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Annual Berlin Bathtub Races return Friday

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Annual Berlin Bathtub Races return Friday (July 16, 2015) Eighty-four-year-old Jesse Turner knows a thing or two about racing bathtubs. The owner of The Shoebox on Main Street in downtown Berlin first realized he possessed this unusual skill more than two decades ago, when he first took part in the sport. Turner had just become chairman of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, having taken over for Jim Barrett. “Jim started the races and our first year was 1994,” he said. “It was a big deal back then and there were other areas that wanted to jump in. One place was racing hospital beds.” While many of today’s racing vehicles hardly resemble actual bathtubs – case in point, last year Burley Oak Brewing Co. simply put wheels on a beer barrel – Turner’s original vehicle was just as advertised. “Mine started off with a go-kart frame and I had an original bathtub,” he said. “As the years passed, we go into bigger wheels, using a four-wheel bicycle, but it was always ...
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New details emerge on candidate Trendic

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

New details emerge on candidate Trendic (July 16, 2015) New details emerged this week in the June 20 incident involving Ocean Pines Board of Directors candidate Slobodan Trendic and an apparent DWI. Trendic had been charged with numerous traffic offenses stemming from that evening, including drinking and driving and leaving the scene of an accident, according to a release issued by the Ocean Pines Police Department. According to police, the incident took place close to midnight at 82 Windjammer Road in Ocean Pines at the home of Lanny and Kay Hickman, where Trendic allegedly struck a parked vehicle in the driveway, did additional damage to the property and drove away from the scene. The report alleged $11,000 in damage’s to Hickman’s Ford SUV, and an additional $3,150 in property damages based on an estimate by Atlantic Stonewall Inc. Police ultimately followed a trail of radiator fluid to Trendic’s residence, where an officer saw Trendic in his car and asked him if he had struck the other vehicle on W...
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Annual book sale at Ocean Pines library, July 24-27

Posted On: 7/16/15
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(July 16, 2015) The Friends of the Ocean Pines library will hold the annual book sale on Friday, July 24, Saturday, July 25 and Monday, July 27.   Friday’s sale is from 6-9 p.m. and is for members of FOPL, but participants may join at the door.  Membership is $5 for individuals and $10 for families.   Saturday’s hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both Saturday and Monday are open to the public. On Monday, all items will be half-price. Thousands of hardbacks, paperbacks, sets, coffee table books, cookbooks, CDs, DVDs, children’s books and audio books in near mint condition will be available. Most cost $1.50 or less. All proceeds from the sale are used to supplement county funds and supply needed items for the library, such as new checkout computers, Venmill disk cleaner for CDs, garden maintenance, children’s summer reading program and supplemental book orders.   For more information, call Jean Fry ...
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Berlin employees give thanks, cake to mayor and council

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

Berlin employees give thanks, cake to mayor and council (July 16, 2015) In front of a packed house at Town Hall on Monday night, the Town of Berlin staff thanked the mayor and council for its leadership. Managing Director Jeff Fleetwood, who presented the council with a cake, said the employees were there to commend their employers. “All these folks are here obviously to see you all,” he said. “We did this last year and I can tell you, just with my interaction with the employees that are here and the employees that aren’t here, I thought the momentum … has gotten stronger. The appreciation that they have for you all as supervisors or bosses or whatever we want to call you has grown and grown and grown.” Fleetwood said Berlin was “a wonderful place to work … and it’s because of you guys.” Electric Utilities Director Tim Lawrence presented the mayor and council with a card on behalf of his department. “When I came here five years ago, I came here for a reason,” he...
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Second time’s charm for OPA Parke forum

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 16, 2015)  Although several candidates for the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors voiced their displeasure over the format and moderation style of a previous candidate forum held in June, most seemed pleased with the debate at The Parke last Tuesday. Six of the seven board candidates, vying for two positions, participated in what was billed as an “ice cream social,” allowing for a 45-minute meet-and-greet period before the two-hour forum. “It was a huge improvement,” Cheryl Jacobs said. “First of all, nobody was being rude to the people who were attending. It was very well organized and the questions were typed and handed out to the people, so it was far superior.” Handicapping her own performance, Jacobs said she did well “based on the number of people that came up to me afterwards and said I had their vote.” “If that’s a barometer, I would say that that’s a good sign,” she said. Jacobs sa...
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Berlin Little League All Stars heading to state tournament

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 16, 2015) One team from the Berlin Little League All Stars is heading to the state championships after dominating during district play, while another has reached the District 8 semifinal game. The 9-10 All Stars advanced after Luke Mergott and Brenner Gursky combined to throw a six-inning, one-hit shutout against Fruitland on Sunday, leading the team to a 9-0 victory. Jack Quizgard added three key hits in the win, according to Coach Craig Lynch. Mergott and Gursky previously no-hit Snow Hill en route to a four-inning slaughter-rule 13-0 victory last Friday. While the pitching has been sterling during the early rounds of all-star play, allowing just four hits over five games, Lynch said the offense has been equally productive. “We outscored our opponents 72-2, and both of those two runs were unearned – they were on walks,” he said. Up next, the 9-10 team advances to the state tournament in Frederick, playing Conoccheague (District 1) at 3:30 p.m. on Sat...
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Pines Farmers Market hosts events in July

Posted On: 7/16/15
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(July 16, 2015) The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will host two special events in July in its continued effort to offer market shoppers a variety of unique experiences in addition to its growing lineup of vendors. On Saturday, July 18, the Worcester County Humane Society and the Ocean Pines Farmers Market will present the “Dog Day of Summer.”  Market vendors Tumbleweed & Eddies and Best Friends Collars will be joined by other guest vendors offering pet products and services in an effort to raise funds for the no-kill Berlin shelter. The event will include a demonstration by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit and raffle drawings. Donations of items needed by the shelter will also be accepted. Visit worestercountyhumanesociety.org for a list of items. Joining the market on Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. will be author Kim Kash, whose Jamie August book series features Ocean City as a backdrop. Kash will read from her second book in the series, “...
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After brief delay, ballots mailed in Ocean Pines

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 16, 2015) Ballots in this summer’s Ocean Pines Association election were mailed a week late, following the discovery of a layout error with the candidate questionnaire in the Ocean Pines Association’s quarterly newsletter. Originally, ballots were to be mailed last Tuesday, but because of the mistake, the association included a corrected version of the candidate Q&A with the ballots, which were mailed this Tuesday. The mistake involved candidate Thomas Herrick, whose response to one question was printed twice, once after being asked  “What is your history of community involvement within Ocean Pines ...” and again after being asked, “What are the advantages & positive aspects of living in Ocean Pines ...?” “I felt like I did a pretty decent job, especially with that first question, and I wanted to introduce myself to the community,” Herrick said last Thursday. “My understanding is that the newsletter was mailed ...
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BERLIN BRIEFS

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Josh Davis, Staff Writer

(July 16, 2015) The Berlin mayor and council took the following action during a public meeting at Town Hall on Monday.   Façade grant The council unanimously voted to continue the Façade Improvement Program, in partnership with the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development, for the fifth consecutive year. The program offers matching grants, provided by the state, to businesses seeking to make improvements. Wells emphasized that the program costs the town nothing and that the program had $50,000 remaining from last year’s grant. “I’m actively pursuing property and business owners to apply for this 50/50 matching grant,” she said. “I told them I really want to give them money!” Several applications, she said, had come in during the last month. New Berlin gallery Art in the Fields, Wells added, planned to apply for the grant next year, necessitating the need for additional funding. For more information o...
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Steen reveals details of new OP development

Posted On: 7/16/15
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Staff Writer

(July 16, 2015) With the county planning office and commissioners before him and the technical review committee plus the Ocean Pines Association behind him, Marvin Steen is getting anxious to deliver his new 30-unit development in Ocean Pines. “This is the first new project in years,” Steen said. “People are anxious to see something new.” Costing about $350,000 each, the three-bedroom, three-bathroom 2,400-square-foot duplexes would be located between King Richard Drive and Gum Point Road. “That’s something the technical review committee had some concerns about,” Steen said — King Richard Road. Of interest was construction vehicle traffic moving in and out near other Ocean Pines residences. Steen said the traffic using the road, shown on his map of the proposed project as a cul-de-sac, will actually make use of a utility easement at the end of King Richard Road and secured by a gate Steen would install to move traffic directly onto R...
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