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New branch will replace old library

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: By Josh Davis and Nancy Powell, Staff Writer

BERLIN– After nearly a decade, plans are finally underway to build a new library. In June, Worcester County purchased land on Harrison Avenue next to the Waystead Inn in Berlin for $430,000 with the intention of building a new branch of the Worcester Public Library. Library Director Mark Thomas said he originally sent Worcester County a capital improvement plan in 2006. The county’s last new library, located in Ocean City, opened in 2008. Preliminary staff work on the building program is underway. “We’re hoping to go to the commission later this year to get a designer and an architect,” said Mark Thomas. “We expect the design process to take a good long while – certainly this calendar year and well into next year. Until we get into that it’s hard to say when the construction could begin because we haven’t even laid pencil to paper.” Thomas said the design phase could take six to nine months, and hoped construction coul...
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Art in Nature Photo Festival set for Salisbury Univ.

Posted On: 8/7/14
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SALISBURY–Photography enthusiasts are invited to show their work during the fourth annual Art in Nature Photo Festival, Aug. 8-10 at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University. Participants may compete in the photo competition in either the professional, amateur or youth divisions and may enter their photographs in any of five categories: Birds, Plants and animals other than birds, Landscape/scenery, Black and white and Macro photography. Photographers compete for the chance to win top prizes, which includes cash, software supplied by Adobe Systems and photo accessories supplied by Wimberley. First three entries are $10 for Ward Museum members and $15 for non-members. Each additional entry is $3 (member or non-member) with a maximum of 10 entries per photographer. The competition is only a small part of a weekend filled with photography-related activities. Sponsored by Wicomico County Tourism, the festival begins Friday evening with keynote speaker and internation...
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Taylor House in Berlin to host free lawn concert

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum will host a free Concert on the Lawn on Sunday, Aug. 10, featuring Blue Crab Crossing. The three-piece bluegrass band won the Berlin Fiddler’s Convention in 2011. Rhythm guitarist Lee Daniels, lead guitarist Bruce Wooster and bass fiddle player Kenneth Good have been playing together for six years. “We were in a gospel group together, and then we formed Blue Crab Crossing to be able to do bluegrass shows,” said Good. “We still have our fair share of gospel music that we can fall back on and we still enjoy it.” Banjo player Michele Green and mandolinist Mickey Justice are the most recent part-time additions to the band. “We’ve been doing a number of appearances with Michele and with Mickey Justice on mandolin and those two additions really solidified the group over this spring and summer,” Good said. Ironically, the band’s Fiddler’s Convention win also marked their first...
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Berlin will crown ‘Little Miss, Mr. Peach’ at festival

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Fresh on the heels of the Peach Festival, Berlin will crown the 2014 “Little Miss” and “Little Mister” Peach on Friday, Aug. 8. The 6th annual Berlin Peach Pageant will be held on the porch Atlantic Hotel at 6 p.m. Contestants must be 4-7 years of age and must reside in Worcester County. Terri Sexton, owner of the Treasure Chest, founded the pageant. “Something like this was done many years ago, because when we were growing up they had a ‘Little Miss’ and a ‘Miss,’” she said. “So I got together with somebody who had been a previous Little Miss and a Big Miss, and we kind of started the whole thing rolling.” Organizers advertised the event in area daycares, and a signup table was set up during last weekend’s Berlin Peach Festival. “All the contestants have to introduce themselves, and then we usually ask them a question that they have to answer,” Sexton said. “Nothing dif...
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Baseball teams bring us together

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Phil Jacobs, Editor

Even though Team East (Berlin’s Intermediate Little League All Stars) were eliminated from World Series play, I think the team’s success is part of the town’s holistic success story this year. Bayside Gazette writer Josh Davis, who has been reporting on the team, told me that after the All Stars were eliminated they changed clothes and went out to a nearby baseball diamond to play whiffle ball with players from all over the world. Just an informal game of whiffle ball. No TV cameras no live Internet streaming. Certainly we hear it loud and clear when one group doesn’t find favor with another. We don’t hear quite enough when the children of the world use a game like whiffle ball as a common language. This year we of course know that Berlin was named Coolest Small Town in America. While the votes were important, those of us who have watched Berlin especially for the past year have seen a town be the backdrop for so much to be proud of. Many of the membe...
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Peach Festival draws crowd to Taylor lawn

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Threats of rain could not dampen the 6th Annual Peach Festival, held on the lawn of the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum on Saturday, Aug. 2. Hundreds showed up to attend one of Berlin’s signature events that included live entertainment, family activities dozens of variations on peach dishes. Mayor Gee Williams opened the ceremonies with a ribbon cutting, joined by 2013 Little Miss Berlin Peach MaryAnn Rutzler and Little Mister Berlin Peach Brody Olsen. “They have both done an excellent job during the past year of representing the Berlin Heritage Foundation and our town of Berlin,” Williams said. The 2014 Little Miss and Mister Peach will be crowned during the town’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll on Aug. 9. Williams called the event the “coolest peach festival in America” and thanked “whoever kept the rain away.” The museum offered tours and showed off their two newest pieces, a Scottish grandfather clock from the early 1800̵...
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Two local artists highlight August exhibit

Posted On: 8/7/14
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BERLIN–The Worcester County Arts Council August exhibit highlights two local artists, watercolorist Ursula McMahon and handcrafted jewelry designer, Joan Smith. A reception to meet the artists, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Aug. 8, from 5–8 pm at the Arts Council Gallery. McMahon is primarily painting in watercolors, but she also likes to experiment with pastels and mixed media. She says that her painting constantly “evolves and changes.” She starts with an inspiration, true life or a photograph, and then makes changes throughout the process. “The more you paint and cultivate your love of art, it will help you express your creative voice,” she said. Smith creates uniquely handcrafted, contemporary in style jewelry, using traditional silversmith techniques. Many of her designs incorporate sterling silver, cooper, and sea glass. Creating timeless art jewelry is her passion. Featured artists exhibit will be on display...
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For the love of her E.B., a house plant

Posted On: 8/7/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– Planning and Zoning Permit Coordinator Carolyn Duffy celebrated her eight-year anniversary with the town in a unique way. While many Berlin employees were taking off on Thursday, July 31 – the day when Town Hall and the Planning and Zoning building received new carpet – Duffy stayed on to protect her eight-year-old houseplant “E.B.” “When my daughter brought it to me on my first day of work, it was a desktop plant,” said Duffy. “I just take care of her. She’s been repotted three times, and she loves it in here.” E.B., named after Duffy’s mother Essie Blue, arrived in the office on July 31, 2006. Today, the plant extends from its pot on the floor to the ceiling, and its width stretches from near the front door to Planning Director Dave Engelhart’s office. “I just water it and put just a little bit of plant feed maybe every three-to-four months,” Duffy said. “That’s all I do....
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‘Cool town,’ hot bats spark Berlin All Stars

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– One year after a heartbreaking loss in the regional semifinals ended their season, the Berlin Intermediate All Stars won their first Little League World Series game, 8-2, on Tuesday, July 29 in Livermore, Ca. Wes Powell threw a complete game, allowing just one earned run on three hits over seven innings in the win over the Central All Stars from Michigan. Powell also drove in three runs, and Matt Kinsey hit a two-run homer in the win. “Wes Powell did such a great job today,” said Manager Cameron McDonough. “He worked the bottom half of the zone all day, and we made a lot of great plays behind him. We didn’t have our best day at the plate, but Wes had an awesome day on the mound.” Representing the East Region, the thus far undefeated Berlin All Stars have outscored their opponents nearly 5-1 this summer, averaging 14 runs per game. Berlin played the Southwest All-Star team from Midland, Tx. Wednesday. Berlin routed Commack North, New York...
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Homestretch for five Ocean Pines candidates nears

Posted On: 7/31/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Five remaining candidates are entering the homestretch in the OPA Board of Directors election. Ballots, mailed to Ocean Pines property owners on July 3, are due by Thursday, Aug. 7. The two candidates with the most votes earn three-year terms on the Board. The Ocean Pines Association will announce election results during their annual meeting on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Community Center. Incumbents Jeff Knepper and Terri Mohr face challenges from David Stevens, Pat Renaud and Lawrence Lee. After the OPA announced candidates on May 20, the challengers immediately hammered the current Board and General Manager Bob Thompson on issues ranging from alleged “cronyism” to bloated contracts for town employees. Two challengers, Slobodan Trendic and Dan Moul, dropped out of race early. Knepper, for his part, defended his actions and those of the sitting Board of Directors. “There are many things right with the BOD,” he said. “There ...
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