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Fishing event for children in Pines returns, Saturday

Posted On: 6/15/17
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(June 15, 2017) The Ocean Pines Anglers Club is offering children of all ages the opportunity to “test the waters” and learn fishing skills and techniques on Saturday, June 17 from 9-11 a.m. at the South Gate Pond in Ocean Pines near the Sports Core Pool. The event provides an opportunity for parents and grandparents to share their love of fishing with a new generation. Participants must bring their own rod. Bait and water will be provided, and the pond is stocked with several varieties of fish. Participants are also advised to bring insect repellant. Members of the Anglers Club, DNR and other local groups will provide fishing tips and general fishing information. In addition, there will be a drawing to win a rod and reel. The event is free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call Walt Boge at 410-208-2855.
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Berlin Parks Briefs

Posted On: 6/15/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 15, 2017) The Berlin Parks Commission discussed the following items during a meeting at Town Hall, last Tuesday. Berlin Falls Berlin Falls park Project Coordinator David Deutsch briefed the commission on his activities since he was hired in the role last January. He said several environmental and building reports were due back soon that could help the town decide on a direction in developing the property.   He said there was interest in bringing a YMCA to Berlin Falls and that he and town officials had meetings with the YMCA regional CEO in Easton and toured one of its facilities, in Pocomoke. The town does not have “a bunch of money sitting in a pot” to spend on the park, Deutsch said, and to that end he met with the deputy secretary of the Department of Natural Resources to plant seeds for future funding proposals. Deutsch said Mayor Gee Williams had mentioned forming a citizen advisory group about Berlin Falls, and he hoped that would happen “soo...
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Berlin’s Touch a Truck event, Saturday

Posted On: 6/15/17
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(June 15, 2017) Berlin moved the Touch a Truck event from Saturday, May 13 to Saturday, June 17 because poor weather was forecast. The annual event runs from 10 a.m. until noon in Berlin’s Stephen Decatur Park on Tripoli Street. “The weather continues to be a challenge,” Mayor Gee Williams said. “We’ve received such positive feedback on this event from parents with young children, we’re choosing another date rather than canceling the event.” Several Town Departments and the Berlin Fire Company are joining together to hold the free event, which includes a police vehicle, bucket truck, digger derrick, vacuum truck, camera truck and garbage truck, along with a fire rescue squad vehicle and ladder truck. This year the Maryland State Troopers, Perdue Farm and the Red Cross will be joining the event. In addition to getting a chance to touch their favorite truck, people attending the event will see employees from the town and the fire company us...
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Meet The Candidates

Posted On: 6/15/17
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Editor’s note: The Ocean Pines Association Elections Committee said last Friday its members did not edit any statements sent by the individual candidates. The only requirement was that each segment be 200 words or less.  The Ocean Pines Association released the following on Monday. Meet the 2017 Ocean Pines Board of Directors Candidates: In order to help you make your decision in this upcoming Board of Directors election, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee presents the biographies, which were submitted by each of the five candidates and answers to three questions presented to the candidates by the Elections Committee. They are presented here in the same order as listed on the ballot. The candidates are… Nicole Schafer Crosariol 747 Ocean Pkwy. 443-523-0333 Lularoe.nicoleelizabeth@gmail.com As a lifelong resident of the eastern shore and Ocean Pines community I have cultivated relationships and memories that are immeasurable to my family and I.   The ...
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Decatur alumna returns to perform

Posted On: 6/15/17
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(June 15, 2017) Katerina Burton of Newark, Maryland, a Stephen Decatur High School alumna and recent graduate of Towson University who has been accepted for a Master’s degree program at the Juilliard School of Musical Arts in New York, will perform two concerts this weekend. Successive concerts will be presented on Friday evening, June 16 at 7 p.m., at Bethany United Methodist Church, 8648 Stephen Decatur Hwy. (Route 611 and Snug Harbor Road), in Berlin and on June 17, 7 p.m., at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 10301 Coastal Highway in Ocean City. A reception will follow both concerts. Burton received many awards during her years at Towson. In 2015 she was awarded the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions Encouragement Award for the Mid-Atlantic region. She has performed in many operas while at Towson securing leading roles in “Gallantry” and Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote.”   Burton has performed locally in the Young Artists Concert s...
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Local leaders ‘dig’ new library

Posted On: 6/8/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 8, 2017) The few clouds that rolled over Berlin on Tuesday skipped by long enough for several dozen public officials and other stakeholders to stick their golden shovels into the future site of the new Berlin library on Harrison Avenue. Six of seven Worcester County Commissioners were present, along with Berlin Mayor Gee Williams, delegates Mary Beth Carozza and Charles Otto, and county Library Director Jennifer Ranck. Ranck thanked the commissioners and county administration for their leadership, the Worcester County Library Board for their support, the Worcester County Library Foundation and a Berlin-based fundraising committee for helping to plan fundraising events, the Humphries Foundation and Town of Berlin for their early donations, and individual donors throughout the community. She also acknowledged the state Division of Library Development and Services, and Department of Education for their support through a capital grant program. The new library is estimated to co...
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GM Hill talks up renovations during packed town hall

Posted On: 6/8/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(June 8, 2017) Ocean Pines Association interim General Manager Brett Hill held a well-attended town hall meeting at Mumford’s Landing last Thursday, when he offered an overview of his administration and the flurry of new projects it has produced. Hill said the net-year loss against budget for fiscal year 2017 was about $270,000, but that number needed be put into context because the board of directors made several changes to a budget that was adopted by a previous board and general manager. Several new public works positions were added to the payroll because the board saw “a desperate need for us to make improvements … and our public works staff was stretched beyond any reason,” Hill said. He said those positions added $108,000 to the payroll, but argued the projects that were completed because of the extra manpower benefitted the association. Hill cited improvements at the beach club that put the facility on par with “the finest of the marinas and...
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Pocomoke budget first reading keeps six-month golf trial

Posted On: 6/8/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(June 8, 2017) The Pocomoke City Council held a first reading and public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget, which despite the relatively large attendance, failed to receive a single audience comment. City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot said the draft version of the budget, now in its fifth incarnation, factors in several proposals from a budget work session on May 12. “It was a tough process, but the budget as you have it now contains those compromises and changes that have been discussed in the past several weeks,” he said. During the May 12 meeting, based on a suggestion from Councilman Dale Trotter, it was decided to budget the Winter Quarters Golf Course for only the first half of fiscal year 2018 to ascertain if renewed marketing efforts are positively impacting the course. While the course is expected to lose as much as $180,000 this year, Crofoot estimated only budgeting the course for the first half of fiscal-year 2018 should limit the financ...
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County schools honor innovators

Posted On: 6/8/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(June 8, 2017) Worcester County schools encourage educators to try new programs, applications and methods in the classroom, and an annual ceremony recognizes those teachers who have excelled in those regards. Held last Wednesday, this year’s ceremony drew an audience of 40 to 50 people and featured a lunch provided by Chef Phil Cropper and culinary arts students at Worcester Technical High School. Superintendent of Schools Lou Taylor recognized the various staff present at the luncheon and the principals of each school that encouraged their teachers to try new things in order to help students succeed. The keynote address was delivered by 2017 Teacher of the Year Julia Hill, who pre-recorded her remarks, as she was presenting an award elsewhere in the state that day. Elizabeth Atwood at the Cedar Chapel Special School was honored for adopting a curriculum that featured shared writing and reinforced communications skills for students with complex instructional needs. Jennife...
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City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot to step aside

Posted On: 6/8/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(June 8, 2017) Pocomoke City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot announced on Wednesday that he would be vacating the position he has held since August 2015. “We agreed to a bi-party agreement for termination of services,” he said. Crofoot said the precise date of departure has yet to be determined, but would be within two months. Pocomoke City is currently advertising the position on its website. The job posting seeks a “progressive visionary leader with a strong, service-oriented approach to managing municipal operations.” The position requires candidates to be seasoned professionals, with at least 10 years of experience in a comparable role, who are “engaged and visible within the community.” Regardless of his departure, Crofoot said he would continue to cooperate in all aspects of pending litigation filed by former police personnel against Pocomoke City.
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