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County hears proposal to harvest wind at the landfill

SNOW HILL — Over the next year, National Wind will conduct a study to see if Worcester County can combine two of the area’s more prevalent NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) projects — wind power and the county landfill — into one. Patrick Pelstring, co-chair of National Wind, on Tuesday presented the commissioners with a proposal to begin… Read more »

Maryland Costal Bays Program sees downward trend

OCEAN CITY – Although there was plenty to celebrate at last week’s 15th Anniversary party for the Maryland Costal Bays Program (MCBP), the health of the coastal bays wasn’t one of them. The annual MCBP Bays Report Card scored the bays’ overall grade this year a C, down from a C+ in 2009.  “We are… Read more »

Board candidates face off

OCEAN PINES — The newest crop of would-be OPA directors made their cases for election this week as they prepare for for a month of campaigning for a three-year term on the association board. The forum began with the candidates responding to questions composed by the elections committee. The first question addressed to each involved… Read more »

No solution on Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Shortfall

SNOW HILL — While there is no question that the current situation at transfer stations around the county are logistically and economically untenable, the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday elected to put the problem on the back burner and take it up again in the fall. During the budget hearings over the last several months,… Read more »

Town partners with MCBP on Hudson Branch

BERLIN — Hudson Branch, the catchall for debris and pollutants that affect the health of the coastal bays, will get a major makeover through a joint project of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program (MCBP) and the Town of Berlin. Last week, Mayor Gee Williams called Hudson Branch the worst stream in the coastal bays system… Read more »

Council contracts overnight road work

BERLIN — People who live downtown might be in for a restless night or two next week, as Main Street will be completely overhauled from Baker to Bay Streets overnight rather than during the day. The Town Council elected to have the State Highway Administration’s contractor for the project to work overnight rather than have… Read more »

Toll hike hearing

BALTIMORE – Residents of the Ocean City resort area as well as the Lower Eastern Shore overall will have an opportunity on July 14 to comment at a hearing on the toll-increase plan proposed on June 2 by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA). The hearing from 5:30 to 8 p.m. was requested by Sen. James… Read more »

Assateague State Park Named A Maryland Green Center

BERLIN — The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) has named Assateague State Park as one of seven certified Maryland Green Centers.  The award winners were announced on June 3 at the Maryland Green Schools Award Ceremony and Youth Summit at Sandy Point State Park. To be recognized as a Maryland Green Center,… Read more »

Fireman's Parade traffic closures

Drivers going into Ocean City from Route 50 will find it involved, to say the least next Wednesday afternoon, when the Maryland State Firemen’s Association holds its annual parade along Baltimore as part of its four-day convention. This year’s parade will be held at 1 p.m. and beginning at noon traffic entering Ocean City via… Read more »

No fanfare, no raises

SNOW HILL — With no fanfare, final debate, or signs of anxiety, the Worcester County Board of Commissioners passed the $163.5 million fiscal 2011 county budget. The budget maintains the current property tax rate and funds the schools at Maintenance of Effort levels. It includes no raises for employees and reduction of services in some… Read more »