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SH Volunteer Fire Company begins fundraising campaign

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Snow Hill residents received a letter from the volunteer fire company this past week soliciting $40 donations, but the language might confuse some people about the benefits they receive in return for support. “The basis for the letter is a fund drive for the company. We come to you — regardless of insurance etc. — but if you’re a subscription member, once we’ve billed your insurance, we’ll accept what they send,” Howard Stephens, secretary-treasurer of the company said. Any overage between what the insurance paid and what the patient may owe is forgiven if the $40 donation is paid. Those without insurance, but have made a donation, will have their balance forgiven. “If you have no insurance and are a subscriber, you won’t receive a bill,” Stephens said. “We take the $40 and write the rest off.” There are some caveats, however, and it is how these are spelled out that has generated some confusio...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at town hall on Monday, May 9. Arby’s EDUs The council unanimously approved two equivalent dwelling units related to water consumption at the new Arby’s store that is moving across the street from its current location. Planning Director Dave Engelhart said the request was in line with previous ones approved by the town, and included a 10 percent deposit and an agreement with the owner to pay the balance of the cost in equal payments over a five-year period. Fireworks Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells asked for and received a $10,000 allotment for town fireworks at Berlin Falls park on July 3. She said several fundraisers would be held to try to offset at least half of the cost of the planned 10-15 minute display. All’s well with the well SonRise Church, which recently purchased the former Merial Select building on 10026 Main Street, was gi...
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Berlin water main breaks near Main Street

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) A broken valve caused a townwide water outage for about 20 minutes on Friday, while some commercial customers in Berlin went without water for several hours. For the most part, the issues were minor and quickly resolved, and town employees seemed to tackle the problem with little difficulty. Water Resources and Public Works Director Jane Kreiter said most customers were back online quickly after the issue arose at about 9 a.m. Friday morning, although some businesses on Franklin Avenue between Pines Street and Route 113 experienced outages related to the repairs from around 1-6 p.m. Crews were quickly on the scene that morning, at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Williams Street, where police directed traffic for most of the day. “For the first 20 minutes, everybody had really low water pressure, but then we were able to isolate that area,” Kreiter said. “We just replaced some valves in the Grice, Graham, Franklin area, so we were able [address ...
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Snow Hill downtown Wi-Fi delayed

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Though expected several weeks ago, the rollout of free Wi-Fi internet access downtown has been delayed by the  ongoing labor dispute between Verizon and its wireline workers. Taylor Ballard, business account executive with Comcast responsible for the project, said many of the necessary personnel in Snow Hill have been absent recently, and the Verizon strike is a contributing factor to the delay. Ballard said the new system would be in place before Memorial Day. “Comcast is the sole broadband internet service provider for Ocean City. That being said, Comcast does not offer seasonal rates to business accounts whereas, Verizon does/did,” Ballard said. “Verizon would temporarily suspend the customer’s account in the off-season so they don’t have to pay for services they aren’t using. Comcast won’t do that.” As a result, Ballard said, seasonal businesses that called to restart services found no one on the other side of ...
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Frank Daly latest to declare candidacy for Pines board

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Two weeks ago, Frank Daly was the lone interested party sitting in an Ocean Pines Search Committee meeting, gathering information and considering a run for the board of directors. A few days before the May 10 deadline to file Daly, 67, visited the Gazette office to sit down for his first official interview as a candidate, having filed his paperwork just days earlier. Daly was born in southwest Pennsylvania and grew up in Ohio. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and has a master’s degree in finance and marketing. His first real job was as a mechanical engineering trainee in a Cleveland steel mill. As his career progressed, he moved into aerospace and worked as a senior-level engineer for a company associated with Northrop Grumman. He then moved to sales and marketing, and held titles such as product manager, director of marketing, vice president of sales and division general manager. Five years ago, he opened and his ran his own busin...
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Brooklyn Baking Barons bringing sweets to Berlin

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Berlin will get just a little bit sweeter, as the Brooklyn Baking Barons will soon open up shop on Main Street, near the visitor’s center. The Barons, Chris Poeschl and Tony Lanuza, have enjoyed a higher profile following a recent appearance on the ABC television program “The Chew” promoting their business – and their signature whiskey cake – to great acclaim from the celebrity chefs on the show. Both have ties to the area. Poeschl was born in Howard County, Maryland, and Lanuza spent time at his parent’s beach house in Ocean View, Delaware. The pair now owns a home there. After outgrowing their small space in Brooklyn, they began the transition to Berlin, temporarily taking up residence at the Crack of Dawn Bakery while searching for a more permanent location. An official announcement on the new bakery is expected this week.
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OPA Briefs

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) The following items were discussed during an Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors meeting in the community center on April 28. One in, one out Director Dave Stevens telecommuted to the meeting, while attorney Joe Moore, normally a rarity at board of directors meetings, was present for the session. Moore was apparently there to assist with a contractual matter, which was discussed during a closed session following the open portion of the meeting. The exact details of the matter were not disclosed. GM report General Manager Bob Thompson’s monthly report included mixed news from major amenities. Golf finished the month about $10,000 above budget estimates because of expenses that were roughly $31,000 below budget. Revenues, however, were also below budget, by $21,000. On the year, the amenity is currently $9,798 below budget. The yacht club finished around $22,000 below budget for the month, with expenses higher and revenues coming in lower than esti...
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T-Wrecks bring back accolades after trip to robotics tourney

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 12, 2016) The Titanium Wrecks robotics team recently retuned from a global competition in St. Louis with an award for pit safety, along with renewed inspiration to further develop their engineering skills. This was the third year the T-Wrecks team has competed in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Championship, which was held April 27-30, and drew more than 20,000 students from 42 countries. Paul Suplee, team mentor, said T-Wrecks competed in the Galileo Division and at the onset performed admirably. “The first match was a strong win, and the students were confident that they would do well, but then the next few matches had a number of problems,” he said. In addition to mechanical issues with “SHWrecks,” the team’s robot, Suplee said there were also problems with robots belonging to teams in a randomly picked alliance. “The best part of this was that the students were able to troubleshoot and repair every ...
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Int’l professionals learn about Berlin stormwater, culture

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) One week into a month-long visit, two visiting international environmental professionals, both charged with important work, seem to be having a blast in Berlin. Zalikha Wan Zaharuddin from Malaysia and Crisanta Rodriguez from the Philippines are in town as part of a partnership with the International City/County Management Association and the U.S. State Department, to get a firsthand look at how the town is addressing its stormwater issues. Rodriguez is the assistant regional director at the department of the environment and natural resources in the Philippines, while Zaharuddin is an environmental education program officer for the Malaysian Nature Society. “The expectation is that our experience here would be good to implement in our countries,” Zaharuddin said. “We’re here to learn best practices of sustainable development and environmental sustainability.” While here, the two young women have also been soaking up the local culture. ...
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SH auction house brings curiosities, crowds to cannery

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) There’s a traffic jam of sorts at the north end of Snow Hill on Route 12 every Thursday evening, as dozens of cars line the street and fill the adjacent parking lots in preparation for the weekly auction at the Riverside Auction Company. Held in the old cannery, the building is now a warehouse for stuff: Old things, relatively newer things, trinkets, furniture, household items and, last but not least, an incredible collection of cat figurines. Almost everything is for sale — except the cats. The cats belong to owner Janice Candy. What started as a fascination developed into something grander, as people learned of her affinity for felines and began giving them to her. En masse. The cats now require their own section, having outgrown the shelf upon which they originally sat. They now line an entire wall of the interior showcase room and are decidedly not for sale. With the cats are any number of seemingly unrelated articles, mostly housewares, available ...
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