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Masks, shields given to hospitals

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Hardwire, boutique change gears to provide protection to health care workers (April 2, 2020) Residents and companies in Worcester County are creating protective gear for  medical personnel and members of the community during the spread of covid-19 throughout the state. Hardwire LLC, a Pocomoke City manufacturer of protective armor used… Read more »

Coastal Bays promotes small farms

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By Greg Ellison (April 2, 2020) The Maryland Coastal Bays Program wants to promote small-scale farming practices and local agriculture producers through its new “Living Local: Small-Scale, Large Impact” project. The campaign includes a series of farm spotlight articles, with the first published tomorrow, along with community visits to small-scale operations at a still-to-be-determined date… Read more »

OP Rec & Parks suggests fun and safe activities

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By Greg Ellison (April 2, 2020) While families are sequestered at home during the COVID-19 pandemic response, and with playground facilities temporarily closed, the Ocean Pines Recreation and Parks department is providing alternative inside activities to help parents keep their offspring entertained. Recreation Program Coordinator & Camp Director Brittany Jarman said the stay-at-home directive issued… Read more »

Horn announces OPA Board candidacy for 2020 election

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By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) Counting improved business operations and courteous meeting deliberations among her first-term accomplishments, OPA Director Dr. Colette Horn announced her intentions this week to seek re-election in 2020. Since winning a board seat in 2017, Horn said the directors have functioned productively to achieve a wealth of goals for association… Read more »

Donations sought as Maryland Food Bank maintains mission


By Greg Ellison (March 26, 2020) The Maryland Food Bank of the Eastern Shore is seeking financial support and volunteers to maintain distribution services from Kent County to Worcester County in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eastern Shore Food Bank Director of Regional Services Jennifer Small said providing food for people on the Eastern Shore… Read more »

Stay in touch with elderly relatives

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 26, 2020) With the country practicing social distancing and trying to block the spread of the novel coronavirus by staying indoors and away from people, it can be easy to forget one of the most vulnerable populations: the elderly. As COVID-19 is considered the most threatening for people ages… Read more »

Berlin businesses come together during virus


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (March 26, 2020) With all but businesses and services classified as essential closed,  residents and groups in small towns like Berlin are doing what they can to help. Kathryn Gordon, director for Worcester County Economic Development, praised the Berlin Chamber of Commerce for its connection with the local businesses. “The… Read more »

Phillips promotes email contact for elderly assistance

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(March 19, 2020) Helping elderly community members acquire food, medicines and other necessities is the aim of a new email-based volunteer group formed by Colby Phillips. Speaking on Tuesday, Phillips said she launched the email campaign on Facebook the previous evening out of  concern for senior citizens becoming exposed to the coronavirus. Her effort is… Read more »

Parks onboard for next OPA board election

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By Greg Ellison (March 19, 2020) Looking to chart continued progress after four years as a member of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, President Doug Parks unveiled intentions this week to seek another term in the 2020 board election. “The first year, I was appointed to the board,” he said. “In 2017 I… Read more »

Pitching in to help school children

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer Businesses, volunteers see need and respond to loss of school meal program (March 19, 2020) Since Gov. Larry Hogan closed schools for two weeks by executive order last week, groups and organizations have joined to find ways to feed children who depend on school meals. Many students who benefit from… Read more »