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Berlin all stars stopped in state tournament

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) Despite another deep run into the postseason, the 9-10 Berlin Little League All Stars came up just short in the state tournament, losing 11-5 on Tuesday to close out the season. The District 8 team, which took home the state title in 2014, kicked off the tournament with an 11-2 win over Conoccheague on Saturday. Berlin fell 18-7 on Sunday to Thurmont, and then rebounded on Monday with a 16-8 victory over Northwest Washington, D.C. “We got an early lead [on Monday] and scored eight runs in the first inning,” Coach Craig Lynch said. “We didn’t play as well as we wanted defensively, but ended up holding on for the win.” Zach Powers and Owen Knerr both hit homeruns during the decisive win. Lynch said pitching had been a strong point overall, and that Sunday’s score was not a great indication of how the game ultimately unfolded. “We got down early and we conceded the game basically by putting in some sacrificial lambs for pitc...
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Worried about quality of water along watershed?

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) People planning a trip to the beach or preparing to take part in water sports in the area can check the water quality, if they so desire, with a new app offered by the Assateague Coastal Trust. Created by the Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, the “Swim Guide” app offers current information – from Memorial Day through Labor Day – on beaches and waterways across North America. While Worcester County receives federal funding to monitor ocean beaches and public landings for EPA safe standards, ACT Executive Director Kathy Phillips said that information can be difficult to locate. Swim Guide, she said, allows users to easily receive that data. “When you open the app, the GPS picks up where you are and puts out a whole list of all the beaches and gives you a green or a red as to whether it’s safe to go in or not,” she said. “It picks up all the county-monitored beaches, so we have all the beaches down in Ocean City and all the bea...
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Blessing of the Combines next Saturday in SH

Posted On: 7/23/15
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(July 23, 2015) Combines are a familiar sight on the Eastern Shore, moving purposefully and efficiently through fields of grain, corn and soy beans, offloading their harvest into waiting trucks. But seeing a combine from afar is very different from being close enough to touch one. Snow Hill is the Home of the Blessing of the Combines, and the 17th annual event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 1   from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.   Free shuttle parking is at Byrd Park. Admission is free. Festivities begin with a parade led by a horse-drawn combine, followed by antique tractors, garden tractors, an antique fire truck, and combines of red and green. Following the “Throttle Thrust” Master of Ceremonies, Steve Hales will lead a program with presentation of colors by the Snow Hill JROTC,  singing of the National Anthem by Rachel Allmam and a dove release. The featured keynote speaker is Joe Bartenfelder, Maryland Department of Agriculture secretary. The program conc...
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Assortment of activities planned at Pocomoke Fair

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) The Great Pocomoke Fair returns next weekend with harness racing, tractor pulls, livestock exhibits, pageants, classic Eastern Shore food and free admission at the southern end of Worcester County. The fun begins next Thursday, July 30, at the festival grounds at 2003 Broad Street in Pocomoke City, and continues Friday and Saturday, drawing hundreds of visitors each year, said Festival Treasurer Gloria Smith. “The displays and exhibits give people a glimpse into agricultural life - old and new,” Smith added. The fair will be open from 5-10 p.m. Thursday where visitors will have the chance to visit the livestock barn and indoor exhibits all evening as well as catch a couple pageants going on. On Friday, July 31, the fair will take place from 5-10 p.m. with more livestock judging, a new Jeep demonstration at 6:30 p.m. where participants will drive through an off-road course in the infield of the harness track, and a family movie starts at 7 p.m. “We...
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Annual Pines Boat Club parade sets sail Saturday

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) The annual Ocean Pines Boat Club parade returns to the community Saturday, July 25. The event, formerly a staple of the Pines, took a seven-year hiatus before returning last year. “It went great,” organizer Steven Stein said. “It was at a different location, on the north side, but everyone seemed to have fun with it.” This year’s theme is “Days of Yore,” and organizers are encouraging participants to dress up themselves – and their boats, in historical costumes. Stein compared the event to a Mardi Gras on water. “It’s pretty neat. Everybody decorates their boat and they have costumes and they just parade up and down the canals,” he said. The parade casts off from the Swim and Racquet Club on Seabreeze Road in North Ocean Pines. Lineup starts at 11 a.m., and the parade begins at noon with boats circling the community waterways and returning to the start. Participants do not need to be a member o...
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New Berlin practice ‘dream’ for twin sisters Erin and Anne

Posted On: 7/23/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 23, 2015) Twin sisters Erin and Anne Spillane are living out a dream, opening their own practice together, Tidewater Dermatology, in Berlin. The pair grew up in the suburbs of Forest County, Pa. Erin is the older of the two, by one minute. “She’ll never let me forget that,” Anne said. Both earned medical degrees from the University of Maryland, then served eight years in the U.S. Army followed by four years in the reserves. When their time was complete, the sisters started looking for a place to settle down. “In the military, you kind of move around here and there, so you’re used to being somewhat transient,” Erin said. “We were looking for a small town community to raise our families in a rural setting.” They first became familiar with the Eastern Shore while vacationing in Bethany Beach as children. Then, during medical school, both did their rotations in the area, Erin in Ocean City and Anne in Easton. When looking for a...
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Community Briefs

Posted On: 7/23/15
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Hansen recognized Commander Sarge Garlitz of Synepuxent Post #166 American Legion announced Ed Hansen has been awarded the 2014 American Legion Member of the Year Award.   He was the service officer of the Post and maintained an excellent program for the veterans. He worked hand-in-hand with the local VA offices to make veterans’ needs fulfilled.   Comrade Hansen wore many hats this year. He was very active on the Executive Committee Board,  advisor to Squadron #166 Sons of the American Legion, co-director of Chapter #166 American Legion Riders, a member of the House Committee, a major leader for Bike Week, involved in all fundraisers, volunteered in the kitchen for Bingo and was involved in hall rentals with catering requirements. Hansen was also on the committee for the Wounded Warrior Gala last November making it a huge success. Fun Day Tickets are now on sale for the MAC Inc. Fun Day at Jolly Roger Amusement Park on 30th Street in Ocean City. The Fun Da...
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Heritage Foundation seeks peach pie bakers for contest

Posted On: 7/23/15
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(July 23, 2015) The Berlin Heritage Foundation is looking for bakers to enter the peach pie-baking contest during its seventh annual Berlin Peach Festival on Saturday, Aug. 1, on the grounds of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, 208 North Main Street.   Prizes will be awarded by a panel of three judges, including Shawnee Berzonski (Cupcakes in Bloom), Tracy King (Atlantic Hotel) and Robin Tomaselli (Baked Dessert Café). The first-prize winner will receive a gift certificate for a one-night stay at The Atlantic Hotel. The second-place prize is a gift basket courtesy of First Shore Federal Savings & Loan, and third-place prize is a peach-themed cookbook and specially embroidered apron donated by OC Monogram Co. A maximum of 12 entries will be accepted and entrants must sign up in advance. The registration deadline is Monday, July 27. Pies must be delivered on the day of the festival by 11:30 a.m. Contestants must bring a recipe card that includes a list of ingredients,...
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Berlin Peach Festival returns Aug. 1 at Taylor House Museum

Posted On: 7/23/15
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(July 23, 2015) The seventh annual Berlin Peach Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the grounds of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, 208 North Main Street.   Admission is free. Rain date for the festival will be Sunday, Aug. 2, at the same time. Off-site parking is available at Berlin Intermediate School, with shuttles to and from the festival. Mayor Gee Williams will officially open the festival with help from Little Miss and Little Mister Berlin Peach 2014. All afternoon, attendees will be able to stroll among the displays, demonstrations and sales tables. There will be peaches for sale from a variety of Delmarva growers (the type of peach and its grower depends on what is ripe at that time). Vendors include Adcock Art Studio, Bogan Pottery, Bungalow Love (terrariums), Dasia Doodles (caricatures), debidean (jewelry), Laura Ellison (jewelry), Historic St. Martin’s Church (museum items), Little Miss Lovely Floral Design, Love Byrd Soaps, Pa...
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Hal Holbrook to perform in Ocean City, July 30

Posted On: 7/23/15
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(July 23, 2015) Legendary star of stage, screen and television, Hal Holbrook, will bring his award-winning one-man play to the Performing Arts Center at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on 40th Street, Thursday, July 30.   The show was originally slated for June 6, but in a joint statement released by the artist and the promoter, “Due to the conflicting date with the Belmont Stakes and the potential for another Triple Crown winner, Hal Holbrook and Bob Rothermel of TEAM Productions have decided to postpone his performance to July 30.” “Although ticket sales were steady, I was concerned about how the anticipated media hype regarding the potential for a triple crown winner would impact ticket sales in the last few days leading up to the show,” Rothermel added. “[The] last 10 to 14 days are very important to a show’s success and if we can’t break through the hype about a horse, the show could possibly be negatively impacted. The new d...
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