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Serigrapher Sahler to unveil ‘Berlin’ print at 2nd Friday

Posted On: 3/12/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 12, 2015) Call it retro or nostalgic, minimalist or modernist. Artist Erick Sahler, however, calls his work “regional pop” and it has become nearly ubiquitous on the Eastern Shore. The Salisbury native has a rich history of work that includes designs for brands such as Perdue Farms and the Delaware International Speedway as well as more than 20 years at the Salisbury Daily Times. His most recognizable work, however, began in 2011 with the launch of Erick Sahler Serigraphs and an ever-expanding series of prints depicting the essence of the region, often in eight colors or less. Sahler fell into the art of screen printing, or serigraphs, as a high school student. The Salisbury resident was taking art lessons with watercolorist Keith Whitelock when he was introduced to Dave Rossi, owner of Chincoteague Screen Printing. “We struck up a conversation and Dave said, ‘Come on over. I’m looking for some help if you’re interested.’ That was ...
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OC’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, Sat.

Posted On: 3/12/15
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(March 12, 2015) Ocean City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, now in its 34th year, has grown to be the second largest in Maryland. The Delmarva Irish-American Club sponsors the highly anticipated tradition, which will start at noon, Saturday, on 57th Street and continue south along Coastal Highway to the 45th Street shopping center where spectators will find a celebration along with the judges’ stand. “It started as a very small parade in celebration with the Delmarva Irish-American Club and popularity of the parade grew rapidly,” Mayor Rick Meehan said. During its inaugural procession, the parade featured just five or six walkers. The next year, it grew to include a Pontiac convertible and four waitresses from McGee’s, the local Irish bar now known as Shenanigan’s Irish Pub. Now, Meehan said, “it’s the busiest weekend of the year between New Year’s and Memorial Day and a kickoff to the [busy summer] season in Ocean ...
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Failed lighting arrestor culprit in Choptank outages

Posted On: 3/12/15
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(March 12, 2015) Choptank Electric Cooperative experienced widespread outages in Wicomico and Worcester counties last Saturday beginning approximately at 4:30 p.m. During the height of the outages, Choptank Electric had approximately 11,500 members without power. During that time, Choptank Electric was able to restore approximately 10,000 members.   The outage was caused by a failed lightning arrestor in the Walston-Switch substation that affected the transmission lines leading to New Hope and Ocean Pines Substation.    Choptank Electric Cooperative, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is an electric distribution co-op located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore serving approximately 52,000 members.
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Annual Blues Jam to pay tribute to late Burley Strand

Posted On: 3/12/15
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(March 12, 2015) This year’s Snow Hill Blues Jam on Saturday, March 14 is a tribute to the late Burley Strand, who passed away in November 2014. Lovingly known as “Mr. B.,” he was a driving force of the Snow Hill All Stars whose guitar and voice graced the stage every year since the Snow Hill Blues Jam began in 2008. This year, the Snow Hill All Stars have banded together to honor his spirit and his unique brand of music. The line-up includes Chris English on guitar, Angel Resto on bass, Miss T on sax, Margot Resto on vocals and congas, and Robert “Unknown Drummer” Buckner on drums. “Each one of us has many years of great memories of sharing the stage with Mr. B. that we bring to this special night,” said Margot Resto, also in the All Stars line-up since its beginning. “The Snow Hill All Stars will be honoring Mr. B. by playing with our hearts, to keep his spirit and the Blues alive.” Strand was not only known for his sincere, ...
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Art scholarships offered by Wor. Co. Arts Council

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(March 12, 2015) Worcester County Arts Council’s Student Scholarship award program is under way.  The Arts Council is offering multiple $1,000 art scholarships to graduating high school seniors, who are Worcester County residents interested in pursuing academic careers in the arts. Scholarships are also available to college art majors wishing to continue their education in the arts. Last year, six local students were each awarded $1,000 art scholarships from the Worcester County Arts Council in support of their artistic goals. This is a merit scholarship and award decisions are based on evaluation of talent, dedication and potential, not financial need. The winners will be awarded at their respective high school’s senior awards ceremonies. Applications must be received by Friday, March 13 at the Worcester County Arts Council, located at 6 Jefferson Street in Berlin. Applicants are judged on their visual, dramatic, creative writing or musical presentations in the fo...
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Landscapes VP talks mgmt. style

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) With Billy Casper Golf out as manager of the Ocean Pines golf club and Landscapes Unlimited taking over following the 4-3 vote on Feb. 20 by Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, two questions remain: what is this Nebraska-based company all about and what do its people know about golf? Founded in 1976 by landscape architect William “Bill” Kubly, the company develops and manages more than 50 courses nationwide and employs more than 1,200 “team members” during peak season. Landscapes Vice President Mark Mattingly spoke to the Bayside Gazette about the company’s plans for the Ocean Pines course. Mattingly said Landscapes became aware of the request for proposal at the course and immediately contacted to the association “to request to be involved in the process.” “Our regional presence in nearby Annapolis, Md. made this a natural fit for our company,” he said. “Our team made several trips to the club/ar...
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Decision on Dollar General postponed by Berlin planning

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) The slow process towards bringing a Dollar General store to Berlin on Old Ocean City Road opposite the Barrett building hit yet another snag on Feb. 25, when the town’s planning commission voted to postpone a decision on the final site plan. The proceedings began in the summer, but stalled when developer Oxford Chase was told the site plan would not meet town code.   “They first came and talked about the concept last summer in July or August, and they needed 49 parking spaces according to our code,” Planning Director Dave Englehart said. “You can’t put that size building with that lot if don’t have enough space for the required parking. When you get told no by the zoning code, then your appeal is to the board of zoning appeals.” The zoning board granted the developer a variance for 41 parking spaces in September. Then, Englehart said, the town did not hear about the project for the remainder of the year. “They di...
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Staying positive key to Berlin resident’s 21-year MS battle

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 5, 2015) Berlin resident Lori Heinz-Giampa said staying positive has been her secret weapon during her 21-year battle with multiple sclerosis. A fixture of the Berlin Visitor’s Center, Heinz-Giampa was diagnosed with the disease in February 1994. “It was scary initially,” she said. “I was falling. I was dropping things. I was getting the title, ‘you’re so clumsy.’ I wasn’t feeling things with my hands. I could feel pressure, but I wasn’t feeling weight. I thought, ‘Well, I need to go to the doctor.’” After describing her symptoms, Heinz-Giampa’s doctor scheduled an MRI. The results came back positive for MS. “It was pretty relevant that I had lesions on the brain and brain stem, and I had actually two on the spine already,” Heinz-Giampa said. “It was a definite multiple sclerosis.” Heinz-Giampa was diagnosed just months after marrying her husband, Frank, in October 1993. ...
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BUSINESS BRIEFS

Posted On: 3/5/15
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License Ciara Johnson has received her Property & Casualty Insurance License. She assists the Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley personal lines’ customer service agents with new business policies. Johnson has two years of insurance experience. Headquartered in Willards, Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley is an independent insurance agency specializing in employer benefits, business and personal insurances.   Woulfe joins L&F Long & Foster Real Estate, the largest independent residential real estate company in the United States, welcomes Julie Woulfe to its Ocean City office. Woulfe brings to her new position a background in retirement planning and financial services, providing her the experience needed to help buyers and sellers achieve real estate success. Before her real estate career Woulfe worked as a retirement plan consultant, specializing in 401(k) plans, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Institute fo...
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Disparities plague Pines nonprofits

Posted On: 3/5/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(March 12, 2015) Longtime Ocean Pines resident and prolific nonprofit wrangler Anna Foultz is speaking out after a recent board of directors meeting failed answer two questions: how do you define a nonprofit, and what should they pay to use community facilities? On Saturday, Feb. 28, Vice President Marty Clarke called on the board to refund the $450 Foultz’s Star Charities paid to rent the Ocean Pines community center gym for a beef and beer fundraiser held in January. Proceeds from the event were to benefit wounded combat soldiers in the state. Foultz is a well-known fund-raiser, as Star Charities aids at least 15 other organizations and causes ranging from Alzheimer’s and the American Cancer Society to the Girl Scouts and Diakonia.   “We’re all volunteers,” Foultz said. “We live in Ocean Pines. We support everything in Ocean Pines. We do fundraisers and we’re very active in supporting all these organizations. We’re very activ...
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