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Small Town Throwdown back Saturday


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Sept. 8, 2022) It’s going to be a certifiable hootenanny on the streets of Berlin with the fifth installment of the Small Town Throwdown on Saturday. The Nashville-themed, country music festival, which started in 2017, will feature musical artists Red Dirt Revolution and the Lauren Calve Band. Admission is free… Read more »

Berlin Sportsplex lives on with 4-3 vote to study access

Proposed Sports Complex Site

Absence of funding plan not seen as impediment to purchase of property Despite not having a funding mechanism to produce the $7.15 million needed to buy a 95.6-acre parcel on Route 50 for a sports facility site, the Worcester County Commissioners will continue to move forward with a study to get the ball rolling on… Read more »

Peach Festival back for 14th year


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) Georgia isn’t the only state that can grow a mean peach. Locals and visitors alike will have a chance to take in a variety of vendors and attractions — and, of course, peaches — at the 14th annual Peach Festival on Saturday at the Calvin B. Taylor… Read more »

OP board elections enter final stretch

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) The Ocean Pines Board of Directors election is around the corner. Ballots are due back for voting on the 2022-23 board on Wednesday and three winners from the six candidates are expected three days later at the annual OPA homeowners meeting — Saturday, Aug. 13. The candidates… Read more »

Perrone resigns treasurer position

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (Aug. 4, 2022) Ocean Pines Director Larry Perrone resigned his position as Ocean Pines Association treasurer during the July 27 board of directors meeting. In a press release two days after the meeting, the association announced that Director Doug Parks would serve as the acting treasurer until new officers are… Read more »

Wheatley brings infrastructure expertise to table

Josette Wheatley

By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) It takes quite a bit of infrastructure to keep Ocean Pines running. Roads, waterways, emergency services, stormwater management, erosion control and more all need constant attention from the Ocean Pines Board of Directors. Josette Wheatley, who is running for the board, says these areas are right up… Read more »

Lakernick sees value in Pines people

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) Could the doctor be in come mid-August? Stuart Lakernick is one of the six hopefuls running for the Ocean Pines Board of Directors. A chiropractor with three degrees, Lakernick is married to former director Esther Diller, with whom he has two adult children. Looking at the Pines,… Read more »

Rakowski sees big-family experience as boon for candidacy

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) Monica Rakowski’s upbringing could give her a leg up on the board of directors if she’s elected next month. One of seven children, the Baltimore County native said that life instilled in her an ability to both compromise and listen. “Again, growing up in a house with… Read more »

As community celebrates life of Gavin, investigation continues

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By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) Worcester County’s coastal community showed up big on Saturday for an Ocean Pines family whose lives were upended by the death of their 14-year-old son and brother in a hit-and-run on July 11. Around 250 surfers participated in a “paddle out” organized by the Ocean City Surf… Read more »

Decatur playground, skatepark talks tabled


By Jack Chavez, Staff Writer (July 28, 2022) The Berlin mayor and Town Council tabled until August the Parks Development Plan that the Parks Commission submitted at its meeting on Monday. The annual plan is a way to prioritize the various projects to fund over the next year and this year included two items: a… Read more »