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Berlin’s Small Town Throw Down to return to Main St.

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Berlin will take on the flavor of Nashville Saturday, with live country music bands performing during the Small Town Throw Down on Main Street from 1-6 p.m. Taking the stage at the Atlantic Hotel on Main Street during this third annual event will be Boy in Black, a… Read more »

Restructuring rates requires intensive study

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Should the Town of Berlin decide to change restructure its water and sewer rates someday, the mayor and town council will have a good idea of how to begin, following a presentation last Monday by representative of an organization that helps small governments through the process. Jean Holloway,… Read more »

Heron Park reopens months after spill of caustic chemical

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By Rachel Ravina, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Heron Park in Berlin has reopened after taking several months to clean up a caustic chemical at the site on Old Ocean City Boulevard, Mayor Gee Williams reported Wednesday morning. Administrative Services Director Mary Bohlen informed members of the Berlin Parks Commission at its Tuesday evening meeting that… Read more »

National Folk Festival takes place in Salisbury this week

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 6, 2019) The 79th annual National Folk Festival will take place Friday through Sunday in downtown Salisbury, featuring more than 350 traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople, regional and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, storytelling and parades. Since it was first presented in St. Louis in 1934, the National Folk Festival… Read more »

Windmill Creek celebrates first anniversary

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By Morgan Pilz, Staff Writer (Sept. 5, 2019) Situated on a 12.5-acre farm with a historic house, the Windmill Creek Vineyard and Winery, located on 11206 Worcester Hwy in Berlin, celebrated its first anniversary at the end of August. Windmill Creek has been owned by the Mariner family for six generations, spanning nearly 100 years…. Read more »

OPA financial picture illuminated

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Positive financial trends were highlighted by OPA General Manager John Viola and Treasurer Larry Perrone during the board of directors meeting Saturday Viola opened his report with a status update on a multitude of current projects. Viola said the upgrade to NorthStar financial systems is moving forward. “The update… Read more »

OP Board votes 6-1 against spending referendum

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Pointing to a legal opinion issued by Ocean Pines Association Attorney Jeremy Tucker, the Board of Directors voted 6-1 to invalidate a petition seeking a referendum to reduce the maximum spending limit from 20 percent to 12 percent of annual income. OPA Vice President Steve Tuttle cast the sole… Read more »

Pines proposed capital fund vetted further

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) With Ocean Pines Association leadership in general agreement that further work is required before a new capital reserve fund can be established, newly elected director Larry Perrone withdrew a related motion during the board of directors’ meeting on Saturday. Perrone had proposed creating a new reserve stream, drawn from… Read more »

Pines meeting recaps drainage, dredging, bulkheads

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Colby Phillips, Ocean Pines Association operations manager, reviewed plans to address drainage issues, ditch cleaning, road maintenance, bulkhead repairs and dredging requests during the board of directors meeting on Saturday. Solving the long-standing drainage issue in Ocean Pines is not feasible, Phillips said. “Unfortunately, the drainage problem isn’t something… Read more »

Pines Bay Day offers variety of fun, enlightening activities

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By Greg Ellison (Sept. 5, 2019) Earth-conscious individuals can learn how to help area waterways by growing native plants, while also learning about the  efforts of dozens of area environmentalist organizations, along with the prerequisite music, food and drinks, during the second annual Bay Day at Ocean Pines in White Horse Park on Sunday from… Read more »