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OP annual budget process commences with guidance

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By Greg Ellison Association Treasurer Doug Parks discusses advisory committee recent meeting (Oct. 15, 2020) The Ocean Pines Association’s annual budget process got underway last Friday with a session on advisory committee guidance. OPA Treasurer Doug Parks said the Budget and Finance Committee began planning for the next year’s operating fund, which must be approved… Read more »

Pines Women’s Club holds virtual meetings

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 15, 2020) After being on a hiatus of sorts since March because of the coronavirus, the Women’s Club of Ocean Pines held its first, but likely not last, virtual meeting on Oct. 1. Women’s Club President Karin Benton said the membership group, which usually meets the first Thursday of each month… Read more »

Pines-centered ‘Letters From Santa’ expanded to all ages

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 15, 2020) After nearly a decade of delighting children, the annual “Letters From Santa” campaign orchestrated by Colby Phillips is expanding this season to include adults. Since starting the mailing to an inner circle of family and friends nine years ago, the holiday letter endeavor has grown by leaps and bounds…. Read more »

Pines Farmers Market helps kick off Halloween, Saturday


By Greg Ellison (Oct. 15, 2020) To help children pre-game for Halloween the Ocean Pines Farmers & Artisans Market is sponsoring “Pumpkin Saturday” this weekend with additional festivities planned for the end of the month. Market Manager David Bean said the first 50 youths to stop by the Kids Market Zone could take home a… Read more »

Directors looking for replacement for Tuttle’s seat

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By Greg Ellison Names considered besides other candidate in election (Oct. 15, 2020) After selling his home in barely a week’s time, Director Steve Tuttle told the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last week he would resign after the group’s next meeting on Oct. 17. OPA President Larry Perrone said selecting a replacement for… Read more »

OP Little Library memorializes couple’s son

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By Greg Ellison (Oct. 15, 2020) Tucked away on a tiny cul-de-sac in Ocean Pines is the Bentley Little Free Library, one of two such book exchanges in the neighborhood. The Bentley book exchange was established by Carol and Paul Vaillancourt as a memorial for their infant son, who died in 2014. The Vaillancourt family… Read more »

Dockshare links boaters with slips


By Greg Ellison (Oct. 15, 2020) Throwing a line to boaters seeking a short-term mooring rental at private docks is the concept of a new app developed by Ocean Pines residents Nate and Gina Young. Along with a four-member team, the couple has developed Dockshare, an online platform that caters to boaters looking for a… Read more »

Sign discussion turns testy over dumpster location

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Globe’s design approved, but subject gets changed By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 15, 2020) The proposal of a sign for The Globe at 12 Broad St. led to a heated discussion about the dumpster in the rear of the restaurant at the Berlin Historic District Commission meeting on Oct. 7. The commission approved a… Read more »

Berlin set for modified Oktoberfest

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Annual beer fest will occur but with social distancing practiced throughout area By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Oct. 15, 2020) “Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!” as the Bavarians say during Oktoberfest. It’s also an expression local beer lovers might employ — “One, two, three, drink!” —  during the ninth annual Oktoberfest in Berlin this Saturday from… 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 »