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QA: Thompson details budget and priorities

OCEAN PINES — General Manger Bob Thompson left the relative comfort of a mortgage and insurance brokerage business to manage the eclectic and economically diverse community of Ocean Pines, the largest year-round community in Worcester County. He said wanting to be an impact player who could help by being connected with his community drew him… Read more »

Industry's conversion to digital forces old-time movie house to upgrade

DAGSBORO, Del. — If only Frank Capra was still around, he’d probably appreciate the irony of his films being used for Joanne Howe’s “Save the Place” campaign to fund a needed upgrade to digital movie projector technology for her 65-year-old Clayton Theatre. Howe, who bought the movie theater with her husband in 2000, is still… Read more »

Delmarva Chorus will sing to your valentine

OCEAN PINES — The Delmarva Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will kick off its “Singing Messages” serenading services with Valentine’s Day performances in Berlin, Ocean City and Ocean Pines. The Sweet Adelines are a feminine take on the traditional male barbershop harmony, and are dedicated to teaching women how to sing a cappella (without musical… Read more »

Troupe prepares for ‘killer’ improv at murder mystery

OCEAN PINES — To paraphrase a famous quote, sometimes murder mystery dinners are like a box of chocolates – you never know what you are going to get. Get a Clue Productions, the brainchild of Ted and Maria Demetriou, will perform an audience interactive whodunit at the Woodlands of Ocean Pines on Feb. 8. The… Read more »

'Murka! : No matter how you say it, it’s a good burger

Raised in a country that thrives on patriotism, it is second nature to pronounce the four syllables of our national moniker when singing one of the myriad anthems written to inspire and move us. Mayhap when one is speaking to a board of some sort, or arguing his case in front of the magistrate, “Amer-… Read more »

Town, fire co. call for investigation of crash response

BERLIN — Both the town of Berlin and the Berlin Fire Company have asked investigators from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems to review the emergency response to a fatal accident on routes 818 and 50 that occurred Dec. 26. Specifically, the parties are asking why a Berlin police officer had to drive… Read more »

Stormwater plan would cut fees with contingency funds

BERLIN — The work on a stormwater management system for Berlin took a different tack on Monday, as the Berlin Town Council directed town attorney David Gaskill to draft an ordinance instituting a fee structure that would charge homeowners $50 per year per residence, and non-residential property owners $25 per year per equivalent residential unit…. Read more »

EDITORIAL: Wait until MIEMMS reports its findings

The story on Page 1 this week concerning who did or did not do what at the scene of a Dec. 26 accident at routes 818 and 50 comes after a week of sorting through rumors, speculation and conjecture in search of facts. Although what was written was documented and double-checked, facts are at a… Read more »

Homeowners memorandum challenges rezoning approval

OCEAN PINES — Five Ocean Pines property owners filed a petitioner’s memorandum in the Worcester County Circuit Court on Jan. 2 to ask for a judicial review of the basis behind the Worcester County Commissioners’ 4 to 3 vote in September to approve reclassifying farmland so it could be used for commercial purposes by local… Read more »

Water, sewer connection leads to laundromat

BERLIN — When the town of Berlin expanded its water and sewer connections to Route 113 through annexation two years ago, John Derrickson saw it as an opportunity to use the former Sherwood Ford building he has owned since 2002. The building at 9040 Worcester Highway had been sitting vacant next to his John’s Autobody Repair… Read more »