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No harm, and possibly no fowl

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– Following more than six months of debate, concern and consternation, the Board of Directors last Saturday unanimously agreed on a plan to control the growing population of Canada geese in the community. Board Vice President Marty Clarke introduced a motion during a Saturday’s board meeting outlining a three-pronged approach to curb the birds, which are being blamed for adding excessive nutrients into Ocean Pines waters through their droppings. The plan, developed with the Environmental Advisory committee, National Contaminant Biomonitoring Program and Ocean Pines Public Works, would begin by installing monofilament lines to create a “no mow” zone around the perimeters of the North Gate and South Gate ponds. In addition, landscaping will be created in those areas to discourage flight. The second phase calls for volunteers, with the cooperation of the Department of Agriculture, to treat, remove and destroy Canada goose nests to help control the r...
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Berlin election off, but Gulyas joins council

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– In a not-so-stunning turn of non-events, the write-in candidate deadline for Berlin Town Council passed Tuesday, without any new developments. Three candidates filed for the three available seats on town council before the Tuesday, Sept. 9 ballot deadline, and all three remain officially unopposed. Troy Purnell and Dean Burrell filed to keep their District 1 and District 4 seats, respectively, and businessman Thom Gulyas filed to take over the at-large seat vacated by retiring councilmember Paula Lynch. Due to a rule change passed last year, the Town of Berlin will cancel the election and declare a winner if a candidate has no opposition. Those not registered to run by the ballot deadline may still run a write-in campaign, but must declare their intent to do so by a certain date in order for the election to not be cancelled. With no write-in candidates coming forward as of Tuesday, Purnell, Burrell and Gulyas have essentially already been elected. Berlin will swear ...
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Public forum on environment set Tuesday by Coastal Trust

Posted On: 10/2/14
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BERLIN–Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) a non-profit environmental education and advocacy organization, will sponsor a voter education forum on environmental issues for candidates in the Worcester County Commissioner elections this year at Berlin Intermediate School on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. The forum will offer voters in Worcester County the opportunity to hear from participating candidates about issues of importance to the natural environment and the quality of life in Worcester County.  Topics to be emphasized include, but are not limited to, Total Maximum Daily Load implementation, comprehensive planning and zoning, Zero Waste and recycling, open space preservation and Critical Area buffer protection, with an emphasis on improvement to water quality in the Coastal Bays and Pocomoke River watersheds. Questions will be generated in advance by ACT and at the event by attending citizens. The moderator will be Bryan Russo, WAMU Radio 88.3 FM. For more information...
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Yacht Club bookings become issue

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

OCEAN PINES– A minor controversy erupted during an Ocean Pines Association meeting on Saturday, after several residents and one board member complained that groups in Ocean Pines were not booking many of their signature events in the new Yacht Club. The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce’s Awards and Installation Banquet, for instance, was booked at the Ocean City Marlin Club rather than the Yacht Club. “If somebody invests over $4 million in your back yard…you don’t go somewhere else to save a couple dollars,” said OPA Board Parliamentarian Tom Terry, who noted he was coming at the issue from an “economic development standpoint.” Some officials said the matter was a non-issue. “We actually have an after-hours event booked there in December, at the Yacht Club,” said Will Cathell, director of the Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce. “I do not think there is any kind of boycott by any local groups.” Cathell said he w...
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Community gets chance to honor Lynch for service

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– The town announced plans on Tuesday to honor its longest-serving council member, Paula Lynch, who has served on the Berlin council for 26 years. She will receive a communitywide sendoff On Thursday, Oct. 9, when the town hosts a coffee-and-cake farewell in the Council Chamber sat Berlin Town Hall on 10 William Street. The public is invited. Lynch announced in August her plans to retire after this fall’s election. “I can’t begin to describe the many ways Paula has served this community in the 26 years she’s been on the council,” said Mayor Gee Williams. “This event is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for all of her hard work.” Lynch held the at-large seat on the Berlin Town Council since the 1980s. Businessperson Thom Gulyas will take over the seat in November. A press release from the town said Lynch was “known for her good business sense and keen eye for detail. “Mrs. Lynch has a reputation for asking ...
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Lightning arresters installed to protect power lines, plant

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– If, as is the common saying, that lightning never strikes in the same place twice, then Berlin would have no worries. Bolts from above have already zapped the town’s electricity generating facility, so all should be well. Problem is, lightning has zapped the town’s electrical system numerous times over the years and the town is taking additional steps to protect itself. “We all know how severe the lighting storms can be in this area, and we’ve had damages to the whole system in Berlin in the past four years I’ve been here,” said Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence. “They’ll often strike the overhead lines and then it will travel down the lines and damage the equipment, like transformer cut-outs and that type of stuff.” Because lightning seeks the best path to the ground, power lines make for a prime target, Lawrence said. “Sometimes it will travel through the equipment to get there and the equipment is no...
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Showell school cost causes head-shaking

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

SHOWELL– The nearly $50 million price tag of a new school became an election issue when several acting and prospective Worcester County Commissioners questioned the cost during a candidate forum on Sept. 17. The 100,000 square-foot Showell Elementary replacement school, currently in the early stages of planning, boasts an estimated total cost of $48.9 million, including a feasibility study and architectural and engineering design costs. The county estimates the total construction cost at $37.5 million. Built in 1976 and modified in 1990, Showell Elementary accommodated students from preschool classes through fourth grade. Because of overcrowding, the county relocated the entire fourth grade to Berlin Intermediate School in 1999. Congestion also affected the second grade class, forcing students into nine portable trailers behind the main building. Current enrollment at Showell Elementary is 568. The replacement school would hold up to 642 students and return the fourth grade....
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Flower Street gets attention to its stormwater problems

Posted On: 10/2/14
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

BERLIN– As long-promised stormwater improvements come closer to fruition, town officials are promising not to leave out residents in high-risk areas where they are losing property to flooding and erosion. Several homes on Flower Street, specifically the area near Showell Street, have a gaping ditch running through their backyards. During a series of meetings last year, property owners complained to the town that they are literally losing ground. “During those meetings a concern was expressed that the ditch that runs parallel to Showell Street (on Flower Street) – that ditchbank is becoming unstable,” said District 4 Councilmember, Dean Burrell. Darl Kolar, and engineer from EA Engineering, Science and Technology, said a series of planned stormwater improvements would begin on Flower Street. “We’re starting there … due to the importance of the area and the impact on those residents,” he said. “Our design approach is to relieve...
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Hospitals, association offer community health fair Sat.

Posted On: 10/2/14
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BERLIN–Atlantic General Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center are collaborating with the Ocean Pines Association and its Communications Advisory Committee to offer a free health fair to the community. The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the Ocean Pines Community Center at 235 Ocean Parkway. Atlantic General Hospital will be providing various health-related screenings including: hearing, foot checks for neuropathy, carotid and bone density. Other information specialists will be there from the Endoscopy Center, mental health services, health literacy, orthopedics, advance directives, palliative care, patient portal, hospital quality and patient safety. PRMC providers will be on site performing blood pressure checks, pulse oximetry, body composition screenings and heal dexa screenings. On board the PRMC Wagner Wellness Van will be physicians conducting skin cancer screenings. There will be information available on ortho/joint replacement...
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Water division sets schedule for flushing lines in October

Posted On: 10/2/14
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OCEAN PINES–The Water and Wastewater Division of Worcester County Public Works will begin its semi-annual program for flushing waterlines in Ocean Pines, River Run, Pennington Commons and other areas of the county during October. The purpose of this program is to remove any accumulated sediment from the lines and to ensure the hydrants are operational. Below are the proposed dates for the flushing of the waterlines. These dates are subject to change. OCEAN PINES: Week of Oct. 6 - Sections 2, 3, 7, River Run and Showell Elementary Week of Oct. 13 - Sections 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, and Harbor Village Week of Oct. 20 - Sections 12, 14a, 14b, 14c, 14d, and Mumfords Landing  Week of Oct. 27 - Sections 9, 11, 13, Village Square, Manklin Creek area, Pennington Commons, and Cathell Road Extension Week of Nov. 3 - Sections 10, 15a, 15b, 16, 17 and Bay Point Plantation OTHER AREAS: Week of Oct. 13 - Bayside at Ocean City and Lewis Road Week of Oct. 20 - Mystic Harbo...
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