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Council session cancelled, rental rules have to wait

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 27, 2020) Without enough Town Council members to establish a quorum Monday, the council cancelled its regular evening session and will reschedule both its work session on short term rentals and its bi-monthly meeting. According to Berlin’s bylaws, in order to hold a council meeting there needs to be… Read more »

Treated effluent found effective to water golf greens

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By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20, 2020) Employing treated wastewater to irrigate golf course greens has become an increasingly popular and environmentally sound alternative to tapping ground water at clubs across the U.S., according to a national study of the practice. Glen Riddle Golf Course Superintendent Butch Howard said advantages have been noted since local courses… Read more »

OPA board sets budget for next year at $13M

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Some fees will rise, capital reserve fund to receive $167,000 By Greg Ellison (Feb. 20,2020) The Ocean Pines Association Board approved the fiscal 2020/2021 budget by a 6-1 vote Monday, with director Steve Tuttle abstaining because of his concerns with earmarking funds for the new capital reserve fund. Although avoiding increased assessments for non-waterfront properties,… Read more »

Planning doesn’t dig concept

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Heavy equipment as tourist attraction? (Feb. 20, 2020) A construction site tourist attraction is seeking a potential new location in Worcester County, and approached the Berlin Planning Commission on Wednesday, Feb. 12, regarding a concept plan to plan the site on Evans Road. Heavy Metal Playground is located in Boonsboro,… Read more »

Local dairy farm offering home deliveries

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Feb. 20, 2020) The old days of having milk delivered to your front door is no longer a piece of history, as Chesapeake Bay Farms has decided to bring back the tradition and then some by creating its own local grocery delivery system. Owners Daniel and Laura Holland are third… Read more »

Worcester treasurer’s office to stay at Isle of Wight site

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (Feb. 13, 2020) The Worcester County Treasurer’s Office will continue to keep a satellite office at the Isle of Wight location, now that the county commissioners have abandoned the idea of relocating it to the Ocean Pines Library. During their Jan. 7 meeting, the commissioners voted to move the office… Read more »

Heron Park opens to public

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer After months of work following chemical accident, all’s well (Feb. 13, 2020) It’s official: after being closed for five months and nearly nine months of cleanup, Heron Park is again open for public use, after a motion by Berlin Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood was approved by the mayor and Town… Read more »

Sewage tanks leak, but fix will take years

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Holding waste for treatment has own set of problems By Greg Ellison (Feb. 13, 2020) Replacing hundreds of concrete and plastic water holding tanks to prevent sewage spills in Ocean Pines was examined during the Worcester County Water and Sewer Advisory Council meeting on Monday. Worcester County Public Works Director John Tustin said  work over… Read more »

County, Ocean Pines talk spray irrigation

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Workgroup’s first step will be to define cost By Greg Ellison (Feb. 13, 2020) The possibility of using treated wastewater to irrigate Ocean Pines Golf course was examined during the Worcester County Water and Sewer Advisory Council meeting on Monday. Worcester County Deputy Director of Public Works John Ross and OPA General Manager of Golf… Read more »

OPVFD must scramble for new recruits

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Scarcity of volunteers becomes greater issue By Greg Ellison (Feb. 6, 2020) The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department, which was established on a shoestring budget nearly a half century ago, now faces mounting challenges to recruit and retain members. President Dave Van Gasbeck said area demographics have traditionally added a layer of difficulty to recruit… Read more »