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Maker’s Market returns to downtown Berlin 2nd Friday

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 11, 2017) The May 2nd Friday art stroll in Berlin this week marks the 2017 debut of the Maker’s Market, an outdoor gathering of arts and artisan vendors that will run May through December. The market will close part of Jefferson Street, near Main Street, and include crafts and children’s, according to Berlin Arts & Entertainment Committee Chairwoman Heather Layton. “We have been getting inquiries since December about when is it going start, when can I set up? I’m super excited,” Layton said. “I think we’ve got some really great artists this year.” Layton said that will include Returning Tide from Queenstown, Maryland. “They show from Ocean City to Annapolis to Fell’s Point,” she said. “I think they’re going to be here pretty much every 2nd Friday.” Also this Friday, Vicky Mullaney of Cambridge, will sign copies of her new cookbook, “The Lodge at Black Pearl Cookbook: Raising and...
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Seventh annual Iron Furnace Fifty charity bike ride, Sat.

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

(May 11, 2017) The seventh annual Iron Furnace Fifty charity bike ride provides pedal enthusiasts an opportunity to explore rural roads throughout the Lower Eastern Shore, while simultaneously supporting the Furnace Town Living Heritage Village in Snow Hill. The fun ride will take place this Saturday at 8 a.m., starting the Furnace Town Village on 3816 Old Furnace Road. Same-day registration begins at 7 a.m. and costs $65. Patrick Rofe, Furnace Town executive director, said this year’s event is expected to draw up to 300 riders and has attracted a larger crowd each year. “The money raised … supports Furnace Town’s educational interpretive program and the Rotary Club of Snow Hill’s scholarship program,” he said. “The Iron Furnace Fifty is our largest fundraiser and continues to grow.” Participants can take their pick of routes totaling 50 miles, 50 kilometers, or even 100 kilometers in distance. Regardless of which path riders choos...
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American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life starts Friday

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life starts Friday (May 11, 2017) An abundance of activities are on tap for the participants who will gather at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Berlin, Friday, May 12, for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life. Because of rain forecasted, organizers moved the event indoors from the Frontier Town Campground in Berlin. The 2017 North Worcester County Relay For Life kicks off at 6 p.m. to celebrate survivors beating cancer, remember loved ones who lost their battle and offer support for people who are currently fighting the disease. “People should attend because it will take our community as a team to eradicate cancer in our lifetime,” said Dawn Hodge, event chairwoman. “The American Cancer Society is No. 2 in the nation, only behind the National Institute of Health, in funding of cancer research. The funding comes from community events such as Relay For Life, which is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society.” The theme for this year...
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Second meeting for 100+ Women

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer

(May 11, 2017) Women interested in donating money to a worthy charity are encouraged to attend the second 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore meeting on Tuesday, May 16, at Sisters in Berlin from 5:15-6:15 p.m. “[The] 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore is a collaborative philanthropy organization, where women pool their donations, in the form of $100 checks to make a difference in their community,” said Janelle Mulholland, an organizer of 100+ Women Who Care on the Shore along with Susanna Eisenman and Anna Newton. “Women will be able to nominate a local charity that benefits Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset counties,” she continued. “All funds must stay on the shore. Three charities will be randomly picked and those women will have five minutes to tell everyone why they love their organization.”   All meetings are one hour long. After presentations, each member will vote for their favorite choice and the charity with the most votes will receive ...
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Eight questions on ‘13 Reasons Why’

Posted On: 5/11/17
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2017) At the end of March, video-streaming service Netflix released an adaptation of the 2007 novel “13 Reasons Why,” wherein a high school student, “Clay,” receives a box of cassettes from a classmate, “Hannah,” who recently committed suicide. The series drew praise from critics and global consternation from school boards and advocate groups. Worcester County schools are, at this point, taking no official stance on the show, but are participating in a pilot program called “Signs of Suicide” purchased by the Lower Eastern Shore Suicide Prevention Coalition as part of the social and emotional development unit provided to eighth graders, Carrie Sterrs, school spokeswoman, said. As with all pilot programs in the county, Sterrs said the effectiveness of the program would be evaluated at the end of the school year. Locally, the Worcester County Health Department’s Crisis Response team responded to 470 calls in fiscal 2016 a...
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Ocean Pines BOD approve pair of election reforms

Posted On: 5/4/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 4, 2017) The Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors passed two significant reforms last Saturday, overhauling the election process in one and addressing concerns of impropriety in another. The directors unanimously approved sweeping changes to Resolution M-06, governing elections. Most notably, the amended resolution opened up the ballot counting process, which previously had been done in a closed session of the elections committee. The new text regarding counting ballots reads, “The ballot counting operation may be observed by any association member. Association members may witness the ballot-counting process but will not be privy to vote total during the counting process nor engage in any way in the ballot counting process, Elections Committee, consultants or Association staff. The ballot counting will be conducted in a room of sufficient size to accommodate the process and Association Members wishing to observe the count. The Committee may request the assistance of...
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Berlin, Adkins Co. at crossroads

Posted On: 5/4/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 4, 2017) The tension between the Adkins Company building supply store and the Town of Berlin isn’t going anywhere just yet. The evidence is a large roadblock on Harrison Avenue put up last June by Adkins, which owns part of the road, and the fact that both sides remain far apart on a dollar amount that would resolve the dispute. Adkins officials want $400,000 for its section of the road and town officials have offered $60,000, both figures apparently based on separate appraisals. Adkins General Manager Rick Holland brought the issue to a town work session Monday night, asking if the town’s plan to close Baker Street was a jab at Adkins. When residents of Baker Street complained of its poor condition there and asked that it be addressed with sensitivity to its historic ­­­– the only one remaining paved with oyster shells – the town responded by escalating plans to do that and to limit through traffic to minimize further damage on the road...
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Two stages set for Saturday’s Berlin Jazz & Blues Bash

Posted On: 5/4/17
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 4, 2017) The 10th annual Berlin Jazz and Blues Bash returns this Saturday with nine acts, including youth bands, local and regional touring groups and, for the first time, the U.S. Navy Jazz Band Commodores. Sponsored by the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, the event will feature wine from Whaleyville vintner Costa Ventosa and beer from Berlin’s Burley Oak Brewing Company. Food and art vendors and a children’s art activity area will round out the event. Organizer Steve Frene noted that the new date corresponds with Springfest in Ocean City. Jazz and Blues was held in June last year. “That, of course, benefits us because there are thousands of people who come to Ocean City every year and it’s so easy for them to come over here in Berlin,” he said. “So, we’re back on that date and we’re excited about it.” Frene will emcee the event with Jim Meckley of New York Connection, one of the festival acts. New this year, Frene said, is ...
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LaToya Purnell wins Western District council seat in SH

Posted On: 5/4/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

LaToya Purnell wins Western District council seat in SH (May 4, 2017) LaToya Purnell will join the Snow Hill Town Council as the Western District representative, following her election victory over Sylvester Dale on Tuesday. Mayor Charlie Dorman emerged from the Old Train Station on Belt Street shortly after 7 p.m. to announce Purnell had won by 45 to 36 votes, with two absentee ballots remaining to be counted by the end of the month. Dale’s face broke into a massive smile when the results were announced. He instantly congratulated and embraced Purnell. Dorman thanked both candidates for their well-run campaigns and desire to improve the community. He said although Purnell will not be officially sworn into office until June, she is invited to next week’s council meeting to start the familiarization process. Engaging the community, Purnell said, was the most rewarding part of her campaign. “The outpouring of support has really been amazing,” she said. “I’ve been truly blessed to be able to network w...
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Pocomoke budget talk goes into rough over golf course

Posted On: 5/4/17
Written By: Greg Ellison, Staff Writer

 (May 4, 2017) A lively and heated budget discussion took place during a Pocomoke City Council meeting on Monday with the fate of Winter Quarters Golf Course hanging in the balance. Mayor Bruce Morrison said the budget was the worst he’s seen in more than a decade and at one point City Manager/City Attorney Ernie Crofoot discussed handing in his resignation. Crofoot said although Pocomoke is hopeful that Worcester County would approve a $450,000 request for fiscal year 2018, the financial numbers are still not favorable. “The picture is bleak,” he said. “We have about a half a million dollar budget shortfall.” Among a number of cost-saving measures Crofoot suggested was the possibility of closing Winter Quarters, which has been in operation since the 1934, to turn the 45-acre property into a passive park. Last year the course lost about $150,000, Crofoot added. “It’s not a profitable venture,” he said. “That takes trucklo...
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