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Record turnout in Letters for Santa campaign

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By Ally Lanasa, Staff Writer (Jan. 7, 2021) More than 200 people sent a letter to the North Pole through the “Letters for Santa” mailbox in the foyer of the Berlin Welcome Center on 14 S. Main St. from the middle of November to Dec. 18. “This year was more than ever,” said Ivy Wells,… Read more »

Trash contract price raise built up

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 7, 2021) The annual cost for trash service in Ocean Pines is set to jump nearly $50 annually after the Board of Directors voted unanimously last month for a contract renewal with current provider Republic Services. During the Dec. 19 board meeting, the directors renewed a three-year agreement with Republic Services… Read more »

Last-minute drive to give family holiday gifts

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 7, 2021) An outpouring of last-minute donations saved the day for four children who are being raised by their grandmother and weren’t going to receive Christmas gifts this year because of tight finances. The family’s plight came to light after contacting members of the Community Church at Ocean Pines and parishioner… Read more »

Budget options impact Pines assessments

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By Greg Ellison (Jan. 7, 2021) Ocean Pines residents are facing the possibility, but probably not the likelihood, of triple-digit assessment increases based on the proposed fiscal 2021-22 budget released late last month. While by no means set, as extensive negotiations remain before the board votes to adopt a budget in February, the initial numbers… Read more »

Eggs Chesapeake and fried green tomatoes

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By Paul Suplee, MBA, CEC, PC-3 Good riddance 2020. Of course, we know that changing the year on our checks won’t exactly mean that we are out of the woods, but for me, knowing that it’s 2021 at least gives me hope that we are closer to the end of this fun little journey. With… Read more »

OPA board’s FY21 outlook guarded

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Forecasting in time of covid makes setting next budget much greater challenge By Greg Ellison (Jan. 7, 2021) With questions outnumbering answers regarding the continued financial impacts from coronavirus, the 2021 outlook for the Ocean Pines Association Board remains guarded. President Larry Perrone said the pending fiscal 2021-22 budget would come into sharper focus this… Read more »


GOLD's Niccholas Cranford posing with some of the Kiwanis Toys on table and on the wall. 11.25.2020

PHOTO COURTESY DAVE LANDIS Worcester GOLD Executive Director Nicholas Cranford displays an array of Christmas gifts donated in November through the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ocean Pines-Ocean City annual Toy Drive.


Operation We Care

PHOTO COURTESY DAVE LANDIS Closing out the Ocean Pines donation collection for U.S. Armed Forces members stationed abroad over the holidays in early November, from left, are Sharon Hilty, Dan and Barb Peletier and Larry Walton.



PHOTO BY GREG ELLISON Scoutmaster Ken Nichols oversees members of Boy Scouts Troop #261 and Cub Scouts Pack #261 removing the blue field and white stars during a flag retirement ceremony at the Worcester County Veterans Memorial at Ocean Pines in November.



PHOTO BY. GREG ELLISON Children put swings and slides to the test, under the watchful eye of elders in late September at White Horse Park in Ocean Pines.