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No vote yet on Pines country club

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors left a July 28 meeting with the expectation that an electronic vote would hand over renovations at the country club to Willow Construction LLC by the first week of August. But this week, board President Dave Stevens said things had become more complicated and that a decision would almost certainly be deferred to the next board of directors after the Aug. 12 election results are announced. The OPA’s Public Works Department had been working on the renovations, but its removal of fire safety systems caused a host of problems with the county fire marshal. During the July 28 meeting, interim General Manager Brett Hill asked the directors to approve a $536,000 contract with Willow to take over the project entirely. The Easton-based company handled the recent renovations of the Ocean Pines beach club. Several directors said this was the first they had heard about the issues and asked for more time, and the board membe...
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Ocean Pines Aquatics host program for junior lifeguards

Posted On: 8/10/17
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(Aug. 10, 2017) Future lifeguards are invited to join Ocean Pines Aquatics for skill-building, swimming and fun at the community’s popular junior lifeguard program this summer. Participants ages 7 and up will learn lifeguard skills, basic CPR, first aid and more during the three-day session. Returning Ocean Pines junior lifeguards will serve as junior crew chiefs and will learn additional skills. The program will be offered Aug. 15-17. On Tuesday and Thursday, class will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Sports Core Pool, located at 11144 Cathell Road in Ocean Pines. On Wednesday, program participants will assist with Family Fun Night at the Oasis Pool, located at 1 Mumford’s Landing Road in Ocean Pines, from 5:30-8 p.m. The fee is $75 per person, which includes a T-shirt, whistle and first aid kit. Dinner, drinks and snacks will be provided on Wednesday and Thursday. Registration for the program, which is open to the public, will be taken at the Sports Core Pool only. ...
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HDC endorses new downtown mural

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) The Berlin Historic District Commission enthusiastically endorsed three proposals of the Berlin Arts and Entertainment District last Wednesday: a new public art mural, bike racks, and shop signs affixed to flower boxes. Brian Robertson, owner and operator of the Berlin Printery, designed the image for the mural. The commission was so pleased with it, it did not stipulate where it had go. Members of the Arts and Entertainment Committee said several locations were being considered, including the north-facing walls of the Worcester Youth and Family and World of Toys buildings on Main Street, along with the Berlin Butcher Shop on William Street and Bruder Hill on Commerce Street. Robertson, after the meeting, said a fifth location was also being considered. Chairwoman Carol Rose called the image timeless and said it would go well with the 150th anniversary of the town next year. The black-and-white design resembles a vintage postcard and includes the phrase “Gr...
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Two storefronts still irk Berlin advisory panel

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) Members of the Berlin Historic District Commission continued to express their frustration last Wednesday with what they said was a lack of enforcement of their rulings. Replacement windows and other repairs at A Little Bit Sheepish and Main Street Nails, in particular, have been sore subjects and two commission members, Robert Poli and Mary Moore, have been especially outspoken on the subject. One of the large storefront windows at A Little Bit Sheepish that faces Main Street had to be replaced after a vehicle crashed into the building. Extensive renovations also continue at the nail salon by Sonny Nguyen who bought the building that housed the former Berlin Shoe Box. Both cases originated earlier this year and critics said the final products did not measure up to plans presented during previous Historic District Commission meetings. Apparently, a single-pane plate glass window was replaced with a two-pane window at A Little Bit Sheepish, and commission members ...
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Motorcycle swap meet registering vendors for Sturgis

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

 (Aug. 10, 2017) In preparation for Snow Hill’s second annual Ride To Sturgis event, organizers have begun registering vendors for a Motorcycle Swap Meet on Sept. 16. Michael Day, Snow Hill economic development consultant, said the nominal fee would be waived for those who sign up prior to the event. “If they sign up now it’s free,” he said. “Day of registration is $25.” The Ride to Sturgis event is timed to coincide with OC Bikefest and Delmarva Bike Week, both of which draw large throngs of motorcycle enthusiasts to the area. The idea came to life during a conversation between Day and Pocomoke River Canoe Company owner Barry Laws, as they tried to conceive of a means to siphon off a small percentage of the more than 100,000 bikers who descend on the Lower Shore during mid-September. “He said, ‘well we’ve got Sturgis Park,’ and I just connected the dots and said, ‘oh we’re going to do that,’̶...
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Summer months tough on Diakonia food pantry levels

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) Much has been said about the generosity of Worcester County residents when it comes to giving. That’s especially true during the winter, when the holiday spirit serves as a rallying cry to donate food, clothing and money to help those in need. But the problems of the needy don’t go away once winter gives way to warmer months, when area nonprofits find themselves scrambling for money and supplies. While millions of beachgoers flock to the beach, workers and volunteers at nonprofits such as Diakonia in West Ocean City often struggle to provide the same level of support as they do in December, January and February. “In the summer months, the need for food is not necessarily where our attention is focused,” Diakonia Executive Director Claudia Nagle said. “It’s historically a very slow time for food donations, but our demand is still pretty high.” Michelle D’Ascoli manages the food pantry for Diakonia. For 15 years, she w...
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Bishop’s Stock welcomes new pup

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(Aug. 10, 2017) There has been a changing of the guards at Bishop’s Stock Fine Art Craft & Wine in Snow Hill. Following the passing, last month, of longtime canine ambassador, Sarge, owner Ann Coates has filled the void with a new, furry face. Coates said Sage “had been part of the gallery.” The amiable golden retriever was born just prior to the opening of Bishop’s Stock in 2003. “We launched it with Sarge … who really became the known identity here because he was here for 14 years,” she said. About two weeks after losing Sarge, a golden retriever puppy, named Cropper Island rockin’ rye, or simply “Rye,” filled the opening. The site of the pup for those who first walk into the gallery, according to Coates, is akin to “almost instantaneous happiness.” Rye currently serves under the tutelage of the other canine-in-residence at Bishop’s Stock, an English Labrador retriever known as Primo, or “...
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Pup of the Pines photo contest

Posted On: 8/10/17
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(Aug. 10, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association urges “pup-arazzi” pet parents to enter their furry friends in the third annual “Pup of the Pines” photo contest, sponsored by the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks Department. The contest runs Aug.14 to Oct. 20. The winner will be named the “2018 Pup of the Pines” and will receive a free 2018 Ocean Pines Dog Park registration. The pup will also be the official face of the dog park and will be featured in the Ocean Pines Activity Guide and other postings throughout the year. The top eight entries will be on display during the Ocean Pines Halloween celebration, held Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. in White Horse Park. Event attendees will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced during the Hometown Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, Nov. 25. The entry fee is $5 per dog. Money raised from the contest will be used for upgrades and improvements to the dog park. Official entry forms ...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Street repairs Initial work on culvert expansion and other stormwater improvements on William Street have begun. “The contract has already staked out the area, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing more activity around that in the next week,” Allen said. Allen said road closures would be required, but no timetable for those was yet known. She said the town would publicize a schedule as soon as it is available. Meanwhile, work on West Street has paused, but is not delayed, Allen added. “The contractor has got three subs he’s working with, so he’s coordinating that, but we still expect it to be finished within the timeframe we committed to, which was two-to-three weeks from the last council meeting [July 23],” Allen said. Believe in Tomorrow Town Administrator Laura Allen said the town staff has been preparing for the inaugural Believe in Tomorrow Block Party, Saturday Aug. 12 from 6-9 p.m. The festival, which will raise money to provi...
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Bike rentals now available in downtown Berlin

Posted On: 8/10/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Aug. 10, 2017) Downtown Berlin is packed with interesting shops, galleries and restaurants, but visitors tend to overlook some attractions on the outskirts. Several parks, including Stephen Decatur, Dr. William Henry and Berlin Falls, are all within comfortable bicycling distance, as are businesses such as Crush n Crab, Urban Nectar and Burley Oak Brewing Company, as well as the Henry Fine Arts and Random Juxtaposition art galleries. With that in mind, Andrea Canon, also known to her many nieces and nephews as “Aunt Annie,” recently launched Aunt Annie’s Bike Rentals from the patio of HOUSE by Salvaged on 11 Artisan’s Way. Canon runs HOUSE with business partners Brynn Byerly and Michelle Hepting, and her husband, Corey. She and Corey operate the bike rental business separately. “We have this awesome patio and I kept thinking about other things we could be doing with it,” she said. “I was looking to add onto what we already had here at H...
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