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Town Hall ledgers, records showcase history

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) A ledger detailing Berlin’s mayor and council meetings more than 100 years ago shed light on the importance of keeping records within town. Berlin’s Managing Director Jeff Fleetwood, said town officials borrowed the ledger from the Calvin B. Taylor Museum while doing research on the town’s history. These… Read more »

Berlin praises town special events

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) Berlin’s Mayor and Council praised the outcomes of National Night Out and the Peach Festival at their meeting last week. Berlin Police Chief Arnold Downing said between 1,500 and 2,000 people attended the town’s National Night Out on Aug. 6 at Dr. William Henry Park on Flower Street…. Read more »

Berlin revises stormwater priorities

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) To improve its chances of obtaining FEMA funding for storm water-control projects, the Berlin Town Council last Monday took one long-range plan off its list of priorities. Town Administrator Laura Allen said the town probably wouldn’t get to what’s known as “Project Five, Tier II, on Bottle Branch… Read more »

Derelict house will be razed in controlled burn

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) A derelict home that’s become an eyesore on Flower Street is scheduled to be razed via a controlled burn by the Berlin Fire Company, Berlin Planning Director Dave Englehart told the mayor and Town Council meeting last Monday. Engelhart said the burn is set for sometime in September,… Read more »

Berlin Town Council seeks grant funds for court lighting

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) The Berlin Town Council approved agreed last week to seek state funding to buy lights for the basketball courts at Dr. William Henry Park. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen said the town is seeking a $107,500 grant from the Community Parks and Playground Program of Maryland Department of… Read more »

Engine malfunctions at Berlin plant

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 22, 2019) When one of Berlin’s four electrical power generators went down on July 17, it was the result of a “major failure,” Electric Utility Director Tim Lawrence told the Town Council last Monday evening. Lawrence said a piston connecting rod failed on the 16-cylinder engine at the William Street… Read more »

Parking issues resurface after fire

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) A garage fire on Grace Street last month did more than destroy a building — it also revealed another serious problem with parking in Berlin. “It brings it back to the forefront,” Berlin Police Department Chief Arnold Downing said following a Town Council meeting Monday evening. The fire… Read more »

Berlin authorizes $26K to clean up town-owned park

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) The clean-up of toxic chemical at Heron Park – formerly known as Berlin Falls Park — continues after Berlin’s Town Council unanimously approved payment of two invoices totaling more than $26,000 during a meeting Monday evening. “What we’re doing is paying as we go,” said Mayor Gee… Read more »

Berlin Town Council approves name of space: ‘Heron Park’

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Berlin Falls Park is no longer Berlin Falls Park. It is now “Heron Park,” as declared by the results of public poll. The Berlin Town Council unanimously approved the name change at its meeting Monday evening. Jack Orris, vice-chairman of the Berlin Falls Park Advisory Committee, addressed… Read more »

Flower Street in Berlin to close for sewer repair, Mon.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Aug. 15, 2019) Motorists who normally travel on Flower Street should seek alternative routes on Monday, as the road is scheduled to be closed for a sewer main repair, Water Resources Director Jamey Latchum told the Town Council Monday night. Latchum said the line in need of repair is located in… Read more »