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Berlin pulling out all types of trucks to touch Saturday

Posted On: 5/29/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town will hold its first public utility day on Saturday, May 31. “Touch a Truck Day” features trucks and interactive demonstrations from employees of Berlin’s electric, water resources, police, fire and public works departments. The family friendly event will be held in Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “We used to do this back where I worked in Manassas,” said Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence. “We’re a member of what’s called ‘American Public Power’ and they have what’s basically called a utility week. Normally it happens in October, but we have so many events going on during that month that we decided to do it in May.” The electric company will hold demonstrations on setting a pole and pole-top rescues using their “Power Town” display in order to educate the public on electric safety. “We’ll simulate what happens if a lineman gets el...
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Snow Hill offers Pig & a Jig BBQ Festival for second year

Posted On: 5/29/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

SNOW HILL– Snow Hill’s answer to Pork in the Park returns this weekend for its second year. The Pig & a Jig BBQ Festival will be held May 30-31 on Rt. 113 just north of Snow Hill. The KCBS sanctioned competition includes live music, carnival rides by Shaw Amusement Rides, craft vendors, beer and wine and, of course, plenty of barbeque. Sandy Fulton, originator of Pork in the Park, created Pig & a Jig after retiring from the Wicomico County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “A friend of mine who was president of the Snow Hill PTA was looking for a fundraiser and she wondered if I had any ideas,” she said. “I said, ‘well, we could try a barbeque festival.’ We did a small one last year – it was just a few amateurs – and it really went well and it raised quite a bit of money for the children, so I volunteered my time again.” More than 6,000 attended the inaugural event. Pig & a Jig will be officially s...
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Budget, stormwater, safety updates part of Council meeting

Posted On: 5/29/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– A packed house and a full plate highlighted the most active Mayor and Council meeting in several weeks. A public hearing on stormwater projects, a new festival, a potential new business, pedestrian safety updates and the fiscal year 2015 budget were discussed during the Monday meeting. Mayor Gee Williams began by honoring 10-year-old resident Aeriel Zane, who wrote a book titled “If I Were Mayor.” The council also swore in 10 new members of the Boards and Commissioners. The larger-than-usual crowd was there for the stormwater public hearing regarding the presentation of the Hudson Branch Stormwater Project. The project was approached last year, but the town was unable to obtain grants to fund construction. The Hudson Branch overhaul would increase the size and capacity of the culverts on Flower and Williams streets, as well as create natural attenuating scour pools and bank stabilization, improving stormwater efficiency in and around Graham, Grice and ...
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Crowded field vies for two OPA Board of Directors positions

Posted On: 5/29/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– A crowded field and a disaffected voting populace could lead to a fiery campaign, as seven candidates compete for two Board of Directors seats. The Ocean Pines Association candidates were announced in a May 12 press release. Incumbents Jeff Knepper and Terri Mohr will face challenges from Lawrence Lee, Dan Moul, Patrick Renaud, David Stevens and Slobodan Trendic. The two candidates receiving the highest numbers of votes will be elected to three-year terms.    Knepper, a retired Intel Information Technology executive, has owned property in Ocean Pines since 2000. The incumbent sees outdated information systems and golf and yacht operations as key issues in the election. Lee’s qualifications include 18 years of corporate experience and 30 years as a private businessman. He blames the larger than usual number of candidates – there were six last year – on public discontent over how the OPA has handed financial issues. The candidate pro...
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Recovery programs giving oysters comeback

Posted On: 5/29/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– Oysters are making a comeback in Maryland, thanks in large part to the efforts of oyster recovery programs.   Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been monitoring the status of the state’s oyster population since 1939. In 2012 the DNR completed a two-month survey of 262 oyster bars and 316 samples in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Results were encouraging. According the survey the 2012 Oyster Biomass Index, a measure of oyster abundance and weight, increased for the second consecutive year and was at its highest level since 1999. The 2012 Spatfall Index, a measure of recruitment success and potential increase of the population obtained by studying fixed subsets of oyster bars, saw a three-fold increase over the 28-year median, representing the sixth-highest spatfall index since 1985. The Oyster Recovery Partnership is a major reason for the resurgence. Begun 20 years ago, the program has planted nearly 5 billion oysters on 1,600 a...
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Election season heating up with debates, forums

Posted On: 5/29/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– Election season is heating up ahead of the June 24 primary as debates, forums and fundraisers flood Worcester and Wicomico counties. Republicans will hold a gubernatorial debate on Saturday, May 31, at Salisbury University beginning at 7 p.m. featuring all four candidates for office. Harford County Executive David R. Craig, State Delegate Ron George, former State Cabinet Secretary Larry Hogan and former Chairman of the Charles County Republican Central Committee Charles Lollar are scheduled to appear. The Salisbury Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Political Committee will create the questions. “They are waiting to the last minute with intent – they want questions to be relevant,” said Joe Cluster, executive director of MDGOP. Cluster said questions will also be solicited from the audience and through social media. Each candidate will be permitted to make two-minute opening and closing remarks and will have two minutes to answer each ...
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Board of Education Candidate Forum scheduled, June 4

Posted On: 5/29/14
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WORCESTER COUNTY–PTAs from northern Worcester County have organized a Board of Education Candidate Forum for parents and community members. The candidate forum will be held on Wednesday, June 4, in Berlin Intermediate School’s cafeteria, beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting will last for about one hour. Board of Education candidates will have an opportunity to answer questions. With three of the four northern-district Board of Education positions up for election, it is an important opportunity to meet the candidates and stay informed about current education related-issues, as well as to listen to the views of each candidate. Contact BIS PTA President Trisha Kauffman at 410-706-2257.
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Study shows OP top spot for safety, home ownership

Posted On: 5/22/14
Written By: Nancy Powell, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

OCEAN PINES - In two recent studies, Ocean Pines scored near the top. It made the list of one of the best places in Maryland for home ownership and the list for the safest places in Maryland. Consumer finance Web site www.nerdwallet.com analyzed data about homeownership and Ocean Pines came in sixth. According to the Web site, Nerdwallet looked at the 123 communities in the state with more than 10,000 residents to determines which ones were best for homebuyers. Most of the communities have 20,000 or fewer residents and are located no more than 35 miles from big cities. Analysts looked at availability of homes. Areas with a high rate of home ownership scored higher than others. The also looked at affordability to see if homeowners could live comfortably in the area.  Population growth was also a determining factor. Areas attracting new residents general show signs of a robust economy, according to the Web site. Its information about Ocean Pines says it has nine miles of w...
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Many patriotic ceremonies planned for Memorial Day

Posted On: 5/22/14
Written By: Clara Vaughn, Staff Writer/Ocean City Today

WORCESTER COUNTY–Kick off Memorial Day in the area with patriotic ceremonies, a parade, concerts, arts and crafts shows and more all weekend long. Here are a few events going on in Berlin, Ocean Pines and Ocean City tomorrow through Memorial Day, May 26: Berlin • American Legion Boggs Disharoon Post 123 in Berlin will host a service in conjunction with Ocean City’s Post 166 on Sunday, May 25, at 8 a.m. at the memorial across the street from Stevenson United Methodist Church. There will be speakers, songs and a reading of the names of the deceased memorialized in the service, which will run about an hour. The church will provide seating and all are invited to attend. • Berlin kicks off Memorial Day Monday at 11 a.m. with a parade from Stephen Decatur Middle School to William Henry Park, where its annual Old-Fashioned Memorial Day celebration runs all day. There will be food, music and games at the festival until around 6 p.m., said organizer Jesse Turner, w...
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Remembering men, women who sacrificed for country

Posted On: 5/22/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

WORCESTER COUNTY– As Memorial Day approaches, area veterans remember the brave men and women who served beside them in combat. Nebraska native Dick Tanner served with the First Marine Division in Vietnam. During his first tour he was an artilleryman who went into the country with a Self-Propelled 8-inch Battery. He was promoted to Executive Office of the Self-Propelled 1.55mm Gun Battery and the Commandeering Office of the 105 Howitzer Hattery, and ended up as the Division Protocol officer. Tanner was a Vietnamese linguist, interrogator/translator during his second tour. “I have very vivid memories of several of my basic school classmates that served over there with me, two of whom received the Navy Cross, one received the Medal of Honor and several others passed away,” he said. “Each and every one of us who served there in various capacities understood what the dangers were and faced those dangers without hesitation. We in the Marine Corps – and I thin...
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