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County Recreation Center to Close in December

SNOW HILL – The Worcester County Recreation Center (WCRC) gymnasium will be closed to the public Monday, Dec. 27, through Saturday, Jan. 1, while safety netting is installed. During this time, the WCRC Administrative Offices will remain open to the public Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Staff will be available to assist the… Read more »

Short-selling may be Best Alternative to Foreclosure

SALISBURY – While it’s not quite time to start popping Champagne corks over the real estate market, it is good to know that cooler heads are starting to prevail, especially as the foreclosure market is apparently beginning to heat up again.  While the record spate of foreclosures, and horror stories about accidental foreclosures are beginning… Read more »

Area Students Studying Abroad

SALISBURY – Three Salisbury University students have been awarded prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study abroad: Junior Daniel McElwain of Easton, senior Cherita Richards of Hebron, and sophomore Brittany Foutz of Salisbury.   An international studies major, McElwain is one of two SU students studying at Anqing Teachers College as part of the new… Read more »

Quitting Nicotine is a Battle Between Your Conscious and Unconscious

BERLIN – During a recent Worcester County Smoking Cessation Support Group meeting, Jack Galbraith, another participant and I were speaking about our experiences quitting with Chantix. Both Jack and the other person had already tried quitting once on Chantix and were commiserating about the difficulties trying the drug a second time. Chantix turns off the… Read more »

Coconut Shrimp with Fruity Cocktail Sauce and Quick Slaw

The turkey hath been stuffed and so hath I. It’s time to take to the track again, in defense against the onslaught of grub and grape this past week and in preparation for that which is to come. I can only imagine what is going to happen in the next month.  As I tend to… Read more »

Angels in America

OCEAN PINES – Although Angel Food Ministries has been round for more than 15 years, the reduced-price food program made its way into the Community Church at Ocean Pines almost by accident a little more than two years ago. Since then it has grown to become a significant force against food hardship in the area…. Read more »

Parents Beware — Many Toys Still Toxic, Hazardous

SALISBURY – Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, Maryland Public Interest Research Group recently announced in its 25th annual Trouble in Toyland report.  Maryland PIRG released its report, which reveals the results of laboratory testing for toxic chemicals and identifies toys that pose choking hazards, with Tammy Griffin of… Read more »

First Grader a State Champion on Racetrack

BERLIN – Some kids learn to swing a bat when they’re 2 years old. Other kids learn to throw a football. When Kobe VanFossen turned two his father, Scott, took him out in the back yard and taught him to race four-wheelers. A year later VanFossen was racing competitively and has become a perennial name… Read more »

State Fire Marshal Campaigning for Residential Sprinklers

BERLIN – Maryland State Fire Marshal William Barnard has been testifying at more town and county meetings than he can recall in an effort to convince legislators not to opt out of a 2009 change to the building code requiring sprinkler systems in new construction of single and double family residences.  It’s a measure that’s… Read more »

Find Fresh Christmas Trees at Village Greens

WEST OCEAN CITY – The fun and camaraderie associated with getting ready to celebrate the winter holidays is one of the few things that approach the pleasure of the actual celebrations. Planning the way you want your home to look, decorating and looking at others’ decorations, and shopping all the while is equal parts preparation… Read more »