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Randy Hofman goes ecstatic with ‘Coastal Icons’

BERLIN — Setting cliches aside as much as possible, the common link between art and life is choice. Success is learning from the affects of the choices, how what a person planned relates to what actually happened and, in the very best cases, how they can improve both their choices and outcomes as they get… Read more »

Henry continues to grow as an artist

By Tony Russo Staff Writer BERLIN — There has been kind of an inside joke, of which artist Patrick Henry is as much a part as the subject of, regarding the color red. As the story goes, he had to break out a deep, vibrant red for a reproduction he painted a few years ago… Read more »

WSW Lights Up 2nd Friday

BERLIN — Lit votive candles in hand, more than 100 people gathered at the Berlin Farmers Market parking lot Friday to participate in the group’s annual candlelight ceremony and walk. Some of those participating in the vigil had survived breast cancer and some were the friends and family members of survivors, but many were walking… Read more »

New Tourism Opportunities Explored

 OCEAN CITY — More challenging economic times call for more creative solutions and business owners are looking for new ways to expand and grow their businesses beyond the expected.  Angela Reynolds, of Fager’s hotel group, has been working on partnerships with other local business to provide unique experiences for travelers seeking experiences outside of the… Read more »

Octoberfest with a C

 BERLIN — Over the last several years, one of the most reliable things about Berlin has been its ability to manufacture small events and give them the room to grow into large ones. It is an approach that has worked almost consistently and one the town hopes to continue with the inauguration of Octoberfest this… Read more »

Local Chef and Teacher Get National Recognition

BERLIN — As anyone who has transitioned from school into the workforce realizes, an employer will give much less slack than will a teacher, but that is precisely the kind of thing Matthew Elburn, coordinator for the Community Work Experience (CWE) program at Worcester Technical School counted upon when asked Leo D’Aleo, head chef at… Read more »

Fiddlers Prevails

BERLIN — Olive Mawyer, director of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce, had been watching the weather predictions all week and by Friday she understood that, for the first time in its 19 years, the Fiddlers Convention opening night concerts would have to be moved. While the decision wasn’t made happily or lightly, it was made… Read more »

Lilley-Billies at the Fiddlers Convention

BERLIN — Last year’s Berlin Fiddlers Convention saw the local band, The Lilley-Billies, place third in the kids’ band competition, but after more than 300 days of practice since then, its members hope to place higher this year. The group of siblings is led and was trained by Monika, the oldest, who will join her… Read more »

MARKS Flies into Town

  BERLIN — The difference between practitioners and enthusiasts is that when practitioners speak to you about their passion and does it convincingly, you have a new respect for what they do. When enthusiasts talk about their passion, you begin to wonder halfway through the conversation why you aren’t doing the same thing they’re doing. Geren… Read more »

Art Stroll building on continued success

BERLIN — While there was no official theme or event tied to last week’s 2nd Friday Art Stroll, there were no lack of diversions, as many of the downtown shops held art opening receptions, featured artists or held charity events that contributed to a busy and relatively successful evening. William Street is fast become in… Read more »