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Planning sessions to gauge public interest in new projects

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) Looking for public input on the future of the town, Berlin officials last week officially announced dates for its strategic planning sessions. The town will introduce planning facilitator Christine Becker during a kickoff meeting at Town Hall on Thursday, Jan. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Berlin Mayor Gee Williams said the kickoff was “our way of doing our homework before the community meetings start.” Williams added that the meeting would function as a public work session between Becker, the mayor and council and town staff. Four community meetings will follow: Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the multipurpose building; Saturday, Feb. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Buckingham Elementary School; Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Town Hall; and on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the multipurpose building. After Thursday evening meetings, on Jan. 29 and Feb. 12, the town will hold an after-hours event at the Visitor’s C...
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County Briefs

Posted On: 1/15/15
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The Worcester County Commissioners also discussed the following issues during their most recent regular meeting.   Solid waste overview EA Consulting provided the commissioners with a snapshot “state of the union” presentation highlighting the county’s solid waste program. The overview explained how the current system operates and what measures will need to be taken in the short and long term to sustain it. Of concern was the construction of Cell 5 of the central landfill, which needs to be built sooner rather than later. Also of note was the closing of the Berlin rubblefill, where EA’s Darl Kolar said there would be a gap in time between the closing of the Berlin facility and the opening of the replacement.   Groundwater monitoring Immediately following the solid waste overview, the commissioners awarded EA the contract for continuing to monitor Worcester County’s groundwater at a cost of a bit less than $16,800. When Co...
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Switch to Sharp opens door for propane changes in Pines

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) After pulling a switch on propane service at the sports core pool late last month, Ocean Pines is looking into similar money-saving moves at other amenities. General Manager Bob Thompson on Monday spoke about the likely change over during budget committee hearings at the Ocean Pines country club. Thompson said the community paid close to $3 per gallon for piped propane from supplier Sandpiper Energy. Under new supplier Sharp Energy, which is owned by the same company, Chesapeake Utilities, as Sandpiper, the community is already saving a substantial amount. “We put the tanks in at the sports core pool recently,” he said. “The pricing to fill the initial tanks was approximately $1.24 per gallon. Pretty significant differential.”  “It’s our intent to continue in January. We’ve already got pricing to put tanks in at the other facilities,” Thompson said. “Sports core is now finished. That went seamlessly. That ...
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Berlin book drive could have international impact on kids

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) Looking for ideas for new service projects for children, Berlin-based Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services Inc. turned inward. The nonprofit group, which provides mental and social health care services for all age groups, asked the children they serve in the Berlin Youth Club program to come up with new ideas to serve people within – and outside – the Berlin community. The brainstorming session produced a book drive of international proportions. “One of them brought up helping people in Africa,” Melanie Windsor, youth project coordinator, said. “I asked them how they wanted to do that and gave them a few suggestions, one of which was the idea of sending used books. That got them excited.” As part of the “help our neighbors” mission, the group also decided to give books to local children. “[Children] often work on projects like handmade scarves, dog toys, and cards for different local causes, but th...
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Atlantic Hotel 120th b-day bash celebrates Berlin

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(Jan. 15, 2015) The Atlantic Hotel will host a special fundraiser on Friday, Jan. 30 to benefit the continued promotion of  “Cool Berlin”  during  2015. This event will honor the families who were responsible for the 1980’s restoration of The Atlantic Hotel. Join them and hotel management and staff in celebrating the 120th anniversary of this iconic landmark. A tapas and wine tasting evening will feature food and appropriate wines from France, Spain, Italy and Germany. Tickets for the fundraiser will be available at The Atlantic Hotel as well as the Berlin Chamber office, located at the Berlin Visitor’s Center, 14 Main Street. The event will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. in The Atlantic Hotel Ballroom, Main Street, Berlin. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 410-641-3589. The ticket cost is $35 per person. This event is an opportunity for everyone who is devoted to Berlin to get and ensure its future success.
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Berlin Dr. Rush says ‘higher calling’ led to mission work

Posted On: 1/15/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(Jan. 15, 2015) A chiropractor at Healing Hands in Berlin by day, Dr. Tracy Rush said she has a “higher calling to help others” that has motivated her into international mission work. Rush first became involved in missions after a patient told her about the Appalachia Service Project in 2007, a volunteer effort that repairs homes in rural West Virginia and Kentucky. “I did it as, not as a chiropractor, but just building a house, ” she said. “And then from there I thought I would like to do something different.­” When the Community Church of Ocean Pines announced a missionary trip to Galapagos in 2010, Rush immediately signed up. “We went to the Galapagos Islands, and a team built a church from the foundation all the way to the roof in 10 days, ” Rush said. Rush is an avid traveler, but had never been out of the country at that point. “It was incredible,” she said. “To get there was a day because you have to go...
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SHORE UP! to help with heating and electric bills

Posted On: 1/15/15
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(Jan. 15, 2015) SHORE UP! Inc. is accepting applications from people who need help paying their home heating bills and electric bills. Residents of Somerset, Wicomico or Worcester counties who meet state income guidelines may qualify for assistance. To receive help, an individual must complete an Energy Assistance application and provide supporting documentation. Anyone who has already mailed in an application for assistance this year (July 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015) should not do so again. Applications can be received from  www.shoreup.org (Go to “Energy Assistance and Family Support Programs” and click on link to state application) and from Www.dhr.state.md/us/meap” www.dhr.state.md.us/meap (Click on “Download Applications and Brochures,” in the “MEAP” section) or by calling or going to the nearest office during the week, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.: •Wicomico County–500 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, Md. 21804, 410-341-9634 •S...
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Berlin to test notification system

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(Jan. 15, 2015) The Town of Berlin will be utilizing the CodeRED Emergency Notification System on Jan. 15 to call the entire community. The calls will occur in the afternoon and will continue until the entire database has been attempted. This call will give Town of Berlin personnel the chance to operate the system as if there has been a community wide disaster. The message that is being delivered directs recipients to the Town of Berlin website to add additional contact numbers, and it also asks that recipients spread the word by mentioning the system to family, friends and neighbors. Mary Bohlen, deputy town administrator, suggests that “all individuals and businesses should take the time to visit our website and add contact information to include cellular phones and other non- traditional phones as well as email and text addresses. If your contact information is not in the database you will not receive a call when an urgent message is sent.” In particular, business...
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Foundation donates $250K to Berlin hospice

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(Jan. 15, 2015) Coastal Hospice & Palliative Care this week announced that the Homer & Martha Gudelsky Foundation has given $250,000 to support the campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. This is the foundation’s second gift to the campaign. In 2013, it made a grant of $50,000 to Coastal Hospice at the Ocean. The Gudelsky gift will be commemorated in the naming of the Family Room at the new facility. The Family Room will be part of the care offered as a warm and inviting place where the family and friends of residents can gather and relax. The projected cost to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean is $5 million, and with the Gudelsky gift, the total raised toward the project to date is $2.8 million, exceeding the halfway mark. “This generous gift to our capital campaign takes us one step closer to breaking ground on this much-needed care facility that will serve the entire Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland,” said Alane Capen, president of Coastal Hospi...
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Wor. commission seeking noms for Women of Tomorrow

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(Jan. 15, 2015) The Women of Tomorrow Awards honor young women who have made significant and outstanding contributions to their communities.   The awards are based on community service, demonstrated leadership, commitment to and pursuit of academic and future goal achievements. The Worcester County Commission for Women seeks nominations for young women who will be recognized as Women of Tomorrow at the Women’s History Month Luncheon to be held on March 18, at the Clarion Hotel on 101st Street in Ocean City. The women will be honored in three groups: Grades 7-8, Grades 9-10 and Grades 11-12. Two awards are given for each grade level, first place and honorable mention. Nomination forms may be obtained by calling L. Eloise Henry-Gordy at 443-235-3214. Nominations are due no later than Jan. 31. 
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