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OPA Board Should Re-Think Assessment Increase

Although the reason is suspect, it’s a good thing the OPA board of directors caved to the pressure of budget meeting attendees by deciding to re-think the $45 assessment increase. However, rather than focus too intently on reducing the operating costs the directors should consider cutting the contribution to reserves. While the operational increase is… Read more »

Seahawks Comeback Falls Short

BERLIN – Stephen Decatur played the role of Sisyphus against Delmar last Friday and like the Greek mythological figure, the Seahawks could not push the boulder all the way to the top of the hill. Decatur mounted comebacks in the third and fourth quarters but never could take the lead. Down 12 points in the… Read more »

Wind Energy Touted

BERLIN – State Sen. Jim Mathias’ appointment to the Senate Finance Committee didn’t take long to begin paying area dividends as the committee prepares to consider a bill that would make the area off the Ocean City coast the lynchpin of the state’s move toward energy independence. Mathias is a co-sponsor of the bill that… Read more »

A Philanthropic Fixture

OCEAN CITY – Over the last 28 years the Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club has raised nearly $1.4 million at their annual Seaside Boat Show and returned that money directly to the community through grants scholarships and other kid-centered programs aimed at making young lives both better and a little more fulfilling. But the community benefits… Read more »

Patsy Kelly

FRUITLAND – Sarah “Patsy” Kelly, age 63, died Feb. 6, 2011 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Born in Berlin, she was the daughter of the late James R. Kelly Sr., and Sarah Jones Kelly. She is survived by a half- brother, James R. Kelly Jr. and his wife Faye of Berlin. She was… Read more »

Eugene Michael Lucas Sr.

OCEAN CITY – Eugene Michael Lucas Sr., age 89, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury. Born in Broddack, Pa., he was the son of the late Dorothy Kanisak. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Hager Lucas in 2000. Mr. Lucas was a World War II… Read more »

Shop 'Til You Drop from Death By Chocolate

WEST OCEAN CITY – Three years ago when they held the first Death By Chocolate event, the loose configuration of area merchants who made up the various stops along the route were pleasantly surprised by the turnout. In fact they were encouraged enough that they decided to make it an annual event, but even then… Read more »

Berlin Chamber Gets New Space

BERLIN – When the mayor and council last week decided to purchase the Dennison’s Trackside Hobby building downtown for the use of the Berlin Chamber of Commerce it was the culmination of months’ work of planning and negotiation. The chamber had been fast outgrowing its offices and was looking for a larger space that would… Read more »

Decatur pins another regional title

BERLIN – For three years Dakota Roderick wrestled on Stephen Decatur’s junior varsity waiting for his chance to make an impact for the varsity squad. Last Wednesday he got his shot and created a seismic bang by securing the Seahawks second 4A/3A East Region duals title in four years. Roderick’s 17-5 decision over Old Mill’s… Read more »

Young Leaders Society Debuts with Valentine's Day Carnival

BERLIN – The Berlin Intermediate School auditorium was buzzing with the kind of excitement that is generated when it’s filled with young people who are incredibly excited to be there, and that doesn’t even account for the children who were invited to the party. Saturday marked the coming out of the United Way Young Leaders… Read more »