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Artists Giving Back event on Flower St. seeking donations

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) A local nonprofit group is looking for some last-minute help with the annual “Artists Giving Back” event that has provided hundreds of hot meals for local people in need. The event is hosted on Giving Tuesday each year by the Berlin Arts and Entertainment Committee. This year, that… Read more »

Bluebird Farms to house new indoor farmer’s market

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 15, 2018) As the weather gets cooler, area residents and visitors will still be able to enjoy perusing locally grown produce and homemade goods at a new indoor farmer’s market, which opened Sunday, Nov. 11. At the market, around 20 vendors displayed their goods in a greenhouse at Bluebird Farms… Read more »

Worcester Youth honors ‘outstanding’ citizens

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services honored seven local people who made outstanding contributions to the community during the Berlin-based organization’s open house last Friday. Recognized were “Outstanding Supporter” Judge Peggy Kent and “Outstanding Contributors” Pat Oltman, Helen Wiley, Carol Rose and Suzanne Parks, and Mary Yenney and… Read more »

Mural project benefits Buckingham

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) The Young Audiences program, begun in Baltimore, may bill itself as “the nation’s largest arts education network,” but its impact locally has been in Berlin. The nonprofit group recently sent artist Amanda Pellerin to Buckingham Elementary School there to work with students on a massive mural project made… Read more »

New owners help save Venable Cleaners

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 15, 2018) A dry-cleaning store on William Street in Berlin that had operated for nearly a century has avoided closure, now that it has been purchased by Peninsula Cleaners. The Venable Cleaners company, first opened in 1924, nearly shuttered all of its locations because of financial instability. “I saw that… Read more »

Proposed motion to lease Ocean Pines golf course fails

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) For the second straight month, Ocean Pines golf operations dominated the public comment period of a board of directors meeting. Last month, several members of the golf community protested assertions by Director Frank Daly that temporarily closing the course could save money. On Saturday, many of the same… Read more »

OPA Board reaches compromise on bulkhead motion

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Ocean Pines Director Slobodan Trendic on Saturday asked to run the numbers on separate contracts for bulkhead replacement work and the materials needed to do the work, and the board eventually reached a compromise to do just that. His original motion would have required General Manager John Bailey… Read more »

Taylorville Church reopens after renovation

By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Nov. 15, 2018) Taylorville United Methodist Church in Berlin recently reopened after closing several months for repairs. The 170-year-old church was in dire need of a new foundation, and all Sunday prayers had been relocated to the communal hall right next to the church while it underwent construction. “Today, we have… Read more »

Worcester Schools get thousands in grants from CFES

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) Schools in Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset Counties have f $96,242 in education grants from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore. Grants were announced last Thursday during the annual Community Foundation Awards ceremony in Salisbury. Carrie N. Sterrs, Worcester County Public Schools coordinator of public relations and special… Read more »

Apple Drugs partially reopens after fire early Sat. morning

By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Nov. 15, 2018) A fire early Saturday morning shut down the Apple Discount Drugs store in Berlin for several days. Matthew Owens, chief deputy with the Worcester County Fire Marshal’s Office, said the incident was reported at about 4:15 a.m. and responding volunteer fire companies included Berlin, Showell, Ocean Pines, Ocean… Read more »