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Tranzfusion mishap frees up July 4

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By Greg Ellison (July 8, 2021) Musician Al Cook, who slaps bass for perennial lower shore rockers Tranzfusion, made a brief stop on the injured reserve list after falling and breaking his hand while slipping off stage during a rainstorm last weekend. Tranzfusion was performing at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club on Saturday when heavy… Read more »

Berlin Bathtub Races, Second Friday married

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By Greg Ellison (July 8, 2021) After hitting pause in 2020 because of covid-19, the Berlin Bathtub Races return for their 31st edition tomorrow and piggybacks on the Second Friday monthly celebration for an evening of family-friendly activities starting at 5 p.m. Berlin Chamber of Commerce Deputy Director Steve Frene said the dual events would… Read more »

Second election forum set July 13

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Voters get another opportunity to ask candidates their thoughts on issues By Greg Ellison (July 8, 2021) The second installment of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors election forum is scheduled for July 13 at 7 p.m. in the Golf Clubhouse. The entire candidate field of Rick Farr, David Hardy, Stuart Lakernick and incumbent… Read more »

Thousands watch fireworks

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Ocean Pines holiday celebration breaks record for attendance By Greg Ellison (July 8, 2021) Following the sudden cancellation of Fourth of July firework displays in Ocean City on Sunday, corresponding crowd surge was seen at the Independence Day festivities in Ocean Pines. Recreation and Parks Director Debbie Donahue said the return of pyrotechnics at Veterans… Read more »

Independence Day fireworks rebound across Worcester County

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(July 1, 2021) Independence Day fireworks displays and other festivities take place from Friday through Sunday throughout Worcester County, as large-scale public gatherings are again permitted with statewide pandemic restrictions now lifted. Snow Hill The weekend of patriotic revelry kicks off Friday in Snow Hill with fireworks at Sturgis Park. The Independence Day Celebration, which… Read more »

Parker’s brick dedicated at Veterans Memorial in Pines

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By Greg Ellison (July 1, 2021) Gene Parker, an Ocean City real estate legend and Air Force veteran, was honored by family and friends Monday during a brick-dedication ceremony at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial in Ocean Pines. Gene Parker, who passed away in December at the age of 81, was born in Selbyville, Delaware,… Read more »

Planning committee targets Pines’ weaknesses

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Question whether election process can be improved By Greg Ellison (July 1, 2021) Reviewing big-picture assets and challenges and identifying community values dominated discussions during the Ocean Pines Strategic Planning Committee meeting last Thursday. Committee Co-Chairman Bernie McGorry presented a recap of planning techniques obtained from advisory committee chairpersons and Ocean Pines Association staff. Since this… Read more »

Hogan unveils $25M recovery plan

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Project Restore will come to rescue of downtowns, Main Street programs By Greg Ellison (July 1, 2021) Gov. Larry Hogan made a stopover in Berlin on Monday to unveil Project Restore, a $25 Million economic recovery initiative to revitalize downtown districts and Main Street communities throughout Maryland. Hogan spoke in front of the Calvin B…. Read more »

Loan relief boosts bottom line

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PPP forgiveness puts OPA $1.275 million ahead of budget as year closes By Greg Ellison (June 24, 2021) Ocean Pines got good news last week, when the association was informed that the $1.14 million it received last year in federal Payroll Protection Program money would not have to be repaid. With the elimination of the… Read more »

STEM and golf team up for Worcester kids

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By Jack Chavez (June 24, 2021) Golf and the world of science, technology, engineering and math are making for an unlikely duo on Saturday at the Ocean City Golf and Country Club. After officials from NASA approached Dennis Naughton and Shawn Johnson, cofounders of the Snow Hill-based nonprofit Youth Care Center, the idea was formed… Read more »