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Parks Commission discusses proposed Berlin Fun Walk

BERLIN—The Parks Commission discussed a proposal to host a second annual Berlin Fun Walk with the Worcester County Health Department and a proposed ordinance to amend the town’s parks rules during its Sept. 3 meeting. Deputy Administrator Mary Bohlen, liaison to the commission, said the ordinance proposal was prompted by recent complaints from park patrons,… Read more »

Ocean Pines house raffle to benefit volunteer fire dept.

OCEAN PINES—Kay and Lanny Hickman had ticket #1149, which won the 1,312-square-foot house, plus garage and font porch, raffled by the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department Sept. 2. Third-grader Tess McNeill drew the winning number for the house at 82 Windjammer Road before a Labor Day crowd. The house in North Ocean Pines has three… Read more »

Harassment claims filed by 2nd Paramedic

BERLIN—A second former paramedic has filed a discrimination claim against the Berlin Fire Company, according to document that was filed with the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights on April 22 and is awaiting response. In the complaint, Jeffrey Dean, of Salisbury, said he had worked as a paramedic and firefighter with the company since October… Read more »

Berlin Fire Company funding debate slated for Sept. 9

BERLIN—Possible plans to reinstate some funding to the Berlin Fire Company are on the agenda for the Monday, Sept. 9 mayor and council meeting and those plans come at a time when residents are caught in what might be described as a whirlwind of allegiances, politics, finance and litigation.  The July 2012 decision by the… Read more »

Former paramedic sues Berlin Fire Company

BERLIN—A former paramedic and volunteer fireman on Aug. 27 filed a civil rights lawsuit in excess of $8 million against the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company and several of its current and former leaders for their alleged roles in a campaign of sexual orientation-based harassment and intimidation. Attorney James Otway, of the Salisbury firm Otway, Russo… Read more »

Main Street logo bags to fund holiday decorations available

BERLIN—Illustrating yet again that it’s never too early to get a head start on holiday planning, Berlin Main Street has begun sales to raise funds for the downtown business district’s Victorian Christmas display. In addition to its popular keepsake ornaments, the merchant group will also sell canvas tote bags emblazoned with an illustration and the… Read more »

Berlin planning director begins new job this week

BERLIN—The new Town Planning Director hit the ground running on Aug. 26. David H. Engelhart acclimated to his new office where he and Permit Coordinator Carolyn Duffy spent the day catching up with permit applications for fence and utility sheds and talking with other department officials who needed to sign off on the various applications…. Read more »

Assateague environmental assessment out for public comment

ASSATEAGUE NATIONAL SEASHORE—The National Park Service is releasing the Bayside Picnic and South Ocean Beach Parking Areas Removal and Relocation Environmental Assessment for public review and comment. This project proposes to remove and relocate the existing bayside picnic and south ocean beach parking areas in Maryland, both of which sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy… Read more »

Longest-serving active duty Maryland state trooper set to retire

EASTON—After a lifetime of serving and protecting the citizens of Maryland, the most tenured sworn Maryland State Police trooper is turning in his Stetson following four decades of dedicated public service in uniform.  Sgt. Vernon L. “Lee” Love, currently assigned to the Easton Barrack, will be retiring from the Maryland State Police after 40 years… Read more »

Tennis Pro explains program to Ocean Pines Kiwanis Club

OCEAN PINES–Tennis professional Ron Kerchner recently talked to the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City about the tennis programs and facilities in Ocean Pines. Many of the Kiwanians were not aware that the memberships and programs are open to the public. People from Delaware are members and drive to the Pines to use the… Read more »