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Pirates to party for CASA program

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services is setting sail on Friday, May 20 to help raise money for its CASA program. The eighth annual Pirate Party, held each year at Sunset Grille in West Ocean City, is the nonprofit’s largest funding source for the court-appointed special advocate program that serves children throughout the county. CASA Director Brigitte Southworth said the event originally coincided with Child Abuse Awareness Month in April. But after several years of cold weather, it was switched to May. “An outside party on the water in April was really, really cold,” she said. “But the idea was, we were trying to come up with a new event and were thinking about trying to ‘sink’ child abuse. Then we just thought about a pirate party, because no one did that around here.” Southworth said CASA is largely driven by a cash-match grant, meaning money needs to be raised in order to unlock the grant funding.   Last ...
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Pocomoke kicks off summer concert series

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Brian Gilliland, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Once per month, from now until September, the town of Pocomoke City sponsors a free concert series at Cypress Park, with the initial offering being a gospel sextuple feature starting at 6:30 p.m. tonight. “This summer we’re kicking off with Praise in the Park, featuring local churches and musicians,” Karah Lacey, downtown coordinator, said. “The concert will be free but there will be a love offering collected and divided among the churches.” Performing will be Beaver Dam Presbyterian Church’s folk band, Brittany Lewis, Salem UMC’s Four-given, Bayside Community Church’s Worship Team, Glad Tidings Assembly of God’s Worship Team and the Mt. Zion UMC’s Men’s Choir. Bleacher seating will be available, but Lacey recommends bringing lawn chairs, and perhaps a picnic meal. “The Bayside Mission Team will be selling baked goods and beverages in support of their mission to Puerto Rico,” Lacey said. ...
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Iron Furnace 50 this weekend; 200 racers anticipated

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Brian Gililand, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) Jeff Bacon, sponsor chairman of the Iron Furnace 50 bike ride through the back roads just north of Snow Hill, doesn’t think people-watchers will get a whole lot out of the upcoming event. “You’re probably going to see more deer and turkeys than people,” he said. The Iron Furnace 50 offers three courses: a 50-kilometer ride (31 miles), a 50-mile course (80.5 kilometers) and a 100-kilometer (62 miles) trek, mostly through the flat backcountry near the Pocomoke State Forest. Bacon said the rain-or-shine event will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday and same-day registration is available. Furnace Town is north of Snow Hill on Old Furnace Road, of Route 12. The cost to participate is $50, and as the event is a joint production of the Snow Hill Rotary Club and Furnace Town, proceeds will be split between the groups. Bacon said the Rotary Club would use the raised money to fund their scholarship programs, while the historic landmark will use its share to...
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Baltimore artist brings fresh approach to Berlin 2nd Friday

Posted On: 5/12/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 12, 2016) While most shops in Berlin feature some form of art or artist during the town’s monthly 2nd Friday event, it’s rare to see the creative process in action. Bleached Butterfly, a shop on 3 Pitts Street known for shaking things up, is about to change all of that. Starting at about 5 p.m. on Friday, Baltimore native Brian Allen Propst Jr. will set up in the storefront window for a live painting demonstration. The 30-year-old multimedia artist, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, said he started making art at age 5. “Picasso said, ‘When you’re a child, everyone is an artist, and when they grow up, it’s a matter of remaining childlike.’ I’ve been doing that forever,” he said. “I started being creative at a young age and I just loved it and never took my eyes off the prize.” Propst is a longtime friend of Bleached Butterfly owner Autumn Graves, and said he is always up for th...
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Local groups to help local teen study in NY

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(May 12, 2016) If it is true that an object in motion tends to stay in motion, then don’t expect 16-year-old Kate Carpenter to slow down anytime soon. The Stephen Decatur High School sophomore has been dancing since kindergarten and has since added singing, acting, art and track to her repertoire. To hone her skills, she auditioned for, and won, a spot in this year’s prestigious Summer Performing Arts Conservatory at the elite American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City. During her two weeks in the conservatory, she will receive intensive training with a primary focus on musical theater and auditioning. The Ocean Pines Players and its sister organization, the Ocean Pines Youth Theater, are betting on Carpenter’s success by providing her with $500 in scholarship aid. Given the steep tuition for this elite program, plus the notoriously high cost of housing and food in New York City, Carpenter is very grateful to receive such support from her ...
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Montessori school breaks ground in Berlin, opens soon

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(May 12, 2016) Coastal Early Learning Center, an authentic Montessori educational program for children ages 2-5 years old, broke ground Monday, May 2, on the new 4,800-square-foot facility, located on the corner of Seahawk Road and Flower Street in Berlin. CELC is due to open September 2016.   Coastal Early Learning Center is the first true Montessori program in Berlin. Montessori schools are individually owned and operated and based upon Dr. Maria Montessori’s scientific observation of children from birth through adulthood.    Seeing a need in the community, CELC was started by its owner and certified Montessori teacher, Carrie Coots in 2014, holding Montessori classes in her home. Encouraged by community interest, she recently bought 4 acres of land next to the Stephen Decatur Middle School and began her journey of expanding her Montessori program. Coastal Early Learning Center is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year. CELC offers a 2-3-year-...
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Md. Coastal Bays Program to partner with Terp. Group

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(May 12, 2016) Maryland Coastal Bays Program, partnering with the Maryland Terrapin Working Group, a group composed of terrapin researchers and managers, is looking for volunteers to help with the annual terrapin head count survey held from May 31 to June 4. Surveys will take place by land, boat and via online submissions. A land-based survey will collect valuable data that might not otherwise be reported. Training materials for properly reporting terrapins from the land-based survey will be available at mdcoastalbays.org by May 19. More information on this process will be available at the trainings. To view last year’s survey protocols, visit www.mdcoastalbays.org/terrapin-project. Some teams on boats or land-based teams with spotting scopes may have space for additional volunteers. To join one of these teams if space allows indicate interest when registering for the training. To participate in the online reporting, simply report any terrapin sightings from May 31 to June 4,...
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Community Foundation to release $50,000 in grants

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(May 12, 2016) Up to $50,000 will be made available this spring to projects that encourage parent and family engagement for under-served children on Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore. The grant program, which was developed by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, aims to fund forward-thinking and innovative approaches to remedy the challenges facing youth today. “When compared to children from more affluent families, kids from economically challenged homes are more likely face health, behavioral and emotional problems,” said Erica Joseph, Community Foundation president. “Additionally, we see these children have a greater high school dropout rate, and overall lower academic achievement. Rural settings can intensify the challenges low-income families face.” Through this grant program, the Foundation hopes to identify an opportunity where funding can make a significant difference in the lives and futures of the under-served children in the Lower Sho...
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Invitation to ‘meet and greet’ slated for May 17

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(May 12, 2016) The Worcester County Commission for Women and The Friends of the Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Library located at 11107 Cathell Road. All are invited learn about the Women’s Commission and The Friends’ initiatives. Light refreshments will be served. The Friends organization is a 501(c)(3) with membership dues of $30 per year; $20 is a donation to the McGuffey Literacy project where 1,500 elementary school students receive books in a book bag on June 6 to encourage summer reading.   Other initiatives include Recognition Awards of Worcester County Women, the Suddenly Single Project, Support of a Worcester GOLD Family, and the “Empowering Women” Scholarship. A membership in Friends provides an opportunity to network with women in Worcester County. For information, call 443-614-3957 or 410-641-7391.
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WCHD offers free training classes for anti-overdose drug

Posted On: 5/5/16
Written By: Josh Davis, Associate Editor

(May 5, 2016) Looking for new ways to address the spread of illegal opioid use, which, has contributed to an increase in heroin and other opioid overdoses, the Worcester County Health Department recently began conducting a series of classes on how to administer the life-saving drug, Naloxone. Kim Poole, a behavioral health and addictions program worker with the Worcester County Health Department, explained the process during a training session at the Ocean Pines Library last Wednesday. She said overdose-related fatalities have surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of “injury-related accidental death” in the U.S., averaging 105 each day.   Naloxone is used to treat those overdoses by reversing the effects of using harmful amounts of opioids. “The opiate receptors in the body have a higher affinity [for naloxone]. They love naloxone more than they love heroin,” she said. “Basically, heroin is going to get knocked off the receptors ...
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