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Majority of Wor. Co. students using online virtual learning

4 Dr. Annette Wallace

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 28, 2020) Worcester County Public School students are continuing to learn with a high online activity rate of 85 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chief Operating Officer Dr. Annette Wallace told the county’s board of education members during its monthly teleconference meeting on Tuesday, May 19, that around 98… Read more »

Berlin election could see changes

15 Mary Bohlen

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer No decisions made yet, but town might consider having different voting scenarios (May 28, 2020) The Town of Berlin still has a few months to go before its 2020 election in October, but depending on how the pandemic continues to affect people’s routines, consideration could be given different voting scenarios…. Read more »

Construction of new Showell Elementary School continues


By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 28, 2020) The construction of the new Showell Elementary School is continuing as scheduled according to the latest update report during the Worcester County Public Schools Board of Education teleconference meeting held on Tuesday, May 19. Chief Financial Officer Vince Tolbert provided the monthly update to the construction of… Read more »

Gulyas retires from Berlin council after six years

10 Thom Gulyas

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 28, 2020) Berlin At-Large Councilmember Thom Gulyas, 55, announced during the mayor and Town Council meeting on Tuesday night that he is resigning from his position after six years. Gulyas, who was first elected to the council in 2014, said he will leave the council because he and his… Read more »

Gov. Hogan vetoes Kirwan, bill may return next session

Chip Bertino

By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (May 21, 2020) The Blueprint for America’s Future, commonly known as the Kirwan bill, was vetoed by Gov. Larry Hogan on May 7, thus sparing county governments the problem of trying to find ways to pay their share of the education improvement program when revenue is looking scarce. The bill… Read more »

Schools get broadband grant to increase student access

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By Elizabeth Bonin, Staff Writer (May 22, 2020) Worcester County Public Schools will receive a $32,750 Emergency Broadband Education Assistance grant from the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband and the Department of Housing and Community Development. The Board of Public Works approved the grant request as Maryland schools have been distance learning since the end… Read more »

WCPS high school graduations get creative

4 Dr. Annette Wallace

By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer Board of Education and teachers plan to celebrate seniors with virtual events (May 21, 2020) With the May 6 announcement that public schools in Maryland would be closed for the remainder of the academic year, administrators at Worcester County high schools have developed new graduation schedules to honor the 2020… Read more »

Updated school calendar approved amid coronavirus

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 21, 2020) A modified 2019-2020 Worcester County Public Schools’ calendar was approved by the Board of Education during its teleconference monthly meeting on Tuesday. The Maryland State Department of Education initially closed all the state’s schools from March 16-27 to limit the spread of covid-19, but on March 25… Read more »

New natural gas generator engine delivered to Berlin

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 21, 2020) The replacement for “engine two” at the Berlin Power Plant on William Street was delivered last Friday. After nearly a year of work, the replacement engine, a natural gas genset (a combination engine and generator) built in Lafayette, Indiana, was brought in by Alban CAT Power Systems,… Read more »

Berlin budget public comments due by Tues.

12 Mary Bohlen

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (May 21, 2020) Berlin residents who want to mail or email questions or concerns for next Tuesday’s hearing on the town’s proposed budget for next fiscal year have two options for having their comments heard. Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood and Deputy Town Administrator Mary Bohlen reminded residents that the deadline… Read more »