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Main Street coordinator Houston stepping down

(Dec. 4, 2014) Just over a year after she took over as Main Street coordinator in Berlin, Megan Houston is moving on. New Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells will take on Main Street duties, and the town will look to fill Houston’s role as coordinator of the Visitor’s Center in the coming weeks…. Read more »

State police get box of cocaine in traffic stop

(Dec. 4, 2014) Two troopers from the Berlin Barrack of the Maryland State Police made a “significant” drug trafficking arrest after pulling over a pair of Connecticut residents for speeding during routine traffic detail on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Allan Orville Tyson, 35, and Christopher H. Williams-Eason, 25, were driving a 2015 Chrysler 200 rental car… Read more »

Commissioners organize, and name new officers

(Dec. 4, 2014) For the first time in five years, J. Bud Church was not presiding over the County Commissioners meeting as president. District Six Commissioner M. Jim Bunting has taken over those responsibilities, with District One Commissioner Merrill Lockfaw Jr. retaining his position of vice president for another year. “It’s great to have the… Read more »

Four new commissioners official join county board

(Dec. 4, 2014) Chip Bertino, Diana Purnell, Ted Elder and Joe Mitrecic were sworn in as County Commissioners Tuesday, replacing Judy Boggs, Jim Purnell, Virgil Shockley and Louise Gulyas respectively. The new commissioners said they were ready to cut their teeth on the county’s FY2016 budget, the formulation of which will take up a goodly… Read more »

New phosphorous rules announced by ag dept.

(Dec. 4, 2014) After months of speculation and political intrigue, the Maryland Department of Agriculture announced proposed phosphorus management tool regulations on Monday, Dec. 1. The six-year phase-in of regulations carry a projected cost of $22.5 million, according to a study released last month by the Business Economic and Community Outreach Network at Salisbury University…. Read more »

County poultry farmers to be featured on MPT

(Dec. 4, 2014) True story: Minh Vihn and wife Kathryn Le moved from San Diego – he left a financial consulting job, she left four salons – to grow chickens in rural Worcester County. Rural, as in 20 minutes west of Snow Hill and navigating the unpaved Forest Road off Old Furnace Road for 20… Read more »

Purnell Museum will go Victorian for Christmas

(Dec. 4, 2014) On Saturday, Dec. 6, the Julia A. Purnell Museum invites guests to leave the holiday stress of the 21st century behind and return to a more genteel time during the museum’s annual Victorian Christmas Celebration. Guests will sample old-fashioned treats and warm mulled cider to ward off the December chill.  Children will… Read more »

Ready for town’s big parade

(Dec. 4, 2014) The 44th annual Berlin Christmas Parade is coming to town tonight (Thursday), bringing dozens of floats to pack the streets with cool, festive cheer. Dubbed “The Coolest Christmas Parade in America,” the event quickly filled to capacity, with 85 entries sponsored by businesses, individuals and school, nonprofit and youth groups. Organizer JoAnn… Read more »

OPA will look at other options for gas supply

(Dec. 4, 2014) After talks on negotiating a new communitywide deal with utility Sandpiper Energy stalled in Ocean Pines, the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors last month began to consider seeking another propane company to fuel the community’s amenities. During a regular board meeting on Saturday, Nov. 22, General Manager Bob Thompson told the… Read more »

Yacht Club manager replaced

(Dec. 4, 2014) Ocean Pines quietly dealt with a major controversy in mid-November, replacing embattled Yacht Club manager Dave McLaughlin and installing Beach Club manager Lynda Huettner on an interim basis. Opened on Memorial Day weekend, the new $4.7 million facility won rave reviews for its facilities, but drew criticism from others in the community… Read more »