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Lower Shore Land Trust and MCBP join for benefit, Tues.

Posted On: 11/24/16
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(Nov. 24, 2016) Come out and celebrate Giving Tuesday at Berlin’s Burley Oak Brewery on Nov. 29 from 4-9 p.m. to support two local environmental nonprofit organizations – Lower Shore Land Trust (LSLT) and the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP). MCBP is partnering with LSLT to host a happy hour at Burley Oak Brewery to promote the Giving Tuesday campaign, where individuals are encouraged to donate to area nonprofits. Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s (CFES) has created the Giving Tuesday online giving day to consolidate local end-of-year charitable fundraising opportunities. For one day, there is a link provided to donate to over 60 area nonprofits, including MCBP and LSLT. It’s an easy one-stop shop to donate to local charities. The effort is known locally as “Shore Gives More” and those interested in donating can visit www.shoregivesmore.org. Through sponsorships, the CFES has raised funds to contribute to some of the charities that ...
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Openings available on several of Worcester County’s boards

Posted On: 11/24/16
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(Nov. 24, 2016) Worcester County currently has openings on 25 boards and commissions. County residents interested in volunteering to fill these open seats are invited to contact the County Commissioners, identifying the boards or commissions that are of interest to them. Vacancies are available on the Adult Public Guardianship Board, Commission on Aging Board, Agricultural Preservation Advisory Board, Agricultural Reconciliation Board, Building Code Appeals Board, Economic Development Advisory Board, Board of Electrical Examiners, Ethics Board, Housing Review Board, Local Management Board/Initiative to Preserve Families Board, Board of Library Trustees, Local Development Council for the Ocean Downs Casino, Lower Shore Workforce Investment Board, Planning Commission, Recreation Advisory Board, Social Services Board, Soil Conservation District Supervisors, Solid Waste Advisory Committee, Tourism Advisory Committee, Commission for Women, Youth Council, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Water...
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Challenger named ‘16 Md. Tourism Person of the Year

Posted On: 11/24/16
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Challenger named ‘16 Md. Tourism Person of the Year (Nov. 24, 2016) Worcester County Tourism Director Lisa Challenger was named Maryland Tourism Person of the Year during the Maryland Tourism & Travel Summit at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marriott on Nov. 3, for her exceptional commitment to enhancing and perpetuating the Maryland tourism industry. “I just believe in surrounding myself with really terrific people every day,” Challenger said. “I partner with a great bunch of people on a daily basis who make it possible to accomplish so many great projects that promote Worcester County.” Known for her success in developing regional partnerships, Challenger was recognized by her peers across the state for her creativity and incessantly positive approach to identifying and developing new tourism markets. A few of the projects she has spearheaded include the Wilds of Worcester video series, Eat, Drink and Buy Art campaign, Worcester Green Award Program, Beach and Beyond website and mobile app, West Ocean City C...
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Inca to aid Church Mouse outreach

Posted On: 11/17/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Nov. 17, 2016) The reason for the season, according to the owners of Inca Ruins in Berlin, is giving. Since opening about two years ago, owners Ken Briggs and Cesar Raygada have made it a point to give back, focusing especially on the Church Mouse Thrift Shop, which, in turn, provides help to dozens of needy families and nonprofit groups. “We’ve given over $1,000, probably $1,500 in retail to them already,” Briggs said. “It seems like an organization that’s just going to help the people who need it.” On Nov. 25 and 26, Inca Ruins will hold a “Reason for the Season Holiday Fundraiser,” asking shoppers to bring a canned food item to the Church Mouse on 101 North Main Street, or Inca Ruins on 12 Pitts Street. The first 100 people who donate will receive a raffle ticket for a $100 Inca Ruins gift certificate. Ten percent of all proceeds during that time will also go to the Church Mouse, and Briggs promised additional giveaways for ...
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Free Thanksgiving meals offered in Berlin, Ocean City

Posted On: 11/17/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Nov. 17, 2016) Two local churches will host free Thanksgiving meals along with fellowship next week. Berlin’s First Baptist Church will offer Thanksgiving dinners for its 30th year on Williams Street. “It is an opportunity to share Thanksgiving with someone else and quite often people who live here are lonely so you are keeping them company,” said Sharon Parsons, church officer manager and a Thanksgiving volunteer since 2001. About 40 volunteers and the church family provide turkeys and side dishes. The traditional dinner includes dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans and cranberry sauce, she said.   “There is so much joy in helping someone,” Parsons said. “We see it all come together and it is very rewarding.” The volunteers cook Thanksgiving at their homes or come in to help prepare food before setting up the tables and serving guests in addition to clean-up duties. Last year, Berlin’s First Baptist Church provided 4...
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Local family draws support following several tragedies

Posted On: 11/17/16
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

Local family draws support following several tragedies (Nov. 17, 2016) After the Byrd family experienced three deaths in the last two years, mounting debt rendered them unable to buy gravestones for the departed, but a recently launched gofundme campaign seeks to remedy the situation. Salisbury resident Dr. Cynthia Byrd, executive director of the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill, said the string of tragic family events began when her younger sister, Christina Johnson, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011. “She passed away in Dec 2014 from ovarian cancer,” she said. “My husband and I adopted her two young daughters.” As it turned out, fate had a few more tragedies in store for the Byrd family, most of whom live in Folkston, Georgia. “At my sister’s memorial, my mother told me she had not been feeling well,” she said. Within weeks, her mother, Beverly Byrd, was hospitalized with lymphoma. “She went to the hospital for a biopsy and got an infection and died in March 2015,” she said...
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Fourth graders experience STEM

Posted On: 11/17/16
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(Nov. 17, 2016) All fourth grade students in Worcester County participated in a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Fest experience at Furnace Town in Snow Hill during the first week in November. More than 500 students were divided into two groups before they visited 16 educational stations while utilizing materials and experiencing teaching methods original to Furnace Town’s heyday in the 1830s. The activities took place Nov. 2-3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “There were major comparisons made between life in the 1830s at Furnace Town to now,” Marlyn Barrett, coordinator of the program, said. “We broke the students into two groups and gave the same lessons both days.” Students made candles out of beeswax, participated in a lighting activity and learned about beekeeping before tasting the honey, which was used to sweeten foods throughout the 19th century. A lesson in the Old School House showed students how teachers taught on a chalkbo...
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Apparent fatal hit-and-run discovered near GlenRiddle

Posted On: 11/17/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Nov. 17, 2016) Few new details have emerged since police announced last Friday that an unidentified body had been found on the Route 50 roadside near GlenRiddle. Maryland State Police Lt. Earl Starner said on Monday that’s because officials have had difficulty notifying the next of kin because that person or persons “is likely in another country.” “Obviously, we would hope to release a name at some point, but there’s a notification issue,” he said. Starner said there were no suspects in the case and that “multiple units within the state police” were taking part in the investigation. That includes state police CRASH, the criminal enforcement division and the Berlin Barrack, he said. At about noon on Friday, police received a 911 call from a motorist who thought he had spotted a dead deer near a ditch that, upon further investigation, he realized was a body. The man apparently spoke with state police at the Berlin Barrack, and tro...
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SDHS teacher charged with sex crimes involving minor

Posted On: 11/17/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Nov. 18, 2016) A Stephen Decatur High School teacher faces up to 35 years in prison and a $25,000 fine on charges of sexual abuse of a minor and sexual solicitation of a minor for his alleged relationship with an unnamed female student. According to court records, 27-year-old Berlin resident and 9th grade government teacher Austin Martin was charged on Nov. 10 following a tape-recoded interview with two Worcester County Bureau of Investigation officers, Cpl. Alex Kagan and Det. Vicki Martin, three days earlier. A statement of probable cause, written by Det. Martin, assert that the allegations involve a 17-year-old who was a former student and currently serves as a teaching assistant to the man. The two allegedly had a relationship that spanned six months, dating back to April or May of this year, when the student “confided in Martin about her relationship” with an ex-boyfriend. When she didn’t show up for school one day, Martin sent the student ...
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Bruder Hill to donate funds from sales to opiate outreach

Posted On: 11/17/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(Nov. 17, 2016) Since forming earlier this year, the nonprofit Worcester County Warriors Against Opiate Addiction has experienced a number of firsts, from its first meeting in April, to its first major fundraiser at Trader Lee’s in West Ocean City in September. This week, for the first time, a shop in Berlin will hold a weeklong fundraiser for Worcester County Warriors’ programs. Bruder Hill owner Shelly Bruder said she had wanted to work with the group since she first heard about it. For her, the struggle against opiate addiction was a familiar story. “I grew up with an addict in my home. My brother was an addict and ended up getting cancer and dying last year,” Bruder said. She said business at the shop has kept her away from the majority of the monthly Warriors meetings, and giving back through a donation was her way of getting involved. Another motivator, Bruder said, was the passing of family friend Bob Harman last month. In lieu of flowers, his ...
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