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YEAR IN REVIEW – INTERVIEWS

BERLIN/OCEAN PINES—We scored several exclusive interviews with some of the most influential community leaders and personalities on the Lower Eastern Shore this year. Here are a few of the highlights. Our interview with Berlin Mayor William “Gee” Williams, led off the year. He had overcome an unexpected electoral “write-in” campaign challenge two months earlier and… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – SIGNS

BERLIN—Despite its tranquil small town external characteristics, Berlin’s internal politics can go to the mat with the feistiest of hardball combatants and this year was no exception. Merchants, pols and residents alike proved time and again this year they do not lack the passion to battle for issues they care about. The appropriateness of merchants… Read more »

Beach Walk a tradition of more than three decades at Assateague

(Dec. 27, 2013) Join the Assateague Coastal Trust for its 34th annual Ilia Fehrer/Judy Johnson New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Assateague National Seashore on Wednesday, Jan. 1. A former National Park Service Ranger will lead a group north from the State Park parking lot, highlighting some of the natural and historic elements of the… Read more »

YEAR IN REVIEW – BUSINESS

BERLIN/OCEAN PINES—The Lower Eastern Shore was bursting with fresh new business ideas and enthusiasm this year. Even several established businesses made additions or refurbishments. For example, Buck’s Place at the intersection of Routes 611 and 376 and Kathern Slaughter’s O.C. Pet Spa, in West Ocean City, added architectural updates to give their locations a fresh… Read more »

It’s New Year’s party time in and around OC

(Dec. 27, 2013) From champagne to fireworks, romantic dinners to over-the-top celebrations, Ocean City goes all-out for New Years. Here are just a few of the events taking place in the area this Tuesday to kick off 2014: Ocean City: Seacrets, 49th Street: Dinner seatings at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. There will be… Read more »

Voting now underway for ‘Light Up the Pines’ competition

OCEAN PINES—Need a happy holiday pick-me-up? Craving Christmas creations? The final entries for the “Light Up the Pines” lawn decorating contest are in and ready to be viewed. Seasonal sightseers and voting residents can see the 12 displays of Christmas throughout the Ocean Pines community in either forward or reverse order at:   76 Ocean… Read more »

OPVFD swears in officers for ‘14

OCEAN PINES–The Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Installation and Awards Dinner on Saturday Dec 7.   OPVFD officers were sworn in by Worcester County Fire Marshall Jeff McMahon.   The 2014 officers are:   Line Officers Chief Rich Angelo   First Assistant Chief Steve Grunewald   Captains Ed McNeill and Harvey Booth… Read more »

Vent named chair of Wor. County Junior Achievement Advisory Board

WORCESTER COUNTY–Chad Vent has been elected to serve as the Advisory Board Chair of Worcester County Junior Achievement. Vent, a certified public accountant and managing partner in the Faw Casson Maryland office, has dedicated time to teaching Junior Achievement programs in the K-12 classrooms, and has assisted with the successful JA Adopt, a school dinner… Read more »

FEMA flood maps shrink by more than 50 percent in plan

BERLIN—Nearly half of the property parcels that are currently required to carry flood insurance in Berlin and Ocean Pines will no longer be required to do so, if preliminary flood insurance maps proposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are implemented. FEMA is proposing changes to its flood insurance rate maps (FIRM) that will essentially… Read more »

Chamber offers murder mystery dinner

OCEAN PINES – The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a murder mystery dinner and show  in the Community Center on Jan. 17. The case of the “Family” business in Ocean Pines will be performed by Get a Clue Productions. Guests will be able to test their detective skills by attempting to solve a… Read more »