Kid — a project to help fund basic home repairs through the nonprofit association Group Cares.   Dinner is offered at 5:30 p.m. and activities will run from 6-8 p.m. each day. There is no cost to participate. Bethany Church...
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Commission OKs two construction projects in Berlin

Posted On: 7/21/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Commission OKs two construction projects in Berlin (July 21, 2016) Two major new construction projects saw progress last week, as the Berlin Planning Commission approved site plans for a new Atlantic General Hospital Cancer Center and a new library. The 18,000 square-foot cancer center will be built near the intersection of Route 113 and Old Ocean City Boulevard. A 38,000-square foot building could also go on that site in the future, although plans for that were not part of the discussion. “AGH thinks there is a strong need for cancer care in the community,” attorney Hugh Cropper said. He added that the single-story building was designed to “try to keep those folks from having to go up stairs or elevators.” Planning Director Dave Engelhart said a recent traffic study related to the center was still under review, but that the biggest impact would likely be experienced during employee shift changes. Groundbreaking is scheduled for July 2017 with a completion date of March 2018. As for the library, its appro...
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Election to delay comprehensive plan

Posted On: 7/21/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 21, 2016) While the Ocean Pines Association Comprehensive Planning Committee had hoped to present a major update to board of directors this month, it will likely have to wait until after the August election. The advisory committee has almost completed work on a new 1,400-word, 39-question communitywide survey designed to gather data for a new comprehensive plan. Members of the committee had planned to present a draft for board approval by as soon as the July 28 public meeting. During a July 14 committee meeting, however, Chairman Frank Daly said that was unlikely. According to Daly, Board President Pat Renaud also told the committee “we should not expect this board to go into special session to review it.” “We want to be very careful because of what happened last time,” Renaud said, referring to a spring meeting with the committee and the directors that, by all accounts, did not go well. “We want to be as prepared for every contingency as we c...
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OP Library hosts book sale

Posted On: 7/21/16
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(July 21, 2016) In July of 2000, the Friends of Ocean Pines Library inaugurated what would become an annual event waited for by book lovers from Ocean City to Snow Hill, Ocean Pines to Pocomoke, Salisbury to Cambridge to Easton. The 2016 book sale will take place this weekend. At that first sale, there was an advertised 10,000 books for sale. This year’s book sale has well over 10,000 books, all of which have been donated by patrons of the library. The biggest single category is fiction and the Friends of the Ocean Pines Library volunteers have sorted the books alphabetically for ease of reference.   Nonfiction categories include gardening, sports, history, travel, biographies, nature, health, family, pets and science fiction. There are also many holiday-related craft books, and cookbooks covering every imaginable genre. Many of these books are donated in pristine condition and would make wonderful holiday gifts for the readers in any family. There will be a childrenR...
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Town employees grateful to council for continuing effort

Posted On: 7/21/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 21, 2016) Dessert was had before dinner last Monday in Berlin Town Hall, as town staff members presented a cake to the mayor and council at the start of their public meeting. Town of Berlin employees said it was a gesture of gratitude, and several workers expounded on the theme. “The things that you’ve done for [town staff] is greatly appreciated. It may seem like small stuff to you, but I can tell you it’s big stuff to these folks,” Managing Director Jeff Fleetwood said. “We greatly appreciate what you’ve done.” “We appreciate everything you all do for us and everything you give us for doing our jobs correctly. All we can do is thank you a lot and hope you enjoy our cake,” Wastewater Superintendent Jamey Latchum said. Water Superintendent Marvin Smith, who has been with the town for more than 30 years, said, “this is the smoothest the town has ever run.” “The council, you always do great things for us a...
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Ocean Pines Players present ‘The Whole Shebang’ comedy

Posted On: 7/21/16
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(July 21, 2016) The Ocean Pines Players address life, the universe and everything in the acclaimed one-act comedy “The Whole Shebang,” which is the main course in a full evening of theatrical fun and follies.   When reviewing the original production, a critic atVariety wrote, “Playwright Rich Orloff’s charming, whimsical comedy about the creation of the universe delivers impish fun along with a provocative message.” The Players have mined every bit of that fun in this production, which runs for two weekends only, July 22-24 and July 29-31, at the Life Center at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City. The theatrical “appetizer” for each production will be a Reader’s Theater performance of the short play “I’m Herbert,” by Robert Anderson. As the name implies, in Reader’s Theater the actors bring the story to life through a fully dramatized reading of the script, without any staging or...
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Pines GM: ‘things are actually good’

Posted On: 7/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(July 14, 2016) Ocean Pines Association General Manager Bob Thompson has a message for homeowners in the community: things are actually going pretty well. That’s not always the message coming out of the election forums, as 10 men and one woman vie for three seats on the board of directors, which serves as Thompson’s boss. And while he has been something of a punching bag during the last several election cycles, the numbers appear to tell a different story – one of moderate financial success and a homeowners association that has quietly become one of the safest communities in the state. That information, Thompson said, should not be lost on the public. “I think with everything going on right now and the lack of accurate information, I thought it was probably time to at least try to get on the record with accurate information – not partial information or pieces of information,” he said.   “Despite what you hear, things are actually ver...
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