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Diary offers insight to Civil War


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 3, 2020) The Berlin branch of the Worcester County Public Library is hosting an introduction to Emily Ann Powell Warrington’s annotated diary via Facebook on Friday at 2 p.m. The diary features handwritten pages in three separate volumes containing newspaper and magazine clippings, letters and photographs that capture Warrington’s… Read more »

Berlin Fire Co. sirens raise discussions about purpose

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 3, 2020) Berlin residents have been discussing the pros and cons of the Berlin Fire Company sirens that have been a fixture in town for generations. Author and professor Joan Maloof sought opinions on the loud sirens in the “We Love Berlin” Facebook group and expressed curiosity about implementing… Read more »

County students return to school

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 3, 2020) Thousands of Worcester County students will return to school on Tuesday, but, because of coronavirus concerns, it will be weeks before most of them will be able to enter the classroom. In response to Gov. Larry Hogan’s Aug. 27 announcement that Maryland schools could safely reopen, Worcester… Read more »

Brown Box Theatre cancels 2020 production

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William Shakespeare’s play ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to be performed next year By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 3, 2020) The annual outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s work in downtown Berlin has been canceled for Sept. 5 because of coronavirus concerns. “To have even a one-day, one-night only event in downtown Berlin, everyone at Brown Box… Read more »

Board of Education adopts policy changes

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Sept. 3, 2020) Dr. Annette Wallace, the Chief Operating & Academic Officer for grades 9-12, presented the policy revisions for administrative operations to the Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education on Aug. 18. The board approved the adoption of policies under the new “Ethics” section of the Organization of… Read more »

Governor announces schools can safely reopen

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 28, 2020) Maryland school systems are allowed to reopen for some level of in-person instruction as a result of improved health metrics, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday. The statewide coronavirus positivity rate has decreased to 3.3 percent, Hogan said. The positivity rate has been below the recommended 5 percent… Read more »

Ocean Pines July financials continue trending positively


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 27, 2020) Three months into the current fiscal year, the Ocean Pines Association financial picture looks solid, with July ending $318,000 in the black and a year-to-date variance of $930,000. Finance Director Steve Phillips reported the association’s operating fund closed July ahead of budget by $318,074, which was comprised of revenue… Read more »

Boggs named Worcester County Woman of Year


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 27, 2020) After a lifetime immersed in community activities, culminating with two terms on the Ocean Pines Board followed by three terms as Worcester County Commissioner, Judy Boggs, 80, was named Woman of the Year last week by her former elected body. Boggs said she invested years in improving quality of… Read more »

Ocean Pines Chamber moves expo outdoors to park

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By Greg Ellison (Aug. 27, 2020) The Ocean Pines Chamber of Commerce will hold its inaugural Community Expo, originally slated for April, on Sept. 12 in White Horse Park from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Executive Director Kerrie Bunting said after pushing back the event date in April after the covid-19 outbreak, the Community Expo… Read more »

Community Church in Pines holds outdoor movie nights


By Greg Ellison (Aug. 27, 2020) Looking to provide family-friendly entertainment options during the covid-19 pandemic, the Community Church at Ocean Pines has launched “Outdoor Movie Nights” on Fridays through the end of September. Senior Pastor Rev. Dale Brown said after an earlier trial run the Community Church, at 11227 Racetrack Rd., presented “Toy Story”… Read more »