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Rose will not continue as Historic District chairwoman

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) Longtime Berlin Historic District Commission Chairwoman Carol Rose will not continue in that role, following a surprising turn of events last Wednesday. During a commission meeting, Rose was nominated by Mary Moore to serve again as chairwoman, but did not accept. “Thank you, but I decline,” Rose said. “It is time for someone else to have a turn.” She had served as chairwoman for more than five years and is the longest-serving member currently on the commission. Commission members Robert Poli and Moore were nominated, but neither accepted at the time. Betty Tustin, who was not present during the meeting, was also discussed, but not nominated. The motion was deferred until the next meeting, July 5 at 5:30 p.m. in Town Hall. Also during the meeting, the commission approved new signs for Bruder Hill on Commerce Street, Patty Jean’s Boutique on Main Street and Salon Sixteen on Broad Street. Salon Sixteen will replace bridal shop Bus...
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Late entries could trigger rules reassessment

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) The late withdrawal of two candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors and late entry of information by a third person, last week, prompted the association’s elections committee to consider further changes to the bylaws. The board passed an overhaul of the elections resolution in April that included changes to the way votes are counted, strict word-count limits to candidate statements in official publications, the allowance for more than one official candidate forum, and several items that were deemed as legal housekeeping. The elections committee developed the document that went on to a vote by the board. One alteration the committee favored — announcing voting results immediately after the ballots are counted — was vetoed by the directors. During a meeting last Friday, elections committee Chairman Steve Tuttle said two candidates, Arie Klapholz and Paula Robertson Gray, resigned last week. He said Gray sent him a letter. Cand...
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‘Tuck Everlasting’ to kick off Outdoor Movie Nights, Sat.

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) The Outdoor Movie Night screening series in downtown Berlin returns this Saturday with “Tuck Everlasting” showing on Jefferson Street. Five additional showings will follow, each starting at 8:30 p.m. They are “Grease” on July 1 at Stephen Decatur Park, “Raiders of the Lost Art” on July 15 at Dr. William Henry Park, “Back to the Future” on July 29 at Stephen Decatur Park, “The Sandlot” on Aug. 12 at Dr. William Henry Park and “Runaway Bride on Aug. 26 on Jefferson Street. The Berlin Arts and Entertainment committee and Berlin Parks Commission sponsor the free public event. A&E Committee Chairwoman Heather Layton said the commission selected the movies the will be shown at both parks, while the committee chose to continue tradition of bookending the series with two films with local ties. “[The committee] shows ‘Tuck Everlasting’ and ‘Runaway Bride’ as the staples on ...
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Construction of new Regional Cancer Care Center begins

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Katie Tabeling, Staff Writer

(June 15, 2017) With the groundbreaking of the John H. “Jack” Burbage Jr. Regional Cancer Care Center in Berlin last week, Worcester County is about to move forward in the fight against cancer. “It’s a new beginning for cancer care in the community, and a culmination of dreams of community leaders and hospital staff,” Atlantic General Hospital President and CEO Michael Franklin said during the groundbreaking ceremony on June 7. “This continues the journey we started years ago with our first facility, by further expanding quality of care to those facing an cancer diagnosis.” The 18,000-square-foot center is slated to be built on the Atlantic General Hospital Campus on the corner of Route 113 and Route 346 by spring 2018. The facility will provide one location for treatment of patients with cancer and blood disorders. The cancer center will also feature radiation oncology, PET imaging and community education and support groups. Other ameniti...
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Water rates set to rise in Worcester County

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) Though the resolution formally adopting the changes isn’t coming until the next Worcester County Commissioners’ meeting on June 20, all seven commissioners agreed in concept to increase user and other fees at eight of the county’s 11 water service areas following a public hearing on the topic this past Tuesday. The changes will show on customers’ September bills, Jessica Wilson, enterprise fund controller for the county, said. The county Water and Wastewater Department is classified as an enterprise fund, in that the rates paid by customers are supposed to cover the cost of operations. How much or how little that ends up being true is decided at budget time. Worcester County operates water and wastewater service areas throughout the area, though not all wastewater treatment plants in Worcester are operated by the county. Ocean Pines domestic customers are set to see an increase from $138 to $154 per EDU in quarterly water and sewer basic f...
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Berlin section of town code to be overhauled for parks

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen introduced a proposed overhaul of the parks and recreation section of Town of Berlin code during a Parks Commission meeting last Tuesday. Bohlen, the staff liaison to the commission, said the draft was introduced to “make sure the code allows for the types of activities and events that may occur at Berlin Falls, that we might want to handle a little differently than we would for Stephen Decatur or Henry Park.” At least one commission member, however, was concerned the panel was losing its influence in town matters. Bohlen said several blanket statements were introduced into the code that would give the Town Council plenty of discretion when considering new events. “The beauty of the code is, the code says these things may be allowed, but the mayor and council doesn’t ever have to say yes if they don’t feel that it’s appropriate,” Bohlen said. She said Town Attorney David Gas...
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Worcester to kick off county fair season in SH next week

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) With a date change from August to late June because of scalding temperatures, Worcester County now kicks off the annual county fair season in the area, and will host the event at Byrd Park on West Market Street in Snow Hill. Registration to compete in the fair’s various livestock, baking, art, gardening and other competitions closed out last week, and participants are to have their non-rabbit, poultry or livestock entries delivered to the park between 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21. Animal exhibits are due to the fairgrounds on Thursday, June 22 between 5-8 p.m. “This year we’ll be featuring the Maryland Agricultural Showcase,” Katie Clogg, Worcester County Fair Board vice president, said. “It’ll have touch trucks, showcase equipment and there will be people to talk to young people about agriculture.” The fair kicks off on Friday, June 23, but the events start on Saturday with a free-to-enter country costume parade. ̶...
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Return to Goat Island paddle in Snow Hill for second year

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(June 15, 2017) The Snow Hill riverfront will be awash in stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and surf skis for the second annual “Return to Goat Island” Paddle Sports Festival and Race, this Saturday. The all-level SUP race, with $5,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, launches at 9 a.m. and includes a 17-mile elite race, as well as a three-mile recreational race. There is also a kids’ competition consisting of a single lap around Goat Island, which is located in the middle of the Pocomoke River within Byrd Park. After the paddling races are finished, participants and spectators can nourish their bodies with food and drink, while also feasting their ears on the sounds of the Lauren Glick Band. Glick will perform two sets beginning at 1 p.m. Sandwiched in between Glick’s performance will be an awards ceremony at 2:30 p.m. “I’m a runner, so I’m really into supporting physical activity,” Glick said. Although her band performs regularly through...
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Later hours for several downtown Berlin shops

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) A growing number of shops in downtown Berlin are staying open later, as the nature of business there continues to become younger and more family-oriented.   Starting today, Thursday, at least half a dozen downtown shops have pledged to stay open until 7 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday. Island Creamery opened in May, the second location after the original in Chincoteague, and lines of people extending out the door and onto the street are now a nightly occurrence. “It’s surpassed any of our expectations,” manager Jen Sorrell said. “The volume is super high. I’ve got an amazing staff and all the people that walked through our doors have been super happy.” Berlin hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and until 10 p.m. on Saturday. Island Creamery has already blended well with other local businesses, using Burley Oak Brewing Company root beer in its ice cream floats. Coming soon, Sorrell said, are more flavors that use local...
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Berlin Briefs

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed the following items during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday. Berlin Intermediate Three students from Berlin Intermediate School, Gary Hardy, Emily Biscoe and Davion Brown, made a presentation on their activities at the offland wetlands on Flower Street, behind the multipurpose building. The children took part in a project to help stop a nitrogen and phosphorus flux in Newport Bay. They split into five groups to plant about 30 different native species of plants in four different areas.   Brown said he enjoyed working on the project because it was in his neighborhood. “Now, I can see it from my backyard,” he said. “On behalf of all of us … thank you,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “I’m glad this was a labor of love. It certainly sounded like it was, and it looked like a lot of work.” Councilman Thom Gulyas joked, “We don’t like to get wet and we don’t...
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