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Berlin’s five-year business cycle shows net gain

BERLIN—Since December 2008, the Main Street district has gained 62 new businesses and lost 27 due to closures. The impact has resulted in bringing nearly 200 new jobs  — 191.5 full-time equivalent positions — to the business sector while losing less than 60 jobs —57.5 FTEs — to closed ventures over the five-year period, town… Read more »

Practical options for ownership of your life insurance

Several factors may come into play that could undermine the financial security provided by the proceeds of a life insurance policy. Beyond estate taxes, there is the potential for probate, gift taxes, financial mismanagement, and misuse. Proper planning is necessary to help avoid these threats. Other than owning the insurance yourself, there are three practical… Read more »

Building downtown Berlin area and doing it right

It’s obvious from the numbers that Berlin is doing all the right things.  Since 2008, 62 new businesses have opened with a turnover of only 27, a low number considering the challenging economic conditions the past five years. Even better news is that included in the 27 were owners who retired or those who businesses… Read more »

Beets taste ‘sublime’ when prepared correctly

One of the simple pleasures in life for me is picking beets out of the garden. This amazing vegetable sums up the word ‘summer break’ to me and their taste is nothing short of sublime when prepared correctly. Our little farm in the backyard has seen better days but these beauties grew like champs. It… Read more »

Owners encouraged to take a vacation

BALTIMORE—Upon reading my “Out of office and off the grid” automated e-mail message, a client responded, “How do you DO that?” Being disconnected from his electronic tethers was beyond comprehension. And I suspect this is the case for many small business owners. Our work and personal time have fused into a boundary-less blur without traditional… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

Editor, My wife and I go to Berlin quite often to enjoy ‘small town America.’ It reminds me of the old 1950s TV shows when all was right with the world. When Berlin hosts their special events we will meet our friends, and always enjoy ourselves. When we attend these events you will look around… Read more »

Artist sought to help repaint Decatur Park mural

BERLIN—The Berlin Parks Commission needs an experienced muralist to help repaint the Stephen Decatur Park mural. The Parks Commission has opened a contest for students grades 9-12 to gather original images to be incorporated in the new mural. The muralist will assist the judging committee in selecting images, assess the wall where the mural will… Read more »

Paint Berlin plein air event scheduled, Sept. 19-21

BERLIN—The Worcester County Arts Council will host the 4th annual Paint Berlin plein air event Sept. 19-21. Artists will to take the streets, sidewalks and green spaces, giving the community and visitors the chance to see them at work. They will have a chance to network, exhibit and sell their artwork and compete for cash… Read more »

Worcester County Fair begins Friday, runs through Sun.

SNOW HILL–The Worcester County Fair kicks off Friday and will continue through Sunday at Byrd Park in Snow Hill, with an array of livestock shows, games, activities and entertainment for all ages. “There’s a little bit of something to do for the whole family,” said Cindy Morris, fair board member. Morris said as many as… Read more »

Berlin’s annual Peach Festival at Taylor House Museum Saturday

BERLIN—
While the agricultural product this area is most associated with these days is arguably poultry, a century ago it was peaches and this weekend will include a townwide celebration of this drupaceous fruit, on the grounds of the Taylor House Museum.  Susan Taylor, curator of the Taylor House Museum, said the Berlin Peach Festival attracted 2,000 to 3,000 visitors last year. Attendees will… Read more »