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Fiddlers take over Berlin Main St.

BERLIN — The Grammy-nominated band Audie Blaylock and Redline will headline the first night of this year’s Berlin Fiddlers Convention, a three-day celebration of bluegrass music starting this Friday, Sept. 21. As it is the 20th anniversary of the event, the weekend will honor festival founder the late Jim Barrett. Each year over the past… Read more »

Local high school grad in Miss Md. competition

BERLIN — A Stephen Decatur High School alumna will take her second try at becoming Miss Maryland USA 2013 in November. Taylor Sloan, member of SDHS class of 2010, is campaigning for her entry in the pageant while in process of earning a writing degree at Loyola University in Baltimore. “Academics are my first priority,… Read more »

Historic storm hits over weekend

BERLIN – Extreme flooding and power outages brought Berlin officials and workers from almost every town department out on Saturday and early Sunday to assist hundreds of residents during and after what town officials said was a once-in-every-1,000-years storm. According to Jane Kreiter, the town’s water resources director, 13.5 inches rain fell on Berlin within… Read more »

Berlin Fire Co. town funding officially cut

BERLIN — Mayor Gee Williams and the Berlin Council stayed true to their word at Monday’s mayor and council meeting by officially cutting the town’s funding of the Berlin Fire Company in response to what town officials say is the company’s refusal to work with them concerning multiple complaints of harassment. “A total of $557,000… Read more »

Quick gains in Yacht Club poll draws suspicion

OCEAN PINES – An employee or employees of the Ocean Pines Association apparently figured to tip an online poll more in favor of the community’s proposed $4.3 million Yacht Club project last weekend by signing on in favor the plan using an assumed name. The plan is now being considered by members of the association… Read more »

OPA Board members vote for new positions and roles

OCEAN PINES — Tom Terry will continue to serve as president and Dan Stachurski will continue to be the secretary of the Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors, while other posts on the board changed hands last Wednesday. The board’s reorganization came during its first official meeting after the 2012 election, the results of which… Read more »

DEFUNDED: Town guts fire company funding

BERLIN — Months of quiet volleying between the Berlin Volunteer Fire Company and the Town of Berlin over allegations of harassment in the workplace turned into a major public row Tuesday, when town officials announced they were cutting all funding for the organization. The official statement released by Mayor Gee Williams with the council’s backing… Read more »

Pines corporate charter being revised by OPA

OCEAN PINES – A rewrite of the Ocean Pines Association’s corporate charter is being reviewed by association officials before being adopted by the OPA Board of Directors. “We have drafted a series of questions for [OPA] attorney Joe Moore about clarifications we want to make,” said Jim Trummel, chairman of the By-laws and Resolutions Advisory… Read more »

Berlin zoning code changing for future plan

BERLIN – Berlin’s zoning code is about to see some changes to bring it in line with the 2010 comprehensive plan and to clear up language to reflect current usage. “The zoning code is in a constant stage of revision. Sometimes it’s best to address it as a whole [rather] than little pieces at a… Read more »

Pre-concussion screenings at Pines therapy center

BERLIN — Free balance screenings to test for concussion symptoms for children planning to participate in fall sports programs are available at Atlantic Physical Therapy off Cathell Road. Since last week, about 100 young athletes from local schools have come in to the gym and physical therapy center to take part in the Biodex Concussion… Read more »