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After fire, Berlin family will rebuild

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 21, 2017) Hank and Julie Koenig of Berlin are rebuilding their home, following a fire at their 100-year-old residence on South Main Street last week that destroyed family heirlooms and claimed the lives of two beloved housecats. The home, built in 1914 and known locally as “The Pruitt House,”… Read more »

Praying for Christmas miracle in Pocomoke

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Pocomoke City citizens are hoping for a Christmas miracle, as Mayor Bruce Morrison recovers from a subdural hematoma, or traumatic brain injury, in a hospital in Delaware. Morrison, according to town officials, was taken by ambulance from his home during the early morning on Nov. 29 to… Read more »

Full house hears renovation pitch for Snow Hill’s Sturgis

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Representatives of Annapolis-based landscape architects Campion Hruby presented several ambitious renovation concepts for Sturgis Park in Snow Hill at a well-attended public meeting last Tuesday. Three named proposals were shown, with focuses ranging from ecological to civic, and each was designed to make use of the view… Read more »

Pocomoke Chief Harden asks for more PD officers

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Pocomoke Police Chief William Harden wants at least one more police officer on staff, advising the City Council last Monday that only two officers generally patrol the entire town. According to the department’s most recent crime statistics Pocomoke Police answered 20,503 calls for service from Jan. 1… Read more »

Auditors: ‘financial health of the town appears strong’

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) The Town of Berlin is in strong financial position, according to a fiscal year 2017 audit report by Salisbury firm PKS & Company. Berlin received an unmodified or clean opinion, which is the highest level of assurance given, PKS partner Michael Kleger told the Town Council Monday… Read more »

Executive council works to reopen communication

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Communication channels between committees, department heads and the general manager were reopened at the Ocean Pines Association Executive Council meeting last Monday at the Tern Grille. The executive council — the board of directors and various committee chairs — generally convenes once or twice a year with… Read more »

Flurry of resolution overhauls under OPA consideration

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 7, 2017) Four first readings of amendments to the resolutions governing the Ocean Pines Association were introduced at an Ocean Pines Board of Directors meeting last Thursday. Some were matters of housekeeping, while others involved substantial changes to association procedures. The alteration to Resolution B-04, for example, would change… Read more »

Volunteers feed hundreds in Berlin

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 7, 2017) More than 200 meals were provided to people in the Berlin area during the second annual “Artists Giving Back, a Holiday Meal for those in need,” presented last Tuesday by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee. Organizer Robin Tomaselli said most of the meals were served at… Read more »

Pines nonprofit benefits soldiers serving overseas

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 7, 2017) A Maryland Army National Guard truck pulled up to Anna Foultz’s home in Ocean Pines last Thursday to haul away dozens of bags of items donated for soldiers serving overseas. Foultz and her late husband, Carl, started the “Holiday Gifts for Our Soldiers Overseas” drive two decades… Read more »

Tree lighting signals start of Berlin’s 150th anniversary

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 30, 2017) Mayor Gee Williams threw the switch Saturday night on what he called a “very special” town Christmas tree, unofficially kicking off a yearlong celebration. “It’s going to be a very special year, here in America’s coolest small town,” Williams said during the tree lighting. “With deep appreciation… Read more »