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Berlin Parade still makes spectacle of itself

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Berlin’s extraordinary holiday procession draws huge crowds and will again tonight for its 50th anniversary By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Billed as the “largest holiday parade on the Eastern Shore,” Berlin’s 50th annual Christmas Parade will wind its way down Main Street tonight beginning at 7 p.m. Economic and Community Development Director Ivy Wells… Read more »

Pines breakfast with Santa set for Saturday

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Children can confirm Christmas gift requests during Ocean Pines annual “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday from 8-11 a.m. in the Assateague Room at the community center. Recreation Supervisor Katie Goetzinger said in addition to providing kids facetime with St. Nick, all ages can partake of breakfast selections including pancakes,… Read more »

OP courses, courts, pools surge ahead

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After years of bad results, amenities beating budget By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Halfway through the fiscal year, Ocean Pines’ ledgers show that increased profitability at the golf course, racquet courts and swimming pools has combined to put these amenities a half-million dollars ahead of budget estimates. General Manager John Viola attributed this strong… Read more »

Berlin partially rolls back office closings until Jan. 3

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) After closing town government office buildings last month in the wake of several employees tested positive for covid-19, Berlin officials announced last week that Town Hall would reopen to the public on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Jan. 3. Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen said the… Read more »

Bowen honored as Eastern Star ‘Past Grand Worthy Matron’

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) After volunteering for half a century with the Order of the Eastern Star, Berlin native Glendola Bowen was enshrined as a “Past Grand Worthy Matron” during the organization’s annual meeting last month in Baltimore. “It really was a surprise,” she said. The Myra Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern… Read more »

Berlin welcomes first ‘Ugly Sweater Run4Recovery’ on Saturday

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Looking to increase support for people battling addiction, local nonprofits Hope4Recovery and Worcester Goes Purple will host their first “Ugly Sweater Run4Recovery” on Saturday in Berlin from 9 a.m. to noon. Patricia Ottey with Hope4Recovery said the “family fun” 5K run begins and ends in front of the Atlantic… Read more »

Young dog named ‘Pup of the Pines’

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Since moving to area in January, Lab Lucy has gained fan base By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Susie and Kevin Gordon were amazed after their 10-month-old dog, Lucy, was awarded the annual “Pup of the Pines” title during the “Hometown Christmas” tree-lighting ceremony last Saturday at White Horse Park. Susie Gordon said Lucy, a… Read more »

Mermaid Museum in Berlin places in USA Today contest

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Since opening at 4 Jefferson St. in Berlin earlier this year, the Mermaid Museum has established a reputation for the unusual and has now earned a spot among best new attractions in the 2021 USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest. Museum proprietor Alyssa Maloof said the contest nomination… Read more »

Christmas events occurring in droves in Berlin on Saturday

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By Greg Ellison (Dec. 2, 2021) Berlin will host a wealth of Christmas events on Saturday, starting with Buckingham Presbyterian Church’s “Grinch Fest” at 9 a.m. and concluding with a “Holiday Cocktail Open House” at the Taylor House Museum beginning at 5 p.m. From 9 a.m. until noon, Buckingham Presbyterian will stage its “Holiday Grinch… Read more »

Viola steps down as Ocean Pines GM

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(Dec. 2, 2021) Leadership changes are coming in Ocean Pines after General Manager John Viola announced his resignation from the Ocean Pines Association’s top post on Wednesday. Association President Larry Perrone issued a statement on the matter on Wednesday afternoon. “John decided to resign to begin his well-deserved retirement,” Perrone said. Viola took the reins… Read more »