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Looking out for flood

While the rest of the state is still concentrating more on the possible snow and ice storms it faces in February, many Worcester County residents have their minds on a different issue. Oh, it has everything to do with storms, but instead of digging out of snow, we’re looking at how to dig out of… Read more »

Heroin trail just follows the money

Last weekend Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar award-winning actor, was found dead in his Greenwich Village home. He was 46 years old. Early word is that he died from an apparent heroin overdose. Hoffman had been, according to reports, “clean” for some 25 years. In July 2013, Cory Monteith, an actor on the TV show… Read more »

Lawrence Paul Downs

Ocean Pines–Lawrence Paul Downs, 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.   Born in Baltimore City, he was the son of the late Paul and Ethel Mae Stein Downs. He is survived by his wife, Sally Stowe Downs, and children; Nancy Morgan of Des Moines, Iowa, John A. Morgan, Jr. and… Read more »

Sarah J. Hitchens Venable

Berlin–Sara J. Hitchens Venable, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2014 at Berlin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.   Born in Ocean City, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Ellen Lynch Hitchens. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ward Venable.   Surviving are her sons; William “Bill” Venable and his wife,… Read more »

Jennifer Leigh Melvin

Ocean Pines – Jennifer Leigh Melvin, 29, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.  Born in Silver Spring, Md., she was the daughter of Edward Melvin and Wanda Atkinson Melvin, and grand- daughter of Betty S. Atkinson and the late John Stanley Atkinson.    She is survived by her beloved husband,… Read more »

Walter Matthew Langan

Walter Matthew Langan, 89, of Berlin, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 at Atlantic General Hospital. Born in New York, N.Y. he was the son of the late Walter J. and Anna Devlin Langan. Mr. Langan was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during World War II on the U.S. Montauk, in charge of the radio room…. Read more »

Even with ravioli, it takes a little practice

One of the pleasures of teaching is watching a kitchen full of qualified students tackle something new and different.  The easiest and most accurate way to determine whether a competency is not in the students’ repertoires is by noting the condition of the kitchen at the end of class. Today happened to be such a… Read more »


Eagle Scout On Jan. 11, at Atlantic United Methodist Church in Ocean City, Boy Scout Troop 261 held an Eagle Court of Honor for William Strang of Ocean Pines.   Strang, who is attending Towson University studying electronic media/film, has been a member of Troop 261 for seven years; he has attended two national jamborees… Read more »

Berlin Lions prepare for ‘Whole Hog Sausage Sale’ on Feb.1

BERLIN—The Berlin Lions Club is gearing up for its annual “Whole Hog Sausage Sale” on Feb. 1, which will begin at 8 a.m. and will last until everything is sold (usually by noon), according to the “King Lion,” Club President Ray McCabe. He said as many as 250 hogs will be processed and sold as… Read more »

Berlin Little League breaks ground on its new facilities

BERLIN–Berlin Little League has announced the ground breaking of its new concession stand and bathroom facility. Construction was set to begin Jan. 14, with the hope to have the building up and running by opening day, scheduled for Saturday, April 12. The project has been funded through community support and a private grant awarded to… Read more »