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State residents can save big as weekend is sales tax free

MARYLAND–Delmarva Power is encouraging its Maryland residential customers to take advantage of its Appliance Rebate Program during the state’s tax-free weekend, Feb. 15-17. During this period, customers will not have to pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax when they purchase select ENERGY STAR® certified products such as: standard size refrigerators, clothes washers, room air… Read more »

Search is on for Maryland’s best senior volunteer

MARYLAND–Every day, Maryland senior volunteers give their time and service to help others. Nominate a deserving older adult in the local community for his or her outstanding service through the Salute to Senior Service program. Sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, Salute to Senior Service recognizes the… Read more »

AGH, other facilities await soon-to-be gas conversions

BERLIN–Atlantic General Hospital, the Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Kelly Foods are awaiting completion of their conversions to natural gas. The Barrett Medical Building has been converted to natural gas and those three are just waiting on a specialty order for conversion parts. Stephen Decatur Middle School and Stephen Decatur High School have been… Read more »

Funds available for entrepreneurs

WORCESTER COUNTY–Some Worcester County entrepreneurs may benefit from more than $500,000 available in loans this year to create new jobs and support business expansion. In 2013, Worcester County’s share of VOLT (Video Lottery Terminal) funds for small, minority and women-owned businesses was $500,000. “We’re looking to get more than that this year,” Merry Mears, deputy… Read more »

Children’s Dental Health Month

MARYLAND–February marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day and a month-long focus on children’s dental health. It is an opportunity to use a new educational bulletin board, “Love That Smile” downloadable from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Oral Health Web site, The free bulletin board highlights proven ways to prevent… Read more »

Berlin’s February Art Stroll doubles as adult prom night

BERLIN—Want a second chance to reverse a prom nightmare? The Arts and Entertainment Committee may have just the right opportunity, by adding an adult prom as part of the features of the Second Friday Art Stroll on Feb. 14, from 7-10 p.m., at Zenna Wellness Studio. For the second of the winter months the Berlin… Read more »

Your votes could help make Berlin ‘coolest’

When Berlin Mayor Gee Williams attended a recent Maryland Mayors Conference in Annapolis, one of the last comments of the meeting came from Governor Martin O’Malley wishing Williams and Berlin well in its effort to win America’s Coolest Small Town of 2014 contest. Budget Travel Magazine sponsors the contest. According to the mayor, he was… Read more »

Tim Lawrence honored to be of help

In later summer of 2003, my neighborhood was part of an area losing power as a result of Tropical Storm Isabelle.  It was still hot and sticky, and after about two days of outages, it was getting to us. We were just way too used to turning on the lights, opening the fridge, enjoying air… Read more »

Flap results in delay of vote on nomination for Joseph Gill

MARYLAND— A dust up between the Maryland Waterman’s Association and Department of Natural Resources Acting Secretary Joseph Gill over a bill proposing changes to the rules governing the state’s fishery management policy has apparently led to the withdrawal of the legislation and the delay of a vote on Gill’s nomination for secretary of the agency…. Read more »

Beverly V. Beckman Lauder

Berlin – Beverly Virginia Beckman Lauder, age 87, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Jan. 27, 2014 in Berlin.   She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, Calvin E. Lauder. Like her husband, she was born in Cumberland, Md. and lived there until they moved to Rochester, N.Y., where… Read more »