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Parks calls out group for aggressive tactics

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By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer (March 23, 2022) In uncharacteristically strong opening remarks, Ocean Pines Association Board of Directors President Doug Parks began the March board meeting Saturday by taking issue with the aggressive tactics some advocates for Justice for Gavin have been employing recently. He acknowledged the heartache that the family has experienced because… Read more »

Berlin looks to county for skate park money

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 23, 2023) Looking to model its pursuit after Ocean City’s course of action, Berlin is going to county government for skate park funding. At the March 13 meeting of the Berlin mayor and Town Council, Councilmember Jack Orris broached the subject of the town skate park project as it… Read more »

Worcester to address issue of non-local emergency calls

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 23, 2023) Worn down by what they describe as a series of one-sided relationships, the Worcester County Commissioners are sending letters to neighboring counties to let them know Worcester’s fire and EMS services cannot continue assisting them under the status quo. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the commissioners… Read more »

Eagle rescued, injuries too severe to treat

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By Cindy Hoffman Staff Reporter (March 16, 2023) Patti Adams, owner of Ruff Cuts Pet Salon in Ocean Pines, is no stranger to rescuing animals, even bald eagles. She once rescued an eagle near Abi’s Diner. And on Feb. 10, she was the one who found the eagle that was rescued on Racetrack Road. “The… Read more »

Finding firefighters tough as Pines population ages

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By Cindy Hoffman Staff Reporter (March 16, 2023) Like many other communities across the country with aging populations, Ocean Pines, where the average age is 65, recruiting volunteer firefighters is becoming increasingly challenging. “This is a difficult demographic to recruit from,” said Dave VanGasbeck, president of the Ocean Pines Volunteer Fire Department (OPVFD). Some other fire… Read more »

‘Rails and Trails’ picks up steam


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 16, 2023) After years of discussion, Berlin is gearing up to move on the “Rails and Trails” project that will place a shared-use bike and pedestrian path along the railroad in town. Berlin Planning Director Dave Engelhart briefed the mayor and Town Council on construction funding and plans for… Read more »

County redistricting underway


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (March 16, 2023) With the 2022 election cycle out of the way and 2020 census data secured, Worcester County officials agreed to begin the redistricting process on March 7. In a unanimous vote, the commissioners agreed that Director of Development, Review and Permitting Jennifer Keener will provide them with multiple… Read more »

Commissioners decry change to sex ed bill

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(March 9, 2023) As far as Worcester County government’s leadership is concerned, the state’s comprehensive health education framework bill just keeps getting worse. The House bill found its way in front of the House of Delegates Ways and Means Committee on Monday and left with amended language that might make it harder for parents to… Read more »

Towns ask for more county $$


Requests reflect inflation’s effect on local budgets (March 9, 2023) Across the board, Worcester County municipalities and the Ocean Pines Association want more money to keep up with the costs associated with inflation. Each municipality plus the Ocean Pines Association made its FY24 budget requests to the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday and while there… Read more »

Town Cats marks 25 years of fixing felines

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By Cindy Hoffman Staff Reporter (March 9, 2023) Free roaming, feral and abandoned cats that live in Worcester County and surrounding areas have been lucky to have Town Cats around for the last 25 years. Many summer visitors regularly feed the cats they find outside, but when they leave in the fall, most of these… Read more »