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Naming parks and public spaces cmte. nearing finish line

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 20, 2017) The Berlin Naming Parks and Public Spaces Committee is poised to introduce a new public policy at a Town Council meeting as soon as next month. The committee met last Wednesday to discuss a draft policy prepared by Town Administrator Laura Allen, the staff liaison to the group. Allen said the protocol was based on one from a community in Florida that Councilman Dean Burrell brought to the committee’s attention during an earlier meeting. She said Burrell edited that policy to fit the town of Berlin. Allen revised it further, adding samples from other community policies that were discussed by the committee. She then checked the draft against prior meeting minutes to make sure all the major points of discussion were included in the draft, she said. The document was looked over by Town Attorney David Gaskill, who had no objections. The meeting last week was just the third by the committee, which was formed in January. “We’re just working a few ...
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Berlin ambassador program looking for friendly new faces

Posted On: 4/20/17
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(April 20, 2017) America’s “coolest” small town is looking for volunteers to help with the Town of Berlin’s ambassador program, which received the 2015 Governor’s Award for Volunteerism.   “Berlin Ambassadors are a friendly face on Main Street that help our visitors with any questions they might have, hand out town information, and guide our guests towards shops, restaurants or attractions they are looking for,” said  administrative assistant Sharon Timmons. Ambassadors are needed from May 30 through Sept. 22, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Volunteer ambassadors will be representing the town and helping guests in Berlin to discover the variety of ways to spend time during their visit and learn about the town’s many events throughout the year.   For more info or to sign up, contact Timmons at stimmons@berlinmd.gov or 410-629-1716.
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Berlin community supports Suplee, KC Cure nonprofit

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Berlin community supports Suplee, KC Cure nonprofit (April 20, 2017) The bar at Burley Oak Brewing Company in Berlin was packed on Monday night, as it normally would be, but this time it was about more than beer, as members of the community came to support Paul Suplee and his family following the passing of his wife, Julie, last month. Organizer Todd DeHart said Tuesday that about $2,500 was raised during the event to help defray medical expenses from Julie’s final rounds of kidney cancer treatment at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, as well as pay for funeral expenses. Every dollar above the family’s actual expenses will be donated to KC Cure, an organization of patients, caregivers, doctors and medical researchers dedicated to curing kidney cancer.   Dena Battle, president of KC Cure, was among the many who came to support the Suplees. “I lost my husband to kidney cancer. My husband was treated by the same doctor that was treating Julie at Johns Hopkins,” Battle said. “We wanted to do some...
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Meet Jon Hill, Snow Hill’s new code enforcement ofc.

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

Meet Jon Hill, Snow Hill’s new code enforcement ofc. (April 20, 2017) Jon Hill, who came on board as Snow Hill’s code enforcement officer in January, is looking to cultivate a new approach to the position. “We’re here not only just to enforce the code, but to help people achieve their project goals too,” he said. Hill, who grew up in Whaleyville, spent two decades working with his father as a home improvement contractor. “In college I did new-home construction for a couple different companies,” he said. “I’ve always been in the trades. Anything that you could possibly do to a structure that’s already existing, I’ve done.” Before accepting the code enforcement position, Hill spent four years working at the Eastern Correctional Institution, a 3,400 capacity medium-security prison in Somerset County. “I was a supervisor at a furniture production plant that they have inside of the prison that employs inmates,” he said. “It was carpentry work, but it was ...
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Fundraising for two Stephen Decatur teens battling cancer

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(April 20, 2017) Two local students, Kylie Boston and DeShawn “DJ” Spence, are currently battling cancer as schoolmates and the community rallies around them. Boston, an eighth grader at Stephen Decatur Middle School, was diagnosed with brain cancer in January after a routine eye exam. She had no symptoms. “Her parents want to bring awareness to brain cancer,” Brenda Kelly, a family friend, said. “The main thing is to warn parents to keep an eye on their kids, even if they don’t think anything is wrong.” The 14-year-old has already endured one surgery and will have extensive therapy and treatments for at least the next 11 months at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, she said. To help with medical expenses, a “Karaoke for Kylie” event is planned for this Saturday, April 22 from 6-10 p.m. at the Showell Volunteer Fire Department on Worcester Highway. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $5 for children. Guests age 5 and younger are admitted...
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Clean-Up Day in Berlin scheduled for Sat.

Posted On: 4/20/17
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(April 20, 2017) Berlin’s annual Clean-Up Day, Saturday, is the kickoff for Take Pride in Berlin Week, which ends April 29. Volunteers will dedicate a few hours to help give Berlin’s parks and neighborhoods a spring-cleaning. Individuals and teams are needed to help with planting, weeding, raking, mulching and whatever else needs attention. Students can also earn service hours. The main cleanup areas are Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street and Henry Park on Flower Street, with signup in either park starting at 8:30 am. Some supplies will be available for use, but participants are encouraged to bring their own if possible – rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows are always needed.   There will be a free children’s activity at 11 a.m. in both parks, and students from Salisbury University will be on hand with information about green initiatives. Volunteers can spend their time anywhere they feel needs attention. Trash pickup will be available; items for picku...
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Planning Commission OKs Burley Oak stage expansion

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Planning Commission OKs Burley Oak stage expansion (April 20, 2017) The Berlin Planning Commission unanimously approved an expansion at Burley Oak Brewing Company last Wednesday, but not without some trepidation. The Brewery will add a covered outdoor stage between the existing main building and an existing storage facility. According to site plan drawings, the front left stage support would be a tree, like the one in the Burley Oak logo. Owner Bryan Brushmiller said he had spoken with the brewery’s neighbors on Old Ocean City Boulevard about potential noise concerns. During the five-plus years the brewery has been open, he’s had a good relationship with his neighbors and could not recall a noise complaint, Brushmiller said. The brewery’s liquor license allows for music seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to Brushmiller. He agreed not to have music before noon on Sundays out of respect for nearby churches, and at the request of commission member Phyllis Purnell. Part of the property would be ...
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AGH outlines future moves to SH

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

AGH outlines future moves to SH (April 20, 2017) Michael Franklin, Atlantic General Hospital president and CEO, presented a community update concerning the institution’s upcoming goals during a Snow Hill Council meeting last Tuesday. In 2014, Maryland’s all-payer hospital system modernization model was approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a five-year pilot program with the federal government. “[Through] that new waiver relationship between the state and federal government, Maryland is allowed to have an experiment going that makes us different than every other state in the country,” Franklin said. “They’re going to double down on it in a couple of years when this experiment runs out.” Franklin said hospitals had used a provider-centric delivery system that focused on testing for ailments and treating once discovered, which created a constant back and forth between patients and hospitals. “The new model is based on how to work in communities ...
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Commissioners honor service of fmr fire marshal

Posted On: 4/20/17
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(April 20, 2017) The Worcester County Commissioners and staff bid a fond farewell to their dear friend and former Emergency Services Director and Fire Marshal, Edward “Sykes” Cropper, who passed away Friday, April 14. Cropper began his 33-year career with Worcester County government in 1963 as a part-time fire marshal before being hired full time on June 1, 1966. He retired Sept. 24, 1996. In 1985 when the state required each Maryland county to establish a 911 communications center, Cropper was appointed to serve as the first Emergency Services director and also continued to serve as fire marshal until his retirement in 1996. “Fire Marshal Cropper was an icon within Worcester County Fire and Emergency Services,” Fire Marshal Jeff McMahon said. “His 30-plus years of service will not be forgotten. Sykes was very instrumental in many modern firsts for Worcester County. “His leadership established the county’s 911 communications...
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Blessing of the Wheels bows at Berlin’s Decatur Park, Sat.

Posted On: 4/20/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

Blessing of the Wheels bows at Berlin’s Decatur Park, Sat. (April 20, 2017) Berlin resident Gussie Sholtis has seen all manner of wheeled implements roll by her Sheppard Realty Inc. office on Main Street downtown, from bicycles and skateboards, to strollers and wagons. Occasionally, she said, she has witnessed the wobbly to-and-fro of an off-road unicyclist.   Sholtis said a light bulb recently went off while listening to a program on NPR about a minister from Colorado who held a “blessing of the bicycles” at his church. That, she said, was the inspiration for the inaugural Earth Day Blessing of the Wheels event, this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Stephen Decatur Park. “I am notorious for having random parties – I like a party for the sake of a party,” Sholtis, a 22-year resident of Washington Street, said. “And I thought that would be a cool thing for our town.” She pitched the idea to various people in the community, from town staff to local cycling advocates and event organizers, but i...
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