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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

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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

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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 »

Berlin history chronicled in photos at Main St. museum


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 1, 2020) Berlin residents are invited to be volunteer curators at the Calvin B. Taylor House Museum this month. By identifying people in photographs that have been donated to the museum over the years, community members can help preserve the town’s history. “We usually are the ones presenting the… Read more »

Bullied youth receive bodyguard service Sat.

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 27, 2020) Several Salisbury-based children and teenagers received a rare opportunity on Saturday — a day with real bodyguards. “Bodyguards Against Bullying” is an initiative that provides professional bodyguard service to youth who have been affected by serious or consistent bullying. Autumn Allen, 13, and Traymere Bishop, 11, were… Read more »

Assisted living staff members help with video, phone calls

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 6, 2020) Local assisted living facilities have created new approaches to help their residents and families stay connected despite all the social distancing restrictions. Pamela Schaffer and her brother Steven Bloyd, who own Catered Living in Ocean Pines and Chesapeake Manor Assisted Living in Willards, Maryland, have taken safety… Read more »

Annual Fiddler’s Convention canceled due to coronavirus

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 6, 2020) The 28th annual Fiddlers Convention scheduled for Sept. 25-27 in downtown Berlin has been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, according to a post on the Berlin Maryland Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. “This event has been a favorite of visitors and locals for almost 3… Read more »

Chamber Music by the Sea hosts Zoom shows

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Fifth annual festival lineup includes virtual concerts by classical instrumentalists By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 6, 2020) The fifth annual Chamber Music by the Sea series will return Aug. 18-22 virtually via Zoom. Chamber Music by the Sea, which was established by Elena Urioste in 2016, is the first classical music festival in Berlin… Read more »

Wor. homeowners can receive funds for critical repairs


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) Worcester County homeowners in need of exterior home repairs can apply for the Critical Repairs Program through Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County by July 31. According to its website, the nonprofit is accepting inquiries for critical repairs for homeowner-occupied homes only. Examples of critical home repairs… Read more »