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Berlin Mayor and Council Briefs


By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 14, 2021) The following took place during the Berlin Mayor and Council virtual meeting on Monday: Hiring The Town of Berlin is hiring a superintendent for the Public Works Department, which handles maintenance, streets and sanitation, as Dave Wheaton is retiring. “The game plan is to do paper screening… Read more »

John Dale Smack, Jr.

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John Dale Smack, Jr. Berlin (Jan. 14,2021) John Dale Smack, Jr., 86, of Berlin, departed this life on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at TidalHealth Peninsula Regional in Salisbury. Born in Berlin, he was the son of the late John Dale Smack, Sr. and Rosie Henry Smack. The Town of Berlin’s first Black council member, Mr…. Read more »

Board of Education Briefs


(Jan. 7, 2021) The following took place during the Worcester County Board of Education meeting on Dec. 15: Principal of the Year Matthew Record, the principal of Pocomoke Middle School, was recognized by Superintendent Lou Taylor and the school board members for being named Maryland Middle School Principal of the Year. “One of the most… Read more »

Bulkhead Repairs


PHOTO BY GREG ELLISON Fisher Marine Construction crews inspect heavy equipment prior to undertaking bulk head repairs in February in Ocean Pines.

Authors release children’s books

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Dec. 10, 2020) Two local authors have recently released children’s books that could make great presents or stocking stuffers this holiday season for young readers. Ocean Pines resident Ellen Krawczak has released her second children’s book, “Zo Zo Loses Her Stripes,” which is about a zebra who wakes up one… Read more »

Golf committee wants to involve larger community


By Greg Ellison New clubhouse could be attractive to non-golfers (Nov. 19, 2020) Following prolonged inaction because of covid-19 restrictions and  with several resignations, a slightly reconstituted Ocean Pines Golf Committee reconvened last month with hopes to market the course to a larger audience. Golf Committee Chairman Fritz Lahner said the group met on Oct. 27 to… Read more »

Berlin Mayor and Council Briefs

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Nov. 12, 2020) The following occurred during the Berlin Mayor and Council meeting on Monday: Maple Avenue property Town Administrator Jeff Fleetwood said Ingerman Inc. has agreed to install a concrete sidewalk from Elizabeth Street into the Willows at Berlin for the transfer of an 11,000-square-foot property on Maple Avenue. Ingerman… Read more »

WCPS Board of Education approves budget transfers

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Aug. 27, 2020) The Worcester County Board of Education on Aug. 18 approved intra-category and inter-category budgetary transfers that had been submitted for the 2020 fiscal year. There were 10 intra-category budget transfers for the 2020 fiscal year, according to Chief Financial Officer Vince Tolbert. A total of $1,100 was… Read more »

Berlin receives ‘unmodified opinion’ in audit

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Nov. 28, 2019) Despite a turbulent budget cycle, PKS & Company accountants presented the town with an “unmodified opinion” for its annual audit. “This is also known as a clean opinion, and it’s the highest level of assurance that we can provide as auditors,” Michael Klager, a partner in the… Read more »