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Cement no match for freezing temperatures


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 4, 2018) Several construction projects in Berlin suffered from weather-related snags last month and should resume shortly, if Mother Nature cooperates. Town Administrator Laura Allen said last Thursday the Baker Street repaving, the culvert installation on William Street and the installation of prefabricated bathrooms at Dr. William Henry Park… Read more »

Museum resurrects manuscript from 1932


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Jan. 4, 2018) What arrived at the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill last year as a stapled stack of yellowed pages is now the published children’s book, “In Make-Believe Land.” Julia Hartmann-Shockley wrote the text of the book, essentially a long poem, for her daughter, Rebecca Mae, in… Read more »

Oasis, but not an oasis; pool rules change sets off Pines


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 28, 2017) Of all the strange goings on that occurred in Ocean Pines this year, perhaps none elicited as much passion as the abrupt policy shift of the Oasis swimming pool. In early spring, a seemingly small change to the schedule at the pool, nearest to the community yacht… Read more »

Remembering Shoe Box owner Jesse Turner


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 28, 2017) Berlin and the surrounding area lost many familiar faces in 2017, from Julie Suplee and former Mayor Rex Hailey, to former Ocean Pines Directors Bill Zawacki and Dan Stachurski, to unofficial town mascots like Brady in Berlin and Sarge in Snow Hill. Another loss that reverberated through… Read more »

Divisiveness reigns during Brett Hill era in Ocean Pines

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 28, 2017) While there was no shortage of political lightning rods in Washington during 2017, Ocean Pines saw its own share of intrigue as Brett Hill, a fresh face during the election the previous August, swiftly assumed a pivotal role as both board member and interim general manager. Hill… Read more »

Pocomoke City digs deep for water solution

By Greg Ellison, Staff Writer (Dec. 28, 2017) As Pocomoke officials pushed toward two solutions to address decades-old water quality issues in 2017, residents are holding out hope red-tinged flow from their faucets will soon become a distant memory. In early December, City Manager Bobby Cowger said public work crews would be removing underground water… Read more »

Berlin officials will look into downtown parking problems


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 21, 2017) Hoping to address parking concerns downtown, Berlin officials are considering the inclusion of a parking study in the next fiscal year’s budget. “There’s lots of conversations going on around parking and the need for additional parking,” Town Administrator Laura Allen said. “The town is looking at the… Read more »

Snow Hill’s burgeoning art scene


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 21, 2017) For a town of about 2,100, an unusually high number of artists live and work in Snow Hill. A rough estimate is that about two-dozen people are creating art or running studios and galleries, while the works artists create and galleries shows range from blown glass to… Read more »

After fire, Berlin family will rebuild


By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 21, 2017) Hank and Julie Koenig of Berlin are rebuilding their home, following a fire at their 100-year-old residence on South Main Street last week that destroyed family heirlooms and claimed the lives of two beloved housecats. The home, built in 1914 and known locally as “The Pruitt House,”… Read more »

Praying for Christmas miracle in Pocomoke

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By Josh Davis, Associate Editor (Dec. 14, 2017) Pocomoke City citizens are hoping for a Christmas miracle, as Mayor Bruce Morrison recovers from a subdural hematoma, or traumatic brain injury, in a hospital in Delaware. Morrison, according to town officials, was taken by ambulance from his home during the early morning on Nov. 29 to… Read more »