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Ground broken on new larger Showell Elementary School

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 27, 2018) Construction on the new $47 million Showell Elementary School is scheduled to start this weekend. On Tuesday a groundbreaking ceremony occurred in the original Showell Elementary School that first opened in 1976. The current 5,200 square-foot building will be replaced with a state-of-the-art 9,600 square-foot facility, eliminating the… Read more »

Yoga objections get mindfulness program pulled

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Local religious groups who complained that yoga elements in a mindfulness program at Buckingham Elementary School were anti-Christian apparently contributed to the program’s removal this year. Students went back to the Berlin school this month, but “Mindfulness Moments” reportedly did not return with them. The program, which included… Read more »

Fiddler’s Convention offers entire weekend of live music

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) The 26th annual Berlin Fiddler’s Convention is scheduled to bring three days of free, family-friendly events and live entertainment to the downtown areathis Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Slated to open the show on Friday night, starting at 7 p.m., are the Lonesome Ridge Rangers, winners of the 2017… Read more »

Paint Berlin back for ninth annual ‘plein air’ event

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) People in and around the Berlin area are likely to see dozens of plein air painters working in various outdoor locales this weekend, as the ninth annual Paint Berlin event returns. While registration is full, work produced during the four-day event will be on display during a free… Read more »

John Bailey, one year in as Ocean Pines GM

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 20, 2018) Ocean Pines General Manager John Bailey earlier this month celebrated the one-year anniversary of his hire. His first official day was Sept. 11, 2017. At the time, Bailey was the third Ocean Pines general manager in two years, following Brett Hill, interim general manager from Aug. 26, 2016… Read more »

Scout project benefits local cancer patients

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Girl Scouts from local Troop 736 last Wednesday presented the staff at the Richard A. Henson Cancer Center in Ocean Pines with 100 cancer care kits for patients. The months-long project was part of the Scouts’ pursuit of the Bronze Award, the highest honor given to Junior… Read more »

Despite setbacks, town tattoo committee to continue

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) By opining that county laws can’t be tailored to just one community but must apply countywide, the Worcester County Commissioners have blocked the effort to allow tattoo businesses to operate Berlin. Nevertheless, the town’s Tattoo Ordinance Committee on Wednesday night vowed to keep pushing for change. The catch… Read more »

Worcester County braces for rainy, windy weekend

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 13, 2018) Worcester County could see several of inches of rain and some wind this weekend, but appeared to be far enough away from Hurricane Florence’s projected landfall as of midweek to be spared its more serious effects. Brendan Schaper, a meteorologist with the National Weather Center, said Tuesday that… Read more »

Legislative study: Worcester taxes low, crime rates high

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Among the benefits of living in Worcester County are low tax rates and ample education spending, while the drawbacks are high crime and unemployment rates, and subpar income levels, according to a 2018 “Overview of Maryland Local Governments” study published by the Department of Legislative Services. Maryland, according… Read more »

Worcester rabies cases up, 18 confirmed so far this year

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Sept. 6, 2018) Confirmed cases of rabies are up this year, a Worcester County Health Department official said on Tuesday, and pet owners are being encouraged to be vigilant in ensuring rabies vaccinations are up to date. The health department confirmed four cases of rabies last month: a raccoon in Berlin… Read more »