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Local dock dog takes home top honors at national event

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By Greg Ellison (Nov. 4, 2021) Bishopville resident Teresa Hastings and her high-flying 3-year-old German shepherd Halo captured top honors at the Dockdogs National Championship held from Oct. 12-17 in Dubuque, Iowa. Hastings said Halo took first place in the extreme vertical jump category, along with finishing fifth in the “Big Air,” or long jump…. Read more »

New meters would reduce water expense


Percentage of losses much higher than average rate By Greg Ellison (Nov. 4, 2021) Berlin officials received the final results of a water fund rate study on Monday, and confirmed what they suspected: the town’s water and sewer systems need updated meters to capture lost revenues. Jean Holloway, from Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Inc…. Read more »

OP, Berlin plan their treats

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No tricks, it’s all fun at local Halloween festivals, contests By Greg Ellison (Oct. 28, 2021) Youthful candy seekers will inundate both Ocean Pines and Berlin this weekend for trick-or-treating festivities leading up to Halloween on Sunday. The fun kicks off on Friday in Ocean Pines during the “Trunk or Treat,” event in White Horse… Read more »

Berlin on verge of releasing Heron Park sale, lease deal

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 28, 2021) Following final edits on Monday, the Berlin Town Council approved a request for proposals to lease or buy parcels 57 and 410 in Heron Park, with the solicitation going out on Nov. 1. Town officials are seeking lease or purchase offers for the pair of parcels that total 16… Read more »

Farr vindicated after leading OP balloting

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Suit will establish if he’s legit candidate By Greg Ellison (Oct. 28, 2021) Ocean Pines Board candidate Rick Farr, although still awaiting resolution of the lawsuit he filed after being disqualified late in the game, was vindicated last week after the long-delayed ballot count revealed he led the pack. “I was very confident and believed… Read more »

Kiwanis toy, coat drive launches on Oct. 28

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 21, 2021) Looking to replicate strong community support provided last fall, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City is holding combined toy and coat drives with weekly collections starting Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Ocean Pines Community Center. Marketing Chairman Dave… Read more »

Knerr involved in motorcycle wreck

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 22, 2021) Berlin Councilman and Kite Loft owner Jay Knerr is at home recovering after a round-trip to Shock Trauma in Baltimore following a motorcycle accident in Girdletree on Monday. Knerr was leading his brother and cousin on a motorcycle ride just before 11:30 a.m., when he struck a 72-year-old pedestrian… Read more »

Farr, Daly lead pack in OP ballot count


By Greg Ellison (Oct. 22, 2021) Resolution of the disputed 2021 Ocean Pines Board election came into sharper focus after the Elections Committee counted ballots on Wednesday and announced Rick Farr finished first with incumbent Frank Daly placing second. Farr, who garnered 1,629 votes, lead four-candidates vying for two openings and was followed by Daly… Read more »

Heron Park RFP nears completion


Berlin mayor, council refine  their request for proposals for sale of two parcels By Greg Ellison (Oct. 21, 2021) Berlin inched closer to unloading parcels 57 and 410 in Heron Park, along with $200,00 in associated annual debt service, after fine-tuning a draft request for proposals during its Oct. 12 meeting. Mayor Zach Tyndall said… Read more »

Judge blocks Ocean Pines election rerun

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 15, 2021) In a sharp rebuke of the “highly irregular” election machinations executed by an Ocean Pines Board of Directors majority, Circuit Court Judge Sidney Campen on Wednesday blocked the majority’s plan to hold a new election of directors and ordered all ballots from the summer’s disputed contest to be counted… Read more »