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Running Yacht Club as a business entity

The question of whether local organizations should somehow be obligated to book the Ocean Pines Yacht Club for its special events requires a stronger answer than that which was given by association officials this week. When residents and a board member noted last week that some organizations weren’t using the club, one interpretation of those… Read more »

We know what we want but not how to pay for it

Two things were apparent at the candidates forum in Ocean Pines last week: one, just about everyone has something to say and, two, what they are saying is that we all know what we want, but what we don’t know is how to pay for it. Virtually anyone who has driven on Route 589 would… Read more »

Good decision to update Berlin area utility poles

Besides the constant chill of last winter, snow on the ground and doing everything possible to stay warm, many remember how Delmarva Power employees were out there every day after well into the dark of night replacing Ocean City’s wooden utility poles with new, galvanized steel replacements along Coastal Highway. The 90-foot-poles can withstand winds… Read more »

Clearing out summer’s notebooks

So before I toss my summer notes away, I guess I want to revisit two particular stories that were among my favorites. One happened on the first day of summer, Memorial Day. It involved the dedication of a Huey Helicopter over at the Ocean City Airport. As a military history buff, I was emotionally tied… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

Waiting for answers about condition of health site Editor, I have been curious (and concerned) about the condition of the MD Health Connection Web site, as well as the status of enrollments. Research on my part has unearthed the disturbing information that, as of May 31, 2014, only 72,000 persons have enrolled in qualified health… Read more »

Filling Lynch’s shoes will be difficult for Council

Berlin Town Council member Paula Lynch announced earlier this month that she would not seek re-election after 26 years of service. In this week’s Bayside Gazette edition, staff writer Josh Davis interviewed several of her Town Council colleagues. The consensus was that she will be missed with even comment that the membership does not want… Read more »

Gratitude to Berlin officers who pulled two from blaze

Town Council meetings can be an interesting place spanning the more mundane to sometimes-heated arguments to presentations to retiring civil workers. It’s not often that a Town Council meeting turns into recognition of true heroes. But that’s what happened at Monday’s Berlin Town Council meeting. There, Berlin Police officers Spo. Edward Carmean and Spo. Merle… Read more »

Home maintenance a virtue

The Ocean Pines board of directors was absolutely correct to authorize attorney Joe Moore to continue action against owners whose properties have simply not been maintained for years. There are nine such properties. One has a box trailer sitting on it. Its owner already has an injunction calling for the owner to remove the box…. Read more »

All Stars make us proud

Last winter, we celebrated the accomplishments of becoming America’s “coolest small town.” This summer, it looks like Berlin has among the hottest two Little League baseball teams anywhere. At this writing, the Berlin Intermediate All Stars, who had defeated Commack, N.Y. last Friday, were now know as team “East,” in the Little Baseball World Series…. Read more »

Reason, dialogue over polarization is what’s needed in Ocean Pines

This year’s election in Ocean Pines has brought out more candidates than in recent years, which is a good thing.  Over the past 10 years the community has become ever more diverse, and having a wider array of candidates typically allows for a broader spectrum of viewpoints and ideas more representative of the community. However,… Read more »