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Choptank eyes broadband service

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Electric cooperative asking for regulatory flexibility with proposed state legislation (Dec. 19, 2019) Choptank Electric Cooperative, which began providing power to homes and businesses on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1938, is lobbying for state legislation next year to provide broadband services to more than 54,000 member customers in nine counties. In a recent plea for… Read more »

Maryland DNR grants gateway streamlines funding


(Dec. 19, 2019) Aiming to simplify the qualification process for environmental project funding, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources last year instituted its Chesapeake and Coastal Grants Gateway one-stop online application portal. Gabe Cohee, director for the Center for Restoration Finance at Chesapeake and Coastal Service said DNR officials recognized that solicitations for funding required… Read more »

Berlin permits show uptick as end of 2019 draws near

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 19, 2019) Berlin’s Planning and Zoning Department had a busy year, with 10 permits filed for single- family homes, and more than 200 overall permits, Director Dave Engelhart told members of the Town Coun- cil during a meeting last week. This year’s permits were higher than in recent years. There… Read more »

OPA Recreation Committee returning to action

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Inactive for months, it will resume its facility reviews as budget sessions begin (Dec. 19, 2019) With the Ocean Pines Association budget process kicking into high gear in January, board of directors member Larry Perrone said a reconstituted Recreation and Parks Committee is slated to meet next month to examine facility upgrades and program expansions…. Read more »

Paper, digital? election committee wants to know


Voting system discussion needs members’ opinions Dec. 19, 2019) While considering voting system vendor options last week, the Ocean Pines Elections Committee concluded that gauging community sentiment and assessing HOA bylaw requirements should occur prior to adopting revised balloting systems for future OPA Board of Directors elections. OPA followed up on discussions the month before… Read more »

State report card shows high marks for Wor.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) No school district in Maryland had a better state report card than Worcester County’s public school system, according to the state Department of Education, which released the results of its assessment for 2019 last Tuesday. Nine schools in Worcester received four- and five-star ratings on the 2019 Maryland… Read more »

Town Council appoints commission member


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Berlin resident Matthew Stoehr was appointed to the Berlin Planning Commission Monday night in an unanimous decision by the Town Council. Mayor Gee Williams said he was referred to Stoehr by several people, and after interviewing him, Williams said he felt confident in his appointment selection. “We talked… Read more »

Berlin Parks Comm. explores memorial policy


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) A standard operating procedure for memorials in public parks cleared its first hurdle during the Berlin Parks Commission meeting last Tuesday. Mary Bohlen, deputy town administrator and commission liaison, said there’s no official plan in place for memorials in municipal parks. Members began the early stages of… Read more »

Wetland rain catcher work delayed by rain


Graham Ave. project close to completion By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Work on the final stages of a submerged gravel wetland project on Graham Avenue have stalled because of bad weather, Water Resources Director Jamey Latchum told the Town Council meeting Monday night. Latchum, who updated the council on the project’s process in his departmental… Read more »

OPA board holds first reading for resolution procedures


By Greg Ellison Staff Writer (Dec. 12, 2019) Efforts to solidify procedures for amending Ocean Pines Association resolutions inched closer to fruition following a first reading last week of an attachment to resolution B-01 to clarify the reporting process to the board. Bylaws & Resolutions Committee Chairman Jim Trummel presented the B-01 amendment to the… Read more »