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Comcast names Leaders, Achievers

Posted On: 4/21/16
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 (April 21, 2016) The Comcast Foundation recently announced the 2016 recipients of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program awards in Maryland. The Program recognizes students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and who serve as models for their fellow students. A total of 110 Maryland high school seniors – including Dynaisha Christian of Pocomoke High School and Reagan Dunham of Stephen Decatur High School of Worcester County  – were awarded  scholarships through the Comcast Foundation’s annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program. The philosophy behind the program is to give young people every opportunity to prepare for the future and to engage them in their communities. The program also demonstrates the importance of civic involvement, and the value placed on civic involvement by the business community. “I would like to congr...
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Annual Birding Weekend flies in, April 21-24

Posted On: 4/21/16
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(April 21, 2016) The 2016 Delmarva Birding Weekend is set to bring hundreds of nature enthusiasts to the shore, April 21-24, to enjoy the full complement of Mid-Atlantic birds, as the region welcomes warblers, tanagers, and other spring migrants – and prepares to bid adieu to its loons, falcons and waterfowl as they head northward. Registration for the event is open at www.delmarvabirding.com. Outdoor lovers can register for just one field trip, or multiple field trips each day of the four-day event. On Thursday, you can get an early start to the weekend, with shorebirds along the Delaware Bayshore at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge and the Mispillion Harbor. On Friday, you can start your morning searching for rails by kayak on Delaware’s inland bays, and enjoy a songbird and shorebird spectacle at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in the afternoon. Exploring the bald cypress swamps by kayak around Snow Hill, on Saturday morning, will add several warbler species ...
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Household hazardous waste pickup planned for April 23

Posted On: 4/21/16
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(April 21, 2016) The Recycling Division of Worcester County Public Works, in conjunction with Maryland Environmental Services and the Maryland Department of the environment (MDE), will conduct Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and E-Cycling (electronics recycling) Collection Day on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Park & Ride Lot in West Ocean City. Worcester County is hosting HHW and E-cycling to commemorate and extend the Earth Day celebration, which takes place the day prior to the event. Proper disposal of HHW and electronics is among the many simple steps we can take that play a big role in helping to protect the planet, and ultimately, our own health. Drop off HHW, including pesticides, pool chemicals, gas and other fuels, oil-base paints, thinners and everyday hazardous wastes accumulating in and around the home for safe disposal. Electronic items, such as computers, monitors, keyboards, printers, radios, televisions and VCR’s, will be col...
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DDC presents Mother’s Day natural spa workshop, May 7

Posted On: 4/21/16
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(April 21, 2016) Spend the afternoon on Saturday, May 7 relaxing at the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum, and treat yourself to a natural spa experience. This is the perfect way to pamper moms for Mother’s Day, or grab a few friends for a fun afternoon. From noon – 2 p.m., we’ll be making a variety of natural body care products, some to use during the class, and others to take home, or give as gifts. Each participant will receive a recipe booklet to take home and try even more products at home.   The workshop will take place at the Delmarva Discovery Center and Museum at 2 Market St. in Pocomoke City. The fee is $35, or $30 for members. Call 410-957-9933, or email amy@DelmarvaDiscoveryCenter.org to register, or for more information.
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Worcester ‘Warriors’ start strong

Posted On: 4/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 14, 2016) About 50 people – advocates, teachers, nurses, lawyers, parents and children of addicts, and those on the road to recovery – came to the first meeting of the Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction last Thursday at the Ocean Pines Library. Jackie Ball and Heidi McNeely, two local mothers who have watched their children struggle with heroin addiction, organized the meeting. “It makes me cry to see so many people tonight,” McNeely, a Bishopville resident, said. “I think we are all so thrilled. “We have formed this group out of a passionate desire to eradicate opiate abuse and deaths in our county,” she continued. “We want to be able to help the people that we love, whose lives have been altered by opiate abuse, and to help each other in this tumultuous journey of loving someone who is addicted to opiates, or having loved someone whose life was ended as a result of opiate addiction.” McNeely said the p...
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Berlin evaluates playgrounds at Henry and Decatur parks

Posted On: 4/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 14, 2016) Two Berlin playgrounds require about $2,700 in repairs and maintenance, according to Sean Cooper, a certified playground inspector. Cooper, who is also the assistant superintendent of water for the town, presented several recommendations during a Berlin Parks Commission meeting at Town Hall, April 5. For Henry Park on Flower Street, Cooper recommended repairs and maintenance with an estimated total cost of $1,560. Those estimates did not include a slide exit chute, which needs to be repaired or replaced, as well as protective railing and mulch levels, which needed to be replenished. Also not included in the estimate were portions of the shade fabric ($3,200) and two 15-inch tires, about $750 each. He said he was looking into cheaper options on the tires, with the caveat that alternatives were still compliant with playground regulations. Cooper said the slide was installed in 2000, but the vendor had since gone out of business, and he was attempting to track dow...
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SonRise passes town council test, gets zoning change

Posted On: 4/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 14, 2016) They brought a small army, many of them armed with supporting anecdotes, as members of SonRise Church took an important step Monday toward securing a large piece of property near the northernmost tip of Berlin’s Main Street. SonRise had a conditional agreement to buy the 22-acre former Select Laboratories property from Merial Select, with the intention of building a new parish on part of it, then subdividing the remaining land and selling that to commercial developers. The church plans to create three parcels, potentially housing a fast-food restaurant, a chain restaurant and a hotel, and to use those funds to build a nine-acre parish and religious complex. First, however, they had to clear two major hurdles in Town Hall: Berlin had to agree to rezone the property from M-1 light industrial to B-2 shopping district, and to ratify a zoning code amendment allowing churches to be build in B-2 districts. The Berlin Planning Commission recommended both changes la...
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Local robotics team advances to world stage

Posted On: 4/14/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(April 14, 2016) For the third consecutive year, the Titanium Wrecks robotics team is going to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis. The local team, T-Wrecks for short, performed well during the Chesapeake Regional Championship last weekend to earn a spot on the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) league’s biggest stage. “Last weekend’s event was thrilling for Titanium Wrecks, because [the team] won two prestigious awards,” Team mentor Paul Suplee said. That included the United Laboratories Industrial Safety Award, which recognizes effort put forth to ensure safety in all aspects of robotics, and the  Judge’s Award, given to the team that impressed the judging panel of professional engineers. Suplee said this year has also been an exciting one for the Eastern Shore Robotics Alliance, which includes the TEC Tigers of Salisbury, Carbonauts of Onancock, Virginia and Shorebots of Northampton County, Virginia. Three of ...
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Pocomoke to redo council election

Posted On: 4/14/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(April 14, 2016) After failing to certify the results of the April 5 election and asking at Monday’s council meeting for more time to reach a decision, the Pocomoke Board of Election Supervisors has determined a new election will take place. The date for the new election has not been set, but it will be open to all residents of District One, City Attorney and City Manager Ernie Crofoot confirmed. Pocomoke City officials had recently discussed holding a new election but limiting participation to the 132 people confirmed to have voted during the previous poll. The Maryland ACLU and the group Citizens for a Better Pocomoke took exception to the idea of a limited election, arguing it would disenfranchise voters from participating in the “real” election, and cited case law supporting this assertion in a letter dated April 8. “In situations where elections are invalidated due to error, causing the need for an election to be run anew, the government is constitutio...
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No tax increases in first draft of ‘17 Snow Hill budget

Posted On: 4/14/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(April 14, 2016) Though the numbers could change — mainly dependent on Worcester County government’s contributions to municipalities as the commissioners work on their own budget — the Snow Hill mayor and council on Tuesday approved the first reading of a balanced fiscal 2017 budget without tax increases. Last year’s rates of 86 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property and $1.82 for corporate personal property will remain in effect next year. “I’m very pleased by not having to increase taxes or decrease services in the coming year,” Mayor Charlie Dorman said. The draft plan, unanimously approved, balances about $2.46 million in expenses against anticipated revenues. In March, Dorman requested about $175,000 more than approved last year form the Worcester County Commissioners. He said he was seeking more from the county in lieu of taxes, because of the number of county-owned facilities within the town that don’t pay taxes....
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