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Friend remembers car crash victim as ‘an amazing guy’


By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Jan. 3, 2019) The day 36-year-old Berlin resident William Joseph “Willbilly” Hathaway died following a crash was a dark day for his friend, Stephanie Lisi. “I laid in bed after finding out what happened to Will, and my heart just broke for Mary [his wife] and [their] baby, and then I… Read more »

Gazette Editorial: How phosphorus could impact Super Bowl LIII

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As Eastern Shore farmers attempt to gain more time before they have to abide by the stricter standards the state’s phosphorous management tool would impose this year, most people probably aren’t paying attention. They should be, considering that more than just farmers will be affected if the state goes to the next, more restrictive step… Read more »

Buckingham Elementary unveils new mural


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) Just before going on Christmas break, students and faculty at Buckingham Elementary in Berlin unveiled a new mural at the school. Planning for the months-long project began last year and in October muralist Amanda Pellerin from the Baltimore based Young Audiences program began working with students to put… Read more »

Farmers seeking PMT rollout delay


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) Members of the Delmarva Poultry Industry trade association are seeking a delay in the rollout of environmental regulations they contend will inflict severe financial damage on local farmers. DPI officials said they are concerned by the “Phosphorus Management Tool” that was developed a decade ago by University of… Read more »

Trendic: All options on table for country club


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 3, 2019) When Ocean Pines Clubs Committee Chairman Gary Miller asked on Dec. 20 how the country club renovations were going, he didn’t know what he was getting into. Based on the discussion that followed, all options are on the table and nothing is certain. “What’s going on as far… Read more »

The Year in Review: More highlights in Berlin, OPA and Snow Hill


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) Also grabbing headlines in 2018 were issues ranging from a contentious study released regarding the Berlin Fire Company, to a local church’s objections to a yoga/mindfulness program in an area school: BFC study controversial The Town of Berlin in April released the 90-page study on the Berlin Fire… Read more »

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Berlin


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) The busy Berlin events season – and calendar year – concludes with a New Year’s Eve celebration downtown on Wednesday, Dec. 31. Kicking things off from 5-6 p.m. is a special event for children and families that is timed to coincide with the New Year’s countdown in Berlin,… Read more »

The Year in Review: Ortt Companies spearhead OPA turnaround


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) Hiring of the Matt Ortt Companies this year to oversee Ocean Pines food and beverage operations was the linchpin of a remarkable fiscal turnaround for an association entity that had lost $1.6 million over two years. About $1 million of those losses were attributed to bad budgeting –… Read more »

The Year in Review: Berlin Little League teams win state titles


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 27, 2018) By all accounts, it was another milestone year for Berlin Little League. Vice President of Baseball Operations Ron Knerr in October praised players, staff and volunteers throughout the league, saying, “It doesn’t happen by chance that in one year the Town of Berlin – tiny little Berlin on… Read more »