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Student collects holiday cards for military overseas

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Dec. 10, 2020) MaryAnn Catherine Rutzler, the current Pure International Young Miss Eastern Shore, is spreading holiday cheer near and far this year. The 13-year-old from Newark serves as the recording secretary and “Diamond Girl” for Project Sparkle On, an outreach program that inspires youth to get involved through kindness… Read more »

Berlin museum gets grant for oral histories

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Dec. 10, 2020) The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, 208 N. Main St. in Berlin, received a $2,500 grant from Beach to Bay Heritage Area to create a new collection of oral histories about the lives of people in Berlin. “Basically, it’s what people’s … experiences in Berlin are, whether… Read more »

Berlin offers month of holiday activities

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Dec. 3, 2020) As the most wonderful time of the year approaches, the town of Berlin, businesses and organizations have planned holiday activities for families. This Thursday is Men’s Holiday Shop Night in downtown Berlin from 5-8 p.m. Merchants will help men find the gifts they need this year, then… Read more »

Berlin hosts shop night, holiday art sculptures stroll

•Ice Ice Berlin map

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 26, 2020) Residents and visitors can stroll through downtown Berlin Friday to admire at least 23 three-foot carved ice sculptures by Erik Cantine during the “Ice Ice Berlin Art Sculptures Stroll & Holiday Shop Night.” “Previously … it was called our Tree Lighting & Holiday Shop Night, and people… Read more »

Face mask project promotes state, local safety directives

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 5, 2020) Rachel Eure, a recent graduate from Salisbury University, created a giant face mask for her senior year sculpture project in response to the prompt “NOW.” Originally, she planned to do a piece based on museums stealing artifacts. With closures during the novel coronavirus pandemic, she changed her… Read more »

Berlin offers alternative holiday celebrations


Town officials, local leaders get creative with activities for Halloween, Christmas By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 22, 2020) As the coronavirus pandemic persists, Berlin and nearby areas are discovering alternative ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays. Halloween Buckingham Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Main St. in Berlin, is hosting a Trunk or Treat on Friday… Read more »

Nonprofit builds connection to region


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 15, 2020) Coastal Wisdom, a new nonprofit based in Ocean Pines, aims to educate families about the land, culture and heritage of Maryland’s Eastern Shore communities to cultivate responsibility for where they live. “We believe that community and a sense of belonging to place is essential to our well-being,”… Read more »

Berlin to see fewer cruisers Saturday than in past years

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Covid-19 takes car show out of gear, as chamber will see much smaller event By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 8, 2020) Berlin’s downtown streets will not be lined with hundreds of classic cars this Saturday. Instead of the 16th annual Fall Cruisin’ Classic Cars Show, the Berlin Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Cruisers… Read more »

Students participate in pageants

•Aminah White

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 1, 2020) Aminah White and MaryAnn Catherine Rutzler strive to bring positive change in their Worcester County communities as they participate in national pageants. Aminah White, of Germantown Road in Berlin, will compete in the junior pre-teen category of the National American Miss Pageant in November in Orlando, Florida…. Read more »

Relay for Life luminaria celebration in Berlin

•Jessie and Theresa

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 1, 2020) Like most events, the annual Relay for Life of North Worcester County has been significantly affected by covid-19 concerns. This year, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of North Worcester County is hosting a drive-through luminaria celebration on Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in downtown Berlin. “This… Read more »