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Ocean Pines water bacteria levels drop down to end July

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By Greg Ellison (July 30, 2020) Recently elevated bacteria counts in the St. Martin River next to the Ocean Pines Swim and Racquet Club declined by roughly 80 percent last week, after exceeding, EPA safety standards early in the month. An enterococci bacteria test of the river just offshore of the club conducted on July… Read more »

Worcester women’s suffrage group supports voting rights

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By Greg Ellison (July 30,2020) The echoes of the Women’s Suffrage Movement’s successful battle for the right to vote will be heard again in August, 100 years after the passage of the 19th Amendment to the constitution. The Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee of Worcester County, which has delayed plans to mark the Aug. 26, 1920… Read more »

OP drainage project funded over half million from DNR


By Greg Ellison (July 30, 2020) A Department of Natural Resources grant to help pay to complete drainage repairs in Ocean Pines has been approved, giving the Ocean Pines Association more than a half-million dollars to spend on the project. Altogether, $549,000 was awarded to the community by DNR, which worked through the Chesapeake &… Read more »

OPA election heads toward its final week

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By Greg Ellison Ballots to be tallied Aug. 7, validated at Aug. 8 meeting (July 30, 2020) With the deadline to submit ballots arriving on Wednesday, the 2020 Ocean Pines Board election should be concluded by next weekend. This summer’s OPA Board election pits incumbents Doug Parks and Dr. Colette Horn, and newcomer Stuart Lakernick… Read more »

OP BNI group keeps up networking

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By Greg Ellison (July 30, 2020) One year after launching an Ocean Pines Business Network International chapter and reaching an initial benchmark for success this April, the groups’ weekly meetings have shifted to a virtual format because of coronavirus restrictions. BNI Chapter Area Director Consultant Anita Hicks, who relocated to the Eastern Shore three years… Read more »

Berlin mayor, council weigh proposed reserve fund policy

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) The Berlin Mayor and Council discussed a proposed reserve policy and a memorandum to reduce the sewer fund balance owed to the general fund during the Monday meeting. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood and Finance Director Natalie Saleh presented a draft of a resolution that establishes a general… Read more »

Berlin Fire Co. gives updated report on budget


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) Berlin Fire Co. President David Fitzgerald presented the quarterly report from April 1 to June 30 to the Berlin Mayor and Council on Monday. Between April 1 and June 30, the fire company responded to 25 in-town fire and rescue calls, making up almost 30 percent of… Read more »

Fifth candidate joins Berlin fall mayoral race


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) Ronald Bireley, 78, became the fifth candidate to join the 2020 Berlin mayoral race after filing for candidacy last Friday. Bireley is running against incumbent Mayor Williams, Councilman Zackery Tyndall, The Globe General Manager William “Bill” Todd and Jennifer Allen. This is one of the largest mayoral… 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 »

Berlin schedules Peach Day for one day only, Aug. 1

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (July 30, 2020) The 12th annual Peach Festival in downtown Berlin has been shortened to a one-day celebration because of coronavirus concerns. The Calvin B. Taylor House Museum on North Main Street in Berlin will hold a Peach Day on Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Museum… Read more »