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Tinkergarten ask sparks debate on public, private use

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 15, 2018) Using public parks for private gain sparked some contention at Monday’s Berlin Town Council meeting, as elected officials weighed in on both sides of the issue. Resident Alison Giska, a literacy coach with the Worcester County Board of Education, asked about using town parks for Tinkergarten classes, a… Read more »

Local ‘Linus’ has blanketed 10,000

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 15, 2018) Since 1995, Project Linus has made and distributed almost seven million blankets to children in need. The nonprofit organization, named for the blanket-clutching character in Peanuts cartoons, movies and comic strips, has more than 300 chapters in 50 states. Locally, the Lower Delmarva chapter is sponsored by… Read more »

Water problems starting to clear up

City manager demonstrates how far town has come, what still needs to be done By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) The Pocomoke City Council on Monday endorsed steps toward a small increase in water rates meant to offset the cost of solving a decades old water-quality problem. City Manager Bobby Cowger proposed a… Read more »

Looking inside Berlin’s new library

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) Like John Hammond in Jurassic Park, county planners have spared no expense in building the new $6.25 million Berlin branch of the Worcester County Library to be long lasting and energy efficient, an approach planners say will save taxpayers plenty of money in the long run. Ron… Read more »

Groups gather to honor memory of late Jesse Turner

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 8, 2018) The memory of Jesse Turner lives on, bolstered last week by a well-attended ceremony in Berlin when members of several local groups donated shoes in honor of the late Berlin Shoe Box owner. Several large bags, containers and other vessels filled with new or gently used shoes… Read more »

OPA Board addresses theft, fraud

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 1, 2018) “Obviously there’s a lot on everybody’s minds, so we’re going to address that in today’s meeting,” Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors President Doug Parks said at the outset of a regular board session Sunday. Parks said to the capacity crowd there was talk of “questionable financial… Read more »

Directors approve forensic audit

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 1, 2018) Following allegations of theft and funds gone missing throughout Ocean Pines Association operations, the board of directors will release a request for proposals for a forensic audit this month and likely vote on bids during the March 29 board meeting. The board on Sunday voted 6-1 to… Read more »

Buckingham only Maryland school designated Title I

By Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer (March 1, 2017) Along with 63 other academic institutions throughout the nation, Buckingham Elementary was the only school in Maryland to receive National Title I Distinguished School honors in 2017. A celebration took place at Buckingham Elementary in Berlin on Monday morning. All schools were honored during the 2018 National… Read more »

Mayor comes home to Pocomoke

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (March 1, 2018) After spending the last three months in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in three different states, Pocomoke Mayor Bruce Morrison came home Sunday to a town parade led by Worcester County and Pocomoke police, fire and emergency services personnel. Morrison experienced a traumatic brain injury on Nov. 29… Read more »